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.
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.
A Festival of Carols and Readings
A Festival of Carols and Readings in preparation for Christmas
Sunday 20 December at 7.45pm
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.
Cost:- £125 per space, per calendar month
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!
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
Bath BA2 4AF
All money raised from sales will go into the church funds.
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
03/04/15 Four new eggs at Easter
21/06/13 Falcon news update
15/06/13 Falcon news update
10/05/13 New falcon chicks
11/12/16 Unseasonal Exchange
02/01/17 Falcon checking the nest box
Live Bath St John’s Church Peregrine webcam
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.
A SPICMA message
50 Years of Helping the Missionary Church and the People of the Developing World
Back in 1967 a young man from North London named Bernard Phelan was ordained a Mill Hill Missionary priest. Those who knew him – family, friends and parishioners – decided to raise money to send to him out in Uganda, his first posting. No one could have known that this small and resourceful group would evolve into SPICMA, providing help and hope to tens of thousands of people across much of the developing world. Today, in addition to providing emergency aid, SPICMA finances dozens of projects every year. It also assists the Church in the construction and improvement of facilities in poor parishes which would have no means of raising the sums required locally.
What makes SPICMA different? SPICMA works through the structure of the Church. Everyone is a volunteer. No salaries are paid to anyone and, to keep costs as low as possible, all work is done out of the homes of volunteers.
SPICMA can act quickly. Being small can be a useful thing. When there is a disaster, whether localised or on a large scale, SPICMA is often able to respond before the larger charities like the famine in Karamoja currently.
If you would like to join us please contact Spicma P.O. Box 299, Cirencester, GL7 9FP Tel: 0300 3020016