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Nov 2015 edition of the Catholic South West
Plymouth Diocese kick-started its World Youth Day planning with a Formation Day on 3rd October. More than 40 young people and leaders met at Belmont Chapel, Exeter. The Pilgrim Group will be led by Fr Jonathan Bielawski, from the Vicariate for Evangelisation and Fiona Hutchings who has many years experience of school headship. Those pictured below represent all our Deaneries across the Diocese. They came together in faith and hope that they will journey with pilgrims from Clifton to celebrate with Pope Francis in Poland in 2016. We reflected on the message of the Year of Mercy and committed ourselves at the start of our journey to becoming more merciful in both spiritual and corporal works of mercy in this coming year. Fr Jonathan led us in prayer as we pondered the words of the Beatitudes and made our own resolutions for the coming months. We were inspired by Hannah Wilce (Teignmouth) and Reuben Hill (Crediton) who were pilgrims at the last World Youth Day in Madrid and shared with us how the experience had deepened their faith. Our pilgrim community hopes to welcome others to the group so, if you haven,t registered yet please do so via the diocesan website www.plymouth- diocese.org.uk. And, if there is anyone out there who would considering sponsoring a pilgrim please contact Debbie Beech email: Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org. Rest assured we will match you to a pilgrim who will reward you with their prayers. Please also give your support to the various fundraising events being planned by these young people and which will be taking place around the diocese over the coming months, including a concert by Colum Sands , the Irish Folk Singer and story teller , on Saturday 7th November at St Mary,s Church Hall, Poole (see Diary Dates, page 11 for more information) Fiona Hutchings St Boniface House Issue 219 November 2015 ` Flower Festival enchants visitors Page 9 Walkers raise thousands for Hospice Page 5 World Youth Day 2016 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY 2015 At the Extraordinary Synod on ,The Family, in October 2014 The Synod fathers discussed the ",pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.", A period of world-wide consultation followed and, this October, the Bishops gather again in Rome to discuss the outcomes of that consultation. Cardinal Vincent Nicholls (Westminster) and Bishop Peter Doyle (Northampton) will be representing the Dioceses of England and Wales. PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY FOR THE SYNOD Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, may the Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God,s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer. Amen
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2 - Catholic South West November 2015 ,Catholic South West, is the monthly newspaper which serves the communications needs of the clergy, organisations and people of the Diocese of Plymouth. EDITORIAL Editor: Felicity Stead 07906 234 210 01803 326929 email@example.com Your letters, articles and photos are most welcome. Ideally please send by email, otherwise by CD or paper copies to the editor, c/o The Presbytery, Priory Road, St Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 4NY ADVERTISING Sales Manager: Ray Lambert firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHER &, DISTRIBUTOR Published by: CathCom Limited, N2 Blois Meadow Business Centre Steeple Bumpstead, Haverhill, CB9 7BN Tel. 020 7112 6710 Website: www.cathcom.org REGIONAL MANAGEMENT Deanery Contacts Cornwall Deanery Rev Adrian Dyer, 01209 213698 adrian153@Live.com Dorset Deanery Bridport: Pat McEvoy, 01308 424358 email@example.com Poole: Brian Condon, 01202 687392 firstname.lastname@example.org Weymouth: Esmé,e Nicholls 01305 834098 Exeter Deanery Exeter: Frances Canning, 01392 209542 email@example.com Plymouth Deanery Monica Evans, 01752 663388 monrobin@Hotmail.co.uk Torbay Deanery Richard Stead, 07952 670292 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Panel Canon Michael Lock (Chairman), Rev Tony Irwin, Susanne Kowal, Sue Walsh, Adrian Wardle COPY DEADLINE: First day of the month Please note that opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Publishers, Editor, The Diocese of Plymouth or the Roman Catholic Church. www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk Diocesan News Prayer for Refugees Love your neighbour Jesus, friend and brother, you know what it is like to be hungry and thirsty. You know the plight of the stranger who is made unwelcome. You know the suffering of all who have lost everything. We pray that by welcoming refugees we may show love for our neighbour and draw closer to you. Amen Tony Singleton CAFOD If you,re not already a CAFOD supporter and would like to be involved please