18th October 2020


Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God. (Matthew 22: 21) 

If we give to God what belongs to God, then even what Caesar has rightly belongs to God. For although Caesar might rule the land, God rules the earth. We cannot reduce religion to party political philosophy, but we cannot prevent religion from informing politics.

Morality is the very soul of good citizenship. (Archbishop Ireland) 

No government can expect to be wholly at ease with the Church, since the Church serves the Kingdom which is not of this world.
(Bishop Mark Santer) 

Christians ought not to be scared of a moral issue just because someone has stuck a political flag on it. (Gerald Priestland)

There are three very good reasons for a cleric not to harbour political ambition: Archbishop Makarios, Ayatollah Khomeini and Bishop Musorewa. (Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Mass Intentions

Sunday 18th October – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – People of the Parish

Monday 19th October – Pat McAvoy RIP

Tuesday 20th October – Bridget Shevki RIP

Wednesday 21st October – SS Peter & Paul School – Mass for Harvest

Thursday 22nd October – Private Intention

Friday 23rd October – Geoff Barrett RIP

Saturday 24th October – First Holy Communion

Sunday 25th October – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – People of the Parish

Every Mass is a public official act, even though it might be offered without elaborate ceremonial. Strictly speaking, a “private Mass” in the sense of a private affair is impossible. The entire Church together offers the sacrifice with and through the priest.

Mass Intentions for other days can be requested either by sending an email to or ring 0117 973 8411 Monday-Friday 9am-1pm. Please note that Cathedral House continues to be closed.


Please pray for the sick of our parish and for all who are unwell: Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Jane Cooper, Ann Fletcher, William Gregory, Judy Haworth, Eliza James,  Lorretto Coyle, Ken Wright, Adam Walker, Sheila Daly, ADawes, Chris Vigars, Pat Kissane, Dolores Kennedy, Sylvia Hambidge, Allan Liversedge, John Hunt, Dinah McAlees, Jo Cotton, Frances Danks, Stella Bateman, Steve Bell, Denise Horobin, Stephen Ellis, Mary Burke, Trevor Williamson, Jeff Dahm, Una Dean, Jo Cotton, Kate Painter, Baby Miriam Western, Mary Burke.

For those who have died recently,

And for those anniversaries, Fr Gilbert Connock, Fr Michael Cleary, Marjorie McLorinan, Edward O’Neill, Theresa de Fonesca, Danis Connell, Sean McEvoy, John Reece, Gerry Arnold, Meuing Owen, Nina Austin, William Climpson, Maddie Read.

Cathedral open for the celebration of Mass and Private Prayer

Mass on Sunday will be celebrated at 9.30am and 6.00pm, with daily Mass continuing at the new time of 9.30am. All of our Masses will continue to be live-streamed so that most will be able to participate from their homes. Due to social distancing and sanitisation requirements we will only be able to accommodate up to 150 people at each of our Sunday Masses, and up to 40 for the daily Masses (subject to variation according to families/social bubbles, using the 1metre+ rule).

Saturday 24th October

There will no Morning Mass or Private Prayer on Saturday the 24th as the children will be celebrating their First Holy Communion which was postponed earlier in the year.

World Mission Sunday 2020: Here I am, send me!

World Mission Sunday – the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission – is happening on 18 October with a shout of courage and faith: ‘Here I am, send me!’

This special day is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression.

Catholics are called to support overseas mission financially and prayerfully through Missio. On World Mission Sunday 2020, we will be honouring the brave and selfless women and men already making a huge difference in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.

For more information and how to donate visit the  Missio website here.

Red boxes can be dropped off at Cathedral House or if you require a box, contact Mary Manners here.

Prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament

Deacon James will be praying the Rosary from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Clifton Cathedral, livestreamed for parishioners to join in on Tuesday and Friday. This will take place at 5.30pm and will include Exposition and Benediction. All welcome.


Thanks to the generous donations received over the last few months we have been successful in raising £10,000 to install the live-streaming on a permanent basis in the cathedral. Many thanks to Paul Williams who initiated the Just Giving Account to raise the funds and also to the very generous donations that have been received from far and wide. Since live-streaming commenced in March it has reached, and continues to reach thousands of households all over the world every day.

Thank you.

Clifton Diocese and Downside Abbey 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 28 July to 6 August 2021

Father Colin Mason, who is the Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese, will be one of the Spiritual Directors on next year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is the third such trip which has been designed specifically for young UK Catholic adults in the age range 18 to 35ish. In addition to celebrating Mass at some of the Holiest places on Earth, exploring places mentioned in the Bible and other historic sites, we also have a lot of fun! Imagine swimming in the Dead Sea, rafting down the Jordan River, and camping out in the Judean Desert!

To get a better idea of what it will be like, please check out YouCAN Instagram handle You can also see pics of last year’s trip at

In our present situation we are just asking for a £150 reservation fee to gauge interest, returnable should we decide, for whatever reason, not to go. About a third of the places have already been booked.  Contact the organiser for itinerary, pricing and booking form.
Hope that you can make it!


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

Stewards for Private Prayer

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who currently welcome visitors to the Cathedral for private prayer. Committment usually involves 2 sessions a month from 10-11.30am. If you would be interested in joining the team, e-mail


New information and updates will be added here, on the ‘News’ page of the Cathedral website.