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Roll up! Roll up! The Circus is coming to town!

Not long now until our 50th Celebrations for the Primary school begin...
Whether you have young kids who will love it, whether you or your kids used to come to St Augustine's school and want to reminisce about the old days whilst having a night out after so long apart, whether you are a member of the Church community or whether you live near to the school, you are all invited to come along!
Please purchase your ticket using the online details below or print and complete this form (or collect one pre-printed from the parish office) to get your tickets.
Let's all take this opportunity to get back together in a safe environment for a fun evening - not just for the kids!
God bless
Fr Frank

A message from "Retrouvaille"

Covid 19—a very challenging time for many marriages.
"So much uncertainty around, health, income, employment, vulnerable family members, children, housing. Different ways of seeing things, coping with change, managing fears can be a source of conflict and stress. It can be difficult to talk, to listen to support and comfort when there is so much uncertainty. Being together all the time, brings different challenges. You wonder would we be better apart?
Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples, it brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage ….and you don’t need to leave home, it comes to you!
For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme, a Virtual weekend commencing 24th October 21st- 2021 Call or text 086 8211795. "
Email: – or visit

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Here is an August Reflection from Canon Frank.
I feel now is an appropriate time to think about a renewal of our life in Christ.
Please consider restoring Sunday as the Day of the Lord.
It does not matter how long people have been away. Everybody is welcome to Holy Mass.

Mass for Joao Tressoldi RIP
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Joao Tressoldi who lived in our parish with his family several years ago before moving back home to Brazil.
Canon Frank celebrated Mass on Tuesday evening for Joao, with several of the prayers in their native Portuguese and it was filmed so that the family could join with us.
We have posted this link here should anyone wish to join with the Mass.
Our parish offers our prayers for Joao and for his wife Michelina and children Carina and Henrique.
May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace.

Clifton Diocese Vacancy - Safeguarding Officer.

Part-time – 21 hours per week (Wednesday to Friday)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton is committed to safeguarding and this vacancy provides an opportunity for a skilled and experienced professional to join the Safeguarding team.
The Safeguarding Officer role supports the ongoing development of safeguarding across the Diocese, the management of cases, and working with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, responses to safeguarding issues that arise.

The successful applicant will need to have a comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding legislation, policy procedure and best practice guidance and come from a background of either Social Work, Heath, Probation or Policing, with specific experience in safeguarding.

For further information/informal discussion about this role please contact Becky Cawsey, Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Clifton Diocese on 0117 954 0993.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 17 September 2021

Thank you Deacon Vincent for your Reflections for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

1st Reading from the book of Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8.
This book is really a copy of the Torah or can be viewed as a sermon with a narrative framework. It offers a vision of how Israelite society ought to be, how it had failed to be; Israel was supposed to be the People of God. This passage is to illustrate that Israel in no way finds God’s Law oppressive, it was a gift to them, a sign that they had signposts and direction in a confusing world. The Law enables us to discern right from wrong and assist us

Psalm 14: 2-5.
We are encouraged to visualise a spacious Bedouin encampment, rather than a light weight camping tent. It is posing to us the type of person whom God would choose for a guest.

2nd Reading from the letter of St. James 1: 17-18, 21-22, 27.
It is impossible to speculate upon the original purpose of this letter, but many scholars believe the author to be “James, the brother of the Lord”, who became such an important figure in the early Church, and who was martyred in AD 61. There is a call to true Christian living, always looking after the poor and the orphans, who in those days were often left destitute, with no social help or assistance. It is a continuation of the Law, which was given to Moses in the first reading. Nothing has been changed from the encouragement to joyfully take up the cross and sacrifice ourselves for each other.

The Holy Gospel according to Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
This Gospel passage illustrates for us the way that customs and additions born out of hygiene had been added to the Law of Moses, and taking on a meaning way beyond their original intent. Jesus points out to us that it is not our hygiene that causes us to sin, but what is in our minds and hearts. We have to be very careful that sacramentals, add-ons which become fixed in our minds as essential to the faith do not lead us into conflict with the Church, when it tries to move us forward to cope with the world of today. Language, translations etc., types of Ministry to be spread among the people. It is what is inside us that will determine the outcome of our lives, not the sacramentals.
It is the way we interact with each other and care for each other that really matters, so let us always be conscious of what God wants from us and not what we want to share out to Him. We are here to love him, and serve him, and hope to be happy with him in heaven one day.
Let us love one another as the Lord has loved us by letting us be called his brothers and sisters. Love and forgiveness must be our watchwords.
God Bless you All. Deacon Vincent

Can you help Mary's Meals with their humanitarian work in earthquake-hit Haiti?

Please pray for those affected and for their recovery, physically and emotionally from this devastation and make a donation if you are able to.

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Parish Rota update -
We have had a lovely amount of emails confirming people's wishes to stay on or come off of the rota - and we have even heard from a few new volunteers, which is wonderful!
If you haven't had a chance as yet to email the office and confirm your wishes for the future rota, please could we ask you to do so asap so we can get going with our planning?