contact Simon Giarchi, CAFOD Diocesan Manager Tel: 01364 645440 email: plymouth@email@example.com website: www.cafodplymouth.org.uk Clergy moves In the middle of September a number of Priests from as far east as Poole in Dorset and as far west as Falmouth in Cornwall were packing their cases, boxes of books and moving to new parishes. Some moved ,just along the road, and some moved many miles to new challenges and different localities. Thirteen parishes were very sad to see their priest depart but at the same time were excited to receive new priests that they had heard about from people in the parishes that were losing much loved spiritual leaders and pastors. Full details of the clergy moves can be found on the Diocesan website www.plymouth- diocese.prcdtr.org.uk Editor: Many parishes held farewell parties and some have sent pictures and descriptions and these can be found in this edition of CSW with each of the Deanery News sections. ,Christian couples and families are often in the best position to announce Jesus Christ to other families, Bernard and Susan Kelly, Southern Regional Couple for Equipes Notre Dame (END) have just returned from the third END International Gathering for Regional Couples in Rome. The theme for the conference was ,Here I am Lord, Send me, (Isaiah 6:8). They continue the story: ,END is an international Christian movement for married couples of all ages. Started in 1938 in Paris by Fr Henri Cafferel, whose cause for beatification has been received in Rome, it now has 30,000 Teams of Our Lady in 80 countries worldwide. END is a lay movement focusing on married spirituality and established in response to the needs of couples to live fully the sacrament of marriage. Small groups of married couples and a spiritual counsellor meet monthly for an informal meal to share, to pray and to develop their relationship with God and with each other. The importance of the movement within the Catholic Church is recognised by Pope Francie who welcomed END delegates at a private audience in the Vatican on Thursday 10th September. During his discourse the Pope focussed primarily on the missionary role of the movement saying: ,Christian couples and families are often in the best position to announce Jesus Christ to other families, to support them, to strengthen and encourage them., He went on to emphasise several aspects of being a member of END, the role of prayer in couples and family, the importance of monthly dialogue between spouses and the support and encouragement of priests. Recalling the upcoming Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said: ,I ask you, as well as your couples in Teams, to pray with faith and fervour for the Synod fathers and for me., He thanked END for the support and encouragement in the ministry of their priests saying: ,they always find, in contact with your Teams and your families, priestly joy, fraternal presence, emotional balance and spiritual fraternity., Pope Francis also spoke of the missionary task of the movement, in accompanying young couples and forming them in faith before and after marriage. He emphasised: ,the importance of remaining close to wounded families of whom there are so many these day, due to unemployment, health problems, bereavement, the imbalance caused by distance or absence, or a climate of violence., Pope Francis continued: ,I encourage couples to be instruments of the mercy of Christ and the Church towards those whose marriage has failed., The words of the Holy Father are a witness to faith amongst married couples of all ages who we met at the conference, particularly those from countries who are suffering from the effects of flood, famine, war and persecution will remain in our hearts, minds and prayers for ever., To find out more about Teams visit www.teamsgb.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor: Teams of Our Lady have been active in Poole and Wimborne for many years and Susan and Bernard Kelly (recently appointed as Southern Regional Couple) are keen to extend the movement within the Plymouth Diocese. If you would like to be involved you can contact Susan and Bernard via CSW (contact details on page 2)
