Parish Priest:  Fr. Harry Doyle
Phone 01392 920662 (please leave a message if necessary)

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School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A Folland 
Phone 01392 445403.  School Website:

Sunday Masses during the month of October 2017

Scripture readings at Mass – Year A, Weekday Cycle 1, Season: Ordinary Time

Mass at 11am

October 1

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 8

27th Sunday in O.T. (Day of prayer for prisoners)

October 15

28th Sunday in O.T.

October 22

29th Sunday in O.T. (World Mission Day)

October 29

30th Sunday in O.T.

Days of Special Prayer

Friday 6 October CAFOD Harvest fast day            

Mon. 9 October Blessed John Henry Newman

Wed. 18 October St Luke                         

Sat. 28 October SS Simon and Jude

Weekday Masses 10am: Monday to Saturday inclusive

Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass on Saturdays

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for August: Workers and the unemployed

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

A warm welcome to any Visitors. Following the Sunday celebration of Mass
there is tea or coffee served in the lower room
. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

The inaugural organ recital, given by John Wellingham, was a great success. The church was filled to capacity, with 20 extra chairs imported to accommodate people on the waiting list for tickets. John played a selection of music which showed off the remarkable variety of sound the Gray organ could produce, and people were enchanted by it. We raised just over £300 to be shared between Estuary League of Friends and the new Topsham Adventure Centre. Thanks are due to Frances and Andrew for organising the concert, and to George, Anne, Malcolm and Margot for managing the refreshments.

Don’t miss the Topsham Museum exhibition on Topsham's churches which finishes at the end of October.  Do make an effort to look at least at the section on Catholics, which features the massacre at Clyst Heath in 1549 during the Prayer Book Rebellion, the unexpected visit to Topsham of (Blessed) Charles Spinola in 1597 and his eye-witness account of pro-Catholic religious attitudes locally, and the foundation and development of Holy Cross parish.  The book Churches of Topsham includes a more extended account of the history of Catholics in Topsham since 1549 (researched and written by Frances Nieduszynska and Mike Wynn), and is on sale at the back of the church (£5.30).

Sunday 22 October – World Mission Day. There will be a special collection on this Sunday. Gift Aid envelopes will be available at the back of the church. Please keep the Mission in your prayers and if you would like to have a Mission box at home for all your loose change and for future collections then please contact John Franklin

RCIA/Journey of Faith Are you thinking of joining the Catholic Church? Or are you already a Catholic and would like to explore your faith further?  If so, you are very welcome to come along to our ‘Journey of Faith’ meetings which will begin on Wednesday 4 October at 7.30 pm at the Mount St Mary Centre, Wonford Road. Please ring Blessed Sacrament Parish if you wish to know more: 01392 274724.

South West Celebrate 14 & 15 October at Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Plymouth PL6 5HN. The main speakers will be Rev Olly Ryder, Pippa Baker and David Wells. There are separate streams for children & young people along with lively worship, drama and a variety of workshops, Family Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation. Online booking is available (prior booking is essential). For more details call Susanne on 01803606256 or see


Parish Council: Next meeting to be announced.

CWL: Mass 10.00 at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday of the month.

SVP: Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.

The Prayer group meets at 10.45 after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room. All are welcome. Please contact (875776) or just turn up.

Adoration at the Convent: On Tuesday evenings Adoration is held at the Mount St Mary Convent Chapel, Wonford Road, from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary

Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 18-25 February 2019: Presentation and Facts evening at 7pm: Monday, 2 October at St Richard Reynold’s Centre, 29 Fore St, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 2QJ. Further details: Pilgrimage People, Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
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Telephone 0800 612 3423.

Celebrate Weekend is moving! On 14/15 October 2017, the new venue will be Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Plymouth PL6 5HN. The new name will be: South West Celebrate Weekend. Save the date.

Action for Children Coffee Morning and stalls. Saturday 4 November, 10am – 12pm at St Nicholas Methodist Church, Topsham.

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