Faith

Adoremus 2018 – Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool
This event helped delegates explore and refresh their understanding of the Eucharist as the heart of our faith.  To view on the uplifting input, to visit talks please click on the title of the following YouTube videos:

Bishop Robert on the Mystery of the Mass

Bishop Robert on Sanctity and What Makes Us Holy

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – 8th December  The dogma of the Immaculate Conception holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception. The Immaculate Conception of Mary is often confused with the virginal conception of Jesus. The feast was first approved by Pope Sixtus IV in 1476.

In 1830 St Catherine Laboure experienced a vision in which she saw Our Lady standing on a globe with rays of light emanating from her hands. The vision was surrounded by an oval frame on which were the words ‘Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.’

In 1854, Pius IX solemnly decreed that ‘the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus the Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. That is revealed by God and therefore firmly and constantly to be believed by all the faithful.’

Just four years later, in Lourdes, the 14 year old St Bernadette, who had very little education and would have know nothing of papal statements, began to experience a series of apparitions of ‘a lady’, When she asked her name, the Lady replied: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Saint Bernard wrote of Mary: “If you follow her you do not stray; if you think of her your mind does not err; if you ask of her, you will not be disappointed; if you cling to her, you will not fall. If she be with you, all is well, and you will realise the truth of the words ‘the name of the virgin was Mary.

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Taize hymns used at Prayer Hour for Peace and Refugees

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est – click here to listen
(Where there is charity and love, God is truly there)

Oh Lord hear my prayer – click here to listen

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In the booklet “Called to be a People of Hope”  the following guiding principle was proposed  ……

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“We believe each person possess a basic dignity that comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment, not from race or gender, age or economic status. The test therefore of any institution is whether it enhances or threatens human dignity”

Perhaps we should assess ourselves and our parish against this guiding principle!

To this end the “Called to be a People of Hope” prayer is ....
“God our father open

Mass Times

When out and about – in England or Wales – whether visiting friends, touring, on holiday etc, you can find the nearest Catholic church and Mass times at …. http://directory.cbcew.org.uk/    


Regular Mass Times

The Immaculate Conception – Clevedon
Weekend Mass
–  Saturday at 18.30pm
–  Sunday   at 10.00am

Holy days of Obligation –  Mass at 10am  and  8pm

Weekday Mass at 10.00am 

Sacrament of Penance (Confession)
–  Saturday 10.30am until 11.30am and 5.30pm – 6.15pm

St Dunstan & St Antony – Yatton
Weekend Mass
–  Sunday at 8.30am

Holy days of Obligation
–  Mass 8pm on eve of the feast


Sacrament of Penance (Confession)
–  Sunday before Mass (on request)

Sacrament

Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 – if your child has just entered School Year 9 and wishes to join the confirmation office, please contact the parish office on 01275873205

First Holy Communion 2019 – if your child is entering Year 3 in September there was a preparation learning programme starting on Saturday 8th September – with an Enrolment Mass at 11am on Sunday 16th September – leaflets available from the Narthex or the Parish Office. -If you would like to enrol your child ,please contact Fr Reg on 01275 873205

Baptism

Sac BaptismBaptism is often called the gateway to the sacraments because baptism initiates you into membership of the church and begins your preparation for further sacraments.  To baptise means to immerse, so therefore when someone is baptised they are immersed into the life of Christ and become a new person.

If you are interested in having your child, or an adult, baptised please contact Fr Reg   tel 01275 873205

 

Reconciliation i.e. Confession

Reconciliation The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession as it is sometimes known, is a very special sacrament.  It is where you come to speak to the priest and confess your faults
and failings that you may have committed in your life.   It is a repeatable sacrament and we are encouraged to come to confession regularly (at least once a year the church says). During Reconciliation the priest acting ‘in persona Christi’ is able to absolve sins and give a suitable penance.  If you are interested in you or your child preparing for “confession” contact Fr Reg unless your child’s school is arranging to meet the need tel 01275 873205
The sacrament is available as follows …
Clevedon – on Saturdays from 10.30am until 11.30am and from 5.30pm until 6.15pm.
and/or
Yatton – on Sunday by request before Mass at 8.30am

The Eucharist i.e. Holy Sacrament (Communion)

Sac CommunionThe Eucharist is the source and summit of all Christian life.  It is a joyful occasion when we receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  The bread and wine brought forward at the mass are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  Through the celebration of the Eucharist, the mass, we are united with the liturgy of heaven and we have a foretaste of eternal life.

