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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: James Francis, Jo Stafford, Bridget Hutchings, Andrew Whelan, John Hughes, Patricia Ellen Jeffries.
First Holy Communion preparation 2020. Any children aged 7 or over for this course, please see Fr Ikeokwu or Julia Tucker.
Flower arrangers please sign the new rota in the porch.
Tea & coffee: please sign rota in porch
On behalf of those concerned with the teaching of our Confirmation candidates, Fr Ikeokwu expresses his deep appreciation to those who contributed and made the reception of our candidates a huge success. May God bless you all.
Last Week
October 100 Club winners:
1st Mary Ann Mariano; 2nd Pat Leigh;
3rd Mandy Willy
: Remembrance Day Service, 3.15pm in the Park
This Week
meeting has been postponed from 12th to 19th November.
at St Nicholas of Tolentino church, Bristol, 17th November, 3pm. See poster in porch.
Coming Events
Year of Communion:
join Bishop Declan for Evening Prayer and presentation of resources for the Year of Communion, at Clifton Cathedral on 22nd November at 7.00pm.
National Youth Sunday: 24th November: Nearest Youth Sunday Event is on Saturday 23rd 11am – 4pm at St Bede’s College, Bristol. Theme of the day is “Significance.” See poster in porch.
Christ is Alive! Unpacking the synod for youth ministry; Saturday 30th November in London. See poster in porch for full details.

Year of Prayer –32nd Sunday in ordinary time
November is traditionally the month when the Church reflects on the significance of people we have oved and who have died. Specifically, this weekend, we remember all those who have died in war. It can be a painful time for anyone who has experienced the death of someone close to them. Fundamental to our Christian belief is that Jesus rose from the dead. Alongside this we believe and trust that after our own death we will rise again. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection and so tried to ridicule belief in it. Jesus cuts through their question highlighting that God is a God of the living not of the dead. This is a certainty of faith which gives meaning to our own life and enables us to trust that we will meet again those we have and have lost, not on this earth, but in the fullness of life with God.

Gospel commentary for 32nd Sunday in ordinary time
In the Old Testament there was little awareness of an afterlife. For those people redemption came about through the restoration and preservation of the nation. They would live on and flourish through their children and the generations that followed. In the later books of the Old Testament (Wisdom and Maccabees) there was a belief that God has something more in store for them.

When Jesus came into the world, his people were disputing all these matters. He pointed out to them that once this life is over, as children of God, we become children of the resurrection. Then we will realise that we are the one family of God and all belong to God and one another.

The story of Christianity down through the last two thousand years is often a violent story of religious conflict. Jesus came to free us from the attitude of mind which justifies violence. He conquered the violence of the world by refusing to give up on love. When Peter turned to violence, Jesus told him to put his sword away; as he died on the cross, he prayed: “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing”. In the face of all the religious conflicts and terrorism that beset our world, there is only one answer: the compassion of Christ.

These final weeks of the Church’s year offer us the opportunity to re-examine our understanding of Christ’s promises: consider again the meaning of the resurrection. St Paul is absolutely insistent that nothing makes sense without it: “if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless and your believing it is useless”. Paul also came to realise that because of Christ’s death and resurrection we already live everlasting life here on earth. In our baptism this is the life we are given. Accordingly, today take with you St Paul’s message: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love…. comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say”.


Holy Father’s October prayer intention

May the breath of the Holy Spirit bring about a new missionary “dawn” in the Church.



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.