This Week's Messenger


Sunday 26th February 2017

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Recently Departed

Amelia Veronica, Beth Plumb


Year's Mind

[26] Helen Davis, Marie Shurmer; [27] Jenny Lawson, Norman Mark; [28] Winifred Hart; [1st March] Violet Vittles, Alison Manley; [2] Pauline Taylor; [3] Ellen Rose, Amanda Joyce, Alice Mary Cook; [4] Ellen Nicholls, Audrey House.


Readings for this Sunday

Lesson        Isaiah 49.14-15

Zion was saying, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.”  Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb?  Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you.


Gradual Psalm 62.1-2,5-8

My soul truly waiteth still upon God : for of him cometh my salvation.

He verily is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not fall.

My soul, wait thou still upon God : for my hope is in him.

He truly is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not fall.

In God is my health, and my glory : the rock of my might, and in God is my trust.

O put your trust in him alway, ye people : pour out your hearts before him, for God is our hope.


Epistle I Corinthians 4.1-5

People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.  What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust.  Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not.  I will not even pass judgement on myself.  True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted:  the Lord alone is my judge.  There must be no passing of premature judgement.  Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts.  Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.

Gospel Matthew 6.24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:  “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.  That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing!  Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are we not worth much more than they are?  Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life?  And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these.  Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith?  So do not worry; do not say, ‘What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?’  It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all.  Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well.  So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”




MONDAY - Feria S. Mark - 6pm Mass
TUESDAY - Feria S. Aldhelm - 10.45am Mass
WEDNESDAY - ASH WEDNESDAY Mass with Imposition of Ashes
9.30am S. Saviour & S. Luke
Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes
7.30pm S. Mark
THURSDAY - Feria S. Luke - 9.00am Morning Prayer, 9.30am Mass
FRIDAY - Feria  
SATURDAY - Feria S. Mark - 9.30am Mass




at S. Mark's today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Audrey House.



The next meeting of the Ecumenical Prayer Group will be Thursday 2nd March at 2pm in the Parish Room at Holy Rood.  All are welcome.



will take place at the Pilgrim Centre on Friday 3rd March at 10.00am.  Prepared by the Philippines, it will take as its theme “Am I being unfair to you”



A group will be gathering for cleaning at S. Mark’s around 1pm on Thursday 2nd March.  Please come along and help.



On Saturday 4th March at 7 pm in S. Saviour’s, there will be a concert in aid of the Radiotherapy Appeal, with Ray Burley—Classical Guitarist, and friends—including Milly’s Guitar Group.  Tickets £5 at the door.  Please come along and show your support, and enjoy an evening of music.



at S. Mark’s on Tuesday 7th March at 7pm.  £5 per person, including a hot supper.  Please bring your own drinks.



will begin on Friday 10th March in S. Aldhelm’s hall.  Why not join us for Mass in S. Aldhelm’s at 12.30 pm and then enjoy a delicious Lent Lunch afterwards.



Submissions are invited for the April/May edition of InSpire.  Tell us your news, views, stories, jokes, favourite hymn, charity news, and anything else you can think of!  Email to, drop them into the parish office or give them to any member of the editorial team, by Monday 13th March.




Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Derek Moreton, Muriel Avenell, Joe Ricketts, John Vittles, Revd Canon Brian Fessey.


Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Jane Shrimpton, Robin Langton.


Constance Groves, John Glass, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle, Sheila Maslin.


Gordon Clack, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins.


Preston, June Tatt, Donald Thompson, Ian Taylor, Fr Robert Pitt.


Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade.




Next Sunday's Readings

Genesis 2.7-9,3.1-7; Psalm 51.1-4,10-12,15; Romans 5.12-19; Matthew 4.1-11




Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)



The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement