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20 Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AE
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New class for children not yet baptised: if there are any children (say, 6 to 14) who have not been baptised, a class will begin in the next few weeks. For further information please see Fr Vinsens or contact Douglas Egbuonu on For those over 14, joining the RCIA course (Rite of Christian initiation for Adults), may be more appropriate. In which case have a word with Fr Vinsens or contact Marion Morgan.

Lectio Divina: Thank you all for this incredible year! Let us bear the fruits of what we have shared with others so that we keep on growing into God's love. The Lectio Divina gatherings have stopped for the summer period. They will resume in September 2016 (date to be announced in the bulletin). For more information, please contact:

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): A discussion group for ENQUIRERS from all backgrounds takes place on Fridays from 6.0 to 7.0 pm in the Middle Hall(entrance through the church). This will also provide an opportunity for discussion on particular topics of interest. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome to come and join us, with no obligation.

The more formal Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will resume in the early autumn.

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NB: Please note that there is no group meeting on the first Friday of each month as there is a Holy Hour in the church.

Tuesday Lunch Club: Every Tuesday at 1.00pm join us for sandwiches, cake and beverages in the Middle Hall. A good place to meet and get to know other parishioners. There is no charge. For more information contact Robert on

Daily Gospel and Commentary: St Mary-on-the-Quay invites you to meditate the daily Gospel through commentaries from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. To be added to the mailing list send an email to Desirée ( or for any other question please contact:

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2016: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 19th to 26th August. This pilgrimage is not just for the able bodied as a jumbulance will be taking the sick and disabled. Full details and booking forms for the coach and Jumbulance are in the sacristy.

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Memories of my time in the SMQ Young Adult Prayer Group


During Lent 2012, I made the decision to become a Catholic (I was then an Anglican) and thus to join the RCIA group at St Mary on the Quay. The day after my first RCIA session I went along to the Saturday evening gathering of the Young Adult Prayer Group, ‘One Heart Many Faces’, for the first time.

Having come from the High Church strand of the Church of England, where there are very few young adults, it was wonderful to meet so many fellow believers of similar ages in such a short space of time, to pray and share fellowship with. That first Saturday evening I had only to open my mouth to sing the hymns before Fr Nico asked me to join the choir for Sunday Mass! I would eventually start playing the piano for the prayer meetings too.

Over the course of the next four years – a year into which I was received into the Church – I made many wonderful friends, and saw many coming and going (though a small core remained who were there at the start), but one constant throughout was the great diversity of nations represented in the group – people from all over the world, a beautiful reminder that the Church is a truly global, universal family, a family I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of. Now I have left Bristol and moved to London, but I am sure I speak for all the people I’ve met these past four years when I say that, no matter how far any of us may go, we will always be, truly, one heart.

Matt Showering

Tuesday Lunch Club


The Tuesday Lunch Club was set up by a group of Parishioners as a meeting place for people who attend the various Masses at St. Mary’s as well as those visiting from other Parishes or further afield. Everyone attending the lunch can be assured of a warm welcome, good food and lively conversation.

Sandwiches, cakes and beverages are provided and there is no charge to those attending. The lunch starts at 1pm, every Tuesday, after the lunchtime Mass. 

The atmosphere is relaxed and informal and the perfect place to meet new people or for friends to catch up.  We particularly welcome new parishioners and those who have recently arrived in Bristol.
We are always pleased to hear from additional volunteers who would like to assist in the running of the lunch.

For more information contact Robert on 07767 706 163 or

A Lighthouse in Bristol

I think we live in antagonistic days, when communication is so easy but peoples’ lack of tolerance and hard minds and hearts  make understanding between people so difficult. The news about terrorism, the refugee issues, climate change achieving dangerous levels, poverty, abortion, euthanasia, all add more doubt to our list of questions: are we doing the right thing? Do we choose the true values? Are we reflections  of God? 
So, in the middle of life’s sea, where we find both small and large waves, both storms and calmness, we need a direction. But who is our direction? It should be Jesus, but sometimes we are like the blind man from Bethsaida (Mark 8:22).
Fortunately, Jesus reveals himself to us. Not the same Jesus that we see present in paintings with long hair and white clothes (although in some cases, for some people, according to His will, this type of Epiphany happens). So, how does he come to us? And how can we recognise Jesus in everyday life? We recognise Him through acts of patience, love, and mercy and even in the small hugs and smiles that people share.

When Adriana and I arrived in Bristol, on the first day (Sept 4th 2014), we asked in the hotel where we could find a catholic church. The staff’s answer was St Mary on the Quay. Although we were foreigners it was easy to find it as the church is located at the city’s centre, exactly like a lighthouse that exists to guide ships safely. Definitely, I believe SMQ, especially the Young Adults Group, was a guiding light to illuminate us, a small boat on the sea of life. Far away from our families, we found support during difficult situations and rest for our journey and, (this I couldn´t forget), we experienced and shared joy. We pray for SMQ that, through Mary’s assistance, Jesus will keep this church like a lighthouse in Bristol. May it be a light of peace, love and mercy that can show the way through the dark nights that humanity is crossing.
It is so appropriate that St Mary’s is called St Mary-on-the-Quay, reminding us of the time when it literally was on the quayside in Bristol, there to welcome seafarers home. The name reminds us that God still wants us to be an important lighthouse for the city of Bristol.

(Pablo Martinez),