Parish News

Welcome to “Parish News
Corona Virus – update
Following guidance from the Bishops Conference and the Friars sadly all Masses have had to be said in private. In order to reduce the strain on our NHS workers by stemming the spread of the virus, all of our churches need to be locked. Please do continue to pray at home, especially for a resolution to this crisis. A good way to do this is through reflections and music on the daily readings via this website: https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/
PARISH EVENTS
– Greyfriars Prayer Group  (Mondays) – cancellation of meetings until further notice
– Lenten Lunches at Clevedon – cancellation of 1st April and 8th April events
– Joy of Hope sessions – cancellation of 18th March and 25th March Sessions
– Craft Morning – 21st March was postponed. See further notices for rearrangement
– HCPT Quiz 28th March – postponed retain your ticket for next event or seek refund from Tom Osman or Chris Harris
– Greyfriars Friendship Club of 19th March was cancelled
– Passover Meal – 7th April – is cancelled                                                                                                                                                         – Youth Gathering looking Laudato Si’ – 24th April – is postponed

– Weekday and Weekend Masses in Clevedon at 10am will be said in private for the intentions of the Parish 
– Stations of the Cross in Yatton Chapel and at St Barnabas’ Church, Claverham are cancelled 
– Stations of the Cross in Clevedon are cancelled

Please see www.josephfrancis.org/livestream to enter into Lenten events 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
and
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Parish Diary

N.B. Please drop your Yellow FMU Collection Box – into the Parish Office before the end of the year
N.B. Weekly Nursing Home Services – 
– 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 mario.kossmann@yahoo.fr

– for news of Diocesan events click here

After from the Bishops of England and Wales our church in Clevedon and our chapel in Yatton are closed.
Your obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is suspended until further notice, ….
NO MASS! –   You may choose to attend Mass online at …
https://stjohnsrcbath.org.uk/index.php (daily ay 10am) click here
https://www.josephfrancis.org/livestream  (daily at Noon) click here
https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/ (Sunday 10,30, Weekdays at 10am) – click here
https://cliftoncathedral.org/ (daily at 9.30am) click here
or 
b) To help you through this crisis period here ia a link to a wealth of prayer resources – click here

– 29th March – 5th Sunday of Lent
– 31st Mar – Stations of the Cross at Claverham Chapel of Sts Dunstan & Anthony  CANCELLED– 7.30pm
– 1st April – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall CANCELLED
– donations will be used to support “Life”  a charity that supports those pregnant women to see the options available to them should they feel that a termination is their only option. More info click here
– 3rd April – Stations of the Cross –
  7.30pm in Immaculate Conception, Clevedon
N.B. St Francis laid the foundations for Stations of the Cross and Franciscans have developed the Way of the Cross ever since
– 5th April – Passion (Palm) Sunday – Mass at 10am and 6.30 in Clevedon as usual. 10am Mass will begin with the blessing of palms and a procession into the church. No Children’s liturgy. Yatton Mass as usual
– 7th April – Ecumenical  Stations of the Cross CANCELLED at St Barnabas, Claverham 7.30pm
N.B. St Barnabas, Claverham – we join with their  parishioners as they lead us in their service. Please support this ecumenical event.
– 7th April – Passover Meal – 7.15pm for 7.30pm –CANCELLED this meal in Greyfriars remembers the Jewish tradition of Passover – what this space for details.
-8th April – Chrism Mass- 11am at Clifton Cathedral- get there early as parking can be difficult
N.B. There will be no 10am Mass in Clevedon 
– 9th April – Maundy Thursday
– 10th April – Good Friday

