Parish Groups

Our Community and Parish Groups:

CAFOD is the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales and represents part of one of the largest aid networks with local presence in communities around the world.
Within our parish we have supported emergency and regular appeals with fundraising events such as soup lunches. We are now looking at how we can support CAFOD’s work on climate change in line with Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudate Si”. This will involve encouraging government involvement particularly with COP26. We will also look at our own impact on the world, both as a parish and as individuals, through the “Live Simply” initiative. For further information contact the Parish Representative Sue Jarvis e-mail bandsjarvis@gmail.com

 

 

A view of our Parish

Like many parishes in England, our Parish Community is a mini United Nations. made up of people coming from almost every continent.
We have people coming from N.&S America- Canada and Peru; people from S.Africa; Nigeria; Asian families from India; Pakistan; East Timor; Philippines; Singapore; Korea.
From Europe we have many families from Poland; some from Italy; from Czech Republic; and Ireland.
The majority of our Congregation is made up of families of English, N. Ireland, Scottish, and Welsh origin.
This mixture of people makes rich and interesting community get together especially when various customs, and national foods are shared.
Interesting are International Food evenings; sales of home made National cakes for Charity, and our Polish and Czech families bring beautifully decorated food baskets to Mass at Easter placing them on the sanctuary, ready to be blessed by the celebrant. Many of the Asian women are nurses and carers working in our local hospitals and Care Homes and are highly respected. We are a truly blessed Parish.

NHS Team Chaplain

It is wonderful to be given the opportunity to introduce the the work that I, alongside my guide dog Rhia do as an NHS Team Chaplain at Southmead Hospital in the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team (Brunel Buildings Gate 30).
The work is to support patients, their families and friends and my NHS colleagues when they request Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Sometimes I am a prayer companion, sometimes a listening ear, at others a link between the hospital, faith community and loved ones, it is multifaceted, essentially, I support our local people when they are in the care of North Bristol Trust at Southmead Hospital.
I am exceptionally grateful for the prayers, support and encouragement that I have received from my Parish family; my belief is that I receive far more from the people I care for than I am able to give.
Should you wish to contact Chaplaincy at Southmead please telephone 0117 4143700 or email the.chaplaincy@nbt.nhs.uk, alternatively my email address is thelma.rogers@nbt.nhs.uk we would be pleased to hear from you if you would like to access our services.
Thelma Rogers ofs

 

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order is an Order constituted by our founder St Francis of Assisi. We are an Order of lay people and clerics who are attracted to the charism of St Francis, with our own rule and constitutions. We work in the community in many roles supporting our faith through Parish and other works, going from Gospel to life and life to Gospel. We support each other in prayer and fraternity. If you would like to know more about the Order our National Website is: http://ofsgb.org alternatively, please email thelmaevelyn@msn.com and I will assist with your enquiry.
Thelma Rogers ofs

Altar Servers

Our parish is fortunate to have a well-established and dedicated team of altar servers. Our altar servers are well trained and support the priest with the running of Mass but also with preparing the altar beforehand and tidying up afterwards. They have a strong sense of team spirit and a desire to serve the church, its priest and the community.
The patron saint of altar servers is St Stephen, one of the first ordained Deacons and the first martyr. The contribution of our altar servers to the parish is celebrated each year on the Feast of St Stephen; 26th December.

Vincent Calder Parish Deacon

As the first Parish Permanent Deacon in St. Lawrence and St. Paul’s it has been a fascinating journey. As a non-stipendiary position I have to work for my living, as well as share in the Prayer of the Church at Morning, Evening and Night Prayer.

At the moment I work for the Clifton Diocese as the Marriage Tribunal Administrator; it is a very rewarding position as it allows me to exercise a Ministry in the Diocese on a daily basis, also it illustrates that a Deacon is not ordained for a specific parish; but is ordained to serve the Diocese and is located in a parish at the behest of the Bishop. I serve within the parish at Sunday Mass and preach once a month.

Taking Holy Communion to the sick, when required, is a wonderful Ministry and I take my wife with me when visiting elderly and vulnerable people within a safe environment. Together we conduct marriage preparation for couples entering marriage. This enables me to work with my wife, who also shared in my preparation for ordination, as the Married Deacon carries out a Ministry founded on his family life within the Church. We are able to call upon our own experience of married life to give a deep insight into the trials and triumphs of marriage and the meaning of a lifetime commitment to each other. Our mutual life of prayer sustains us in our Service to the Lord within his Church. It is an amazing Ministry, assisting the Lord’s priests and Bishop within parish and Diocese.

PARISH SVP CONFERENCE   Click here for  September SVP awareness Update

The SVP is a huge global volunteer movement founded in Paris in 1833 with 800,000 members in parish groups known as conferences in 154 countries.
There are approximately 10,000 members in England and Wales helping people in their local area and there is a conference in our parish. We currently have 8 members who meet regularly at St Paul’s. We visit people in their homes, in hospital and in care home.
Our members offer sincere friendship and support and help where needed such as giving lifts to Mass or taking people to hospital appointments.
Loneliness and isolation is a big problem in Britain and spending time with people is our greatest gift.

At Christmas time we provide Christmas food hampers for needy families in our school and parish community. We also provide packs for homeless people in Bristol at Christmas.

Our conference gives financial support through twinnage to a conference in South Sudan and another in Kerala India.
These are just a few of our activities. If there is a family member or someone you know who is in need of support please tell them about the SVP and contact us.

If you are interested in joining the SVP we would love to hear from you.
The email address is csandyatesvp@gmail.com or leave a message for the SVP on the Parish Office number which is 01454 312161 and we will contact you.

Groups:

Cleaners

Cleaning Rota here or PDF

Readers

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Parish Committees

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Ministers of Communion

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Stewards Rota for both churches

Stewards perform a vital function in ensuring that the congregation is kept safe and well before, during and after mass.  Duties include welcoming visitors, organising the offertory procession and offertory collectors and counting attendees at mass.  If you feel able to assist in this ministry please contact the steward on duty at any mass

Coffee Rota for after 11am Mass

Coffee and biscuits are provided after 11 O’clock Mass at St. Paul’s Church.  If you feel able to volunteer to help with this ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

A Greener Parish

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