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WEEK COMMENCING: Sunday 7th November 2021


We believe ST PATRICK’S PARISH exists to promote THE KINGDOM OF GOD revealed in THE TRINITARIAN RELATIONSHIP OF THE DIVINITY in which we participate by adoption through BAPTISM and are sustained through GRACE and THE SACRAMENTS.

We live our Mission by promoting our Trinitarian life in the following ways:



Rev. Canon Gregory Grant
Parish Priest

Rev. Denis Deasey

Rev. Rob Easton

Mrs Amelia Dunford
Pastoral Assistant

Mrs Tracy McNama
Parish Secretary

Mrs Fiona Bradley
Parish Treasurer




Sunday 7th November



Holy Souls

Anthony Abraham (RIP)

Mike Dunford (30th Anniv)

Angela & Harold Johnson

Phil Geaney (34th Anniv)              Deceased members of the Kalathara Family


Shiny & Family

Amelia & Family

Rex Hammond

Joe & Marie

Kalathara Family

8th November


Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 9th November


 Laudate Si Cop 26 (Intention)


Wednesday 10th November


Sick & Housebound    School Mass KS1

Thursday 11th November


Poppy Marke

Rosemary & Martin Commerford

Friday 12th November

12 noon                                 7.30pm

No Mass

Brazilian Mass in Portuguese

Saturday 13th November


No Mass

Sunday 14th November  – Remembrance Sunday



For those who gave their lives in service for our country

Alexander Family



Today is the feast day of St Didacus, also known as Diego de San Nicolas. He was a Spanish Franciscan lay brother who was one of the first missionaries to the Canary Islands. San Diego in California is named after this humble saint who spent his life serving God and God’s people.

The second collection today is for the Diocesan Priest’s Retirement Fund – it gives us the opportunity to thank the infirm and retired priests who have given so generously of their time and talents during their service and who may now need some assistance. Envelopes are available in the Narthex.


NOVEMBER – THE MONTH OF HOLY SOULS Throughout November, we pray especially for all those who have died. Amongst our family, friends and fellow parishioners we remember their intentions at Mass. We pray for those who have no one to pray for them. The deceased are known as The Holy Souls. We remember that not only do we pray for all those who have died but they pray for us and so many positive things happen in our lives because of the prayers of The Holy Souls.

INTERCESSIONS FOR PRIESTS  This Tuesday 9th November, intercessions for vocations to the priesthood and religious life will take place at 6.30pm. The intercessions consist of Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, hymns followed by Mass at 7.30pm.

WELCOME TO CANON MICHAEL  Canon Michael Fitzpatrick, retired and living in Holy family parish, will be celebrating both Masses next Sunday 14th November. We look forward to his visit to our parish. We hope Canon Gregory enjoys his week away.

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS The parish office is closed on Mondays. Opening hours remain the same from Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am-4pm.

WATCHING MASS FROM HOME You can continue to join our livestreamed Mass each weekday, Saturdays at 9.00am and Sundays at 10.00am by going to: or you can now also tune in on You Tube at: All Masses are livestreamed EXCEPT 8.30am on Sunday.

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK: Bernadette Newton, Sister Biddy, Irene Agidee, Maureen Ryan, Gracy Mathew, Marian Mulcahy, Rosy Joseph, Fergal Treanor, Martin Maguire, Jim Brooks, Deacon Denis Deasey, Ann Deasey, Lucy Wahinya,  Patrick Smith, Deacon Rob, Mick Lewis, Louise Maddalena, Mary Dias, Graham Parker, Father Michael Derrick D’Mello, Canon Anthony Harding, Alfred Chojnackie, Elinor Agius, John Caherty, Paula Delves,  Joan Ellis, Maciej Kauczynski, Cesar Coutinho-Pontes, James Brown, Veronica Nolan, John Olver, Hellena Irenna Boucher, Diane Coles, Guy Herbert. Please inform the parish office when your relative is well again.

REST IN PEACE 1)  Please pray for Helen Hunter who passed away recently. Helen was a long-standing member of the parish and was involved in many activities and groups including the Choir, Music Group, Widow’s Society, Union of Catholic Mothers and Skittles Team. Helen’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 18th November at 11.30am followed by cremation at Westerleigh Crematorium at 1.15pm, all are welcome to attend. The family request that those attending are asked to wear something blue as this was Helen’s favourite colour. Family flowers only please. Donations, if so desired, will be gratefully received for the Bristol Heart Institute. May she rest in peace. 2) Please also pray for Agnes Hughes who died during the week. Agnes was a long-standing parishioner who was a member of the PTA, women’s skittles team, charity shop volunteer and church cleaner. We offer our prayers and sympathy to her sons, Christopher and Gregory and family.


Next Sunday 14th of November is Remembrance Sunday when we honour the sacrifice of all those who gave their lives in all wars and conflicts.

At the 10am Mass, we will welcome L. Corporal Rachel Bradley, who will take part in the Remembrance procession, and The Bristol East and Kingswood Band, who will accompany the choir on this significant annual occasion.

Poppies are available in the narthex. Please give generously to The British Legion’s Poppy Appeal this year.


ST PATRICK’S BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE St Patrick’s Book of Remembrance will soon be updated for January to June 2022. The book will be taken to the calligrapher in the last week of November. If you wish to remember a loved one in this way, please collect an order form, available for the narthex or on the Book of Remembrance display cabinet at the back of the church, and return to the parish office.

MASS IN PORTUGUESE  Going forward, the Friday evening Brazilian Mass in Portuguese will be livestreamed each week at 7.30pm.

HUNGARIAN MASS  will be celebrated on Sunday 28th November at 3pm by Father Tibor Szende.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT  On Sunday 28th November, we begin the four week preparation for Christmas.  On this Sunday The Bishops of England and Wales are reinstating THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS ON SUNDAY. Please start to prepare yourself mentally and spiritually to reconnect with Sunday Mass in this personal and committed way.  It is wonderful to have so many people watching and participating in Mass through the webcam, however Christianity is about building COMMUNITIES and this requires our personal interaction with other members of the congregation.  Fortunately Mass will still be livestreamed and people can still participate spiritually in the liturgy and worship of St Patrick’s.

SATURDAY EVENING MASS This weekly Mass recommences on Saturday 27th November at 6.30pm. The Mass will be preceded each week from 5.45 – 6.15pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, The Rosary and Devotions.


PAN-AFRICAN CHOIR  There is a choir rehearsal in the church today after the 10am Mass, at 11am.

300 CLUB WINNERS   Sunday 3rd October – Margaret Nooney, Mary Kearney-Knowles, Jismon Jose, B & S Farrell, Marilyn Haskins.    Sunday 10th October – S & L Peck, Manie Mulholland, Marie Howie, C C Cleaning (Neil), Cordelia Kirkham.  Sunday 17th October – Chris Howie, S & L Peck, Cordelia Kirkham, Margaret Nooney, Donald Spiers.  Sunday 24th October – Donald Spiers, F & S & V Allan, Charlie Williams, Sally Page, Katrina Long. Sunday 31st October – Andrew Lee, Sarah Box, Liz Hewitt, Edward Jarowski, Claire Coetzee

FIREWORKS DISPLAY Last Thursday’s event was our biggest since Covid began with about 1000 adults and children attending. Thank you to Nick Finan and Amelia Dunford who organised the event. The display of fireworks was spectacular and the whole evening ran smoothly. Thank you to The PG Group for their generous sponsorship of the event with a £1000 contribution to the £3200 cost of the fireworks. “Many hands make light work”! There were a huge number of volunteers manning the entrance gates, food stalls and bar. The event made over £2000 for parish funds. Well done to everyone for providing a great night full of “Oooohs” and “Aaaahhhhs”.


SYNOD 2023

THE SYNOD Pope Francis has called a Synod for 2023 to discuss how the church can work with Synodality. Synodality is about introducing new ways of working. Currently, the church is very hierarchical and decisions are made  “Top Down”. The “Bosses” decide and everyone carries out their decisions. Working in Synodality means being more collaborative, working together, making decisions and implementing practises in an entirely different way. It all sounds theoretical but it could alter the way we think about Women Priests, Married Priests, Sacramental Worship, how parishes operate etc. There is a one year reparation programme for The Synod in 2023 and every parish is asked to respond to the following request for representatives.

“Bishop Declan is keen that every parish and religious community be involved in the synodal process on synodality to which Pope Francis is calling us. Please can we, gently, encourage you to identify people who will represent your community and work with you to provide the best possible experience for your people. The synodal process in Clifton is very much a part of how we move forward as a diocese. For ease we attach some guidelines which may help you in choosing your delegates.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded with names of people from your parish. We are most grateful.

If you haven’t sent in any names yet, please can we ask you to do this so that we can invite them to the preparation day on Saturday 20th November. Bishop Declan and Fr. Jan Nowotnik from the Bishop’s Conference will both attend the day. Lunch for all those attending will be provided. For catering purposes please can you send us the names of your delegates by Friday 12th November at the latest. If you also plan to attend please add your name to the list – you will be most welcome.”

At present, St Patrick’s has no representatives on The Synod discussions. If you would like to represent the parish, please give your name to Tracy in the parish office. This is not a huge commitment, just a few meetings over the next 12 – 18 months.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022 Enrolment for next year’s First Holy Communion will be in January 2022. The programme will start in March and The First Holy Communion will be in June. Further details and dates will be published after Christmas.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY  The Children’s Liturgy at 10am Mass has now resumed in The Shore Gallery. Children aged 3 to 8 are welcome to go downstairs for their lesson during Mass.

SCHOOL NEWS  (1) St Patricks School is conducting short School Tours as part of their open evenings.  If you are interested in your child attending the school the dates are 15th November, 6th December, 10th January. They are all from 3.34 – 4.15pm.  (2) St Patrick’s school has vacancies in some of their Year groups. If you know of any children that would like to join the school there are 2 places in Reception, 1 place in Year 2 and 1 place in Year 3.  Please contact the school if you are interested.

