POSTPONED - We are All Called... How are we to Respond?

The event planned for Saturday 3rd March at the Apex hotel is postponed.

If you require a refund or would like to know more details, please contact the St. John's Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Parishes of the Bath Catholic Deanery are collaborating to promote and sponsor a special day for our faith formation together on

Saturday 3rd March 21018

10 am for 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Apex Hotel in Bath (opposite the Green Park Station).

Refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

The day is based on exploring themes of Pope Francis' teaching for the Church today and will be led by Michelle Moran, a leading missionary who has been personally appointed by Pope Francis to work on establishing new structures for the service of renewal and mission in the Church.

Please support the development of our shared Bath Catholic Community by coming to this day of reflection about our faith and our transforming task within our world today.

P.S. The date is Saturday 3rd March 2018. This is mid Lent time and a great time to give this shared task some new thought.

Tickets £10 (£5 students) available through Eventbright and available from your own Parish Event Promoters.

Paragon Singers

Conductor Sarah Latto

Super Flumina

Music by Palestrina, Tippett, Gorecki, Delius, Philippe de Monte, Byrd, Victoria, Poulenc
Plus a world premiere by John Barber

Saturday 24 March 2018 at 7.30pm

St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath BA2 4AF

Tickets £12/£6 Bath Box Office 01225 463362

Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday 8th April 2018

St John’s Church
South Parade
Bath BA2 4AF

Order of Service

12.30pm Mass (in Polish)
2.00pm Eucharistic Adoration
Silent Prayer
3.00pm Three o'clock Prayer
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3.20pm Public Veneration of The Divine Mercy Image
Private Devotions
6.30pm Parish Mass

 Click here for the flyer.


Lent 2018

Lent Message from Canon David

“Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.” Mark 16:16

One of the positive faces of Lent is that this season sees on its horizon the coming of Spring. Following another long, wet and storm filled winter the prospect of Spring surely brings a better sense of well-being for all of us. The journey to Easter and it’s awaited Alleluias will also see the end of the winter flu bug that has racked our chests and filled up our Accident and Emergency Hospital Wards. Yes, Lent fills us with a new sense of hope, the lengthening of days and the leaping of Spring lambs, daffodils and warmer sunshine!

Yet for the Christian the sense of hope has a much deeper meaner. It signals the opportunity of the new life of The Holy Spirit in our lives. Our opportunity to receive the re-awakening of our spiritual awareness, the rebirth of the charisms of the Spirit, the chance to receive the seeds of joy, peace and love to flood our minds and hearts with laughter and fun. Lent offers us the invitation of Jesus, “to seek first the Kingdom of God and all these other things will be given to you.” Mt 6:33. As we begin Lent this year our Bishop Declan is calling us to seek a future full of hope. He reminds us in the words of the Prophet Jeremiah that God has plans for our future full of hope. This year we are asked to believe these words and engage together in new ways of spreading the love of God to others. With this task in mind we have invited Michelle Moran, a leading Catholic lay missionary to assist us. Recently, Michelle was personally appointed by Pope Francis to work and establish new structures for the service of Renewal and Mission in the church. In my spirit I sense that this is a great opportunity for us to experience a new springtime in our faith and would ask us to make every effort to attend her visitation. On Saturday March 3rd, we have booked the new Apex Hotel Conference Centre for this venture and invite the Catholic Community of Bath to be a part of this Challenging and exciting event. As Dean of Bath I will invite our Catholic Parishes, Schools, Colleges, Chaplaincies and organisations to attend and play they part in the plans God has for our future.

I invite you all to pray for the success of this gathering and to offer your Lenten resolutions for God’s guidance and Blessing in our endeavours.

During this Year of Mission and Lent in particular I encourage you to read the Gospel of Mark and draw strength from the power of the Sacred Scriptures. I wish your Lent to be a new springtime and in the words of Pope Francis, “Don’t be afraid, trust Jesus, be confident he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for”.

Canon David Ryan



Download our Lent 2018 booklet containing events and mass times.

2018 Festival Choir programme


Download for our 2018 Festival Choir programme.


The Revolution of Tenderness

The Revolution of Tenderness: Being a Catholic in today’s Church

Raymond Friel, General Secretary, Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference
7.30 p.m. on Monday January 29th 2018
St. John's Parish Hall, South Parade, Bath

What do you think about the current state of the Church? What does the future hold? How do you grow in faith in the modern world? What does it mean to be a missionary disciple? To consider these and other burning questions of the day, come and join Raymond on 29 January.

Click here to view the flyer.

Accessing the Parish archives

Our parish archive: waiting to be used

A parish’s sense of its own history is at the heart of what it is and how it comes across to the wider world. Where to look for that history can be a challenging question, but part of the answer is normally in the collection of documents, images and objects known as the parish archive.

