A recital for saxophone and piano
Given by Marilyn Strevens with Natalie Morton and Owen Cole
Saturday June 1st 2019 at 3pm
St John the Evangelist, South Parade, Bath BA2 4AF
The repertoire includes music by Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Piazzolla and Gershwin.
Entrance free however there will be a retiring collection
Canon Mattie Hayes Requiem Mass
Thank you to Father Christopher Whitehead and the family of Canon Mattie Hayes for a deeply moving requiem Mass on Wednesday 15th May.
A monthly celebration of the Eucharist for LGBT+ Catholics, families and friends. All are welcome.
Next Mass is Sunday 16th June at 15:00 at
St. Nicholas of Tolentino RC Church
Bristol BS5 0RE
and is followed by refreshments and social.
Download a poster here.
Canon Mattie Hayes
Please keep in your prayers Canon Mattie Hayes who died in his sleep on Saturday 27th April 2019 at St Joseph’s Care Home, Bristol.
Arrangements for the funeral are yet to be made.
May he rest in peace
Easter week 2019
Easter Message from Canon David
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! I greet you with the joyful victory song of Easter, the greatest of all Christian festivals. As we gather together in all the Christian communities of the world we celebrate the greatest of all victories, the victory of the cross of Jesus. This victory is not only the greatest of all human victories it is unique and so different from other victories, whether sporting, political, domestic or in the international financial markets. The victory of the cross is achieved by the way of self-sacrificial love, by the way of surrender, humility, weakness and apparent failure. When all seems lost, ended and finished the glorious and risen Christ emerges from the empty tomb to begin a new reign of peace, trust and unity for the nations of the world. Yes, this victory brings a new future where every human being is of equal value, where there are no divisions through race, colour, creed or status and creation is cared for and loved as the creator intended. The transformation of Jesus from death to resurrection is by the power of the Spirit of God that Jesus entrusts to his Church. The sharing of victory is entrusted by Jesus to first his apostles and then to each of us as we are invited to be his disciples. We are invited to share his way of the cross to learn the ways of selfless giving, to practice his ways of gentleness and mercy, to walk his path of humility and compassion.
As we look at our world today we are drawn towards its crises and tragedies, it’s darkness and loss of hope. Yet the victory of the cross of Jesus is strongly at work. The acts of selfless love are multiplied throughout the world in the lives of missionaries, aid workers, charities and visionaries housing refugees and bringing relief to natural disasters. At home we are inspired by the home care for dementia sufferers, the fostering of the young, the care for the disabled, the support for domestic violence, the patience of drug rehabilitation volunteers as well as youth workers supporting knife crime victims. In so many acts of self-giving we can sing alleluia for the victory of the Cross. We can rejoice that Our Risen Lord’s way was to choose to be a servant not to be served, to walk in solidarity with the broken, the marginalised and the lost rather than seek wealth, power and positions of power. His victory of the Cross looks beyond this life to eternal life, where there is no pain or suffering, where all are welcome at the Banqueting table of heaven, and the peace of Heaven will one day reign on Earth.
May each of us experience a little of the joy of Easter, a new sense that all is well with our world and a new inspiration to play our part in achieving the dreams of humanity.
Thank you for your love and support for my ministry especially in assisting me through my recent knee operation.
With Easter Blessing,
Download our Holy Week and Easter 2019 booklet containing events and mass times.
Perpetual 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.
26/04/2019 Eucharistic Mission in Bath
2019 Festival Choir programme
Download for our 2019 Festival Choir programme.
Message from Imam Mohammad, Bath Mosque
Thank you so much for your letters, emails and flowers of condolences on the New Zealand terrorist attack in the Christchurch city.
Indeed, we got so much comfort from your kind words and thoughts. We actually took great strength from the support of all those who came to the mosque in the last couple of days and showed solidarity. It truly was a magnificent turnout. It is attitudes like yours that help shine light on grim days like the 15th March.
To fight extremism and terrorism by all possible means, Bath Islamic Society decided to start an open-day initiative, for residents and visitors of Bath to come and explore the Muslim community. Also we will have some vigil to remember the victims of the Christchurch shootings. Therefore, the mosque will be open from 1 pm till 4 pm on Saturday 23th March.
You're most welcome to come and join us.
Imam Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour
Imam of Bath Islamic Society
Good Friday Cross Walks
The 2019 Bath Cross walk routes have now been published and can be downloaded here.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2019
Amazonia: New Paths for the Church
Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology October 6th to 27th 2019
On the afternoon of the 24th February from 3.30 pm-6pm a small group of us reflected upon the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si in preparation for the Synod on the Amazons to be held in Rome this October. As part of that process we looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos as just 3 people, who gave their lives to protect the forests, and help those who live there care for our common home. As well as videos, we were privileged to speak live on Skype with some important people in Brazil- Archbishop Roque of Porto Velho, and Acre, President of the Indigenous Missionary Council, member of REPAM, and our own Fr Leo Dolan late of St. Alphege’s, Bath. Our contact in St. Johns Bath with the poor in Brazil goes back some 50 years.
Archbishop Roque appeared with an anthropologist and a leader of the indigenous people. They told us about the difficulties they face from illegal loggers, miners and big landowners. Our attention was drawn to the note from CIMI https://goo.gl/SUQ4x1 (The Catholic Indigenous Missionary Council) ‘In a statement, CIMI repudiates measures published on the first day of Jair Bolsonaro's administration that seek to develop the country from purposes that aim to disqualify the individual and collective rights of traditional communities and peoples, attack leaders who fight for rights, threaten and criminalize defenders and defenders of the environment, indigenists, entities and civil society organizations.
