The catholic churches within the Forest of Dean and Newent Parishes are all served by Fr. Barnabas Page, our Parish Priest. Our parishes lie within the Clifton Diocese, which is part of the Catholic Church in England & Wales.



Our Churches:

Our Lady of Victories

Our Lady of Victories, 70 Abbey Street, Cinderford, GL14 2NP. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Richard Coward, Noel Riossi.

St. Margaret Mary's

St. Margaret Mary's, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HN. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Peter Chisholm, Sarah Perkins.

St. Joseph's

St. Joseph's, Tutshill, Lydney, Glos, GL15 5PA. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Pip Deave (Chairperson), Dorota Dufort

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes, Ross Road, Newent, Glos, GL18 1BG. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Mary Francis




Parish Mission

Some of our parishioners are sick or are shielding and unable to attend Mass during this pandemic, so we will try and help and keep everyone in contact.

Our aim is trying to reach as many people as possible through this website, by phoning those who do not have computers, and by videoing the Mass for those that do have computers. You can be part of this effort by phoning those who are isolating.

Saturday Vigil Masses alternate each Saturday at 6pm between St. Margaret Mary’s, Coleford, and St. Joseph's, Lydney and are live-streamed. There are two Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Victories, Cinderford, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Newent. Mid-week Masses are normally on a Tuesday (Live-streamed), Wednesday and Thursday. The Friday Talk will continue on-line. You can watch these Services by clicking on the appropriate Vimeo link.

We pray for all who are sick or who have died and for our front line staff. If you give me the names, they will be included in the Mass. But as well as this, as a church we are listening to what God may be saying through this crisis.
God Bless and protect you.
Fr. Barnabas

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Personal Assistant: Samantha Buchanan
At Coleford: forestrcchurches@cliftondiocese.com
At Newent: newent.ourladyoflourdes@cliftondiocese.com

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Safeguarding: There are lots of resources for anyone who needs to contact someone in a safeguarding capacity on our diocesan website – Clifton Diocese Safeguarding

www.childline.org.uk – a helpline for children 0800 1111

Our safe guarding representatives are also available to help you with your needs at this time please contact Jenny Heseltine Tel: 01989 750665 or email Jenny for Newent. Contact Fiona Mills 0758 717 2279 or 01594 516175 for the Forest of Dean.

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Coleford Parish Office Details

Telephone: 01594 833173

Address: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8HN.

Email:

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Newent Parish Office Details

Telephone: 01531 821647

Address: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ross Road, Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1BG

Mass Times

All Live and Recorded videos can be accessed via our Vimeo Channel.

How to Access: please use this link for all Live or Recorded videos: https://vimeo.com/forestrcchurch, then click on the ‘videos’ box. The latest video will be displayed first but previous videos can also be accessed here. All Masses, Services and Friday talks can also be found on this link. This link will remain the same every week, therefore a different weekly link will no longer be needed.

Saturday 21st May, Vigil Mass Sixth Sunday of Easter will be live-streamed at 6pm from St. Joseph's, Lydney.
Mid-week Mass on Tuesday 24th May will be live-streamed at 10am from St. Margaret Mary's, Coleford.
There is a Friday Talk this week on 20th May from 9am.

Masses for the coming week

Bad Weather or COVID Alerts

If there is a likelihood of closing our churches due to bad weather or because of a COVID-19 incident, the information will be posted on this Church Website, on the Church Facebook Page and also by email to all those that have opted to receive the Newsletter by email. So please check the Church Website or Facebook Page before travelling to church for Mass, Service or Private Prayer particularly if the weather is bad. We don’t want you to arrive at a closed church!

It is no longer necessary to book for Masses and Services and it is no longer necessary to wear a face covering at Mass or Services.  However, please be sensitive to any other parishioner sitting near you who may want to continue to socially distance.  Also please DO NOT attend Mass if you have any symptoms of COVID. Thank you!

Sixth Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 21st May - Vigil Mass - Coleford 6pm - live-streamed
  • Sunday 22nd May - Mass - Cinderford 9am
  • Sunday 22nd May - Mass - Newent 11am

Mid-week Masses

  • Tuesday 24th May - Mass - Coleford - 10am - live-streamed. Adoration in the Church until 12 Noon
  • Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
    • Wednesday 25th May - Mass - Newent - 12noon
    • Thursday 26th May - Mass - Lydney - 10am - live-streamed
    • Thursday 26th May - Mass - Cinderford - 7.30pm

Seventh Sunday of Easter

  • 28th May - Vigil Mass - Lydney 6pm - live-streamed
  • 29th May - Mass - Cinderford 9am
  • 29th May - Mass - Newent 11am

Masses & Services live links:

Live-streamed Saturday Vigil Masses are live-streamed at every Saturday at 6pm. This link will take you directly to the live-streamed Saturday Vigil Mass: Live Vigil Mass.

The Mid-week Mass at St. Margaret Mary, Coleford is live-streamed every Tuesday at 10am. This link will take you directly to the live-streamed Tuesday Mid-week Mass: Live Mid-week Mass.

Recent Masses, Services and Talks already recorded:

Vigil Mass for Sixth Sunday of Easter 21st May can be found here
Friday Talk 20th May can be found here
Mid-week Mass 17th May can be found here

On-line Masses elsewhere:

Masses & Services from Clifton Cathedral can be found here

Phone contacts

To help those without internet, Mass by phone 01642 130120 (calls charged at local rate and free if included in your minutes)

Hospital; Gloucester and Cheltenham Chaplaincy Team will visit and Pray with patients on our behalf 0300 422 6200/4286

Hospital Chaplain - Julian Dowle - if you or anyone you know is admitted to hospital and would like a visit from our Hospital Chaplain, please contact Julian Dowle on 01989 721215 or email Julian Thank you!

Church Hall

Our Church Hall is located next to St. Margaret Mary Church in Coleford is now available for hire. Please contact the Parish Office in the first instance.

Address: St. Margaret Mary's, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8HN. Get Directions »


When the Covid-19 situation allows, our Church Hall is used for various groups. Below are some of the regular activities. To find out more about any of these activities, please contact our Office.

  • Lunch Club - next lunchis  on Friday 27th May and will be held every last Friday of the Month thereafter. 3 Course meal followed by tea/coffee.
  • Hard of Hearing - Fourth Monday of the month - 10 - 12.
  • Pilates - Tuesdays 1 - 2pm. Please contact the office for dates.
  • Tai Chi - Tuesday 2 - 3pm. Please contact the office for dates.
  • West Dean Wind Band - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7.00 - 9.00pm. www.westdeanwindband.uk
  • Faith Group - every Wednesday of the month from 7.30 - 8.30pm with tea & coffee from 7pm.
  • Young @ Heart Group - Thursdays 2 - 4pm.
  • Yoga - Thursday 7 - 8.30pm.
  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Group - Once a month on a Friday from 7-10pm. Contact the Parish Office for dates.
  • Coffee Morning - Third Saturday of the month 10 - 12 noon. No Coffee Morning in Dec, Jan or Feb.

To download the hall booking form click here

To view regular bookings please click here

Links

Below are several links that we think might be of interest to you. Clicking on the logos will open the link in a new browser tab.

The Catholic Diocese covering the Counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset and Bath, the City and County of Bristol and North East Somerset.

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world. It has more than one billion members worldwide and around five million of these live in England. There are 22 dioceses in England and Wales seeking ways to help all the people of God grow closer to Christ.

The school's mission is to provide a rigorous and broad education within the context of a Christian environment. An understanding of the Roman Catholic faith, in line with the Gospel message, underpins the whole work of the school.

CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. In more than 40 countries across the world, we bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice.

Celebrating Family: Blessed, Broken, Living Love, is the overarching theme of a range of pastoral initiatives developed by the Bishops following the Listening 2004 conversations.

The UK's premier campaigning and charitable organisation affirming and defending human dignity, and the right to life of every member of the human family, from conception to natural death.

Marriage Care helps couples and individuals to build and sustain strong, fulfilling healthy relationships, as well as providing counselling support in times of relationship difficulty. Our vision is a society in which all adults can build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships.

We exist to save lives and transform the futures of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK by supporting vulnerable pregnant mothers and young families through difficult times, offering them the help they need to turn their lives around.

We are a Christian organisation that seeks to put the hope of Christ at the heart of our nation. We aim to empower Christians to speak out with a strong voice in the media, in law and in government.

Gloucester Cathedral sits in the heart of the city of Gloucester, acting as the centre for the areas' Anglicans and the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Gloucester.

Mid-Wyedean Churches: the Church of England serving Coleford, Broadwell, Staunton, Clearwell, Newland, and Redbrook and surrounding areas.

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