Parish Notices

Fashion Show

There is a Fashion Show in St Thomas More Hall on Wednesday 25th July. Doors open at 7pm for the show at 7.30pm. High street quality women's clothes available for purchase on the night at bargain prices. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine) available after Mass or from Helen on 01242 582394 or pay on the door. Proceeds to St Thomas More Development Fund.

St Thomas More Church Spring Fete

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the recent fete. The draw raised £1,400 and the stalls and donations raised a further £866, giving a grand total of £2,266. The draw winners were as follows -

1st £100 1026 Mrs E Fox
2nd Large Hamper 2896 Eileen Cassidy
3rd Bottle of Whiskey 1335 Mrs V Stillman
4th Small Hamper 1115 Una Claypole
5th Coughton Court tickets 1887 Audrey Gorman
6th Bottle of Vodka 1522 Vilma Salazar
7th Car Boot Organiser 1110 Tony Comer
8th La Maison Gift Set 1622 Ann Greenwood
9th Shortbread 1774 Veronica Gifford
10th Bottle of wine 2235 Marianna Thomas
11th Chocolates 1326 KP Lordan

Meeting Christ in The Eucharist

In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress, we will be continuing meetings at St Thomas More an alternate Mondays from 7.30pm to 9pm (with Adoration at 8.30pm) on July 2nd and July 16th.

Understanding the Mystery of the Eucharist

In preparation for this September’s Eucharist Congress, Adoremus, parishes of our diocese are offered a series of reflections to help us unfold the mystery of the Eucharist and to help us deepen our understanding and appreciation of such a great gift and Sacrament. Each weekend from the feast of Corpus Christi, a new set of downloads will be available for you to use at your leisure.
The eight sessions will be released a week at a time from 27 May until 15 July:

27 May Corpus Christi, the Eucharist, and Adoration
3 June The Eucharist and Jesus
10 June The Eucharist, the Mass, and us
17 June The Eucharist and healing
24 June The Eucharist and community
1 July The Eucharist and mission
8 July The Eucharist and justice
15 July The Eucharist and hope.

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Pamper and Prosecco Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Mass for the Sick

A Mass of Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 21st July at 5.00pm at St Thomas More. Please put this date in your diaries.

St Thomas More Finance Committee

St Thomas More Parish set up their own finance committee on 19th April 2018 as Father David Mills felt that, with our debts due to be paid off this year, we should now have a degree of autonomy in our finances. The committee currently consists of Father Frank Wainwright, Steve Wright, Jon Sherry and Ann Abrams. If you would like further information then please consult one of the members after Mass.


Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings. Eyes down 8pm.

Year of Mission - Birthday of John the Baptist

This beautiful celebration breaks into Ordinary Time, but it breaks in to help us understand something of what we are called to be as disciples on mission! John helps us to think about our discipleship: pointing away from ourselves and pointing others in the direction of Jesus; leaping in the womb, able to recognise where Christ is to be found and where Christ is near; decreasing in order that Christ may increase; a prophetic call of return so that we can find mercy and compassion in the Lord; recognising the call of God in our own lives and allowing God to call others through us – God’s word in our mouths; and, looking at Elizabeth and Zechariah, always being open to being surprised by God and his faithfulness. But the psalm holds something we might take into this week as part of our prayer: I thank you for the wonder of my being. Do we spend time thanking God for who we are, for the fact that he calls us, that he fashioned us, that he walks with us? As we do that let’s be little ‘John the Baptists’ in all we do to lead others to encounter Christ... even in us!

Fr Jeremy Rigden - Ruby Jubilee Anniversary Mass

Fr Jeremy Rigden will be celebrating his Ruby Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this year, and as he was priest at St Gregory’s from 1997-2004, you are invited to attend this celebration. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7.00pm on Friday, 20th July at St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SQ and afterwards with food and wine will be held at the Parish Centre behind the church from 8.00pm onwards, to which everyone is welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact Mrs Charlotte Boyall (Parish Administrator) on 01225 314114 or email

Noah’s Camp

Noah's Camp runs from Monday 13th August until Friday 17th August at Dymock in Gloucestershire, and whilst being Catholic, is for everyone of all denominations and ages. Each day there will be times of prayer, worship, talks and Mass. Children and youth streams will run alongside the adult sessions. The aim of the Camp is to foster strong relationships within families of all shapes and sizes, and to know God’s love in a deeper way. Day tickets available. For more information ring 07961 346343 or see

Simon Willis

Please remember in your prayers, Simon Willis who will be ordained to the Priesthood, this Saturday 30th June in Italy, for the Institute of the Incarnate World. He will be ordained by his uncle, Bishop Robert Mutsaerts, Auxiliary Bishop of Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Fr Frank will be attending the Celebration. We congratulate Simon and his family, especially Anne Marie who is a parishioner.

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.

Clerk to the Governing Board: St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

Applications are invited for this position. Please email Cathy Hipkiss, Acting Chair at for a Job Description about the main duties, qualifications and experience of the role. For an initial conversation, please phone 07733 005959.

Walking in the Footsteps of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross

Clifton Cathedral is organising a pilgrimage to Spain, walking in the footsteps of two great saints: St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. The pilgrimage will take place the week commencing Monday 10th September 2018, flying to Madrid from Bristol and including visits to Avila, Segovia, Valladolid and Salamanca among others. If you would like to join this pilgrimage you will be very welcome. We will be based in one hotel in Avila for the full six nights. The cost of the pilgrimage will be £895 per person in a shared room with a single room supplement of £30 per night. The Dean of Clifton Cathedral, Canon Bosco MacDonald, will be leading the pilgrimage. There are fifty places available and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. For details of the full itinerary and to request a booking form please send an e-mail to or telephone Cathedral House on 0117 9738411.

Clifton Diocese Summer Camps

The annual camps have been launched for 2018 and bookings are now being taken. This year, the camps have moved to a new location in Viney Hill in the Forest of Dean and are being held between 13-17 August (ages 7-11) and 20-24 August (ages 12-16). The camps promise to be weeks full of fun, faith and friendship. If you are interested in finding out more, or to book a place for your child, please visit or email

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.


The Hospital Chaplains have no way of checking if a particular person is in hospital. Therefore it is essential that individuals and families let either the parish or the chaplaincy know if somebody is in hospital, and Fr Frank can then follow it up. To leave a message on the chaplaincy answer phone, kindly call 0300 422 4286 for Cheltenham, or 0300 422 6200 for Gloucester, stating clearly the name of the Catholic patient, and if known, what ward they are on. If you know that you are going in to hospital, please ask one of the priests to give you the Sacrament of the Sick.

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.

Sacrament of the Sick

If you are a parishioner soon to go into or leaving hospital, who needs the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of the Sick or Holy Communion, or with pastoral needs, perhaps a visit for prayer, then please contact the Parish Office who can arrange.

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

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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).