–  10th April – Stations of the Cross CANCELLED –  7.30pm in Immaculate Conception, Clevedon
N.B. St Francis laid the foundations for Stations of the Cross and Franciscans have developed the Way of the Cross ever since
– 18th Apr – Open Church and Hall – from 10.30 until 12 Noon CANCELLED– an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation 
– 12th April – Easter Sunday
– 24th April – Youth Gathering -6pm – 7.30pm in Greyfriars – Youths, Yr6 and above, meet to share thoughts regarding their faith and other topics – this session we will learn more about the work of CAFOD and how we might get involved – Pizza and Hot-dogs are provided (a £1 donation is asked). More info from Tom in the Parish Office tel 01275 873205 or at clevedon@friar.org
– 22nd May – Youth Gathering -6pm – 7.30pm in Greyfriars – Youths, Yr6 and above, meet to share thoughts regarding their faith and other topics – Pizza and Hot-dogs are provided (a £1 donation is asked). More info from Tom in the Parish Office tel 01275 873205 or at clevedon@friar.org
– 30th May – Open Church and Hall – from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation 
– 6th June – First Holy Communion Day – Mass at 10am –
please pray for the eleven young parishioners as they get ready to receive the Eucharist. lso for those preparing them
– 2tth June – Open Church and Hall – from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation 
-18th July – Parish Picnic – a bring your own picnic at the home of Peter & Mary Kehoe (Stonehurst Batch, Lower Claverham, BS49 $PX) directions will be available and if you would like to attend but need transport please contact Tom at the Parish Office
– 25th July – Open Church and Hall – from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation 
– a date in August – Parish visit to Noah’s Ark – watch this space
– 22nd Aug – Open Church and Hall – from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation
– 13th September – Parish FunDay – watch this space
– 26th Sept – Open Church and hall- from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation
-22nd-29th October – Northern Spain Pilgrimage – In the footsteps of St Ignatius – Bishop Declan is leading this year’s diocesan pilgrimage to Northern Spain as part of our celebration for the Year of Communion. The pilgrimage will celebrate of the forthcoming 500th Anniversary (2022) of St Ignatius at Manresa and the writing of his Spiritual Exercises. More information is available from Sarah, in the Adult Education department, on 0117 9025595 or at the diocesan website – click here
-24th Oct – OpenChurch –
from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation
– 28th November – Open Church and Hall  – from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation
– 26th December – Open Church and Hall- from 10.30 until 12 Noon – an open invitation to all, of any faith or none, to join us for prayer of just tea/coffee and conversation

 

Latest News
NO MASS?- here is a wealth of prayer resources – click here
NO 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.

CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLLS speaks about Eater – to see/hear him click here

CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
Easter will be very different this year – but just as sacred. Read the Vatican’s decree on how churches around the world should celebrate it this year. Click here
HOLY WEEK RETREAT via St Francis Nailsea – click here
HELP!!
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   
North Somerset Together is 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 www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together.

or
Clevedon Mutual Aid Group – click on the link (https://clevedonmutualaid.wixsite.com/website)- 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.
CORONA VIRUS – update 26th March
Dear Sisters and Brothers. Due to the dreaded Virus the Church here and at Claverham are closed to all unfortunately until further notice.  Mass will be celebrated by me, every day, for the intentions of parishioners.
There will be no palms on Palm Sunday unfortunately. During Holy week I will conduct services in private on Holy Thursday the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 6.30pm,  3pm service of the Passion,8.30pm service of Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday at 10am the Mass of the Resurrection.  I have to do this in private in Church for the intentions of you all.
We all belong to Almighty God who loves us all.
Regards Fr. Reg.

Important – Offertory Collections (from Finance Committee) – 28th March
The suspension of our normal weekend Masses means that our Parish is no longer receiving the cash donations that many parishioners give each week via the offertory collection. Although church services have been temporarily curtailed there are still substantial bills that the parish must continue to pay. Apart from keeping our Parish Priest fed and provided with a set of wheels, there are still regular bills for utilities, insurance, administration and maintenance, plus our ‘Parish share’ which helps to support the Diocese. N.B. The reduction in lighting and heating etc. in no way matches the fall in donations.

It is uncertain how long the current disruption will last, but the Parish Finance Committee is concerned that we need to act to achieve some replacement of the offertory donations lost. So how can you help if you normally donate via the offertory collection?

