There is normally Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be rosary after the morning Mass on Wednesday.
This Sunday the children from our primary school will be taking part in the Mass in a special way. As well as the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time it is also a day when we are encouraged to pray especially for peace, and the children will help us to celebrate this. We are all invited to the school after Mass for ‘tea and cake’.
The Octave of prayer for Christian Unity begins this Thursday 18th January and continues until 25th January (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul). We continue to pray and work together so that all followers of Jesus may be united ever more fully and be an ever more effective sign of his love for all people.
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 is perhaps best known as a pioneer in the education of children and especially of girls, so during this month of January we can pray for education of the young. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday 26th January from 4:00pm until 8:00pm, when we can come to our church for some of this time to pray for this intention.
Visitation : Bishop Declan was with us for Mass in December, but due to the weather he returned to Bristol soon afterwards. He will return to complete the visitation to our parish on Sunday 4th March.
First Holy Communion 2018 : The preparation programme for this will begin on Thursday 25th January at 7:30pm with a parents meeting in the convent. The first children’s session will be on the following Saturday at 10:00am in the church. Catholic Children who are in Year 3 or above will be welcome to participate in this programme. Application forms for the programme are available in the church porch. The First Holy Communion Masses are likely to be at 11:00am on Saturday 12th May and Saturday 19th May, but this will be confirmed in January.
Confirmation 2018 : Bishop Declan will be with us to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5th June. The preparation programme (for young people in year 9 or above) will begin after Easter.
Bishop Declan invites us to a Mass celebrating the gift of Marriage at Clifton Cathedral on Saturday 3rd February at 12:00 noon, anticipating National Marriage Week (7th-14th February). This celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples. Any couples celebrating a significant anniversary this year, or who are preparing for marriage, are invited to contact our diocesan department coordinating the event (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 902 5595).
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents new Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Ask them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.
Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
Walsingham Pilgrimage : There will be a pilgrimage to Walsingham from the parish from Saturday 14th April until Monday 16th April 2018. For more details please contact the parish.
School Admissions – September 2018 : The Local Authority is now accepting applications for the primary and secondary school allocation for September 2018. Information for parents is available on the Swindon Borough Council website at http://www.swindon.gov.uk/schoolplaces. The website includes the link for parents to apply online and also includes the admissions guides. If your child is born 1st September 2013 - 31st August 2014 you need to apply for a Primary or Infant School place by 15th January 2018.