Please contact the parish (01793 527931) for details of other services this week.
New Parish Priest : Our parish is involved with the moving of clergy this year. On 4th September Father Gary will leave Holy Family to be parish priest of the parish of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud. Arriving later during the week, the new parish priest for Holy Family will be Father Isidore Nnamdi Obi who is currently parish priest at Saint Peter, Cirencester and Saint Michael, Tetbury.
Vocations Discernment Retreat organised by the Diocese of Clifton and Downside Abbey for Catholics aged 18 to 35 years old, will be held at Downside from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October. The talks during the retreat will consider all vocations: the consecrated life; priesthood; and lay life. Speakers include Sister Elizabeth Mary Mann, Father Nicholas Crowe OP and Professor Gavin D'Costa. Father Colin Mason, our newly appointed diocesan director of vocations, will also be giving one of the talks. The residential cost with all meals included is £50 in shared accommodation in a retreat House or £70 in an ensuite twin room in the Monastery Guest Wing. The non-residential cost with all meals included is £40. No one should feel unwelcome if they cannot meet these costs, so please discuss this with the organiser. For more information and to book please contact the organiser firstname.lastname@example.org. Nearly 40 young Catholics came to the last retreat and many found it hugely beneficial.
Golden Jubilee : In 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our church. During each quarter of this year we can focus in a particular way on one of the members of the Holy Family, and so during the third three months of 2019 we can focus on the child Jesus as we pray:
O most holy Child Jesus,
you came to be with us to bring us joy,
joy to the whole world.
You came that we might have life,
life in all its fullness.
We especially pray for the children
and young people of our parish of Holy Family.
Call them to follow you, to know you and to love you,
for you are the way, the truth and the life.
Lourdes Pilgrimage : Our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes was a great success. Reflections, videos, podcasts and photographs, etc. can be seen at https://cliftondiocese.com/lourdes-2019/. Anyone interested in next year’s pilgrimage is welcome to speak with Deacon Paul who is the director of the pilgrimage.
Sponsored Walk : The Knights of Saint Columba are holding their annual sponsored walk at Coate Water on Sunday 22nd September starting at 2:00pm. It is in aid of the Knights disadvantaged and disabled fund. If you have a worthy cause of your own, you may donate 50% of the funds you raise. So why not walk or sponsor someone to walk on what we hope will be a good day. Sponsor forms are available at all churches.