Parish of The English Martyrs

Welcome
One Family Parish
OUR PARISH PRIEST Fr Basil Postlethwaite Born in Warrington, Cheshire. He joined the Benedictine Abbey at Ampleforth and was given the name Basil. Educated in Manchester and Oxford. Ordained December 3rd 1983. Fr Basil’ came to our parish  Saturday 21st Dec. 2013. Celebrating the evening Mass at St Joseph’s Ilminster.
SILENCE:   Can   I   remind   parishioners   that   the   time before   Mass   is   a   time   of   quiet   reflection   and   that there   should   not   be   conversations   within   any   of   the three    Churches.    Please    also    ensure    that    mobile phones remain switched off during mass. Fr Basil THE GOOD NEWS Our Weekly Newsletter 4 page PDF document HERE
How to find us Click HERE for the locations of our three churches. All are welcome to come to any of our Masses, and be part of our community. we look forward to your presence among us.
The English Martyrs (Presbytery) 2 East Street, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1EP
Saturday 25th March 5.30pm. Mass at St Joseph's, Ilminster. (Vigil) Sunday 26th March   9.00am. Mass at St Peter’s, Crewkerne. 11.00am. Mass at The English Martyrs, Chard.
The English Martyrs, St Joseph’s and St Peter’s
OUR MISSION We, the Roman Catholic Parish of The English Martyrs. Three Places of Worship, One Family Parish. Our aim to Worship God, Love each other, Serve the community and Pray for the Power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives In the name of Jesus Christ.
See our Mass Intentions page for times of services during the week
Fourth Sunday of Lent 26th March 2017 Reading 1 1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 Psalm Ps 22 r. 1 Reading 2 Eph 5:8-14 Gospel Acc. John 8: 12 Gospel John 9:1-41 Shorter   John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Parish Groups SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) The Catholic Ladies' Guild, The Book Club, Monthly Coffee Morning, Coffee after Sunday Mass, Men’s Group.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK ‘Water, Light, and Life’ - Fr Basil During the cycle of readings for Lent in Year A the three middle Sundays cover texts from Saint John’s Gospel. We can only make sense of these gospels if we remember that Lent is seen as the final period of preparation for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. During Lent the candidates for Baptism are questioned (scrutinisied) about what they really believe. In these three gospels Jesus is revealed as: ‘the water of life,’ ‘the light of the world,’ and ‘the resurrection and the life’. As we listen to these Gospels we are invited to reflect on our own faith and what it means for us in everyday life. Do we really believe what we proclaim about Jesus and does it make a difference to our lives?
Christ heals the Blind Man By kind permission, Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P. Lawrence OP's photo-stream - HERE Left click or touch image to enlarge
Fr Lawrence’s Window
The Last Supper By Juan de Juanes