Welcome to the website of the Catholic Churches of St. John the Baptist, Trowbridge and St. Bernadette, Westbury. Here you can find information about us, including Mass Times and Parish Contacts. Download the newsletter and other forms. Hope that we will be able to provide the information that you are seeking. We look forward to seeing you visiting our parish.
It is with deep regret that due to the most recent government advice, St John’s Trowbridge and St Bernadette’s Westbury are now closed. Please remember to join Fr. Tom at Mass daily on You Tube. Let us continue to keep all those affected by this present crisis in you prayers and especially those who work in the healthcare service.
Dear Parishioners and friends of St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s
My first words are to say that each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers as we enter into an uncertain and concerning future. Our first reaction when crisis’ come along is to gather and pray. This crisis however is different and we are being forced to withdraw and isolate ourselves from one another. However, as a people of faith, we are never alone. We have the Holy and Blessed Trinity with us always.
Dear all, it is with deep sadness that we are unable to continue to celebrate Mass or hold any liturgies for the foreseeable future. Please read the full letter from Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols. But here is the first paragraph;
“In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice”.
There will be Mass at St. Bernadette’s Westbury at 10am tomorrow (19th March) And Mass at St. John’s on Friday at 6pm (20th March)
With my prayers and blessings Fr. Tom
In light of the statement made by government on the 16th March 2020. We have all been asked to put into place systems of withdrawal from large gatherings of people. Many people have asked if we will still be having Mass at St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s. An official decision about this will be made at noon on Wednesday 18th March when the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales will announce further measures to keep us safer. As soon as this announcement is made, it will be placed on the Website. In the meantime please look after one another by asking what we have been asked to do by the government.
If you know of anyone vulnerable person who needs practical support at this time, please contact the Parish Office on email@example.com
God Bless. Fr. Tom
We are sad to announce that because of the present COVID 19 virus crisis. This event is now cancelled. We will hopefully re-arrange at a later date. If you have purchased a ticket and would like your money back, please contact Frank Geraghty firstname.lastname@example.org, 01380871083
During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.
Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word. Take a look around our website to see how you can get involved.
On Saturday 1st June. David Wells, a well known speaker and facilitator will join members of our deanery parishes to lead us in the beginning of our journey of restructuring our parishes in light of fewer clergy numbers. The day will begin with coffee at St. John’s ParishCentre at 10am. Please bring a packed lunch. All welcome.