Parish Notices

Christmas Fete

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Fete. The Main Draw raised £1,473 and the stalls raised £879.79.

Draw winners -

PrizeItem Ticket Winner
1st £100 0509 Hochstein
2nd Large Hamper 0403 Mary Flood
3rd Bottle of Jack Daniels 2773 Patrick Crossan
4th Small Hamper 1317 Sharon Merrett
5th Bottle of Gin 1003 Heather
6th Bottle of Prosecco 0304 Mrs E Fox
7th Tin of Quality Street 0812 Chris Gifkins
8th Box of Fox’s Biscuits 2331 Magdalene Gonzalez
9th Bottle of White Wine 0372 Eddie Jones
10th Box of Danish biscuits 2247 Anne Bate-Williams
11th Bottle of Mulled Wine 1367 Theresa Luke
12th Bottle of Plum Liqueur 2264 Mr RH Entwistle

Advent Penitential Service for the Deanery

This will take place on Tuesday 18th December at St Thomas More church, Princess Elizabeth Way, starting at 7pm. This will be the only penitential service that will take place in the deanery and will be your last opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas.



Traidcraft stands for changing people's lives through fair trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture through quality fair trade products. Traidcraft wishes to build on the extraordinary success of fair trade for a new generation of trading, sourcing and buying, in the manner of its pioneering fairtrade founders. Building on the success of the past 39 years.

In these most challenging times, the organisation needs a really good trading period between now and Christmas. As well as fair trade groceries, they offer a wonderful range of fair trade Christmas decorations, ethical gifts, charity Christmas cards and a wide collection of handmade homewares, from recycled glassware to handcrafted cushions and soft furnishings.


Christmas at Traidcraft: everything you need for an ethical and handmade Christmas. From hand-embroidered Christmas cards to hand-carved nativity sets, we’ve travelled the world to find the best handmade fair trade Christmas products, gifts and decorations — everything you could ever want for a truly unique festive season.

The Traidcraft team will be holding its last sale of the year after the 9.30am Mass at St Gregory on 9th December.


Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings (but NOT December 20th or 27th). Eyes down 8pm.

Year of Prayer – 2nd Sunday of Advent

The Gospel begins: 'Tiberius was Emperor, Pontius Pilate was Governor, Caiaphas was High Priest'. God did not speak to any of these important people. The word of God came to John in the wilderness. God spoke to someone on the edge, in the desert. God wants to speak his word to every person but if we are to hear the word of God we need to clear a way so that we can hear. John the Baptist proclaims: 'Prepare a way for the Lord – make his paths straight'. Most of us are not called to go into the wilderness but each of us can make time for silence to listen to God’s word. Advent is a time to realise that God is constantly speaking his word to us. We are called to make the time to listen.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The SVP does great work befriending people who are lonely, housebound or in care homes; plus providing support to those in need. We cannot continue this work without active members. Are you able to offer some time to help others? To find out more, please leave a message by emailing or leave contact details with the parish office so that the SVP can get in touch with you.

Pre-Advent and Advent Talks

‘LET IT BE DONE UNTO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD’. Inspirational 5 session CaFE course continues on Wednesdays 12th & 19th December at 7.15 pm in Sacred Hearts’ Hall. All are welcome.

2019 Diocesan Directories and Diaries

The new directories have arrived and contain a wealth of information about the life and structures of the Church in our area, as well as numerous interesting news items from around our diocese. All available are the 2019 liturgical diaries. Costs: Diary £6.50 and Directory £5.00.

Cheltenham Deanery RCIA Course

The programme is being led by Fr Tony Pazhayakalam, CST and continues on Wednesday 12th December. All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings, (between 7pm and 8.15pm) in the committee room of Sacred Hearts Hall.

