THE Catholic Parishes of English Martyrs

and St Augustine of Canterbury

Together, Reach Out and Welcome All with Joy, Compassion and Unfailing Love



St Augustine’s Presbytery, 256 Painswick Road, Matson, Gloucester GL4 4BS

Tel: 01452 412702 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St Augustine of Canterbury Church, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6DT

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Parish Administrator Marisa Wood

Core Office Hours 9am to 1pm Tuesday, (Closed on Wednesday this week) and Friday at

English Martyrs Church, 247 Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 ONX

Tel: 01452 504997 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Catholic Schools for the Parishes

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School Tel: 01452 524792

St Peter’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre Tel: 01452 711200


Parish Safeguarding Representatives: English Martyrs Sue Knight St Augustine’s Katherine Heffernan


SUNDAY MASS TIMES: St Augustine’s 6:30pm Saturday and 11:00am Sunday English Martyrs 9.00am Sunday

CONFESSIONS: English Martyrs Saturday after morning mass St Augustine’s Saturday 5.45pm to 6.15pm & on call


Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21st January 2018 Year B


Responsorial Psalm

Gospel Acclamation

Communion Antiphon

Parish Prayer

Lord, make me know your ways.

The Kingdom of God is close at hand; believe the Good News.

Look toward the Lord and be radiant, let your faces not be abashed.

O God, be at the heart of our parish and in all our hearts. Strengthen our faith and our hope in Your promises. Grant us a spirit of self-sacrifice, so that, with your grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may radiate Your love to everyone we meet. Help us to reach out with joy and mercy, to build a loving, healing community. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.







Sat 20th




6:30pm Vigil Mass (Sunday)


John and Sarah Nevin Anniv RIP

Sun 21st


9:00am Mass


11:00am Mass

Colin Dowden RIP

Philip Harkin Anniv

Mon 22nd



9:30am Adoration

10:00am Mass


People of the Parishes

Tue 23rd


9:30am Adoration

10:00am Mass



Pamela Brigden RIP

Wed 24th





8:30am Mass

Billy Johnson RIP

Memorial of St Francis de Sales

Thurs 25th Jan



Fr Gerry at Sion Mission Priest and People forum

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

Fri 26th





9:00am Mass

Holy Souls

Memorial of St Timothy& Titus


Sat 27th


9:30am Rosary

10:00am Mass

1:30pm Funeral





6:30pm Vigil Mass (Sunday)


Edmund Kelly Sick

Mary Newton RIP

People of the Parishes


PLEASE PRAY FOR: Those who have died recently especially: Mary Newton from Tuffley whose funeral service will be on Sat. 27th Jan at 1:30pm at English Martyrs. Those whose anniversaries occur at this time & those who mourn. And the Sick especially: Allan Irvine, Margaret Greer, Marie Lawrence, John Connors, Elsie Cavanagh, Janet Wagner, Kelly Thomas, David Lineham, Nita & Max, Mary Gorman, Timothy Gavin, John Cuff, Elizabeth Sawaf, Jo Markey, Joan Humphreys, Ellen Wagner, John & Mary McVann, Lynn Honan, Peggy Keogh, Karen Waite, Mrs Alice Maher and Susan, Andrea Brushneen, Jim Mogford, Anthony Kennedy, Rachel Green and Karen, Bridie O’Boyle, Jenny Bond, Carmela Marusyczenko, Michael Gaffney, Joanne Cooke, Helen & Ken Michael, David Rogers, Barbara Wood, Maria Oldfield, Kath Griffiths, Elizabeth Knight and Albert Turner.

Both Parishes Parish Open Meetings: After all Sunday Masses this weekend starting 5 minutes after the end of the recessional hymn. Please stay behind to hear what is going on in your parish and to share your thoughts. On all agendas Parish Mission, Finance and Safeguarding Additionally at St Augustine’s various issues raised by parishioners.

Both Parishes Confirmation: There will be an initial meeting for parents and candidates at 6:30pm this Sun. 21st Jan for 30 mins to complete necessary documents and to learn about the programme. If you are unable to make this please contact Fr Gerry. The first session for candidates only will be on Sun. 28th Jan starting at 6pm. All meetings in English Martyrs Hall.

Both Parish ‘In-depth’ Bible Study at St Augustine’s: Will continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in 2018, in the Parish hall. Everyone welcome, come and join us for some interesting discussions. Next meeting 24th Jan.

Both Parishes Bible Study at English Martyrs: Next session is on Thurs 25th Jan 10:30am continuing with Revelations.

