The Giving Machine - raise funds while you shop!







You can now find St Augustine of Canterbury, Downend on TheGivingMachinea great fundraising site that lets you raise donations for our parish whenever you shop online.

It’s easy to use and doesn’t cost you (or us) a penny!
TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity set up to help other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us.
With over 2,200 of your favourite retailers, including Amazon, eBay, M&S, NEXT, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.
To start raising free donations - Click here to go to the site
Enter our code:266690 to find us easily
or search for 'St Augustine of Canterbury'

So remember, when you are buying your online food shop, that new item for your home or shopping for Christmas presents online you can generate a free cash donation for our Parish just by clicking via www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk. So it’s easy for you to make a difference without it costing you a penny more than the normal purchase price of your item.


The Countdown is on!

Not long now until our fabulous, festive, community event.

Come along for a fun time together, getting ready for Christmas and enjoying each other's company.

Any donated items for our stalls will be very much appreciated - please bring any items to the parish office.

See you all there!


Brain Tumour Support - Clare's fantastic, fundraising year!

Please click the link to see the brilliant article on the Brain Tumour Support Website about Clare's amazing year in 2018, raising over £10,000!

What a tremendous effort and what a tremendous Parish Community to be part of.

Click here

Congratulations to our Altar Servers

Four of our Altar Servers were enrolled at the weekend into the Guild of St Stephen.
Josh, Isabella, Neoma and James received their medals in a lovely ceremony, conducted by Fr frank, they then received a lovely round of applause from the Sunday morning congregation after praying to St Stephen using the guild prayer.

"I offer myself to God almighty, to blessed Mary, our Mother and to our holy patron, Saint Stephen. And I promise to do my best to serve regularly with reverence and understanding, for the glory of God, the service of his Church, and my own eternal salvation."

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.