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


from Clifton Cathedral

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

They asked him: “Rabbi, where do you live?” “Come and see” Jesus replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day.
(John 1:38-39)

God has a call for each of us, and what he asks of me is not the same as what he asks of you. Every person has been made in God’s image and likeness but with a special unique imprint of God’s love which makes us different from our neighbour. In this way God is able to employ each individual in the mystery of his purpose. What has God called you to do?

Each conception of spiritual beauty is a glimpse of God.
(Moses Mendelssohn)

Look in my face: my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell.
(Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated.
(John Ruskin)

It is not a question of who or what you are, but whether God controls you.
(J Wilbur Chapman)

We always find it more acceptable to have God speaking to us directly rather than through our wives! But we may learn a great deal by listening to what he says to us through them.
(Paul Tournier)


Mass Intentions

Daily Mass in the Cathedral
Monday-Saturday at 9.30am
Sunday Masses are 9.30am and 6pm

Sunday 17th January
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
David McDonald RIP

Monday 18th January
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Maureen Griffin & Nora Dowling RIP

Tuesday 19th January
Memorial of Saint Wulstan, Bishop
Lukas Murdihardjo RIP

Wednesday 20th January
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Private Intention

Thursday 21st January
Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
Private Intention

Friday 22nd January
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Veronica Malin RIP

Saturday 23rd January
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Private Intention

Sunday 24th January
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 mary.manners@cliftondiocese.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: 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, Kate Painter, Baby Miriam Western, Barbara Freeman, Baby Duffy

And those who have died recently: Lukas Murdihardjo RIP

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time

Sr Marie Brigitte, Eileen Roche, Margaret Brady, Kevin Ginty, Molly Kelly, Anthony Martell, Tom Clement, Hugh Kinghorn, Angela Appleby, Bridget Walsh, Catherine Elgar, Tom Millar, Madelaine Dodds, Mary Colston-Marshall, Zygmunt Tyszczuk.


Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter


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 mary.manners@cliftondiocese.com

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

Echoes of God: Journeying with the word of God

David McLoughlin invites you to join him on a journey through the whole Bible in this wonderful 7 week course.

The aim of this series is to help us get a sense of the Scriptures as a whole. To see the unfolding of God’s liberating and creative love in the history of Israel and in the Church.

For more information, visit the ‘God who speaks’ website.

Churches Together in Clifton Cotham and Redland
On-Line Events for 2021
Lent Conversations 22 February to 19 March
World Day of Prayer 5 March

More information attached…Lent Conversations poster 6 January


Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are not yet  able to commit to a date for Confirmation preparation this year. However, if you are interested in being Confirmed you should have reached your 14th birthday by 1st September 2020, be baptised and actively participating in the life of the Church by regular attendance at Mass either by coming to church or via live streaming. For further information and to register your interest please contact Paul Hill – cathedral.confirmation@cliftondiocese.com. Expressions of interest are also welcome from adults (18+) who wish to be Confirmed.

Could you be a School Governor?

Clifton Diocese is seeking to recruit people to serve on school governing bodies. If you believe in Catholic education, have enthusiasm and commitment, then you can make a valuable contribution to the governing body of a Catholic school. It also provides the opportunity to use your life/work skills and experience, for the benefit of the children in our schools. Please visit cliftondiocese.com/news/could-you-be-a-school-governor/ for more information and to complete an online nomination form or contact bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com or  07710094976 – he would be delighted to hear from you. Your support for our schools would be much appreciated.

Rosary and Benediction

Unfortunately Rosary and Benediction has been suspended until further notice – check the website for updates regarding resumption.


On this feast, the Church celebrates the manifestation (epiphany) of Christ to the Nations (Gentiles) in the persons of the Magi—also known as the Wise Men or the Three Kings. In earlier times, this feast combined two other manifestations, that which took place at the Lord’s Baptism, and that which took place in Cana at the Wedding feast. This is still the custom in Eastern Christianity.

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




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


Churches Together Soup Run

We are looking for a volunteer or two to take over the co-ordination of the Soup Run and the team of helpers for the Saturdays in March each year, starting in 2021. If you are interested in this worthwhile outreach for those living on the margins of our city please contact Paul Hill – pfh2202@gmail.com

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 www.marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove.

Thank you

Flute Recital Series continues

Les Chants de Nectaire
Nicola Woodward – flute

14th January 2021
11th February 2021

A unique opportunity to experience this wonderful work in its entirety with proceeds going to the Cathedral Cephas Fund.

“These performances by Nicola Woodward are intensely rewarding with all the suppleness, refinement and easy expressiveness such jewelled miniatures need.” The Guardian

Live-streamed via Churches TV
Tickets £7.50 available from eventbrite.com

Flyer pdf