Parish News

Welcome to “Parish News”
Corona Virus – update
Following guidance from the Bishops Conference and Government we cannot attend Masses in person from 5th November 2020:

When we resume public Masses:

Clevedon : 630pm on Saturdays, 10am on Sundays or

Yatton: 830am on Sundays

We continue to adhere to strict guidelines for private prayer in church which can be found here

Please view weekend Masses from Clevedon at ofmclevedon on YouTube

Please do continue to pray at home. A good way to do this is through reflections and music on the daily readings via this website:

– Greyfriars Prayer Group  (Mondays) – still cancelled until further notice
– Youth Gatherings – are happening via Zoom – contact Tom to join – click here to email him

Please see to attend weekday and weekend Masses at the moment

Please pray for all victims of the virus, for parishioners but especially for those most vulnerable eg the elderly and those with illness that weaken the immune systems – cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc.
For further advice google ‘public health coronavirus’

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– to keep you up-to-date with events and developments within the parish
– to allow you to keep other parishioners up-to-date with events and developments that you wish to advise them of.
To see the latest Newsletter click here
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Parish Diary

MASS LIVE FROM CLEVEDON 6.30pm SATURDAY and 10am SUNDAY – click here
Mass times are …
– in Clevedon – Saturday ay 6.30pm, on Sunday at 10am, weekdays at 10am
– in Yatton – on Sunday  at 8.30
… massive efforts of many to help and or pray for parishioners, and others, in need
… the efforts of a few clergy and parishioners will continue to keep in contact via Parishioner’ On-Line Community
Your obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended until further notice.
N.B. Do not attend Mass if you know/suspect that you or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19
Government guidelines for ‘specified persons, the elderly and the vulnerable remain in force
Weekly Nursing Home Services – remain SUSPENDED.
– each Sunday at Gorselands at 11.20am (following 10am Mass)
– monthly service at Worcester Lodge at 3.30pm (usually the first Tuesday of the month
– monthly services at Mount Elton and Clevedon Court. If you would like to join any of these (no obligation or rota!) contact Carmel Wear at Yatton or Deacon Mario at

– for news of Diocesan events click here
November Dead List: you are welcome to write the names of your deceased loved ones and place them in the box which will be on the sanctuary step from 1st November. These people will be remembered in Masses throughout November. It is customary to leave a monetary Mass offering for priests for these Masses. Any cheques can be made out to ’Trustees OFM Clevedon’.
– November – May – Youth Ministry Conversations –
a series of six monthly conversations for those interested in supporting young Catholics – See
– 20th November – (6.15pm – 7pm)Online Youth Gathering
Feast of All Saints – for young people in Year 6 or above. our young people are raising money for’Creative Arts Programme’ to help young people with mental health issues. –  for details email Tom at
– 22nd November – Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (last Sunday in ordinary time).
– 29th November – 1st Sunday in Advent* – N.B. *The first Sunday of Advent will occur in Lockdown but we were going to ask families to make their own advent wreath so that they can be blessed remotely. Perhaps we could encourage families to send in a photograph of their Wreaths?
– 6th December – 2nd Sunday in Advent (Hopefully churches will be reopened for public worship, let us pray that this so!)
– 8th December – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass at 10am at Clevedon.
– 13th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) 3pm Penitential Service at Clevedon.
– 15th December – (6.15pm – 7pm)Online Youth Gathering – for young people in Year 6 or above. our young people are raising money for’Creative Arts Programme’ to help young people with mental health issues. –  for details email Tom at
– 20th December – Fourth Sunday of Advent. 2-4pm Carol Service is being planned. (Clevedon)
– 24th December – Christmas Eve. 6.30pm Christmas Vigil Mass, 10.30pm “midnight Mass”. (Clevedon)
– 25th December – Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, 8.30am, Yatton Chapel, Clevedon
– 27th December –  Feast of the Holy Family
– 1st January – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
– 3rd January – Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
– 10th January –  Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

a) You may choose to attend Mass online at … (daily ay 10am) click here  (daily at Noon) click here (daily at 9.30am) click here
b) To help you through exercise your faith here ia a link to a wealth of prayer resources – click here
c) read/hear messages from clergy and parishioners- click here


Latest News

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – in memory of those who fought for our freedom we have a collection of photographs in their honour – To view the collection click here.
This is remembrance of those who have served their country, not just those that have died in war. The British Legion say, “Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the commonwealth. We will remember them.”


