1st Holy Communion Preparations 2019-2020

The new course is soon to begin for all those children whose parents have applied for them to receive the sacrament in June 2020.
The courses run from October the year before through to June when they receive the Sacrament at a special Mass - meeting monthly after Sunday Morning Mass - and the course is always advertised to the Parish and Primary School from May each year for a July deadline for applications so that the course can be planned and arranged over the summer.
This new course is now full
so please look out for next year's course when advertised in May/June 2020 if you have a child who is eligible for 1st Holy Communion. (Year 3 of school at the time of receiving the Sacrament)
Please pray for our new candidates and the catechists as they begin their journey together towards this most beautiful Sacrament.

NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE: Thank You from the Teenagers in action!

Several of our parish teenagers have been involved with this scheme in which they had just 2 weeks to plan & then carry out a social action project for a charity. 

A pop up Car Wash took place in our car park for which our ever generous parishioners donated over £400! Thank you! 
They did a 15 km sponsored walk from the children's hospital around to 3 McDonald's branches in Town, Filton and Cribbs Causeway, they ran a cake sale in the galleries, did some gardening at Ronald McDonald house itself & and put out requests for donated items for Ronald McDonald House to use when supporting the parents of critically ill children in the children’s hospital. 

Look how much you donated! 

The students wish to Thank St Augustine’s parishioners for such a generous & kind response to their project. The final total came to £980! Fantastic!

Frankie from Ronald McDonald House Bristol contacted us with this message “We are so very grateful to the community at St Augustine’s for their generosity & incredible support. We have been ‘blown away’ by the amount of donated items from our wish list as well as the amazing amount raised from the teenager’s car wash! Simple household items like cleaning products, bedding etc help keep our house running, ensuring we can provide a comfortable and inviting space for families in need. Likewise the £400 raised from the car wash will completely cover the costs of accommodating and supporting 1 of our families for 11 days which is fantastic! Without the generosity of people like you we would no longer be able to provide this vital space for families going through the toughest of times. We cannot thank you enough!” 

CAFOD ~ Live Simply

Click here to see the notes from the May meeting to discuss the planet, the environment and what we can do to help turn this crisis into hope.

Decorating time at the Presbytery!

After many years, the presbytery is getting a new lick of paint - and while we are at it, the Sacristy is also being spruced up!
However much disruption it causes, life and prayer and Mass still goes on at St Augustine's.
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& feel free to enter a 'caption' for this photo!)

The Summer Fair is coming!

* * Can you help us with donations of prizes for the Tombola Stall? Please bring to the Parish Office (please don’t leave them at the back of church) any new, unopened gifts, chocolates, bottles etc that you can spare.    We would also love you cake bakers to bake (or you cake buyers to buy!) cakes for our tea & cake stall. Please bring them to the Parish office on the Friday or to the stall on the day itself. Thank you all so much! * *

European Elections....

This is part of a briefing by the National Justice and Peace Network on the European elections.

Voting in the European elections:  
* Be careful about promises: 
* Look at who is on the party lists:  
Look up: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/european-elections/european_elections.html 
*Be careful about giving your vote to those who have shown themselves to be abusive, corrupt or incompetent. 
“People say ‘I’m from this party’ or I’m from that party’, but effectively, they don’t have clear thoughts about the basics, about proposals. The people are sovereign. I will only say: Study the proposals well, pray and choose in conscience.” – Pope Francis. 
*There are many important issues:  Which party do you think has the best approach to dealing with as many of these questions as possible, as well as possible?
*Check where the funding comes from. 
* Listen to the Holy Spirit in your heart – what is God’s choice? 
*Look for a sense of deep peace – this is a clue that you have discerned well 

(Briefing from National Justice and Peace Network, full text available if you click here...)