Children who are in school year 3 or above are eligible to start preparing to receive the sacrament – .the course for “First Holy Communion” in 2016 began in October 2015.If you have missed the start of the preparation course but would like to discuss the options available to you/your child please ring the parish office on tel: 01275 873205

A registration form is available from the parish office, by down-loading from the link below or from the back of the church.

Click on the link to view/print/download the First Communion Leaflet 

Click on the link to print/download the First Communion Registration Form

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Confirmation

Sac ConfirmationThe Sacrament of Confirmation is the coming of the Holy Spirit.   As the name suggests it is a confirming of your faith.  You are anointed by a Bishop with Sacred Chrism after the laying on of hands and he says the sacramental words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.

 If you or your child wish to prepare for Confirmation please contact Fr Reg via the Parish Office on 01275 873205

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Marriage

Sac MarriageThe Sacrament of Matrimony is between a man and woman and is the ultimate and joyous expression of love between the couple.   God created man and woman to an intimate communion of life and love in marriage.

If you are planning get married and are considering either our church in Clevedon or our chapel in Yatton please contact Fr Reg tel 01275 873205

NB. Marriage is not only serious from the viewpoint of the couple’s relationship with each other it is also serious from a spiritual and civil law viewpoint too – with various documents needing to be gathered.  It isn important therefore, to contact the church office as soon as possible.

Please click on the link to view/print/download the Arrangements for Marriage 

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Anointing of the sick

Sac AnointingtheSickThis is the new name for what we older ones used to know as “Extreme Unction”. However it no longer is reserved for those on the verge of death but is a glorious blessing for anyone awaiting surgery or enduring illness or pain.

If you or a relative/friend wishes to receive this blessing you or they should contact Fr Reg tel 01275 873205

N.B. If you go or a relative need a stay into hospital, you have right to ask the ward to arrange a visit from a catholic priest or a Special Minister

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Requiem

During a requiem we give thanks for the life of the deceased and ask God to welcome them into the ‘Kingdom of Heaven” contact Fr Reg tel 01275 873205

Alpha/CaFE

Saturday 9th July (10.00am – 3.00pm) at Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Rd, Bristol, BS5 0TX. – a formation day intended to equip you to get started, listen to others and decide how best to proceed, or not.

The Alpha Course, now known simply as Alpha, is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith – it is described by its organisers as “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.  Alpha was started in 1977 at , Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London and is organised as a series of sessions over 10 weeks, typically each session starts with a meal, followed by a talk and then discussion in small groups. The talks aim to cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.
To widen its appeal the courses focus upon aspects of Christian faith on which all denominations are in general agreement. Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, ” a member of the OFM Capuchin said, “What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us.” Many individual churches encourage their members to embark on follow-up courses of their own. (See CaFE below).

Alpha is conducted in Clevedon through CTIC and a course is about to conclude. We will give the dates and venue of the next course when the dates are available.

For more details please take a leaflet from the back of the church or contact the parish office on tel 01275 873205 or email here

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 CaFE is a process by which Catholics can explore their faith via relaxed/small faith sharing groups within the Parish. The video modules run by lay people under the authority and guidance of the Parish Priest. They will help Catholics become more enthusiastic about their faith, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, draw new life from the Sacraments and from Scripture and encourage them to share their faith with others. The groups will also build up the Parish community. The essence of CaFE groups is three fold: community, discipleship, and faith sharing.
CaFE – i.e. Catholic Faith Exploration is intended for those Catholics wishing to further develop their faith and understanding – for more information click on the link below  http://faithcafe.org/pages/about-us

CAFE Resource:

“Mary once gave us the Saviour of the world,

today she helps us to be filled with the Spirit of God”

  • Inspiring TV-quality exploration of Mary, past & present
  • Ideal for individuals, groups & parishes
  • Course Book has group questions + optional prayer reflections
  • Five engaging sessions (25 mins each) + Bonus Features

Filmed on location in Walsingham, the Holy Land, Ephesus, Rome, Montserrat, Lourdes and Knock. 

