Tel: 0117 9264702

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

Registered Charity No. 233977

Parish News

RCIA: A new series of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will begin on Friday 11th September at 6.00pm until 7.00pm in the Middle Hall. Meantime, during August, we will be meeting for a cup of tea and informal chat about subjects of interest. Newcomers/enquirers are welcome to join us, (with no obligation to continue into the RCIA formal sessions).

Life Charity Shop: The charity shop run by Life (Bristol Group) in Kingswood is soon to open and urgently needs good quality stock, especially women’s clothing. Additional volunteers to help run the shop would also be most welcome. To help with either of these needs, please contact Peter Hearn on 0117 9249911.

FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday is the First Friday of the Month and therefore there will be a Holy Hour after the evening Mass.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Children’s liturgy will resume again next Sunday at 5.15pm Mass. We welcome all children from age 3 - 8 to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult. The purpose of the Children's Liturgy is to enable them to understand the theme of the readings, especially the gospel, for that Sunday in a way appropriate to their age. For more information please contact Lily Rodrigues at

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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. 

Canterbury Cathedral: Old Memories, New Blessings


During a recent trip to Kent, I made my first visit to Canterbury Cathedral in almost 18 years – my first as a Catholic (my last visit was in 1997 as an Anglican, and I was received into the Church in 2013). I suspected that the experience would be interesting, and so it was.

Since I became a Catholic I have tended to find Anglican churches, however beautiful they may be, to have the feeling of empty shells – lacking as they do the Real Presence of Christ in the Tabernacle. Yet when I walked into the mother church of the Anglican Communion I did have a certain sense that this was a holy place – due I think in no small part to the fact of it being the martyrdom site of St Thomas Becket, one of the great pre-Reformation Archbishops of Canterbury, in 1170. The spot where the archbishop was murdered by the king’s knights is marked in the chapel known simply as the Martyrdom, and it was a blessing to be able to pray there.