Welcome to the Parish of the Immaculate Conception
The parish, situated on the south west coast of England, was established on 14 July 1882 by the Franciscans (ofm). Clevedon is the largest town in the area and forms the hub of the parish. The surrounding villages of Yatton, (which has a small chapel of ease dedicated to St Dunstan and St Antony) Wrington, Claverham and Congresbury are all part of the parish and are also served by the Friars
Click here to view the parish handbook
The friars within the Clevedon Community are …
Fr Antoine (Tony) Baya – Guardian – Contact on 01275 873205 or at email@example.com
Fr Antoine Baya was born in Mauritius in 1950. He was ordained on the 27th March 1982 in Canterbury. Since his ordination he has worked in Stratford in London before being moved to Glasgow where he worked for nearly 3 years.
As he always wanted to work on the missions, in 1987 he joined the African Project which sought to establish a Franciscan presence in East Africa on the 800th anniversary of the birth of St Francis of Assisi and went to Madagascar where he spent 5 years before moving on to his native Mauritius where he spent a total of 6 years both as a curate and Parish Priest of a poor region in the South of the country, notably, Chemin Grenier and its outstation Baie du Cap. The Churches were Notre Dame du Mont Carmel and St François d’Assise respectively. At a time of need in the extended Province of St Francis of Assisi in East Africa, he was appointed Secretary of the Province in Kenya, Nairobi.
His next appointment was in Kivumu in Rwanda where he spent 3 years equally before coming back to Great Britain. In 2009 he was appointed once again in Stratford to work on the Parish as well as being Secretary of the Province of the Immaculate Conception in Great Britain. He was moved to the friary of Woodford Green to fulfil that role for the next 6 years. After 4 years at Woodford, he was moved to Stratford out of necessity before being appointed to Clevedon as Guardian, in September 2018.
Fr Reg Gray – Parish Priest
He left school aged 18, with no qualifications, in 1972. He joined the army, became a Royal Military Policeman, serving as a traffic accident “cop” in Germany and did a two-year tour in N Ireland in 1977. He left the army and became a MoD Police Constable in Portsmouth Dockyard for 3 years. After the Falkland’s War and Pope John Paul II’s visit he joined the Order of Friars Minor and did his noviciate at Chilworth Friary, Nr Guilford. His studies were undertaken at Canterbury and was solemnly professed Friar and ordained priest in April 1989. He has served in Ipswich – working on parish duties and as Hospital Chaplain, then at Woodford Green, London on parish duties and Forest Gate, East London on parish duties and as Guardian of the House. He has now been in Clevedon for fourteen years.
Fr Antony Collins
Fr Antony joined the Clevedon community from Glasgow – we wish him peace and joy in his service to the parish
Rev Prof John P Woodcock
John is married to June and has three children and six grandchildren. He graduated in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Durham and then studied for a Master’s degree and PhD at Guy’s Hospital, University of London. He was appointed Professor of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cardiff University College of Medicine in 1982 where he headed both the University and the NHS Departments of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. His research interests were mainly in ultrasound and in the non-invasive measurement of blood flow, and included the measurement of cerebral blood flow and cardiac output during periods of microgravity with the European Space Agency. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Durham in 2003 and is both a chartered physicist and a chartered engineer. He was awarded an OBE for services to medical science in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2012.John was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Mervyn Alexander in September 1997 and is responsible for the Baptism preparation course as well as the usual diaconal duties of assisting at Mass, preaching, baptising, and visiting the sick.
The parish office is based at the Friary and is available for help as follows ……….
Parish Administrator: Tom Osman
Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 0900hrs – 1400hrs
Email: Click here
Tel no: 01275 873205
Our Patronal Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception – 10th December – Evening of Song and Soup on Saturday 12th December 2022
Greyfriars saw another entertaining evening of hearty conversation, delicious soup (courtesy of Anne-MArie Mitchell) and stupendous song (courtesy of our resident band Table9 – a.k.a. Vincent, Sean and Tom). We even had time to witness England football team going out of yet another World Cup as a small TV with antique antennae was set up in the corner. Thanks to all who participated in this celebration and we hope to repeat this evening this year – 2023.
EPIPHANY MEAL – 8th January – although two days late, many enjoyed the fabulous dishes from all around the world as well as the late Christmas musical feast laid on by Table9. Many thanks to all who contributed!
If you have photos of either of these events above, please send them in for placing on this website. Thanks.
Click here to view the Hall Hire Form and Terms & Conditions for Hall Hire forms 2023
The Church Shop or Repository sells Christian cards, Bibles, Books, Rosaries, Crosses, Statues and Celebratory items such as for First Holy Communion, Baptism or Confirmation. We also have a small selection of exquisitely hand painted icons made by a very talented local artist and Parishioner. The funds donated for these icons go to the San Damiano Fund for Church Refurbishment.
We take cash or cheques but no cards please. All of our profits go to the Friary to help support our three dedicated Friars. However, we only make a very small profit as the items on sale are for the benefit of our Church Community.
All are welcome. We open before and after the 6:30pm Saturday Mass and 10am Sunday Mass.
