Evening Prayer for the Environment
Featuring music led by the Parish music group, this ecumenical evening of prayer and worship on the feast of St Francis is not to be missed - 4th October, 19:00. After prayers in Church, there will be an opportunity to sample food prepared in an environmentally conscious way and to chatter about the pope's encyclical, 'Laudate Si' in the Old Priory.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion is an important stage in your child’s spiritual development, and we want to help you in preparing your child for this most special Sacrament. When your child was baptised, he/she was welcomed into the family of the Church. Holy Communion is the Sacrament which binds us together as God’s family, providing strength and spiritual nourishment for our journey in faith together. During the preparation for this Sacrament, we will also be preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
Registration opens soon for our young people to show their interest in their faith. The next confirmation program begins in January, with confirmations to take place in St Gregorys' Parish church in October 2020. “The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the baptised and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches the baptised by the gift of the Holy Spirit to continue on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.” Code of Canon Law, Can. 1285
It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain. In an emergency, please ask the nursing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital (or ring 03004 222222 and ask for the Catholic Chaplain)
In addition to the events in the calendar please note there are the following recurring meetings:
Legion of Mary, Monday in the OP Library, 17:00 to 18:00
Young Catholic Adults - Meet on the Third Sunday Evening of every month, Downstairs in the Old Priory.
Private Bookings, OP Upstairs, Monday evenings September to July
The Old Priory is cleaned on Tuesday Mornings.
Private Bookings, OP Upstairs, Tuesday evenings 19:00 to 21:30.
Private Bookings, OP Downstairs, Tuesday evenings, 15:00 to 20:00
Private Bookings, OP Upstairs, Wednesday evenings 19:00 to 21:30.
NOTE that all use of the Old Priory must be booked with the Parish office - they keep a diary for use of the Church, and Old Priory rooms and their version of bookings is the authoritative one. The calendar above is intended to show the use of the rooms so that if you have a need to book them, you can see in advance what the availability is likely to be! Events organised for Parish groups, religious meetings etc. are normally free; other bookings for parties, social groups etc. please ask in the parish office for booking rates.