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November 2015 Catholic South West - 3 Diocesan News Getting involved Local Proclaim events this autumn: dioceses, deaneries and parishes are encouraged to run their own Proclaim event this autumn. A free resource booklet to assist the organisation of these events is available at: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Proclaim-15-Building-Missionary- Parishes/Timeline-and-Legacy For reflection Be still and know that you are in the presence of God. We pray for people whose lives are too busy, who can,t find time to just be still and know the gentle presence of God at their side. We pray that our parish will always be a place where people are drawn into prayer and real listening to the Word that God longs for us to hear. We ask God that we may never be unchanged or unmoved when we listen to His Word. Loving Lord Jesus, you call us to follow you into Life. As we listen to your Word may your life grow within us, bringing us deep joy. May what we discover in you stir us to reach out in love and service to others. Amen. A Call to Action (ACTA) , October Synod for the Family the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World Whatever the initial outcomes or longer term impacts of the Synod, one of the most important aspects for Catholics in this country might be the decision of the bishops to release a ,warts and all, summary of the responses to their questionnaire, released as part of the preparations for the Synod. At the press conference to issue the summary, Cardinal Nichols was reported as commenting: ,this family witness to the Church is very, very important, more than what the Church can teach the family.", Clergy seem genuinely to have been moved and humbled by the depth of love for the church, honesty of feedback received and the upset which many feel. After facing criticism for the style adopted for the pre-Synod consultations/deliberations, and again for the lack of feedback issued the first time around, it appears significant that such an extensive and inclusive document was released just before this year,s Synod opened in Rome. The document reflects comments received from Catholics in this and other Diocese as well as several local and national organizations including, A Call to Action, the Association of Interchurch Families, the Catholic Women,s League, the Union of Catholic Mothers, Two in One Flesh, the National Board of Catholic Women and the Dorcas group. I would urge all to look at the text of the full document on the bishops, website, http://www.catholicnews.org.uk /Home/News/Family-Survey-Responses. It is an example of a growing willingness to engage in dialogue within the church, which is the essence of what ACTA exists to promote. Many thanks to all who took part in this exercise and those who were part of the decision to publish it. If you would like to learn more about our group, its commitment to promoting open and respectful dialogue within the church , and hear about future meetings and events, please contact Peter Farrell (ACTA Co-ordinator for the Plymouth Diocese area) Tel: 01626 369478 email: email@example.com. Cornwall Deanery Thunderbox - An appeal in aid of the Little Company of Mary Palliative care centre in Korç,e, Albania Reg. Charity 233137 During 2015 there have been several ,Cathedral, funerals for people who have died, often quite suddenly, from cancer. Others are living with the diagnosis and, whilst reactions vary, a faith in God is supportive. Cancer can be frightening and limiting but here in the UK we have our wonderful NHS and linked ,support, that are the envy of poor Balkan countries such as Albania where there is a poverty stricken, often corrupt and limited health service. Cancer diagnosis there is absolutely terrifying and presentment is frequently too late for cures or surgery The Little Company of Mary (LCM) is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Nursing Sisters who specialise in palliative care for cancer patients in Korç,e, a market town in south east Albania and surrounding villages. The Sisters arrived in 1993, starting their work with home visits, then built a Health Centre, officially opened in 1996, trashed in 1997 during civil unrest, re-built from 1998 and handed over with LCM oversight and funding to suitably trained Albanians in 2004. It has subsequently expanded considerably. Primrose Peacock has supported the LCM from the start either as an individual or as the Director of Friends of Albania from 1991to 2012) and she has chosen their work in Korç,e as her final project. The LCM London Provincial asked Korç,e what new equipment they would like funded. The response was, unexpectedly, commodes (or Thunderboxes) which are loaned out to terminal patients who either have no indoor sanitation in rural areas or who have to use communal squat lavatories in urban apartment blocks. The Thunderbox appeal commenced on 1st October and donations can be Gift Aided by UK tax payers if accompanied by a gift aid form (available on request). Each ,thunderbox, costs 250 €, which is about £,180.00, there are no overheads so what people give goes in its entirety to LCM. Cheques should be made payable to Little Company of Mary, Albania. Cash donations may be made in GBP, USD or Euros. For more information or to make a donation please contact Miss Primrose Peacock, 4 Crescent Rise, Truro, TR1 2ER email: firstname.lastname@example.org Anglican Diocese of Truro Sr Anita, Sr Aiden and Sr Sheila who began working in Korç,e in 1993. Sr Anita now works in Nottingham whilst Sisters Aiden and Sheila are now retired.
