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from Clifton Cathedral

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What does it mean to say that the Son of Man will “come” at a time we do not expect? And why are we warned against becoming complacent about it? Being always ready and expectant is one thing, but how will we know if he has come or not? Most people think of the coming of the Son of Man in terms of death. They think of being caught out with an untimely death, like a car accident, and of the need to live a life that is prepared for death. This is certainly true. But the coming of the Son of Man is also a positive thing. The bible speaks of it as making us glorious in the sight of our enemies. It means that it is also about ordinary everyday experiences. This “coming” takes place in common events. We are made glorious, and God is made manifest in the giving of new life. A woman expecting a baby waits and waits for the moment when she can hold it in her arms. When finally she can do this, it’s a grace-filled moment. Some things bring new hope. Perhaps a person has been waiting for just the right job to come their way and the offer arrives on the doormat. They can see it just as another job offer, or they can see it as a chance for a new start, a fresh hope, a time of blessing. Even sickness brings the Son of Man. If we grow old and tired under the weight of our years, or if we simply are laid low with some debilitating disease, how do we react to it? Do we see it simply as a burden, or as an opportunity to grow through our suffering? Does the Son of Man visit us in our sickness or do we take it on alone? And what about true love? If we believe that God comes to us in the ordinary events of our lives, then what about when we meet the right partner? Do we see just another human being, or can we look beyond appearances to see the presence of God in the person we love? God visits us in the lives of those who show us love. So the secret, says Jesus, is to stay wide awake in order to see the Son of Man in life. The trick is to know how to wait, how to expect, how to long for God. For the Son of Man comes not just at death. He comes in life. And often.

Mass Intentions

See our live-stream page for Mass times


Sunday 7th August
19th  Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int: Roger Manning
Int: People of the Parish
Int: Cecily Hutchinson RIP

Monday 8th August
Saint Dominic, Priest
Int: Barrie Meech RIP

Tuesday 9th August
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Int: David & Olive Hill RIP

Wednesday 10th August
Saint Laurence, Deacon, Martyr

Thursday 11th August
Saint Clare, Virgin
Int: Margaret Mauditt RIP

 Friday 12th August
Weekday of Ordinary time

Saturday 13th August
Weekday of Ordinary time

Sunday 14th August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Int: People of the Parish
Int: Bishop Mervyn Alexander RIP

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: David Bull, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Eliza James, Annabelle Cervantes, Angela Manning, Theresa Johnston, Ian Venters, Barbara Freeman, Valentina Kelemenova,  Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Christine Bartlett, Nick Lee, Steve Hatwood, Dinah McAlees, Linda Sheppard, Patricia Sheppard, Timothy Robinson, Kate Painter, Steve Bell, Rosalin Bayley, Carol and Chris Chadwick, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Nic Dunn, Ian and Amy Mackenzie, Margaret McGuiness,Margaret Meech, Peter Melton, Jane and Malcolm Cooper, Andy Dawes, Michael Palmer, Patrick O’Sullivan, Bridie O’Sullivan, Steffan Llwyd, Jerome Farrell and Rosalin Bayley.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Olive Connell, Barrie Meech, Maria De Castra, Caroline Williams, Elizabeth Cogan, Jean Baker, Timothy Hemming, Christopher Sharples

We pray for those who have died, their families and friends
James Furey, Cecily Hutchinson, Rosemary Slocombe, Barbara Ivey RIP


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

WELFARE GROUP: If parishioners know of anyone who would be glad of a home visit, or those who are sick and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Fr Cavan via Cathedral House. It’s important that those who ask for a visit are aware of the care that needs to be exercised to minimise risk of spreading infection.


As many parishioners know, the retreat planned for September 2021 had to be cancelled because of the indisposition of Fr Denis McBride. Our next retreat will now be between 14-16 October 2022 at the Ammerdown Centre and will be led by Fr Nicholas King SJ. Fr Nicholas is a noted biblical scholar and has published his own translation of the New Testament, and is well-known to us as an inspiring speaker.

All those who had booked for the 2021 retreat will be automatically included in next year’s retreat unless they specifically withdraw from it. Places are limited so all those wishing to come on the retreat are advised to reserve a place as soon as possible. Further details and booking forms can be downloaded below or are available from the Cathedral Office or from Roger Bird at​ 
Retreat Booking Form

A prayer for Ukraine

Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.



Thank you to all who participated in our listening events and joined us recently for the follow-up sessions. Your valued comments and feedback will now be shared with Canon Bosco so we may continue the synodal process in our parish.
“ The full report is available to read here:
A shorter “Executive Summary” is available here:
If you would like a printed copy of the Synod Report please contact the Cathedral Office

Bristol Catholic Chaplaincy

Accommodation is available for Catholic students of the University of Bristol, UWE, and other institutions of higher education in Bristol at Bristol University Catholic Chaplaincy in Clifton. If you would like the opportunity to be part of a vibrant Catholic community, please e-mail

Saint Bernadette Relic Tour 2022

The Pilgrim journey of the relics will take place in England, Scotland and Wales in September and October this year, arriving at Clifton Cathedral on Saturday 10th September for one day.

All pilgrims are invited and are very welcome, but it would be helpful if you could telephone Cathedral House on 0117 973 8411 if you are bringing a
coach or a small party. Please advise the approximate numbers and the need
for assistance with wheelchairs, so that we can plan appropriately.
You can also register online at


In collaboration with Clifton Diocese, a 10-part video series on the topic of love was launched on Friday 14th July. We are invited to converse with the people of our community and share the only thing that will be asked of us at the end of our lives. As St John of the Cross said: “In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”

In the first episode, we hear Canon Bosco MacDonald discuss what love means to him. Episodes will be released every Friday for 10 consecutive weeks on the diocesan website and on the LOVVD YouTube channel with the past episodes available for replay.


