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Sacred Heart
Catholic Church Exeter

Mass Times








5.30pm (Saturday)



1.15pm - Mass in Polish







Sacrament of Confession

Usually Saturday after 10am Mass and 4pm-5pm

and on reasonable request

QI Report - Sacred Heart, Exeter[12255].
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Parish Pastoral Council

Fr Petroc Cobb - President

Fr Albert Lawes

Fr Anil Gundabatina

Philippa Smallwood - Chair

Coral Saunders-Mortier (Secretary)

Michael Quinn 

Delian Bower 

Martin Overy 

Ken Cheek 

Monica Overy

Rosalba Villarreal 

Eduardo Villarreal 

Federico Caprotti 

Maria Quinn 

Kelvin Russell 


If you are going into hospital, or if you have a relative or friend in hospital, please make sure that the Parish knows - under the provision of the Data Protection Act, the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital no longer automatically informs us of patients who are Catholic.

Hospital Chaplain:   Fr Albert Lawes - 01392 272815


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist offer a valuable service to their communities.  Their work is practical and witnesses to their faith.  They have the privilege of sharing Christ with others and so help to build up the body of Christ, his Church.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:

  • help to give Communion at Mass,

  • take Communion to the sick at home, in care homes, or in hospital,

  • offer a witness to the community by their service.


The proclaiming of the scriptures is an integral part of the Mass and we would like everyone within the community to feel they can take part in this ministry.  We have a rota system in place and aim to give everyone a chance to read at least once a month.  There is also the opportunity to read within the weekday masses.  We have regular training sessions and guidance given on how to use the microphone. 


Welcoming at Mass is as important a ministry as any of the ministries in the church.  At a practical level it involves the handing out of Hymn Books, Mass cards and the Parish Newsletter to parishioners attending Mass.  It also means a friendly greeting and welcome to all those entering the church.

The 5:30 pm Saturday Vigil Mass and the 9:15 am and 11.15am  Sunday Masses have rotas for welcoming but we are always looking for new helpers. During the pandemic normal welcoming has been replaced by Covid Stewarding.


Altar servers play an important part in the Church's liturgy.  Good servers enable us all; bishops, priests, deacons and laity to celebrate the Mass and the other sacraments with a spirit of prayer.  Building up the Body of Christ and making sure that it works well is a job directed by the Holy Spirit.  All people in the church are given a gift, a talent, which can be used for the benefit of the church. Serving at the Altar is one of those gifts. Training at various times is scheduled and announced in advance.


The Children's Liturgy takes place every Sunday during the 9:15 am Family Mass. This enables children and young people to celebrate the work of God at their own level of understanding.  This is up to and including Year 6 children.

To accompany children on their faith journey is most enriching - join us and find out for yourself!

Contact Maria Quinn:


Tea and Coffee is served after 9:15 Sunday Mass in the lower room - a chance for parishioners to meet socially.  We use only FAIRTRADE products.  All profits go to support the work of WAYmakers.  WAYmakers are aiming to resettle a refugee family in the Parish and need to raise £9000 to support their application to be a Community Sponsor.  

Additional helpers are always welcome - please contact: 
Martin Overy on 01392 436740; email


Music at the 9:15 am Sunday Mass is led by our Family Music Group.  We are a friendly group who welcome instrumentalists and singers of all abilities and ages; we are very proud of our younger musicians!

We play a mixture of contemporary and traditional music and meet once a month to practice and plan.  We welcome parishioners to join us for as much or as little as their time commitments allow.  We play at other parish celebrations throughout the year; carolling at Tesco's for Cafod is one of our favourite invitations!

If you would like to join us, come chat with us on a Sunday or drop us an email:
Dorf Ruscoe:; Helena Withers:


The Sunday Masses are supported by two music groups, who join together to lead the music liturgy at major festivals and celebrations. At the 11:15 am Mass, the music, accompanied by the organ, tends more toward the traditional and uses music by a wide range of composers, both ancient and modern.  The group is keen on the reasonable regular use of ancient melodies such as plainsong.

For information contact Tegwyn Harris


The CWL is a National Organisation, meeting with others countrywide. We welcome any lady of the parishes to the CWL.
The CWL hold monthly women's meetings with occasional speakers, on the the Third Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Room. Any changes are notified in the Parish Newsletters.
We give support to our Parish Priests and Churches. We also serve tea and coffee after the Sturday 10:00 a.m. Mass to fundraise for local Charities ones.


The Sacred Heart Arts Group, through drama, music, and various forms of visual displays, seek to demonstrate how the creative arts can enhance Parish life.   Recently, we have undertaken some adventurous projects such as:

“Change and Continuity” – a dramatized history of the Catholic Church in Exeter.

“Blitz” – a re-enactment of the night of the Exeter Blitz in 1942

“Murder is Served”- with audience participation and plentiful food.

Throughout the year, we

·         set up regular visual displays, according to the liturgical calendar

·         help decorate the church for Christmas

·         build an Easter Garden

·         assist with the co-ordination of special celebratory events

New members are always welcome (especially younger ones). You do not need to be especially artistic or creative.  We are a friendly group with a very informal approach. 

Contact Dorf Ruscoe on 01404 822689 or


Our main work is fundraising and campaigning.  It is the care and use of all that we have been given by God, in terms of talent, treasure and time, that underpins our work in the Sacred Heart Church.

  • There are two main fundraising Family Fast Days - Lent & Harvest.

  • Coin collection tubs at back of Church

  • Carols supported by the Music Group at Tesco.

  • Various campaign issues as they arise.


The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need.

By joining our SVP group you can help to support individuals and families in need.

Volunteering with the SVP is an opportunity to make a difference to people's lives.  Loneliness has been described by Mother Teresa as the great western disease and a large part of activities is visiting the sick, the lonely, and the elderly.  You don't need to have experience, an obvious skill, or come from a particular social background.

Our meeting takes place on the first Thursday of each month at the Conference Centre, Mount St Mary Convent, Wonford Road, from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Contact: Peter Schranz at  or  07762 251641


St Nicholas is a Catholic Primary School.  The first St Nicholas school was opened in 1895 at the Mint, which was part of the site on which St Nicholas Priory had stood; this was also the site of the first post Reformation Catholic church in Exeter. Due to ever increasing pupil numbers, the school moved to Holloway street in 1959, to the Matford Lane site in 1974, and to the current new building on Ringswell Avenue in 2007.  The school serves the needs of Catholic children living in the city of Exeter and its surrounds, and keeps close links with the parishes involved.  The school's long and continuous history has given it many valuable traditions and has provided the community with the best of Catholic education for over 100 years.  The present school aims to continue this work by providing a full range of religious, educational and social opportunities.  In July 2010 St Nicholas School became the first school in Devon to be awarded accreditation for its Foundation Stage Unit.  St Nicholas School is now part of Plymouth CAST (Catholic and Anglican Schools Trust).  

St Nicholas Catholic Primary School,
Ringswell Avenue,

Telephone: 01392 445403



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