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

  1. Responsorial Psalm

  2. Gospel Acclamation


  4. Communion Antiphon

Parish Prayer

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.

O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord, who gives you your fill of finest wheat.

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.


12th August 2018 Year B









11th Aug



6.30pm Vigil Mass (Sun)


May Campbell RIP (B-day)


12th Aug

9.00am Mass



11.00 am Mass

People of the Parishes

Gwendoline Rosemeyer RIP


13th Aug


Adoration 9.30am and 10.00am Mass


Patricia Withers Intentions


14th Aug

No Adoration or

Mass today


Memorial of Saint Maximillian Kolbe



15th Aug



7:30pm Mass


10.00am Mass


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


God's Blessing and Protection for family


16th Aug

9:30am Mass


Special Intention


17th Aug


10:00am Mass

Holy Souls


18th Aug

Rosary 9.30am and

10.00am Mass




6.30pm Vigil Mass (Sun)

For the intentions of the Murphy Family


People of the Parishes

Mass Intentions: Fr Gerry has plenty of availability for Mass intentions which can be offered for the deceased, for the Donor’s intentions, for a Private or Special Intention. Mass envelopes available in both Churches. Please note that as the Diocese seeks to comply with GDPR regulations Fr Gerry will no longer be able to mention the name of a living individual either in the newsletter or at Mass if he has not received consent from them, or in special circumstances their next of kin himself.



Please pray for those who have died recently especially: Gerry Conlon whose Requiem Mass will be on Friday 24th August at 12 noon in English Martyrs and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time & those who mourn. Please also pray for the Sick especially: Allan Irvine, Marie Lawrence, 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, Lisa Knight, Maureen Moloney, Mary Gorman, Michael Gaffney and an anonymous request. Names of the sick will only appear here of those who have given specific permission for their names to be included in the newsletter themselves to either Fr Gerry or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or in special cases whose next of kin have done so. This change has come about as the Diocese begins to comply with GDPR legislation.


T@3: On Tuesday 14th Aug at 3pm in St Augustine’s Hall. All welcome for tea and delicious cakes and chat.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Wed. 15th August: Is a Holyday of Obligation when like Sunday’s Catholics should attend mass. There will be a Vigil Mass on Tues. 14th August at St Peter’s London Rd. Gloucester at 7pm. Our Masses on Wed 15th August are 10am at St Augustine’s and 7:30pm at English Martyrs.


Noah’s Camp, Dymock, Gloucestershire, August 13th-17th 2018: Runs from Monday to Friday. Daily registration opens at 8:30am and whilst being a Catholic camp, it is for everyone of all denominations and ages. Each day there will be times of prayer, worship, talks and Mass. Children and youth streams will run alongside the adult sessions. The aim of the Camp is to foster strong relationships within families of all shapes and sizes, and to know God’s love in a deeper way. Day tickets available. For more information see or ring 07961 346343.

A Day with Mary: At Downside Abbey on Saturday 25th August 2018 from 10am to 5:30pm, take your own packed lunch. For further information see the noticeboard or This is part of the worldwide response to Our Lady’s request to Lucia on 13th June 1917 “Jesus wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart”.

CAFOD: 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 – 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).

CELEBRATE Bristol - 27th - 28th October 2018: "See, I am doing a new thing!" - Isaiah 43:19(NIV)

A Conference for the whole family! A non-residential weekend including tailored 'streams' for all ages of children and young adults. This year keynote speakers Michelle Moran and David Wells will be 'unpacking' an exciting theme. In addition there will be workshops, seminars, praise and worship, prayer ministry, Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession. The event is hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal at St Bede's Catholic College, BS11 0SU. Further details to be found at


Holiday at Home: Do you book your holiday at the last minute - please book your holiday at home today and no later than Sun 12th Aug at 6pm. Do you miss the beach?  Are you unable to get away? Don’t fret – we are bringing the beach to you! The Church in Tuffley are putting on a holiday day at the beach at the hall and garden at English Martyrs Church, Tuffley Lane on Thursday 16th August 10 am – 3 pm. The day includes a welcome with tea and toasted tea cakes, picnic lunch, afternoon tea with scones and ice creams and lots of ‘day at the beach’ activities. Please let us know when you book if you need help with transport. Please book your place by contacting Helen McGeoch at St George’s Church (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  phone: 07729 615993) There will be a nominal charge of £5 per person.

Picnic Together: On the green at the front of St George’s Church, Grange Road on Sunday 19th August 3-5pm.  Everybody welcome to come along.  Lawn games, parachute games, songs, competitions etc.


This year’s 8th Annual GK Chesterton Walking Pilgrimage Took place on Saturday 28th July and has raised £1,000 to help the work of The Good Counsel Network donate at For details of the pilgrimage

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. Free tuition. Starts Tuesday 4th September 2018.


PARISH COLLECTIONS: English Martyrs: Cash £103.94. Standing Orders £1,616 (July) Building Fund £220 (July) Outstanding Building Loan at 5%pa with Diocese £19,040 as at 10th July 2018 Carpark interest free loans with Individuals £17,500 St Augustine’s for July: Standing Orders £1096.50, Cash Offertory £419.33, Envelopes £515.25.




The beautiful narrative from today’s first reading presents us with a man on the run – Elijah. He’s fed up and he’s had enough! The food that he is offered – a simple scone and some water – nourishes and strengthens him to continue his journey a little further. Without that food the Lord offers him, he will wither and fade; with it he is encouraged and enlivened. What is offered to us in the gift of the Eucharist is life. We come to encounter the Lord who feeds us with his very self in our own weariness, sadness, loneliness, fear and desperation. We come to Mass sometimes fed up and with that feeling of wanting to give up. Christ reaches out to us in that weariness only to encourage us in the Eucharist, enliven us in the Eucharist and love us in the Eucharist. May the gift we receive this Sunday enable us to be something of the Lord’s encouragement to others… may they find strength from the Lord they encounter in us.





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