The Cathedral would like to invite parishioners to consider joining the Sunday, and if possible, weekday Readers’ Rotas. This is an important ministry which leads us to contemplation of our Lord’s life and encourages us to put his teachings into practice in our daily lives. A training session will be provided. If you are interested in becoming a reader, please speak to a member of the clergy after Sunday Mass.


Quiz and Chips evening with your Quizmaster, Fr Bosco
Friday 23rd September in the Apostle Room –

‘Dickens’ Christmas evening with supper and song
Saturday 3rd December in the Apostle Room

Monthly prayer meetings
First Monday of each month from September to December
(5th September; 3rd October; 7th November; 5th December).

Reading of Luke’s Gospel across two evenings in preparation for the Parish Retreat in October.
27th September and the 11th October at 7pm in the James Room.
You will be most welcome whether or not you are planning to attend the retreat.

There are still a few places available for the retreat led by Fr Nicholas King SJ at Ammerdown 14th – 16th October. Please ask the office for details.


The Foodbank collection is now taking place every Sunday,

The Foodbank is in particular need of fruit, dried pasta, tea bags, instant coffee (which can be purchased from Traidcraft), tinned rice puddings and custard.  Financial donations online ( or at the Traidcraft stall are also welcome.

A fourth season of failed rains is causing one of the worst droughts East Africa has seen in decades. In Turkana, in northern Kenya, crops won’t grow in the parched ground and animals are beginning to die.

In these desperate times, Mary’s Meals is a beacon of hope and – thanks to your kindness – more than 120,000 children in Turkana eat our nutritious meals each school day.

Every single thing that people do for our mission makes an enormous difference to those children, allowing them to gain an education and look to a much brighter future.

It costs just £15.90 to feed a child for a year with Mary’s Meals. Please donate today, if you can, so we can keep feeding the children who rely on our life-changing school meals – and also reach the next child waiting.

Donate today

Ukrainian refugees are starting to arrive in Bristol. Through our parish experience with the Clifton Refugee Sponsorship Scheme we are now able to offer support to Citizens UK in mentoring those who have offered their rooms and homes for Ukrainians. If you know of Ukrainian refugees housed in or near Bristol please help us to put them, and their host families, in touch with each other. If you speak Ukrainian and/or Russian please let us know urgently. Your help and support may be vital: Contact Paul Williams on 0117-9635544, or (preferably)

The Turin Shroud Exhibition will be visiting the Parish of St. John The Baptist Parish Centre, 2 Wingfield Road Trowbridge BA14 9EA from Monday September 26th – Monday 3rd October.

Parish groups or individuals are very welcome to visit the exhibition and there is no need to book a visit to this event, but it would be useful to know who and how many will be visiting. Please contact Becky at St. Johns Parish Centre by emailing or tel: 01225 767215. The exhibition will be available to view from 9am-9pm each day (Except Monday 26th 3pm-9pm and Monday 3rd October 9am-12 noon) when it is in Trowbridge. Please note that parking is limited on Saturday 1st October 5.30pm-7pm and Sunday 2nd October 10am-1pm, accommodating parishioners attending Mass at St. John’s Church.

For more information please use the following link

Flame 2023

As youth ministry rebuilds after the pandemic we hope this is an exciting prospect – something to aim for, and give hope, as young people (and all of us) get used to socialising again.

The theme of Flame 2023 – which is exactly 150 days before World Youth Day in Lisbon – takes the WYD Scripture (“Mary arose and went in haste”) and crystallises it into the theme, “Rise Up!” Rise up after the pandemic, Rise up as young Catholics, Rise up – as Mary did – for the surprising and beautiful adventure that is our Catholic faith.  Learn more about Flame 2023 at FLAME – CYMFed

This year, Clifton Diocese has booked tickets and a coach for 50 people.  If you’re interested in booking a ticket through and traveling with the diocese, please send an email to

WYD 2023

World Youth Day will next take place in Lisbon in 2023. The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is organising an eight-day pilgrimage from July 31 to August 8 2023 for young adults [18-35] in our diocese. The provisional plan is to spend six nights in Lisbon and two nights in Fatima. There will be formation sessions for the group before the pilgrimage to build community and support one another in our faith journey. If you are interested in learning more about the Clifton Diocese World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrimage, and will be at least 18 years old on 1st April 2023, please register your interest at World Youth Day 2023 | Clifton Diocese.

Seeds of Faith

The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is offering a faith formation course ‘Seeds of Faith’ for experienced and inexperienced catechists, and anyone interested in learning more about our Catholic faith. The course consists of 10 Saturday afternoon sessions, we will journey together, share ideas and grow in this special ministry. Sessions start at 3pm, finishing at 5pm, with refreshments from 2.30pm.

These are in-person events starting on Saturday 18 June at St. George’s, Billet Street, Taunton, TA1 3NN. There will be Mass at St George’s at 5.30pm each Saturday.

The dates of the course are 18 June, 25 June, 9 July, 16 July, 3 September, 17 September, 24 September, 8 October, 15 October & 22 October. The course fee is £40 (or £5 per session), the payment details can be found on the booking form. For more information, a booking form and/or to register your interest, please contact: