Parish Notices

Fashion Show

There is a Fashion Show in St Thomas More Hall on Wednesday 24th 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 after Mass or from Helen (01242 582394) or pay on the door. Proceeds to St Thomas More Development Fund.


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

Year of Prayer – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who is my neighbour?’ asks a doctor of the Law in his attempt to clarify exactly what is being asked of him when the law speaks of loving God and neighbour. Jesus recognises his narrow concern and responds by recounting an incident of rural violence. We know the story well. It teaches clearly that love is the core and meaning of life and there are no limits. The lawyer’s question concerns the genuineness and depth of our love. How far will we go? Are there limits to our love? Do we only love when it is convenient or does our love for our neighbour take us out of our comfort zone? The neighbour in the story is a Samaritan, despised by the Jews for apparently having little concern for morality or for religion. Yet, he is the one who stops when he sees someone in need and responds with compassion and kindness. If there are parallels for us today, I might want to ask myself how I would respond if my neighbour happened to be a refugee, struggling across dangerous seas to reach safety or a drug addict on the street or someone from a different faith or culture who does things differently to me? Following the Gospel is not an easy option. It can challenge the very heart of who we are. Today, let us pray for an open and generous heart which is ready and willing to respond to anyone who might need our help this week.

Prinknash Future Events

Saturday 20th July: Fr Martin will be continuing the series of talks on the history of the Church in the meeting room at the Prinknash cafe at 10:30 am with "The Rise of Islam and its effects on the Church”. Also on Saturday 20th July: 2-4 pm, the exploring faith group session in the meeting room with Fr Martin and Dr Sarah Richards will be "Exploring Islam".
Saturday 27th July: A retreat day of "praying with a focus on the beauty in nature", a peaceful day starting with Mass in the Abbey chapel at 9.30am and then moving to the meeting room at 10.15am with plenty of time to enjoy the monastery walled garden, in the afternoon if the weather is kind to us. Everyone is welcome.

All information is on the Prinknash Abbey website

Prayer & Praise Meeting - St Peter’s, Gloucester

Next meeting will be held on Thursday 18th July at 7.30pm. During this month’s prayer meeting, the special speaker is Elaine Venning talking on “A Holy Workout’, with music ministry led by Tony Wadley.

Clifton/Downside Abbey Young Catholic Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

There is still time for any young Catholic adults aged 18 to 35ish to join this pilgrimage to the Holy Land (23 July to 1st August 2019). 40 young people, accompanied by Fr Matt Anscombe and Fr Anselm Brumwell, have already signed up to visit this amazing land where Christ was born, lived, died and was resurrected . We also have some fun swimming in the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, camp out in the desert and ride camels and do some rafting in the Jordan River. For more information and to book, contact the organiser at Please also contact her if you would like to be added to the mail list for future retreats, pilgrimages, walks & talks. The overall group now numbers over 160 young Catholics, and is a great way to meet other people.

Clifton Diocese Summer Camps

These Camps are now taking bookings for 2019. A residential week of outdoor activities, catechesis, faith development, friendship and much more, all for only £200 per child! For more information, please visit the Clifton Diosese website at

Vacancy: CAFOD Clifton (Bristol)

CAFOD is looking for a new staff member to recruit and manage volunteers who work in our parishes and schools around the diocese. Part-time (17.5 hours per week), permanent, and a great opportunity for someone who cares passionately about poverty and injustice. Please see for details. The closing date is the 17th July.

Faith in Action trial

Faith in Action is a national Catholic award for young people. The Clifton Diocese is currently piloting the scheme with young people in different parishes across the diocese. The aim of the trial is to explore how the awards could run in every parish, acknowledging and encouraging the service and presence of young people. The awards enable young people to reflect on their role in the Church, deepen their understanding of scripture & Catholic Social Teaching, and grow in their faith. For more information and to take part in the pilot, email at or visit in Action).

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.

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.

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).