The Latest News from Our Parishes
Family Fast Day / CAFOD Easter Appeal
Friday, 23rd February 2024
On this Family Fast Day we are being asked to help support those families who are affected by the global food crisis. There are 200 million people at risk of malnutrition in the world. Your support will help CAFOD to work with local partners to tackle the hunger. There will be a collection in our parishes.
Donations can also be made online. The CAFOD Easter appeal will be open during the whole of Lent and Easter. Please be generous, and please gift aid your donation.
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Lenten Lunches – St. Augustine’s
Friday, 1st March
Next on this day, and also on every Friday during Lent, a soup lunch in aid of CAFOD. Starting at 12pm homemade soup, crackers and cheese, with tea or coffee will be served. £5 per person. Please do come along and support this annual and popular fundraising event.
Tickets will also be on sale for the big Easter Raffle.
Faith Discussion Group – St. Augustine’s
Wednesday, 28th February 2024
The Faith Discussion Group will next meet on this day to continue their study of the Acts of the Apostles. The evening starts at 7.30pm, with refreshments from 7.15pm. All are welcome.
Quiz Night – English Martyrs
Friday, 8th March
English Martyrs will be holding a Quiz Night on this day. Arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. £5 for an adult, £3 for a child, £15 for a family ticket. A light ploughman’s supper will be served during the event. You may also bring your own beverage. Team sizes will be 6, but you may just come along and we will place you in a team. Tickets are available after Sunday masses or can be obtained from Marisa. We can promise a fun family evening.
Children’s Mass – English Martyrs
Sunday, 31st March
The next Children’s Mass will be on this day, Easter Sunday. The children will be leading the reading and bidding prayers, and will also be doing a short Easter play. Rehearsals will take place during Lent after the Sunday masses. Please see Lucy or Nikki if you would like your child to take part.
Please encourage your children to be actively involved; to take part in the Mass, to be in the choir or in the offertory procession. They may bring an offertory gift suitable for the Gloucester Food Bank: wrapped sweets or non-perishable baby products. Please help us to make this venture a success. For more information speak with Nikki O’Neill or Flit Rogers.
Easter Triduum – English Martyrs
28th – 30th March
The Easter Triduum services this year will be celebrated at English Martyrs.
- Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, at 7.30 pm.
- Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, at 3.00 pm.
- Easter Vigil Mass, at 8.00 pm.
Children’s Liturgy – St Augustine’s
Sunday, 10th March
Children’s Liturgy will next take place on this day. Thereafter it will continue to be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. We are delighted that several people have come forward to help, but it would be nice to have a few more. Please contact Moira for more information.
Children in Church
In both churches there are activity areas where young children may engage while they are at church. If you wish to bring play things for them please bring soft and quiet toys. Thank you.
Children’s Liturgy in our churches is aimed at those who are at primary school and have not yet made their First Holy Communion. If you have a child who has not yet started primary school and you would like them to attend Children’s Liturgy they must be accompanied by a responsible adult, preferably a parent.
Easter Lilies – St. Augustine’s
This Easter we continue the tradition of decorating the Lady Chapel with lilies. If you would like to dedicate a lily in remembrance of a friend or relative, or for any personal intention, please place an intention slip in the basket at the back of the church together with a donation of £2.50. Thank you .
CAFOD Appeal for Gaza
We have all been saddened by the conflict in Gaza. More than one million people have been displaced from their homes. CAFOD are making an appeal. They are actively responding to help families who are at risk of losing everything. CAFOD needs the funds to help buy the supplies that are urgently needed. Please be generous. You may donate on their web site. Thank you.
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A Legacy in your Will
Legacies are a welcome source of income for the Diocese and make an important contribution to the work of the Church. A leaflet giving further information has been produced by the Diocese and is available in our Churches. You can choose whether your gift should be used for general purposes, for a particular purpose ( priests retirement fund, clergy training, etc. ) or for the benefit of your Parish.
Music – St. Augustine’s
Our folk group accompanies the 11am Mass on the first Sunday of every month. The St Augustine’s Singers additionally provides music on every third Sunday of the month. The groups practice on the Wednesday beforehand at 6:15pm to run through the music for the Sunday Mass. If you would like to join a group you would be made very welcome. Just pop up to the choir loft and introduce yourself or come along to a practice.
Gloucester Food Bank
Thank you to all who have been donating. Please continue to be generous. The service that the Food Bank provides is now more urgently needed than ever before. Dry, bottled or tinned foods can be donated. They cannot accept frozen items, fresh vegetables or anything with alcohol. Weekly collection from English Martyrs. Items can also be left in the lobby at St. Augustines.
Health and Safety
We have a collective responsibility to ensure that church premises are safe. Please be aware of potential hazards, be careful when using church equipment and do not try to hurry. In case of any accident, incident or near-miss an accident report will need to be completed and given to Fr. Gerry. At English Martyrs the accident book is with the first aid kit in the corridor. At St. Augustines it is in the kitchen.
The health and safety representatives are Anna Marie Paulet at English Martyrs and Francis Brown at St. Augustines.
Buildings and Maintenance – St Augustine’s
Various jobs need to be done around the church. For this we need volunteers who would be willing to help. Please consider whether you can help. If you can then please make it known to Francis Brown.
Please also let Francis know of any defects, repairs or work items that need doing, no matter how small.
Spring Fete 2024 – St. Augustines
Saturday, 11th May 2024
This date has now been fixed for the Spring Fete. Please keep this day free.
Hiring of our Halls for Private Events
Following consultation with the diocese the policy for hiring our halls for private events has changed.
- The halls can only be hired by parishioners or family members.
- Hirers will need to complete the new Individual Hire Contract form.
- A cut-off time of 7pm will apply, except when expressly agreed.
- A deposit of £100 will be required if the hirer is not well-known.
These restrictions do not apply for parish functions. Also our halls will continue to be available for hire by businesses, clubs and other organisations.
Enquiries about availability should be addressed to Marisa ( for English Martyrs ) or to Dariusz ( for St. Augustine’s ).