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.

 

Fr James Barber & Clergy Moves

At the beginning of September there will be a number of clergy moves in the diocese. As part of these moves, Fr. James has been appointed as Assistant Priest to both St Mary’s & St Joseph’s parishes, Poole and Priest Chaplain of St Edward’s Secondary School.

Although there will not be a priest replacing Fr. James in Barnstaple, two priests from India, Fr Ignatius Paul Raj SDM and Fr Anil Kumar Gundabathina SDM, will be moving into the presbytery in Bideford and will minister in Bideford parish as well as help out in Barnstaple parish. They are members of the Society of St Eugene De Mazenod (SDM). Canon Peter will remain in charge of both Barnstaple and Bideford parishes.

The Recently Deceased

Please pray for Terry Moon, a parishioner in the parish who recently passed away. May he rest in peace.

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.
    Email: juniorcamp@prcdtr.org.uk
     

  • 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.
    Email: seniorcamp@prcdtr.org.uk
     

  • St Petroc’s Camp for School Years 11 and 12
    9-13 August will have a Live Camp at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton
    Email: stpetrocscamp@prcdtr.org.uk

 

Do you care about building a better world? This is an important year to act!

In response to Pope Francis’ call to Rebuild Our Common Home, join CAFOD this year in taking action. As host to two major international meetings - the G7 in June in Cornwall & the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks in November - the UK has a vital role to play on the global stage this year. Join CAFOD to add your voice to call on the government to rebuild better following the pandemic by: Tackling the climate crisis, holding business accountable, ending unjust debts. We invite you to join us at our Exeter Deanery meeting about CAFOD’s campaign & our plans to build a better world. Hear from CAFOD’s inspirational new Campaigns Engagement Manager, Andrea Speranza, about the campaign & how to set up virtual meetings with your local MP, to speak up for the poorest of our sisters and brothers and the whole of creation. You do not need to be an expert on the issues, you just need to care about building a better world. Join us on zoom: Monday, 21st June, 6.30 - 8pm. To register please email: plymouth@cafod.org.uk

Online Event: The God Who Speaks Through Creation

Following the launch of the Diocesan Environmental Policy, you are invited to join Caritas Plymouth at an online reflection and discussion on how God speaks to us through His creation. This event will be on Saturday 17th July at 10-11.30am via Zoom. Join Bishop Mark O’Toole to reflect on climate change, our Diocesan Environment Policy and the call to be Stewards of Creation. The Guest Speaker is Sister Margaret Atkins OSA, a Canoness of St Augustine in the community at Boarbank Hall, Cumbria. She is a lecturer and author in theology with special interest in the ethics of the environment.  To register for this event please visit: https://forms.office.com/r/6zMtmFn2fJ or email caritas@prcdtr.org.uk or call 01364 653421.

CSAN/Reset webinar on Community Sponsorship (14th June)

6.00 –7.30pm. Caritas Social Action Network is running a joint webinar with Reset on the Community Sponsorship scheme. Community Sponsorship is a refugee resettlement programme with local people at its heart. It enables you to welcome a refugee family to your local area and support them as they rebuild their lives. This webinar is a great opportunity to find out how to get involved and hear from refugees and parishioners who have experienced its transformative impact. To register: www.communitysponsorship.org.uk/events 

Called and Gifted, UK - Discovering your Spiritual Gifts

Each of us is created uniquely by God for a purpose. When we understand and allow ourselves to be aligned with that purpose we are energised and fulfilled; and God’s love and provision is able to flow more freely exactly where it is needed, through our spiritual gifts (charisms). Called and Gifted is the discernment process that helps us unlock our story, understand our gifts (charisms) and discover our unique mission. For more information:  https://www.calledandgifted.org.uk  or www.calledandgifted.org.uk

 

Pope’s Intention for June

Th beauty of marriage. Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.

 

Diocesan Youth Ministry

  • Care for creation (3rd July 10-4.00 at St Rita’s, Honiton)
    Social justice, what do we mean, what is our responsibility and what could we do? This day event is for young adults aged 12 – 20. It is a chance to explore social justice topics around care for creation. Young adults will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and express their views on a variety of topics, taking the chance to reflect on what is happening around them and what action they could take. Parents/ Guardians are also invited to this event. They are invited to attend their own workshops, also offering them the chance to explore the same issues and how they can support young people in their campaigns. We are asking for a contribution of £10 per person to help cover costs of speakers and lunch. If you would like to attend, please follow the link to sign up. https://forms.office.com/r/chUcje9sam

 

  • Jesus Walks With US (10th July 10.00-4.00 at St Rita’s, Honiton)
    I am excited that By Design Theatre, Rise Theatre and the team from Stay Awake, amongst others are coming together to run a conference for young people aged from 10 – 16. The young people will have the chance to explore the Emmaus walk piece of scripture through the arts. There will be a number of workshops on offer including Art, Craft, Drama and Dance. Those attending will have the opportunity to attend more than one workshop during the day. We are asking for £10 contribution to cover the costs of speakers and the lunch provided. If you would like place, please complete the following form: https://forms.office.com/r/spcJ3YGuKj
    For further information please contact Saskia Hogbin: youth@prcdtr.org.uk

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. 

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Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) - 13th June 2021