Parish Men’s Breakfast @ Hartley's Kitchen
Jun 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:45 am
  • We’ll order our respective breakfasts when we arrive and divi-up the bill equally at the end, if diners are in agreement.  It seems to work quite nicely for most of you parish gastronauts and it’s a lot less work for me.  Last time breakfast worked out at c. £11.50 (including a tip) per head and will probably be in the same ball park this time.
  • Please let me know if you will be coming along, no later than Sunday, 16th June so that I can confirm the final numbers with Hartley’s in advance of the breakfast.
  • If you want to order and pay separately please let me know when you reply.
  • It’s been a long time since we had a good natter and I’m sure that there’s plenty to catch up on, so I’ll look forward to seeing everybody who’s interested, arraigned around the breakfast table soon.
  • As always, if there’s anybody you think might enjoy a bit of a nosh and natter with the boys, then please invite them along but kindly let me know.
Solemn High Mass for Saints Thomas More and John Fisher @ Downside Abbey
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am

Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form for Saints Thomas More and John Fisher.

Fr. Philip will sing the part of Deacon.

Solemnity of Corpus et Sanguis Christi @ Ss Joseph and Teresa Church
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am

Solemnity of Corpus et Sanguis Christi

Eucharistic Procession to the Presbytery Garden for Benediction, at the close of the 11.00 a.m. Mass

 Safe Families for Children – One Year On Anniversary @ St Mary’s Church
Jun 24 @ 2:01 pm

You are warmly invited to join Bishop Ruth Worsley and Safe Families For Children in celebrating their one year anniversary coming alongside local isolated families in Somerset.

At Safe Families we know that every child deserves to thrive and we recognise that to do this children need to be loved and secure in their own family. The problem is that when families are isolated and struggling their children can feel upset and afraid. Facing life alone is hard, and when families feel like there is no one there to help it’s a scary place to be. This is why Safe Families partner with over 800 churches in the UK to deliver a family focused transformation programme.

Do join us on Monday 24th June at St Mary’s Church, Huish Episcopi, TA10 9QR for refreshments including puddings from 7.00 p.m. and a service of celebration starting at 7.30 p.m.

Bishop Ruth, our keynote speaker will be inspiring us, the programme director of Safe Families South and South West will communicate local stories and vision, and Rev Jess Pitman will share what it’s like to be a volunteer for Safe Families connecting with isolated families bringing them hope.

This invitation is extended to all church leaders, members and interested parties. For catering purposes please RSVP to Dawn can also be contacted if you are a church in South Somerset or Mendip and would like a short presentation about Safe Families in your church, churches together or community meetings. More information on the charity can be found at

We look forward to seeing you there,

Bishop Ruth and The Safe Families Team, Somerset

CAFOD – Climate Change
Jun 26 all-day

On Wednesday 26th June thousands of CAFOD supporters will gather outside Westminster to tell our MP’s that climate change and environmental degradation must stop. There will be a coach travelling from our Diocese so please let Charlotte in the office know if you would like to attend.

Diocesan Family Day @ St. Brendan's Sixth Form College
Jul 6 @ 9:45 am – 4:15 pm

We gather at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College on Saturday 6 July with our Bishop and with people from across all parishes in the diocese. It is always a good day and the hope is that there is something for everyone.  The day begins at 9.45am with an opening liturgy and concludes at 4.15pm with Mass.  Refreshments served from 9.15am.  Details can be found on the poster and booklets at  Lunch is provided, please email just to let us know you are coming:

YOUNG PEOPLE NEEDED FOR DIOCESAN DAY Are you a young person who would like to gain experience of leadership and public speaking?  For our fantastic Diocesan Day on 6th July, we are inviting young people to come forward to be part of our leadership team.  We need stewards, workshop assistants, people to introduce our speakers and young people be the welcoming face of the event!  You’ll be in teams during the day so you can share in your tasks.  As a big thank you, young people will be able to take part in our Climbing Wall and Archery activities, receive a certificate of participation, a free T-shirt and an Ice cream!  This can count towards your Faith in Action and DofE projects!  If you are aged 14+, please email to register, and come along to our training day on Saturday 15th June 10am – 3pm at St Brendan’s College, Broomhill Rd, Bristol. BS4 5RQ.

Deanery Ministries Mass @ English Martyrs Church
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm

Deanery Ministries Mass taking place at English Martyrs Church, East Street, Chard, on Wed 10 July at 7.30 p.m.  All are welcome.  Please bring food to share afterwards.

Marriage Celebration @ Clifton Cathedral
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm

MARRIAGE CELEBRATION AT CLIFTON CATHEDRAL SATURDAY 13th JULY Join Bishop Declan for mass in the cathedral as we celebrate the gift that Is marriage.  If you are celebrating a significant anniversary this year, newly married, or looking forward to marriage in 2019, then please contact us: or 0117 902 5595.

This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples.  All are welcome.

There is, of course, a desire to have with us those who are celebrating particular anniversaries across 2019. If you know of any couples in your parish who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year – silver (25), pearl (30), ruby (40), sapphire (45), golden (50), emerald (55), or diamond (60)….or beyond – then please contact us at, giving us the names and addresses of these couples. They will receive individual invitations from the Bishop to this diocesan celebration. We would also like to invite those couples who are preparing for marriage in 2019 or will have just entered into marriage, please get in touch with their names and contact details, too, and we will ensure they are included and invited.

Bishop Bekynton Lecture @ Wells Cathedral
Jul 14 @ 4:15 pm
Christians Together in Wells – Evening Service @ Ss. Joseph and Teresa Church
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm