The Latest News from Our Parishes

Children’s Mass – English Martyrs


Sunday, 19th May

The next Children’s Mass will be on this day, on Pentecost Sunday. 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.

Coffee Morning at English Martyrs


Wednesday, 22nd May 2024

At English Martyrs, at 10.30am. An opportunity for parishioners and non-parishioners to meet socially over tea, coffee and cakes. Please do come along.

Faith Discussion Group – St. Augustine’s


Wednesday, 22nd May 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.

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.

Spring Fete 2024 – St. Augustines

Saturday, 11th May 2024

Thanks to everything who made this event such a great success. A great team effort. £1800 was raised.

Children’s Liturgy – St Augustine’s

Sunday, 26th May

Children’s Liturgy will next take place 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 we do need at least one more. One of the helpers will be retiring to another parish, so a replacement is needed. Please contact Moira if you are able to volunteer.

Summer Fete – English Martyrs


Saturday, 22nd June 2024

The English Martyrs Summer Fete is one of the great social gatherings of the year and will be held on the 22nd June. We will need volunteers to help run the stalls. Please think about how you could help. We will need donations of good quality bric-a-brac, toys, books, toiletries, items for the raffle, items for the tombola, jams, plants and items for the bottle stall. Freshly baked cakes will be accepted on the day. There will be plenty of amusements and activities. Light food and refreshments will be served. Please do support this fundraising event.

Clifton Diocese Pilgrimage – Glastonbury


Sunday, 14th July 2024

The annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury will take place on this day and will be lead by Bishop Bosco. Booking arrangements will be announced nearer the date.

https://cliftondiocese.com/pilgrimage/glastonbury-pilgrimage/

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.

Vocations Sunday

Sunday, 21st April

Vocations Sunday was on this day. It is one Sunday in the year that is dedicated to supporting vocations to the priesthood, the religious life, and to the diaconate. Donations for this cause can be made online and at any time on the Clifton Diocese web page. It costs the diocese £30,000 per year to maintain and train each man who is preparing for the priesthood. Please be generous.

https://cliftondiocese.com/donate/

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 ]

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.

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 ]