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from Clifton Cathedral

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So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. (Matthew 24: 42) Our new liturgical year begins today and encourages us not to take our faith for granted, since we cannot rest on the laurels of our past. God’s word is fresh each day. It challenges us to enter into the mysterious annual cycle of God’s grace, not as jaded religious professionals, but as people discovering the wonder of God’s promise in all its freshness. We are to stay awake and stand ready.

Mass Intentions

See our live-stream page for Mass times


SUNDAY 27 NOV 2022
Advent Sunday
9:30am Mass: Rite of Acceptance Int: People of the Parish
11:15am Mass Int: Health of Silvia Chambers                                                                                                                
6pm Mass Int: Holy Souls              

MONDAY 28 NOV 2022
Weekday of Advent
9:30am Mass Int: Leonard Smith RIP

Weekday of Advent                                      
7:00pm Mass Int:  Keith Anthony Wilson RIP

Saint Andrew, Apostle
7:00am Exposition and Adoration                    
7:30am Mass Int: Shelia Williams RIP

Saint Alexander Briant, Martyr
12.00noon Chapter Mass                               

FRIDAY 2 DEC 2022 
Weekday of Advent
9:30am Mass           
5:15pm Vespers                             

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
9:30am Mass Int: Hon. Andrew Jolliffe RIP

2nd Sunday of Advent
9:30am Mass Int: Roger Poole RIP
11:15am Mass Int: People of the Parish                                                                                                
6pm Mass                                           


Please pray for the sick of our parish and for all who are unwell: David Bull, Edmund Richardson, Gabriele Green, Eliza James,  Theresa Johnston, Jonathan Freeman, Barbara Freeman, Valentina Kelemenova, Nick Lee, Dinah McAlees, Linda Sheppard, Patricia Sheppard, Kate Cullen, Mary Burke, Amy Mackenzie, Margaret Meech, Patrick O’Sullivan, Bridie O’Sullivan, Steffan Llwyd, Jerome Farrell, Richard Bricknall, Dorothy Flint, Valerie Donkin,  Stella ‘Peggy’ Hill, Dave Fry and Jo McCalley.

And for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time:
Stella Cirkett, Isaura Molina-Mellado, Ana Fitzpatrick, Isabel Geissinger, Mark Lewis, Ann-Marie Donaghy, Daisy Johnson, Ivey Lambert, Dennis Trebble, Patrick Butterley, Ann Doran, James Smith, Veronica Saxty.

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

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.

Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be in the Apostle Room on Monday 7th November. We meet for refreshments and conversation from 7pm and the prayer starts at 7.30pm. This month we will be praying with Lectio Divina. All welcome – please do come and join us.


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


The Cathedral would like to invite parishioners to consider joining the Sunday, and if possible, weekday Readers’ Rotas. This is an important ministry which leads us to contemplation of our Lord’s life and encourages us to put his teachings into practice in our daily lives. A training session will be provided. If you are interested in becoming a reader, please speak to a member of the clergy after Sunday Mass.

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.



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


Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022
You will remember I sent a notification to you before the summer break indicating that this legislation has received the Royal Assent and I was waiting for notification of when it comes into force.  This has now arrived and the Act will come into force on Monday 27th February 2023.  Details of this announcement can be found here:

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.

Are you a star baker?

This winter, we’re asking our supporters to bake to Raise Some Dough for Mary’s Meals.

Our free fundraising pack includes everything you knead to get started – including our new mug-shaped cookie cutter.

And that’s not all! Some of the UK’s favourite celebrities – including Great British Bake Off winner Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Taylor, and actors Joanna Lumley and Tamzin Outhwaite – have shared their favourite recipes in our exclusive recipe book. 

Remember, thanks to Double The Love your fundraising efforts will go even further this winter. Until 31 January 2023, donations will be doubled thanks to a generous group of supporters, up to £1.5 million – meaning we can reach even more hungry children with life-changing school meals.



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.


Due to the long overdue resurfacing works, the upper car park will be closed from Friday 14th Oct until approximately 7th December. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and kindly ask you to bear with us. Please use the lower car park for time being and note that disabled car parking for blue badge holders is available on the double yellow lines at Clifton Park.

Thank you from CAFOD

Your support over this past year has been life-changing and very much appreciated. Thank you for praying, campaigning, donating or volunteering to support people and communities in their struggles against poverty. An example is in South Sudan; communities who take in displaced people fleeing violence or natural disasters. The arrivals are given food and some are given land. They erect temporary structures as shelter and some start farming. Nyanguet, who fled with her five children after her village was attacked, says, “The community host us well. My children and I feel safe now.” Thank you for helping to support people and communities like this throughout the world. Have a joyful Advent and a happy Christmas.

Advent and prayer and resources for all ages can be found here: 

Film – The Letter
You may be aware that a film has been made of the encyclical that Pope Francis published in 2015 – Laudato Si’. This highly professional film features Cardinal Cantalamessa and a host of other voices from around the world and it is available for free here.

‘Looking back to a year with challenges and joys. A reflection with our Director Christine Allen.’
Wednesday 23 November at 7pm-8pm. Register here.

LISTENING AIDS: Parishioners and visitors who wear a hearing aid may like to benefit from the Cathedral’s infra-red assistive listening system. This is similar to a “loop” system except that the ‘loop’ is created for each individual by using a small device worn around the neck. If you would like to use one of these devices at Mass, please ask one of our clergy or welcomers as you come to Mass and they can provide you with one and help you set it up.

Preparation will begin in the early Spring on Tuesday evenings in the Apostle Room beginning with Mass at 7pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday (28 May) during the 6pm Mass. Sessions will run weekly except for Holy Week and Easter Week. Further details will be advertised on the News section early in 2023.
If you are interested in being Confirmed you should have reached your 14th birthday by 1st September 2022, be baptised and actively participating in the life of the Church by regular attendance at Sunday Mass. 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.

Monthly prayer meetings

First Monday of each month from September to December
(5th September; 3rd October; 7th November; 5th December).

Growing in Faith Together – for Engaged and Married Couples (4 weeks)

For engaged couples who have completed their marriage preparation course and want to continue exploring their faith together, and for married couples to enrich their friendship and love.

Four sessions about happiness, prayer, the Mass, and the meaning of love. With special discussion questions that allow couples to share and reflect together.

More information here.

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)

School of Prayer

The Jesuits in Britain spirituality team are offering an online School of Prayer on Saturday 12th November and Tuesday 13th December. This event which is an ideal introduction to Ignatian prayer led by the team, takes place over Zoom. The day will involve being guided in prayer, individual time for prayer and sharing in small groups. After the day you will be given further suggestions to continue your prayer journey.

For further details and to book please follow this link:


Advent Mission Calendar

The Advent Mission Calendar is an invitation to our parishioners to keep those in material need in their hearts as we begin a new liturgical year. With the Cost-of-Living crisis, many people will feel the financial strain heavily this winter, and foodbanks have already experienced increased need. The Advent Mission Calendar offers a different suggestion for each day based on items foodbanks often need.