The Clifton Cathedral Pastoral (CPC) is guided by Bishop Declan’s Called to be a People of Hope, published in 2008 with the guiding principle “this is what the Lord asks of you, only this: that you act justly, that you love tenderly and walk humbly with your God”. CPC seeks to serve in helping the parish to fulfill its mission of being “a loving, embracing and thriving community with Christ at the heart of our lives, finding God through reflection, prayer and worship, and witnessing to the Good News of Jesus Christ through our words, actions and service to others”.

The CPC comprises the parish clergy and up to ten elected lay members drawn from a wide range of parish experience and interests; the Parish Administrator and Director of Music attend CPC Meetings. It elects a Chair and Vice-Chair, and appoints a Secretary, at the October meeting. New members are introduced to parishioners at the annual Parish Forum, which was last held on Tuesday 20th September 2016; the CPC has agreed to postpone the next Forum temporarily, and a date will be published when known.

We meet normally five times a year (in addition to the Parish Forum), usually on Tuesdays. Parishioners interested in joining the Council are welcome to contact Mary Manners at Cathedral House for more information.

As a Council, we support the work of Canon Bosco and the parish clergy, and offer suggestions, taking into account what we hear from you, for enhancing the pastoral care and related activities of the parish. In doing this, we seek to encourage the parish to be a welcoming community that seeks to understand and spread the joy of the gospel both in the parish, and by reaching out to the local community and further afield. The CPC tries to support and encourage members of our community in their spiritual and daily lives, and works with Canon Bosco to ensure that the liturgical needs of the parish are catered for. The CPC recognises the diversity of backgrounds, talents, and contributions of the parish community, and wants to work with you in promoting the dignity of every person, and the spread of a moral and just society.

“Called to be a People of Hope” suggests a wide range of areas for CPC activities, and the Cathedral parish is involved with a number of these. Having listened to parishioners carefully, we are continuing to focus particularly on improving communications within the parish community, welcoming parishioners and others to the Cathedral, supporting the housebound, supporting the Foodbank and Traidcraft initiatives, working more closely with other Christian communities and strengthening our understanding of other faith communities. Over the coming months, the Council will be reviewing its progress on implementing the suggestions in "Called to be a People of Hope", and will be inviting comments from parishioners on the ways forwards.

We are delighted to be supporting our two special charity projects, Borderlands and Bristol Life, over a three-year period (from January 2015). As our sponsorship finishes in November 2017, the CPC considered proposals from a number of organisations as potential partners for the 2018-2021 period.