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from Clifton Cathedral
2nd Sunday of Easter
Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.
There is a bit of Thomas in all of us. By human standards it is asking too much to believe that a dead man has come back to life after three days. But what Jesus is saying is that if we allow ourselves to experience the power of his resurrection, then we too can never die.
It is said that the Brazilian Archbishop Helder Camara was once accused by a heckler of being a communist revolutionary. He replied, “No, madam, I am not a communist. I am a Christian, and that means much more revolution!” If we are supporters of a society where it’s “everyone for himself”, of a market economy in which those with money flourish, and those without money depend on the trickle-down effect, then the New Testament can come as something of a shock. St Luke writes in Acts that the early Christian community held everything in common, with no one claiming for their own use anything they had. None of their members was ever in want, he says. No doubt sociologists and economists today would tell us that modern conditions are too complex for such a way of life, apart from those who want to live in the religious communities of convents and monasteries. They may be right. And, of course, we shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that we have to imitate exactly the social lifestyle of people 2,000 years ago. Perhaps, though, we can learn one thing from the Easter experience of those early Christians. The resurrection made such an impact on them, that it radically altered the way they lived. Their faith in Jesus’s promises was so strong that their possessions and money, even their houses, were all put in second place to the service of the gospel. The resurrection was revolutionary. It fired their imagination and sharpened their commitment. It turned their priorities in life upside down. If the resurrection has taken hold of us at our roots, how does it show? Maybe we haven’t sold everything we own. In many cases family responsibilities would make this foolish. But what have we done? Has the resurrection revolutionized us? The resurrection is such an earth-shattering event, that if we can take it in our stride without getting worked up, then we surely have missed its point.
The bottom line, then, for belief in the resurrection is really the bottom line of the whole of the Christian faith – the non-abandoning love of God.
Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross you destroyed our death; through his rest in the tomb you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you; and through his rising again you restored us to eternal life.
Daily Mass in the Cathedral
Monday-Saturday at 9.30am
Sunday Masses 9.30am and 6pm
Confession Saturday after 9.30 Mass, for other times speak to a priest or Cathedral House 0117 973 8411
Sunday 11th April
Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh RIP
Monday 12th April
Weekday of Easter
Jozefa Watroba RIP
Tuesday 13th April
Weekday off Easter
John & Yvonne Wyatt
Wednesday 14th April
Weekday of Easter
May McGrath RIP
Thursday 15th April
Weekday of Easter
Shelia Bricknell RIP
Friday 16th April
Weekday of Easter
Henry Bouzat RIP
Saturday 17th April
(No confessions after mass today)
Weekday of Easter
Our Lady on Saturday
Sunday 18th April
Third Sunday of Easter
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 email@example.com 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, Judy Haworth, Eliza James, Ken Wright, Adam Walker, Chris Vigars, Sylvia Hambidge, Allan Liversedge, John Hunt, Dinah McAlees, Stella Bateman, Steve Bell, Stephen Ellis, Mary Burke, Trevor Williamson, Jeff Dahm, Una Dean, Jo Catton, Kate Painter, Baby Miriam Western, Barbara Freeman, Baby Isla Sophia Duffy, Ian Venters, Mike Daniel, Annabelle Cervantes, Patricia Sheppard, Jessica Cox, David Bull, Nic Dunn.
Mike Daniel would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support whilst he was in hospital. He is now recovering at St Joseph’s Home with the wonderful care he is receiving from the Sisters and staff he is improving a little every day. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
And those who have died recently.
We pray for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh RIP
And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time
Fr Tony Fejer, Andrea Chisholm, Peter Morey, Mary Donelan, Lamarck Clement, Emilia Tyler, Fiona Braidwood, Eileen Balfe, Joan O’Neill, Michael Batten, Richard Clay, Madge McCarthy, Kenneth McBride, Hugh Fowler, Helena Ignatiewa, Pat Jones, Sr Margaret and Sister Angela from Little Sisters of the Poor
To allow us to continue private prayer every week day, we need 2 volunteers each day to steward for us. The commitment is just one hour from 10-11am every other week. If you think you would be able to help out please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Contact Junior Choir Director Stephen Bryant here
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
This week’s Seeking the Light video features our Cathedral Dean. More videos and resources are available on the Clifton Diocesan website.