BAPTISM TALKS   The next Baptismal talk will be at 11am after the Remembrance Mass at 10am,  in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Parents must attend two talks, A & B, before arranging the Baptism of their child(ren).


SECOND COLLECTIONS ON SUNDAY The Diocese asks us to take about 20 second collections a year for a variety of different causes and projects – eg CAFOD, Education, Youth, Priests Training, Priest Retirement, Cathedral Maintenance, Foreign Missions etc. etc. In future, we will publish the monthly second collections in advance so that people can consider how to support these good causes. There will no longer be a second collection every week as you leave the church. There will only be a second collection about 20 times a year. The next second collection is today for the Priests Retirement Fund. Envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex.

PRAISE FOR ST PATRICK’S WEBSITE  Father Matt Anscombe writes: “I have been looking at putting up a new website for our four parishes here in South Bristol.  Someone suggested I look at your new website at St Patrick’s.  I have to say it is fantastic.  The best website in the diocese.  Congratulations on such an innovative, stylish window on the parish.”

THE SHORE GALLERY AND BROOKS HALL HIRE CHARGES  The parish halls are rented out at £200 per day to include all of the kitchen, crockery, cutlery and glassware.  There is a discount of 50% (i.e. £100 a day) for parishioners who have been registered on the parish register for more than six months and who have a regular direct debit/standing order or membership of the offertory scheme.

CHOIR AND MUSIC GROUP  (1) The Music Group rehearses fortnightly on Sundays from 7–8pm.  New members most welcome. The next rehearsal is on the 7th November. (2) The Choir rehearses fortnightly on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  The next rehearsal is on 11th November. New singers welcome..


CAFOD The CAFOD Harvest Collection amounted to £390.  Thank you for your generosity.

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR  The fifth World Day of the Poor will be on Sunday 14th November.  Pope Francis, on the first World Day of the Poor in 2017, implored that our service to the poor, “…lead to a true encounter with the poor and a sharing that becomes a way of life.” This call to engage the poor among us as our brothers and sisters, and not to treat them as abstract, transactional relationships, reminds us of the love that Christ demonstrates for us.  Caritas Social Action Network has prepared a Novena, nine prayers to be said over nine days from Friday 5th November to Saturday 13th November.  The Novena will assist us as we seek to open ourselves to God’s grace and to hear the cry of the poor. Each of the eight days focuses on the cry of a particular group, with the final day praying for the building up of God’s kingdom of justice, love and peace.  The daily prayers include an opening antiphon, a reading from Scripture, a period of silent reflection, a prayer for the day’s focus, and a closing prayer. By this Novena, we make time to focus on God’s will as we approach the World Day of the Poor.  We open our hearts to God’s will, and through our nine days of prayer we prepare ourselves to hear and to respond to the cry of our brothers and sisters.

LEGION OF MARY The Legion of Mary meets every Monday at 7.00pm in The Shore Gallery.  New members most welcome.   The Legion invites you all to join them for the Rosary every Monday.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT SYSTEM IN CHURCH We have two “Dona” machines in the narthex for contactless payment. If you are able to get to church, contactless payment is a secure method of paying. Your contactless payment goes directly to The Grant Bradley Charitable Trust (Reg no. 1093331) who donate £3,000 each month for the running of St. Patrick’s Parish and £2000 a month donation to St Patrick’s School. These machines raised £483 on the gate at the Fireworks night.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION COUNTERS   The Collection Counters were reinstated from the first week of October.  We welcome new Counters.  If you feel you can make this commitment for approximately 1 hour on (a)  Sunday after 10am Mass or (b) Sunday afternoon around 4pm or 5pm once a month please contact Fiona Bradley on


PARISH INCOME: THE OFFERTORY COLLECTION is taken during both 8.30am and 10.00am Sunday Masses. Please give generously.

ONLINE PAYMENT You can also donate by visiting our Dona page at:

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                                        READERS
8.30am             Deacon Denis, Maria Beasley-Suffolk        Charlotte & Edmond Beasley-Suffolk
10.00am           Deacon Rob, Teresa O’Brien                Dona Jiji, Molline Nderemani
Bidding Prayers            Edmond Beasley-Suffolk
8.30am          Trish Goddard, Volunteer
10.00am       Simon & Lisa Peck
Church Cleaners:  Team One:  Kay, Terry, Ron, Sarah & Helen
Offertory Counters: TBC
Refreshments in Shore Gallery: The Rainbow Group
Children’s Liturgy:   ??
DAY               TIME                                                                   OPERATOR(S)
Monday           9.00am                            Terry Coggins/Stewart Fraser – alt. weeks
Tuesday           7.30pm                                               Jobin
Wednesday     9.00am                                              Stewart Fraser
Thursday         9.00am                                              Sister Leena Mary
Friday              12 noon                                              Hudson
Friday              7.30 pm – Brazilian Mass               Hudson
Saturday          9.00am                                              Jobin/Jeffin
Sunday             10.00am                                            Jismon

Holy Souls 2021