If it is suitable, you can transfer monies or pay directly into the Parish bank account; please include “Offertory” as the payment reference (see details below)*. Alternatively you may place money or cheques (payable to “Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clevedon”) in an envelope marked ‘Offertory’ and posted through the letterbox at the Parish Office.

If the previous options are not appropriate, perhaps the amount of your usual offering can be put aside each week and the total accumulated put into the offertory collection when public Masses resume.  Thank you for your help at this difficult time.

Parish Bank Account Details
 Account Name: Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Clevedon
 Bank Sort Code: 52-10-03
 Account No: 68476558
 Reference: “Offertory

 

Paulette Baya – mother of Fr Tony Baya’s died recently. RIP Please remember both Paulette and Fr Tony in your prayers

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

CORONA VIRUS – update 19th March 2020
Following the advice from The Bishops Conference we are asked to cancel all public worship until further notice.
Our church of The Immaculate Conception will remain open but  the only Masses that will be celebrated are the friar’s private Mass at 10am – seven days a week.
The 6.30pm Mass on Saturday is suspended as is the 8.30am Sunday Mass in the Yatton chapel of Sts Dunstan & Anthony.  

Your obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is suspended as the Corid-19 virus constitutes a ‘serious threat’ to your health and that of many.To read the full letter from the Bishops click hereMay God bless you and keep you safe.
Fr Reg Grey
Parish Priest
N.B. Mass may be attended ‘on-line at  https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/
at the following times.
— Sunday; 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
— Weekdays; 10am except Wednesday (which instead is at 7:30pm)
— Saturday; 10am – exposition of the Blessed Sacrament between 10:30am-11am
— Holy Day of Obligation; 10am & 7:30pm

or more locally at …
http://www.josephfrancis.org/livestream

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter
To hear/read Bishop Declan’s latest pastoral letter (given to be read on 7th Sunday of the year) click here

St Francis Primary School – ADMISSIONS
To see details of the new policy please click here 

Northern Spain Pilgrimage – In the footsteps of St Ignatius -22nd-29th October
Bishop Declan is leading this year’s diocesan pilgrimage to Northern Spain as part of our celebration for the Year of Communion. The pilgrimage will celebrate of the forthcoming 500th Anniversary (2022) of St Ignatius at Manresa and the writing of his Spiritual Exercises. More information is available from Sarah, in the Adult Education department, on 0117 9025595 or at the diocesan website – click here

Standing Order Donations
the Diocese will be writing to all current Standing Order Donors soon, to ask us to complete a new Standing Order, or Direct Debit, which will be made payable directly to the parish rather than through the Diocese. orry but Diocesan changes to their accounting procedures require us to cancel the existing order and to sign up to a new one.
N.B.This can be a dodgy time for parish finances as those who inadvertently fail to sign up to the ner order create a damaging hit to our parish funds.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
The Yatton branch of the parish have been invited to join with the parishioners of St Barnabas, Claverham in eucharistic Stations of the Cross during Lent. We shall lead a service at the Yatton chapel of Sts Dunstan & Anthony on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm and shall attend St Barnabas, Claverham at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th April.  Please try to support these ecumenical events during this year of Communion.

Safeguarding- many thanks to Liz Owens and Cath Hanley for the instructive session on this subject. Some twenty parishioners attended and gained a greater insight into the role we all play in protecting the health and dignity of vulnerable adults and young people. This is not an easy topic to air but the recent years within the church and wider society tells us that if we see or suspect a safeguarding breach is occurring we cannot turn a blind eye. If you have a concern you must report it either to Liz or Fr Tony via the Parish Office (01275 873205). 

Bambellini Ceremony – on Sunday 15th December – we re-enacted the traditional Vatican practice wherein children (big and small) were invited to bring the image of the Christ child from their home crib to be blessed.

Fr Antony Collins continues to need your prayers

December Youth Gathering – The young people of Clevedon, Yatton and Portishead were a credit to their families and themselves as they took on the challenge of feeding Bristol’s homeless before Christmas. We had a meeting of young people on 13th December in Greyfriars with 11 young people who enjoyed each other’s company and helped to make up 3 loaves of sandwiches, as well as collecting biscuits and treats for the homeless on Bristol’s streets. These were all delivered to Christchurch, Clifton who make weekly runs to the city centre to give much-needed relief to our city’s poorest.

Including this charity work, our young people prayed together and reflected on the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The adults were really encouraged by the direction and questions of our young people into the meaning behind the coming of Christ and its impact on humanity. The reasons why Jesus came was a thought-provoking and interesting topic of conversation and the pizza and hot dogs were delicious accompaniment to the evening’s discussion!

EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE – To aid confidentiality and transparency the PPC ask you to consider the following …
 i) if you wish to communicate with individual friars you are asked to use one of the following email addresses…
  a) For the Parish Priest, Fr Reg Gray —- reg@friar.org
  b) For the Guardian, Fr Antoine(Tony) — tonybaya@gmail.com
  c) For Fr Antony Collins ——————– antony@friar.org
ii) For non-confidential issues and general parish information and questions please continue to use either of the following …
   — clevedon@friar.org    or — clevedon.immaculateconception@cliftondiocese.com
iii) If you are unsure which to use please ask a friar, a deacon or a member of the PPC eg peterdkehoe@gmail.com

Fr Antony Collins asks for you prayers as he will be seeing the oncologist on Tuesday 26th Nov

St Francis School Newsletter click here

St Vincent de Paul Society –  SVP members help the disadvantaged, but we need new members. Why not join the SVP family answering God’s call to help your neighbour? We are currently helping students in Kerala , providing them with 20 tables and chairs for their studies. Call CARMEL on 01934 832978

Beloved Disciple many thanks to Pat & Neil Quinn for presenting this 4-week opportunity to see the value of those in the autumn of life. Some 35 parishioners attended.

21st September – Immaculate Conception Open day 
With Gregorian Chant playing quietly in the background, a steady stream of visitors were welcomed to the Immaculate Conception Church in Clevedon. Event organiser Anthony Palmer said “As one of our special evangelisation events we opened our church to the Clevedon community.  There was no attempt to convert visitors, we simply responded to their questions and hopefully displayed our love of our faith, and for our church and our community.” A team of twelve guides shared the day and a second team provided refreshments.

In ones and twos visitors, from all faiths and none, arrived and expressed their surprise and delight at the open-ness of all who 
were on hand to welcome and to answer questions. Many were astonished at the quantity and quality of the stained glass windows. 
Few visitors had been inside a catholic church before – let alone on the ‘Friary on the hill” in Clevedon.  
How many seeds were sown only the Holy Spirit will know.
 
This was the third parish evaluation event in this following series..
1. 26th May — An invitation to “resting” Catholics to a special Mass
2. 13th July — A Street Evangelisation Day in Hill St, Clevedon
3, 21st Sept — An Open Church Day for the Clevedon Community
4. 2nd Nov — an Ecumenical Memorial Service for deceased family members and friends
 

8th September – 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

 

 

OUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR HELP!……
a) Sacristans – the team welcome new members to assist in preparing for our public worship, notably Mass. Speak with Michael hale or one of the Friars to see how you might offer help.
Eucharistic Ministers are required to serve and help during the Masses and/or to serve the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass
b) Printing the Newsletter – help needed for 20mins on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to print, count and fold newsletter and place within the church. Please contact Tom at the parish office  tel 01275 873205 or clevedon@friar.org
c) CTIC – a Parish Representative is needed at the meetings of Churches Together in Clevedon (CTIC) to express the parish’s viewpoint at this organisation that brings Clevedon’s Christian Community together. If you can spare an hour or so every six weeks please contact the parish office (01275 873205) or Fr Reg
d) Prayer Writer needed to compose the Universal prayers for four sundays every six months – please email the parish office or speak to one of the friars.

PRAYERS AS YOU GO
– is a free App/Website- download Mass readings and reflections to your phone and pray as you go to work etc. See here

 

 

Parish AGM

2019 Parish AGM …
… 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