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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 news (& click 'older posts' at the bottom of the page to look back over the previous news.)

MASSES RESUMING: CLICK HERE for the latest link to book a place for Mass, now that services have resumed. Please read the details on this booking site as to what to expect when returning to Mass. (No need to print or bring tickets with you - we are just using this site to keep an eye on the numbers in case we are reaching capacity)

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 983393. 

DONATIONS: If you would like to donate to St Augustine's Church in this difficult time please do so below. Thank you for all your support.

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The UK Papal visit
To mark the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has shared his memories of the historic four-day visit.


The Apostolic Journey took place from 16 to 19 September 2010.
“There are many highlights that stand out in my mind. One was the drive down the great road approaching Buckingham Palace – The Mall – decorated on either side with papal flags and Union Jacks. Packed with people on both sides.
"It was a sight I thought I would never see. A warm, rapturous welcome to the Pope of Rome in this country, which has, for the last 400 years, struggled with its understanding of its relationship to the Catholic Church.”
How many of us were able to see the Pope while he was here?
Our Diocese 'put a coach on' to see Pope Benedict in Birmingham - a wet day, an early start but a fantastic event to be at! We would love you to share your memories of the visit with us...


Bulletins for this coming weekend:



The Global Catholic Climate Movement:

"Would you like to take care of the environment but don't know how to start? On the occasion of the #SeasonOfCreation we are sharing with you 10 saints whose passion and love for God's creation can motivate you to take action for our common home.
Which Saint would you ask for his or her intercession and advice?"





Thank you to Bella for another lovely Reflection.
"Hello again, hoping all are well and safe despite the fears of an increase in the virus we are in God's hands and he knows what he is doing. 
I invite you to really thank God for the beauty of the world, and for all the good that is being achieved, all the kindness and neighbourliness, and for our sincere repentance for all the less good things we have discovered and have been tolerating. There is so much that is positive going on in this Season of Creation.  I enclose lots of things to read and think about, and some ideas of what we can do. This is a real Kairos moment or moment of opportunity.
The Bishops of England and Wales issued this important statement for the Season of Creation:
There is a variety of resources on the Diocesan website for personal prayer and use in groups: https://cliftondiocese.com/season-of-creation-2020/
There is an entire page on the Diocesan website dedicated to reflections on Laudato Si:
The Pope has also been using his weekly Wednesday audiences, at first socially restricted to the Vatican Library but streamed worldwide, to teach us about healing the world in this time of Coronavirus. It is a series that begins on 2nd August and continues even now. The theme of the Pope's development of Laudato Si is Jubilee, and he is about to bring out another Encyclical, Tutti Fratelli, which in Italian means all are brothers and sisters, which means all life on earth. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/papal-audience.html
These are very exciting times, but we are only just in time if we react right now, as David Attenborough told us, with many other notable experts in his film this week, Extinction The Facts.
This is a profoundly moving, positive, hopeful and motivating analysis of the things happening in our world, and how we can stop it getting worse. I was in tears from start to finish.  It deals effectively with many of the arguments about what we can and must do. 
Parliament is also going to debate importantly the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill which you can read about here:
https://www.ceebill.uk/   This would commit the Government to effective action. 

This Saturday is a day for Beach Clean up. Since we cannot meet socially, I invite you to do your bit by doing a little litter picking in the area of your choice, while thanking God for the beauty of our world which is ravaged by our lack of care.
I also invite you to make a special effort to say a grace before you eat or drink anything since all is a gift from God. 
I hope you get much enjoyment and inspiration from some of these websites and videos, and I wish you all the happiness of the Season of Creation. Don't forget to share your surplus garden or allotment produce at the church in celebration of the Harvest. 
In hope and blessing, Bella"

Our latest news...

Today marks the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Dating back to the 12th century, this feast date is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, her compassion, and the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. 








Radio Bristol shared this amazing photo today, taken by a viewer, of the stunning sunrise in our lovely city.


Please help spread the word about our wonderful Primary School to anyone with children of school age. The open days start soon to look round the brilliant facilities - appointments needed. Call the school to register.



In this season of Creationtide, remember to pray for the recovery of the planet and for those whose lives are made difficult by economic or environmental pressures.
What else can we do to help?
Another idea is to donate an item to our local foodbank... see the poster below for details of what is needed and where to drop your donation.










Office space available in Bishopston, Bristol, close to the Gloucester Road! A great alternative to working from home: Offices for one person up to a small team. We have the perfect space for you! Get in touch for info" CLICK HERE to go to their website




Our Parishioner, Clare Davis, who is a trainer for mental health first aid in the workplace, has set up a "Mental Health Chats" channel on youtube. It features discussions with experts, information, and tips on healthy wellbeing.

(Find it here to watch and subscribe)
*Be aware that this post includes the topic of suicide*
We are sharing this discussion she posted from August, in which she chats to another of our parishioners, Sue Mulrenan, an emergency ambulance care assistant, about the subject of suicide and what we could do if ever faced with the prospect of someone who is contemplating taking their own life. As our parish project this year is 'Grassroots', the suicide prevention charity, and following the widespread success of suicide prevention day, we are keen to promote groups and services that offer assistance with healthy wellbeing wherever we can.

Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome

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RULE OF 6:
The government's new 'Rule of 6' comes into force from today for social, private gatherings. This does not affect Mass as places of worship are organised, risk assessed, COVID safe locations.
Please remember to 'book' your place at your chosen Mass (using the link in our 'Welcome to our website' post) to enable us to capture numbers, to help with stewarding safely and also for the track and trace system.
For up to date information about the government's rules, please visit their website or facebook page at 'Gov.UK'












CREATIONTIDE
As we continue through this season of 'Creationtide', let's continue to think of what we can do to help our beautiful world....
Today's challenge from the recent Saints and Sinners game section:
SHOPPING – 'stuff ' is a big part of individual carbon footprints
o Do you use ecofriendly and refillable cleaning products?
o Do you avoid the FAANGs where possible? (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google)
o Do you sew on a button or other simple repairs?
o Do you buy classic clothes that will last?
o Do you buy stuff you don’t really need?
o Do you use all the things you own to their fullest extent?
o Do you repurpose and refurbish rather than throw away or even recycle?
o Do you have zero waste?
o Do you replace electronics with the newest model?
o Do you make presents and other creative activities?
o Do you give away nice things you have as presents?


Pope Francis' latest twitter reflection:












"
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Feast Day
"O God, who willed that your Only Beg
otten Son
should undergo the Cross to save the human race,
grant, we pray,
that we, who have known his mystery on earth,
may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."










SUICIDE PREVENTION
Following the recent suicide prevention and awareness campaigns, if any of the discussions or adverts have affected you in any way, or if you ever need to talk, remember that there are many places to get help.
Call the
Samaritans
free on 116 123, day or night.
"Whatever you're going through, we're here if you feel you need some extra support 💚


Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome

Latest News:


"Asking about suicide doesn't have to be scary and can save a life."
Worldwide suicide prevention day highlights the need to talk.
We support our parish project, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, in the work they do to help those in need. Watch their film using this link. CLICK HERE
Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome #parishproject



Here is the newsletter for this coming weekend: Please remember to keep booking your place at the Mass you wish to attend as we are close to reaching capacity at the weekend as we will need to know if we have to make special arrangements. Also, this system helps with our track and trace information should we ever be unlucky enough to need to use that. The link to our booking system is in with the 'welcome' section in the first website post.


Congratulations to Alan Pound for being the lastest in the illustrious list of Not So Young Club Quiz round 'clever clogs'!  A full score merits an award of the ceremonial wooden spoon from the Chairman's other (better) half, Angela!






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THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord,

the gift of heavenly grace,
that the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Birgin
may bring deeper peace
to those for whom the birth of her Son
was the dawning of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.







SECOND COLLECTIONS:
The Diocese has cancelled nearly all 2nd collections due to limited numbers at churches & financial pressures on some families. The exceptions are Holy Places, World Missions & Peters’ Pence (Vatican collections) & Priest’s’ Retirement Fund (Diocesan Collection). Therefore, there will be a 2nd basket out for a week on 12th Sept for Holy Places, 3rd Oct for Peter’s Pence, 17th Oct for World Missions & 31st Oct for Priest’s Retirement Fund.

The collection for "Holy Places", traditionally taken on Good Friday, will take place from this coming weekend... We will put a second basket out as you enter the church for one week to support the people and places of the Holy Land.
Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome




Worldwide Marriage Encounter : new online experience for marriage enrichment! 

Marriage Encounter are excited to announce a new online experience for marriage enrichment. For the past 50 years Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering marriage enrichment retreats all around the world. Focused on couples who want to enrich their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage, it offers a unique experience to explore your relationship at a deeper, more intimate level, regardless of how long you have been together. During the Coronavirus pandemic our residential retreats have had to be cancelled so we are reaching out to couples who want to deepen their relationship by offering a newly energised video conferenced retreat. The next Marriage Encounter Online Experience is 26 & 27 September 2020, why not find out more at www.wwme.org.uk or contact us on 0845 260 2016.

 

Gospel of the Day (Matthew 1,1-16.18-23)

(Deacon Peter always enjoyed this Gospel - we used to joke in the office that it was because he was one of few people who could pronounce all the names!) The abbreviated version will be used at Mass tonight as services are still being kept short due to the restrictions.

The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.
After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us."
Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome

WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE


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 news (& click 'older posts' at the bottom of the page to look back over the previous news.)

MASSES RESUMING: CLICK HERE for the latest link to book a place for Mass, now that services have resumed. Please read the details on this booking site as to what to expect when returning to Mass. (No need to print or bring tickets with you - we are just using this site to keep an eye on the numbers in case we are reaching capacity)

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 983393. 

DONATIONS: If you would like to donate to St Augustine's Church in this difficult time please do so below. Thank you for all your support.

Pope Francis' latest Twitter update:


Apart, yet together.   #ChurchAtHome

Autumn Message from Canon Frank:

Dear friends in Christ, it is now over 2 months since we started Masses in our church. We are still very restricted in the number of people allowed into the church for Mass. I am really pleased with the numbers attending the 5 public Masses that we have during the week but I think that we could be a long time away from being back to normal services. Some people have been phoning up about sacramental programs for Confirmation/ Holy Communion etc. To be honest, I have no idea as to when these programs will restart so we need to be patient. All these decisions are controlled by the government and Bishops.

If we cannot get to Mass at the moment it is important to keep in contact with the Lord. We can do that by setting aside some time each day for private prayer, scripture reading, meditation etc. Despite these unusual times, God is still our creator and redeemer. Jesus gave his life to us. Please give priority to the things of heaven and avoid being dominated by secular society, which can destroy us. May God bless you all. Fr Frank.