Masses for the Lent Season 2021 

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The requirement to attend weekly Mass is still suspended, so please see the links below.
On a number of sites on the internet, there are live masses for people to watch in their homes, broadcast from around the world. The Vatican, and our Cathedral of Clifton will be broadcasting services each day. If you have a computer or smart phone, I hope you will be able to benefit from the links below, or any of your own choice.

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April 2020. Dear Parishioners,

We hope you are all keeping safe in these very difficult times

Now that the churches of St John Fisher and St Richard are closed, there is no money coming in on the weekly offertory plates which produce a substantial amount of the total income of the parish.

However, many of our expenses remain unaltered.

As a result there is now a £1,300 per month shortfall between current income and costs.

This is untenable if it continues and therefore we need to do something now.

If you usually give your donation to the church through the weekly plate, can we please ask you to consider normalising it with a regular monthly Standing Order/ gift-aided donation?

Gift Aid does not cost you anything if you pay any Income Tax and any income tax you have paid on the money you donate will be given to the Parish by the inland revenue. This makes every £1.00 you give into £1.25

A Standing Order/Gift Aid form can be downloaded by clicking HERE. 

Please email completed forms to John Macaulay -

If you do not feel you are able to commit to a regular monthly payment at the current time, this is appreciated as many of us will be facing our own financial problems.  However, any amount you can afford to give will be very much appreciated and can be given by clicking the following button.  Again this donation can be “Gift Aided”

This will help to keep the Parish from a potential difficult situation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

With Best Wishes

Chris Shackleton

Treasurer St John Fisher Wellington/St Richard Wiveliscombe

On behalf of the Finance and General Purposes Committee






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Fr Ikeokwu Nduh


57 Mantle Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8AX

Tel: 01823 662283



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Here is Pope Francis' 2021 Lenten Message: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father's will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the salvation of the world.

In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who "humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the "living water" of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Christ.

Fasting, prayer and almsgiving, as preached by Jesus (cf. Mt 6:1-18), enable and express our conversion. The path of poverty and self-denial (fasting), concern and loving care for the poor (almsgiving), and childlike dialogue with the Father (prayer) make it possible for us to live lives of sincere faith, living hope and effective charity.

1. Faith calls us to accept the truth and testify to it before God and all our brothers and sisters.

In this Lenten season, accepting and living the truth revealed in Christ means, first of all, opening our hearts to God's word, which the Church passes on from generation to generation. This truth is not an abstract concept reserved for a chosen intelligent few. Instead, it is a message that all of us can receive and understand thanks to the wisdom of a heart open to the grandeur of God, who loves us even before we are aware of it. Christ himself is this truth. By taking on our humanity, even to its very limits, he has made himself the way - demanding, yet open to all - that leads to the fullness of life.

Fasting, experienced as a form of self-denial, helps those who undertake it in simplicity of heart to rediscover God's gift and to recognize that, created in his image and likeness, we find our fulfilment in him. In embracing the experience of poverty, those who fast make themselves poor with the poor and accumulate the treasure of a love both received and shared. In this way, fasting helps us to love God and our neighbour, inasmuch as love, as Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches, is a movement outwards that focuses our attention on others and considers them as one with ourselves (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 93).

Lent is a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing him to "make his dwelling" among us (cf. Jn 14:23). Fasting involves being freed from all that weighs us down - like consumerism or an excess of information, whether true or false - in order to open the doors of our hearts to the One who comes to us, poor in all things, yet "full of grace and truth" (Jn 1:14): the Son of God our Saviour.

2. Hope as "living water" enabling us to continue our journey.

The Samaritan woman at the well, whom Jesus asks for a drink, does not understand what he means when he says that he can offer her "living water" (Jn 4:10). Naturally, she thinks that he is referring to material water, but Jesus is speaking of the Holy Spirit whom he will give in abundance through the paschal mystery, bestowing a hope that does not disappoint. Jesus had already spoken of this hope when, in telling of his passion and death, he said that he would "be raised on the third day" (Mt 20:19). Jesus was speaking of the future opened up by the Father's mercy. Hoping with him and because of him means believing that history does not end with our mistakes, our violence and injustice, or the sin that crucifies Love. It means receiving from his open heart the Father's forgiveness.

In these times of trouble, when everything seems fragile and uncertain, it may appear challenging to speak of hope. Yet Lent is precisely the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation which we have often mistreated (cf. Laudato Si', 32-33; 43-44). Saint Paul urges us to place our hope in reconciliation: "Be reconciled to God" (2 Cor 5:20). By receiving forgiveness in the sacrament that lies at the heart of our process of conversion, we in turn can spread forgiveness to others. Having received forgiveness ourselves, we can offer it through our willingness to enter into attentive dialogue with others and to give comfort to those experiencing sorrow and pain. God's forgiveness, offered also through our words and actions, enables us to experience an Easter of fraternity.

In Lent, may we be increasingly concerned with "speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn" (Fratelli Tutti, 223). In order to give hope to others, it is sometimes enough simply to be kind, to be "willing to set everything else aside in order to show interest, to give the gift of a smile, to speak a word of encouragement, to listen amid general indifference" (ibid., 224).

Through recollection and silent prayer, hope is given to us as inspiration and interior light, illuminating the challenges and choices we face in our mission. Hence the need to pray (cf. Mt 6:6) and, in secret, to encounter the Father of tender love.

To experience Lent in hope entails growing in the realization that, in Jesus Christ, we are witnesses of new times, in which God is "making all things new" (cf. Rev 21:1-6). It means receiving the hope of Christ, who gave his life on the cross and was raised by God on the third day, and always being "prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls [us] to account for the hope that is in [us]" (1 Pet 3:15).

