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By every human standard Jesus got it wrong. He prepared the 72 disciples by his preaching and teaching, and then simply sent them out like lambs to the slaughter, ill-prepared to hold their ground with the wise and the clever, lacking food and money, with no plan of action except going from town to town and door to door. But something unusual happened. Instead of being eaten alive by the wolves, instead of the whole enterprise failing due to lack of planning and bad management, things turned out remarkably well. The disciples came back raving about what had happened. Apparently, not only did people listen to their preaching and accept it, but even the “devils”, the hardened opposition, melted away. What happened to these disciples was to be repeated throughout history. The Christian faith has its share of great and powerful orators, of politically masterful preachers and academics skilled in theology and philosophy. But the profile of the average Christian is closer to the lamb than to the wolf. The pages of Christian history are full of ordinary people who convinced others not by their fine words but by their simple faith in God. If someone is to be converted to Christ, then it is more likely that the power of example will carry more weight than any great learning. And, of course, if it all depended on you and me it would be time to pack it all in. Our own efforts are necessary, but they fall short of what’s needed. It’s only when our efforts are linked to the grace of God, when the Holy Spirit is working through us, that any lasting good can be achieved. That’s what the 72 found to their surprise. So it’s not all bad being a lamb, even a lamb among wolves. Because, despite all the dangers and challenges, we have a Good Shepherd.

Mass Intentions

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Sunday 3rd July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int: Angela Manning
Int: Deceased members of the Catenians
Int: Anita Russell

Monday 4th  July
Weekday of Ordinary Time
Int: Jordan Wehner RIP

Tuesday 5th July
Weekday of Ordinary Time
Int: Alice Snedddon RIP 

Wednesday 6th July
Weekday of Ordinary Time
Int: Special Intention  

Thursday 7th July
Weekday of Ordinary Time

Friday 8th July
Weekday of Ordinary Time  

Saturday 9th July
Weekday of Ordinary Time

Sunday 10th July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Int: Helena and Philip Drake
Int: People of the Parish
Int: Wehner Family

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: David Bull, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Eliza James, Annabelle Cervantes, Angela Manning, Theresa Johnston, Ian Venters, Barbara Freeman,  Mario Toffolo, Sue Wright, Christine Bartlett, Nick Lee, Steve Hatwood, Dinah McAlees, Linda Sheppard, Patricia Sheppard, Timothy Robinson, Kate Painter, Steve Bell, Rosalin Bayley, Carol and Chris Chadwick, Valentina Kelemenova, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Nic Dunn, Ian and Amy Mackenzie, Maelor Raymond, Margaret McGuiness, Margaret Meech, Peter Melton, Dr Dwaipayan Bhattacharya, Jane Cooper and Malcolm Cooper, Andy Dawes, Gabriele Green, Michael Palmer, Patrick O’Sullivan, Bridie O’Sullivan and Steffan Llwyd.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Kathleen Garthwaite, Stanislaw Rusinek, Thomas Carter, Geoffrey Croom-Johnson, Peter Dooley.

We pray for those who have died, their families and friends


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

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 –

There is an active Fraternity of Lay Dominicans in Bristol . For further information see or contact Fernando Cervantes at

WELFARE GROUP: If parishioners know of anyone who would be glad of a home visit, or those who are sick and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Fr Cavan via Cathedral House. It’s important that those who ask for a visit are aware of the care that needs to be exercised to minimise risk of spreading infection.


The Bishops of England and Wales are looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost and invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending mass in person. The full letter is available on the diocesan website.


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

A prayer for Ukraine

Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.



We are looking forward to the priestly ordination of Deacon Joseph Meigh in the Cathedral this coming Saturday 9th July at 11am – a blessing for our Diocese. All are warmly invited to attend and asked to keep him in our prayers as he begins this new stage in his spiritual journey. The picture shows Jospeh after his ordination to the deaconate.

The Universe Catholic Weekly is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE trial supply by calling Michelle on 0743 661 7650 or email:


The Foodbank collection is now taking place every Sunday,

The Foodbank is in particular need of fruit, dried pasta, tea bags, instant coffee (which can be purchased from Traidcraft), tinned rice puddings and custard.  Financial donations online ( or at the Traidcraft stall are also welcome.

