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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Nanoh Soriano; Edison Shahwe; Marge King


Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and lectors please let Fr Ikeokwu know if you do not wish your name to be published in the newsletter or displayed on the notice board.





Celebratory drinks and snacks will be served after 11.15am Mass in honour of Sts John Fisher & Thomas More whose feast was celebrated on Friday 22nd June.

This Week

Pope Francis: his vision and our future; the second in a series of 3 lectures, 26th June, giving time to look back, asses and think ahead. Led by Fr James Hanvey and Austen Ivereigh. At St John’s church, South Parade, Bath at 7pm.

Ride for Vocations 4: Fr Matt Anscombe will ride for vocations 26th June – 9th July, in the Apls and Pyrenees. See poster and cards in porch.

Monthly healing service with adoration, reconciliation and Mass: Wednesday 27th June, 7pm at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath.

Diocesan Family Day: 30th June at St Brendan’s college, Brislington, Bristol. Full details on poster in porch.

Next Sunday: second collection for Peter’s Pence. This collection allows the Pope to respond to suffering brothers and sisters with promptness, love and compassion, so God’s people will not feel alone in their time of misfortune

Coming Events

Glastonbury Pilgrimage: 8th July. See poster in porch for timetable for the day.

Living your Faith: Summer camps. See poster in porch. Further details and application forms available from Fr Ikeokwu or the parish office.

Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage, 24 – 31 August. See poster in porch for details.

Eucharistic Congress – Liverpool, 7 – 9 September, entitled “Adoremus”. Please see Fr Ikeokwu if you are interested in attending.


Year of Mission –Birthday of John the Baptist

This beautiful celebration breaks into Ordinary Time, but is breaks in to help us understand something of what we are called to be as disciples on mission! John helps us to think about our discipleship: pointing away from ourselves and pointing others in the direction of Jesus; leaping in the womb, able to recognise where Christ is to be found and where Christ is near; decreasing in order that Christ may increase; a prophetic call of return so that we can find mercy and compassion in the Lord; recognising the call of God in our own lives and allowing God to call others through us – God’s word in our mouths; and, looking at Elizabeth and Zechariah, always being open to bring surprised by God and his faithfulness. But the psalm holds something we might take into this week as part of our prayer: I thank you for the wonder of my being. Do we spend time thanking God for who we are, for the fact that he calls us, that he fashioned us, that he walks with us? As we do that let’s be little “John the Baptists” in all we do to lead others to encounter Christ….even in us!


Gospel commentary for Nativity of John the Baptist

Today we are celebrating the birth of John the Baptist. If we look at the events and signs that surround his birth, we can begin to appreciate why, as |Jesus said “of all the children born of women there is no one greater that John”. John’s parents represent the righteous people of the Old Testament. Elizabeth, barren and old, is blessed with this child. Zechariah, his father, receives the news from the angel in the Temple with all its ancient rituals. The child is circumcised and given the name John which makes a break with tradition. John is the hinge between the two testaments. In the womb he jumped for joy in recognition of Jesus when the pregnant May visited Elizabeth. He was the precursor of Jesus. In his death, beheaded by Herod, he points forward to Jesus’ death under Pilate in Jerusalem. At his birth Zechariah recognised this little child as a “Prophet…(who) will go before the Lord to prepare the way for him”. Through preaching repentance he would make ready the way for Jesus and finally have the singular honour of baptising him. John would show his humility in that he knew he was only the voice crying the wilderness while Jesus would be the Word of God. He knew that Christ would take away the sins of the world and he, John was unworthy to baptise him or untie his sandals. His role was clear: he must give way to Christ. “He must grow greater, I must grow smaller.”

Once we have recognised Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world we too need to repent and confess our failings so that we can be healed. As we go to confession John’s words of judgement can touch our consciences and convict us so that Jesus may grant his forgiveness and absolution.

As Christians who have been sent to evangelise and point the way to Christ, we need the humility of John. All Christians are called to be sure that we are pointing to Christ and not to ourselves. We are here to prepare the way for his coming. We are to decrease and let him increase.

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.