Contact Jenny Henneberry at the Repository or the parish office by email here or tel 01275 837205
Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Council Members’ Photos – click here
MINUTES OF PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETINGS
Drafted Minutes of PPC Meeting – held on Monday 11th September 2023 – to read the minutes click here
Approved Minutes of PPC Meeting – held on Monday 10th July 2023 – to read the minutes click here
Next Meeting – on Monday 13th November 2023 – at 7.00pm in the Retro Choir
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MANDATE
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is concerned with the mission of the Church. It is a group that seeks to be a place where “vision is translated into action”.
The PPC is established on the authority of the bishop and presided over by the parish priest.
To be truly effective the parish priest will appoint members to the PPC on the basis of their ability to:…
1. represent the spectrum of the parish community and its pastoral needs
2. work in close collaboration with the parish clergy
3. work together as a group of colleagues
Parishioners will nominate prospective representatives for the PPC. The parish priest may appoint the nominees he feels most suitable.
Areas of Focus for the PPC
In “Called to be a People of Hope” Bishop Declan listed the following fourteen areas of focus for a PPC…
2. Liturgical Prayer
3. Collaborative Ministry
4. Adult Education and formation
8. Family Life
9. Catholic Schools
10. Acting Justly
11. A People of Welcome
12. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
14. Interfaith Dialogue
Limits of the PPC responsibility
NB the PPC is not responsible for the financial management of the Parish or the
management of Parish buildings and property. These matters are the remit for the Parish
If you wish to raise a matter please contact any one of those listed below – please email the parish office on 01275 873205 or email clevedon.immaculateconception@
PPC Members are
– Fr Reg Gray – Parish Priest
– Anthony Palmer – Chair – contact via email by clicking here
– Paul Stathers
– Austin Davis
– Peter Kehoe
– Vincent McLaughlin
– Anne-Marie Mitchell
Best wishes and thank you!
- Our Financial Responsibility
Most things in this life have a financial cost and running our parish is no exception. Our weekly running costs are in excess of £1100 per week and on top of this we contribute about £300 per week to the Diocese. All of this money has to be provided by the parishioners, principally through the offertory collection.
- The Best Way to Make Your Offering – GIFT AID
Offertory giving by monthly standing order is the most welcome form of giving if one can manage it, as it provides a steady and predictable income, allowing forward planning, and if you are a taxpayer it can easily be made tax efficient by the Gift Aid process.
For every £1 donated to the parish by Gift Aid, the parish receives £0.25 from the government, thus making the total income of the parish £1.25. Giving by Gift Aid does not commit you in any way. You can always reduce or stop your giving if your circumstances change.
In order to meet the rules set down by the government, the parish needs to be able to prove that you have given the donation to the parish. The easiest way to do this is by a bank standing order. However without any Gift Aid declaration the parish does not receive any tax back on this.
In order to Gift Aid your offertory giving to the parish, you need to sign a Gift Aid. This is a form of words agreed with the government which enables the parish to claim the tax related to that offertory donation.
Gift Aid forms are available from the parish office and in the rack in the Narthex. If you have any questions about gift aid please contact Mary Bradley(Gift Aid Secretary) 01275 876435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Administration
For day to day administration we are fortunate to have the services of our Parish Secretary who maintains a record of all parish business transactions. These records are computerised and provide the basis to produce a formal set of accounts and enable the Parish to submit an annual financial return to the Diocese. The Parish’s annual accounts are independently audited.
- Parish Finance Committee
The Parish has a mandatory finance committee whose primary function is to assist and advise the parish priest in accordance with Canon 537 of the revised Code of Canon Law. Parish finance committees are regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop. It is through through the operation of the Finance Committee that the Christian faithful are able to aid the parish priest in the administration of the parish with due regard for the prescription of Canon 532 (the parish priest represents the parish in all juridic affairs). Our Parish Finance Committee currently consists of six lay persons, drawn from both Clevedon and Yatton parishioners, who together enjoy a consultative voice. Membership of the Finance Committee is at the discretion of the parish priest and appointments to the Committee are made on a three year term renewable for not more than three terms. The Committee normally meets quarterly.
The Finance Committee has oversight of Parish income and expenditure. As the Parish is self-funded it looks to ensure that there is sufficient income to meet day to day running costs, including general building maintenance works, and, from time to time, larger long-term projects. It also seeks to provide assurance that expenditure is authorised, appropriate and provides good value for money. The Finance Committee provides an annual report to the Parish, normally at the Parish AGM
For a response to a general question or concern please telephone the Parish Office on 01275 873205
5. San Damiano Fund
Named after the location in Assissi where St Francis heard God’s meesage “Francis, mend my church” – The fund was established to fund the Church Refurbishment project, and it was magnificently successful – the beauty of the church is testament to our parishioners. Many, many thanks. It now continues to fund the repairs needed to the church walls and to the Retro Choir as a project.
For a statement of the San Damiano Account click here
Fortunately,we have a dedicated maintenance team that oversaw the recent successful refurbishment – the group is led by Tony Bradley -If you have a concern or a wish to help please contact the Parish Office on 01275 873205
As a group we are under the direction of the parish priest to ensure that the fabric of the church and Greyfriars Hall and the chapel of ease at Yatton are maintained in good order. We are also able to direct contractors to facilitate the above in small and medium project work.
Tony Bradley is responsible for any health and safety matters and for ensuring that statutory and regulatory requirements are carried out by contractors. He also ensures that relevant safety procedures are recorded in line with guidance by our Insurance Brokers.
If you have any concerns related queries or concerns please contact the Maintenance group via the parish office
– tel 01275 873205 or email click here