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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 2:1-11 ‘My hour has not come yet’ – ‘Do whatever he tells you’

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’
 
This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Mass Intentions

Daily Mass in the Cathedral
​Monday: 9.30am | Tuesday: 7.00pm | Wednesday: 7.30am
Thursday: 7.30am | Friday 9.30am | Saturday: 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 16th January           
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int. People of the Parish               

Monday 17th  January           
Memorial of St Anthony, Abbot
Int. Patricia Tancock

Tuesday 18th January            
Weekday in Ordinary  Time      
Int. Maureen Griffin RIP

Wednesday 19th January      
Memorial of St Wulstan
Int. David Duff RIP

Thursday 20th January            
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Int. Angela Appleby RIP

Friday 21st  January                 
Memorial of St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
Int. Veronica Malin RIP

Saturday 22nd January            
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Bridget McBrien RIP

Sunday 23rd January               
Weekday 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.

Prayers

Please pray for the sick of our parish and for all who are unwell: Andy Dawes, Malcolm and Jane Cooper, Sister Marika Rebicsek, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, William Gregory, Eliza James, Ken Wright, Adam Walker, Dinah McAlees, Steve Bell, Mary Burke, Jo Catton, Kate Painter, Barbara Freeman, Ian Venters, Annabelle Cervantes, Patricia Sheppard, David Bull, Nic Dunn, Desmond, Carol Chadwick and Chris Chadwick, Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Marion Ramos, Margaret Meech, Margaret Webster, Christine Bartlett, Angela Manning, Claire Vaisler, Patrick O’Sullivan, Nick Lee, Steve Hatwood, Theresa Johnston.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Louise Caple, Stephanie Taylor, Giuseppe Firetto, Patrick Godfrey, Maureen Griffin, Betty White, Mary Mott, Brigid O’Reilly, Madeline Dodds, Angela Appleby, Carmelo Giannetto, Patricia Brewer, Simon Chandler, Bridget Hayes, Fr Francis  Meegan

We pray for those who have died recently and their families and friends.
Elizabeth Kavanagh RIP, Dolores Kennedy RIP, Phyllis Dobson RIP, Valerie Anglin RIP

Stewardship

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

How much do you know about the 800 year history of the Dominican friars in this country?

The Dominican Province of England has had a dramatic history: it began with royal patronage and phenomenal growth, with friars preaching the gospel and rising to positions of high influence.

But at the Reformation, the Province was devastated and nearly obliterated – and yet somehow it managed to survive, revive and eventually thrive once more.
You can now discover this history and some of its key characters in a new online exhibition specially prepared to celebrate our Jubilee year!
Follow this link –

https://www.dominicanjubilee.com/about/online-exhibition

There is an active Fraternity of Lay Dominicans in Bristol . For further information see www.laydominicansbristol.org or contact Fernando Cervantes at affc@bristol.ac.uk

HONOURING SUNDAY

As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and feelings with us.

Read more here   Honouring Sunday

PARISH RETREAT 2022

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 rogerbird1939@gmail.com​ 
Retreat Booking Form

SYNOD on SYNODALITY – UPDATE

The three evening Listening Events, including the Zoom sessions are now fully subscribed. Thank you to all who have participated to date. You may still have your say by using the Listening Board in the Narthex and/or by writing to us at synod2023.cathedral@cliftondiocese.com. This is a no-reply email but your comments are valued and appreciated and will help us to compile our parish report, which will be sent to Bishop Declan at the end of February. If you are unsure about what the Synod of Bishops wishes to know from the voice of the people please visit cliftondiocese.com/synod where you will find all the information you need to know.

Thank you – Ann, Nick, Appo, Cath, Wendy and Paul (delegates).

Announcing our 20th country

We are overjoyed to share that we are now working in Yemen, serving life-changing meals to children affected by one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. 


Yemen has been devastated by conflict since 2015, with millions of people fleeing their homes to find safety, high levels of hunger and many children out of school.

Now, thanks to you, more than 4,000 Yemeni children will eat nutritious pitta bread sandwiches, filled with various ingredients to suit local tastes alongside fruit and vegetables, at school today. In such uncertain times, the promise of a daily meal at school provides a glimmer of hope to hungry children who are desperate to learn.

Find out more here marysmeals.org.uk

CATHEDRAL JUNIOR CHOIR

Our Junior choir have resumed their Friday rehearsals in preparation for leading us at some of our 9.30am Masses and other liturgies. We welcome children in school years 3-11 to join us no previous experience necessary for fun and singing each Friday at 4.15pm. Please email Stephen Bryant juniorchoir@cliftondiocese.com if your child would like to join. From next Friday 14th January the choir will resume sung Vespers in the Cathedral at 5.15pm and all are welcome to come. It is a lovely way to round off the working week and join the universal work of prayer in the Church. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to come along!

NEW CHORAL DIRECTOR

Canon Bosco reports “Due to his many other commitments John Gibbons will be taking a step back from weekly rehearsals and conducting the Cathedral Choir at the 11.15am Sunday Mass. We will not be losing him completely though, as he has kindly agreed to continue to support the excellent work of our Choir and so he will still be involved regularly if less frequently. I am excited to announce the appointment of David Bednall to our Cathedral Music team as Choral Director. David will take over weekly responsibilities for the choir volunteers, scholars and exhibitioners. He is recognized as one of the leading choral composers of his generation having studied for a PhD in Composition with Professor John Pickard at the University of Bristol and is signed to Oxford University Press. As well as becoming Choral Director at Clifton Cathedral, he is also is suborganist at Bristol Cathedral. You can read more about our new Choral Director at www.davidbednall.com. I welcome David to the Cathedral team and look forward to working with him in this important role.”

Thank you very much for all the donations received in response to our Christmas appeal to support the work of Bristol NW Foodbank. As Christmas approaches, they will be sending out over 300 Christmas food parcels to individuals and families in crisis. We have now raised nearly half of our £1000 target, if you can support their work, it would be very much appreciated. To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bristolnwfoodbankchristmasappeal​

Finance Vacancies
The Curia Finance department in Alexander House are currently recruiting an Accounting Officer and a Parish Finance Support Officer to replace two vacancies within the team. The Accounting Officer role is responsible for managing the purchase and sales ledgers and updating the nominal ledger and the Parish Finance Support Officer role is focussed on supporting the implementation of OPAS and providing administrator support for parish bank, credit card and PayPal accounts. Further information regarding the roles is available on the diocesan website: cliftondiocese.com

DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. You can donate on the CAFOD website: CAFOD Afghanistan crisis and please pray for the people of Afghanistan