Welcome to the Parishes of

Our Lady of the Rosary, Lawrence Weston and St. Bernard's, Shirehampton Bristol

Welcome

​Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Bernard’s Catholic Parishes.

You are welcome to Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Bernard’s parishes. Everyone is welcome to look around, have some quiet time, pray on their own, join us in our services and liturgical celebrations; to get involved in the pastoral and social life of our vibrant Catholic communities. Our two parishes are in the north-west part of Bristol, England, and part of the Catholic Diocese of Clifton. Details of our Sunday and weekdays masses are on the homepage.

Our Lady of the Rosary: The foundation stone for Our Lady of the Rosary was laid on 16th July 1951 by bishop Joseph Edward Rudderham (the then bishop of Clifton Diocese), the initial building had only the nave and side aisles, with a capacity for 300 persons. Between 1957 and 1958, the  sanctuary, the  bell tower and the side chapels were added.

St. Bernard’s:  The celebration of Mass in Shirehampton started in 1901. Prior to this, Catholics in Shirehampton had to walk every Sunday to the chapel of St. Ursula’s Convent at Westbury-on-Trym to attend  Mass. In September 1902, Bishop George Ambrose Burton, (the then bishop of Clifton Diocese) laid the foundation stone for St. Bernard’s Parish, the building was completed in 1903 with 65 persons sitting capacity. Most parishioners then were Irish, many of whom worked at Avonmouth Dock. The parish has kept developing ever since and today’s parishioners are from many nationalities reflecting the backgrounds of persons who now live in Shirehampton village.

This website shows the thriving Catholic parishes that we are, with information including the times for masses and devotions, who you contact to arrange a baptism or a wedding, how you might become involved in the life of the parish, the activities and provision for children and families, and many other things.  Each week the Newsletter gives up-to-date information and notices of special events in the future.

With blessings,

Parish Priest