Prayer for the World

Prayers for a troubled word to transform it into a place of love and peace, in the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Every Sunday before the 6.30 Mass starting at 17.45 in The Lady Chapel. Everyone is encouraged to join in and children are most welcome! Volunteers to lead prayer are also most welcome. Bring your rosary with you!

For more information please contact Catherine on 07587596148 or Peter Turner 07715 159511

Adoration Chapel

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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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CAFOD 2016 research update

Thank you so much for taking part in CAFOD’s supporter research last autumn about the next steps for our ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign. We really appreciated you giving up your time to talk to us on the phone, and for sharing so many insights about how we can develop our campaigns in future. Of course, not everyone had the same opinions, but there were many areas of consensus which gave us a clear steer about where to focus going forward.

Here are some of the ways in which we have used the research so far:

  • The message which focused on Pope Francis and the inspiration to care for our common home was the most popular. We are using this language and content to inform our campaign communications for the year ahead, making sure that we root everything we say in this positive vision. We are also drawing the most popular ideas and phrases from the social justice messaging to reinforce this call.
  • We have noted your concern that ‘lifestyle’ actions should not replace political actions, and that actions should always include a political dimension. This means that we are now exploring how campaigners can influence UK government or business investments in fossil fuels, instead of how they can change their own pensions or investments. We are aiming to develop this as a campaign focus in 2017. We have also trying to build in a ‘political’ dimension into our lifestyle actions (for example, encouraging livesimply award parishes to invite their MPs when they receive their awards, or people who switch to renewable energy to use this an example to call on the UK government for support for renewables).
  • We have noted the actions which achieved widespread support were: walk to church Sunday, eating less meat/local food, and switching to renewable energy at home. As a result, we are launching a renewable energy switch promotion next month, and we are exploring how we develop the other two ideas next year.
  • We have noted the enthusiasm for a parish energy switch, but also your concerns that this is impractical, would meet resistance or hard to understand how to make it happen. As a result, we have started conversations directly with the Dioceses about a structural approach to overcoming these barriers, rather than asking each parish to try and switch to renewable energy by itself. There will be more information available about this later in the Spring.
  • We have ruled out taking forward some of the more unpopular actions, which the research showed you saw as unrealistic or impractical, such as asking people not to take flights.
  • We have noted the desire to integrate our fundraising and campaigning and lifestyle actions at Lent, and are looking for ways to improve.
  • We have noted your concern that ‘lifestyle’ actions should not replace political actions, and that actions should always include a political dimension. This means that we are now exploring how campaigners can influence UK government or business investments in fossil fuels, instead of how they can change their own pensions or investments. We are aiming to develop this as a campaign focus in 2017. We have also trying to build in a ‘political’ dimension into our lifestyle actions (for example, encouraging livesimply award parishes to invite their MPs when they receive their awards, or people who switch to renewable energy to use this an example to call on the UK government for support for renewables).
  • We have noted the actions which achieved widespread support were: walk to church Sunday, eating less meat/local food, and switching to renewable energy at home. As a result, we are launching a renewable energy switch promotion next month, and we are exploring how we develop the other two ideas next year.
  • We have noted the enthusiasm for a parish energy switch, but also your concerns that this is impractical, would meet resistance or hard to understand how to make it happen. As a result, we have started conversations directly with the Dioceses about a structural approach to overcoming these barriers, rather than asking each parish to try and switch to renewable energy by itself. There will be more information available about this later in the Spring.
  • We have ruled out taking forward some of the more unpopular actions, which the research showed you saw as unrealistic or impractical, such as asking people not to take flights.
  • We have noted the desire to integrate our fundraising and campaigning and lifestyle actions at Lent, and are looking for ways to improve.

Susie Mullen and Sarah Hagger-Holt  

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.

2016 Festival Choir programme

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Download for our 2016 Festival Choir programme.

 

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 (excluding burials at Perrymead, which are recorded separately).
  • 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.

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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
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phone: 01225 466799

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.

