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Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored. (John 9: 7)All he knew was that he was blind but now he could see. It was God who restored the blind man’s sight. We cannot demand eyes of faith, we cannot earn the gift. Today, on our journey through Lent, we thank God for letting us see and understand so much that otherwise would not make sense. We thank God for that second sight which is faith.



SUNDAY 19 MAR 2023
Laetare Sunday
7:30am Mass                                                   
9:30am RCIA 2nd Scrutiny Mass                                                                                       
11:15am Mass Int. People of the Parish
6.00pm Mass                                                              

MONDAY 20 MAR 2023
St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:30am Mass Int: Martin O’Brien RIP

Weekday of Lent
7.00pm Mass Int: Tony Daws RIP

Weekday of Lent
7:30am Mass Int: Elizabeth Creamer RIP
11:00am Requiem Mass                                
7:00pm Stations of the Cross                                                                

Weekday of Lent
7:30am Mass                   

FRIDAY 24 MAR 2023
Weekday of Lent
9:30am Mass Int: CAFOD for all their work, for those in need and in gratefulthanks for all who support whatever way.              
5:15pm Vespers                                                                              

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
9:30am Mass                                                 
10:00am Exposition and adoration                   

 SUNDAY 26 MAR 2023
Fifth Sunday of Lent
7:30am  Mass                                                        
9:30am RCIA 3rd Scrutiny Mass                                                                                    
11:15am Mass Int. People of the Parish
6.00pm Mass                 


Please pray for the sick of our parish and for all who are unwell: David Bull, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Eliza James,
Theresa Johnston, Jonathan Freeman, Valentina Kelemenova, Nick Lee, Dinah McAlees, Linda Sheppard, Patricia Sheppard, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Amy Mackenzie, Margaret Meech, Bridie, O’Sullivan, Jerome Farrell, Valerie Donkin, Dave Fry, Peter Melton, Jessica Cox, Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Nic Dunn, Sheila Birtchnell

And those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Sister Catherine LSP, Nell Collins, Barbara Freeman RIP

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Pamela Morgan-Lewis, Emily Melling,
Daniella Ford, Mariella Berni-Birrell, Nora Williams, Mary Mathieson, John Penny

Laetare Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday. This is a day of relaxation from normal Lenten rigours, a day of hope with Easter at last within sight. It is also the day that is traditionally celebrated as Mothering Sunday. We send our best wishes to all mothers and mother-to-be on this special day.


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

Sat. 27th May ~ Saturday 3rd June 2023
Price including flights from Bristol to Toulouse, Coach transfer to and from Lourdes. Full Board in 4 Star Hotel Helgon,close to the Domain. Full Pilgrimage programme.£899 per person based on 2 sharing ~ Single supplement £245. Travel insurance required by all. To book see the Booking form attached, £300 deposit required. Booking Form 2023
PLEASE REMEMBER THE FIRST 19 TO BOOK WILL HAVE THE PRICE OF £899, those booking after will be subject to the current Easyjet price for the flight.

End of Year Report

Around this time each year all parishes submit their financial statement to the diocesan curia and a meeting of the Cathedral finance committee was held on the 19th January when the accounts for 2022 were signed off and our commitments for the 2023 were discussed. For more detail, take a look at the breakdown summary of receipts and payments (click on the image for a downloadable copy). Thank you to all our parishioners and benefactors for your wonderful support especially in these times when there is considerable pressure on all our finances including a high level of inflation and energy costs.

Journeying through the Desert
‘Journeying through the Desert’ is an online retreat for Lent with guest speakers from around the country. Each session will be between 7pm – 8pm and it will give us an opportunity to reflect and pray our way through Lent with inspirational speakers to guide us. To access each conversation via Microsoft Teams, please register on the Eventbrite links below.

Clifton Cathedral Choir will present three special musical meditations during the period of Passiontide this year. The first is the traditional Passiontide Meditation of readings and music which will be Palm Sunday (2nd April) at 7.15pm. This will explore the themes of our Lord’s Passion and cast an eye ahead to the resurrection, with music from the Tudor Period to the present day, including the much-loved Allegri Miserere. There will also be two new short musical meditations on Monday 3rd and Wednesday 5th April, both at 8 – 8.30pm. The first will present Kenneth Leighton’s searingly visceral cantata for Tenor and Choir Crucifixus pro nobis which includes the stunning setting of Phineas Fletcher’s ‘Drop, drop, slow tears’. The second will present Thomas Tallis’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah (Set 1 and 2), a work which mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and pleads for a return to faith. This setting is one of the crown jewels of the choral repertoire and this will be a wonderful opportunity to hear it in the superb acoustic of Clifton Cathedral. Entry to all of these is free with retiring collection


Here at the Cathedral throughout Lent we will be praying the Stations of the Cross starting on Wednesday 1 March 7:00 – 7:30pm, and then continue every Wednesday of March at the same time. Please come and join us in our preparation to Easter.


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.

CONGRATULATIONS: Our congratulations and best wishes to Dr Kieran Flanagan who has been awarded the Bishop’s Medal for services to the Cathedral and St Joseph’s Home as a faithful Altar Server for many years. Canon Bosco presented Kieran with his award at the 11.15am Mass on Sunday 22nd January, which was followed by light refreshments in the Apostle Room after Mass to mark this happy celebration.


The Mercy Group


Offering support to those suffering from low mood, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, bereavement, addiction and other life affecting issues.We offer a safe place for people to meet in a group setting to talk about the issues and problems they are facing and listen to others.
One to one sessions are also available either in person, by telephone or via Zoom, for those who feel unable to attend the group.
Confidentiality is assured.
For more information or to make  an appointment please call
Robert von Hawrylak
07767 706 163

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2023: Application forms will be available from 15th Jan from Clergy after all Sunday Masses. The Course will commence on the 2nd March with a meeting for parents and candidtaes in the Apsotle Room. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on the 17th June at 9.30am. Applicants should have reached their 8th Birthday on the 1st Sept 2022.

CONFIRMATION 2023: Preparation for Confirmation starts on Tuesday evenings from 14th March beginning with Mass each week in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7pm. To be confirmed this year on Pentecost Sunday 28th May you should have reached your 14th birthday by 1st September 2022 and regularly attend Sunday Mass. Please contact Paul ( for a registration form.