The next Traidcraft stall will be available after Masses on Sunday 10 July.  Thank you for your continuing support!


Bishop Declan invites every parish to an evening liturgy at the Cathedral on June 22nd at 7pm when he will also present Clifton’s Synod report to each parish. It is hoped that at least two people including the Parish Priest will be present to receive the report. However, there are no restrictions on numbers so please encourage your parishioners to attend. So that we can facilitate the event we would ask you encourage your parishioners to book onto the event via this link Eventbrite


Thank you to all who participated in our listening events and joined us recently for the follow-up sessions. Your valued comments and feedback will now be shared with Canon Bosco so we may continue the synodal process in our parish.
“ The full report is available to read here:
A shorter “Executive Summary” is available here:
If you would like a printed copy of the Synod Report please contact the Cathedral Office

Mercy Group

The Cathedral’s Mercy Group is holding a lunch on Sunday 19th June at 12.30pm in the Apostle Room. The lunch is particularly for those who have been isolated during the pandemic who would like the chance to meet other people. Everyone can be assured of a warm welcome. All dietary requirements will be catered for. There is no charge for the lunch. If you would like more information, or to book a place, please call or text Robert on 07767 706 163 or email

Ukrainian refugees are starting to arrive in Bristol. Through our parish experience with the Clifton Refugee Sponsorship Scheme we are now able to offer support to Citizens UK in mentoring those who have offered their rooms and homes for Ukrainians. If you know of Ukrainian refugees housed in or near Bristol please help us to put them, and their host families, in touch with each other. If you speak Ukrainian and/or Russian please let us know urgently. Your help and support may be vital: Contact Paul Williams on 0117-9635544, or (preferably)

Flame 2023

As youth ministry rebuilds after the pandemic we hope this is an exciting prospect – something to aim for, and give hope, as young people (and all of us) get used to socialising again.

The theme of Flame 2023 – which is exactly 150 days before World Youth Day in Lisbon – takes the WYD Scripture (“Mary arose and went in haste”) and crystallises it into the theme, “Rise Up!” Rise up after the pandemic, Rise up as young Catholics, Rise up – as Mary did – for the surprising and beautiful adventure that is our Catholic faith.  Learn more about Flame 2023 at FLAME – CYMFed

This year, Clifton Diocese has booked tickets and a coach for 50 people.  If you’re interested in booking a ticket through and traveling with the diocese, please send an email to

WYD 2023

World Youth Day will next take place in Lisbon in 2023. The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is organising an eight-day pilgrimage from July 31 to August 8 2023 for young adults [18-35] in our diocese. The provisional plan is to spend six nights in Lisbon and two nights in Fatima. There will be formation sessions for the group before the pilgrimage to build community and support one another in our faith journey. If you are interested in learning more about the Clifton Diocese World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrimage, and will be at least 18 years old on 1st April 2023, please register your interest at World Youth Day 2023 | Clifton Diocese.

Bristol Catholic Chaplaincy

Accommodation is available for Catholic students of the University of Bristol, UWE, and other institutions of higher education in Bristol at Bristol University Catholic Chaplaincy in Clifton. If you would like the opportunity to be part of a vibrant Catholic community, please e-mail

Seeds of Faith

The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is offering a faith formation course ‘Seeds of Faith’ for experienced and inexperienced catechists, and anyone interested in learning more about our Catholic faith. The course consists of 10 Saturday afternoon sessions, we will journey together, share ideas and grow in this special ministry. Sessions start at 3pm, finishing at 5pm, with refreshments from 2.30pm.

These are in-person events starting on Saturday 18 June at St. George’s, Billet Street, Taunton, TA1 3NN. There will be Mass at St George’s at 5.30pm each Saturday.

The dates of the course are 18 June, 25 June, 9 July, 16 July, 3 September, 17 September, 24 September, 8 October, 15 October & 22 October. The course fee is £40 (or £5 per session), the payment details can be found on the booking form. For more information, a booking form and/or to register your interest, please contact: