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It is very good news that Deacon Vincent continues to recover well in hospital. His family thanks you all for the prayers and good wishes.
They have said that he is recovering well and now needs lots of rest, so he will make contact with people when and if he needs to - rather than anyone contacting him on his mobile - as his time on the phone is very limited at present and he is using that time to speak to his family.
Please continue to pray for his speedy recovery. Thank you.

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Deacon Vincent Calder
We ask the parish to pray for Deacon Vincent who is currently unwell in hospital. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.

Ss Simon & Jude
O God, who by the blessed Apostles
have brought us to acknowledge your name,
graciously grant, through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude,
that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the peoples who believe in you.
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. Amen

Caring for the Climate
Let's put myths aside and do what we can for our beautiful planet. Pray, read, recycle, educate, help, re-use, care.....

A Message from North Bristol FoodBank
"In the last week, we have seen incredible generosity by the public. Thank you so much. Please do share this video we produced recently showing how the foodbank works, as we all work together to see food poverty come to an end one day. #thiscanchange "
Watch this short video from the North Bristol Foodbank... in these tricky times, they are needed more than ever.
Our local food bank is at Resound Bristol Church in Mangotsfield.
Contact them for drop off hours and items needed if you can help.
Christianity in action...

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

"We know conversations can save lives. But it is important to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy language when talking about suicide. Words matter."
Our Parish Project, Grassroots suicide prevention, is working hard to raise awareness of the stigma around suicide. We can help to educate ourselves and those around us by talking, using the right language, and engaging with someone if you are concerned about their mental health.
The charity has lots of useful ways to manage concerns.... please visit their website for lots of information.

Not So Young Quiz winners

Congratulations to Leon and Sue for joining the esteemed society of 'Full Marks' on a Not So Young Quiz!
Angela and Mike from the NSY Club met them safely outdoors for the prize-giving ceremony! Another sought after wooden spoon!


Now that the clocks have changed and the evenings are dark we have had a few requests for a daytime Mass during the week. This will help those who don't wish to come out or drive in the dark to be able to attend Mass.
Therefore, from Thursday 12th November onwards, each Thursday Mass will be at 10.00am.
We have changed the details on the Eventbrite booking system.
We hope this will be a useful change for those who have mentioned it to us and we hope it will mean as many people can still attend Mass who are able to.
God bless you all, Fr Frank

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Families in need
"I was hungry and thirsty. Were you there? Were you there?"
Our Council has joined many others throughout the country in making sure every child is fed this half term, as well as many cafes, restaurants, food shops, takeaways (small and large), and countless individuals offering to help those who may be struggling.
This is powerful... This is Christianity in action...

Please contact the council if you need help this half term.

Poppy Appeal
As Remembrance week approaches, if you are unable to get hold of a poppy this year, we have a small supply in the office that we are happy to distribute. Please get in touch and we will keep one for you.
(We are also happy to print a Poppy window poster if you are unable to print one off yourself. )
"We will remember them."

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New Cardinals of the Church
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Congratulations today will be said today for the 13 new Cardinals appointed by Pope Francis. "They come from Africa, Asia, North and South America and Italy. In addition, there is a particular accent on the sons of St Francis during the year in which the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" was published."

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
is working to mobilize the power and influence of the world’s religions to protect tropical forests and the rights of indigenous peoples. L
earn more about their work building faith-based movements to end tropical deforestation in Brazil, Colombia, DRC, Indonesia and Peru." Visit their website here
This group has been established in conjunction with the UN Environment programme, The World Council of Churches and the Parliament of World Religions, to name but a few, to bring commitment, influence and moral authority of religions to protect the world's rainforests and the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians. #FaithForForests

Remembrance Week
As Remembrance Week approaches, there are lots of things we can do to show our support for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
-We have obtained a limited supply of paper poppies for anyone who cannot get hold of one - please contact us at the Parish office if you need one
-Print off or make a poster for your window? A perfect activity in half term!
-Make a donation to the appeal: ONLINE BY PHONE "Remember you can always call our friendly fundraising support team on 0845 845 1945 to make a donation by phone."
To donate £2 text POPPY2 to 70545*
To donate £5 text POPPY5 to 70545*
To donate £10 text POPPY10 to 70545*
*Texts cost £2, £5, or £10 plus one standard network rate message (typically 97% of the donation amount goes to the Royal British Legion). "We will contact you by text on the mobile number you used to allow you to let us know how you would like to be contacted in the future and to find out whether you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation."
Veteran Lawrence

"Without the help of the Legion I would be dead now, 100%." When veteran Lawrence was unable to work due to Covid-19, his debt suddenly spiralled by almost 400%. Luckily our Benefits, Debt and Money Advice team (BDMA) were able to help. “They have helped me sort out both my mental health and my financial health. I’m debt-free and looking forward to starting a new career, I cannot thank them enough." Your Poppy Appeal donations help people like Lawrence get back on their feet and this year, we need your help more than ever. Read more about Lawrence’s story on our website. 