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4 - Catholic South West November 2015 We stock a large selection of religious books, Christian resources, Cards, Jewellery, CDs and DVDs. We also sell Religious Items including gifts for Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Weddings. The Monastic Produce Shop has now joined our premises on a permanent basis. The Monastic Shop sells goods from Abbeys and Monasteries from Europe and beyond. It is an ideal place to buy unusual gifts and items whilst supporting small Monastic Communities. Please call in and visit us opposite the Abbey. Car Parking and entry to The Abbey is free. Alternatively telephone us on 01364 645506, email us on email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website on www.buckfast.org.uk Buckfast Abbey Bookshop Diocesan News Every Easter HCPT organise a Pilgrimage Holiday to Lourdes for Children with a wide variety of special needs. The children, from all parts of the UK and many other countries, are supported by voluntary carers and helpers during what is possibly the largest Pilgrimage of its kind to visit Lourdes. Each year a different Region or Country host the major ceremonies during the week including the Marian Torchlight Procession and the Trust Mass. HCPT Westcountry Region has been chosen to host the 2017 Easter Pilgrimage when they hope that Bishop Mark will join them to celebrate Mass. Christopher Woodman, Chairman of HCPT Westcountry Region, said: ,preparations have already begun and one of our first tasks is to bring together a group of young musicians and singers to support the liturgies that enrich the pilgrimage and, importantly, to serve as additional helpers supporting the five HCPT Groups of our Region. One young helper said of their week with Group 706 that Lourdes was a life changing experience in so many ways and that they can,t wait for the next time. If you would like to be part of the Lourdes experience at Easter 2017 please contact me via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall Deanery Parish of St Cuthbert Mayne, Launceston Blessings at Bude and Launceston On 12th and 13th September at the end of Mass, I blessed the pipe organs recently installed at Bude and Launceston. Plans for building the organ at Launceston go back to September 2010. At the blessing we thanked the Lord for his gift of music, which will be enhanced by our splendid instruments. We also gave thanks for the years of service given by our organists, the late Gill Thomas at Bude and Veronica and Raymond Jones who have been responsible for music at Launceston for about forty-five years. At Launceston, the Upper Room behind the organ pipes has been completely refurbished and is used after Sunday Mass for sacramental preparation by our young folk. For many years this room was the parish ,dump,. We now have a purpose-built store room. Every parish should have one. The Upper Room has now been re-named the Richard McElroy Room in memory of the former Parish Priest who founded the Launceston Pilgrimage in 1921. Parishioners were invited to view the room after Mass on 4th October Fr David Annear Launceston CSW Readers Special Offer £,20 - off all annual travel insurance purchased during November to start December, January or February To advertise in the next issue of Catholic South West please contact Ray at CathCom on 01440 730399
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November 2015 Catholic South West - 5 FUNERAL SERVICES Cornwall Deanery Parish of the Holy Family, Penzance Walkers raise thousands for Hospice Ever since Fr Philip became Parish Priest at Holy Family Parish he has taken part in the annual sponsored walk to raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care (CHC) which incorporates St Julia,s Hospice, Hayle. Walkers turned out in force for the ,Mayor,s Walk for CHC., Sarah Newton, Community Fundraiser for CHC said: ,It really was a walk for all, spanning the generations from the youngest participant aged 9 months to the oldest who celebrated his 86th Birthday the following day., Fr Philip was generously supported by his parishioners and this year he raised £,1,300 in sponsorship which was far above expectations and exceeded the amount he has raised in previous years. Fr Philip, in black, is pictured close to the front with two of the Parish Altar Servers, Florence and Sebastian who also completed the walk. Fr Philip Dyson Penzance Picture: St Ives Express &, Echo St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell A Church on an Evangelical Mission One of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the consecration of our beautiful Church of St Augustine of Hippo in St Austell was a Flower Festival . George Kessell, Radio Cornwall,s gardening expert, opened the festival by congratulating the co-ordinator Angela