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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Molly Eileen Keay, Jim Baker, Peggy Middleton, Martha Mair

The parish regrets to announce the death of Canon Mattie Hayes of Bristol.

Last Week

April 100 Club winners: 1st Chris Shackleton; 2nd Moira Higgins;

3rd Jim Hawkins.


Second collection for CCS Adoption. Envelopes available in the porch.

CTinW: Spring Fayre in the Park

This week

First Holy Communion preparation class: Saturday 11th May, 11am – 12 noon, in the Parish Room.

Deanery day of recollection for Eucharistic ministers and Readers: 11th May, 10.15 for 10.30 – 2.30/3pm, at the parish centre, St George’s. To be led by Sarah Adams, director of department of adult education and evangelisation. Tea and coffee provided. Please bring packed lunch.

March for Life UK: Saturday 11th May starting outside Westminster Church House, London, SW1P 3BN at 2pm. All information on poster in porch.

Parish Project. Parishioners are invited to submit suggestions of charities for the next project, which will be funded by second collections. Please hand written details of the charity you propose to Fr Ikeokwu, Julia Tucker or Adrian Kellett by Sunday 12th May. These will be considered by the P.P.C. and notification will be given at the AGM on Saturday 18th May.

Leaders or co-ordinators of Parish miniseries are reminded to either bring a report to the AGM on Saturday 18th May, or hand a written report in before the AGM to Julia Tucker or Fr Ikeokwu

Next Sunday: Second collection for Clergy Training Fund which enables the Bishop to support those who offer themselves for training for the priesthood.

Coming Events

P.P.C. meeting: Tuesday 14th May at 7pm in the parish room.

Vocations Roadshow: 17 – 24 May. Please see letter in porch with full details and list of venues.

LGBT Mass: Sunday 16th June at 3pm at St Nicholas of Tolentino church, Bristol. Details on poster in porch.

Vocations weekend for young women: 24 – 26May; theme “discernment and vocation”, in Lilverpool. Further information at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or www.fcjsisters.org

Summer Camps: residential week of outdoor activities, catechesis, faith development, friendship and much more; £200 per child. Week 1 (ages 7 – 11) 12 – 16 August; Week 2 (ages 12 -16) 19 – 23 August. Further information from http://livingyourfaith.co.uk

Year of Prayer –Third Sunday after Easter

Our Gospel this Sunday invites us to reflect on two important matters of faith. The first is our capacity to recognise the presence of Christ in our lives, even when we don’t see him. The disciples only realise that Jesus is with them when he tells them to put their nets out to starboard. Suddenly after a night of failing to catch anything, their nets are full to bursting. Then it dawns on them who is speaking to them. We do not have that luxury but if we have faith then we will experience him as alive, risen and present. He is there during our joys and sorrows, when we encourage one another, when we share a meal of friendship and specifically when we share in the Eucharist. Secondly, we are invited to respond to the question asked of Peter: “Do you love me?” What answer would we give to this? Can we answer confidently that, despite all our failing, “Yes Lord, I do love you”?

Gospel commentary for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Peter expected to spend his lifetime in Galilee as a fisherman and then found his vocation to travel widely as an apostle of Jesus, a preacher of the Gospel and the leader of the Church. Never could he forget Jesus words: “when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go”. Peter had no inkling of what Jesus meant.

Three times Jesus asked Peter whether he loved him and three times Peter answered that he did: with the love of friendship. Jesus had meant with self-sacrificing love. Peter could not bring himself to respond in the same terms, and he even denied him three times as Jesus had warned that he would.

It is the weakness of Peter that appeals to us. Yet Peter would experience spiritual growth, and so, please God, do we.

It is the humanity of Jesus that gives us hope. Far from being angry with Peter, Jesus simply asked for his love, and was willing to accept the little Peter honestly felt he could offer. Jesus knew that Peter would learn from his denials. We may feel that we have let Jesus down in some way. Through God’s grace good can come from it. Through forgiveness, damaged relationships can be renewed and be even better than they were before, as happened with Peter. Peter was appointed to look after Christ’s sheep and feed them. He would make a sympathetic pastor. Having learned the hard way that it is impossible to live the Christian life in his own strength, his trust and faith in God was deepened.



Holy Father’s May prayer intention

May the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.






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.