Foundation Governors

These Governors have an important part to play in ensuring the Catholic character of our schools. Skills from all areas are useful, such as; buildings, health & safety, finance, HR, education, parish and community work. Please call Cathy Hipkiss Chair at St Thomas More on 07733 005969 if you would like an initial chat about becoming a governor or email

Statutory Admission Policy Consultation - St Peter’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre, Gloucester

St Peter’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre is proposing a change to the Admissions Policy for 2020. In accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014, they are consulting on the admission arrangements for entry in September 2020/2021. As part of this Gloucestershire Local Authority insist that all schools in Gloucestershire are informed of the consultation. The only change they are proposing is the addition of St Thomas More Catholic Primary School and The Catholic Primary School of St Gregory the Great to the list of Catholic Feeder Schools which links to category 7 of the oversubscription criteria. The new policy can be found on the Admissions page of the St Peter’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre website - The consultation period lasts from 27th November 2018 until 31st January 2019. Responses should be sent to: Mrs M Whittle, Admissions Officer, St Peter’s High School, Stroud Rd, Tuffley, Gloucester , GL4 0DD or please email by 31st January 2019.
Ian Cahill, Clerk to the Governors, St Peter’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre, Gloucester

All Saints’ Academy

As you may remember, a press release earlier in the year announced changes to the co-sponsorship arrangement currently in place between the Diocese of Clifton and Gloucester Diocese from All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham. As part of this process, a consultation exercise is now taking place. The consultation documentation is available for interested parties to access on the Clifton Diocese Website:

The Proposal is to amend the religious designation of All Saints’ Academy to a Church of England School as a result of the withdrawal of the Catholic Diocese of Clifton as the co-sponsor of All Saints’ Academy.
What is proposed for All Saints’ Academy and why?
All Saints’ Academy is currently a joint sponsor-led church academy sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton and the Anglican Diocese of Gloucester. It was established at a time when academisation followed a differing set of documentation and the educational landscape was significantly different. In light of significant educational changes the two Dioceses are formally seeking views on plans to change the religious designation of the academy to a Church of England School, following the proposed withdrawal of Clifton Diocese as a co-sponsor of the academy.
Both Bishops and trustees of each diocese are fully supportive of the proposal, believing it to be within the interests of the school community. Sole sponsorship, by Gloucester Diocese, and the resulting change in religious designation, will enable the academy to explore further opportunities for collaborative working, including the possibility of becoming part of a multi-academy trust. This would not be possible under existing arrangements owing to legal restrictions of governance by the Catholic church, whose primary aim is to safeguard and preserve the Catholic identity and Catholic faith within its schools.

Hospital Request for Sacrament of the Sick

It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain in an emergency. Please ask the nusing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital (or ring 03004 222222 and ask for the Catholic Chaplain). Thank you.

Request for Hospital Visitor

Could you spare a little time on a Saturday afternoon? We are looking for people to join the Saturday team at Cheltenham Hospital. The commitment is for 1½ to 2 hours once every 5 weeks. For further details, please phone Liz Sloan on 07491 669592.

CYMFed Flame 2019

The biggest Catholic Youth event in England & Wales is back! Young people from across the Clifton Diocese aged 14-25 are invited to join Bishop Declan at Flame in Wembley Arena on Saturday 2nd March 2019. Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry are offering ticket, travel & Diocesan scarf all for just £50 per person. Places are filling up fast, so go to or contact your Parish Priest for more details and to book your place.

TV & Internet Masses

For those who are housebound or find it difficult to get to daily/Sunday Mass; there are a number of Masses daily on the website as well as on EWTN television which is Channel 589 on Sky. The EWTN Mass is usually at 8.00am, 1pm and 6pm.

St Vincent de Paul Society

Do you or someone you know need help from the SVP? All contacts with the SVP are in strictest confidence, so if you or someone you know needs the SVP, you and they can be assured of our complete discretion. You can speak to a member of the SVP or leave contact details for them, via the Parish Office.


Mrs Dilys Barrell is our Safeguarding Representative and may be contacted on 01242 513992.

Catholic Singles

This is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please phone 0161 941 3498 or visit the website or email at

Newsletter by email

Anyone wanting to receive a copy of the Cheltenham Catholic Newsletter by email, please email Paul McCloskey at

Clifton Diocese Newsletter

Sign-up for this useful round-up of news, views, events and other information from around our diocese. It is easy to do, just go to our website - click on the newsletter icon and register your email address.

Do You Feel Trapped?

If you have a problem with alcohol and want some help why not contact ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS on 01452 418515 (24 hour service).