3. Love, following in the footsteps of Christ, in concern and compassion for all, is the highest expression of our faith and hope.

Love rejoices in seeing others grow. Hence it suffers when others are anguished, lonely, sick, homeless, despised or in need. Love is a leap of the heart; it brings us out of ourselves and creates bonds of sharing and communion.

"â€~Social love' makes it possible to advance towards a civilization of love, to which all of us can feel called. With its impulse to universality, love is capable of building a new world. No mere sentiment, it is the best means of discovering effective paths of development for everyone" (Fratelli Tutti, 183).

Love is a gift that gives meaning to our lives. It enables us to view those in need as members of our own family, as friends, brothers or sisters. A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness. Such was the case with the jar of meal and jug of oil of the widow of Zarephath, who offered a cake of bread to the prophet Elijah (cf. 1 Kings 17:7-16); it was also the case with the loaves blessed, broken and given by Jesus to the disciples to distribute to the crowd (cf. Mk 6:30-44). Such is the case too with our almsgiving, whether small or large, when offered with joy and simplicity.

To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In these days of deep uncertainty about the future, let us keep in mind the Lord's word to his Servant, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you" (Is 43:1). In our charity, may we speak words of reassurance and help others to realize that God loves them as sons and daughters.

"Only a gaze transformed by charity can enable the dignity of others to be recognized and, as a consequence, the poor to be acknowledged and valued in their dignity, respected in their identity and culture, and thus truly integrated into society" (Fratelli Tutti, 187).

Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us â€" as communities and as individuals â€" to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father.

May Mary, Mother of the Saviour, ever faithful at the foot of the cross and in the heart of the Church, sustain us with her loving presence. May the blessing of the risen Lord accompany all of us on our journey towards the light of Easter.


God bless us all.

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Lenten Programme of Masses

During the continuing lockdown, Mass times throughout Lent remain as they have been for the past 6 months:-

The Sunday Masses will be at Wiveliscombe at 09.00
and at Wellington at 11.15 

The weekday Masses will be on Wednesday 09:15 in Wellington,
Thursday 10:00 in Wiveliscombe
and Saturday 10:00 at Wellington.

As throughout most of last year, spaces are limited; please ring 01823 662283 in advance to reserve your place.

At the instructions of the Government, masks must be worn, and community singing is not allowed. Please refrain from conversation inside the Church: Outdoors is safer.

God bless.

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With this in mind, and considering the size of the Church, we would therefore like Parishioners to make a call on the Church phone (01823 662283) to let us know your intention to attend, and to book a place.

At St John Fisher, the celebration of the Mass will resume on Sunday 6 Dec 2020 at the usual time of 11:15am, and also on Wednesdays at 09:15am and Saturday at 10:00am.

At St Richard's Church, Wiveliscombe, Masses will also start on 6/Dec at 09:00am, with weekday Mass on Thursdays at 10:00am.
Here, too, please ring 01823 662283 to reserve your place.




I write to thank you for your steadfastness and abiding faith in the Lord ever since the advent of Covid-19 and its evils.

You have always been in my thoughts and my prayers.

I am happy to announce that the Church has been opened for public worship after the Government's lockdown ended on 2 Dec 2020.
With the three tiers regulations that they introduced, we have been placed for now in tier 2.

Tier 2 regulations require that we wear our face masks, and also desist from discussion while we are inside the Church building.

Social distancing according to the Government's regulations must also be strictly observed.

With this in mind, and considering the size of the Church, we would therefore like Parishioners to make a call on the Church phone (01823 662283) to let us know your intention to attend, and to book a place.

At St John Fisher, the celebration of the Mass will resume on Sunday 6 Dec 2020 at the usual time of 11:15am, and also on Wednesdays at 09:15am and Saturday at 10:00am.

At St Richard's Church, Wiveliscombe, Masses will also start on 6/Dec at 09:00am, with weekday Mass on Thursdays at 10:00am.
Here, too, please ring 01823 662283 to reserve your place.

Until then, I wish you all, and your families, God's abundant blessings.

Fr Ikeokwu Nduh, MSP




HIDDEN-The church has been open throughout the second lockdown for private prayer every day excepting Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 am until 2 pm.

Social distancing according to the Government regulations must still be strictly observed.

Please wear your face mask while inside the Church building.

Now that the lockdown is over, we have been able to re-open for public worship, with the same restrictions as before - for now. The Mass Celebrations will resume at St John Fisher on Sunday 6 Dec, 2020 at the usual time of 11.15 am, and also on Wednesdays at 9:15 am and Saturdays 10 am.

As before, with social distancing in place, and considering the size of the Church, we will only be able to accommodate 15-20 people inside the church at a sitting.

Therefore, we would like Parishioners to make a call on the Church telephone (01823 662283) to book for a place in the Church, or let us know they will be in attendance.

The first 15-20 callers will be able to have have seats.

At St Richards, Wiveliscombe, the Mass celebrations will resume on Sunday 6/December/2020 at 09 am and Weekday Mass will be on Thursdays at 10 am. Here, too, the church will only accommodate 15-20 parishioners at a sitting. First callers will be first to be admitted.

Whilst looking forward with great joy to seeing you on Sunday 2 August 2020, I wish you all God’s abundant blessings.

Fr. Ikeokwu Nduh MSP





Sadly enough, our Church is closed again for public worship due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

Fr Ikeokwu, however, is pleased to announce that the church will be open for private prayer every day excepting Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 am until 2 pm.

Social distancing according to the Government’s regulations must still be observed.

Please, no animals are allowed inside the Church.

According to the Government, the lockdown is intended to finish on 2 Dec 2020.

I will let you know here and on the church door as soon as public worship can be resumed.

In the meantime, remain safe. God bless you and yours.

Fr Ikeokwu Nduh