To play the Last Post:

NO PUBLIC MASSES from 5th Nov until 2nd Dec – i.e. during the second lockdown to read the response of the President & Vice President of Bishop’s Conference for England & Wales – to read click here

Office Admin: Tom has changed his office hours to Weds, Thurs, Friday from 9am until 12noon going for-
ward. Please contact him if you have an admin query or item for newsletter. It would be greatly appreciated
if you could send newsletter items for the weekend  to him before 10am on the Friday. Thanks
FR RICHARD ELSON – we welcome Fr Richard to our neighbouring parishes of St Francis – Nailsea and St Joseph – Portishead. We wish him well and offer our prayers for him and the Nailsea/Portishead parishioners.OCTOBER = BLACK HISTORY MONTH –  to celebrate the contribution to our faith of the many black saints we have selected four examples. See the posters in church/chapel for information and inspiration..

If you wish to purchase a paper, item or cards, please place money in the wall safe at the back of the Narthex- all packs of Christmas cards are £%
“Fratelli Tutti” – Encyclical Letter – “Brothers All’
– for a summary of Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ – click here
for the full text of ‘Fratelli Tutti- – click here“Keeping a Living Parish” – messages from Parishioners’ On-line Community at clevedoncatholics covid.19 – click here

For “Coping with Closure” – an array of prayers and links click here

UNABLE TOATTEND MASS?– here is a wealth of prayer resources – click here
You may now follow the live streaming of our Sunday Mass at 10am by viewing YouTube ofmclevedom

UNABLE TO RECEIVE  COMMUNION – here is the prayer for Spiritual Communion (i.e. Prayer of St Alphonsus)
My Jesus,  I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,  come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

If you are in ‘lockdown’ and are in need of help please call the Parish Office on 01275 873 205 and we shall see what we can do to help.  Another source of help is …

North Somerset Together – an initiative to help residents who have no support from family or friends and who are socially isolated access the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. It will also help those who want to volunteer to get involved or donate to link up with the right organisations, and signpost businesses to relevant information. You can access the service at
Clevedon Mutual Aid Group – click on the link ( a new but very fast-growing group of volunteers (now almost 400) working to support their neighbours street by street in Clevedon with basic tasks such as shopping and collecting prescriptions.

Update on the Blessed Virgin Mary statue project: -the planned date for the installation the niche on the sea-facing wall of the church is 4th November subject to weather/safety considerations  The statue.not only honours our parish saint but can bring comfort to those who see the statue (countless seafarers, Clevedon locals and visitors alike, including people on the pier).

Important – Offertory Collections – see PayPal button on the Home Page

To hear/read Bishop Declan’s letter re the Corona Virus click here

CORONA VIRUS – Masses at the following places:

St John the Evangelist, Bath daily at 10am web: or click here

St Francis, Nailsea daily at 12noon web address: or click here

Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol daily at 9.30am or click here

The Sunday readings are a valuable way to stay in touch with Mass, as well as reading the Bible and/or saying the Rosary together as a family or friends via phone or video calling.

 Prayer for Spiritual Communion: This prayer was written by St Alphonsus Liguori for people who could not receive the Bread of Life due to illness. It can be prayed at the time of communion by us each time we watch an online Mass or every time we would have attended Mass during homestay:….
Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

See the source imageCoronavirus is affecting every country we work in. The poorest and excluded are most vulnerable. Food prices have risen with borders closing; the poorest are losing their jobs and income with wholesale shutdowns. As you can imagine, the outlook is very serious in places where healthcare is inadequate, and washing regularly and social distancing are luxuries. They now face the threat of hunger as the coronavirus shuts down markets and jobs.

