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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:35-45 The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said to him ‘we want you to do us a favour.’ He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’
When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

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 17th October
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int. People of the Parish

Monday 18th October
Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist  
No  9.30am Mass
11am Requiem Mass Denise Cronin

Tuesday 19th October
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Int. Noreen Kesse

Wednesday 20th October
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Int. Bridget Shevki RIP

Thursday 21st October
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Debbie McNerney

Friday 22nd October
Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 23rd October
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Geoff & Mary Barrett RIP

Sunday 24th October
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int. 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 and Jane Cooper, Michael Palmer, Sister Marika Rebicsek, Peter Wood, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Ann Fletcher, William Gregory, Eliza James, Ken Wright, Adam Walker, Allan Liversedge, Dinah McAlees, Steve Bell, Mary Burke, Trevor Williamson, Jo Catton, Kate Painter, Barbara Freeman, Ian Venters, Annabelle Cervantes, Patricia Sheppard, David Bull, Nic Dunn, Desmond and Valerie Anglin, Carol Chadwick and Chris Chadwick, Mario Toffolo, Margaret O’Higgins, Sue Wright, Marion Ramos, Margaret Meech, Jackson Lewis, Margaret Webster, Christine Bartlett, Angela Manning.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Fr Gilbert Connock, Fr Michael Cleary, Marjorie McLorinan, Edward O’Neill, Wally Smal,  Theresa de Fonseca, Denis Connell, Sean McEvoy, John Reece, Gerry Arnold, Meurig Owen, Nina Austin, William Climpson, Maddie Read, Gerald Arnold, Robert Boyd, Alan Cook, Donald Staynings, Michael O’Neill, Fr John Lee, Mgr Joseph Buckley, Erica Moore, Nina Austin, Francesca Lapworth.

We pray for Stanley Gibbons (father of our Choral Director John), Betty Lee, Fraser Morrison, Peter Scott and Maureen Smith who recently died, and their families and friends. 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

Administrative Support Assistant
Ss Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral Clifton BS8 3BX

We are seeking an experienced Administrative Support Assistant to join the team at Clifton Cathedral.
The successful candidate will have experience in online bookkeeping, with a professional approach and interpersonal skills as part of an active team.
This is a part-time role of 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.45am-12.45pm. Some flexibility is available, with room to discuss alternatives for the right candidate.
For more information and an application form, please email

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


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

New Bishop’s Video for School Governors

The Bishop wishes to recruit new candidates to join the governing bodies, to help grow and sustain Catholic education in the Diocese for current and future generations, and so a new promotional video has been produced where the Bishop and current governors and Headteachers talk about the importance and value of school governors.

Please watch the video to discover some of what being a school governor is about and if you would like to apply to be a governor, please complete our online application form. or contact Bill McEntee, Governance Officer via for more information

For a Synodal Church

Synod = listening and journeying together.

The first phase of listening and discerning in Local Churches, in preparation for the 2023 Synod on Synodality ‘For a Synodal Church’, will be launched by Pope Francis on Oct 10th.

How are we involved?
On Sun 17th Oct, Bishop Declan will launch the Synod in our diocese when he celebrates the 11.15am Mass here in the Cathedral. As usual, the Mass will be livestreamed so that those unable to attend in person will also be able to participate. Bishop Declan will also speak about the Synod in that Sunday’s ‘Dare to Dream’. Each parish will be invited to celebrate the opening of the Synod in their own Church on the same day.