For Holy Thursday,
HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh RIP
Bishop Declan, Canon Bosco and the Cathedral community are sad to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip.
“On behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, I would like to express our condolences and promise of prayer for her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all members of the royal family at the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip was a man dedicated to supporting the Queen and accompanying her on many visits both at home and abroad. Prince Philip was his own person and had strength of character. The Prince’s death is a loss to the United Kingdom and the commonwealth.”
Bishop Declan Lang
Bishop Declan will celebrate Mass in the Duke’s honour at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 11th April. The Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, will attend Mass as a representative of the Royal Family for Bristol.
She will be accompained by Dr Tim Chambers OBE.
Pic. Marcin Mazur
A moment of reflection from our funeral liturgy at this time when we remember HRH Prince Philip. Liturgy is a public and private activity: as we recall his public life we think of those closest to him who grieve in a fuller, more personal, way. And all those who are separated from those they love. RIP.
First Holy Communion 2021
First Holy Communion for 2021 will be celebrated on Saturday 3rd July at 9.30am . Preparation this year will be carried out in two groups. Children from SS Peter & Paul will be prepared at school and the Home Group will be prepared by zoom led by Teddy Brady and Louise White commencing Thursday 22nd April from 4.30-5.30pm. All children attending the course should be aged eight on 1st September and presently in Year 4. Application forms can be downloaded and returned to Canon Bosco at Cathedral House by Friday 15th April. If your child was not baptised at Clifton Cathedral we will require a copy of their baptismal certificate alongside their application form, together with the registration fee for the course. On receipt of your completed form we will email a copy of the First Holy Communion Programme. We are inviting you and your child to join us for an Enrolment Mass on the 18th April at the 9.30am Mass at Clifton Cathedral when they will also collect their books for their First Holy Communion Course.
Children who were prepared for their First Holy Communion last year but did not take the Sacrament will be given the opportunity to join the Group this year on the 3rd July. With regard to preparation and taking their Sacrament of Reconciliation they will be contacted further in the next few weeks. Any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage
Friday 16th April is the Feast Day of St Bernadette Soubirous, so as part of our own ongoing virtual pilgrimage Monseigneur Liam Slattery will be celebrating a livestream Mass at 7:00 pm, please join us through the Clifton diocese website at www.cliftondiocese.com.
The Sanctuary of Lourdes
We have heard from the Rector of the sanctuary that due to the unfortunate new lockdown in France, they are still not able to accept pilgrimages. So, until visitors from outside the local area are allowed, the chaplains will be offering Masses and Rosaries throughout the day which can be viewed either on their website www.lourdes-france.org or on their You Tube channel www.youtube.com/user/LourdesWebTV or on your smart TV You Tube app.
The rector is inviting all our intentions and petitions which again can be requested through their website www.lourdes-france.org/en/. This is a difficult time for all of us, but please pray for the local people of Lourdes, along with the Chaplains and those who serve at the shrine. The Rector assures us of his prayers.
CONFIRMATION 2021 – IMPORTANT UPDATE
If most Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in June we will commence preparation for confirmation on Thursday 16th September. The programme will run weekly (except for half-term week) with confirmation celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King (21st November). If you would like to be confirmed later this year 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 please contact Paul Hill – email@example.com. Expressions of interest are also welcome from adults (18+) who wish to be confirmed.
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 Encounter – World 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.
For Good Friday, a recording of St John’s Passion, composed by Christopher Walker and sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Clifton Diocesan Trustees
St Ambrose, North Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PW by 16th April.
Since January we have raised a further £580 for NW Bristol Foodbank, supporting increasing numbers in need at this very difficult time. Many thanks for your very generous donations. We have now raised a total of £5315 since this appeal was launched last year, and hope to reach a target of £6000 by Easter (another £685). Any donations to help us reach that goal would be much appreciated thank you: