Parish News

Welcome to “Parish News”
Corona Virus – update
We await the Government’s proposals for the reduction/removal of restrictions on public worship. Until such times we continue with covid restrictions re sanitizing before and after Mass, sanitizing your seat, and maintaining social distances. We are asked not to linger before or after the service to reduce the risk of infection

MASS TIMES are – Clevedon : 630pm on Saturdays, 10am on Sundays and Monday – Saturday at 10am

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’

– on the following pages seek  ….
– 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
To advise us of items you would like posted on the website, please contact us here

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 Clifton Diocese newsletter for 12th March   click here
– Every Thursday – Choir Practice -musicians and singers welcome – info from
– 18th July – 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (2nd Collection for Clergy Training Fund)
– 25h July – 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
– 25th July – Congregational Singing resumes at 10am Mass in Clevedo- 18th July – 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
– 25th July- Catechisis Day – 11am – 4pm at St John the Baptist, Trowbridge ( register at
– 1st August – 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
-3 rd August – Funeral Mass for Sheila Walsh at 10am in Clevedon

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

SAD NEWS – Saturday 5th Dec we learned of the death of Brian Vickery, husband to Genevieve, did in the Avonmouth explosion. May God bring solace to the family and eternal rest to Brian.
Paula Gladwell, an erstwhile choir member has died recently too. May she rest in peace,

GRAND CHRISTMAS RAFFLEa way of raising much needed funds – as a £10 ticket will raise £6 for the parish and add £4 to the winner’s fund. To enter email the parish office or Paul Stathers on or phone 07929 479265VISUAL CAROL SERVICE – Sunday 20th December – click on the event  on the Events on Home Page for details 

PUBLIC MASSES RESUME – Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th December 2020 – Alleluia
Normal Mass times continue i.e. 6.30pm and Sunday 10am in Clevedon and at 8.30am in Yatton

BISHOP DECLAN”S PASTORAL LETTER FOR ADVENT 2020 – to hear/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  COMMUNIONhere 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