24-7 Prayer initiative
"How can we sing the song of the Lord in this very strange land?"
Online forum 24-7 Prayer is launching a series starting today, leading to their Online Gathering later in the week. Watch their video CLICK HERE and download their Lectio 365 app.

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Our latest newsletter is now on the 'Newsletter' section of the website.

How well did you do?
Did you guess all the ailments? 
Hopefully, you weren't keeping score on how many you have had?
Thanks to Mike for keeping our minds active!

Gospel of the Day (Luke 12,39-48)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?"
And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

Reflections for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thank you, Deacon Vincent, for your reflections on this weekend's scripture readings.

1st Reading Exodus 22: 20-26.
This is what makes the difference between God’s law and the law of neighbouring cultures, “God is merciful.” Verse 26. Here we see God’s priorities, namely, care for strangers (immigrants), care for widows and orphans, no usury, no taking advantage of another’s misfortune, and no taking a person’s necessities of life in payment of debt. He wholeheartedly is on the side of the unfortunates and dispossessed, and if that is where God’s heart is, then, ours should also follow his. The measure we give, is the measure we receive from Him.

Psalm 17: 2-4, 47-51.
This is a song of victory ascribed to David after his escape from his enemies and Saul. The lesson for us is always to remember that our deliverance is always at the behest of God, not our own ingenuity, but the gift of wisdom handed to us from the hand of God himself. We should always be thankful for all the good things in life.

2nd Reading St. Paul to the Thessalonians 1st Letter, 1: 5-10.
This is part of Paul’s thanksgiving introduction to his letter, he only managed to preach there on three sabbaths before being hustled out of town by his fellow Jewish compatriots, so it is amazing that his short stay should have produced such fruits of the Holy Spirit, working through the Risen Christ. Thessalonica was on a busy trading route, so their living out the Gospel life, with little support spread wide and far and was bearing fruit elsewhere. It is interesting to note that it is by the example of living the Gospel life that is the real voice of Evangelisation, rather than the words of an articulate preacher. It was Paul’s example of living the Gospel life, with power, that transformed the Thessalonians, and they in their turn, following Paul’s example of living, were also spreading the Good News. May we also be inspired to really live the Gospel life.

Gospel according to Matthew 22: 34-40.
This is the third attack on Jesus in Matthew’s record of these skirmishes with the religious leaders of his day. They are now, really passionate, to bring Jesus down, so they task him with explaining the most important of the 613 precepts of the Torah. This was a common enough question amongst Jewish thinkers of the day. In this Gospel Jesus shuts them up with a quote from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. After these attacks they stopped questioning him anymore. The Chief priests and elders will now move to the courtyard of the High Priest Caiaphas; and prepare a plot to arrest Jesus and kill him. The crux of the Gospel centres on love of God and love of our neighbour, for God’s sake. It is love, which is the operative word in the Gospel life, but also, we mustn’t forget it is also God’s love for us, that he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price of our ransom from sin and death. That price, paid in the precious blood of Jesus, will enable the Spirit to come in power and transform our lives into living stones in the new temple of God. It is a challenge for us, but with the help and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaking to us through these Gospels, we can achieve the transformation of our lives into true living examples of the Gospel life.

May God Bless us all in this great endeavour. Deacon Vincent

CAFOD Prayer

This Harvest, we continue to pray for all those who are struggling due to coronavirus. Grant us the courage not to rush back to our old ways, but to rebuild our world together, with equality and peace for all.

"Messing about on the river"
We just had to share this report and photo from BBC Radio Bristol:

"Oh no!! This boat's stuck on the slipway at Knightstone Island.
It was heading to Birnbeck Pier to survey the site - but the team had to abort when the boat got lodged. It'll be there 'til 10pm when the tide comes in."

We hope it floated away safely last night?

