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New Wivey & Hills magazine with articles from all local churches, including St Richard’s. Price 40p on sale at St Richard’s

This Week

Parish Lent Group will be meeting in the Parish Room every Tuesday in Lent at 10 – 11.30am for prayer, scripture and discussion. Booklets for the course –“Living Jesus” – available at the first session @ £2. Hope to see you there!

Blood donor sessions: 22nd February, 1.30 – 3.30, 4.30 – 5.20 at Wellington Rugby Club. See poster in porch.

Lenten Bread and Cheese Lunches are planned following Stations of the Cross, commencing on Friday 23rd February for 5 weeks. Please indicate on the list in the porch if you hope to support this, and if you are able to help with providing the lunch.

Service of Healing, Mass, Reconciliation & Adoration: St John the Evangelist Church, Bath; 23rd February at 7.30pm. See poster in porch.

Coming Events

Choir rehearsals at Clifton Cathedral for The Chrism Mass. See poster in porch for details, also see www.cliftonms.com

Across Pilgrimage to Lourdes Easter 2018. See poster in porch for details,

Somerset Churches Together forum: 22nd February at 1.30pm in Nailsea Baptist Church, 079 Silver Street, BS48 2DS

Womens World Day of Prayer is being held at St Richard’s church on 2nd March at 2pm. All welcome.

Wellington Celebration of Womens’ World Day of Prayer is at St John the Baptist Church, High St, on 2nd March at 2pm. Details on poster in porch.



First Sunday of Lent

We’ve begun our Lenten pilgrimage and this first Sunday of Lent sends us back into the wilderness. Mark’s account is short and to the point. He tells us that Jesus “was with the wild beasts”. As we face the truth of our lives, as we seek to embrace the challenge and invitation of Jesus’ own call, Repent”, we have to face those demons, those wild beasts within. These are the things that need our focus and our attention during this season of renewal and growth – taming these wild things within us; letting go of “wild” things so that we grow to become more the person God calls us to be. But Jesus’ first words in Mark’s gospel also reveal to us the message we proclaim as missionary disciples: God’s kingdom is near, God is near. May this first week of Lent allow God’s nearness to come to those around us through the God we reveal in our words and our actions.

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.) 

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;

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


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.