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.
Thank You – Financial Contributions
At a recent meeting of the parish finance committee we looked at the financial contributions received in the past financial year, which ran from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. This was obviously a very different year from the usual, with the church being closed at times and a number of parishioners having to shield and unable to attend Mass for part or all the year. However, we still received about 75% of the income we would normally have expected. I think this was a great achievement and very generous. Even though many people could not attend Mass, they still sent in their contributions in order to support the parish and keep the parish running during this time. Thank you. Fr. Peter
Parish Office Closed
Monday 24th - Monday 31st. If you would like to speak to a priest, please email them directly or telephone the presbytery landline.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Catholic Church o England and Wales, the Church of England or the Church of Wales.
Our services are for people aged 18 or over, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the perpetrator is living or deceased. You do not have to have reported the incident to the Church authorities or the Police in order to access support.
Our Service is for people who have experienced any kind of abuse. This includes (but is not limited to) sexual violence, inappropriate sexual behaviour, physical abuse, financial abuse or exploitation, psychological abuse (including spiritual abuse), domestic abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour.
For more information:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest (27th May)
The Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him the Father has been well pleased from before all time. As Mediator between God and human beings, fulfilling the Father’s will, he sacrificed himself once on the altar of the Cross as a saving Victim for the whole world. Thus, instituting the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice, with a brother’s kindness he chose, from among the children of Adam, men to augment the priesthood, so that, from the sacrifice continually renewed in the Church, streams of divine power might flow, whereby a new heaven and a new earth might be made, and throughout the whole universe there would be perfected wat no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the human heart.
A Church on Fire
The presentation to the clergy/laity of our diocese on missionary disciples by Michael Dopp on May 1st can now be viewed at www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk or directly on YouTube. Encouraged and inspired, you are invited to participate in our well established deeper formation in missionary discipleship through Mission Made Possible, provided by the Diocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation & Catechesis.
Poor Box Donations & WORK
The money raised through poor box donations has been sent to W.O.R.K. They would like to pass on their ‘huge appreciation’, as the pandemic has made it difficult to fundraise in the last year. If you would like to find out more about their current projects, please visit: Work Kenya
Foodbank/Freedom Centre collection (30th May)
Please drop off any donations into the labelled box in the Narthex. Some Items that are currently useful to are: long life fruit juice, tinned fruit, tinned custard, male deodorants and sponge puddings. Thank you
The Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady at Walsingham, in collaboration with Rosary Movement of Reparation & Carfin Grotto, are offering a daily online rosary at 8pm.
24th May: Rosary Day for Schools & Young People
30th May: National Rosary Relay Rally
31st May: Online Rosary with BP John Keenan.
For Further information email Antonia@walsingham.org.uk
You can also join a livestream recitation of the Rosary within the diocese on
Sunday May 30th, 11am-12 noon with Bishop Mark from the Cathedral (see Diocesan website)
Saturday May 24th, 8pm, from St. Joseph’s, Newton Abbot, using the following link:
The Pope’s Intentions for May: The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Days of Special Prayer
The Church (23rd May - Pentecost)
For the Holy Father; may he be a focus for unity and peace. For the local Church may it be a beacon of Christ.
Diocese of Plymouth Environmental Policy
‘Pope Francis, through his encyclical letters Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti, has taken a global lead in encouraging every person on the planet to take action and care for the earth - our common home - and preserve it for future generations, thinking and acting in solidarity with those who are poor and suffering. Laudato Si’ is a call to an ‘ecological conversion’ inviting each one of us to recognise the connection between our faith, our planet and the most vulnerable people and to take an active role in preserving the gift of life on earth. Guardians of God’s Creation1 argues for ‘a more considered relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth through the way we manage our resources as a Church’. The Diocese of Plymouth environmental policy respects the earth as God’s creation and acknowledges that our care for it needs to be integrated into the life and mission of our Diocese. The policy sets out our commitment as a Diocese. The policy is for every person – young and old, parishioner and employee of the Diocese of Plymouth’
Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Message on Diocesan Environmental Policy: Click here
Diocese of Plymouth Environmental Policy: Click here
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.
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.