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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: George Pearce, Timothy Bourke, Vilma Wainwright, John Wiltshire, Ruth Hogan


May 100 Club draw after 11.15am Mass

This week

Thursday 30th May is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord and a holy day of obligation.

Worship and healing service: St John the Evangelist church, Bath, 31st May 5.30 – 8pm. See poster in porch.

First Holy Communion preparation class: Saturday1st June, 11am – 12 noon in the parish room.

CTinW: Wellington Street Fair 2nd June. Cake makers needed to produce cakes for the CTinW stall. Proceeds will go to the Stroke Club bus.

Next Sunday second collection for Catholic Communications network which delivers the bishops message to the media and wider world.

Coming Events

Mass for newly baptised and newly received: Saturday 8th June at 10.30am at Clifton Cathedral with Bishop Declan. Sponsors, godparents, members of RCIA team welcome. Refreshment in the Apostle Room before the Mass.

LGBT Mass: at 3pm at St Nicholas of Tolentino church, Bristol, on 16th June. Details on poster in porch.

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

Year of Prayer –Sixth Sunday after Easter

Most, if not all people, like to receive gifts. Often the most memorable ones are those we receive from a person who is in the last stages of life. Very often the best gifts are those spoken, the words of advice or wishes which are pertinent and life-affirming. Today, we hear words of advice and consolation from Jesus to his disciples and to us. He offers us peace, the kind of peace that comes not from the world but from him. We need to keep listening to him, to God and to one another. We will face difficulties but when we do we can be assured that the Holy Spirit will come and remind us of Jesus’ teaching and help us to understand them, so that we can face our struggles and know how to respond with knowledge and truth.

Gospel commentary for 6th Sunday of Easter


In today’s Gospel we encounter the disciples at a dark time. They could not understand why God might allow their Messiah to be killed before his mission was fulfilled. Jesus tried patiently to explain. The Holy Spirit was going to be their constant companion, bringing his teaching to mind, helping them to understand and interiorise it. Jesus was preparing a place for them in heaven and preparing a place within them for himself and the Father to make their home.


St John’s Gospel, written in Greek, uses the word “paraclete” for the Holy Spirit which literally means “called to one’s side”. God’s Spirit is the patient teacher at our side, guiding and encouraging. The experience of God’s inner presence bring enlightenment and helps us make sense of the events of our lives. Jesus speaks of it as “shalom”, the Hebrew greeting which conveys a sense of well-being: of things “starting to come together”. This was Jesus;’ parting gift to his disciples.


As we become aware of the Spirit of Jesus at our side and at home within us, the miracle continues for us all. Life may seem very dark and confusing at times. Patiently, however, the Spirit traces those words of Jesus into our hearts and minds, helping us to make sense of the events of our lives, shaping us to fulfil our potential as God’s own people. God’s word, dwelling deeply within, changes us until it is Christ himself whom people see in us.


We are called to the sacred work of companioning others, as encouragers to the despairing, guides to the lost and comforters to the hurting. It requires us to keep trying when people give up on themselves and to forgive when they seem ungrateful. This is how Jesus loves. It is why we must allow all he teaches to become part of who we are: if you love me, he tells us today, you will keep my word.


Holy Father’s May prayer intention

May the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.






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;

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.