Hyland, all the flower arrangers and everyone involved in any way to make such a fabulous atmospherically peaceful event. He was amazed to see so many different flowers used in the beautiful and inspiring arrangements. The flowers may have drawn people in, but this was no ordinary Flower Festival. The theme was ,Reflections, and all twenty- seven displays reflectively depicted a Bible story. Many visitors had never been inside our Church before, or thought of the Bible stories and characters since childhood. Others knew the stories but had never connected them, for example by linking the readings of Tower of Babel and Jacobs, Ladder, but, once they read Fr Peter,s explanation in the programme and how the stories were sensitively reflected in the flower displays, the links became clear. Our aim was that everyone had a double take. Firstly, to enjoy the flowers, the God given talent, the music, the peace and joy, laughter, food and friendship at our Church. And, secondly, to revisit this truly Evangelical, Christian, Flower Festival by reading again at home the skilfully prepared Programme with explanations of each Bible story and to ponder over the loving messages God has for all in our journey of faith. Janet Regan St Austell To advertise in the next issue of Catholic South West please contact Ray at CathCom on 01440 730399
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6 - Catholic South West November 2015 Dorset Deanery Holy Trinity, Dorchester Goings and comings at Holy Trinity The congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Dorchester held a farewell party on August 28th in honour of their parish priest, Fr John Rice, who is moving to the Parish of Our Lady of the Portal and St Piran, Truro. Fr John has been priest in charge in Dorchester for the past 10 years and the respect and admiration felt for him was apparent in the large numbers attending his farewell party and the amount and quality of the food donated by parishioners. Speeches and tributes by various members of the gathering reflected everybody`s sense of loss at losing their popular and enigmatic priest. Praise was given to Fr John for tasks that he has completed during his time here and mention was also made of on-going projects which he has been involved in. We wish Fr John well in his new ministry and we extend a warm welcome to our new priest, Fr Barry Hallett, who arrives in September. We will all miss Father John and his ways, but at the same time look forward to the future with Fr Barry and being guided by him together with Deacon Nicholas Thompson. A warm welcome was extended to Fr Barry Hallett after the two Masses on his first Sunday in the parish. Fr Barry had attached a letter to our News Bulletin giving us some background information about him so that ,we would know, but not everything,! We all appreciated learning something about our new parish priest. So Fr Barry, we wish you well and look forward to getting to know you better in the future. Susan Bousfield and Anita Finnigan Holy Trinity, Dorchester St Catherine,s, Wimborne Parish celebrations An ecumenical sung Evensong took place recently at St Catherine,s, Wimborne, in honour of St Lioba. The icon of St Lioba , in the centre of the picture - was written by Jacky Botterill of St Catherine`s. For over twenty years St Catherine,s, Wimborne has arranged a Scripture Study Day in the autumn for anyone who wishes to undertake some close study of Scripture. This year,s theme will be Philippians, the New Testament letter written from prison by St Paul. Canon Kenneth Noakes will lead the day on Saturday 21st November from 10am to 3pm, at St Catherine,s Church Hall. For more information and for tickets please contact Denise E Darmody Tel: 01202 888046 email email@example.com. Tea and coffee will be available from 9.30 am, please bring a packed lunch. Ample parking also available. (L to R) Canon Kenneth Noakes with Rev Susie Allen (Wimborne Minster) and Keith Newman (Organist)
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November 2015 Catholic South West - 7 Dorset Deanery Parkstone and Branksome Parishes, Poole Farewell to Fr Barry Hallett Fr Barry celebrated his last service for the parishes of St Joseph,s, Branksome and Our Lady of Fatima, Parkstone on Sunday afternoon with Benediction, assisted by Fr Colin Groombridge. Parish Councillor Martin Rudenko speaking to a packed church, paid tribute to Fr Barry,s more than 12 years as Parish Priest by echoing the words of Micah: ,he had striven to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with his God., Fr Barry was presented with cheques from the altar servers, the CWL and from the two parishes combined. Margaret Walker, Chair of the CWL, promised him that the CWL in Dorchester where he is going would look after him well. Fr Barry has a liking for ladies in hats, and