Many thanks for your help.

Reminder - The roles we have for our church are;

-Eucharistic Minister (for those already instituted as a Minister)
-Children's Liturgy Team on a Sunday
-Refreshments after Sunday Mass
-Church Cleaning 
-Flower Group
-Providing Music during Mass (playing an instrument / joining a group - please let us know if you can help as we need new musical volunteers)

These roles could be for either the Saturday or Sunday Masses.

Please email the parish office to let us know your wishes.

Many thanks to all our past, present and future volunteers!

A reminder that we are now in the week of our Diocesan Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage.
"We shall be joining the Lourdes Chaplains in the Grotto, as they pray the Rosary in English on Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 2.00 pm. There will be a special candle lit for the Clifton Diocese and the pilgrims at this time. If anyone would like their intentions to be prayed for during this Rosary, please send your petitions and I will pass them to the Grotto for inclusion on the altar. Please send any prayer requests to

For full details, schedule and a welcome message from Fr. Nick King SJ please go to

A message from the Diocesan Head Office.
Schools & Colleges Department Administrator vacancy
Term-time – 25 hours per week
The Schools & Colleges Department are recruiting for a vacancy to join the team as the Department Administrator.  Based in Alexander House, Pennywell Road, Bristol, the role supports the department with various administrative activities and hours of work are 9.30 am to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. The successful applicant will need to have office administration experience and be well organised.
For the job description, personal specification and application form please visit: 

Closing Date is midday on Friday, 10th September 2021.

CAFOD update
As St Augustine's community have been supporters of CAFOD for many years, they have sent us this report on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian conflict – showing how your donations have helped the Syrian people

"Thanks to your donations, CAFOD has been helping people in Syria since the crisis began 10 years ago. Over 12 million people have left their homes, 5.6 million are refugees in neighbouring countries and within Syria, 13 million people need help. At the beginning, our focus was on delivering food and blankets through our local church partners. Then we started providing education, health and legal services, and helping people earn a living. Our latest projects are supporting children, lonely elderly people, helping women learn to read, and helping people restart their small businesses. We’ve always planned for the long term, standing alongside people who lost everything. None of this work would have been possible without your support of CAFOD. Thank you."

CAFOD Faith in Action Day 2021

Join us for an online day of talk and prayer to learn more about this year’s climate talks, Pope Francis’s call to action and how people in the Amazon region are leading the fight to care for our common home.
The countdown is on. In a few months, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate talks. Our government has a vital role to play in leading global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. But as citizens of the host nation and as people of faith, we have an important role to play too.
This is the time to come together, build a community and act.
Do not miss our Faith in Action Day 2021 on Saturday 11 September, 11am-4pm.

On this Faith in Action Day you will:
Find out more about the UK government’s vision for COP26.
Connect with other Catholics in interactive sessions and find out how we can organise ourselves to build momentum for the climate talks in Glasgow this year.
Hear from environmental defenders in the Amazon about their struggle to protect our common home.
Explore Pope Francis’s Synod on the Amazon and his call for justice.
Get inspired by young Catholic campaigners and their fight for the climate crisis.
Stand in solidarity and pray together for our brothers and sisters who are suffering the most as a result of the climate crisis.

Confirmed speakers include Camilla Born (Deputy Director of Strategy for COP26), Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE Secretary General), Claudelice Silva dos Santos (Amazon and human rights defender), young Catholic activists and many more.

This event is part of the Great Big Green Week, a series of events happening in September to bring together communities across the country for climate and nature.

Here is our local Resound FoodBank's update for Autumn 2021.
"SHOPPING LIST - NO pasta or baked beans please as we have lots!
Also, please no bottles of fizzy drinks or water – thank you!

Tinned minced beef
Tinned chicken in white sauce
Tinned vegetables - any sort except sweetcorn
Tinned rice pudding
Shower gel – male or female
Female deodorant
Feminine hygiene – pads and tampons

Thank you so much for all your kind support
We are now open every Friday between 10am – 12pm for drop off.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
(Blackhorse Road Mangotsfield Bristol BS16 9BP 0117 3050969 / 07485688621

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A message from our Diocese:

Virtual Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Lourdes.
Unfortunately, we are unable to travel to Lourdes once again this year, but we shall all be at the Sanctuary spiritually.
During the week from 20th August to 27th August, we shall be joined together virtually on our website with various events.
The Grotto of the apparitions is the heart of the Sanctuary and is a place of prayer, hope, peace, respect, unity, and silence. The spring and the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes within it are the centre of prayer for all pilgrims.

Prayer Petitions:
Amongst other events, we shall be joining the Lourdes Chaplains in the Grotto, as they pray the Rosary in English on Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 3:00 pm. There will be a special candle lit for Clifton Diocese and the pilgrims at this time. If anyone would like their intentions to be prayed for during this Rosary, please send your petitions and I will pass them to the Grotto for inclusion on the altar. Please send any prayer requests to

Spotlight on our Parish Projects, past and present.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity is our current Parish Project.
Please remember in your prayers all who work for this charity and especially anyone who feels so overwhelmed with life that they have the darkest thoughts and need help. We pray to God that they will find some light in the darkness and find the support they need to realise there is another choice.

