Clifton Cathedral News Updates

6th December 2020

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

All Judea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to John, and as they were baptised in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. (Mark 1: 5)

To be baptised is to make a new beginning, to agree to a new way of life, to remove those things which keep us from God. Like those baptised by John in the Jordan, we are able to renew the deeper decisions of our lives, and in this period of Advent make a new start as Christmas draws near.

One often has more delight finding refreshment anew than one ever had grief in its loss. (Jean-Pierre de Caussade)

If you say, “That’s enough. I have reached perfection”, then all is lost. Because the function of perfection is to make you know your imperfections. (St Augustine)

The liturgy of Advent encourages us to wait. It deliberately puts us on hold so that we can savour the full depth of the promise which Christmas holds out for us. Not to enter into the waiting, simply to jump to Christmas, is to opt for boil-in-the-bag liturgy.
(Oliver Todd)

All heaven’s glory is within
And so is hell’s fierce burning.
You must yourself decide
In which direction
You are turning.
(Angelus Silesius)

Mass Intentions

Sunday 6th December
Second Sunday of Advent
Patricia Arnold RIP

Monday 7th December
Memorial of St Ambrose, Bishop Doctor of the Church
Bridie Kirby RIP & Isobel O’Brien RIP

Tuesday 8th December
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Special Intention

Wednesday 9th December
Weekday of Advent
Alyson Chapman RIP

Thursday 10th December
Weekday of Advent
Private Intention

Friday 11th December
Weekday of Advent
Private Intention

Saturday 12th December
Weekday of Advent
Antonia Ricciardi RIP

Sunday 13th December
Third Sunday of Advent
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, Chris Vigars, Pat Kissane, Sylvia Hambidge, Allan Liversedge, John Hunt, Dinah McAlees, Jo Cotton, Frances Danks, Stella Bateman, Steve Bell, Stephen Ellis, Mary Burke, Trevor Williamson, Jeff Dahm, Una Dean,  Jo Cotton, Kate Painter, Baby Miriam Western, Mary Burke

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time:

Angela Kearney, Brian Quinn, Sheila Barguss, John Fowles, Anthony Lane, George Mifsud, Andrew Bemant, Anne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Noel Higgins, Christine White, Ernest Nash, Estelle Morgan, Peter Brewer, Vincent Nash, Ann Louise Smith, Frances Gardiner, Dorothy Botterill, Charles Kramskoy, George Hackett, Ken Brown, Pauline Squires, Nessie Lewis, Alex McCourt, Frank Finley, Alyson Chapman, Patrick Butterly, Mark Lewis.


Prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament

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


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


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

Midnight Mass

The BBC have approached us with a view to broadcasting Midnight Mass to the Nation this Christmas live from Clifton Cathedral this year, which we are now delighted to be in a position to confirm.

As with all the Sunday Masses from next week, parishioners will be required to register their attendance online. Numbers will be restricted due to social distancing and safety. More details to follow.

Resumption of public Masses

The Cathedral will resume daily public Masses from Thursday 3rd December in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 9.30am. (Registration NOT needed)

Sunday Masses with congregation will resume on 6th of December (2nd Sunday of Advent) at 9.30am and 6pm. Parishioners will need to register for attendance for Sunday Masses, which will be accessed either via Eventbrite (search ‘Mass at Clifton Cathedral’) or by calling Cathedral House on 0117 9738411 leaving your name, contact number and number of people in your party – maximum 6 (with exceptions for larger households).

Registration opens at 12 noon on the Wednesday prior and closes at 12 noon on the Saturday the day before.

Links for 6th December below.

Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter

CAFOD World Gifts

World Gifts, CAFOD’s range of virtual gifts, make a real difference to families living in poverty across the world. While we have the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown here, we can still be good neighbours to our sisters and brothers overseas by giving World Gifts as Christmas presents to family and friends. The Keep Clean Kit gift for £6 and the Vegetable Garden gift for £10 are just two gifts that will help vulnerable families affected by the pandemic to protect and feed themselves. Let’s spread joy and hope around the world this Christmas. Visit

Celebrate Advent with CAFOD

After a year of uncertainty, we all need the hope, peace and true comfort and joy that the Advent season can offer. CAFOD has a range of resources and virtual events to help us come together online to pray, reflect and celebrate as we prepare for the coming of our Lord. Visit to learn more. We can stretch out our hands to people living in poverty and refugees by donating to CAFOD’s Advent Appeal at

Free Counselling Service

From Sept-Dec 2020, Bristol Mind is providing a specific free counselling service to individuals shielding as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are shielding and feeling stressed, anxious, isolated or in need of support with your mental health, please do contact us.

More information can be found on the attached flyer or by emailing for a registration form.

Open Shielded service Flyer pdf

Mary’s Meals Double the Love

So much can be asked of us at this time of year. It may be hard to always say yes. Mary said yes to being the Mother of Jesus and as a young, unmarried girl this must have been a terrifying moment for her. Yet her ‘yes’ brought Jesus into the world and changed lives forever. Throughout this year of many challenges, thanks to our generous supporters, Mary’s Meals has continued to say yes to feeding desperately hungry children with a daily meal in a place of education. Now we are delighted to share with you a new opportunity to say yes and provide 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, with a life-changing meal at school. From 2nd November until 31st January 2021, donations made to our Double The Love campaign will be matched by the UK government, up to £2 million. Please consider setting a place at our Big Family Christmas dinner table or buying a Christmas gift card on our website. More information on how to support us can be found at

Thank you

Charity Christmas Shopping

During lockdown many charities have suffered from a lack of income from their usual sources. One way to support them is to buy Christmas cards and gifts.

We’ve included some links below of some of the organisations who could benefit from your patronage…

Bristol NW Foodbank Appeal

Since the first lockdown in March Bristol NW Foodbank has supplied food parcels to feed and support over 7000 people. With your wonderfully generous donations, we raised over £3000 to purchase fairly traded products for the Foodbank to provide to those in need.  As increasing numbers of people turn to foodbanks for help we are launching a new appeal to provide further support in the weeks and months to come. If you can help, the JustGiving page for Donations is

Foodbank: supporting those in need 

As we approach another lockdown please think about anyone in our parish or school who has been on furlough for a long time. The Foodbank has brought to our attention that people are suffering due to this long term reduction in income and many people are getting behind on rent and mortgages and are struggling with the essentials. The Bristol NW Foodbank has food, toiletries and pet food and really wants to help. You can get help by calling 0808 2082138 (the Citizen’s Advice Foodbank Referral line) or be referred through Mary Manners at Cathedral House.
Chris Brennan
Clifton Cathedral Foodbank Representative 

Music in the Mass

We are delighted that Sunday singing starts to return at the 9.30 Mass with six members of the Cathedral Choir. We hope to expand this much missed part of Cathedral life as the weeks progress. The music lists will appear here