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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: William Mardon, Mary Tolmie
General

Food Bank is requesting items for Easter, such as Easter eggs, cakes, etc for hampers to distribute for Easter.
School admission
appeals panel members required for appeals usually in May, June and July. Full details in porch.
Employment vacancy: part time office administrator requires at Alexander House working with finance tea. Salary circa £20,000. Full details and application form from www.cliftondiocese.com/diocese/working-for-us
Bishop Declan is celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent at various venues across the diocese. This week at St John, Trowbridge. Complete list of dates and venues in porch.
Coronavirus: the diocese follows the guidance issued by the Bishop’s Conference. As new information comes guidance will be updated. To keep well informed see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/
Please, if any parishioner has travelled and returned from any of the countries that the NHS has identified as a high risk place for contracting or imparting Covid-19, for the sake of yourself, your family and parishioners, exercise self quarantine/isolation for 14 days. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This Week
Coffee, cake and conversation
for separated, divorced and remarried: Tuesday 17th March,11am at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, South Parade, Bath.
First Holy Communion preparation class: Saturday 22nd March, 11 – 12noon.

Coming Events
Church spring cleaning
at St Richard’s: Saturday 28th March, 9.30 – 1pm. Please all come and help us.
Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Ireland: 8–12 July. Details on poster in porch.
Living your Faith diocesan summer camps: to be held at Viney Hill Christian Outdoor Centre in the Forest of Dean; two age streams available, from Monday 10 – Friday 14 August. Cost £210 per person all inclusive. See
www.cliftondiocese.com for full details and booking.
International Eucharistic Congress: September 2020 in Budapest. Full details on poster in porch.
Diocesan pilgrimage to northern Spain: 22 – 29 October. To be led by Bishop Declan as part of the celebration for the Year of Communion. Details and contact information on poster in porch.

 

Gospel commentary for 3rd Sunday of Lent
Many Jews avoided travelling through Samaria. Jesus, however, felt impelled to go there. One can imagine the travel-weary Jesus asking humbly for hospitality wherever he went, including on his journey through Samaria. Samaritans were reluctant to talk to Jews but Jesus could quickly turn everyday chatter into heart-to-heart encounters.

The Samaritan woman in our story evidently had a colourful past, which Jesus was quick to recognise. The meeting with Jesus turned out to be a love that would never die. She was probably looked down on by the other residents of her town because of her troubled marital history, but went on to take Jesus’ words of life and love to them. As the Gospel writer tells us, “Many Samaritans of that town had believed in him on the strength of the woman’s testimony”.

Today many are still thirsting for an experience of God that makes them feel truly loved and known. It is easy to be seduced by worldly attractions. Just as the woman kept having to go back to the well, some people find the happiness the world promises illusory and short-lived. You do not have to keep coming back for more, Jesus assures us. He offers us himself as the true source of life and joy. Drink of God’s Spirit, he says, and you will never be thirsty again.

Whatever our past story, God longs to win us back. This Mass is an invitation to enter into deeper communion. If we are tired of encounters that are only ever brief ones, Jesus offers eternal union. He is waiting for each one of us at the well.

Year of Communion –3rd Sunday of Lent
In the Jewish faith, water was used often as a powerful metaphor. In such a semi-arid environment water was a precious gift to relieve thirst and bring refreshment. Within the UK we have recently experienced anything but a thirst for water – such have been the terrible floods affecting so many people. However, in today’s Gospel, we will hear of a different thirst which needs quenching. Jesus is thirsty because he is tired and hot, but there is another kind of thirst in him – a thirst for the woman he meets at the well, to be transformed. Jesus offers living water, a spring of water willing up to eternal life. This is the water we all thirst for, the living water of the Holy Spirit. Lent is a time to quench our thirst, to be transformed by him, just as the woman was transformed. The Lord wants to give us living water so that we might have life and have it abundantly. Drinking from this well, changes us so that we become, like the woman, true disciples, ready and able to share what we have encountered, the love of Christ in all its fullness.

 

 

Holy Father’s March prayer intention
That the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

 

 

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 to 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.