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from Clifton Cathedral

18th Sunday in of the Year

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst.
(John 6: 35)

We try out so many things to make us feel happy, fit, or comfortable. We are attracted by the latest gadget, the newest fad or the most recent diet. In today’s gospel Jesus asks us how central our faith in him really is. To have a life built on faith is to live with all the passing things of life, but to know that we have set our minds on the real bread of life.

Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.
(German Proverb)

The history of the world from the beginning has been the history of the struggle for daily bread.
(Jesus de Castro)

Christ is food for me; Christ is drink for me; the Flesh of God is food for me; the Blood of God is drink for me. Christ is ministered to me daily.
(St Ambrose)

To a man with an empty stomach, food is God.

Living bread is… real food, food which will never fail, food which is genuinely God-given, food which produces life in all its fullness, food which surpasses even the exodus manna.
(Hubert Richards)


Mass Intentions

Daily Mass in the Cathedral
Monday-Saturday at 9.30am
Sunday Masses 9.30am, 11.15am and 6pm
Confession Saturday after 9.30 Mass, for other times speak to a priest or Cathedral House 0117 973 8411

Sunday 1st August
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
People of the Parish

Monday 2nd August
Weekday In Ordinary Time
Jeanne Ramasamy RIP

Tuesday 3rd August
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Bernie Bowen

Wednesday  4th August
Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney, Priest
Special Intention

Thursday 5th August
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Edward Wilson

Friday 6th August
Feast of Transfiguration
Special  Intention

Saturday 7th August
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Rodolpho Romagnoli RIP

Sunday 8th August
Nineteenth 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: Andy Dawes, Malcolm Cooper (husband of Jane, below), Michael Palmer, Sister Marika Rebicsek, Peter Wood, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Jane Cooper, Ann Fletcher, William Gregory, Eliza James, Ken Wright, Adam Walker, Chris Vigars, Sylvia Hambidge, Allan Liversedge, Dinah McAlees, Stella Bateman, Steve Bell, Mary Burke, Trevor Williamson, Jo Catton, Kate Painter, Baby Miriam Western, Barbara Freeman, Baby Isla Sophia Duffy, Ian Venters, Mike Daniel, Annabelle Cervantes, Patricia Sheppard, David Bull, Nic Dunn, Desmond and Valerie Anglin, Carol Chadwick and Chris Chadwick, Mario Toffolo, Margaret O’Higgins, Domingo Areal-Taboas, Mandy Tucker, Sue Wright, Marion Ramos, Barrie & Margaret Meech, Una Dean.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time:

Charles Croom-Johnson, Ted Carter, John Scott, Roy Parker, Freda Venning, Mollie Sayer, Mary Dysdale, Auguste Shevki, Geroge Edmonds, John Hendzel, Don Sheehan, Angela King, Cesar Pianezz, Mary Mullins, Peter Robson, Martin Saunders

We pray for those who have died recently:
John Hunt and Francesca Weaving RIP and for their families and friends.


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

Singing opportunities at Clifton

We are pleased to invite applications for new choir members in all voice parts. Scholarship and Exhibitioner positions available.

Download more information and contact details here:
Scholars ad

Clifton Cathedral Junior Choir

Membership of the choir offers children the opportunity to develop their musical and vocal skills, particularly sight-singing, and to make new friends with similar interests whilst having fun and performing a wide choral repertoire to a high standard.

More information (pdf)

Contact Junior Choir Director Stephen Bryant here

Midnight Mass

If you missed Midnight Mass from Clifton Cathedral or would like to watch again, it is avaialble on BBC iPlayer. Click on the image below for more.

Download the order of service here.
Midnight mass OoS pdf




Votive candle stand

Sometime after the Cathedral was shut on Tuesday evening, one of the votive candles stands caught fire and we believe he blaze to have gone on for some time. There is smoke damage to the wall and ceiling in the Lady Chapel and a thin film of soot throughout most of the Cathedral nave. Our insurers have been notified and the loss adjuster has visited and accepted this as a 1 in a million unforeseen accident, perhaps caused in part by the extreme hot weather of late.  Although the Cathedral floors and chairs have been cleaned enabling Mass to take place on Saturday and Sunday, a more in-depth plan for further cleaning as necessary will be formed by the help of the insurers. Thank God no one was injured and the damage is largely cosmetic.

