Ceasation of Public Worship and Closure of Churches

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churchesThis started on Friday evening, 20 March 2020, Following the Prime Ministers’ address to the nation on the evening of Monday 23rd March further restrictions were brought in effecting many aspects of our lives. These included the requirement that all Churches must be closed until further notice and so both Churches are closed to everyone except Fr Gerry.  He will celebrate a Private daily Mass normally in one of the Churches at 10am, please check the latest newsletter for details. 

The office at English Martyrs is closed and Marisa Wood has been furloughed. Please send any  work related issues to Fr Gerry 
Fr Gerry has set up a Skype group which will be used to come together for Mass daily by video and audio. The group is called EMAOC Parishioners. If you have Skype yourself you can join as a member by contacting Fr Gerry at his Skype account fathergerrywalsh and he will then add you to his contacts and to the group. If you would rather be a guest to the group or do not have Skype you can use the url  https://join.skype.com/lMJtoOE71NTR
You can watch a daily live streamed Mass from Clifton Cathedral at 9.30am on the Diocesan website: www.cliftondiocese.com/  see our newsletter and covid-19 pages for other live streaming Masses

English Martyrs


St Augustine of Canterbury


You can watch a live Mass from Clifton Cathedral every morning at 9.30 here: www.cliftondiocese.com

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English Martyrs, Tuffley

St Augustine of Canterbury, Matson

Parishes Prayer and Pastoral Area:

O God, be at the heart of our parish and in all our hearts. Strengthen our faith and our hope in Your promises. Grant us a spirit of self-sacrifice, so that, with Your grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may radiate Your love to everyone we meet. Help us to reach out with joy and mercy, to build a loving, healing community. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Parishes are Pastoral Responsible for…..
a considerable portion of the City of Gloucester and some villages and countryside beyond its boundaries. Within the City of Gloucester this responsibility alphabetically is made up of: Abbeydale, Abbeymead, Coney Hill, Kingsway, Lower Tuffley, Matson, Podsmead, Quedgeley, Saintbridge and Tuffley. Outside the City of Gloucester boundaries this responsibility includes the villages of Hardwicke, Elmore, Longney, Haresfield, Upton St Leonards, Harescombe, Brookthorpe and Whaddon together with parts of Edge, Standish, Epney and Moreton Valance as well as houses in the surrounding countryside and in Madams Pool south of Hempsted.

Welcome from Fr Gerry Walsh, Parish Priest:

Welcome to our new parishes website which has come together thanks to the Diocesan Communication officer Phil Gibbons help and a team drawn from both parishes.
The website is by no means finished it will evolve over the coming months and years as the two parishes of English Martyrs, Tuffley and St Augustine’s Matson have since they were founded in 1947 and 1962 respectively. If you have any suggestions for the website please use the contact form below.
Please consult the latest newsletter for mass times and other things happening in the parishes and beyond.
I would like to welcome any new parishioners who have moved into the areas for which we have pastoral responsibility and very much look forward to seeing you at one of our Sunday or weekday masses or at forth coming events where you will also receive a warm welcome from the parish communities of either church.
For those of you who don’t know me I was ordained on 22nd June 1996 by Bishop Mervyn and have served in Clifton Diocese since then as Assistant Priest in Holy Rood, Swindon and St Peter’s, Gloucester and Parish Priest at St Joseph’s, Portishead. I was appointed Parish Priest of both English Martyrs, Tuffley and St Augustine’s, Matson in January 2016.


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English Martyrs, Tuffley

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English Martyrs, Tuffley

Sunday Mass: 9.00am

Holy Days: 7.30pm

Weekdays: Tuesday 10.00am and Saturday 10.00am

St Augustine of Canterbury, Matson

Sunday Mass: Saturday 6.30pm and 11.00am

Holy Days: 10.00am

Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00am

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