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 from 9am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday 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



26th August 2018 Year B


  1. Responsorial Psalm

  2. Gospel Acclamation

  3. Communion Antiphon


Parish Prayer

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life, you have the message of eternal life.

The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord, you bring forth bread from the earth and wine to cheer the heart.

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.








25th Aug



6.30pm Vigil Mass (Sun)


John de Maria (Anniv)


26th Aug

9.00am Mass



11.00 am Mass

Pat O'Donnell (RIP)

Barbara Connors Anniv


27th Aug


Adoration 9.30am and 10.00am Mass

Memorial St Monica

Robert McQuire RIP


28st Aug

Adoration 9.30am and 10.00am Mass


Memorial of St Augustine

Michael Smith Anniv


29nd Aug




10.00am Mass


Memorial of St John the Baptist

Tony Woods (RIP B day)


30th Aug





31st Aug


10.00am Mass

Mary Tracey RIP


1st Sept

Adoration 8.00 to 10.00am

Rosary 9.30am and

10.00am Mass

Adoration 10.30 to 11:30am



Adoration 5.30 to 6.30pm

6.30pm Vigil Mass (Sun)

John and Pat Withers

60th Wedding Anniversary Intentions


Maurice RoseMeyer RIP


Please pray for those who have died recently especially: Marie Lawrence and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time & those who mourn. Please also pray for the Sick especially: Allan Irvine, John Connors, Elsie Cavanagh, Jo Markey, Mary McVann, Susan Maher, Carmela Marusyczenko, David Rogers, Ellen Wagner, Barbara Wood, Kath Griffiths, Albert Turner, Shelia Robertson, Maria Oldfield, Janet Wagner, Andrea Brushneen, Joan Humphreys, Peggy Keogh, Lisa Knight, Maureen Moloney, Mary Gorman, Michael Gaffney, Elizabeth Bopoto and an anonymous request.

Adoremus Novena: From Saturday 1st September to Sunday 9th September there will be 9 days of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament amounting to 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration. This will be shared between the two parishes with adoration in the morning, afternoon and evening on most days to enable as many people who wish to spend time with the Jesus in silent pray for our own needs, the needs of family and friends, the needs of the parish, the diocese, the church, the world and the ‘Adoremus’ conference itself. Signup sheets will be the church lobbies soon. Eucharistic reflection booklets for each family will be available from 1st September.

Joint Parishes Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday 4th September at 7:30pm in English Martyrs Hall.

Informal Prayer Group Initial Meeting: Following the Mission some parishioners wish to explore the idea of an informal prayer group. This will meet for an explorative meeting on Wednesday 5th September at 7:15pm in St Augustine’s Hall. Anyone interested is welcome to attend but if the date and time are unsuitable please let Sue Merigold know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday 8th September: The Vigil Mass will be at 6pm rather than 6:30pm as we celebrate together Jan and Joe Donnelly’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Confirmation 2018: Sessions will begin again for the candidates at 7pm on Sunday 9th September. The Confirmation Mass will be at English Martyrs at 7pm on Wednesday 7th November.

English Martyrs Bible Study: Will recommence on Thurs 13th Sept from 10:30am in the Hall.

Advance Notice: CREAM TEA on Saturday 20th October 2pm till 5pm in St Augustine’s Hall. Tickets £3.50 in aid of Mission Sunday Appeal (Funding for Ethiopia).


Refresh’ Ecumenical Tuffley Social: At the Grange Baptists at 7:30pm. Please bring a plate of food. All welcome.


Our Lady of Lourdes Newent ‘Come and See’: Siobhan is a Spiritual Director and a Tutor of the Spiritual Direction Course we will receive an insight into her journey of faith. Thursday 6th September at 7.30pm and every 1st Thursday.

Hear about CAFOD’s work for this Harvest Fast Day! Come along and hear from one of our CAFOD staff members who have in-depth knowledge about our work overseas on Saturday September 8th from 1.30-3.00pm: English Martyrs Parish Hall, Tuffley. The main speaker will be Giovanna Reda, CAFOD Head of Humanitarian Programmes Asia, Middle East, Latin America & Caribbean (AMELAC).

Byzantine Rite Mass: To mark the 70th Anniversary of when the Ukrainian Community in Gloucester first begun to use St Peter’s Church for their celebration of the Divine Liturgy, there will be a Byzantine Rite Mass in St Peter’s Church, London Road, Gloucester at 7.00pm on Wednesday 12th September. All are invited to this special celebration.


Oberammergau 2020: Every 10 years this Austrian village erupts with its famous Passion Play. We’re at the advance stage of considering a pilgrimage group from both parishes including our ecumenical friends from Tuffley for a one-week pilgrimage holiday to include the Passion Play, during summer 2020, Are you be interested? Please contact Fr Gerry. Further details to follow.  


St Peter's Catholic Primary School: Have a vacancy for a school cleaner.  Further details are available on the school website apply for the vacancy.

A new Art Club meeting at English Martyrs: On Tuesday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm in English Martyrs Hall. Beginners and experienced artists welcome to join. Starts Tuesday 4th September 2018. Please contact Paul Peacey at St Augustine’s.


Retiring Collections: This weekend in solidarity with our Syro Malabar brother and sisters in Christ we are holding an second collection at the for the flood emergency in Kerla, family and spiritual home of the Syro Malabar community. All monies collected will be channelled through the Syro Malabar Church. Next weekend we will have a collection for the Poor Missions of the Diocese.


PARISH COLLECTIONS: English Martyrs: Cash £ 92.01 St Augustine’s Reports Monthly




There’s a certain sadness in today’s Gospel as people walk away from Jesus not being able to ‘stomach’ the things he says. People walk away from following where he leads because, maybe, what he says is too much for them; it’s too challenging. Peter speaks up for the Twelve. Even the Twelve might not fully understand what Jesus is preaching but where else are they to go? The Gospel message fires them up. They know God’s love in Jesus; they know God is near to them in Jesus. It doesn’t mean they find everything straightforward and simple – even they must have struggled. Who shall we go to? You may know people who have drifted away, wandered off, left, walked another journey either because they feel they don’t belong or because they feel ‘it’s not for them’. It doesn’t mean we stop caring nor does it mean that they have no place. Ours is a mission of constantly reaching out towards others, not just patting our own backs. You and I cross paths with many who walk different paths and maybe they once walked a similar one to us. Let God’s love be revealed in you; let his gentleness shine through; let him walk alongside of them because of you.






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