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Postal Address:
20 Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AE
Church Address:
Colston Avenue, BS1

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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

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. For more information, please contact:-Appolinaire

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.

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.

Further information from Marion: or from Fr Vinsens.

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.

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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),

"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.