Papal Encyclicals & Bishop’s Letters

Bishop’s Pastoral Letters

BishDeclBishop Declan writes one or two Pastoral Letters each year. 

Pastoral Letter for Feast of the Holy Family – to hear or read click here

 

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Papal Monthly Intentions

Click here to see and hear the Holy Father’s monthly intentions

PopeFran_FotorPapal Encyclicals, Exhortations etc
Brief descriptions and links to these are given below … 

Letter to the People of God – issued 27 August 2018 may be read here

Gaudete et Exultate – The call to Holiness April 2018
this exhortation seeks to be a practical and useful in modern times,  not an academic text. Its goal is “to respond the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time.” Gaudete et Exultate encourages us to take inspiration from the ‘Saints next door’ – people who may not be officially canonised but can be decisive in bringing about change.

For a summary click here
For the full text click here

Laudato Si (Praise be to you) – June 2015
In this encyclical, subtitled “On care for our common home”, Pope Francis critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, he laments the destruction of the environment and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action”.
For more information and a summary of the encyclical see …
http://www.cliftondiocese.com/encyclical-letter-laudato-si-care-common-home/

 Evangelii gaudium – Nov 2013 subtitled “The Joy of the Gospels” – summary
This encyclical touches on many of the themes of Francis’ papacy, including obligations on Christians help to the poor, and also the duty to establish and maintain just economic, political, and legal orders. Francis asks how “it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? He calls for an “ecclesial renewal” and is critical of the over-centralization of church bureaucracy, poor preaching, and excessive emphasis on doctrine.
For the full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Evangelii Gaudium”  (i.e. The Joy of the Gospels) see http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html

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For details of other encyclicals see http://www.cliftondiocese.com/encyclical

 

Gospel & Homily

The most recent Sunday

Previous Gospels and Homilies

Jubilee of Mercy

The Year of Mercy 2016

11th June ’16 – Jubilee of Mercy—Pilgrimage to Holy Door at Glastonbury
A cloudy morning boded not too well as 36 parishioners, aged from 5 to significantly older, met for morning prayers at Clevedon but the day was blessed by sunshine and no rain – well none for those who were back at the bus on time.
A blessed day – of spoken and silent prayer and our private mass – was enjoyed by all. Many thanks and congratulations are due to …
… the parish and parishioners of St Mary of Glastonbury who made us so welcome
… Paul Spindler for his organisation
… Fr Reg for his inspiration
… the three young parishioners who were brilliantly behaved throughout

The day’s programme was as below: 

— 9am Assemble in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clevedon for prayer.
— 9.30am Depart for Glastonbury
— 11am Assemble outside the Holy Door in the parish church
— 11.30am Confessions
— 12 noon Mass
— 1pm Lunch – bring a picnic to have in the Abbey Grounds or we will have use of the parish hall if it is wet. After lunch pilgrims are free to spend time as they wish—visit the Tor, Chalice Well, Museum, Tithe Barn, individual devotion at the Shrine, shopping, etc. 
— 3.30pm Depart for Clevedon

What’s the point of walking through a Holy Door?
What’s the point of walking through a Holy Door in this Year of Mercy? Don’t you have plenty of good doors of your own at home to walk through? Fr Stephen Wang, Senior University Chaplain for the Archdiocese of Westminster, gave this homily to university students on their Year of Mercy pilgrimage from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London, to Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 30 January.
Click here to listen to more 

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Jubilee of Mercy Prayer

Loving Father, you are a God of mercy and compassion.
We thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, into our world to show and teach us how to love.
When we walk through the Door of Mercy during this Holy Year,may we open our hearts to you
so that we may reflect your love, mercy and compassion in our families,communities and parishes.

May we walk with Jesus through the ‘streets of Galilee’, comforting the sick, opening our arms
to the ‘little ones’, sharing with the poor and searching out the marginalised in our society.
May it be a year when barriers between us fall and reconciliation becomes possible:
a year when our faith in your mercy is strengthened and we learn how to be your face of mercy in our world.
Amen

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Why a Jubilee?
In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is declared to occur every fiftieth year -slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.  See Leviticus 25:8-13.

