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from Clifton Cathedral

7th Sunday of Easter

Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.
(John 17:17-19)

Today we find ourselves in a state of limbo. We have already celebrated Christ’s ascension and we await the coming of the Holy Spirit next Sunday at Pentecost. The gap between what has been accomplished and what is to come is mirrored in our daily lives. We have received the down-payment on our salvation through baptism, and we strive to live up to its de[1]mands. Whilst we do this, our Eucharist proclaims the tension of this promise.

Some of us worked long enough in a shipbuilding district to know that welding is impossible except the materials to be joined are at white heat temperature; and none of our denominational convictions is at white heat. When you try to weld them, they only fall apart.
(George F MacLeod)

Christian Unity has become an argument between chefs. Some want to serve a mixed salad, allowing the greens to maintain their separate identity, while others prefer a slow cooked stew in which the flavour is only enhanced when the ingredients are blended together.
(Oliver Todd)

A song for our banner!
The watchword recall
Which gave the Republic her station:
“United we stand, divided we fall!”
It made and preserves us a nation.
(George Pope Morris)

Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. (Chekhov)

Mass Intentions

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 16th May
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Canon Kevin Mortimore RIP

Monday 17th May
Weekday of Easter
Stephenson, Ashford, Ashworth RIP

Tuesday 18th May
Weekday of Easter
Pat Kissane RIP

Wednesday 19th May
Memorial of Saint Dunstan, Bishop
Lucy Bridget Wilson RIP

Thursday 20th May
Weekday of Easter
Daniel Harrison, family & friends

Friday 21st May 
Weekday of Easter
Clifton Missionary Benefactor’s Fund

Saturday 23rd May 
Weekday of Easter
Elizabeth Moley RIP

Sunday 24th May 
Seventh 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 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, John Hunt, 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, Jessica Cox, David Bull, Nic Dunn, Desmond and Valerie Anglin, Carol Chadwick and Chris Chadwick, Mario Toffolo, Margaret O’Higgins.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Fr Gerry Prior, Fr Claudio Rossi, Sr Anastasia Farrell, Martin Farrell, Zofia Circo, Scott Hutchison, Patrick Clark, Terrence Lavell, Patricia Cross, Sveto Potokar, Nando Moschion, Joseph Hennessy, Maura Batchelor, Edward McNally, Joan Cook, Terence Pagden, Sylvia Sefanoni, Anna Krowicka, Gerard Verver.

And for those who have died recently
Alice Purthill RIP
Helen Patricia Gray RIP

Private Prayer

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


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

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




CONFIRMATION – Candidates for 2020

At Pentecost we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus. At our 6pm Mass next Sunday Pentecost (Sunday 23rd May), Bishop Declan Lang will confirm nine young people and adults of our parish, who will receive the same special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Please remember them in your prayers.

Pray in May

Since our humble beginnings, Mary’s Meals, named after Mary the Mother of Jesus, has been built on a foundation of prayer and the many little acts of love from those who support us.
This May, the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, we invite you to join us in prayer to celebrate the wonderful work of Mary’s Meals and give thanks that we are now reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. We also pray for God’s continued blessing on our beautiful mission, that through His providence it will always flourish, enabling us to reach more hungry children.

You will find inspirational resources for our Pray In May campaign, including our prayer card, on our website or do get in touch if you would like to arrange a talk for your church about our work.

Thank you for remembering Mary’s Meals in your prayers. God bless you all

Praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit

Bishop Declan invites us all to participate in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit beginning this week on Thursday 13 May (Feast of the Ascension). Each of the nine days will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit. You can access the prayer resource for the Novena on the diocesan website: We hope as many people will join us in praying the Novena as we continue to ‘Dare to Dream’ and invite the Holy Spirit to bless our diocese as we move forward.

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.

Bringing Laudato Si’ to life

From 16 May, Catholics will connect with each other and feel inspired about the steps taken on our ecological conversion journey, learning from global visionaries and community leaders who are bringing Laudato Si’ to life. Resources and the official prayer are available below.

Sign up to Laudato Si’ Week


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.