the ladies of the parish had put on their best ones for the occasion. The hall at St Joseph,s church has had to undergo refurbishment after a disastrous flood and it was ready just in time for the crowds who were invited to enjoy a cream tea. Fr Barry said a personal goodbye to as many as he could, receiving many cards and gifts as well. Carol Gregory Parkstone &, Branksome Leweston School, Sherborne Pupils fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support Leweston School proudly supported Macmillan,s ,World,s Biggest Coffee Morning, by organising a coffee morning at the Junior Department and cake sale at the Senior School. The pupils donated a great variety of delicious cakes and other treats all of which were too tempting to resist as they were sold and enjoyed equally as quickly. The school is delighted that their baking efforts raised over £,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Are you planning, preparing or organising a Retreat, Conference or family celebration? Let us host it for you in our Retreat &, Conference Centre. We offer a perfect Retreat/Conference Centre in which to hold your school, staff or parish Retreat or In-service Training. We offer up-to-date residential accommodation at St Rita’,s Retreat &, Conference Centre, we have a chapel for daily mass and guests are welcome to join the Community in their daily recital of the divine office. We can accommodate up to 33 people for a Residential Retreat and offer the highest standard of service. Meals served in our dining room are prepared using local produce where possible. We would be pleased to host your School Group/Parish Retreat, unfortunately we cannot host individual retreats. St Ritaʼ,s Centre For more information please contact: Fr. Gerald Wilson 01404 42601 or Patricia Gough 01404 42635 Our Retreat Centre is a place to be at peace with God and with yourself St. Ritaʼ,s Retreat &, Conference Centre Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP Tel: 01404 42601/42635 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: stritascentre.org.uk DVDs of Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes email: email@example.com postal: Rose Cottage, 34 Overgang,Brixham, TQ5 8AP 2014 Pilgrimage (85 minutes) £,6 (including postage) 2015 Pilgrimage The Candlelight Procession (23 minutes) The Bernadette Story, The Cathedral in the Trees, St Joseph`s Chapelle (23 minutes) Mass at the Grotto (the Birmingham Group), the river Gave (2011 floods), the Underground Basilica, group photos - Plymouth pilgrims and Middlesbrough Coach trip to the Pyrenees - including St Savin church and history £,5 for each DVD (including postage) Calling all Parishes Next month we,ll be will be advertising Christmas Mass Times in the December edition To promote yours please call Ray on 01440 730399 by 11 November
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8 - Catholic South West November 2015 In our refurbished restaurant, with its covered outdoor terrace, you can enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from our tasty range of hot meals and light snacks produced by our chefs. All in the peaceful surroundings of the Abbey grounds. Grange Restaurant and Tea Rooms, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE. 01364645504 Watch EWTN Live TV at ewtn.co.uk 020 8350 2542 Dorset Deanery Poole based St Edward,s School has been confirmed as outstanding in their 2015 Statutory Inspection for Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Inspection. Clearly impressed, the inspectors noted ,The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Edward,s as a Catholic Anglican Joint School truly reflects John 13:14 -15 , ,If I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you are also to wash one another,s feet. For I have set you an example that you should also do as I have done to you.", Of particular note were: The central importance given to worship that provides a rhythm and cohesion to life at the school, the clarity of Christian vision lived out and modelled by the school leaders and the effectiveness of the leadership of Religious Education (RE) in successfully managing the subject in this joint school context. Informally, it was clear that ethos is deeply embedded and articulated, there is an excellent social action approach: Collective Worship was very strong, and so was RE. St Edward,s is a joint Roman Catholic Anglican 11-18 comprehensive school serving the Anglican deanery of Poole and the Catholic community of Poole, Wimborne, Wareham and Swanage, with 1,073 students on roll at the time of the inspection. The numbers of students in receipt of pupil premium is below the national average and the numbers of students with special educational needs is above average. However, in 2014 the attainment of pupils with Pupil Premium was above the national average, as was progress value added. Most students are of white British heritage but there are growing numbers of students from other ethnic backgrounds and of students with English as an additional language. 