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CHURCH NEWS AND EVENTS

Updated: Jul 4

We have a new Bishop The Right Reverend Bosco Macdonald. Congratulations! Bishop John Bosco MacDonald, known as Bosco, was born in Bath on 21 July 1963. He was baptised at the parish church of St Mary’s in the city. He studied at the seminary in Valladolid, Spain, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Clifton at St John’s in Bath on 6 July 1991.

His first appointment of his diocesan ministry was at the Cathedral parish as an assistant priest, before being made parish priest of St John Fisher in Wellington from 1995-1998. He then moved to Holy Family, Patchway. In November 1997, Bishop-elect Bosco was appointed the Diocesan Coordinator of Chaplains for Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form sectors, and from 1998–2023 was a member of the Retired Priests Committee.

On New Year’s Day 2003, he was appointed Dean of Bristol North West and held the role for four years. His next parish appointment was to St Gregory the Great with St Thomas More in Cheltenham. During this time, in March 2009, he was Installed as Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. In 2010, Bishop Bosco was appointed Amicus Clero for the diocese. The term means ‘friend of the clergy’ and the incumbent offers a listening ear for any priest with pastoral or personal concerns. He was appointed Dean of Clifton Cathedral in September 2015, a position he held until Pope Francis appointed him the Tenth Bishop of Clifton on 14 March 2024. Bishop Bosco’s Episcopal Ordination as the Tenth Bishop of Clifton was on 8 May 2024 in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol.


Our new Pastoral Area named after Blessed Richard Whiting: Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter of September 2/3rd informed the parishes that the existing 13 deaneries would be replaced by 9 deaneries, or pastoral areas, named after a saint of the Diocese and led by a dean of each particular area. The parishes in our pastoral deanery are:

English Martyrs – Chard, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles – Cheddar, Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury – Glastonbury, St Michael’s – Shepton Mallet, St Dunstan’s – Somerton, St Joseph and St Teresa – Wells, St Luke and St Teresa – Wincanton The Holy Ghost – Yeovil.


DONATIONS: We thank all donating to the Church at Mass & those giving by Standing Order. You can always support our parish by donating to: SS Luke & Teresa Wincanton - SC 521003, Acc. 66287359. May God bless you and all.


St Luke and St Teresa Liturgy Team:

Invites Parishioners – children and adults to take part in the Liturgy at Mass on Sundays.

Would you like to read?

Would you like to Serve?

Train to be a Eucharistic Minister? Are you good at organising, planning Feast Day Masses or Pilgrimages or Parish Social Events? Please get in touch. Rebecca Peacock 07388 110895 rebspeacock@icloud.com

Dates for your Diary

DIOCESAN DAY – SATURDAY 6th JULY – ST BERNADETTE’S SECONDARY SCHOOL, BRISTOL - The focus of our day will be on Hope – especially in relation to the Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope’. All are invited to join Bishop Bosco as we explore the theme of Hope together. We will look at where our hope lies, as well as our experiences of pilgrimage and where we might journey as a Diocese in 2025.  The day will start at 9.30am with refreshments and will include Mass as a central part of our day. Please bring a packed lunch. We will finish by 4pm. To register for the day please click the Eventbrite link: https://cliftondiocesanday.eventbrite.co.uk You will be most welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO GLASTONBURY SHRINE – SUNDAY 14th JULY 12-4.30pm - We are offering a parish pilgrimage to this event which will include the procession of Our Lady around the Abbey grounds and town.  There will be opportunities for reconciliation, exposition, private healing prayer and Mass.  Please add your name to the sheet in the Narthex.  We will car share or hire a minibus.  Pick up will be from St Luke’s Wincanton and the horse pond in Caste Cary.

PASTORAL MINISTRY FORMATION COURSE – Commencing Autumn 2024.  This course is ideal for any Parishioner who seeks to develop their capacity to serve the Parish in any way.  There are various information evenings available.  Please see poster on the notice board for further information. 

 


BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS PROJECT – ACCURE HEALTH CONSULTANCY LTD: Understanding Blood pressure as a risk factor: High Blood Pressure is a major risk factor for Cardiac disease and strokes. Risk of developing high blood pressure increases after the age of 40. Early detection and management of high blood pressure reduces the risk of cardiovascular events.

Fr Francis is a trained voluntary Community Champion that can assist anyone in the community who may wish to know about his/her blood pressure and be supported with free Healthy Live-style Advice. Please get in touch, we are happy to help.


SOME NOTES & ACTION POINTS FROM LAST PARISH FORUM:

Communities - Tea, Coffee morning and Mass: there is need to bring together our Catholic members, encourage support, and strengthen Catholic presence in the communities of Mere, Bruton and Castle Cary as well as promote active participation in parish life. All related arrangements to be discussed with the Parish Priest and relevant Committees. Action: Communities’ Coordinators and members – to meet, discuss & report. COMMUNITIES CONTACTS: If you are in any of the communities, kindly note the following Contacts Persons that you can chat with and find out more: 1. Castle Cary: Dr Nick Niven Jenkins, email: nick@niven-jenkins.co.uk; Dawn Martin: email treborlodge@btinternet.com 2. Bruton: Ed Tickner, email: edtickner@hotmail.com 3. Mere: John FitzGerald email: fitzgerald.jns@sky.com Mere Community Coffee Morning - Hill brush, 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Bible Sharing Group: Monday after morning Mass in the parish room. Zoom Prayer Group: Monday at 5.30pm, to join, Contact:tonisalmonson@gmail.com Church Cleaning – Wincanton: Friday 10.00 – 11.am. Thank you for helping. CHURCH REPOSITORY: please visit for religious items, cards, etc. Contact Parish Administrator


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