Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sad news from Bedminster

It was announced today that Holy Cross Church in Bedminster, Bristol, is to close at the end of this month. Essential repairs and upgrades to the fabric of the church and presbytery have been estimated at a cost of £500,000, and the Diocesan authorities have decided that this is not viable for the parish or the Diocese. A parish meeting with Bishop Declan Lang will be held at Holy Cross at 7pm on Thursday evening, 9th February.

Letter from Bishop Lang (click to enlarge)

Holy Cross is the only Diocesan church in Bristol where the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated every Sunday. We are grateful to the parish priest, Father Andrew Goodman, for his hard work in providing for the "legitimate aspirations"[1] of those faithful who value the timeless beauty and spiritual depth of the ancient Roman Rite, and we will be examining ways of continuing provision within the Diocese.

The last Latin Mass at Holy Cross will be celebrated on Sunday, 26th February 2017, at 12:30pm. If you would like to be kept informed of developments concerning the Traditional Mass in Bristol, please email us with your contact details at

    1. Pope St John Paul II, Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei, 2nd July 1988

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