36% of students are from self-identifying Catholic backgrounds, 54% originate from other Christian denominations. St Edward,s Ethics Committee Clergy moves in Exeter Here in Exeter there were two parties, the first for Mgr Harry Doyle who, after over 50-years of energetic and dedicated work for the Diocese, is moving from the large City Centre Parish of Sacred Heart, Exeter to the nearby smaller parish of Topsham. His celebration was a bring and share Sunday Lunch at Cardinal Newman House. Canon John Deeny is moving to the Sacred Heart from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Heavitree and his party took place in the early evening, also at Newman House. These celebrations and many others had the following features in common. There was lots of delicious food, the atmosphere was vibrant but there was some sadness when speeches of appreciation were made. Each priest was sorry to be leaving his present flock but eagerly anticipating the challenges ahead. All parishioners were very generous and, as well as presentations of cheques, there were many other thoughtful gifts. Francis Canning Exeter Mgr Harry Doyle with Sacred Heart parishioners Canon John Deeny with Blessed Sacrament parishioners Exeter Deanery Fifty Years a Catenian At a recent Meeting at the Lordleaze Hotel, Paul Woodford - International Grand President of the Catenian Association , presented Paul Austin of Axminster Catenians with his Scroll for 50 years Membership. Born in the Ribble Valley in the hamlet of Osbaldeston near Blackburn in Lancashire in 1939 Paul was educated at the local Primary School in Osbaldeston and then by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College. He joined a firm of Auctioneers and Surveyors in Yeovil eventually retiring in 2003. Paul joined the Catenians in 1985 and has been an active and valued member of both the former Sherborne Circle and the Axminster Circle. Paul and Judith married in 1969 and their daughter Claire Louise lives with her family in Suffolk. Bill Stead Axminster Catenians Paul Austin (R) with Catenian Grand President Peter Woodford
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November 2015 Catholic South West - 9 To advertise in the next issue of Catholic South West please contact Ray at CathCom on 01440 730399 Exeter Deanery St Anthony,s, Ottery St Mary Flower Festival enchants visitors St Anthony`s is a lovely church at any time but for the three days from the 11th to 13th September it was transformed into a place of breath-taking beauty. The Festival was superbly orchestrated by Monica Highnam and a team of eleven arrangers, some very experienced and some recently trained by Monica herself for the parish Flower rota. There were 20 beautiful displays of flowers and foliage illustrating the hobbies and pastimes of parishioners and others. All the exhibits were noteworthy but space only allows for a few to be mentioned: Lace making, a traditional pastime in East Devon was depicted by tiny white flowers mounted on a cushion made to look like lace. The children`s liturgy group display involved a great deal of careful sewing and cutting out as well as flower arranging. Another impressive arrangement was the one depicting music which consisted entirely of white flowers and sheets of music entwined through a ,music stave. Flowers also decked the end of many of the pews beautifully made by a team of ladies led by Monica. Every exhibit looked very professional and support from Ann at Dilly`s Florist in Ottery St Mary was very much appreciated. Delightful floral displays were also to be found in the parish room decorating the tables. Once in there, the catering team led by Ros Temple worked incredibly hard over the three days providing mouth-watering cakes, ploughman`s lunches and cream teas. All together £,1,756.79 was raised which will be shared between funding for improvements to the church and both local and national charities. Frances Canning Exeter St Mary,s Parish, Axminster Axminster Catenians Many thanks to all who attended and helped at the MacMillan Coffee Morning at Hawkchurch on 25th September. Grateful thanks too to the many businesses and friends who donated gifts for the raffle , together we realised over £,800 - an excellent result. Catenian Bursary Award recipient, Hannah Franklin, recently attended a Catenian dinner at the Lordleaze Hotel and gave a presentation about her trip to Tanzania. Hannah continues the story: ,In June 2014 I ventured to Moshi, Tanzania, at the foothills of Kilimanjaro to work for three months with the organisation Anzaon a Feminine Health and Empowerment project. This was the