Pope Francis on Twitter:
The “gospel” of save yourself is not the Gospel of salvation. It is the falsest of the apocryphal gospels, making others carry the cross. Whereas the true Gospel bids us take up the cross of others. #Peaceandfraternity

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Gospel of the Day (Luke 12,35-38)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants."

Preschool Vacancy
Spread the word to anyone you know who may be looking for a part-time vacancy:
Cleaner required:
Where- St Augustine of Canterbury Preschool, Downend.
When – Monday to Thursday- 1 hour, Friday-1 ½ hours to be completed before or after preschool day, term time only.
Pay- Depending on experience
Starting date-2nd November 2020 
Further details-Contact Elaine on 0117 9561166 or for job description and application form.

In this temporary world where hugs are limited, enjoy this video sent by Chris Holmes to beat the VOVID blues and cheer us all up!

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Remembrance Sunday
As Remembrance Sunday approaches, we are happy to support The Royal British Legion with this year's Poppy Appeal.
Things are so different this year but here's what our Church is doing to get involved and to remember all those who have lost their lives to war...

* St Augustine's will be holding a week of 'Remembrance Masses', so everyone has a chance to attend, on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, and Tuesday 10th November - at each of these Masses we will pray for all those who have died in conflict. At the start of every Mass we will hold a minute's silence.
*We will make a poppy display and erect our Garden of Remembrance, outside, at the front of the church. Anyone who wishes can come to visit it, take a moment and place their poppy in the garden. This can be after attending Mass that week or at any time to suit you on/after 11th November.
*Due to the reduction of public Poppy sales this year, please consider making a donation directly to the appeal online - You can even send a Text to make your donation - plus, you can order your poppies online to be delivered to your home address to hand out to friends and family and encourage them to donate too.
*When online, you can download a poppy poster (or a version for the kids to colour in) to hang in your window to show your support.
*There are many ways to fundraise - see their website for all the information. One of which is to walk to a place of remembrance - feel free to use our Church Remembrance Garden as your place.
* At 11 minutes past 11 on Wednesday 11th November we will ring our Church bell then pause with the country to remember those who have lost their lives. We invite you all to do the same.
"We Will Remember Them"

Perfect Score!
Congratulations to Pauline Sobey who is another member of the Not So Young - Perfect Score - Quiz Round Club!
Here she is being awarded the Spoon of Cleverness after Mass.
See how many you can get in Mike's latest 'medical' round....
(All our wonderful Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, Pharmacists etc will be banned this week! Sorry!)

Reverse Advent Calendar
What a wonderful idea for us all to do at home!
Collecting 24 items to pass to someone in need at Christmas/New Year.
We can support our local food bank at Resound Bristol or others in the region.
(We can find out opening / donating days and times over Christmas, nearer the time, and we will share those details with you all.)

