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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: John Holden, Wladyslaw Kunda

 

General

Fr Ikeowku says: With unalloyed thanks I wish to express my deep appreciation to all the parishioners for your gifts, especially your prayers and love. My sincere thanks also go to the Filipino community for their participation in the thanksgiving Mass and gifts and prayers. May Almighty God reward and bless you all abundantly. Because of you all it was a huge success.

 

CTS New Sunday Missal for Year C beginning on 2nd December is now available @ £5.95 per copy. If you wish to purchase one please tell Fr Ikeokwu or leave a note outside the parish office by the end of August.

More Welcomers are needed at St John Fisher for Sunday Mass. Please see

Fr Ikeokwu, John Nutt or Julia Tucker.

This Week

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

 

Coming Events

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

 

Year or mission – 20th Sunday in ordinary time.

You are what you eat! That should be true when it comes to the Eucharist. The food and the drink we receive at Mass is our nourishment to sustain us in all we do to be like Christ. But those gifts of Christ’s Body and Blood are given precisely that we might become what we receive – Christ. We are to become what we eat and drink. Christ is given to us as food and drink so that we might have life in us and so that his life, flowing through us, might enable our world and others to know he is near through us. Christ is truly present to us in the Eucharist; his real presence makes his home in us so that, seeking to be like him, we might be reminders and signs of his presence in the ordinariness of our week – at home, at work, in the places where we encounter others. May our world know “Christ living among us” because of the witness we give and the life we live.

 

Gospel commentary for 20th Sunday in ordinary time.

 

Today Jesus invites us to eat his body and drink his blood. In doing so we will be given a life that is beyond words, the kind of nourishment that feeds our souls and can transform us. When we eat his body and drink his blood we take in all that Jesus is: a person of mercy, compassion, forgiveness.

 

Jesus was vitally concerned with those who were poor. As he went about his ministry he met great numbers of hungry people and he fed them. When Jesus spoke of eating his own flesh and drinking his blood some were so horrified by this suggestion that they walked away. Those who remained gradually came to understand that Jesus was not talking about physical food but something far more lasting. Today we know that this is fully realised for us when we participate in the Eucharist.

 

Participating in the Eucharist is a great gift for us and it brings with it a great responsibility. We receive the body of Christ to become the body of Christ. Pope Francis, through his daily actions and interactions, reminds us that communion with Christ is deeply tied to communion with our brothers and sisters. At Mass we ask God to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, then we can approach the table of unity and love to receive the mystery that units us not only to Christ but to our brothers and sisters. We call the Eucharist “communion”, and gathering around the table is our strongest sign of communion with Christ and one another. Today the world will only come to encounter Christ by the witness, the prayer and the love of our desire to share this gift with others.

 

Receiving Christ’s body and blood is never just about us. We receive so that we may reach out and share what we have received with everyone. In doing so we nourish our own souls and take on the responsibility of seeing and meeting the needs of those who hunger and thirst for food, love, justice, peace and hope in a world where there is no much suffering and so much deprivation.

 

 

 

 

 

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;

 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.