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TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY

I choose to pay the last-comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own?  (Matthew 20: 14-15)

God’s ways are not our ways, and God is able to see goodness and potential where we can see none. If other people receive blessings when we fail to see why, is it because God is unfair, or is it perhaps that our way of looking at things falls short of the Lord’s eternal plans?

MASS TIMES and INTENTIONS

WEEK 25 in ORDINARY TIME

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7.30am       Mass   Myra Williams RIP       
9.30am       Mass   Martin Appleby RIP
11.15am     Mass   Kathleen Lynch RIP
6.00pm       Mass   Michael Reilly RIP

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
Weekday in Ordinary Time
9.30am       Mass   

TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Weekday in Ordinary Time
11.00am Requiem Mass for Fr P. Eastman RIP
7.00pm      Mass   

WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
St Vincent de Paul, Priest 
11.00am     Requiem Mass for Fr John Morley-Bunker RIP

THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
Weekday in Ordinary Time
7.30am       Mass 

FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
SS Michael, Gabriel and Rafael, Archangels
9.30am      Mass  
5.15pm      Vespers
7.00pm      Mass

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
St Jerome, Priest, Doctor
9.30am      Mass

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7.30am       Mass           
9.30am       Mass   Mike Mahoney RIP
11.15am     Mass   Molly Poole RIP
6.00pm       Mass   Rhiannon Williams RIP

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (CONFESSIONS)
10.00am Saturdays and by request at another time
(telephone 0117 9738411, or ask a Priest).

ROSARY GROUP 
Tuesdays at 6.30pm in the Lady Chapel.
 

Prayers

For all who are unwell —
Nick Tarr, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Eliza James,  Valentina Kelemenova, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Amy Mackenzie, Margaret Meech, Bridie O’Sullivan, Jerome Farrell, Dave Fry, Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Andy Dawes, Anne McAuley, Richard Ramsay, Paul Williams, Theresa Akum Lum, Christine Bird, Steffan Llwyd, Eileen Murdoch, John Worsnop, Sheila Daly, Ian McDonald, Nic Dunn, Jerry O’Leary, Rachel Hatch, Jonathan Freeman.

For those who have died recently —
Rhiannon Williams RIP

For all those whose anniversaries occur around this time —

Michael Frain, John Murphy, Delia Cullen, Mary Gorzkiewicz, Madeleine Dowling, Denise Cronin, John Pearce, Pamela Stringer, Sr Marie-Therese Senant, Therese Mainguard, William Buckley, Molly Poole, Marjorie Daniel, Miriam Stallard, Anthony White.

REQUIEM MASSES
This week there are two priests’ funerals at the Cathedral: for Fr Patrick Eastman RIP on Tuesday 26 September at 11.00am and for Fr John Morley Bunker RIP on Wednesday 27 Sept at 11.00am. Please note that there will be no 7.30am Mass on Wednesday 27 September.

RCIA KNOWING THE FAITH
The next session in our Knowing the Faith series is on Thursday 28th September, 7.00pm in the Chapter Room at Cathedral House.

CATHEDRAL MERCY GROUP SUNDAY LUNCH
Come and join us for a traditional roast lunch on Sun 1 Oct in the Apostle Room at 12.30pm.  A lovely time for parishioners to meet up and get to know each other. Those new to the parish will be made especially welcome.  There is no charge for the lunch, but booking is required. To book please email clifton.cathedral@cliftondiocese.com or call/text Robert on 07767 706 163.

LITTLE BUNNIES
The baby and toddler group is a great success and we are looking forward to welcoming you back at 9.30am on the Wed 11 Oct in the Apostle Room for a few hours of laughter and games (there are no sessions on  Wed 27 Sept and Wed 4 Oct).

SUNG VESPERS have resumed on Fridays in the Cathedral at 5.15pm – it’s a lovely way to express gratitude and praise to the Lord at the end of the working week.  Please get in touch with the Cathedral Organist and Junior Choir Director, Stephen Bryant at juniorchoir@cliftondiocese.com if you would like to join our Childrens’ choir – no previous experience necessary.

