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from Clifton Cathedral

12th Sunday in of the Year

Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: ”Quiet now! Be calm!” And the wind dropped and all was calm again.
(Mark 4:39)

We can sometimes struggle on our own with problems and difficulties that sap our strength and almost paralyse us. The “Lord of the Storm” who came to the aid of the disciples in the boat is the same Lord who today offers an ear to us in our troubles. And even the wind and sea obey him.

All things work together for good, if one will but trust God.
(R H Benson)

Not God alone in the still calm we find;
he mounts the storm,
and walks upon the wind.
(Alexander Pope)

In the midst of a gale at sea, hope is to discover land. In the eyes of another it is to see that he understands you. As long as there is still hope there will also be prayer. And God will be holding you in his hands.
(Henri Nouwen)

Christ leads me through no darker rooms than he went through before;

He that into God’s kingdom comes must enter by this door.
(Richard Baxter)

My God and I will walk the plank together.
My God and I will jump into the sea.
My God and I will meet all kinds of weather.
My God and I will walk triumphantly. (Anonymous)

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 20th June
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
People of the Parish

Monday 21st June
Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Patricia Arnold  RIP

Tuesday 22nd June
Feast of Saint John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More Martyrs
Joan Henry RIP

Wednesday 23rd June
Weekday in Ordinary Time
David Winstone RIP

Thursday 24th June
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Marie Rogers RIP

Friday 25th June
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Profetiza Tomaneng & Family

Saturday 26th June
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Clifton Mission Benefactor’s Fund

Sunday 27th June
Thirteenth 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 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, Domingo Areal-Taboas, Mandy Tucker, Sue Wright, Marion Ramos, Anne Barwell, Michael Bednall.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time:
Catherine Chapman, Eric Coots, Theresa Hallaran, Elaine Shotton, John Garland, Elsie Chambers, Michael Bruen, Maureen Flanagan, Geraldine Flanagan, Bob Hackett, Margaret Furey, Mary O’Grady, David Walker, Patricia Muston, Thomas Carter, Christine Randall, Sarah Thompson, Bernard Kelly, Desmond Coyle, John Raymond, John Griffey, Delia Amos, Brian McHale, Mary Brain, Cosmo Grey.

We pray for those who have died recently:
Cyril Frain RIP
Maureen O’Carroll RIP
David Winstone RIP
and for their families and friends.

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




Sea Sunday

Seafarers lead hard and dangerous lives. This Sea Sunday your gifts and prayers will help seafarers and fishers get the support they need.

Donate online at





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


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 – Expressions of interest are also welcome from adults (18+) who wish to be Confirmed.

Bristol NW Foodbank Appeal: many thanks for your continued support with donations for the Foodbank Appeal. We have reached our latest fundraising target, since March 2020 you have raised a magnificent £6000 to support the work of the Foodbank, and help those who continue to we need their support.

Brother Son, Sister Moon, caring for our common home.

A day of prayer, reflection, sharing and insights from ‘Laudato Si’. Led by Caroline Price & Jackie Chenier.

Saturday 26th June, 10am-4pm, at Elsie Briggs House, BS9 3EQ. Bring lunch.

Suggested donation £25, but give according to your means.

0117 950 7242

Miracles come to Malvern

St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown Road, Malvern will be exhibiting the Eucharistic miracles researched by Blessed Carlo Acutis over the weekend of 25th to 27th June.

Carlo Acutis (1991-2006) was born in London and he grew up in Milan, a millennial teenager; going to school, meeting his friends and enjoying a passion for computers. Whilst in primary school he taught himself to code. As a devout Catholic, Carlo took communion every day and when the internet was still in its infancy Carlo (aged 11) discovered the Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano. This discovery inspired him to research 120 miracles and to build a website to document them. In the 21st century the most outstanding miracles have been subjected to lab testing that was not possible previously.

The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition (which is coming to Malvern) offers a summary of this scientific evidence. It has travelled all over the world, it features photographs and historical descriptions. The exhibition presents the miracles that have taken place in many different countries.

In 2006, just after finishing this work and only 15 years old, Carlo was diagnosed with leukaemia and died a week later.
Since his death, Carlo has become known as ‘the patron saint of the internet’ for his aptitude with computers and his early and enthusiastic use of the internet, which he used to express his Catholic faith.

Since Carlo’s death several more miracles have taken place, which have been rigorously scientifically researched. They are included in this exhibition.

A 7-year-old Brazilian boy was healed from a rare pancreatic disorder after coming into contact with a piece of one of Carlo’s T-shirts. Last October (2020) Carlo was beatified (made Blessed) by the Church after this healing miracle was attributed to him. This is the first step to becoming a saint and Carlo is the first millennial to be recognised in this way.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini said at Carlo’s beatification that Carlo’s “love for the Eucharist was the foundation that kept alive his relationship with God. He often said, ‘The Eucharist is my highway to Heaven.’ He was an ordinary boy, simple, spontaneous, likeable.’’

Everyone is invited to view the free exhibition which will be on display at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown Road, Malvern from 25th – 27th June 2021. For further details, including the programme of events, visit

New Multi Academy Trust

The Cardinal Newman Educational Trust, consisting of 9 Catholic Primary Schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset is looking for 8 new Directors to form its Trust Board. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the first Multi Academy Trusts within Clifton Diocese.  If you have enthusiasm and commitment, can take a strategic view and contribute to boardroom discussions, then you can make a valuable contribution to the governing board of this new Multi Academy Trust. It also provides the opportunity to use your life/work skills and experience, to provide the best possible education for the benefit of the children in our schools. Please see the  Director Recruitment Pack  for further details and how to apply . Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 25 June.


Adult Formation and Evangelisation Officer

Are you passionate about your faith and have a desire to share it with others?
Would you like to support our parishes in their mission to be communities of evangelisation and mission?
Do you have an interest in developing resources and working with a variety of different groups to deliver effective and dynamic sacramental preparation alongside accompanying parishes in their outreach to those seeking faith or simply curious?

The successful applicant will need to be committed to the mission of the Church, a confident communicator, be able to promote the Gospel and support parishes to grow in their capacity to be places of mission and outreach.

Caritas and Environmental Officer
Are you passionate about our planet and how we care for it?

Do you care about the poor and the vulnerable in our local communities?
Would you like to be able to develop co-ordinated plans for action, working with parishes and schools in a Catholic setting?

With two key aspects to this role, the successful applicant will need to have the confidence to ensure that both the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth are fully integrated into the life of our parishes and schools.

For further information/informal discussion about the roles please contact Sarah Adams, the Director of Adult Education & Evangelisation on 0117 902 5595.

The job description, personal specification and application form are available from

Closing date for receipt of applications: 25 June 2021.

LOV Verbum Dei family began in Bristol at the start of the pandemic in 2020, bringing together Catholics worldwide for daily scripture, podcasts and weekly online prayer gatherings. Through intercessory prayer, meditations, and sacred music, we strive to fulfil our founding principle of the meaning of LOV: To read-To pray-To live daily the Word of God in our lives. If you would like to know more and get involved in this very special ministry you can reach them via this link: /

Pastoral Letter for Pentecost 2021

2021.05.06 – Pastoral Letter for Pentecost – FINAL








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.

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.