There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for about 30 minutes
after the Mass on Thursday.
The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during Mass on Wednesday at 2:00pm. All are welcome to this celebration. There will be refreshments in the convent after the Mass. (Please remember that Father Gary will also administer this sacrament to those who may receive it whether at home, at church or in hospital. Please speak with him to arrange this).The Catechism reminds us that the Sacrament of the Sick is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death. As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for them to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. If a sick person who received this anointing recovers their health, they can, in the case of another grave illness, receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.
Swindon Youth Convention on Saturday 27th July at Saint Joseph’s Catholic College from 9:30am until 4:30pm.
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 email@example.com. Nearly 40 young Catholics came to the last retreat and many found it hugely beneficial.
Presentation Associates : The next Presentation Associates meeting will be on Monday 29th July at 1:30pm in the convent.
Father Conrad Lowry : We remember in our prayers Father Conrad Lowry who died recently. His coffin will be received into Saint Thomas More Church, Bradford-on-Avon on Monday at 6:00pm followed by Mass, and his Funeral mass will be in the same church on Tuesday at 11:00am. We also pray for his family and friends.
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 : Deacon Paul is the Director of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year’s pilgrimage is from 23rd – 30th August (coach and jumbulance leave Bristol on 22nd August). For further information please speak to Deacon Paul or contact the diocesan offices (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 902 5590 – option 7).
New Parish Priest : Our parish is involved with the moving of clergy this year. At the beginning of September Father Gary will leave Holy Family to be parish priest of the parish of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud. The new parish priest for Holy Family will be Father Isidore Obi who is currently parish priest at Saint Peter, Cirencester and Saint Michael, Tetbury.