FAIRTRADE STALL & FOODBANK is on Sunday 8 October, together with the weekly Foodbank collection, thank you as ever for your generous support.

CAFOD’S HARVEST FAST DAY
Friday 6 October is a day when we can pray, give and eat simply in solidarity with our global family, to support all of CAFOD’s work, including disaster relief in times of crisis. You can donate Sunday 8 Oct using the collection envelope, or online here.

MASS AND TALK ON HOLY SPIRIT
All welcome to join Fr Matt Anscombe for Mass on Friday 29 September. Following Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, there will be a talk and discussion in the Apostle Room with refreshments from approx. 7:40pm. Fr Matt’s book, Don’t Forget The Holy Spirit is now available to order: contact matt.anscombe@cliftondiocese.com for details.

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR VACANCIES FOR SS PETER & PAUL RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our cathedral primary school needs to recruit two new Foundation Governors to serve as key members of the governing body helping to grow and sustain school community. Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop and their term of service is usually for four years which can be renewed. The role would suit someone with an interest in serving our community and supporting the needs of our school children.
The School Governing Body ensures clarity of vision, ethos and direction of the school, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, overseeing the financial performance and effectiveness. Training and support are offered, so no experience necessary.
The strength of a governing body lies in its ability to attract members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out duties and be able to take decisions as a group. We are a busy, energetic governing body and would warmly invite anyone interested in finding out more about the role to contact the school to arrange an informal chat.

SS PETER & PAUL RC PRIMARY SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2024 ADMISSIONS
New Parent/Carer tour for children starting school in September 2024 on the following dates: Tuesday 26 September – 1:30pm; Thursday 5 October – 1:30pm; Tuesday 17 October – 9:30am; Thursday 9  November – 1:30pm; Wednesday 22 November – 1:30pm. If you would like to attend one of the above dates, please email the date to nicola.clark@bristol-schools.uk to be added to the attendance list.

PARISH RETREAT
Ammerdown Centre, Radstock 4 to 6 October 2024. We are pleased to invite Fr Nicholas Crowe to lead our retreat next year. The cost of the retreat is £260 per person, which includes an ensuite room and all meals. To secure a place please pay a deposit of £100 to the Cathedral by 4 October this year. For a booking form and to pay the deposit please contact  Mary.Manners@cliftondiocese.com or telephone the Cathedral office 0117 9738411. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

FINANCE
Last week’s offertory collection was £893.88 and £552.46 online, thank you for your generosity.

Stewardship

A number of parishioners have asked how they can continue to support the Cathedral financially whilst unable to attend Mass. The donation button that has been added to the homepage of this website enables donations to be made using credit and debit cards and via PayPal. Cheques can be posted to: Clifton Cathedral House, Clifton Park, BS8 3BX. Any parishioners wishing to set up a standing order or make a payment directly to Clifton Cathedral are asked to e-mail mary.manners@cliftondiocese.com

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2024

Application forms will be available from January 2024. 
The Course will commence on the 7th March 2024. First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated on 8th June 2024 at 9.30am.

CONFIRMATION 2024

Preparation will begin in the early Spring on Tuesday evenings in the Apostle Room beginning with Mass at 7pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on
Pentecost Sunday (19 May) during the 6pm Mass. Sessions will run weekly except for Holy Week and Easter Week.
Further details will be advertised on the News section early in 2024.

If you are interested in being Confirmed you should have reached your 14th birthday by 1st September 2023,
be baptised, and actively participating in the life of the Church by regular attendance at Sunday Mass.
For further information and to register your interest please contact Paul Hill at cathedral.confirmation@cliftondiocese.com
Expressions of interest are also welcome from adults (18+) who wish to be Confirmed.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

We would like to restart Children’s Liturgy in the Sacristy during 9:30am Mass for children of primary school age.
If you can volunteer to help, training will be provided. Please contact Mary via Cathedral House 0117 9738411.