Scripture Thoughts

“Make an effort, not an excuse,” said the poster in the shop. Could that be a mantra for those who seem to be unwilling to allow their vocation to flourish? “Quiet!” says Jesus as he calms the storm. Perhaps we need to hear that word spoken into our lives as we seek to follow Jesus more closely. Jesus wants to calm the storm within us. He wants to take our anxiety and fear away. He wants to breathe life into us so that we can take up the challenge he presents to us for the sake of our flourishing and the flourishing of the Kingdom. No more excuses. Quiet! Allow Jesus to carry you forwards.

Canon Toms Announcement

As we heard at all Masses last weekend, Bishop Bosco has asked Canon Tom to take over as Parish Priest in Sacred Heart Parish and St. Anthony Parish in Bristol. We wish him well in his new ministry and we look forward to meeting with his successor Fr. Richard Elson. We hope he enjoys his ministry and time with us as much as Canon Tom has.

Important Diocesan News

On Thursday 14th March it was announced that Bishop Declan Lang has resigned as the Bishop of Clifton due to health reasons. We keep Bishop Declan in our thoughts and prayers and thank him for his 23 years as our faithful and dedicated 9th Bishop of Clifton. Following on from this announcement, it has also been announced that Canon Bosco McDonald has been invited by Pope Francis to become the 10th Bishop of Clifton. Which Canon Bosco has excepted. Canon Bosco is at present the Dean of Clifton Cathedral and a priest of our Diocese. We keep Bishop Elect Bosco also in our prayers at this time.

Calling Musicians

If you can play a musical instrument and would like to be part of the Music group within the Parish, then PLEASE make yourself known. Come along and say Hello after the 10.30 Sunday Mass at St. John’s.

Music worship within the Parish has always been a central part of the services, we do not ask for lots of commitment just that you would like to thank and Praise God though the talents that you have and come along and join in and play when you are available. You may be new to the parish and have musical ideas to share which would be very welcome. We look forward to meeting you whoever you are.

First Holy Communion 2024

Application forms for First Holy Communion 2024 are now available to collect from Canon Tom after Mass. If your child is in Yr 3 or above then please collect, complete a form, and return to Canon Tom. The closing date for application is 7th January 2024. The first session of preparation will take place on the 18th January 2024 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Children and parents will be given full details of the course at this meeting.

Trowbridge Food Bank

As always, a massive thankyou to all who have contributed to the Trowbridge Foodbank Collection each month. Many people rely on your generosity. The next collection will take place on the weekend of 25th / 26th November 2023. Please leave you donated goods in the Church Porch at St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s.

300 Club

 If you wish to join the 300 Club, please ask Canon Tom or Mike Heather for an application form. They are also available on this website. 


St. Thomas More Bradford on Avon

Thank you to those who submitted responses to Mass time re-organisation in light of Canon Liam’s Retirement. It was announced to a small contingent of parishioners at St. Thomas More on Wednesday 19th April that there will be a Saturday Vigil Mass at 4pm as from Saturday 6th May 2023.


Pastoral Letter for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1st January 2023


Sunday Noon Mass

As from Sunday 6th November, there will no 12 noon Mass on Sunday. This Mass was introduced as a precaution against overcrowding at the 10.30 Mass on Sunday when we re-opened after the first COVID lockdown. Also, Fr. Tom may be asked to support other local parishes in the near future.

Children’s Rosary

Starting on Sunday 6th March at 9.45 we invite the children to join us in praying the rosary.  The children will lead us in praying with Our Lady as we think about the life of Jesus. Even if you can only join us for some of the rosary, you are very welcome; it will be a beautiful way to prepare for Easter. We’d like to give the children a little treat to enjoy after mass, please let me know if there are any dietary requirements  Please add your prayer petitions to our box , we will pray for them and bring them into mass. All parishioners are welcome to join us. From Sunday 13th we will begin at 10am. If you would like to help or to bake one week please let me know. Thank you, Sinead

Synod 2023

Thank you to those who attended our parish meetings regarding the 2023 Synod. There was some good and deep discussions.

Meeting Notes from St John’s     Meeting Notes from St Bernadette’s

Trowbridge Foodbank

We are now accepting offerings for the Trowbridge Foodbank. You can leave your offering in the Church porches. Each collection will take place on the last Monday of each month. From January 2022, the Foodbank are asking for Fray Bentos tiined pie products. Thank you for your generosity.




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