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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Nuns have altar server on the run
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¬†An altar server at Clifton Cathedral is in training for the Bristol Half Marathon to raise funds for St Joseph's Nursing Home in Bristol. Keen sportsman Roberto Maestri, 27, from Clifton in Bristol, was asked by Anthony Parsons, Head of Fundraising for St Joseph's, to turn his attention away from his beloved football team Retainers, who play in Bristol's famous Downs League, and take up the marathon challenge. Roberto said: "We are all hopeful that we can raise around a £1, 000 or more, for The Little Sisters of The Poor who run St Joseph's. I am hopeful we will finish with more than that, as sponsorship pledges keep flooding in from generous parishioners at Clifton Cathedral and my football colleagues. So many people have been very generous in their sponsorship. The prayers of the Sisters and everyone at St Joseph's are a great help. After I finish serving the Mass in their Chapel, most of the nuns and residents remind me that the half marathon is 13 miles, not three miles, which is very encouraging of them! "I've had to put in some serious training and my early morning runs have progressed in length which has been hard work as I am a short distance runner y nature! I'm hoping and praying to complete the race at around the two hour mark, as I am told that's a good time for someone like me!" Roberto is also receiving the support of the clergy at Clifton Cathedral. Father Tom Smith, the Assistant Priest at the Cathedral said: "We're all wishing Roberto well. He is raising much needed funds for a great group. I know the Sisters and residents at St Joseph's appreciate his efforts and will be keeping him in their prayers." The Bristol Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 2 October. To sponsor Roberto call Anthony Parsons at St Joseph's on 0117 968 8250 or email amanprsns@aol.com. Sponsorship forms are also available from Clifton Cathedral on Pembroke Road, Bristol. Source: Clifton Diocese
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