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

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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

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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



Fifth Sunday of Lent – 18th March 2018 Year B

Responsorial Psalm

Gospel Acclamation



Communion Antiphon


Parish Prayer




A pure heart create for me, O God.

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God! If a man serves me he must follow me; wherever I am, my servant will be there too. Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Amen, Amen I say to you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.


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 or 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 17th




6:30pm Vigil Mass (Sunday)


People of the Parishes

Sun 18th Mar

9:00am Mass


11:00am Mass

Patrick Mahon RIP

Kathleen Ferrabee RIP

Mon 19th



9:30am Adoration

10:00am Mass

Solemnity of St Joseph Spouse of the BVM

Tim Gavin RIP and Parishes Mission

Tue 20th Mar

9:30am Adoration

10:00am Mass



Joe and Midge Hanna Private Intentions

Wed 21st


7:00pm Penitential Service


10:00am Mass


Paddy Curnow (Anniv)

Thurs 22nd


10:00am Liturgy of the Word

and Holy Communion



Fr Gerry Day Off

Fri 23rd



11:00am Stations of the Cross

11:30am Mass


Holy Souls


Sat 24th  


9:30am Rosary

10:00am Mass




6:30pm Vigil Mass (Sunday)



In thanksgiving for Neil Cooper



PLEASE PRAY FOR: Those who have died recently especially: Tim Gavin funeral service at Gloucester Crem. on Mon 19th March at 1pm and Rita Mulvaney funeral service at Forest of Dean Crem on Mon 26th March at 9:30am 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, John Cuff, Elizabeth Sawaf, Jo Markey, Joan Humphreys, Ellen Wagner, 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.

Holy Week Masses and Services in our Parishes: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 24th/25th March Sunday Masses at usual time with blessing of Palms in the respective Halls followed by procession round the Churches at 9am and 11am Masses. Holy Thursday 29th March Mass of the Last Supper with washing of the Feet 7:30pm followed by watching at the Altar of Repose to 10:30pm at English Martyrs Good Friday 30th March Ecumenical act of Witness (Tuffley) 1:30pm starting at the Baptist Church, Grange Road. 3:00pm at English Martyrs: Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion with invited Ecumenical guests. Holy Saturday 31st March Easter Vigil starts at 8:30pm at English Martyrs Easter Sunday 1st April 9am English Martyrs with children’s play and 11am St Augustine’s.   

Mission Preparation: Meeting with Clare Scully our pre-Mission Coordinator for all Coordinators and those interested in detailed planning 7:30pm on Mon. 19th March in English Martyrs Hall.   

Let it Be CaFE Course on Mary: Continues this Tues. 20th Mar. 7:30pm in English Martyrs Hall. Theme ‘Help of Christians’

Coffee Morning at English Martyrs: 10.30am to 12 noon on Wed 21st Mar come and enjoy a chat, homemade cakes and goodies. Everyone welcome.

Penitential Services: Wed 21st March at 7pm English Martyrs. Thurs 22nd March St Mary’s Churchdown Mon 26th March at 7pm St Augustine’s. Tues 27th March 7pm Mass for preparation followed by Confessions at St Peter’s, London Road.   

St Augustine’s Coffee Evening: St Augustine’s Coffee evening Wed. 21st March at 7:30 in the Church Hall. Please come along and join this social evening which will have an Irish theme as a belated celebration of St Patrick's Day. Entrance will be free for anyone bringing a donation for the summer fete, otherwise it will be £1. If you would like to help with the coffee evening, contact Moira Pratt on 619150.

Bible Study at English Martyrs for both Parishes: Next session is this Thurs 22nd March at 10:30am on Mark’s Gospel

Friday Devotions and CAFOD Lent Lunches at St Augustine’s: Every Fri of Lent, not Good Friday. Stations of the Cross at 11am, Mass at 11:30am. CAFOD Homemade Soup Lent Lunches in the Hall 12 noon. All welcome. We would be very grateful for any donations for the Cake Stall on our last Lenten Lunch, Friday 23rd March. The cakes can be brought to the hall on the 23rd or we can collect them. We would also be grateful for any donations towards our raffle stall.

