There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be rosary after the morning Mass on Wednesday.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for about 30 minutes
after the Mass on Thursday. There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
on Wednesday after rosary until 12:15pm. This extended time is part of our celebrations
of the Tercentenary of the Birth of the Venerable Nano Nagle (see below)
Paul Thompson will be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Declan during Mass on Saturday 6th October at 11:00am at Holy Family. We congratulate Paul and assure him of our prayers as he continues to journey towards ordination. All are welcome to the ordination.
This Sunday is Home Mission Sunday and it is a day of prayer for the spread of the Gospel. The Home Mission Office exists to help the Church throughout England and Wales to share the joy of the Gospel.
There are copies of Bishop Declan’s Pastoral Letter for this weekend near the entrance to the church. It can also be found at http://www.cliftondiocese.com/bishop/pastoral-letters/ in text, audio and video form.
The Venerable Nano Nagle is the foundress of the Presentation Sisters and 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of her birth. Throughout this year it would be good to pray in a particular way for some of the intentions which were important to her. She was concerned that all Catholics should be able to receive Christian formation, and so during the month of September we can pray for education in the faith. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Wednesday 19th September after rosary (approx.10:15am) until 12:15pm. The letters of the Venerable Nano Nagle can be viewed at https://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:153347. Bishop Declan will be with us to celebrate Mass on Thursday 8th November at 2:00pm as part of our celebrations for this special; year.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld : There will be a Holy Hour at Holy Rood this Friday 21st September at 6:30pm. It will begin with a slide presentation about the life of Blessed Charles followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be the opportunity to meet two Little Sisters of Jesus (whose congregation is inspired by Blessed Charles) who are visiting Holy Rood next weekend.
Journey in Faith sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Presentation Convent next to Holy Family Church. These sessions are intended for anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic or who would simply like to find out more about the Faith. Please encourage anyone you know to attend. Father Gary is happy to talk with people about their faith journey.
Baptism Preparation : There will be a preparation session for Catholic parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 13th October at 2:00pm in the convent. The session will last about 90 minutes.
Father James Hanvey SJ makes a return visit to Saint John’s Church in Bath on Tuesday 25th September at 7:00pm for the third lecture in our series marking the first five years of Pope Francis’ pontificate. He will help us consider Francis’ vision for the Church of the twenty-first (if not the twenty-second) century. He will invite us to consider what challenges Pope Francis now faces in leading the Church but also Father James allows us to reflect upon what challenges us as the Church in preaching the Gospel of Christ. How do we give credible, authentic witness today and how does the church Pope Francis shepherds continue to speak a good news through its word and example?
‘See I am doing a new thing’ is a Celebrate Conference for the whole family. It is a non-residential weekend including tailored 'streams' for all ages of children and young adults. This year the keynote speakers are Michelle Moran, David Wells and Sue Whitehead. There will also be workshops, seminars, praise and worship, prayer ministry, Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession. The event is hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal at St Bede's Catholic College (Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0SU). Please visit www.celebrateconference.org for more details.
Following new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse, Pope Francis has addressed an impassioned letter to the whole People of God. Copies of the letter are available near the entrance to the church and it can also be found at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2018/documents/papa-francesco_201