The Roman Catholic Parish of
Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 3rd February at 12noon and inviting all married couples to join him. If you are or know anyone recently engaged or celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, or 70th anniversaries during 2018 please let me know. Thanks. (Charlotte)
CAFOD in the New Year: hear about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe this Lent! Come along and hear from one of the speakers at one of our Lent Events – Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD will be speaking at the Bristol event on Wednesday 31st January at Holy Family Church, Southsea Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5DP from 7-8.30pm. Or hear a speaker from CAFOD on Saturday 3rd February from 2–4pm at the English Martyrs Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0NX. Or hear a speaker from CAFOD on Saturday 10th February from 2–4pm at St John the Baptist church, 2 Wingfield Road, Trowbridge, BA14 9EA. Booking is essential for all events as space is limited – email Liz at email@example.com or call 01179 428328.
Year of Mission - there are so many images before our eyes at the Epiphany. Wise men and their gifts feed our imaginings as to who this child truly is. Herod’s curiosity speaks, ironically, of our own desire to find the child who holds life’s meaning and promise. But it’s the light of the star that can be easily overlooked, but not just the fact that it's bright; it guides. This New Year and, indeed, this Year of Mission invite us to consider how we might be leading others towards Christ. Do we lead people towards him because of who we are, because of who we seek to be? In all we do for Christ – in our words and actions – let’s seek to satisfy the curiosity of those who are truly searching. Let’s allow them to encounter, truly encounter, the Christ in us, the Christ who draws all peoples to the love he reaches out to bring. (Fr Christopher Whitehead)