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ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Eileen Storer, Ludwig Janas, Margaret Beadle


More Welcomers are needed at St John Fisher for Sunday Mass. Please see Fr Ikeokwu, John Nutt or Julia Tucker.

Holy Communion preparation 2019. Please give names of any children of 7 or over to register for the course to Fr Ikeokwu or Julia Tucker.

100 Club Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership. There are some spare numbers available. If you would like to join the Parish 100 club there are application forms in the porch. It is an opportunity to support the parish financially with the chance of winning up to £25 in the monthly draws.



Day of prayer for prisoners and their dependents. This gives an opportunity to reflect on how we can make a difference to the lives of those whose lives are effected by the criminal justice system. Flyers with daily devotional prayers and envelopes if you wish to donate, in the porch.

Celebration of Care in the Community (St Luke’s tide) to be held at Wellington Methodist Church at 6.30pm. Preacher Rev. Neill Archer, Chaplain of Somerset Partnership NHS Trust. See poster in porch.

Next Sunday: Second collection for World Mission Sunday (APF) which assists all Catholic mission dioceses and territories to provide pastoral care and preach the gospel effectively, working in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionary Society.


Coming Events

Concert of Early Music: St James’ Priory Bristol, Thursday 25th October at 6.30pm. See poster in porch.

Celebrate Bristol: a whole family conference hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal at St Bede’s College, BS11 0SU; 27 – 28 October; includes workshops, seminars, praise and worship, prayer ministry, Mass, Exposition and Confession. Further details from www.celebrateconference.org

Bible society Songs of Praise: Sunday 28th October at 6.30pm at Rockwell Green Christian Fellowship. See poster in porch.

Parish retreat on 3rd November will be led by Fr Tom Dubois, parish priest of St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea. Mass at 10am at St Richard’s followed by retreat at Congregational Church, Wiveliscombe.

Holy Land Pilgrimage for young Catholics: 24th July – 2nd August, 2019. See poster and cards in porch for details.


Year of Mission 28th Sunday in ordinary time.

Where are we grounded? Where are we anchored and rooted? Is it in things, possessions, treasures or are we rooted and anchored in God? Are we defined by what we have or by what we do…or are we defined by our relationship with the Lord. In today’s Gospel there is a challenge to “let go” of everything and to find security, strength, and an understanding of who we are in our relationship with the Lord. It is only when we let God dwell at the centre, when we are defined by his love for us, that we come to understand the freedom and the life he offers; when we are weighed down by our possessions we find it is our possessions that possess us. In all we do to proclaim the gospel this week, let us reveal what it is that dwells at the heart of our life because of the way we live and the way we love.



Gospel commentary for 28th Sunday in ordinary time.


Today’s Gospel is concerned with how to live a good and truthful life in the real world. Jesus discussed marriage and children, property and possessions, power and privilege. His disciples tried to send the children away, but Jesus rebuked them for of such are the kingdom of God. So the children, who were powerless and insignificant in the eyes of society, became the image of those who understand and practise the presence of God in the world.

But the man who then ran up and knelt before Jesus is the image of one who was too rich and powerful to make this move. He undoubtely had the potential, but he could not overcome the obstacle of his wealth. The disciples had been conditioned to believe that wealth is a sign of God’s love and approval. If it is as hard as Jesus suggested, however for a rich person to enter the kingdom, how can anyone achieve it? Jesus reassured them in two ways: what is impossible for humans is not impossible for God, and those who give up everything for him will receive overwhelming recompense both now and in eternity. The message remains clear: to become like little children in their powerlessness is the way to God’s favour.


Down through the ages many rich young people have listened to these words and responded by leaving their world of luxury in pursuit of Christ.


Our ability to make such a full response is modelled on the image of the little child. It is a call to live out a life based on vulnerability and insignificance, as one of those who do not matter from a worldly viewpoint. If we are unworried about our image and have a certain freedom in relation to worldly goods and rewards, we have made the first move.










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.