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Please pray for sick in our hospitals & nursing homes around the parish.

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Peggy Granger, Elizabeth Parsons.

General

Flower arrangers: please sign the new rota for September and October.

Today

Second collection for Sea Sunday when the church prays for all those who live and work at sea. The collection provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports.

Annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury: led by Bishop Declan, begins at 2.15pm with Mass at 3.30pm in the ruined Abbey grounds. Full details and timetable for the day on poster in porch.

 

This Week

Faith in Action: a new award scheme being offered in the diocese for young people aiming at encouraging them to become involved in their parishes. See poster in porch for dates and details.

CTinW Summer meeting, Tuesday 16th July 7.00pm – 9.30pm in U.R.C. hall.

Church cleaning at St John Fisher: Thursday 18th from 9.30am.

LGBT Mass: Sunday 21st July at 3pm at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Bristol. See poster in porch.

Coming Events

Summer Camps: residential week of outdoor activities, catechesis, faith development, friendship and much more; £200 per child. Week 1 (ages 7 – 11) 12 – 16 August; Week 2 (ages 12 -16) 19 – 23 August. Further information from http://livingyourfaith.co.uk

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage: 23 – 30 August. See poster in porch.

Canonisation of John Henry Newman: 13th October in Rome. This is a four day event, 12 – 15 October, @ £650 per person. Details on poster in porch.

 

Year of Prayer –15th Sunday in ordinary time

“Who is my neighbour?” asks a doctor of the Law in his attempt to clarify exactly what is being asked of him when the law speaks of loving God and neighbour. Jesus recognises his narrow concern and responds by recounting an incident of rural violence. We know the story well. It teaches clearly that love is the core and meaning of life and there are no limits. The lawyer’s question concerns the genuineness and depth of our love. How far will we go? Are there limits to our love? Do we only love when it is convenient or does our love for our neighbour take us out of our comfort zone? The neighbour in the story is a Samaritan, despised by the Jews for apparently having little concern for morality or for religion. Yet, he is the one who stops when he sees someone in need and responds with compassion and kindness. If there are parallels for us today I might want to ask myself how I would respond if my neighbour happened to be a refugee struggling across dangerous seas to reach safety or a drug addict on the street or someone from a different faith or culture who does things differently from me? Following the Gospel is not an easy option. It can challenge the very heart of who we are. Today, let us pray for an open and generous heart which is ready and willing to respond to anyone who might need our help this week.

 

 

Gospel commentary for 15th Sunday in ordinary time.

 

Jesus describes how a traveller was set upon by a band of robbers and left for dead. Before long a priest, and then Levite, passed by that way, saw the bundle of humanity huddled at the roadside and hurriedly crossed the road and continued on their way. They may have thought that the victim was already dead. To have touched his corpse would have rendered them ritually impure and so precluded them from taking part in a Temple service. But then along came a Samaritan – for centuries a deep hostility had existed between Jews and Samaritans. The Samaritan, came to the rescue and at great personal risk, because there was always the danger of the robbers returning, used his own beast as a kind of ambulance to ferry the injured man to a nearby inn and promised to return and repay any outstanding debt there might be.

 

Jesus told this story in response to the question: “And who is my neighbour?” But his reply moves from obligation to invitation: “How can I show myself to be a good neighbour?” And the answer to that question is by assisting anyone who stands in need of help.

 

The good Samaritan in this situation had responded to Jesus’ invitation – “Go and do the same yourself”, show yourself a neighbour to your brothers and sisters in need. We are so used to the story of the good Samaritan; perhaps we need to revisit it. As we do so, we may find that like other parables, the story stops us in our tracks, sets us wondering, even shocks us – and perhaps leaves us striking our breast.

 

 

Holy Father’s July prayer intention

May those who administer justice work with integrity, and may the injustice present in the world not have the last word.

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study Group:   Meets 2.30-4 on certain Thursdays (See above)

 

A Bible –is available on the table in St. John Fisher church, for your use.  

For our immigrant parishioners: 
Mass books in both churches with 8 European languages.   Aby pomoc znozumiec Msze Swieta emigrantom w naszej parafii, udostepuiamy modlitewniki ( w twardej oprawie ), po polsku, angielsku oraz w inuycu jszykach wschodnio europejslcich.    Prosimy zostawic modlitewuike w kosciele, po zakouczeuiu mszy.

Clifton  Diocese Polish Directory:

Lists Polish chaplains, societies, Masses etc. throughout the diocese

Yellow Parish Introduction Cards in Polish:  Available at the doors..

Next Holydays of Obligation:


Epiphany, Ascension & Corpus Christi are now celebrated on Sundays, at Sunday times above.) 
Answers the question "What date is Easter Sunday" through to 2040)





Holy day Masses are usually celebrated at the following times:-
9.15am. Wellington , 7.30pm. Wiveliscombe

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Usually Saturdays 10.30-11.00am; 4.15-4.45pm at Wellington,
& by arrangement anywhere, anytime.

CTS faith booklets-
Sold at the rack near the doors of both churches.

Parking for 11.15 Mass:
-is permitted at Wellington Youth Centre, opposite the Total garage.    Just drive in and park.

Parish structure:

Parish Pastoral Council    (Chair:  Julia Tucker)
-follows Canon Law and Diocesan guidelines, working collaboratively with the parish priest to make pastoral decisions, and co-ordinate parish ministries.
Meets on 4th Tuesday of most months.

Parish Outreach Committee (Chair:  Pending new appointment.)
-Meets bi-monthly to promote the mission of the parish.

Finance & General Purposes Committee
(Chair: Charles Moorland)
- also works under Church Canon Law with the Diocese Finance Office to maintain the parish’s legal, financial and property matters.

Parish Forum (Facilitator: Julia Tucker )
All are invited quarterly to discuss parish development.  Meets on announced Saturdays, 9.15am-12.00. incl. Mass, coffee & discussion.

Parish open Annual General Meeting:
The next one will be announced close to March 2016.

Who does what:  Our main parish functionaries are now listed on the church notice-board, or accessible clicking HERE.

Parish Projects:
Each year the AGM agrees which charities the parish funds from 10% of the offertory collections and from other events.
For 2010 we agreed to support:
Always CaFOD's work for the 3rd world;

 plus:
Welcome home ministries, Tanzania from 2015
See Parish Room board at St. John Fisher for details.

Welfare:

Crisis pregnancy?  Nearest LIFE centre for impartial support:  48 Queen St. Exeter .  07837 005562   www.lifeuk.org/exeter

Also “Alternatives” in Taunton , 0800 0086 857   www.alternativstaunton.org.uk

“Message in a Bottle:” With an easy form, so 999 services find your needs.  FREE by church doors.  Details:  Poster,  Fr. Vincent .

Parish Visitors –support any in need:  lonely, sick, bereaved.. Tel. Fr Vincent

Hospitalisations:  With no priest based at Musgrove Park; ask Fr. Vincent  for anointing or confession before going in.

Sacrament of the Sick:   Available after the homily at Sunday Mass once each quarter.

Deadlines:  For the Parish Diary:
Do you have any dates that may interest other Parishioners?
Pass a note about them to Fr. Vincent .

For inserts into the parish weekly bulletin:
Now 12.00pm. on Wednesdays in at the presbytery.  

Posters to display:
Friday evenings in at St. John Fisher Presbytery.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this diary, but you should check details in the "This Week" section, or get in touch.