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9th December- Pope Francis opens The Holy Door of Mercy at St Peter’s, 
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Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica, today, inaugurating the Jubilee of Mercy. The ceremony took place after he celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in St Peter’s Square.   More than 50,000 pilgrims gathered for the event including the President and Prime Minister of Italy, Sergio Mattarella and Matteo Renzi; as well as King Albert II of Belgium with Queen Paola.

During his homily, the Holy Father highlighted the primacy of grace.   “Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures,” Pope Francis said. “But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy…The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfilment.”

The Holy Father went on to say the Holy Year is “itself a gift of grace.”  “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them,” he continued.

Pope Francis concluded: “as we pass through the Holy Door, we also want to remember another door, which fifty years ago the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council opened to the world.”

He said the anniversary cannot be remembered only for the legacy of the Council’s documents, but must also remember the “encounter” which happened at the Council.  “The Jubilee challenges us to this openness, and demands that we not neglect the spirit which emerged from Vatican II, the spirit of the Samaritan, as Blessed Paul VI expressed it at the conclusion of the Council” .. “May our passing through the Holy Door today commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan.”

After Mass, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door to St Peter’s, where he was met by his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he embraced.  The Jubilee will continue this Sunday, when Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in his Cathedral, St John Lateran, and bishops around the world open Holy Doors in their own Cathedrals, and other designated Churches.

To watch the official film of the ceremony (2hrs 7 mins) you will find a link on  http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=28990 

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8th December – JUBILEE OF MERCY begins today – click on the link for the Pope Francis’ address.
Opening the Jubilee Year – Evening Prayer
WHEN:  December 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm      WHERE:  Clifton Cathedral

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, begins of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8 December 8 2015 and continues to the Feast of Christ the King on 20 November 2016.  Pope Francis will open the Holy Year of Jubilee by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica today and will invite each diocese to open the Door of Mercy so that we can cross the threshold of the Father’s merciful love for us.   In our diocese, Bishop Declan has designated four places of pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year: the Cathedral in Clifton; St Mary’s, Glastonbury; Downside Abbey; and Prinknash Abbey. Each place invites us to enter as pilgrim; each place invites us to experience the indulgence of God’s tenderness and love.
  • Bishop Declan will open the Door of Mercy of the Cathedral on Sunday, 13 December; Mass at 11.00am.
  • Monsignor Bernard Massey will open the Door of Mercy at Glastonbury on Sunday, 13 December; Mass at 11.00am.
  • Abbot Francis Baird will open the Door of Mercy at Prinknash Abbey on Sunday 13 December; Mass at 10.30am.
  • Fr Leo Maidlow Davis, Prior Administrator, will open the Door of Mercy at Downside Abbey on Saturday 19 December; Mass at 10.00am.

Each of these places, designated as places of pilgrimage during the Holy Year of Jubilee, remind us that we are called to be pilgrims journeying every deeper into the life God offers us, destined to find our true home in him.  Like other previous jubilees, it will be a special, holy year of remission of sins and universal pardon, in this occasion focusing particularly on God’s forgiveness and mercy.

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1st November –  JUBILEE OF MERCY announced

wp JubileeofMercyPope Francis has announced that from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016 the church will celebrate a Holy Year or ‘Jubilee of Mercy’ and he asks us to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to rediscovery the friendship of Christ and perhaps to draw others into that friendship. It is also a chance to ponder on the mercy of God as revealed in the face and deeds of Jesus, his son.  Knowing, understanding and experiencing that mercy, Pope Francis invites us consider how we might better radiate and reflect the mercy of God into our world – to become “Merciful like the Father”.

In John 4:4–42 we can read about Jesus showing love and acceptance in his conversation with a lone Samaritan woman who had come, late in the day to get water from ‘Jacob’s Well’ near the city of Sychar in Samaria.  What makes the tale extraordinary is that not only was this woman a Samaritan, thus utterly despised by Jews, she, a prostitute, was also an outcast from her own people – and thus she came to the well when the other women had finished – in those days drawing water and chatting at the well was the social highpoint of a woman’s day. Nonetheless Jesus went to her, greeted and accepted her and talked to her about the ‘water of eternal life’.

