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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: George Toland, John Bellekom, Edward Kendall, Bridget Dillon, Charlie Hurd, Brian Morris

General
Liturgical diaries and directories for 2020 now available at reduced prices.
First Holy Communion preparation classes will begin in the next few weeks. Please give names of children aged 7 or over to Julia Tucker.


This Week
CAFOD:
meeting for volunteers and supporters in preparation for Lent. Wednesday 29th January, 12.30 - 3pm, St Mary Parish Hall, Glastonbury. Details on poster in porch.

Coming Events
Come and See:
Mike Curtis speaks on his faith journey: 5th February, 7.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Newent. Details on poster in porch.

Year of Communion –third Sunday in ordinary time

Today is a special day in the life of the Church. On the day that we began our “Year of the Word” – “The God who Speaks”, Pope Francis announced that the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time would be dedicated as “Word of God” Sunday. He announced tis in a decree entitled “Aperuit Illis” within which he said, “The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible” . As we reflect today on the significance of the Scriptures, we might want to do a little soul searching. Do we give time on a regular basis for praying the Scriptures? Do we allow ourselves the time to meditate on them? Do they impact on the way we live our lives? If our Bible is simply gathering dust on the book shelf, maybe today is the day to take it down and commit ourselves to reading just a few lines each day so that in nourishing our knowledge and love of the Lord we grow in that relationship which matters above all others. As communities, in our diocesan “Year of Communion”, we might consider forming small Bible study groups or Lectio Divina groups and sharing the Word with one another.

Gospel commentary for 3rd Sunday in ordinary time

St Matthew, in his Gospel, describes the coming of Jesus in prophetic terms. “The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light”. The light that Jesus reveals exposes the true darkness which is sin, and is preventing all human beings from fulfilling their true destiny as sons and daughters of a loving Father in the everlasting kingdom of heaven.

The revolutionary project that Jesus starts involves a real change of heart and starts with faith: faith in God and faith in ourselves. Do I really believe that God loves me and has called me into a relationship of love? The project of Jesus is to change the world by changing one person at a time, enabling everyone to believe that they are beloved sons or daughters of the one Father God in heaven. In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus at the beginning of his project to bring this new light into the world. He calls the fishermen, Peter, Andrew, James and John, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. With this small group which gradually increases to twelve, Jesus goes around proclaiming the Good News, teaching and healing. Their mission is to capture the hearts and minds of people, opening up to them the promise of eternal life.

This is still the mission of the disciples of Jesus. The challenge for us today is to recognise the real darkness. There are so many artificial lights that blind us to the reality of what God wants for us. Many believe that human success and fulfilment lie in the acquisition of wealth and knowledge. However, our life project will be very different if we start from our self-awareness: who do I think I am? If I really believe that I am a beloved son or daughter of God, then I must start by asking, “What does God want me to be?” When Jesus is the light in my life, I am going to see myself and the world I live in very differently. So let us take up the invitation to follow Jesus. Let us ask for eyes that see as he sees, and for the courage to respond to the needs of our world with his love and compassion.

 

Holy Father’s January prayer intention
Prayer intention for evangelisation   Promotion of World Peace 
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all
people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

 

 

 

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.