In Provisional Measure 870/2019, which establishes the structure of government, is the transfer of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), which until then was in the Ministry of Justice (MJ), to the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights . At the same time, it removed from FUNAI its main attributions, to carry out studies on the identification and delimitation of lands, to promote the supervision and protection of the demarcated areas.
The Government transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, commanded by farmers who oppose the rights of the peoples, the assignment to carry out the studies of identification, delimitation, demarcation and registration of areas required by indigenous peoples. "In short, the government decreed, in its first act in power, the annihilation of the rights guaranteed in Articles 231 and 232 of the Federal Constitution, a letter of the law of the country."
"The Missionary Indian Council is publicly repudiating such measures and denouncing them as part of a collusion articulated by the ruralist group, mining and logging entrepreneurs with the objective of triggering an intense process of looting the demarcated areas, delivering them to enterprises of the private initiative of the country and abroad and, in addition, make unfeasible new demarcations of traditional lands, "states the entity.
Lent message from his Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God”
(Rm 8: 19)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24). This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). In this perspective, I would like to offer a few reflections to accompany our journey of conversion this coming Lent.
1. The redemption of creation
The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the culmination of the liturgical year, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (cf. Rom 8:29) is a priceless gift of God’s mercy.
When we live as children of God, redeemed, led by the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 8:14) and capable of acknowledging and obeying God’s law, beginning with the law written on our hearts and in nature, we also benefit creation by cooperating in its redemption. That is why Saint Paul says that creation eagerly longs for the revelation of the children of God; in other words, that all those who enjoy the grace of Jesus’ paschal mystery may experience its fulfilment in the redemption of the human body itself. When the love of Christ transfigures the lives of the saints in spirit, body and soul, they give praise to God. Through prayer, contemplation and art, they also include other creatures in that praise, as we see admirably expressed in the “Canticle of the Creatures” by Saint Francis of Assisi (cf. Laudato Si’, 87). Yet in this world, the harmony generated by redemption is constantly threatened by the negative power of sin and death.
2. The destructive power of sin
Indeed, when we fail to live as children of God, we often behave in a destructive way towards our neighbours and other creatures – and ourselves as well – since we begin to think more or less consciously that we can use them as we will. Intemperance then takes the upper hand: we start to live a life that exceeds those limits imposed by our human condition and nature itself. We yield to those untrammelled desires that the Book of Wisdom sees as typical of the ungodly, those who act without thought for God or hope for the future (cf. 2:1-11). Unless we tend constantly towards Easter, towards the horizon of the Resurrection, the mentality expressed in the slogans “I want it all and I want it now!” and “Too much is never enough”, gains the upper hand.
The root of all evil, as we know, is sin, which from its first appearance has disrupted our communion with God, with others and with creation itself, to which we are linked in a particular way by our body. This rupture of communion with God likewise undermines our harmonious relationship with the environment in which we are called to live, so that the garden has become a wilderness (cf. Gen 3:17-18). Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests, to the detriment of other creatures.
Once God’s law, the law of love, is forsaken, then the law of the strong over the weak takes over. The sin that lurks in the human heart (cf. Mk 7:20-23) takes the shape of greed and unbridled pursuit of comfort, lack of concern for the good of others and even of oneself. It leads to the exploitation of creation, both persons and the environment, due to that insatiable covetousness which sees every desire as a right and sooner or later destroys all those in its grip.
3. The healing power of repentance and forgiveness
Creation urgently needs the revelation of the children of God, who have been made “a new creation”. For “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17). Indeed, by virtue of their being revealed, creation itself can celebrate a Pasch, opening itself to a new heaven and a new earth (cf. Rev 21:1). The path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery.
This “eager longing”, this expectation of all creation, will be fulfilled in the revelation of the children of God, that is, when Christians and all people enter decisively into the “travail” that conversion entails. All creation is called, with us, to go forth “from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion. It invites Christians to embody the paschal mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives, above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
Fasting, that is, learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts. Prayer, which teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego, and to acknowledge our need of the Lord and his mercy. Almsgiving, whereby we escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us. And thus to rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness.
Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.
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Holy Land pilgrimage
The idea of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been approved by St John's Council and Canon Ryan dependent on flight costs.
The dates 3rd to 13th September have been provisionally set.
The visit will start with a flight to Tel Aviv and then to Nazereth followed by the sea of Galilee before going south to Jericho, the Dead Sea and the River Jordan followed by Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
The cost will be $1,100 plus the flight and includes accommodation in Bethlehem with host families.
First holy communion
We are delighted to inform you that First Holy Communion Lessons will begin on Sunday 13th January 2019 with an Introduction and Registration Session in the Parish Hall. Parents/Carers and Children are welcome.
Registration Forms will be available at the back of the Church. These must be completed, signed and returned to the Parish Office with copies of children's birth certificates and their passport sized photos.
First Holy Communion DAY is 23rd June 2019 during the Corpus Christi 10am Mass.
Lessons are from 9:00 am on Sundays followed by Mass. Children are to be dropped off in the Hall and Parent Sessions are in the Presbytery. Please note the First Confessions Retreat Away Day will be held on a Saturday at Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse from 10am to 3pm. The date is to be confirmed asap. All children are required to attend.
13/01/19 - Welcome, Registration and Introduction in the Hall for Parents and Children.
27/01/19 - Lesson 1
03/02/19 - Lesson 2
10/02/19 - Lesson 3 (Break for Half Term)
03/03/19 - Lesson 4
10/03/19 - Lesson 5
24/03/19 - Lesson 6 (Break for Mother's Day weekend and Half Term)
28/04/19 - Lesson 7
12/05/19 - Lesson 8
19/05/19 - Lesson 9
09/06/19 - Lesson 10
15/06/19 - First Holy Communion Rehearsal Saturday in Church from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
23/06/19 - First Holy Communion Sunday