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

All  Souls’ Day Mass (2nd November)

A public Mass will be celebrated on Monday 2nd November to commemorate all the faithful departed (All Souls’ Day). This Mass will take place at St Mary’s church, 10am.


50th Anniversary of the Canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England & Wales

This weekend, we mark a historic moment - the 50th anniversary of the Canonisation of the forty martyrs of England & Wales, which took place on the 25th October, 1970. Among them is one of our Patrons, St Cuthbert Mayne, who was born and grew up in North Devon, and ministered as a priest in Cornwall. Today, we keep the memory of this great and well-loved saint, as well as all forty martyrs, who gave their lives for their faith. For the full pastoral message from Bishop Mark O’Toole click here.

Donations in Memory of Jackie Coleman

Thank you to all those who donated to W.O.R.K in memory Jackie Coleman RIP. We have been informed that £250 has been raised for the charity.


W.O.R.K Curry and Quiz Night

The W.O.R.K. Curry and Quiz evening in November is always well supported by the parish and it is an important fund raiser for the charity.  As it cannot go ahead this year some people have kindly asked how they can make a donation.  It’s easy to donate through Virgin Giving if you click on the ‘charities’ tab and search for Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya (click here).  Fr. Peter has generously agreed to donations being given to the parish office. Please include your contact details so that you can be thanked and please let us know if Gift Aid can be applied. The trustees of W.O.R.K. are very grateful for the continued support given by Fr. Peter and the parish.


Red Box Holders

If your box is full, please ask Fr Peter or Fr James for a ‘Missio’ envelope. Its contents include a card showing ways in which you can donate this money to them. If it is not possible for you to use one of these methods, there is another option. If possible, count the money in your red box and then empty it into the envelope, remembering to write your name and the amount collected on the envelope before returning it to church. Also attach a new label to your red box. You do not need to contact your regular collector. If you are unable to return your offering at present, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities once this is all over. Thank you to all who donate to Missio.


Reducing the Transmission of COVID-19 & Face Masks

Thank you to all parishioners for your continued adherence to the governmental guidelines surrounding COVID-19. By filling out Track & Trace forms, social distancing and wearing masks, you are helping to keep our churches open.

PLEASE ENSURE that you put your face mask on before entering the church and that both your mouth and nose are covered by the mask. Many thanks.


NHS Track & Trace App

QR codes are now on display in the entrance of our churches. You can scan these codes using the new NHS Track & Trace App each time you attend mass. Alternatively, you can continue to fill out the paper Track & Trace forms that have been in use for the past few months. Thank you.


Gift Aid

In March 2020 I gave a talk on Gift Aid and a number of parishioners agreed to sign up and took away the necessary forms. The Coronavirus Lockdown happened the following week and not all of the Gift Aid Declaration forms found their way back to me. Some parishioners signed up to use a Standing Order and have indeed been donating to the parish using this method. However their paperwork trail is not complete and the parish cannot claim back the tax paid by them. So if you signed up as a new Gift Aid donor in March 2020, using a Standing Order, then please contact me, Brian Sapsford, on 01271 346500.

Message from Our Lady’s School

It has been lovely to welcome all  the children and staff back to, it finally feels like a school community again following the lockdown.  The children have settled in  really well and I have been so proud of the love and support shown by the staff to ensure children are happy and safe.

We would like to express our thanks for the generous gift from the CWL.  We have decided to purchase some new bibles to support the delivery of the R.E curriculum.  This generous contribution will significantly impact the children's learning and faith exploration.

We continue to remember the parish community in our prayers, especially the vulnerable who have not been able to return to Mass.


Marmalade, Chutney & Jam for Sale

Jill Chappell is selling the following preserves for £2 per pot. All money to go to the poor box:

- Orange marmalade with whiskey

- Apple & mixed fruit chutney with port

- Pineapple jam

If interested, please call the parish office or speak to Jill directly.


Live Streaming Mass from St. Mary's

Mass continues to be live streamed from St Mary’s, Barnstaple at 9:30am on a Sunday. This is live streamed from the Barnstaple Parish Facebook Page. This mass continues to be live streamed at present.


Rosary Whirlwind British Isles: Faith, Life & Peace

October is traditionally the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. 

Once again Catholics across England, Wales, Scotland and the Isles are invited to take up their rosaries for an intensive Rosary Whirlwind Mission for the spiritual well-being of the British Isles and for its preservation from degeneration, disaster, sickness and war. Specific events and dates as follows:

- Daily Recitation of the Rosary: on line at 8pm each evening throughout October. For links and site information, please visit

- Recitation of Individual Parish Groups: On the 13th October, Parish groups are encouraged within Covid restrictions to recite the Rosary at a time and place of their choosing. This commitment can be registered on the Rosary on the Coast web page where each participating group will be indicated on the National Map.

- Continuous Rosary Recitation across the British Isles: on the 31st October, from 9am – 9pm. The Plymouth Diocese slot is 11.30am and will be led by Bishop Mark.

For details please visit:

CELEBRATE Zoom Evenings

CELEBRATE are running a series of Zoom events in lieu of their annual ‘in-person’ weekend conference. These will take place on the following Mondays, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm:

-2nd November:   Unity; The Importance of Unity for the Kingdom

-16th November:  Formation; The Call to Ever Deeper Discipleship

-30th November:  Mission; Taking Risks and Steeping out in Faith

For more information about CELEBRATE, and to register for an event, please visit:

Mission Made Possible

Online evangelisation formation continues in the Diocese and beyond.  The Vicariate for Evangelisation provides personal formation for each participant to form a life changing attitude for mission, along with a practical method for sharing their faith sensitively and appropriately in everyday life (Genesis method). Full information is on the diocesan website under "Mission Made Possible":

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. 

Volunteers Needed for Public Masses

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.

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.


30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) - 25th October 2020