2017 Christmas and Advent booklets

You can download our 2017 Christmas booklet here.

You can download our 2017 Advent booklet here.

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 https://www.batharchives.co.uk.
  • 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stjohnsyoungadult/

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.


First Holy Communion Dates 2017

29th January 2017 – Introductory Lesson Meet and Greet for Parents and Children
5th February 2017
26th February 2017
12th March 2017
26th March 2017
2nd April 2017
7th May 2017
14th May 2017
21st May 2017
11th June 2017
18th June 2017 – First Holy Communion Day (Feast of Corpus Christi)

Lessons will be taking place in the parish hall on Sunday morning at 9am prior to the collection of the children for Mass at 10am.

Registration forms are available at the back of the church or available for download here.

All forms, with copies of birth certificates and recent photos of children should either be sent into the parish office for Karen or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Chana by email or by calling 07443 948189.

Adoration Chapel

Adoration Night chapel inaguration

The new Night-time Adoration Chapel based in the lower rooms of the sacristy of St John's Church was opened on Tuesday, 8th December. The Mass of the Immaculate Conception to inaugurate Pope Francis' request for the Year of Mercy was held in the church after which our Night Chapel was solemnly dedicated.


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Catholic online dating

Catholic Online Dating is a free to use, modern Catholic Dating website for the UK and Ireland. After launching the site in mid 2015, it has been blessed with a great run of success over the last few months, reaching just under 600 active UK users and recently been featured in the Catholic Herald (the magazine w/s Feb 12th 2016) and the Independent Catholic News (Feb 13th 2016).

For more details visit www.catholiconlinedating.co.uk.

Events board

In the Entrance to St John's is a new Weekly Events Board to assist our Parish Communication and give Parishioners easy access to the events taking place during the next week. This Photo shows Canon David with Paddy Phelan, a parishioner who has volunteered each week to keep the Events Board up to date.