English Martyrs hosting Ecumenical Quiet Prayer Group: On Friday 26th January at 2:30pm please come along and support this peaceful time, refreshments will be provided.

Both Parishes First Holy Communion dates January 2018: Sat 27th Jan First Confessions at English Martyrs from 11:00am. Sun 28th Jan in St Augustine’s Hall children’s session from 9:45am.

CAFOD: Hear about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe this Lent! Come along and hear from one of the speakers at one of our Lent Events – Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, will be speaking at the Bristol event: Wed Jan 31st at Holy Family Church Southsea Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5DP 7:00pm to 8:30pm Or hear a speaker from CAFOD on Saturday Feb 3rd 2:00pm to 4:00pm at English Martyrs Church. Booking is essential for all events as space is limited email Liz on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01179 428 328

Both Parishes Saturday Club at English Martyrs: On Sat 24th Feb. 10.30am to 12 Noon. The club is open to all children who are in school year 4 or above. Application forms in the lobby for those not registered. Further info from Debbie Cottam.

Guided Pilgrimage to Fatima and Santiago de Compostela: From Sun 20th May to Fri 25th May 2018 with flights from Heathrow. Cost for twin share or double room £669 per person half board, deposit £200 balance due 7th March 2018. Aglow Pilgrimages who are organising the pilgrimage has the ATOL bond so your deposit is secure. Fr Gerry Walsh will be the Chaplain. Details and to book on line go to or contact Marisa Wood at the office for further details and to book without a computer. Note: No single rooms currently left but please let Marisa know if you are prepared to share a room with someone of the same gender or would go if a single room becomes available.

Christian Unity Week: Traditionally this runs from 18th to 25th January. The theme of Unity Week this year is ‘That All May be Free’ for further details see There is a United Service organised by Churches Together in Gloucester at 6.00pm on Sun 21st Jan at Christchurch Abbeydale. The preacher is Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester. All are welcome. In Tuffley there will be a service led by Rev. Bruce Clifford at St George’s on Wed 24th Jan at 7:30pm.

St George’s Winter Tea: As part of the ‘Church in Tuffley’ English Martyrs parishioners have been invited to the High Tea at St George’s on Sun. 28th Jan. starting at 4:30pm. If you would like to attend contact Glenda Stevens at their office Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 307456 so they can welcome and cater for you. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Prinknash Abbey: Sat 3rd Feb. The Gospel of St. Matthew, Father Martin McLaughlin OSB, 10.30am to 12 noon in the Meeting Room & Exploring the History & Development of the Mass, Dr Sarah Richards 2pm to 4pm in the Meeting Room.

Catechists Formation Course: The next Diocesan Catechists Formation Course begins on Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Church Hall, Brockworth and continues on a Wednesday evening, once a month through to March 2019. See the diocesan website for further details. If you are interested in taking part please speak to Fr Gerry. All costs will be covered by the parish.

English Martyrs: Cleaners Wanted!! If you have a spare two hours to help our current cleaners who are doing a sterling job but need holiday cover usually on a Wednesday please contact Marisa.

St Augustine’s “200 Club” Money now due: It costs £12 for each number for the year & you can have as many numbers as a family wants. Please make cheques payable to ST AUGUSTINE 200 CLUB MATSON. Claire Cooper will be in the porch before mass to collect your money in January. In 2017 we gave out £1249 in prizes. Thank you for all your help & support over the last year. Further details from Claire 07932 103185

Next Sunday: Is a day on which all Christians are called to earnestly pray for an end to racism and racial inequality. There will also be a second collection after all masses for the work of the Apostleship of the Sea.

Collections/Offertory: English Martyrs Cash Offertory £115.60 Building fund £40 2nd Collection £58.60

St Augustine’s Cash Offertory for December (5 weeks) £1,491.62 Thank you for your generosity.






Now we start to listen to St Mark’s account of Jesus. This is Good News! We hear the first words of Jesus that Mark records; Repent and believe the good news. That simple call is one to reorientation, to a turning back towards God, to seeking him and to finding him. We find that Jesus’ Mission is to gather disciples who share in the mission of drawing God’s people back to him. Their skills are sued and transformed. Jesus calls us in the hope that we might respond with that same energy and enthusiasm. Let’s use this week to reread Mark’s Gospel and encounter once again the Jesus who call us to share in his mission, too. Let’s allow the good news he proclaims to touch us, to call us, to transform and renew us first before we set out in proclaiming good news to others.



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