The Latest News from Our Parishes

CAFOD – Advent Appeal

CAFOD are making an appeal for us to support families worldwide this Advent. CAFOD needs every bit of support to deliver emergency food and water to help people in need. Donations to the Advent appeal can made online. Please be generous, and please gift aid your donation.

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

[ CAFOD ]

Advent Giving Tree – St Augustine’s

This Advent we will be helping Gloucester City Mission to give gifts to the homeless. From the giving tree please select a gift label, for an item that you would like to purchase for someone. Items need to be returned by Sunday 18th December for delivery to GCM next day.

Children’s Liturgy – St Augustine’s

We are hoping to restart Children’s Liturgy at St. Augustines during Sunday Masses . However it can only happen if people are willing to put themselves forward to volunteer. Please consider whether you would be able to help.

Youth Group – English Martyrs

Friday, 2nd December 2022

The Youth Group will next meet on this day, from 7 to 9pm. There will be a film night with families. This is an opportunity to have fun and meet some new friends. The group is open to all children from both parishes in school year groups 7 – 13.

Christmas Social Evening – English Martyrs

Saturday, 10th December 2022

English Martyrs will be holding a social evening on this day. Tickets £2. Please bring a plate of food. Please see Nikki for more information.

Christmas Masses

Please make a note of the Mass times. Christmas Day this year falls on a Sunday. There will not be an 11am Sunday Mass at St. Augustines.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December

  • 5pm  ( St. Augustines )
  • 7pm  ( English Martyrs )
  • 7.30pm  ( St. Augustines, Syro-Malabar Rite )
  • 11pm  ( St. Augustines )

Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December

  • 10am  ( English Martyrs )

Children’s Play.  If you would like your children to take part in the Christmas Story play during the Christmas Eve service at English Martyrs please let Lucy or Nikki know. Rehearsals will start after the Children’s Sunday Mass on 27th November. Children need no previous acting experience. All will be welcomed.

Faith Discussion Group


Wednesday, 7th December 2022

The next meeting of the St Augustine’s Faith Discussion Group is on 7th December at 7.30pm. Then during December on the 14th. Refreshments from 7.10pm. All are welcome.

Christmas Hampers – English Martyrs

This year we, together with other local churches in Tuffley, provided Christmas Hampers for local families in need. These have now been delivered to the David Cruckhurn Pastor at Grange Baptist. A big ‘Thank You’ to all who have donated items.

Gift Fair – English Martyrs

Saturday, 19th November 2022

A huge thanks to all the people, organisers and stall holders and visitors, who helped make the fair a success. £1500 was raised. It was lovely to see so many from the local community come along and enjoy the great atmosphere.

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.

Events in Other Parishes

Craft Fair at St. Patricks, Brockworth. They will be holding a craft fair on the 3rd December 2022 and are looking for people who would like to run a stall. Papercraft, handicraft, knitting, sewing, painting. If you have a skill for making and selling goods then please get in touch with Ruth at the church.
rpcraftfair@gmail.com

Missio ( APF ) / Mill Hill Missions

Please support the work of Missio ( APF ) / Mill Hill. They support world missions and provide missionaries with the spiritual and material support they need to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel to local Catholic communities.

Parisioners may join the ‘Red Box’ scheme to donate their loose change, or may donate online anytime on the Missio web site. A regular direct debit is the Society’s preferred way to receive funds. Please be generous, and please gift aid your contributions.

[ missio.org.uk ]

Energy Cost Increases

Energy costs are set to rise for everyone. The parish energy bills, unlike for individual households, are not capped, and are not elegible for any government support. The diocese has been able to negotiate an electrictiy tariff for the next year. It is going to be 2.5 times higher than it was previously. We are also anticipating a huge increase in the price we will be paying for gas. Please be mindful of these costs when using church premises, and help minimise wastage.

Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Please be generous in your support. St. Peter’s is collecting for those who are affected by the war in Ukraine. An online donation may also be made on the web sites of the Disasters Emergency Committee ( DEC ) or CAFOD.

CAFOD have said a huge thank you for all the support, prayers and donations for the people of Ukraine. Catholics in England and Wales have donated over £3 million.


St. Peter’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal

 

Gloucester Food Bank

Thank you to all who have been donating. They still need your support. Dry 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.

World Youth Day 2023

World Youth Day will next take place in Lisbon in 2023. The Diocese is organising an eight day pilgrimage from 31st July to 8th August 2023. If you are interested in knowing more about the pilgrimage please visit the Diocese web page.

https://cliftondiocese.com/world-youth-day-2023/

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 resistrictions 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 ]