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A Prayer for the Feast of Christ the King

Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son,
the King of the universe,
grant, we pray, that the whole creation,
set free from slavery, may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
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.

St Joseph's Home
Wishing many blessings to Sue on her retirement from St Joseph's Home in Bristol, a home which our parish has supported for so many years.
Thank you to Sue, to all the Sisters, and the care team who show such love and care for the residents of the home.
"Good Luck with your retirement Sue! Retirement of Sue Hobden from the Little Sisters of the Poor Bristol. After 34 years of working with the Little Sisters Sue has decided it is time to retire in order to enjoy special time with her Family and grandchildren. We are very grateful to Sue for her devoted service in Administration over the years, and we wish her all the best for the future."

For those who wish to offer help to those in need, see the latest information from the Resound foodbank, below.

Safeguarding Statement
Canon Frank has asked for the Bishop's Conference statement, issued over the weekend, to be shared immediately with all parishioners in line with Bishop Declan's regulations.
In it, the Bishops of England and Wales talk of how they stand together in profound shame and express their sorrow and contrition before God, following the recent IICSA report into abuse inflicted on children in the past 50 years.
They "reflected on our need to reach out afresh to those who bear the wounds of permanent damage caused by this abuse. It is our desire and resolve to be a Church in which every child and vulnerable person is not only safe but nurtured."
Please read the following statement to see the full response and hear what is happening to further strengthen the church's commitment towards the safety of others.

If you, or anyone you know, needs to talk, no matter how long ago the abuse took place, please come forward to be listened to.
Our Diocese has an office for Safeguarding who you will be able to contact for a private conversation: 0117 9540993. You can go straight to Clifton Diocese' Safeguarding page here.

Alternatively, there are many organisations that can offer help and support to survivors of abuse such as;

"In prayer we turn to Christ the Good Shepherd, the fount of healing of compassion, asking that this moment of painful truth becomes a time of grace as we strive to fulfil the ministry entrusted to us as bishops in an unshakable unity of purpose."

Apart, yet together. #ChurchAtHome

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