Parish of The English Martyrs

Welcome
One Family Parish
OUR PARISH PRIEST Fr Basil Postlethwaite Born in Warrington, Cheshire. He joined the Benedictine Order at Ampleforth Abbey 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.
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
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 25th June 2017 Saturday 24th June.  5.30pm. Mass at St Joseph's, Ilminster. Vigil. Sunday 25th June. 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.
Parish Groups SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) The Catholic Ladies' Guild, The Book Club, Men’s Group, Monthly Coffee Morning, Coffee after Sunday Mass.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK John the Baptist. Fr Basil Today (24th June) we celebrate the Birthday of John the Baptist. John is often referred to as  ‘the last of the prophets’. He spans the Old and New Testament (His father Zecariah was a priest in the Jewish ispensation). John appears in the ‘wilderness’, the place of ‘testing’ in the Old Testament, and his coming signifies that there is to be a new ‘Exodus’ or deliverance. In this case the miracle is not performed through the offices of Moses, but through the person of Jesus. John calls his contemporaries to a ‘baptism for the forgiveness of sins’. As we celebrate his appearance we are called to reflect on the power of our own baptism and our fidelity to our vocation. ‘He must increase, and I must decrease’ These words of John should help us in our own lives.
St Irenaeus Mansfield College, Oxford. 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
See our Mass Intentions page for times of services during the week