Christ the King Parish has two churches, served by Fr George and our two deacons.
Christ the King Church is in Thornbury, BS35 1HA, and Holy Cross Church is in Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DH
Over the last few years, the bishop, in planning for the inevitable long term shortage of priests, has been urging deaneries to come up with plans as to how they can best manage with one less priest and provide cover for one another with regard to holidays and emergencies.
Part of that plan is also to take into account how, by working together, they can reduce the dependence on elderly retired clergy for supply cover.
Covid has helped bring matters to a head as it is no longer advisable to draw in elderly clergy who are required to shield and isolate at this time.
With this in mind, the three priests comprising the northern part of our deanery (North Bristol Deanery), Father Eugene (Patchway), Father James (Filton and Southmead) and Father George (Thornbury and Wotton-under-Edge) have proposed to the bishop the weekend mass schedule detailed below to tide us over the current Covid crisis.
This proposal ensures that two priests can provide cover at any one time.
Bishop Declan has approved the plan which will commence on the first weekend of September to be reviewed in the new year.
Therefore, as from the weekend of 5/6th September, the following schedule will come into effect:
4:30pm. - Holy Cross (Wotton-under-Edge)
5:15pm. - Saint Vincent de Paul (Southmead)
6:15pm. - Holy Family (Patchway)
8:30am. - Holy Family (Patchway)
9:30am. - Saint Teresa's (Filton)
9:30am. - Christ the King (Thornbury)
10:30am. - Christ the King (Thornbury)
5:00pm. - Holy Family (Patchway)
All three of us thank you for your support and understanding as we strive to ensure we can provide regular weekend masses. As always, your views and suggestions will be welcomed and given serious consideration.
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