For the first 70 years of its existence, St John’s was a Benedictine mission church under the charge of monks from Downside. Since 1932 it has formed part of the Diocese of Clifton which like Downside has a thriving, professionally managed archive. The archive being assembled at St John’s will fill a gap left by these and other sources of the parish’s history.

At present the archive consists chiefly of:

  • Registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials. Please note that this excludes burials at Perrymead, which are recorded separately. Burial records are available online at the Bath Burial Index which inlcudes a survey of Perrymead Cemetery memorial photos and transcriptions. This information is freely accessible at the Bath Record Office website
  • Six archive boxes of catalogued documents and photos relating especially to St John’s anniversaries, bomb damage and mortalities in the Bath Blitz, the opening of Cardinal Newman School and parish affairs as diverse as the authenticity of relics to the theft of the weathercock.
  • Mass notices for almost every week of the first hundred years of St John’s.
  • Records of the Bath Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society 1892-1964.

There are some intriguing one-offs like a list of subscribers for pews in the Catholic chapel that was built following the anti-Catholic riots of 1780 and mission accounts for the period of the Napoleonic Wars.

The hope is to make the archive useful to a wide range of people. The first step is to spell out what the archive contains. So, with the backing of Canon David, the St John’s website is now publishing an up to date, itemised, listing of its contents.



Download in PDF format here.


The archive itself has not been digitised so for a potential user the next step would be to contact the parish archivist (details below) and arrange a visit to the presbytery to consult items of particular interest. There are few rules about how that is done and no charge is envisaged for first-looks or small study projects.

Chris Morrissey
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
phone: 01225 466799

St John’s Catholic Primary School new Head Teacher

Giles Mercer, Chair of Governors of St John’s Catholic Primary School, writes as follows:


We are delighted to welcome our new Headteacher, Mrs Bennett, to St John’s Catholic Primary School. Mrs Bennett’s previous appointment was as Headteacher of St Joseph and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Wells, where she successfully raised standards across the school, achieving an Outstanding RE inspection in January 2017 and a Good Ofsted outcome in November 2016. From September until December 2016 she was Executive Headteacher also of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Weston-super-Mare. Mrs Bennett is a member of the parish of St Benedict’s, Stratton-on-the-Fosse.

The governors are confident that Mrs Bennett will lead St John’s with vision, great commitment, experience, and ability in its next phase for the benefit of all the children of St John’s Catholic Primary School. Mrs Bennett is enjoying getting to know the pupils, parents and staff of the school and she is looking forward to meeting all of the wider community over the coming months.


River Avon garden

St Johns Parishioners have worked together over the past six months to transform our River Avon Garden space.

Our community project aims to clean up our River Avon Garden and present it as a place of peace for the visitors to our City, our neighbours and the natural inhabitants. The work has consisted thus far of removing 10 tons of soil and debris and 30 bags of rubbish and refuse. We are now making progress to beautify the space and installing a wall and grotto to Our Lady. Many prayers are required as we restore our Garden space.

Thank you to all those involved. We dedicate the work of our hands to Our Lady Queen of Peace.

You can see pictures of the progress here.

A Future Full of Hope

Bishop Declan has published his document 'A Future Full of Hope' which is available to download here.

Cornerstone Mission update March 18th

Cornerstone @ St Johns would like to thank the Adoration Team, St Johns Runners, Young Adult Group, Fabric & Finance Committee and all parishioners for their donations, please pray for the Cornerstone Mission and its success as it seeks to help those in need.


The March update is available for download here.

St Johns Young Adult Group

Our Young Adult Group (18+) has been growing in faith at St Johns since 2015. We started with helping with the clean up of our Adoration Chapel, writing cards for the sick and praying for our community as established adorers on Fridays at 8pm – 9pm with shared rosary and intentions.

Most recently, we have been leading the Bible Study Series each Wednesday at 7.30pm, as well as enjoying local Ceilidhs (Irish Dances) in Bristol and Bath. We also go to the local Rollerskating rink, play Badminton or go for Walks together.

This spring/summer 2017 we’re looking to help clean up the Church Grounds and Gardens, as well as continue our Social activities around Bath. You can meet us after the 6.30pm Mass at the back of the Church after which we go to a local pub for refreshments.

Bottom line…there’s lots to get involved with at St Johns….if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved in group activities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join our mailing list, or visit the Facebook page here:

Montage 2017

Perpetual adoration

SacredHeart171Perpetual 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 where he expressed the 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”. At St. John’s, Perpetual Adoration starts Sunday at midnight through to Saturday midnight closing with Benediction. At present we have over 150 parish volunteers who have promised one hour per week to spend in silent adoration.

If you wish to join this special form of prayer contact Zosia Mill or Marta de Diego via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 Festival Choir programme


Download for our 2017 Festival Choir programme.