The story helps us see that God loves us in spite of our faults. The Jubilee of Mercy is an invitation for us to become more merciful in the way we speak to and react to others. It’s about using the year to explore what can we be as we ponder God’s love and mercy towards us.

N.B.The word “jubilee” in the Old Testament is from the Hebrew word “yovel” meaning “a trumpet” or “coronet.”  If someone announced the Jubilee, they would be actually blowing a trumpet and all of the people would hear it. So let it be with Mercy!!!

To find out else what is going on within the diocese re the Jubilee of Mercy click here

Prayer Groups

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions

wp Pope FranUsing the new Papal Video Initiative we are all able to share in the monthly intentions of the Pope, thereby adding our prayers to his.
Click the link to see/hear Pope Francis’ monthly intentions …  http://www.cliftondiocese.com/faith/popes-monthly-prayer-intention/

 

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Greyfriars Prayer Group @ Immaculate Conception Church,

PG GreyfriarsWe normally meet @ Greyfriars Hall, on Monday mornings, after the 10am Mass i.e. 10.30 for 10.45am start. Our prayer group sessions consist of Hymns, Prayers, Quiet and Sharing – we finish with tea and coffee and end at 12.15-ish!! All are welcome!

As we sometimes meet elsewhere, please contact Neil Quinn on (01275) 343 763 for more information.
N.B. The prayer group is “resting”, and will continue to do so until we meet again on Monday 11th September
– also see “Renewal” Diocesan Website: http://www.cliftonrenewal.org.uk/

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Meditation Group

“The all-important aim in Christian meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to becomewp JohnMain more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are!

The Meditation Group meet weekly and welcomes anyone interested in learning the John Main Method .

Contact Patrick Dillon for further information  – telephone 01275 794094

N.B.  John Main OSB (1926 – 1982) was a Roman Catholic priest and Benedictine monk who presented a way of Christian meditation which utilised a prayer-phrase. In 1975 he began Christian meditation groups which met at his monastery in West London these ultimately led to the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).

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St Anthony’s Devotion Group

wp StAnthonyofPaduaThe “Devotion of the Nine Tuesdays” was begun in 1617 and the novena has continued in its devotion to St Anthony of Padua ever since.  St Anthony died, in Padua, on Friday13th July 1231. The following Tuesday his remains were taken to the Franciscan Church. The funeral procession became a great triumph because of the many miracles worked on the way. From then on Tuesday became a day of special prayer and devotion to St Anthony.

The group meets at 7.30pm every Tuesday evening for rosary, hymns and prayers. The devotion session ends with the opportunity for those who wish to venerate the relic of St Anthony.

New members to the group are always welcome as are visitors who wish to gain first hand experience of the “Devotion of the Nine Tuesdays”

Contact: Patrick Tossell on Tel : 01275 342515
Further information is available from http://missionbell.homestead.com/anthonycustoms.html

Prayer Requests

If, at any time, you wish prayers to be said for a specific person or intention, please contact the parish office.
– contact the office or Fr Reg email here tel 01275 873205

In addition you may wish to request prayers through Friary News – this resource publicises  prayer requests, important Parish information.. To add  a prayer request, please e-mail: friarynews@gmail.com

Your prayers are requested for:
Teresa Martin, Fran Bainbridge, Pat Boucousis, Rosemary Tozer, Margaret Norris, Norah Gorman, Christina Jane Rolls, Pam Dingley, Georgia Clay, Peter Shelley, Ryan Rees, Dorothy Turner, Lenny Redman, Derek Mages, Dominic Shelley, June Wilkins, Colin Hall, Jo Hickey, Maureen Youde, Christopher Browne, Pepita Golledge, Carmelo Scuncio, Janet Mages, Christopher Harris, Derek Mitchell, Kevin Gallagher, Bill Hampton, Christopher Simpson, Maurice O’Connell, John Urgyan, Tom McLaughlin, Audrey and David Thistlethwaite.

Please also remember the recently deceased in your prayers and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.