Congratulations Fr Frank!

On Wednesday 13th February our own, dear Fr Frank celebrated 10 years as Parish Priest of St Augustine's and St John Fisher Parishes.

He reflected on 10 happy years within this community.

The parishioners at Thursday morning Mass were invited into the presbytery for a cuppa and to share a cake in the shape of a number 10!

Congratulations on your decade of service to us all Fr Frank!

Confirmation 2019

Our Parishes in Communion welcomed the 2019 Confirmation Candidates to the community during their Mass on Enrolment on Saturday 2nd February.

They, their parents and the congregation all renewed their Baptismal promises together and the community promised to pray for and support the Candidates during this time of preparation for the Sacrament.

Each candidate brought up their personalised light to be displayed in the church.

CAFOD Live Simply Award

This year we are going to support CAFOD as a parish project along with seeking certification for the LIVE SIMPLY AWARD which is given to parishes who are becoming a community which ‘lives simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor and the whole of creation'. 
We already do so much - think of all we do individually & how we as a parish help the homeless of Bristol etc - but this is about 'ecological conversion', where we pray for our world, given us by God to take care of, that is under great threat, and where we become able to change the way we live for the better. 
Bella Harding will be giving a brief talk in Mass on the weekend of 26/27th January about how important this is & what wonderful ideas there are for truly making a difference & living in a happier & more fulfilling way. 
We will also be having monthly get-togethers to meet others & share ideas/plan what we can all do in our community to live more simply. 
Come along to the Parish Hall from 5-6pm on Fri 1st Feb (then next dates for your diary are Fri 1st March, 29th March, 26th April, 31st May (6-7pm that evening) & 28th June.) Today we are offering you pledge forms which have ideas of how to live more creatively & sustainably which you can fill in & register (anonymously) in a book in the parish. 
Let's lead the way in the Diocese & get the award!
Here is a transcript of Bella's talk from the weekend;
Firstly, thank you to Father Frank for allowing me to talk today about a project for the parish, the CAFOD Live Simply project.
The readings today are so full of joy and hope: the people told to rejoice and not to be sad when they are read the law and realise they must change. And in the Gospel Jesus proclaims the Lord's year of favour. And in the second reading we have the second part of the theme we are all part of one body and responsible for one another.
First let's rejoice in our wonderful world and the miracle of life, our own and all people, and all life. The astronauts who went into space saw our beautiful blue and green planet, hanging in the vast immensity of space and for all we know the only one like it. And they were transfixed by its fragility and beauty. so let's thank God for the beauty of his creation. 
However all is not well. We are behaving like badly brought up adolescents, leaving our dirty clothes and plates and cups allover the house, spilling and staining everything. 
Why? Because there is a plastic island three times the size of France in the ocean and much more, strangling and poisoning sea and wildlife. We have on average only 40% left of the wildlife of fifty years ago due to intensive farming and pollution. The last 18 have been the hottest summers ever, with intense heat, natural disasters and the exponentially increasing melting of the ice caps. The International Climate Change Panel says we have 12 years, and probably less, to take action to prevent irreversible and uncontrollable climate change, when our beautiful planet will no longer be safe to live in. And we have no other.
People say, how do we know it is caused by us? But the evidence it is happening is so clear we must anyway do all we can. As Christians we are concerned for the poor and they are the first to suffer, they are suffering now. 
People also say we can make no difference. But we already have. By banning CFCs  the hole in the ozone layer is mending. By charging for plastic bags, their use dropped by 80%. By changing to long life bulbs domestic energy use dropped by 19% from 2000, although we have so many more appliances. If we used LED lights we would use 80% less. The Millennium Development Goals spurred major reductions in poverty. So we can make a difference, and press companies and governments to make a difference, even if the issues are incredibly complex. 
The Pope has said no action is too small, and every time we spend money we are voting powerfully for the future we want to see. He asks us to undergo and ecological conversion which does not mean going back to the stone age, but living joyfully, simply and sustainably in our beautiful world. I know so many of us already do so much, but the need if urgent.
So what can we do? Firstly, pray. Many Christians pray and fast for the climate every first of the month. Whatever small fast or self denial helps us to be serious about our prayer and God listens. 
Secondly, together we can gather ideas on how we can live better as a parish and in our communities. For that we need to meet and share. I invite you to monthly meetings, on Fridays on or near the 1st of the month, between 5-6 in the parish centre. The first it this Friday. To help us think of ideas I will be at the back of church with pledge forms where you can choose what else you would like and are able to do. Bring them to the meeting where you can inspire the rest of us, and have an anonymous register of all we are pledging to do. 
Let's be a beacon in the Diocese, for a new and joyful way of living, to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, and become a live simply parish. 
Thank you for listening. 

Quiz Night

Mike Ryan & gang are back with a fun Quiz night on Sunday 24th February in aid of the World Scout Jamboree fund which one of our Scouts is attending. 

Tickets will be on sale after Mass soon at £2.50 pp. 

Join us, in teams of 6, for a BYO event in the Parish Hall starting at 7.30pm for Quiz rounds, games and a raffle.

A Christmas Message to you all from Fr Frank

My dear friends, during the past year many great events have taken place in our Parish culminating in us hosting the local council’s first, ecumenical, Carol Service which took place last week in our car park! 
Like any Parish, the population is continually changing 
but we continue to have a very vibrant community here. 
I wish to thank all the people who did so much for our community during the past 12 months especially during the difficult time of losing our dear Deacon Peter who was an inspiration to us all. May he rest in Peace.
As we approach the season of goodwill my prayer for all of us is that this community will continue to thrive during the forthcoming year. 
While the Priests are in charge of the parish, nothing can happen without the goodwill of the laity.
We congratulate you all on helping us to have such a wonderful year and
on behalf of Fr Jim, myself and the Deacons I wish you all God’s blessings.

Christmas services within our Parishes in Communion 2018

Family Christmas Vigil Masses on Monday 24th December:
3.30pm-Our Lady of Lourdes
6.00pm-St Paul’s
6.00pm-St Augustine’s

Carols followed by “Midnight Mass”:
9.00pm-St Augustine’s then 'Early Midnight' Mass
11.30pm-St Paul’s   

Mass of Christmas Day:
9.00am-St Lawrence
9.00am-Our Lady of Lourdes
10.30am - St Augustine’s
11.00am–St Paul’s

Prayer Group

Our charismatic and ecumenical “New Life” prayer group meets every Monday evening from 7.45 - 9.45 pm in the Parish Hall next to St. Augustine’s Church.  

God’s Holy Spirit is at the heart of our meetings.  Leave your worries and cares at the foot of Jesus’ cross and be blessed and uplifted.  

You are warmly invited to join our friendly group for some heartfelt praise and worship, deep sharing of the Word of God, quiet reflection, powerful prayer and sincere fellowship.  Or you can write your prayer requests in our Book of Intentions at the back of the church which are prayed for each week.
 We would love to see you! For further information, please get in touch with us via the parish office email: or call 0117 9833939