The Parish Office is open Monday-Friday 9-2pm.
Janet Flinn is our Parish Administrator can can be contacted as follows:
- Telephone: 01225 464 471
Parish Pastoral Council
Our aim is to look at the Pastoral issues in our Parish and identify areas where we can improve the service and care we give as a Church community. We listen and dialogue with the parish to identify needs and then work with the parish family to empower ministry, witness and care within the parish, the deanery, diocesan and local community.
The contacts for the Parish Pastoral Council are:
Parish Priest: Canon David Ryan
Telephone: 01225 464 471
Fr Joe Breden
Fr Peter Cornwell
Canon Michael English
Canon Anthony Harding
Fr Tony Sullivan
Pope’s Walk Perrymead, Widcombe, Bath BA2 5AF
Perrymead is Bath’s Catholic cemetery; it opened in 1856 and is still in use, although most burials nowadays are at Haycombe cemetery. It has a mortuary chapel and a separate chapel for the Eyre family, members of which are buried in its crypt. We celebrate Mass for our deceased loved ones during November and an outdoor Mass in the summer.
Friends of Perrymead
In the event of the death of a loved one, you are requested to contact a local undertaker who will contact the clergy to make the funeral arrangements.
Here is a list of local Funeral Directors
- Cooperative Funeral Care 01225 304314
- E Hoopers 01225 422040
- Clarkson’s Independent Funeral Directors 01225 426822
- G F Hunt Funeral Directors 01225 424376
- G Mannings Funeral Directors 01225 833013
- W F Dolman and Son 01225 444110
Fabric and Finance Commitee
The Parish priest, as in every parish, convenes this committee, which is advisory to him. All members are volunteers from our parish and offer their services without charge. It meets six times a year and has some ten members, including the parish priest. The Parish Pastoral Council also send a representative. Between them, members look after such things as our accounts, legal and architectural matters, buildings, gift aid scheme, health and safety, car park and website. They also look after Perrymead Cemetery on behalf of the Bath Deanery. This is a busy parish and there is always much to do.
As its name confirms, it looks after, first our finances, the treasurer, an experienced businessman checks our weekly income and expenditure and produces our accounts from month to month. He is responsible for giving accurate financial advice and information to the committee, which must decide priorities from among many worthwhile competing projects.
Second, it looks at every aspect of our premises. There is always a host of things to repair, maintain and conserve. Recent examples of useful work undertaken include the church relighting project, discussions with the Diocese and their appointed consultants about potential redevelopment of the non-church buildings, high level maintenance of roof and gutters, surveying Perrymead Cemetery and planning to rescue the derelict cottage there, and looking at the west end of the church to see what improvements should be recommended there. The committee is answerable to the Diocese for keeping up to date with the recommendations of the five yearly survey report.
Parish Christmas Fayre
We hold our annual Christmas Fayre. Willing volunteers to help with stalls, collecting items for sale, games and catering are always most welcome! This is an important fund raiser for the upkeep of the parish.
The concept of the 200 club is that each member pays £7.50 per month (or £90 annually).
There are 3 draws per year with six prizes per draw.
We have 58 members so far and we are seeking to increase our membership to provide more funds for our parish, and offer greater opportunity to win a cash prize.
The details of the prizes are as follows:
- 1st prize Wins Third of funds*
- 2nd prize Wins Fourth of funds*
- 3rd prize. Wins Sixth of funds*
- 4th prize. Wins One Twelfth of funds*
- 5th prize. Wins One Twelfth of funds*
- 6th prize. Wins One Twelfth of funds*
*45% of the total funds are donated to our parish, and the remainder of the funds which is 55% is used for the prizes
Helping us pay our way
All too often, a new parishioner has to ask about giving to the Church and nobody seems to have an answer! We wouldn’t like you to have this experience, so here are some notes we hope will be helpful:
Regular giving makes one a valued member of the church, and gives one a stake in its life and work. It is good practice to give, as it were, on two levels - to plan a regular monthly and/or weekly contribution, and to bring a gift of money to every Mass in thankfulness for kindnesses received in the past week.
Ways of giving
The monthly standing order – our main Gift Aid scheme
This is our most significant means of giving. Every taxpayer coming regularly to St John’s should join this scheme, which allows us to benefit from the extra 25% which Gift Aid adds to your regular donation. Please ask Michael Gibbens, Gift Aid Secretary, for further information and the forms needed.
The offertory basket
This comes round during Mass and can be used for your cash donations and also for
The weekly envelope scheme – a flexible Gift Aid scheme
This allows taxpayers to make weekly donations. You can vary the amount you give each week and can catch up for Sundays when you were away. Once you have signed up to this scheme, you simply put your yellow envelope in the offertory basket with the amount you have chosen this week. As a taxpayer, everything you give attracts Gift Aid, so your contribution is worth 25% more to the church. Please ask Michael Gibbens, Gift Aid Secretary, for further information and the forms needed.
Giving via the ‘ad hoc’ red envelopes
This is a further way for taxpayers to give. These envelopes are particularly useful visitors or for special appeals or causes. They can be found at the end of pews or at the back of the church. Simply fill in the form on the envelope, enclose your donation and place in the offertory basket.
Envelopes can also be posted in the parish letterbox on the Presbytery door.
Thank you for considering this necessary, practical information.