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.  

Parish Archive soon to go live

The core of the parish archive has now been brought together and securely shelved upstairs at the presbytery. It mainly consists of sacramental registers going back to the late 18th Century, six boxes of catalogued documents and photos, and Mass notices for every week in the first hundred years of St. John’s.

The shelving (which was donated) gives scope for adding to the archive. It’s something that should be happening all the time, to give our successors a clear view of the life of the parish. A start has been made on plugging gaps in the record on important subjects such as liturgical music and parish schools.

The intention is to make the archive a valuable information source for non-commercial research. That’s easier said than done as making the archive easy to consult has to be squared with protecting its contents against damage and mis-use. We need some test cases to help work out how it should happen, so if you think the archive as just described could be useful to you in, say, family research please contact the parish archivist, Chris Morrissey on 01225-466799.

Young People Group Adoration

St John's Young People Group will attend Adoration on Friday 27th of November from 8 to 9 pm to say the rosary together and share moments of silent prayer for friends, families and the world especially in this moment of tragic events around the globe.

Anybody is welcome to join anytime from 8 until 9 pm

Reserved city centre car parking available at St John's to rent

Reserved, Bath city centre car parking is available to rent at St John's

Now is your chance to have a reserved city centre car parking space. Reserved parking spaces are available at St John's Church, South Parade, Bath, from Monday to Friday; 7.00 am – 6.30pm.

Located off Manvers Street, only a few minutes walk from the city centre.
Cost:- £125 per space, per calendar month
For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:- 01225 464471 (weekday mornings only)

Contemporary Music Group

We are pleased to announce the successful first meeting of the Contemporary Music Group.

Around twenty people of varying ages and from many nations attended last week's event. They listened to a presentation by Jason Whiley on the vision for how music may be explored together to facilitate worship. Jason is a very talented music leader in the Vineyard Music tradition. He was very encouraged by the range of musical talent that attended the occasion. The aim is to assemble a group that has a variety of musical talent that can grow in confidence in using their skills for the worship of God.

At the next session on Monday May 11th, 7.30 pm in St. John's Church, the musicians were invited to bring their instruments and use their voices in mastering six contemporary songs. It was a very optimistic and joyous occasion.

Congratulations to our new musical lambs!

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Jubilee year CD of music from St John's now on sale

Jubilee year CD of music from St John's

To celebrate the great variety of music which is heard at St John's, a special CD was produced for the unique Jubilee year, "A Jubilee in Song". There really is something to suit all tastes and now is your chance to have a permanent reminder of this Jubilee year.

You can listen to samples from the CD by clicking on the following:

In dulce jubilo (St. John's Festival Choir)
Gloria: Mass in Eb (St. John's Sunday Choir)
They'll know we are Christians (St. Gregory's Catholic College Choir)
Salve Regina (Gregorian Chant Choir)
Ego sum panis vivus (St. John's Sunday Choir)

Margaret from Devon wrote, after being given a CD as a gift:

"I would like to say how much I am enjoying it. There is certainly a lot of talent in your parish. It was a wonderful idea to include all the various groups, the children and the parish congregation, too."

The cost is £12 and includes post and packing. Please make your cheque payable to St John's RC Church and send to:

Parish Office (CD Purchase)
St John's Church
South Parade
Bath BA2 4AF

All money raised from sales will go into the church funds.

Falcons

Our spire has been the home for peregrin falcons for many years now. They have featured on BBC Springwatch and can be seen through the nest webcam.

The St John’s Church peregrines are wild birds and the Hawk and Owl Trust Trust monitors their progress and well being.

26/12/15 An early scrape

29/05/15 Normality returns

18/05/15 Falcons standing guard

05/05/15 Raining, blowing, brooding and feeding

03/04/15 Four new eggs at Easter

29/03/15 Raining, blowing, brooding and feeding

21/06/13 Falcon news update

15/06/13 Falcon news update

10/05/13 New falcon chicks

14/06/16 Food fights, networking and sleepovers

11/12/16 Unseasonal Exchange

02/01/17 Falcon checking the nest box

 

Falcon webcam

Live Bath St John’s Church Peregrine webcam

The Hawk and Owl Trust has a single feed running from the St John’s church spire nest box.