 

Canon Tony's 60th Jubilee

Celebrating 60 years of Priesthood

On Saturday 28th November 2015 a large crowd gathered at the Church of St John the Evangelist, South Parade, Bath to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Harding. The main Celebrant was Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, who gave the Homily at the Mass. During his homily Bishop Declan thanked Canon Harding for his sixty years of faithful service to the Diocese having spent his early years in Curacy at Bath, Swindon, Salisbury and Bristol before being appointed Parish Priest at St George's Warminster, and St Bernadette's, Whitchurch, Bristol. For the past thirty years Canon Harding has been the Diocesan Archivist, keeping the historical records of events and details of the growth of the local Catholic Communities throughout the extensive Diocese of Clifton. Canon Harding has written a number of books, including the Diocese of Clifton, 1850-2000, and Clifford of Clifton, England's youngest Catholic Bishop.

The day at St John's was a most happy occasion with clergy friends and former parishioners travelling from different locations. The Solemn Mass was celebrated with beautiful liturgical music sung by the Choirs of St John's under the Musical Directorship of Rupert Bevan. At the end of the Mass various tributes and gifts were given in appreciation for Canon Harding's sixty years of service since his Ordination in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, Rome in 27th November 1955. Mr Gervase O'Donovan presented Canon Harding with a cheque on behalf of St John's and James Serenhedd presented him with the October edition of the Downside Review, a special number of the Downside review. Dom Aidan Bellenger was unable to attend but writes, " I salute his achievements as a fellow author-priest, as a dear friend and admirer over many years".

The liturgy was followed by a special lunch in the Parish Hall organised by a loyal team, who have supported Canon Harding, especially in his years of retirement at St John's flats. However, as many give testimony his retirement has been a very active one, including regularly duties serving the local Convent and Parishes of Bath Deanery, especially, The Good Shepherd, Batheaston where each Sunday he officiates at the 9.00am Mass. At the Reception Canon Harding cut his special Anniversay cake and thanked Bishop Declan, the clergy and everyone who celebrated his Jubilee Mass with him. He wished too to remember with gratitude his late parents and sister who, in a variety of ways made sacrifices in support of his vocation. With a glint in his eye he urged us to buy his latest book, "Clifton Chapters" which he had made available in the Hall; £10.

All who attended felt honoured to have been present on this historical day in Canon Harding's life and the life of the Diocese of Clifton for whom he has served so well.

 

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Jubilee Year of Mercy begins at St John's

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On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th the Jubilee Year of Mercy began at St. John's with clergy and people celebrating together a Special Mass in honour of Our Lady. The Congregation comprising of a good number of young people as well as trusted parishioners listened to the letter of Bishop Declan on the theme of God's Mercy. Following the mass an outdoor procession walked around the grounds to the newly refurbished Adoration Chapel, where each person received a Eucharistic Blessing to begin the Jubilee Year. Canon David dedicated the Chapel to be used for silent prayer and adoration,especially for use in the night hours. The Community of St John's expressed appreciation to the LSU Sisters for vacating their rooms, used for many years in their teaching to young people.

This Year of Mercy is an opportunity for the Church to be open to the love of God's conditional love and we in St John's are expectant and hopeful for a great outpouring of his mercy in the forthcoming year. 

 

 

Mary Colwell's Laudato Sí presentation

"Care for the World: the Challenge of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Sí" by Mary Colwell

Mary Colwell's talk on Laudato Sí on 4th November was well attended and received. The slides and presentation notes are now available for download here.

Laudato Si

‘Laudato Si’ copies of Pope Francis’ new encyclical is now available for sale in the Repository or the Parish Office. £4.95 each

A Festival of Carols and Readings

A Festival of Carols and Readings in preparation for Christmas

Sunday 20 December at 7.45pm

St John’s Festival Choir will once again be leading the singing in this annual celebration. The decorated and candlelit church makes a perfect setting. All are invited to join us and reflect on that first Christmas, 2015 years ago. If you would like to suggest a carol or hymn for all to sing, please email your choice to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later Sunday 6 December.

The Carols and Readings will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  

St. John's 2014 financial return

The St. John's financial return for 2014 is now available for download. It has been split in to three sections:

 

  1. Parish financial return showing return for both 2014 and 2013.
  2. Income and expenditure pie chart breakdown.
  3. Plate collection comparison for 2014 and 2013.

 

Adobe Reader is required to view the documents.

Deanery newsletter Dec 2015

 

Issue 14 of the Deanery newsletter for December 2015 is now available.

The newsletter covers a variety of topics including an update on the St. Mary's restoration, the Jubilee of Mercy , Bath Deanery changes and Deanery events.

 

Click here to download the issue. Requires Adobe Reader.