Parish News

Welcome to “Parish News” – these pages seek  ….
– to keep you up-to-date with events and developments within the parish
and
– to allow you to keep other parishioners up-to-date with events and developments that you wish to advise them of.
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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
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– 10th Feb – Greyfriars Prayer Group – 10-30-12noon(ish) – all welcomes- of any faith or none
-12th Feb – Clevedon Men’s fellowship – at Clevedon Baptist Church, 10.30am refreshments before an 11am start – Speaker & Theme: Carol Wood – Local votes for women (emphasising  Bath & Bristol)
– 17th Feb – Greyfriars Prayer Group
– 10-30-12noon(ish) – all welcomes- of any faith or none
20th Feb – Greyfriars Friendship Club – in Greyfriars from 2pm til 4pm-ish. Jane Lilley will be talking about and showing photos of Georgian Clevedon.As usual there will be time for tea and a chat. Please contact Neil (o1275 343763) or Paul (01275 874972) 
– 20th-22nd Feb – “Behold your Mother” – a tridium of prayer at Clifton Cathedral as the diocese receives and displays the statue of Mary from the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham – a part of the invitation to the people of England to dedicate themselves to Mary, Mother of Jesus
– 22nd Feb – Coffee & Open Church/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 
– 23rd Feb – Bible Study for Real Life – 9am-9.45am in Retro Choir, Clevedon –
we seek to relate scripture passages to our life experiences. Copies of scripture readings will be provided, but please bring your own, preferred, bible if you wish.
– 24th Feb – Greyfriars Prayer Group – 10-30-12noon(ish) – all welcomes- of any faith or none
– 26th Feb – Ash Wednesday
 
–  28th Feb – 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.
– 28th, 29th March & 1st April – Retrouvaille – a chance to rediscover yourselfe, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage. For confidential info on Retrouvaille, or to register call ot text to 0188 729 983 or 0797 338 443 or vemail.www.retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com For the website click here 
– 1st Sunday of Lent
4th March – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall – 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
– 4th March – The Joy of Hope (pt 1- ‘Do not be afraid’) –  in Greyfriars Hall at 2pm – a video and discussion that helps us prepare for Easter
– 6th March – Youth Gathering – 6pm – 7.30pm in Greyfriars – Youths, Yr6 and above, meet to share thoughts regarding their faith and other topics – Pizza and Hotdogs are provided (a £1 donation is asked). More info from Tom in the Parish Office tel 01275 873205 or at clevedon@friar.org
–  6th March – 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.
– 8th March – 2nd Sunday of Lent
– 8th March – Lenten Reconciliation Service –
an opportunity to take an honest look at our lives and where necessary repent and recieve through Reconciliation, forgiveness and the ever present love of God
– 11h March – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall –
 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
– 11th March – The Joy of Hope (pt 2 – ‘The best is yet to come’) –  in Greyfriars Hall at 2pm – a video and discussion that helps us prepare for Easter
– 13th March – Being a Dementia Friendly Church – 9.45am- 3pm at Westbury Baptist Church, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3TE – – keynote speaker Charlotte Overton-Hart. Register at www.dementia-church.eventbrite.co.uk or call Tony on 0117 968 1002
–  13h March – 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.
– 15th March – 3rd Sunday of Lent
– 18th March – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall –
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
– 18th March – The Joy of Hope (pt 3 – ‘Heaven on earth’) –  in Greyfriars Hall at 2pm – a video and discussion that helps us prepare for Easter
– 20th March – 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.
– 21st March – Easter Craft Morning
– in Greyfriars from 10.30am – 1.30pm – a chance to observe, learn and practice a variety of crafts and perhaps make some small Easter presents – If you are able and willing to help, in any way, please contact Genevieve on 01275 878 937
– 22nd March – 4th Sunday of Lent
– 25th March – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall –
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
– 25th March – The Joy of Hope (pt 4 – ‘The river of life’) –  in Greyfriars Hall at 2pm – a video and discussion that helps us prepare for Easter
–  27th March – 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.
– 28th Mar – 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 
– 29th March – 5th Sunday of Lent
– 4th March – Lenten Lunch – 12.15pm in Greyfriars Hall
– 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
– 9th April – Maunday Thursday
– 10th April – Good Friday

–  10th 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
– 18th Apr – 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 
– 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 – Pizza and Hotdogs are provided (a £1 donation is asked). More info from Tom in the Parish Office tel 01275 873205 or at clevedon@friar.org
– 22nd April – Youth Gathering -6pm – 7.30pm in Greyfriars – Youths, Yr6 and above, meet to share thoughts regarding their faith and other topics – Pizza and Hotdogs 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

Breeda wishes thanks all those Yatton parishioners who bought preserves this year. £250 has been raised for “Cots for Tots” at Children’s Hospital in Bristol.

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

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 be alternating venues and leaders. Watch this space, or Parish Diary page for dates, times and venues.

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