The Latest News from Our Parishes

Mass with Anointing of the Sick – St Patrick’s, Brockworth


Saturday, 27th July

This is an event for all the parishes in our pastoral area. Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on this day at 12 noon. Fr Gary Brassington will be the principal celebrant and other priests will assist. It will be followed by lunch for the sick and their carers. Please sign the sheet in the Church lobby by Sunday 21st July if you wish to attend. Further details are in the newsletter. Confessions will also be available, from 11.15am to 11.45am.

Children’s Liturgy – St Augustine’s

Sunday, 28th July

Children’s Liturgy will next take place this day. There will then be a break over Summer, and Children’s Liturgy will resume in September. Thereafter it will continue to be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. We are delighted that people have been coming forward to help. Please contact Moira if you also are able to volunteer.

Children’s Mass – English Martyrs

Thank you to all who participated at last Sunday’s Children’s Mass. The next Children’s Mass will be on Sunday 22nd September. Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place in the Church Hall on all other Sundays and we are grateful to Sue, Karen, Flit and others who make this possible.

Stella Maris ( Apostleship of the Sea )


Sunday 14th July ( Sea Sunday )

Stella Maris is the maritime charity of the Catholic Church. It provides spiritual and practical support to all those who live and work at sea. Sea Sunday is a day for people to come together to pray for them, and to thank them for the vital work they do. It is not too late to support Stella Maris with a donation on their website.

https://www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate

Faith Discussion Group – St. Augustine’s

The Faith Discussion Group have concluded their study of the Acts of the Apostles. The group will be taking a break over Summer and will restart in the Autumn.

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. The CAFOD appeal for this cause is still open. CAFOD are actively responding to help families who are at risk of losing everything. It needs the funds to help buy the supplies that are urgently needed. Please be generous. You may donate on their web site. Thank you.

[ CAFOD ]

Church Helpers Needed

English Martyrs is in need of volunteers to keep the church and grounds tidy. Would you be able to spare a few hours each month in cleaning the church and the church hall, or in maintaining the garden and cutting the grass? If you are able to help then please contact Marisa.

At St. Augustines we would be very grateful if more people were to come forward to act as ‘welcomers’ at our Sunday masses.

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.

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.

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 ).

[ view the hall diary at English Martyrs ]

[ view the hall diary at St. Augustine’s ]