Prayer and Spiritual Formation
We meet to study the Bible together at the LSU Convent Pulteney Road on Thursdays at 2pm. We usually use a commentary. All are welcome Contact Brenda Sleep on 01225 835909.
A preparation course for the Sacrament of Confirmation is given for young people Year 9 and above on Gospel teaching, doctrines of the faith and how they relate to the Sacrament of Confirmation in today’s society. Child protection is regulated. Normally this sacrament is celebrated as a deanery every second year.
First Holy Communion Instructions
We give parish based instruction for children from Year 3 and upwards in preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Courses usually start in September and end in June. Child protection is regulated. First Holy Communion takes place during a Sunday Mass at St John’s to reflect our belonging to the wider Parish Community.
Heralds of the Gospel
The Heralds began in the 1960’s when a group of young Catholics in Brazil began to meet to discuss, reflect and pray together. In 1999 the Heralds of the Gospel Association was canonically established and soon spread to several other countries. On 22nd February 2001 the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree recognising the Heralds of the Gospel as an international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right. ‘Companions’ of the Heralds of the Gospel are married or single lay people, who, besides observing the duties proper to their state in life, make an effort to live in conformity with the charism and spirituality of the Heralds of the Gospel.
Prayer, Praise and Share
We meet on the second Monday of the month in St John’s Parish Hall at 7.4m. We worship together, offering all our praise to God. Our music ministry is provided by Steve Hughes of the Ark Community. We spend time in Spirit-filled prayer and we share our journeys of faith, especially our joy in the Lord. This group is open to people from all our parishes and Christians from the Bath community.
Perpetual Adoration has begun in Bath. The Devotion was begun by the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist in France and it is hoped that every Diocese in the world will have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel. St John Paul II opened the first Chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at St Peter’s Basilica on 2nd December 1981 he expressed these words “I hope this form of Perpetual Adoration with permanent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue and grow in all the parishes and Christian communities throughout the world” In St John’s Perpetual Adoration begins following the Tuesday 10am Mass and continues throughout Thursday and Friday until Saturday closing with Benediction. At present we have over 150 parish volunteers who have promised one hour per week to spend in silent adoration.
Children’s Adoration is offered to help children and teenagers to grow in Eucharistic love with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. For one hour on Friday evenings from 5-6pm, parents accompany their children for a simple time of prayer and adoration followed by cakes and drinks in the Parish Hall. This is a great opportunity for parents to sow seeds of faith in the very young, who are especially favoured in the eyes of the Lord.
Children's and teenager's adoration is every Friday between 5pm and 6pm in the Adoration Chapel. Just pop in.
We invite people who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith to join the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) group which takes place every Sunday evening at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Some people may progress through the course and be baptised, or received into the Church at Easter.
The Holy Rosary is recited after Weekday Mass during the months of October and May. There is a volunteer from the community who leads the Rosary in the Lady Chapel. The Heralds of the Gospel offer to lead the Rosary on certain occasions.