Due to current weather conditions, the decision has been made to cancel the Taize Stations of the Cross this Sunday at 3pm. The Big Brew will continue as planned.

Gift Aid

If 25% of the loose collection last weekend had been gift-aided, the Parish would receive an extra £14.64.
Please consider gift-aiding your donation if you are a tax-payer, and don’t already do so for St Patrick’s.
Speak to Lucy (Sat) or Vic (Sun) for further information

Vacancy for an Accounting Officer

Clifton Diocese: Accounting Officer: Full-time (35 Hours Per Week)

This vacancy provides an opportunity to join the Curial team based in Alexander House, Bristol as an Accounting Officer.

Reporting to the Diocesan Financial Administrator, this role is based in the Finance Office.  The team is small and friendly, but also very busy.   The key components of this role are purchase ledger, sales ledger and banking administration.  The role also covers a wide range of other tasks related to maintaining the nominal ledger and general bookkeeping.

As well as bookkeeping or finance experience, flexibility, attention to detail, a high level of accuracy and the ability to prioritise effectively are all essential skills required for this role.  Experience of an accounting software package e.g. Sage or working in a charity would be useful, but not essential.

Salary and other benefits: £23,500 pa depending upon experience. 33 days holiday per annum including public holidays and a 5% matched contributory pension scheme.

For full details of this vacancy and an application form visit:

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Janet Parker, Diocesan Financial Administrator, Clifton Diocese on 0117 902 5591.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 9th March 2018

Interviews will be held in March.

Fostering in Wiltshire

The following letter has been received and demonstates the need for more foster carers in our area:




Dear Churches                                                                                          

Recruiting foster carers in Wiltshire

Every year we need to recruit more than 30 foster carers to look after Wiltshire children who need loving and safe foster homes.  Where appropriate, Wiltshire Council wants to offer a foster home to every child who can no longer live at home and so comes into our care. 

We would be delighted if your church could work together with Wiltshire Council to help in our fostering recruitment drive. We need to recruit foster carers to look after our children so that they are not moved out of the county, have less placement breakdowns and disruptions and can maintain a sense of continuity in their lives.

To support this, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can work together.  Perhaps we can plan a presentation/small talk to your church on fostering, and how your parishioners/members can contribute to improving the lives of Wiltshire children who need foster care. To take the next step, please contact Sarah Gray, Assistant Team manager, who leads on fostering recruitment – 01225 716510 or

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to hearing from you.

Your sincerely,

Matthew Turner
Service Manager – Placement Services

Traidcraft Sales

Sales last weekend amounted to £83. Many thanks.

Next Traidcraft  will be on 3rd & 4th March. Hospitality after both services will be part of the BIG BREW event – could we have some cakes please?

Diocesan Summer Camps

The Living Your Faith camps take place every August and and are a chance for the young people of the Clifton Diocese to grow in their faith, make friends and have fun during the summer holidays.

Each day is different on Summer Camp and for 2018, they have moved venue to the Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean. This provides the opportunity to offer a wider variety of activities in a beautiful part of the world.

They are held over two weeks: the first week for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). The weeks are really aimed at Catholic young people but, should they be interested, people of no faith or any faith are welcome to attend.

Cost: £195 per person. In order to secure a place on the camps, you will need to send a completed booking form and a deposit of £50 to Stephen Spurrell.

Application Forms can be found here: Summer Camps Application Form 18

The weeks are underpinned by a sharing and living of our Christian Faith. We are treated to input by our cheerful chaplain everyday, followed by small group sharing and Mass. The young people are encouraged to contribute and actively participate in different areas of the Mass (Penitential Rite, Bidding Prayers, Offertory, Thanksgiving, Music). Young people respond well to this invitation to think a little deeper about their faith and why we do what we do during Mass.

As well as catechesis and Mass, the young people on camp will participate in some of the outdoor activities that are on offer at Viney Hill such as archery, climbing and biking. There will also be a range of other activities such as a quiz night, camp fire, craft activities, woodland walks and messy games night.

Each year the children and young people leave after our final Mass full of life, full of confidence for who they are and what their faith means to them. Living Your Faith means so many things, and to live it is a challenge we enjoy and fully participate in during the weeks at camp.

Find out more about the Summer Camps here


Lent Course, 2018

Lent Course 2018: a 5-week course entitled ‘On the Third Day’ Starts Monday, 19 February, 7.30pm, St Aldhelm’s and repeated Thursdays at St Patrick’s, 10.30am, (tea/coffee from 10am) (starting 22 Feb).
See poster for details.
For Course booklets at £3 contact Christine Harvey, Mary Jose or Cath Elms before 4 Feb.
Please sign up on Rota on Noticeboard if you can help with Refreshments.