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Clifton Diocese

Clifton Diocese is the Catholic diocese covering the West of England and includes the City and County of Bristol, the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

Latest news from Clifton Diocese can be found here Latest News | Clifton Diocese

 

Holy Family Parish

The local parish church linked to Holy Family School and inspired by the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  

Holy Family Catholic Church was established in 1969 and is part of the Diocese of Clifton.  

Latest newsletter is available here NEWS | Holy Family RC

Father Obi's Advent/Christmas Message - December 2023

Saying 'Yes' to God like Mary By Fr Nnam Di Obi

'It is a very short Advent we have this year. It means Christmas comes earlier than expected. As usual, parents may find this time a little bit stressful, but the children love the sight, the sound and the smell of Christmas season.

We have just had the end of term Mass today at Holy Family Church. The children were in their best liturgical participation, as always. The theme for the mass was "Saying 'Yes' to God like Mary".  Indeed, that's what Christmas is all about. We say 'Yes' to God for the precious gift of his Son to us at Christmas, who remains with us every day of our lives. We have so much to thank God for. We also have so much to pray for this year, especially peace in our troubled world.  May we continue to say 'yes' to whatever will bring joy, happiness and peace this Christmas and the New Year.

I wish everyone, a very Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year.'

 

 Father Obi's Lent/Easter Message - March 2023

 

We Rejoice in the Victory of Easter -  By Fr Nnam Di Obi

We recently had a school mass in Holy Family Church. A class led us in such a beautiful and prayerful mass as other classes do. We reflected on the theme of forgiveness.

Indeed, forgiveness is the key to a good and healthy relationship in our homes, the school, and everywhere in society. Forgiveness stops little hurts from escalating to unnecessary conflicts and wars.

Everyone wants to be forgiven when we make mistakes and hurt others.  It feels good to know we have been forgiven. This gives us the strength and courage to forgive others who also hurt us.

The story of the prodigal son is a moving story of genuine forgiveness and love for someone we may think doesn't deserve it. But we all deserve to be loved and forgiven.

We have been in Lent, making sacrifices to help those in need. It will soon be Easter when we will celebrate and rejoice in God, who liberates us from all that holds us down. At Easter, and indeed every day, Christ invites us to rise above everything that is not good for us and others; we rejoice in the Lord in victory over sin and death.

Happy Easter!

 

Father Obi's Christmas Message - December 2022

What Makes a Lovely Christmas?

It is less than a fortnight to Christmas.  This year has gone so quickly.  And Christmas this year seems to come early.

But children can't wait to celebrate another lovely season of Christmas.

What makes a lovely Christmas?  Some say it is the beautiful winter snow.  Others say it is the food and celebration.  Some say it is about what we give and receive with love and affection.  Others say it is about family and friends getting together.  Oh, we won't forget the lovely Christmas carols and church services.  Indeed, we have so much to look forward to at Christmas.  

But we ought not forget the centre of this celebration.  It is the little baby Jesus born to us.  He reminds us of all the good things that Christmas offers.  Let us celebrate this Christmas with joy as we keep in our thoughts and prayers, all who, for any reason, are not as happy as they should be this Christmas.  Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Father Obi's Easter Message - April 2022

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A very special Christmas and New Year Message from Fr Obi - December 2021

christmas is joyful when it is meaningful fr obi message.pdf

 

A very special Easter message from Fr Obi - April 2021

Dear pupils, staff and parents of Holy Family,

We have been through the journey of Lent this year, which has, at least, reminded us about the suffering many families go through in life, especially this Pandemic. We may have asked a few questions: Where was God when children and their families were starving? Where was he when some families grieved their loved ones?

Others may still ask: Where was God when his only son Jesus suffered and died on the cross? There are no already made answers to these. But we know people suffer more when they have no one to help or comfort them. This shouldn't happen to anyone.

Jesus came to help us carry our little crosses, to teach us how to help others carry theirs. When we do so, we will win the victory of life together as people of hope. In Easter, we celebrate the victory of life over death; the victory of light over darkness; the victory of true love over all things.

Happy Easter!

Fr Nnam Di Obi

Parish Priest

Bishop Declan has recorded his Pastoral Letter for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time (updated 18th Feb)

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Holy Family Church now has a Facebook page, which will be used for advertising parish events and news.

You can find it on facebook.com/holyfamilyparishswindon

October 2017 - Holy Family's Diocesan Inspection: OUTSTANDING

We are delighted to share with you Holy Family's Diocesan Inspection report, which has put down in words what we already know - that our school community is OUTSTANDING! The report recognises the excellent teaching and provision within the school and how our pupils embody Gospel values, supported in their mission by all staff and their families. Read the full Letter and Report here.