St Johns Young Adult Group

Our Young Adult Group (18+) has been growing in faith at St Johns since 2015. We started with helping with the clean up of our Adoration Chapel, writing cards for the sick and praying for our community as established adorers on Fridays at 8pm – 9pm with shared rosary and intentions.

Most recently, we have been leading the Bible Study Series each Wednesday at 7.30pm, as well as enjoying local Ceilidhs (Irish Dances) in Bristol and Bath. We also go to the local Rollerskating rink, play Badminton or go for Walks together.

This spring/summer 2017 we’re looking to help clean up the Church Grounds and Gardens, as well as continue our Social activities around Bath. You can meet us after the 6.30pm Mass at the back of the Church after which we go to a local pub for refreshments.

Bottom line…there’s lots to get involved with at St Johns….if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved in group activities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join our mailing list, or visit the Facebook page here:

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Adoration Chapel

Adoration Night chapel inaguration

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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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

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.

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.


This video is streamed live by iCatcher software with thanks to generous support from iCode Systems.

Please note that there is no audio and no 'Stills’ feed.


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.


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


Live Simply: Live in Solidarity with the Poor

In many parts of the developing world, technology has made tremendous improvements to the lives of the poor, many remote from the nearest towns. The poor have instant connectivity. They can watch a movie with an app. They have mobile phones where they can Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or WeChat family, friends and strangers. Note that these brand names are now verbs widely understood.

And yet, for many in third world countries, what is most basic is sadly lacking. It is the access to water, clean water for cooking, water for washing and sanitation, water for planting and livelihoods, the basics of survival. That is not instant.

Our presentation gives a panoramic perspective on the qualities of water and a glimpse of pressing issues for the future if we do nothing. Catholic Social Teaching provides a moral compass on what ought we to do.

If you have Microsoft PowerPoint, you can view the presentation here.

For a PDF version click here.

We thank you for your support of CAFOD, Monsignor Kelly Fund, SPICMA and the Holy Water Project for India.


CAFOD livesimply

St Johns has registered to become a CAFOD livesimply parish. We are on a journey....

The livesimply challenge is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

More than 40 parishes have registered to accept the livesimply challenge.

What is the CAFOD livesimply challenge?

It is a challenge to communities who can show how they have been living:

  • Simply through spiritual action.
  • In solidarity with people in poverty.
  • Sustainably with creation.

Some livesimply communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, join a climate change campaign, or donate to a local food bank. The registration celebrates what we have already done and inspires us to do more. It helps our community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.

Registering for the livesimply challenge

To register we were able to demonstrate to CAFOD that our parishioners are:

  • Praying for peace in the world through praying the rosary together before weekend masses.
  • Working in solidarity with people in poverty through being an integral part of the Churches Together Soup Run, and also through the support of our charities that give aid to the developing world.
  • In the process of creating the River Avon Garden project to sustain God’s creation of flowers, birds and insects.

Qualifying for a livesimply award

To qualify for a CAFOD livesimply award we will need to pass an assessment by independent CAFOD assessors. It means looking at how as a community we can live even more simply so that others can simply live.

Do you have suggestions to share? Please email Irene Prentice, CAFOD contact at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our registration certificate can be viewed here.

CAFOD: Northern Uganda agricultural challenges

A report of a recent talk by guest speaker Alex Abaca, who gives a first hand account of the positive interventions by the local Catholic Church and CAFOD/CARITAS in addressing ecological, water and agricultural challenges in Northern Uganda can be read here.

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

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.