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

ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Patricia Linehan, Margaret Lochrie,

Veronica Katuszonek.

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.


Second collection for Day for Life which this year focuses on all who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. It provides an opportunity to pray, reflect, and choose ways in which action and practical emotional support can ensure that the dignity of human life is upheld at every stage of a person’s life. Please take a card from the porch.

This Week

Couples for Christ have a Christian Life programme from Saturday 23rd June and other dates in June and July. For details see the leaflet on the notice board.

Mass in honour of Sts John Fisher & Thomas More will be celebrated on Friday 22nd June. After Mass on Sunday 24th celebratory drinks and snacks will be served to mark that feast. Contributions will be welcome.

Coming Events

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.

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

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 –11th Sunday in ordinary time

When Jesus teaches he uses parables. He takes the things around him to illustrate the things of God. The two parables that Jesus uses in this Sunday’s Gospel seem to talk of a gentle growth, a subtle growth that is not always seen and not always noticed. When we listen to the First Reading, Ezekiel speaks of God doing the planting on the “high mountain”…in other words, near to him. That nearness to the Lord brings about growth and there is something obviously attractive about the tree that God plants in Ezekiel’s vision and the mustard seed that grows in the gospel. They become attractive and they “summon” all kinds of birds and creatures. Is it true, then, that if we are near to God then we grow? Is it true that if we grow in him that there becomes something attractive about us? The psalm speaks of flourishing and maybe that’s the secret to being near to the Lord. With him we flourish; without him we fade. This week’s mission for us might simply be to come close to the Lord, find shelter in him, and, through our own attractiveness, cause others to find shade in his presence.

Gospel commentary for 11th Sunday in ordinary time

Today Jesus talks about the mysterious kingdom of God which is the strongest power of all and its ability to grow is certain. “My kingdom is not of this world”, Jesus told Pilate on Good Friday, and there are no legions of soldiers to fight any earthly cause for him. But the kingdom is not of this kind. Explaining this mysterious kingdom, Jesus reminds us how seed sown on the ground takes root and spouts and grows in its own mysterious way. Its power to grow and produce the food that feeds us is amazing. Jesus also talks about the mustard seed and how small it is and yet how large a tree it becomes. We need not be worried if God’s ways seem to be unimpressive. The power that the word of God holds is beyond our reckoning.

God’s word, God’s justice and truth and love are indestructible. It may not seem like this in our noisy, argumentative and violent world. The power to rule and run riot over the earth by means of human might seems invincible and never more so than on the cross of Calvary. But it is the quiet one and not the noisy who has won the day.

The values of the kingdom of God, as preached to us by the Lord himself are that every person is valuable and each is called to live as an honourable citizen in society for the common good and each is called to contribute to the welfare of all. We must all live by these standards.

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.