This Week's Messenger


Sunday 18th June 2017

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time





Kenneth John Ponting, Geoffrey Rowell (bishop)



[25] Agnes Florence Gibbens, Albert Tokeley;  [28] Eleanor Parkhouse; [29] Norah Mantell, David John Bishop; [30] Clive Beresford (priest), Alan Goodall, Janet Ricketts;


The Sacred Heart

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on Friday with a Sung Mass at S. Saviour's at 7.30pm.  Do join us for this celebration of divine love.


Readings for this Sunday


First reading        Exodus 19.2-6

A reading from the Book of Exodus

From Rephidim the Israelites set out again; and when they reached the wilderness of Sinai, there in the wilderness they pitched their camp; there facing the mountain Israel pitched camp.  Moses then went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.  From this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own for all the earth is mine.  I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation.’”


Psalm                   Psalm 100.1-2, 4

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands : serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God : it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting : and his truth endureth from generation to generation.


Second reading    Romans 5.6-11

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

We were still helpless when at his appointed moment Christ died for sinful men.  It is not easy to die even for a good man—though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die—but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.  Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God's anger?  When we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son?  Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.



Gospel                   Matthew 9.36—10.8


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.”  He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness.  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him.  These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: “Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.  And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.”




MONDAY - Feria

S. Mark - 6.00 pm Mass

TUESDAY - Feria S. Aldhelm - 10.45am Mass
WEDNESDAY - S. Aloisius S. Saviour - 9.30am Mass

S. Luke - 9.00 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am Mass

FRIDAY - Sacred Heart of Jesus S. Saviour - 7.30pm Sung Mass
SATURDAY - The Birth of John the Baptist S. Mark - 9.30 am Mass
SUNDAY - Twelve Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass as usual in all three churches




S. Mark's

CORPUS CHRISTI:  Thanks to all who came along to help with the Carpet of Flowers.  Work was completed in record time.

SUMMER CONCERT by the Swindon Choral Society, takes place on Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10.00

QUIZ NIGHT:  This takes place on Tuesday 27th June, tickets £5.00.  Please sign the list at the back of Church if you would like to come.  Please bring your own Drinks.  



We will be running our bottle stall at the Old Town Festival on Sunday 9th July.  Please bring in as many bottles as you can and leave at the back of church.  NO two-litre bottles of fizzy drinks please!



An outing has been planned for Saturday 16th September leaving S. Mark’s at 8.30am.  Notices and booking forms can be found at the back of each Church.  For more information please contact Andrew King on 01793 541504.



Fr Dexter’s last Sunday in the parish will be 16 July. Following the Mass at S. Mark’s that day, there will be an opportunity to say farewell to him and to Amy.  The day will end with Evensong and Benediction at 6.00pm

Fr Dexter will be collated, inducted and installed as Rector of S. John’s, Coventry on Wednesday 26 July at 7.00pm.  



The parish of S. Peter’s, Penhill, celebrates its Patronal Festival on Thursday 29th June at 7.30pm with a Sung Mass followed by a reception.   This year, Fr Dexter will be the guest celebrant and preacher.  The people of S. Peter's would welcom any friends from this parish who would like to join them for that occassion.


S. Saviour's Coffee Morning

Our next coffee morning will take place on Saturday 24th June between 10.00am and noon in S. Saviour's Hall.  This month, it is in aid of the Brighter Futures.Campaign for the radiotherapy unit in Swindon.  All are welcome to join us - do invite friends and neighbours.



desperately needs:  Coffee, sugar, long-life fruit juice, meat (corned beef, hot dogs, stewed steak, mince, etc), meals (fray bentos pies, tinned curry, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, etc), puddings, tinned fruit. 




Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Muriel Avenell, John Vittles, Revd Canon Brian Fessey, Tiffany Stephen


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


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


Gordon Clack, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Doris Rumming


Preston, Donald Thompson, Fr Robert Pitt


Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade.



Next Sunday's Readings

Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 69; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew: 10:26-33



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