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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






Resident Priest
Fr Ikeokwu Nduh


57 Mantle Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8AX

Tel: 01823 662283



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The Pope has commented in a recent interview with the Tablet magazine about the pandemic that he believes the Covid-19 pandemic is a "place of conversion", a chance we must not let slip away.

And he says the Church will come out of the Covid-19 crisis with its institutions reconfigured according to the spirit of early Christianity, and less attached to "certain ways" of thinking. 

“We have to learn to live in a Church that exists in the tension between harmony and disorder provoked by the Holy Spirit. If you ask me which book of theology can best help you understand this, it would be the Acts of the Apostles. There you will see how the Holy Spirit de-institutionalises what is no longer of use, and institutionalises the future of the Church. That is the Church that needs to come out of the crisis.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vatican has given special permission for general absolution to be given to people unable to access a priest for fear of contagion, while Francis has encouraged individual believers to confess their sins directly to God

“This is the freedom of the Spirit in the midst of a crisis, not a Church closed off in institutions,” the pope explains in the interview. “That doesn’t mean that canon law is not important: it is, it helps, and please let’s make good use of it, it is for our good". 

God bless us all.



Christmas Programme of Masses

The RC Parish of St John Fisher and St Richard’s wishes you every blessing at Christmas.

Our services will take place as follows: Please ring 01823 662283 to reserve your place if you wish to attend




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