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“Then the King will say to those on his right hand: ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world’.” (Matthew 25:34)

If Christ comes back tomorrow to judge us, then most of us will not be judged on lots of terrible things that we have done wrong. We will be judged rather on lots of ordinary things that we have not done. Today’s gospel is an excellent examination of conscience for our sins of omission, for our inactivity and our lukewarmness. For when we failed to reach out to any of our fellow human beings, we failed to reach out to Jesus.



Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
7.30am       Mass   People of the Parish
9.30am       Mass   Deceased members & friends of Salisbury & Buatin families
11.15am     Mass   Mark Whiting (birthday aged 98)
6.00pm       Mass   Mary Manners

Weekday in Ordinary Time
9.30am     Mass
Veronica Peters RIP

Weekday in Ordinary Time
7.00pm      Mass  
Bereavement Mass

Weekday in Ordinary Time
7.30am      Mass   Sister Sophie Pepper RIP

St Andrew, Apostle
12 noon    Requiem Mass


St Alexander Briant, Martyr
9.30am      Mass   Patrick Butterly RIP
5.15pm      Vespers

Weekday in Ordinary Time
9.30am       Mass  
Pat Goldsworthy 95th Birthday

First Sunday of Advent
7.30am       Mass   People of the Parish
9.30am       Mass   RCIA Rite of Acceptance
11.15am     Mass   Michael Chamberlain RIP
6.00pm       Mass   William & Anthony Shepherd RIP

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

Tuesdays at 6.30pm in the Lady Chapel. 


For all who are unwell —

Nick Tarr, Edmund Richardson, Eliza James, Valentina Kelemenova, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Amy Mackenzie, Margaret Meech, Bridie O’Sullivan, Jerome Farrell, Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Andy Dawes, Anne McAuley, Richard Ramsay, Paul Williams, Theresa Akum Lum, Christine Bird, Steffan Llwyd, Eileen Murdoch, John Worsnop, Ian McDonald, Sheila Daly, Jerry O’Leary, Rachel Hatch, Patricia Shepherd, Carmel Henry, Alison Cox.
Recently died —

Caroline Pryce RIP

For those whose anniversaries occur around this time —

Patrick O’Sullivan, Cynthia Green, Stella Cirkett, Isaura Molina-Mellado, Ana Fitzpatrick, Isabel Geissinger, Mark Lewis, Ann-Marie Donaghy, Daisy Johnson, Ivey Lambert, Dennis Trebble, Patrick Butterley, William Bush.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP – Annual Report and Terms of Reference

Annual Report

Terms of Reference

2024 DIOCESAN LITURGICAL DIARIES AND DIRECTORIES are available to purchase from Cathedral House at £6.50 for a Liturgical Diary and £6 for a Directory from this week on.

MASS TIME CHANGE: Please note that on Thursday 30 Nov there will be no early morning Mass at 7.30am.

REQUIEM MASS: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gabriele Green RIP. Requiem Mass for her will be held at noon on Thu 30 Nov at the Cathedral. We also keep her family and friends in our prayers.

REMEMBRANCE OF THE HOLY SOULS: Throughout November we particularly remember the Holy Souls. In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel there are intention slips for the names of those for whom you would like our prayers. All slips filled in will be placed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel throughout the month.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Those interested to learn more on living Gospel values in our unjust and broken world and to discuss how we put this teaching into practice within our Cathedral Community are warmly invited to join us in the Apostle Room on Mon 27 Nov 7pm.

BEREAVEMENT MASS: On Tuesday 28  November at 7pm we will celebrate Mass for those who have been bereaved during the year. All are welcome, but particularly those who have lost family members, friends or loved ones. You are invited to come and light a candle in their memory, and also join us for refreshments in the Apostle Room after Mass.

PRAYER GROUP – ADVENT: All are welcome to our weekly meetings from Wed 29 Nov up to and including 20 Dec for Advent prayer in the Apostle Room from 7pm. 29 Nov – Ignatian prayer / Prologue to St John’s Gospel. 6  Dec – praying with icons of St John the Baptist. 13 Dec – Lectio Divina/Isaiah 6:1,2-10,11. 20 Dec – Scriptural Rosary, the Joyful Mysteries.

RCIA KNOWING THE FAITH: We will be reflecting on Mary and the Saints in the James Room on Thur 30 November at 7:00 pm.

FOODBANK CHRISTMAS APPEAL: We have a new online appeal to support the work of Bristol NW Foodbank All donations highly appreciated:  Perhaps you are not sending Christmas cards this year & are looking to support a charity instead. The FairTrade stall returns next Sun 3Dec, with weekly Foodbank collections continuing as usual.

SS PETER & PAUL SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE: Canon Bosco will lead the children of our school in our Carol Service here at the Cathedral 2pm Friday 8 December. All are very welcome to come and join in singing!

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Cathedral Christmas Day Lunch – a traditional lunch with all the trimmings at 12.30pm on Christmas Day. Whilst there is no charge, booking is essential, and transport can be arranged.  Please call/text Robert on 07767 706163 or email

BISHOPS’ AUTUMN 2023 PLENARY RESOLUTIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS: The Bishops of England and Wales recognise the wonderful work that Catholics, and many others, are doing to change our culture in relation to how we view and act towards the environment.  We echo Pope Francis’s call for our political leaders to take decisive action at COP 28 and to create energy transition targets that are efficient, obligatory and readily monitored, and we ask them to consider how such targets can be enforced. We commend the practical work undertaken through both Cafod’s Live Simply and the Guardians of Creation project, which provides practical guidance and resources to support transition in dioceses and parishes.

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND: We pray that the violence will cease, that Christ the Prince of Peace will guide all devastated by this conflict into the ways of truth, reconciliation, and respectful co-existence. To support those affected and get funds to local trusted experts in Gaza, please go to or call 0303 303 3030. Your donation will help to provide urgent humanitarian aid.

STARTING SCHOOL: Now is the time to apply for a primary school place for children born between 01.09.2019 and 31.08.2020. Application form is available from the Bristol City Council. If your child has been baptised and you are applying for a Catholic school, please provide a copy of the baptism certificate to the school. The closing date is 15 Jan 2024.

FINANCE: Last week’s offertory cash collection came to £805 and £1027.23 online thank you very much for your support! You can also donate with your smartphone via the QR codes on the noticeboards.


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


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.


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
Expressions of interest are also welcome from adults (18+) who wish to be Confirmed.


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.