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

No Lectio Divina: Many thanks to all who came to last Wednesday's Lectio Divina. It was great to have a such good number. The Lectio Divina meeting will not be held this Wednesday since it is Ash Wednesday but will be returning the following Wednesday (17th February). For more information, please contact:-Appolinaire Etoundi:

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION REGISTRATION: If your child is in Year 3 or above and wishes to participate, please fill in the application form at the back of the church or contact Mr Douglas Egbuonu at

ASH WEDNESDAY: This Wednesday, 10th February, is Ash Wednesday (a day of Fast & Abstinence). Please note that there will be three Masses here at 12.15pm, 1.15pm, and 5.30pm.

Volunteers Needed: We are a group of 20&30 somethings who volunteer one Tuesday per month at the Wild Goose Soup Kitchen in Easton, from 7.30-10pm. We are looking for more people to join our rota, to help serve food to Bristol's homeless. For more information please contact

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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.