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A Letter of Faith, Hope and Love
Ireland’s oldest citizen, Nancy Stewart, who is about to turn 107, has written a must-read public letter for these strange times, asking us to care for one another and keep the faith. A very Happy Birthday to you Nancy and thank you for your wisdom! ❤️
Dear sir - My name is Nancy Stewart and I was born on the 16th of October 1913. This weekend I turn 107 years of age.
Imagine turning 107 in a world pandemic. This definitely is something very unusual even for me and all I have been through. I live in Clonard in County Meath and have lived in my home for over 83 years.
I lost my husband in a car crash in 1989, and lost my twin daughters Margaret in 2007 to motor neurone and Anne in 2010 to utter heartbreak of losing her sister. I’ve lost all my friends throughout the years which comes with living so long on this earth.
I’m very lucky to still have three daughters Kathleen, Mary and Olive and one son Finian and I have 84 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. I have faced many heart-breaking moments and also have seen many hard times in our country witnessing world wars, division in our people and numerous sad times for our nation.
I write to you today to send you my love and to offer you my prayers. We are in a very difficult time at the moment in our country, in our lives and in our world. But I reach out to you in this letter to offer you hope, faith and belief that everything will be ok in the end.
We are in another stage of this battle against the virus but we will get through this. Like everything I’ve been through since the day I was born in 1913, no matter how bad things have got, I’m the living proof that we can survive and in years to come, this will just be a distant memory.
I have a great faith and it has helped me keep positive throughout the struggles I’ve met. I thank you for keeping your faith and for keeping your resilience strong, through this hard time. Sadly for the moment, we can no longer stretch out to a friend and embrace them nor can we call to each other's houses.
But I’m here to share my story. I have been in lockdown in my house since March, alongside my granddaughter Louise and even though it has been a tough time, we have got through it together. We drink tea. We say prayers. We bake. We laugh. We make phone calls. I can even video call lots of my family and friends and am making new friends everyday that God gives me on this earth.
And that’s a very important thing to say. If you are feeling low, make sure to try call someone or even go for a walk. I also ask God to help me if I’m feeling low. This is a hard time for everyone but please make sure you keep yourself well and wear your mask. If you keep healthy, your mind will stay healthy too. Keep talking to one another. All my life I have always believed in chatting and drinking tea and saying a prayer or a decade of the rosary and it has got me through. This is our moment to keep our faith and to keep believing that everything will turn out ok.
We must try to make sure we leave nobody behind and also that we don’t lose sight of each other. This is a moment for humanity to step forward to take care of the other. We must mind ourselves but we must also mind all those around us. Look up and smile even if you have your mask on. Your eyes will smile and that might be all someone needs to keep going. No good deed ever goes unnoticed so try your best to keep being good. We are not here to live for ourselves but to live for each other.
I can’t believe I’ve made it to this age, I only feel like I’m 50 but now that I’m here, all I can say is please God I’ll be here for my next birthday. We must always look forward. I can’t believe I’m the oldest person in Ireland living in my own home, I don’t feel that old. When God wants me, he will come take me but for now I will keep enjoying my life, I’ll keep loving my family and I’ll keep saying my prayers day by day…..oh and not to forget eating lots of good wholesome food is my tip. Good food and lots of tea is my secret to a long life as well as keeping positive as best we can. We must always look forward and hope for the best.
Thank you for thinking of me in your prayers and your thoughts and I promise I will think of you in my many rosaries I say everyday. Thank you so much for reading my letter also and I hope I have, in even a little way, helped you feel less alone in this moment. There is always hope and once we keep talking to one another, no day will seem empty and we can get through this together. It only takes a small candle to take away the dark and in each of us, we can be that light in the world. This hard time will indeed pass like all the rest and all that matters is that we helped each other through.
Many blessings and much love, Granny Nancy x Clonard, Co Meath.

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COVID safe
The Government's new 3 tiered alert system is now in place and you can see the details of what that means for our region in this photo.
As our Church and Mass procedures are assessed as 'covid safe' it will not mean any changes for the way we worship.
Please continue to book a place at Mass and follow the rules put in place to protect us all.

We now find that the Church is nearing capacity at weekends. (Which is a wonderful situation for us to be in!)
Please be aware that our stewards may need to start directing everyone on arrival as, in order to seat as many people as safely as possible, they may need to fill the church from the front rows working backwards. Please be cooperative with our helpful stewards in these unusual times. * Also, please remember that there is NO Sunday obligation – every Mass fulfils your obligation - so please consider coming to a weekday evening Mass IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO SO, in order to keep our attendance spread over the week & free up space for those who can only come at weekends, giving everyone a chance to attend Mass.
Thank you. May God bless you all.
Fr Frank

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions

Pope Francis invites us to pray that, by virtue of their baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church

Feast of St Callistus I ~ 14th October

O God, who raised up Pope Saint Callistus the First to serve the Church
and attend devoutly to Christ's faithful departed,
strengthen us, we pray, by his witness to the faith,
so that, rescued from the slaver of corruption,
we may merit an incorruptible inheritance.
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.

Historic Catholic Church Lifeline

It was announced on Monday that the Catholic Trust for England and Wales has been granted £3million from the British Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. 
The funding will be used “to distribute to Grade I and II historic Catholic churches across England” & “to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.”

Read the full article from the Vatican News Website here...

MBE Awarded
Bristolian Roy Hackett has been awarded an MBE for his life long work as a civil rights and anti-racism campaigner. Congratulations to you Roy. Watch this BBC interview here...

Remembrance Sunday - The Royal British Legion
We can support the British Legion by helping to dispel the common myths that surface at this time of year which can detract from the positivity and message of peace that the poppy symbolises.
Look out for more information soon on how we at St Augustine's Parish can all mark Remembrance 2020.

"It's that time of year when you might start to hear a few of the common myths surrounding the poppy.
Everyone can help us ensure the poppy continues to represent its true meaning - a tribute to those who have fallen or lived through war, and hope for a peaceful future. Help us dispel these myths throughout the 2020 Poppy Appeal. Share this with your friends and family to help spread the word: Remembrance is for everyone." Watch the Legion's short film here

Blessed Carlos Acutis
Watch EWTN's report on the beatification ceremony in Assisi.

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