Tel: 0117 9264702

Tel. +44 117 9264702
Postal Address:
20 Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AE
Church Address:
Colston Avenue, BS1

Registered Charity No. 233977

Parish News

All Change: This week-end we say ‘good bye’ to Fr Michael, and assure him of our prayers and thanks. And we now also have to prepare to say ‘good bye’ to Fr Nico who will be moving on 2 weeks after Easter. Fr Nico has been here since September 2004 and was appointed parish priest in February 2009. He will be having a sabbatical year before going on to new work.

Fr John McCarthy SVD will be replacing him, and will be joining us at the end of January. He is currently in Ireland but has spent many years as a missionary priest in Papua New Guinea. He visited us briefly in the summer.

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) meets every Friday (except the First Friday of the month when it is Holy Hour) in the Middle Hall from 6.0 to 7.0 pm. (entrance through the church). If you are interested in learning about the Catholic church or becoming a Catholic, you will be very welcome. For more information, please contact Marion Morgan at or one of the priests.

Lectio Divina: The group meets on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm to meet with the Lord through singing, reflection, prayer and meditation based on the Holy Scriptures. The next meeting will be this Wednesday, 25th November. For more information, please contact:-Appolinaire Etoundi:

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"Miracles Do Happen in Lourdes"


I am just back from the diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage and am already thinking of next year. For me, going to Lourdes is like going home to see your mother -  to me, a very special mother – to spend some very special time with her in prayer, getting closer to her and to her son, Jesus.

This special journey o to Lourdes starts when we catch our coach in Bristol to Dover where we board the ferry to Calais. It’s an overnight journey and we have a little snooze before going by coach again to Lourdes.

My experience at St-Mary-on-the-Quay


Ivan ( left) with some members of the Young Adult Prayer Group.
I first came to Bristol, United Kingdom when I was doing my degree programme in September 2012. Once I had settled down in University, the next thing I did was to find a Catholic Church near to my campus. At first, I attended Mass at St Theresa’s in Filton Avenue, Bristol as it was convenient for me to travel there since it was only about 10 minutes away from my campus. However, after a few months, I find it a bit difficult to attend Mass there as the bus service to the church is not regular on a Sunday. I found out about St-Mary-on-the-Quay in April 2013 while I was looking at the website and I found it convenient to attend Mass there on a Sunday as the bus route goes from my university in Frenchay direct to the bus stop in front of the church. I have attended Mass at this church ever since on a regular basis to familiarise myself with the church as well as to get to know fellow parishioners.

The most northerly parish in Britain


In July we went on holiday to the Shetland islands, which being the farthest north outpost of the UK contain many ‘most northerly’ places – we stayed a few nights at the most northerly hotel, posted our postcards at the most northerly post office – and on the Sunday I went to Mass at the church of St Margaret and the Sacred Heart, the most northerly catholic parish in Britain.  It’s situated in Lerwick, the ‘capital’ of the islands (population about 8000), and is a beautiful little church as the attached photographs show; the parish was founded in 1911.

From Madrid to Bristol - A Journey of Life


My name is Nazaret and I’m from Madrid in Spain. Last June, while I was studying for my final exams, I had the opportunity of doing a project at the university in Bristol for one month. I thought from the beginning that it would be great, but had no real idea of what it would be like living there. 

Twenty days later I finished my exams and went to Bristol. As it was for a whole month, I started looking for Catholic parishes so I could go to Mass and get involved a little bit. I found St Mary-on-the-Quay on Google. As it was near to where I was staying, I wrote an email to the ‘contact email’. As the Bible says: “Knock, and it shall be opened” (Matt.7.7). Fr Nico responded immediately and suggested that I went on Saturday at 7.30 pm to the Young Adults Prayer Group.