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


Parish of The Sacred Heart, Bideford with The Holy Family, Torrington

Canon Peter Morgan is currently the pastoral administrator of this parish, assisted by Fr. James Barber. The following Masses are now being celebrated publicly:

Friday     10:00 a.m.  Bideford
Saturday 17:30 p.m. Bideford
Sunday   09:15 a.m. Torrington
Sunday   11:00 a.m. Bideford

Face Masks in Church are Mandatory in Church

The Government now require masks to be worn in all churches. We would ask you to provide your own face mask if possible, although we will have some available for those who turn up without one.
As face masks now have to be worn, we will reduce the social distancing in St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s to 1m+ so that we can increase the seating capacity.
N.B. Children under 11 are not required to wear masks and some adults are exempt due to health reasons.


Out of Office

Claire is away from the 10th to the 14th of August. If you would like to speak to a priest, please telephone the presbytery or email them directly. All contact information is on the front cover.

Fr. John Conroy MHM
When Fr. John moved out of Barnstaple in October 2019 he went tot be priest in charge of Ilfracombe. This September Fr. John will be leaving Ilfracombe and resigning from ministerial office to enjoy a much deserved retirement from the demands of running a parish. He will be greatly missed from the North Devon Catholic community. Please keep him in your prayers as he makes this move.
Fr. Guy de Gaynesford, the chaplain to the convent in Lynton, will be taking over responsibility for celebrating Mass and the Sacraments in Ilfracombe. Deacon Stephen Bearman has agreed to take on oversight of parish life.
A letter from the bishop regarding this is available


Gift Aid

If you haven't collected your Gift Aid box and want to pick it up or have it delivered, please contact the presbytery or speak to Fr Peter or Fr. James.



Volunteers Needed for The Opening of Churches for Public Worship

Volunteers will continue to be needed to help with stewarding and cleaning in order to provide a safe environment for those attending any public Mass. Without stewards, Masses will have to be cancelled. We are particularly in need of stewards for weekday Masses.

Readers for Mass
We have very few readers for Masses at the moment. If you can help out please inform the parish office.


Day of Special Prayer

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) - 9th August. 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.

Pope's Intention for August

The Maritime World. We pray for those who work and live at sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. 


The Middlesbrough Diocese, in conjunction with the Knights of St Columba, have begun ‘Dial-a-Mass’ for the benefit of those who do not have the internet or computer. 
The Mass is recorded and put on the telephone at 12.00pm on Sunday, and stays until 11.59am the following Sunday. 
By telephoning 01642 130 120, a person can listen to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the cost of a local call. The Mass will not go over one hour (it tends to be approximately 45 minutes) .
Many people who have used this service have said how good it was and how much it helped them. They felt included and less isolated from their faith and the catholic community. 
If you know of anyone who would benefit from this service, please let them know.  

The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still Suspended
Catholics in this country were released from the obligation to attend Mass every Sunday when we had to cease public Masses back in March. Even though we are about to start public Masses again, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended and will probably remain so for some time yet. Some Catholics will not be able to attend Mass yet as they may still be shielding themselves or someone in their household. And others may not be able to attend Mass every Sunday as the restrictions will limit the number of people we can have in the church. Once we have weekday Masses again, you may want to consider attending Mass on a weekday rather than on a Sunday.


Live Streaming of Mass from St. Mary's

Even though the Sunday Masses will now be public, for the time being we are going to try to continue live streaming the 9.30 Mass from St. Mary’s. We have had to change the set up of the camera and laptop. Apologies if there are any problems.

Freedom Centre

The collection of food for the Freedom Centre will resume from the parish from Sunday 26th July. Please leave any donations in the red box in the Narthex of St. Mary’s.

Financial Support of the Parish

Although parishioners are now able to attend Mass and give donations to the parish in the collection, if you would like to make a donation to the parish in other ways, you may do so by:

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.


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) - 9th August 2020