Please Note | There is no audio and no 'Stills’ feed.

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This video is streamed live by iCatcher software. With thanks to generous support from iCode Systems www.icode.co.uk/icatcher.

Please Note | The video auto-refreshes after 180 seconds – to prevent excessive bandwidth usage.

 

Non Intervention Policy Statement
The St John’s Church peregrines are wild birds and it is the Hawk and Owl Trust’s policy that we will not intervene with chicks or adults whilst they are on the platform. Wild peregrines lay an average of 4 eggs but on occasion not all of the chicks survive. Factors such as adverse weather, sickness, inexperienced parents and lack of food can all lead to one or more of the chicks failing to survive. The chicks will have leg rings put on by a ringer with a licence to visit the platform to ring the chicks before they fledge. Peregrines are protected from disturbance by law whilst nesting.

Raising funds for the East African drought

A team from the Bath-based energy efficiency consultancy B:SSEC Ltd has completed a 70km hike across the Lake District to raise funds to tackle the on-going drought in East Africa.

The B:SSEC team, comprised of Paul Bennett, Wayne Ward and Chris Joyce, raised over £870 during last month’s trek for CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic church.

For more details click here.

Calling Young Adults

CAFOD Gap Year volunteer vacancies are open for 18-30 year olds.

Last year, a student from Trowbridge went on a CAFOD Gap year. More information can be found on the CAFOD website at http://www.CAFOD.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year.

Laudato Sí Parliamentary debate

The motion was intended to set the scene for a parliamentary session in which backbenchers could give their views to the government on the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference which aims for a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

 

David Packham attended on behalf of CAFOD and has provided this summary report.

Famine - Xavier appeal

The shadow of famine has returned to Karamoja, Uganda. Fr Mitema MHM has asked for your help in feeding the people of his parish of Loyoro and the neighbouring parish of Panyangara.

For more details and how to donate click here.

SPICMA update and appeal

Click here for the latest SPICMA Pakistan and Uganda update and appeals.

Karamoja Drought

Again Karamoja is once again facing a dry spell at a very critical time. The people were very glad to welcome the rains at the beginning of April. People went out to cultivate. The crops were growing very well. Unfortunately, since mid May there has not been any rain.

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The rain cut short many people who were still cultivating. The crops that had been planted at the beginning of rains had grown up and some had now started flowering but unfortunately because of the heat they are now withering and dying.

What is happening in Karamoja now is a major disaster. We are facing a second year of total crop failure. The maize that were planted have now died. The sorghum which is normally much more resistant are also now starting to die. With sorghum crop gone, the situation for the farmers is dire. Farming here is subsistence farming. What they get primarily for local consumption with little or no surplus for trade. Moreover it is not just the loss of crop that we are talking about, farmers invested their money, time and energy in the farms all that is now gone.

With the crops gone, there is no food and no money. The desperate situation that we thought was soon passing is now with us again. Very soon there will be no vegetables which have supplemented the little food that people had. The people are becoming restless. Thievery and violence are becoming common. Worst of all we are also experiencing a wave of suicide. Within Panyangara Parish alone there has been six suicides since March this year.

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Meanwhile the situation of the old people, the sick and the children is increasingly becoming bad. Even among those that are getting support from us things are not easy. The little support they get they have to share it with the larger family members. As a result some of those who are sickly have died. it is even worst with those who are HIV positive since they cannot take drugs without eating any solid food

However, there is still some glimpse of hope. There are still some dark clouds gathering. If the rains were to come back soon, some crops could still survive. In which case the harvest will be poor but at least there will be something. In the month of May and part of June, Caritas Kotido distributed some food in parts of Kotido town area. The World Food Programme with their partners are also continuing with their normal distribution. Sadly they have not scaled it up.

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SPICMA 201604 06 On our part we were once again very pleased to receive the donation of £30,000.00 which came in June. It has helped us to serve the people well this month. As usual we are gating very huge numbers of desperate people but we do our best to serve as much as we can. We are very grateful to SPICMA and the donors for all your support. Thank you Your help is saving lives here in Karamoja.
   

Fr. Sylvester Odhiambo
Mill Hill Missionary