We thank Petra Jordan, who nominated them, for keeping the project going by selling various items throughout the last year.
A recent message from Petra: "Thanks to all who made a donation recently totalling £29.34. Every little helps. I am willing to make 4” Christmas cakes and individual or larger Christmas puddings again this year. Please call 9570239 to place your order. Thanks. From Petra."
If you wish to look more into the work of Grassroots, please check out their facebook page/website and maybe consider making an online donation.

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New Parish Rota - a clean slate!

It is now time to ask our parishioners if they wish to join a new parish rota when it re starts at some time in Sept/Oct.
I will be working on this during August and Sept and as yet we have no start date but we will continue to be guided by safety for all concerned - but it is good to make plans!

We appreciate that for many people who were on our rota before March 2020, things may have changed and they may not want to, or be able to, restart their past rota duties. And some people might want to change roles or join something new... We will not make any assumptions. It is a clean slate!

So, if you would like to be part of the new rota, whether you were on it before or wish to join now, please could I ask you to send me an email to: confirming;
- which role/roles you would like to be part of from the following list; 
- pick as many as you would like
- and please state if it is for a SUNDAY or SATURDAY Mass, where applicable?

-Eucharistic Minister *for those who were already a Minister
-Children's Liturgy Team
-Refreshments after Sunday Mass
-Church Cleaning during the week
-Providing Music during Mass (playing an instrument / joining a group - please let us know if you can help as we need new musical volunteers)
-Flower Group

(We no longer need a counters rota as we are planning a new process as things have changed so much since lockdown - so a big Thank You to all our past 'counters' - we may call on 1 or 2 of you individually to ask for help under the new procedures)

We won't start the roles back until all is safe to do so, plus some roles may be different when they restart so more planning may be needed within those teams (i.e. Children's Liturgy). 
I will pull all this together over the next month and keep you all posted.
If you have any questions about the roles please email and we will get back to you.


Much love from Bernadette, on Fr Frank's behalf

St Augustine's School's 50 Anniversary

We are celebrating our school's anniversary in September with a special Mass and a visit by a Circus -more details follow soon.
If anyone has any photos or written recollections in regard to our School that might be suitable to go on a display board or School website, please can they e-mail
Many thanks.

Diocesan Marriage Mass
Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 2 October (12 noon) and is inviting all married couples to join him. Please come along to join in with this Mass to help pray for all marriages.

If you are just married, engaged or have a special anniversary this year, please make contact with Sarah Adams by email at

Reflections for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
1st Reading from First Book of Kings 19: 4-8
Ahab the king of Israel had told Queen Jezebel what Elijah had done whilst she was away, how Elijah had all her priests killed. At this Jezebel swore vengeance on Elijah, so this is where this passage takes up the story. Elijah is terrified and runs for his life, he left his servant at Beersheba and went on a day’s journey, then collapsed exhausted and downcast, he has had enough and just wants to sleep and die in his sleep, but God has not finished with him yet, so he sends his angel to wake him and feed and water him, he had the gifts and went back to sleep, but he is awakened again with more food and water and told to eat, drink and travel on to Mount Horeb, God’s Holy mountain. If you like, this is a story that should make us realise that God determines our life span. He has work for Elijah to do, so despite Elijah deciding it was time for him to die, God shows us that only He can and should decide our life span. We, as baptised members of his family, have a destiny to work for him, in whatever way God chooses to use us. It might be dramatic events like Elijah or quiet events like Joseph, Mary’s husband, whose quiet task was to look after Jesus until Jesus reached manhood and was ready for Ministry. We must learn to trust God and put our whole lives in his hands.
Psalm 33: 2-9.
A beautiful song of thanksgiving. It is a call to trust in his goodness and ability to look after us and keep us safe, even in times of trial.
2nd Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 4: 30- 5:2.
This section continues Paul’s treatise on the behaviour of those of us who belong to the Body of Christ. He is to be our model, we are to be forgiving as Jesus was to his persecutors, and to be kind, not shouting or using hurtful words. We are to strive to “imitate God, as children of his that he loves.” We need to be prepared to sacrifice ourselves for each other following Jesus own example in purchasing us by the sacrifice of his own life. It is a huge challenge, but God will provide the grace we need to do his work for him here on earth, in his own family.
The Holy Gospel according to John 6: 41-51.
We continue from last week as we explore the depth of exactly what the Eucharist means. In John’s Gospel as in the Synoptics, Jesus always brings division. He is challenging our basic instincts and turning everything upside down. This bread that Jesus will give, is his flesh for the life of the world, and indeed our eternal lives. This will fracture his existing followers, who find this language intolerable. It still puzzles and causes strife within the Christian community today, but John is unequivocal. This bread is Jesus’ body, no ifs, no buts. This Eucharist is the greatest leap of faith, we will ever have to make.
God Bless You All & Keep Safe.
Deacon Vincent.