Masses shown with times given are public Masses,
others are private Masses with no congregation.

Help Keep Our Churches COVID Safe Environments

  • Keep Social Distancing

  • Use hand gel on entering and leaving the church

  • Wear face masks - these must cover both the mouth and nose. Please put these on before entering the church. Some adults are exempt as are children under 11.

Live Streaming of Mass from St. Mary’s: Sunday at 9.30 am

Sunday Mass is live streamed from St Mary’s, Barnstaple at 9:30am. This can be found on  the Barnstaple Parish Facebook Page.


Change in Government Covid Regulations

The Covid regulations for England change on Monday 19th July. Once we have received instructions from the Bishop’s Conference we will let you know how these will effect our churches. Until then we will continue as before, including social distancing and the compulsory use of face masks.


The Pope’s Intentions for July

Social friendship. We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.


Days of Special Prayer

St Bridget of Sweden - Patron of Europe (23rd July)

For a deepening of Knowledge and understanding of our common heritage of faith. For an openness to the stranger and a care for their needs.


Baptism of Victorson Chukwuyem (25th July)

This will take place on Sunday 25th during the 9.30am mass.


Plymouth Diocese Vacancies

  • Heritage Project Manager: 35 hours per week. Caritas Plymouth has a vacancy for a person to take responsibility for the management of the heritage project to restore the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Barnstaple and re-purpose it as a venue for social action,  Caritas in Action, funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund. The job description is obtainable from the Human Resources Department on 01364 645383, email Applications by application form and covering letter. Closing date for applications 2 August 2021 and interviews to be held 17 August 2021 at St. Boniface House, Ashburton.

  • Caritas Project Support Worker: 35 hours per week. Caritas Plymouth is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic person who would like to be part of a small, friendly team supporting social action across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth. The role will be varied and rewarding and will require a range of office, project management and marketing skills. The role will occasionally require evening or weekend working to support events. Closing date:  26 July 2021. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4 August 2021 at St. Boniface House, Ashburton. A job description and application form can be obtained from Cathedral Appointments on


Aggie’s Vacancy

Aggies is a forward looking Christian Charity, supporting the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their families We have a vacancy for a Lay Pastoral Worker to join the Chaplaincy team at RMB Chivenor, Chivenor, Devon Part time post, 30 hours per week, Annual Salary £15,299 This exciting post calls for a Christian vocation with the ability to work effectively in a disciplined military environment. For a full recruitment pack visit Closing date for applications: 08:00 on Monday 26th July 2021

Freedom Centre/ Foodbank Collection (25th July)

Please leave any donations in the labelled box in St Mary’s Narthex. Some items that are currently useful to their stocks include long life fruit juice, tinned fruit, tinned or instant custard, male deodorants & sponge puddings.

New Pyjama Appeal

St Mary's CWL are teaming up with the charity Children's Hospital Pyjamas, to collect pyjamas for sick and disadvantaged children and their siblings. Donations will be given to Little Bridge House, Fremington, Barnstaple Women's Refuge and NDDH Children's Ward. Please place your gifts of NEW pyjamas (any size - babies to teens) in the boxes in the Narthex in September. Thank you. 

Catholic Grandparents Association

The first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday 25 July 2021. The Catholic Grandparents Association supports grandparents doing ‘the very best we can for our children and grandchildren.’ ‘Grandparents’ … vital contribution to the family, the Church and society was never as important as now. … We can never fail so long as we keep on doing what we are doing - praying, showing the way and passing on our Faith’. Visit their site for more information on parish resources:


CCSP Annual Appeal 2021 – ‘Step Forward, Reach Out and Help’

The pandemic has affected many people and some of the most vulnerable families living in our Diocese have asked for our help to buy some of the most basic essentials of life, such as a comfy bed for their child to sleep in. Through our Essential Grants programme, in 2019, we received 179 grant applications, which rose to 219 in 2020 and in the first six months of 2021, we have already received a staggering 157 applications! We continue to need your help and ask you please to ‘STEP FORWARD, REACH OUT AND HELP’ support the CCSP. Annual Appeal leaflets will be available in parishes at the start of next month and full details of all the ways you can donate to the CCSP can be found on our website

Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps

  • Junior Camp for School Years 3-6
    9-13 August online with activities in the morning and evening, with the group coming together on Friday 13th at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton.

  • Senior Camp for School Years 7-10
    9-13 August online with meetings in the morning and afternoon, as a short taster, with a live 4-day actual camp at Buckfast in October half term. Details for the residential Camp will be advertised shortly.

  • St Petroc’s Camp for School Years 11 and 12
    9-13 August will have a Live Camp at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton

Gift Aid Envelopes

Gift Aid envelopes are now available to pick up from the table in the Narthex.

For those tax payers interested in registering as Gift Aiders, please speak to the parish office.

Hospital Visits

If you are taken to hospital and would like a priest to visit, please contact the parish office or ask a member of the hospital staff to get in touch. Priests are allowed to visit patients while they are under hospital care but unless you inform us in some way, we have no way of knowing you are there.

First Holy Communion 2021

Although we cannot give specific dates as to when First Holy Communion will take place this year, we would like to start taking the names of interested families. Please find application forms in the Narthex, or click here, and return to the parish office.

Financial Support of the Parish

In the present circumstances, parishioners who wish to contribute to the financial support of the parish can do so in the following ways:

  • Placing a donation in a collection basket when the church is open.

  • Posting cheques or money to the presbytery.

  • By Standing Order or BACS Transfer (please contact the parish office for details)

Many thanks for your ongoing support which is really important to maintaining the parish in these difficult times.


Recycling Printer Cartridges
Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya are resuming their collection of printer cartridges for recycling. By preventing the cartridges going to landfill, W.O.R.K are able to raise money for their charitable projects, whilst simultaneously helping the environment. Please bring any donations to the parish office. 


Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) - 18th July 2021