St Augustine’s Families and Children Station of the Cross: These will be on Good Friday 30th March at 10:45am. We need some of the children to take part either reading or with non-speaking parts. Please contact Tony Sharpe by text (07963 091170) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), if you would like to take part. There will be a short rehearsal after the 11am Sunday Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord on Sun 25th Mar.

Confirmation/Youth Alpha: The next session is next Sunday 25th March from 6pm to 8pm

Prinknash Abbey Sat 24th March Divine Mercy Retreat Day: Theme ‘Suffering’ led by Fr. Abbot Martin McLaughlin OSB. 11.00am Mass in Meeting Room. Break for lunch packed or from Café as you wish 1.00pm to 2.30pm – Talk and Prayers.

Chrism Mass at Clifton Cathedral 11am on Wednesday 28th March: A coach is being organised from Gloucester leaving St Mary’s Churchdown 8:30am then picking up at St Peter’s and English Martyrs suggested donation is £5.00. Please sign the list in both the Church lobbies as soon as possible if you wish to use the coach as this will determine what size coach we have and whether it will pick up at English Martyrs.

Experience Easter and Refresh: Helen McGeogh, Tuffley Pioneer is looking for volunteers to help at various times and in various ways to put on Experience Easter for local Tuffley Primary Schools for further details see info.  and sign-up sheets in the lobby at English Martyrs. The Church in Tuffley reflection, prayer and music gatherings continue on Wed 28th Mar at 7:30pm at the Grange Baptist. The theme is ‘Exploring Easter’. All welcome. 

Raising Awareness and Funds for the Homeless: Angelika and Kornel aged 9 are raising awareness and funds for the homeless by sleeping rough in the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral on the 23rd March. They would greatly appreciate your support. If you want to donate, this is the website

ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS: A representative from Alzheimer’s Society will be going to St George’s on Sat. 24th March from 10 till 11.30am to speak about dementia and answer questions. The aim is to help us grow in understanding of this far-too-prevalent condition. This is for those who want to be able better to recognise symptoms among folks close to us and those we look out for (and indeed ourselves perhaps), and better to see how we might respond and provide support.

Easter lilies at St Augustine’s: Remember your loved ones at Easter by donating a lily for your personal intention. Please place a £2 donation in the box at the back of the Church. The lilies will be displayed in the Lady Chapel over the Easter period, along with your intentions.

Second Collection: Easter Flowers in both Parishes this weekend.


Covenant is renewed in this Sunday’s first reading. You could say that the Covenant is re-written and re-inscribed but not in a way that God’s People had imagined. Remember that image from two Sundays ago and the gift of Law on Mount Sinai. There the Law was written on those two tablets of stone; now it is to be written on the human heart. God plants his law deep within us writing it upon the very core of our being. In doing so God shows mercy, compassion and forgiveness towards his people in giving them a new start. But maybe during this Year of Mission we need to take note of the request made to Philip in the Gospel, ‘We want to see Jesus’. It may not be articulated in such a way, but is that the request of today? Are there people looking for Jesus, wanting to find him and come near to him? The answer is ‘yes’. As disciples, we are the ones who can point people to the Lord; we can enable people to find him and encounter him in us if our lives are centred on the law of love planted within us. We mustn’t be afraid of allowing others who search to encounter the Lord through us!






Future Events not on printed newsletter


Both Parishes First Holy Communion Children Preparation Dates: Next sessions for Children are both on Saturday 21st April. English Martyrs 9:30am to 12 noon. St Augustine’s Retreat from 1pm prompt to end of Saturday evening Mass.

Both Parishes First Holy Communion Parents Session: The next session looking at the Eucharist Part II is on Wednesday 25th April at 7:30pm in English Martyrs Hall. It is important for parents to attend these sessions to develop their own faith and to know what is going on in their child’s course. If children need to be brought for any reason there will be a table available with quite activities for them to do. If you require a lift contact your parish catechist.

In-depth’ Bible Study at St Augustine’s for both Parishes: We will meet next on Wed 28th March at 7:30pm in the Parish hall. Everyone welcome, come and join us for some interesting discussions on Luke’s Gospel

English Martyrs Coffee morning: 10.30am to 12 noon on Wed 25th April come and enjoy a chat, homemade cakes and goodies. Everyone welcome.



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