This virus is changing our entire programme of work across the world. Beyond the immediate loss of life and suffering, long-term vulnerability, poverty, exclusion and injustice will only become more acute. The task is daunting. We and our church partners around the world are looking to God for strength, and to keep us acting in faith and hope, and we know that you across England and Wales are doing the same.

We kA person washing their hands over a bowl of waternow all too well that things are far from straightforward in all our parishes right now. We, as a global family, have never faced a crisis of this magnitude –in our own communities, and those communities CAFOD works with. But the scale is unimaginable in the most vulnerable communities of our world, and so as of today, we are appealing for support for our emergency response (<weblink). 

To help with adapting parish life to lockdown, some resources and guides are here: has a two-minute video message from CAFOD Director-Christine Allen about the appeal – please consider sharing

– Also at you’ll find tips for gathering virtually, prayer resources and children’s activities

– ideas for parishes on getting online as a parish community (<weblink)

– a programme of online talks (<click on) about our response work as well as a weekly live-streamed Mass and Sunday Children’s Liturgy,

Fr Antony Collins continues to need your prayers

i8th September 2019 – Parish Fun Day – The sun shone the food arrived in both quantity and quality and the parishioners turned out in festive like mood.  A healthy buzz of conversation filled Greyfriars as less healthy platefuls were consumed.  Thanks are due to Friars for the use of their garden and their dining room and terrace.
Anne Marie and her team worked their usual wonders on the display of the food and Paul Spindler demonstrated his head-masterly control during the games in the garden. Genevieve Vickery provided a craft filled table while Lucy Kehoe set up archery, swing-ball et al in the garden.  Others raided the apple trees.

Thanks to all who provided, displayed and ate the food. Thanks to the cleaners of utensils and room. Indeed the Fun Day lived up to its name!

Spot the Head-teacher



One way of keeping them quiet

The garden in sunshine




10th August – Visit to Noah’s Ark Farm  and the African Carnival Day
Many thanks to Simon Farnden for suggesting and organising the visit. Some 50 parishioners, very young to ‘somewhat older!!’ enjoyed a great day out – despite the wind, rain and very occasional sunshine. The wide range of animals,. from the cute meerkats to the lumbering elephants is truly impressive, yet the energy displayed by african drummers, dancers and gymnasts was outstanding.

Parish Picnic 20th July 2019
With torrential rain in the days leading up to Saturday the picnic was in doubt until clearer weather arrived and was backed up by a benign forecast. Saturday morning drizzle didn’t help but the clouds cleared and the sun shone.  Despite the lead up e-mails and telephone calls ensured a good turn-out.

Picnic food was backed up by scones, strawberries and cream, teas and coffees guaranteed an healthy flow of conversation between parishioners of all ages. Genevieve Vickery and Lucy Kehoe provided both the inspiration and resources for the crafts while swing-ball, pluck-a-duck and archery ensured plenty of activity served to run off the weight added by the scones etc. In a garden with tree house, swings, slides and hammocks the young parishioners held no monopoly of the fun-time.

Thanks to Paul Spindler and the Children, Young People and Families working group for arranging the event and to Peter & Mary for their hospitality


Street Evangelisation 13th July
Some twenty-five parishioners joined to make the Hill Rd Evangelisation event a grand success. Hill Rd shoppers lit candles for their own personal intentions and placed them on our stand.  Between 10am and 1pm nearly 100 candles were lit and over 30 written prayer requests were received.  Our initial embarrassment at publicly professing our faith soon evaporated as we realised our actions were welcomed and valued by most people.

After the event the candles were brought back to our church along with the written prayer requests which were offerred to the Lord during the weekend Masses






Parish AGM

2020 Annual Parish Meeting is cancelled due to Covid-19.  We shall publish a few short reports here shortly

2019 Parish APM …
… was held on Sunday 28th April. To read the draft Minutes click here 

The meeting discussed the continuation of the practice of ‘Charitable Giving’ – you may express your view by downloading the attached form. To do do please click here