This Parish website and our Facebook page will continue to be updated as regularly as possible to keep our Parish Community alive with news, information, scripture readings and updates from Fr Frank.

Scroll down this page to see all our latest news posts (& click 'older posts' at the bottom of the page to look back over the previous news.)

CHURCH CLOSURE - AT PRESENT THERE IS NO PUBLIC MASS AT ST AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH - Fr Frank will say Mass privately each day and will pray for everyone in our community to stay safe. This difficult decision was made in order to keep everyone - priests, deacons, volunteers and parishioners - as safe as possible whilst this new strain of the virus is so prevalent.

You can visit the Church Services website to watch Mass from our Cathedral each day at 9.30am.

PARISH OFFICE: Please note that the Parish Office is only open a few days per week due to staff furlough. Emails will be checked periodically. In the event of an urgent query, please call Fr Frank at the presbytery on 0117 9833939. 

DONATIONS: If you would like to make a donation to St Augustine's Church please do so below. Thank you for all your support.

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John Fitzgerald RIP

The Funeral of John Fitzgerald will take place on Monday 18th
Jan at 1.30pm. Due to COVID restrictions on numbers, the family invites you to join them in saying goodbye to John online from the safety of your home, via Zoom live stream.
– The Zoom link is: Meeting ID: 843 6044 5198 Passcode: 820150

Should anyone wish to make a donation (in lieu of flowers) in John’s memory the family have set up the following ‘Just Giving’ links to make this process easier for everyone:
We ask our Parish Community to surround Jane and the girls with loving prayers and to please pray for John's family and friends at this difficult time.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen

Rainbows... a symbol of hope

Because of the Covid restrictions, it is not possible for the Deaf Community to come to St Nick’s for their normal monthly Signed Mass - so we are live-streaming our Parish's 10am Mass with Signing by Sherrie Eugene-Hart every First Sunday of the Month (live-streamed from our Parish website:
www.tolentino.org then click on 'St Nick’s live-streamed Mass’ page).
Many of our Catholic deaf sisters and brothers can feel isolated at the best of times and these are not the best of times! Most are not aware of the Catholic Deaf Association or the monthly Signed Mass, so please try to contact them with this information.
If you can, please either email Fr Richard McKay (email: richard.mckay@cliftondiocese.com ) with their contact details or ask them to do so.
We want to make this Diocesan Ministry among the Deaf community as available as possible - please help us to do so. Thank you!

Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia RIP
Article from Glasgow Archdiocese:
"It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the death of our Archbishop.
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at his home in Glasgow. He was 70 years old.
Archbishop Tartaglia, who had served as Archbishop of Glasgow since 2012, had tested positive for COVID 19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home. The cause of death is not yet clear.
The Archbishop had served as leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community since 2012.
The Pope’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti has been informed.
It will be for Pope Francis to appoint a new Archbishop to succeed Archbishop Tartaglia, but until then the Archdiocese will be overseen by an administrator.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Philip, for his family and friends and people of the Archdiocese.
Philip Tartaglia was born at Glasgow on 11th January 1951. He is the eldest son of Guido and Annita Tartaglia and had three brothers and five sisters. After his primary schooling at St. Thomas’, Riddrie, he began his secondary education at St. Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, before moving to the national junior seminary at St. Vincent’s College, Langbank and, later, St. Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. His ecclesiastical studies were completed at the Pontifical Scots College, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained Priest by then-Archbishop Thomas Winning in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun on 30th June 1975. He then returned to Rome to study for his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.
On completing his Doctorate in 1980, he was appointed assistant priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, while at the same time becoming visiting lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, Glasgow.
A year later, he was appointed Lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, becoming Director of Studies in 1983. When Chesters College, Bearsden, opened in 1985 he was made Vice-Rector. In 1987 he was appointed Rector.
He served as Rector until 1993 when he was appointed to St. Patrick’s, Dumbarton, as Assistant Priest before being appointed Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, Duntocher in 1995. In 2004, the Bishops’ Conference appointed him Rector of the Pontifical Scots College, Rome.
On 13th September 2005, Pope Benedict XVI nominated him Bishop of Paisley. On 20 November 2005, he was ordained Bishop in St Mirin's Cathedral by Archbishop Mario Conti who he was to succeed as Archbishop of Glasgow.
On 24th July 2012, Bishop Tartaglia was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow and was installed at St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, on Saturday 8th September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He died on January 13 2021, the Feast of St Mungo, the Patron Saint of Glasgow.
Archbishop os St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, said: "I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Archbishop Philip. He was a dear friend whom I’ve known most of my life and his learning, wisdom and experience benefited so many people, in Paisley, Glasgow and beyond.
"He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Catholic Church in Scotland. My affection and prayers go to his family, who are also dear friends, and to all the clergy and people of the Archdiocese. May the Lord welcome him into paradise.”
Bishop John Keenan, on behalf of the clergy and people of the Diocese of Paisley, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, and the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
He said: "Archbishop Tartaglia throughout his life was a faithful servant of the Lord and a caring shepherd of the Diocese of Paisley between 2005 and 2012. He was a much loved Bishop of Paisley and will be remembered fondly by many. May he rest in peace."
Bishop Toal of Motherwell said: "On behalf of everyone in the Diocese of Motherwell I express our shock and sadness on the sudden death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. We offer the support of our prayers to his family and the community of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, and join with them in commending his soul to the tender mercy of our Loving Father through the saving power of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
"In the years I have shared with him in the episcopal ministry I have heard him repeatedly express his steadfast belief in Christ and the need for Him to be at the heart of all we say and do in the Church, his Body. His faith was straight-forward and re-assuring, and from that came the wise counsel which he offered in the deliberations about and the decisions taken in so many areas of the Church’s Mission in Glasgow Archdiocese and In the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
"As his brother bishops we will miss him greatly, and that sense of loss is shared with so many others.
"It is good to remember with gratitude his priestly minister before he became a Bishop – in the parishes he served in and in the seminaries he taught and rectored in. Those who attended his classes remember him as a gifted lecturer, and in later years he looked back with some nostalgia to these times of theological investigation and teaching as a time of much fulfilment and contentment.
"He loved his native city, and the family and community he grew up in. It was hard to leave his parents and younger brothers and sisters to go to Junior Seminary to train for the priesthood, but it must have been a great joy for the family that both he and his brother Gerry were ordained as priests. We offer our sympathy now to all of them as they grieve the loss of their brother Philip, and pray with them that he will be united with their beloved parents and their recently deceased sister in Paradise, in the blessed company of Our Lady, St Mungo, and all the Saints.
"May his soul , and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen."
President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert has issued the following statement: “It is with the deepest sadness that we have learned today on the Feast of St. Kentigern (Mungo) of the death of our brother bishop and friend Philip Tartaglia. His loss to his family, his clergy and the people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow will be immeasurable but for the entire Church in Scotland this is a day of immense loss and sadness. "He was a gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor who combined compassion with a piercing intellect. His contribution to the work of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland over the past sixteen years was significant and we will miss his wisdom, wit and robust Catholic spirit very much.
"On behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, we commend his soul into the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.”

Bella Harding's latest reflection on the planet and our parish:
"I thoroughly recommend a Catholic conference on the climate, which is a repeat of one I went to last year. This one is the 22 -25 Jan (Led by Sr Margaret Atkins of Boarbank Hall, Cumbria) and involves about four or five-hour long zoom sessions (you don't have to do them all.)
We could get even more ideas to implement once our parish is up and running more normally. (Link below)
Meantime keep praying and thanking God for all the wonders we take for granted. "

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Prayer for health workers.
Please pray for the vaccination programme to reach all within the care community as fast as possible to protect those who are the most vulnerable and those who selflessly care for them.

"Wondrous God, author of life, you fashioned us in your likeness and breathed into us the life which is your own. Be with those whose special care is the health of mind and body.
Fill their hearts with awe for the life which is your gift and sustain them daily in your service, that their hands may bring to others the comfort of your healing touch.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Helping with Emotional Fitness in these troubling times
Well done to Clare (one of our parishioners) who has started a programme online to help our emotional fitness, to stay strong and positive - very important in these difficult times.
Why not have a look at her 21 day HINT programme on her YouTube channel to see if it helps you?
The phrase that is used a lot with this pandemic is that "we are all in the same boat".... it is more realistic to say that we are all in the same storm but not in the same boats...
Please pray for the mental health of those who are struggling through this situation, that they can find the right help and support.
CLICK HERE to go to the YouTube channel.

Resound Foodbank update:
"Dear friends and supporters,
Thank you all so much for your amazing support both during 2020 and also in the recent Christmas period. We were once again overwhelmed by your generosity.
As you will be aware from previous updates, the demand for our services has greatly increased since the start of the first lockdown in March last year. Since then, we have received 73% more referrals and provided food parcels for 56% more adults and children than in the corresponding period in 2019. Thankfully, due to your generosity and others like you, the donations received have risen over the same period by 77%. In weight, we have received almost 20 tonnes of food and distributed over 15 tonnes. This has meant that we were also able to pass on 3 tonnes of our excess food to support other local organisations and to ensure nothing was wasted!

We have just got ourselves a new mobile phone and one of the wonderful things we are experiencing is the feedback via text we are getting from our customers.
As always, your support for Resound Foodbank is greatly appreciated."
Such touching feedback from Resound foodbank.
If you would like to offer donations of food to them, they are next open for safe drop off on Friday 15th January and, at the moment, they really need tinned minced beef or tinned ham, UHT milk, potted meat spreads, 100g jars of coffee or small bottles of squash.

The beauty of Lourdes in the snow... enjoy

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Latest Newsletter
Fr Frank has been lifted greatly by the positive messages and comments received by so many people about the difficult decision to close the church. He is sad that he will not be saying Mass with his parishioners present, but keeping everyone (& himself) safe is his highest priority. It is for this reason also that he is not planning to open the church for private prayer either for the time being.
Please see the amended Newsletter for this week showing the Mass intentions that Fr Frank will pray for at his private Masses, as well as any other Parish news or information.
We will continue to keep connected with you all in as many ways as possible. Watch this space.

The Christmas Carols on Zoom
For those who were unable to join us for our Christmas online Zoom event in December, we can now share a few moments from that afternoon.
In this short clip, Fr Frank gave us all a Christmas blessing at the end of our time together.
And here are our talented musicians wishing us all a Merry Christmas.
Look out for more zoom events soon


Sunday 10th January
A decision has been made to close St Augustine's church for public Mass with immediate effect.
Myself, Fr Jim and the Dean of our area, Fr Gregory Grant, have discussed the situation this weekend and decided that, for the added safety of the priests, deacons, staff, volunteers and parishioners, our churches will close whilst the virus is so prevalent. We will review the situation each couple of weeks and in line with government guidelines.
As it stands at present, Churches are being allowed to make their own decision about remaining open, although in areas where the transmission rates are very high they have already been instructed to close by the Government.
Whilst we are closed, please continue to join Masses online, use the many home resources available for prayer and reflection and please pray for an end to this pandemic and for all the people working on the front line who are most at risk.
I will continue to say Mass every day privately and will pray for all the Mass intentions that have been requested.
Please keep an eye on our website/facebook page for regular news, reflections and updates. As soon as we feel confident to offer Holy Mass once more we will let everyone know.
God Bless you all
Fr Frank

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Could you be a School Governor? 
Clifton Diocese is seeking to recruit people to serve on school governing bodies. If you believe in Catholic education, have enthusiasm and commitment, then you can make a valuable contribution to the governing body of a Catholic school. It also provides the opportunity to use your life/work skills and experience, for the benefit of the children in our schools. Please visit https://cliftondiocese.com/news/could-you-be-a-school-governor/ for more information and to complete an online nomination form or contact bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com or  07710094976 – he would be delighted to hear from you. Your support for our schools would be much appreciated.

We continue to produce newsletters with all the latest information for Mass times, prayer intentions and news. We publish them weekly and they can all be found under the 'Newsletter' section of this website - and are saved in date order, along with the Bulletin cover sheets from the Redemptorist publications co.

Thank you to Deacon Vincent for your Reflections for Baptism of the Lord, Year B

st Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 55: 1-11.
This extract is taken from the final passage in what is called Deutero-Isaiah (Second Isaiah), which covers the period after Cyrus has decreed that the people of Israel can return to their homeland. This Isaiah sees it as their new and better Exodus. It is full of the most beautiful poetry of the Bible. It covers Chapter 40 to 55, so we are reading its final section. Some think it is referring to the cry of the water sellers, others that the hunger is for Wisdom, whichever you choose the message is the same, if you keep close to the Lord and his covenant, all good things will come to you. There is this lovely phrase, “Seek God, and when you find him, call upon him, and when he comes near you,”, there is no doubt that when you call upon God, he will come near to you. We need to remember that God is always listening for us and seeking us out. Sinners need not fear to return to him, “God will abundantly forgive your sins,”.  This passage concludes with the affirmation that God is in charge and will not rest until his will is accomplished.

