Laudato Si’ group meeting

Columba Timmins from Sheffield joins as a special guest

Cheltenham Laudato Si’ Circle continues its regular meetings online. Between 8 and 9pm on Wednesday 29th, Columba Timmins from Sheffield joins as a special guest: she is one of the environment leads appointed by the Bishop for her Hallam Diocese. To access the meeting via zoom, the link is: Meeting ID 860 0643 5477, Passcode 518210. All welcome. For further details, ring 01242 244182 or email

Senior Youth Group Meets 5th June

The senior youth group, targeted for those who are considering being confirmed in 2023 or who were confirmed in May 2022 has its inaugural meeting on 5th June in the Old Priory upstairs room.

Taize Breakfast, The Holy Spirit, and the Trinity will all be there!

Celebration of Marriage Week:

The Celebration of Marriage Mass this year is at the Cathedral on Saturday the 2 July. Starting on 24 June and in the week leading up to this Mass we are encouraging people to celebrate the gift of marriage together, as a couple, a family and as part of the parish community. The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation has produced a booklet for marriage week and have ‘Accompaniment in Life and Love’ as our theme for this week- long celebration. In this booklet we offer suggestions on ways to pray together, ways to celebrate as a community and further ideas for couples and families to help nurture their spiritual life and grow in love together. The booklet can be found here.

Celebration of Marriage Mass: Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 2 July (12 noon) and is inviting all married couples to join him. He will send a personal invitation to those couples who are celebrating significant anniversaries during 2022 or those who will marry during this year. If you are celebrating a 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, or 70th anniversary during 2022 or getting married this year please email ( so that a personal invitation can be sent out, leaving details of your names, address, and the number of years you are both celebrating.

World Youth Day 2023 Information Sessions:

If you are interested or intrigued to find out more about World Youth Day 2023, then join Jason and Simon for one of three online information sessions taking place on the 6, 9 and 15 June at 7pm. In each of the information sessions we will share what we know about World Youth Day 2023 and the pilgrimage we hope to offer. The sessions will allow us to share the exciting plans we have for formation and support before, during and after the pilgrimage. We will make sure there is time for you to ask questions and talk with a group of likeminded young adults. The conversations will take place on Microsoft Teams and start at 7:00pm. Please email and let us know which session you would like to attend.

The Clifton Evangelist

New information from the Diocese

The Clifton Evangelist has been launched, by our Faith and Formation department. You can follow them in a variety of ways. As each newsletter is produced we will let you know by a news item like this. You could also choose to 'follow' them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Here are the links:

Location of Current Newsletter: Faith and Formation | Clifton Diocese

PDF Link of Volume 2:


The Clifton Evangelist Facebook Account: The Clifton Evangelist | Facebook

The Clifton Evangelist Instagram Account: Adult Ed and Evangelisation (@cliftonevangelist) • Instagram photos and videos

The Clifton Evangelist Twitter Account: CliftonEvangelist (@CliftonEvangel) / Twitter


The Conversation

The National Office for Vocation has an exciting event coming up!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION Poster for the Event
Thursday 5th May at 7:30pm – 9pm ‘The Conversation’
Listen in and ask our panel of guests key questions on vocation, discernment and their work within the Church.
Discerning your vocation? Want to hear others talk and discuss theirs? Join us for The Conversation, where we have a panel of guests to discuss how they live out their vocation and the work they carry out in the Church.
Our panel of guests include:
Helena Judd (Radio Maria)
Deacon Toby Duckworth (Transitional Deacon at the VEC)
Richard Mills (Catenians)
Elliot Vanstone (Mission Adviser - Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)
Annabel Ward (Youth 2000)
Catherine Wiley (Catholic Grandparents Association)
And more to be announced...
This event takes place on Zoom and live on Radio Maria England. It is free to join, come with burning questions and submit them in the chat.
To book on free of charge visit EventBrite
We look forward to welcoming you and joining in ‘The Conversation’.

Newman Association Talk

Can Science and Faith be Reconciled?

Newman Association:  There will be a talk on Tuesday 3 May at 2.30pm, in the lounge of Sacred Hearts' Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 9AU.

Fr Andrew Pinsent, a physicist and the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford will talk to us on Can Faith be reconciled with Science?

All are welcome. Admission: £3 (members & students free)

Enquires to Stephanie Jamison, tel: 01242 539810.


Peter’s Fishes

Hallo fellow parishioners,

As we approach Holy Week I find myself recalling the wonderful Easters that I have spent in Zambia. The Palm Sunday processions through town. Joining with other Christian Communities people walk together, then peal off at each church, with a friendly wave of the palms picked from local trees. The beauty of the solemn Tridium services, culminating in the lovely outdoor Easter Vigil mass with its joyous singing, dancing and clapping. After which the parishioners carry the candles to take Christ's light back to their homes.

The COVID pandemic has made all our lives difficult, but it has clearly had most impact on the poorest and most vulnerable. We have seen this in the UK. In places like Zambia, where so many are literally wondering where their next meal will come from, life has been very tough. Unlike us they have not had an excess of vaccines and the population is very vulnerable.

The parishioners at Our Lady of the Wayside have worked very hard by creating income generating projects to try to keep going and look after those extremely vulnerable – see the field of Soya which they will harvest in a month or so - but they need our help. They have specifically asked if we could help them by funding a large fish pond and stock it with Tilapia (“St. Peter's fish”).

I am sorry I am not around at church at the moment – maybe I can return after Easter. I would be grateful if you would spread the word and give a final push to help our friends in Monze this Lent.

There are Parish Projects envelopes in church and I am happy to deliver to anyone wanting one. Donations should be placed in the envelopes and posted through the presbytery letterbox.

Thank You,

Chris Barrell 01242 513992