New opening times for the Cathedral

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm entry at the West Door in Clifton Park
Saturday 9am – 10am
Sunday 9am – 12.30pm, 5pm – 7pm entry at St Peter’s Door (Pembroke Road), St Paul’s Door and West Door (Clifton Park).
Monday to Saturday 9.30am
Sunday 9.30am, 11.15am & 6pm
Saturday 10am or by appointment

We are pleased to announce that preparation will begin on Thursday 16 September with Confirmation celebrated by Bishop Declan on Sunday 21 November. This is subject to Covid-19 guidance in force at the time but it is expected that we will meet face to face at the Cathedral.

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

World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

Sunday 25 July has been dedicated to a World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly. On the Diocesan website we will have some children’s reflections about their grandparents alongside some of video interviews with grandparents from within the diocese.

More information can be found on the Vatican website and to see what Cardinal Nicholas has written, visit this link

Catechists Day

Saturday 25 September the Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation are looking to draw together catechists from around our diocese, as well as those involved in parish formation and evangelisation, as a way of offering an opportunity for conversation and formation, focusing on family catechesis. David Wells and Ingrid La Trobe will help us to reflect on the role of parents in catechesis and give catechists the confidence to enable them to be the first teachers of their children’s faith.

The day will take place at St. John the Baptist parish centre, Trowbridge, and will start at 11am and finish around 4pm. Refreshments will be provided from 10.30am, we ask for catechists to bring a packed lunch. Numbers will be limited for the day so please register early at

University of Bristol CathSoc Retreat to Buckfast Abbey

12th-15th August 2021 for ages 18-35
£75 plus travel expenses
For more information and to sign up visit

Schools Volunteers needed

12th-15th August 2021 for ages 18-35
£75 plus travel expenses
For more information contact Liz Baldwin at CAFOD 07779 804 248 or 

Celebrating Marriage
Saturday 2nd October

Bristol NW Foodbank Appeal: many thanks for your continued support with donations for the Foodbank Appeal. We have reached our latest fundraising target, since March 2020 you have raised a magnificent £6000 to support the work of the Foodbank, and help those who continue to we need their support.

Clifton Refugee Sponsorship Scheme

The Clifton Refugee Sponsorship Scheme (CRSS), is seeking your help in finding rented accommodation for a Syrian family of parents and two secondary school age boys.

Their present home, a two bedroom first floor flat, is proving to be inadequate as the boys grow up, and they now need a larger home with immediate effect but no later than 17th November 2021 when their current tenancy expires.

Ideally the family would like a 3 bedroom ground floor flat (or house) with access to a small garden within commuting distance of Bristol Free School, BS10 6NJ, but any property outside this area would be considered even if it means a change of school.I am writing as Executive Chair of the

Please contact Chris Brennan if you know of suitable accommodation. Tel 07768488629

LOV Verbum Dei family began in Bristol at the start of the pandemic in 2020, bringing together Catholics worldwide for daily scripture, podcasts and weekly online prayer gatherings. Through intercessory prayer, meditations, and sacred music, we strive to fulfil our founding principle of the meaning of LOV: To read-To pray-To live daily the Word of God in our lives. If you would like to know more and get involved in this very special ministry you can reach them via this link: /

CAFOD Family Fast Day

Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast support.

Marriage Encounters

New dates for marriage preparation (Engaged Encounter) and Marriage Encounter opportunities are now available. Information and dates regarding events organised by Marriage Encounter can be found by visiting their websites: Engaged EncounterWorld Wide Marriage Encounter England and Wales

The dates and venues:

Marriage Encounter Experiences
15/16 May – online video conference experience.
10/11 July – non-residential weekend – SavioHouse, Macclesfield. (Covid permitting).

Engaged Encounter (marriage preparation)
17 and 24 April – online video conference experience.
19 and 26 June – online video conference experience.