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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Hilary Smalley, Peggy Anderson, Evelyn Stacey, Margaret Welch, Ron Jonas, Bridget Cross


Starting School. If you have a child born between 1 Sept, 2015 and 31 Aug 2016 now is the time to apply for a place at a primary school for admission from Sept 2020 onwards. You must complete an application form available from the school admission team of the Local Authority. If your child has been baptised and you are applying for a Catholic school, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate. Closing date of 15th January, 2020.

Teachers can become Foundation Governors at Catholic schools and can make valuable contributions to the governing body of a different school from where they work. Contact bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com for more information about becoming a Foundation Governor.

All EU citizens after Brexit must apply for residency in UK. Otherwise there is a danger that if travelling abroad you might not be allowed re-entry to UK after 31st October in the event of a “no-deal Brexit.” It is very advisable to make application before 31st October.

This Week

Wellington Carnival: 28th September, evening procession. It has been customary for a number of years to open the church for refreshments and other facilities. Anyone who is able to assist this year please see Julia Tucker.

Coming Events

I am writing to inform you that the Parish Retreat will be on 26th October in Wiveliscombe. Details will be communicated to you when communications with the retreat preacher are complete.

Missio Masses for October: dates and venues on poster in porch.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Network: initial meeting for Taunton and Glastonbury deaneries on 8th October, 6.30 – 9pm at St George’s Centre. Representatives from each parish welcome. Please let Fr Ikeokwu know if you wish to attend.

Canonisation of John Henry Newman: 13th October in Rome. This is a four day event, 12 – 15 October, @ £650 per person. Details on poster in porch.

Vocations discernment retreat: three-day retreat organised by Clifton diocese and Downside Abbey for Catholics aged 18 – 35, Friday 18 – Sunday 20th October; all vocations will be considered. Venue: Downside Abbey. Cost including meals; £50 in shared accommodation; £70 in en-suite room; non-residential £40 for meals. Further information from rainabird@outlook.com

Celebrate Bristol: weekend conference at St Bede’s College, Bristol, 26 & 27 October. Full details on poster in porch.

Year of Communion: “Where two or three are gathered together” to prepare for the Year of Communion; 19th October at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, 9.15am – 2.30pm. with Fr James Hanvey SJ who will introduce resources available from the end of November for use during the year.

Gospel commentary for 25th Sunday in ordinary time.

We owe everything to God including the redemption we are offered in Christ and the promise of eternal happiness. If it were a matter of justice, there could be no possibility of us ever being able to pay off our debts. The saints and angels joyously live in eternal debt to God because God is the giver and we are the receivers. Only pride would make us resent this undeniable truth.

The unjust steward abused his master’s money, driven by his own self-interest. Yet it is mercy that is the wealth of God that we are to share with others. God is “generous with his mercy”. We are to forgive the debt of other people’s sins against us, because we are in such an enormous debt to God ourselves.

It is not the function of the Church to solve financial problems. At the same time there are often simple reasons behind economic turmoil: greed, dishonesty, pride. Such qualities are very much the concern of the Church. They are sins of the heart.

It is only grace that can resolve the knots which those sins make in people’s lives, and only grace can offer the mercy that God has asked us to share with all his people. Merciful people cut the knot, open the door, lead the way forwards and bring us to heaven. The best kind of economy is one of giving, and the best kind of giving is forgiving.

Year of Prayer –25th Sunday in ordinary time

It would be easy for us to get caught up with the justices or injustices of today’s Gospel. At the heart of it is, however, a simple question which the Lord is asking us: What have we done with the many things and people that God has entrusted to us? In an ever-growing need for us to be accountable in our work, with our finances, in our families and parishes, we might forget that ultimately we are accountable to God for the many good things which we have been given – our gifts and talents and our material goods.

How do we use these? Do we hide them, or do we use them for the greater good of our families, our communities – the whole world? If we are intent on building the Kingdom of God, then we will want to share what we have. Stewardship at its very best is when we care enough about others that we want them to share what we have, with whoever has a need for what we have.



Holy Father’s September prayer intention:

May politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.






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.