During the following seven days we are asked to pray daily for the Synod’s success:

Sun: For a spirituality of journeying together. That we may be formed as disciples of Christ, as families, as communities, & as human beings, through our experience of this Synodal journey.
Mon: For listening ears. That our hearts & minds be open to listening to others without prejudice.
Tues: For a Church that celebrates. That our journey together in the coming months be based on listening together to the Word of God & the celebration on the Eucharist in the communion of the People of God.
Wed: For our participation in the Mission of Christ. That through our Synodal journey together, we may grow in our shared responsibility of the mission entrusted to us.
Thurs: For true dialogue in the Church & in Society. That through a path of perseverance, patience, & mutual understanding, we may be attentive to the experience of persons & peoples.
Fri: For the exercise of authority & participation in the People of God. That the Synodal roots of the Church will bear fruit in new ways of being at the service of one another at all levels of the Body of Christ.
Sat: For our discernment to be led by the Holy Spirit. That all decisions made on this Synodal path may be discerned though a consensus that flows from our common obedience to the Holy Spirit.

So that we can all fully understand what Pope Francis is asking for our participation in the Synod, we are offering information sessions to give every­one an opportunity to find out more and so be able to fully engage with the process. The dates of the information sessions are:

6 November, 10am-12noon: St John’s Centre, Trowbridge

6 November, 2.30pm-4.30pm: St Patrick, Brockworth

13 November, 10am-12noon: Emmaus House, Bristol

13 November, 2pm-4pm: St Joseph, Bridgwater
If parishioners plan to attend one of the sessions around the diocese, please let us know through the Eventbrite link above.

Also we are holding two online Teams sessions on 8 & 9 November at 7pm. If parishioners intend to participate in one of the online Teams
sessions please let us know at the email address so that we can send a Teams invite a few days before the event. ​

Prayer for COP26

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have plac6id upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement airer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nationsJo the care of Our Commfn Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ you Son. Amen

Climate Liturgy

Cathedral Closure

Due to work being carried out, the Cathedral will be closed from Monday to Friday for at least 2 weeks after the daily 9.30am Mass. We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused. There will be no live-streaming during the day, however daily Mass will continue and will be live-streamed.

Dare to Dream 2021

All are welcome to join with a group ‘dreaming dreams’ about their faith, the life of the Parish and the life of the wider Church in the community of our world.  There are two opportunities to join in – on a Monday evening at 7pm in the Apostle Room or a Friday morning after mass in the James Room. Our next sessions are Monday 1st November and Friday 5th November, when we will be starting our thoughts with a consideration of what it means to be ‘Prophet, Priest and King’!

On the 8th/12th and 15th/19th we will begin to look at themes from Pope Francis encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’. You will be very welcome. For more details contact Wendy Allen on​

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm.

In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria.

You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.

Thank you for your solidarity, your prayers and your support for CAFOD’s work across the world. We share this prayer with you in this time of crisis.

Loving Lord,
For those who have died, give them eternal rest. For those who are bereaved, comfort and console them. For those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can.
Heavenly Father, be with us now and always.

Bristol North West Foodbank Cookery Course

Bristol North West Foodbank are running their next cookery course on the 2nd November 2021 ‘Eat Well’, Spend Less Cookery Course.
The course teaches basic food hygiene, knife skills, managing your food budget, recycling skills, preparing a menu and gives each course participant the opportunity to cook 2 food items each week that they can take home. These include things like homemade pizza’s, porridge, cereal bars, omelettes etc.

We’ve found that many who attend find it a place to make new friends and grow in confidence as well as many report reducing their food costs as they start to cook from scratch.
For further information contact Emma Murray t: 0117 9235343

Housing Appeal

The Clifton Refugee Sponsorship Scheme (CRSS) has been supporting Albout family who came to Bristol from Syria as refugees in October 2019. A number of our parishioners are involved in this scheme and they are now appealing for help in finding alternative accommodation for this little family, parents and two boys.

The family’s tenancy agreement expires on 17th November 2021 and, despite several months of intensive effort by the family and CRSS, replacement accommodation has yet to be secured. This leaves the family in a very difficult situation and facing being made homeless. As a consequence, we are appealing today to anyone who knows of a 2 or 3 bedroom accommodation available to rent. There are funds available to pay the rent, so if you can help then please contact the CRSS Chairman, Chris Brennan, one of our parishioners. You can get in touch via Cathedral House or directly by telephone or email as shown below. Tel 07768488629