Responsorial Psalm is taken from one of Isaiah’s Psalms 12: 2-6. This psalm is one of thanksgiving and praise, and it is very noticeable that in this first section of Isaiah we come upon reference to God’s proclamation is also for the Gentiles (Us), and this is a major move in Judaism, to be reaching out to the Gentiles as part of God’s plan.

2nd Reading is from the 1st Letter of St. John 5: 1-9. It is sometimes better to just sink into the atmosphere of this letter, that try to follow his logic. Note his absolute insistence on Jesus humanity, hence the insistence on blood and water, which ensures his humanity and so emphasises exactly what a great gift Jesus, God made man, means for us. For John it is summed up as eternal life. We can only realise what God has done for us when we accept not just Jesus as God; but realise that he is God made truly man for our redemption. It is truly awesome to come face to face with God’s great generosity in bestowing himself to us as a vulnerable human being, so he can show us the way to Him. Let us always be truly grateful for such a gift!!

Holy Gospel according to Mark 1: 7-11. John’s message is presented as being all about Jesus’ superiority, John poses himself as his slave, as dealing with sandals was the task of a slave, also Mark has John telling us that Jesus will baptise with the Holy Spirit, an idea that Mark has yet to explain to us. We must find it puzzling that if Jesus is so superior to John, why does he come to be baptised by John? We see the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descending onto Jesus, and Jesus is publicly affirmed as God’s Son, so it is obviously God’s will that Jesus comes to John. It also shows us how God himself establishes his solidarity with us vulnerable humans in drawing close to God’s mercy. Jesus is there right alongside us in our struggles. He is not a remote God. He is at one with us, so we should not turn away from him in shame; but turn with confidence for him to wash us clean. We see again just how God wants to be at one with us. We can have confidence in his abundant love and care for us. Let us truly rejoice and be glad that he has called us.

God Bless you all, particularly in these difficult times. Deacon Vincent.

Photo of Nativity scene in St Andrew Bobola Church, London (c) Mazur

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Lockdown measures
We are so lucky to be able to continue to keep our Churches open for communal worship whilst we are in this new period of lockdown. We believe this is, in part, a testament to the hard work of churches to bring in very strict safety measures in order to keep the community safe, as well as recognising the importance of keeping God in our lives, now more than ever.
However, we recognise that not everyone will be able to continue coming to Mass, if not well enough, if showing symptoms or needing to isolate, or if now shielding again. Please use the Cathedral online streaming in order to still feel connected to Mass. Please also reach out if you are struggling with loneliness or worries. We can pray for you and try to offer practical support.
For those who are able to attend, we warmly welcome you to Mass at our usual times. Please use our eventbright link to book a place and use the QR code for the track and trace system on arrival.
We must be continue to be extremely careful with social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitising hands on arrival and on leaving church so please cooperate with these measures and with our stewards' instructions in order to keep everyone safe from this new, more virulent, strain of the virus.
We pray for an end to COVID19 and a return to a safer world.

The Epiphany
Blessings to you all on this Feast day - The Solemnity of the Epiphany.
Just as our Lord revealed Himself to the wise men on the 1st Epiphany, we too can reveal the Lord to other people by our way of life... we can be the light in the world too...
God bless you all - Fr Frank

Thank you, as ever, to Martin le Poidevin for sharing his musical talents with us. The Act of Worship for the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Thank you all for the extraordinarily generous Christmas Offerings to the priests - even though our numbers of parishioners attending Mass over the Octave of Christmas was very small in comparison to normal years, I received £4,340 in offerings. The generosity shown to me over this difficult year has been very humbling. 

In case you missed it...
We said a very fond farewell to Elaine, our Preschool's Manager, back in November and a fond Hello to Kelly who has taken over the running of our wonderful early years facility. Welcome to you Kelly!
Elaine will be greatly missed after giving so many years to the education of our wider parish community's children.
Enjoy your retirement Elaine!

THIS CLIP (CLICK HERE) was sent to Fr Frank by Mgr Gabriel Layden - it is what we will all look like the minute the world is safe again! 
Thanks, as ever, for continuing to send us 'the funnies', Mgr Gabriel!

Apart, yet together.   #ChurchAtHome