first time the project had been run and we were able to design and implement 10 workshops in a local secondary school for 15 girls. The main aim of the project was to tackle the issues which prevent young women from completing their education, this included physical health and wellbeing by providing a feminine health kit for each girl. I was also lucky enough to see much of the area around Moshi including some local wildlife, beautiful lakes and spend time with a local family in a rural village. It was an incredible rewarding and humbling experience. My time in Moshi has been integral for securing a place on a Masters program in International Development which I,m about to start at Birmingham University. The project I took part in is self-funding and asks Interns, such as myself, to fundraise to enable self-sufficiency. I am very grateful to the Catenians for the significant amount of funding they provided, it was a great pleasure to join the Axminster Circle for an evening to thank them in person and to share my experiences in Tanzania., Maggie Stead (3rd R) with helpers Hannah pictured with Bruce Kahn, Axminster Catenians Vice President
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10 - Catholic South West November 2015 Torbay Deanery Sacred Heart, Kingsbridge South Hams Catenians On Monday the 21st September the South Hams Circle hosted a round of the Provincial Quiz for the first time. The Quiz was between South Hams and Plymouth Circles with the questions being set by Duchy Circle. The questions were very varied and interesting and after a good fight Plymouth won by 75 points to 115. The Quiz was held in the Seven Stars Pub in Kingsbridge and was attended by Provincial President Peter Holman of Torbay Circle and other Visiting Brothers. Three wives attended the Quiz as Observers which took place after the Circle meeting and Buffet. At the start of the meeting Brother Mike Henderson from Kingston Upon Thames Circle, was enrolled as a joint member with South Hams Circle and was made most welcome. His wife Stephanie joined after the meeting for the buffet and Quiz. Trevor Davies South Hams Catenians Ordinariate Catholic Church of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Cuthbert Mayne, Torbay On 19th of June, at 11:50am a new Ordinariate Church, by permission of our Ordinary Mgr Keith Newton, came into being. Over this last year the Torbay Ordinariate Mission faithfully witnessed in the Methodist Church, Chelston, which then became the former Methodist Church at Chelston and after an appeal, which was generously supported by so many people and groups, it is now a catholic church. The Methodist community hoped they would be able to sell the church buildings to another Christian community and this hope has been realised. Like many groups in the Ordinariate, the Torquay Group, since coming into being, sought ways to fulfil something of the prophetic vision of Anglicanorum C,tibus. The local diocese had been very generous in its welcome and support of the Ordinariate and continues to be so, but it proved impossible to house priests of the Ordinariate in the South West close to their groups. This hampered growth and a solution had to be found. With the purchase of the Church, the group can now lead a full liturgical life, offer hospitality and be a centre for teaching. The next goal is to construct, within the existing buildings, a presbytery where a priest can be resident to serve the group and the community and be able to give the necessary pastoral care. Please pray for all at Our Lady of Walsingham with St Cuthbert Mayne as they continue this exciting journey in the service of Christ. Editor: This article has been taken from the newsletter of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by kind permission of Fr David Lashbrook. PICK UP YOUR COPY WITH THIS ISSUE
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November 2015 Catholic South West - 11 Diary Dates November 2015 If you would like an entry for your Parish or Deanery to be included in the Diary Dates section please email details to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org by the last working day of each preceding month. MARRIAGE CARE SOUTH WEST (MCSW) MCSW preparation last course date for 2015: , Plymouth Saturday 21st November For further details please contact Clare Danes email: email@example.com MCSW also offers FOCCUS, a guided questionnaire-based exploration and essential relationship know-how for individual couple with a trained facilitator. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org For all other enquiries about MCSW please contact Sue Burridge, head of MCSW centre Tel: 01395 272799 Mob: 07875 161 595 email: email@example.com. October 2015 Thursday 29th October, The Menorah Suite, Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth, 7.30pm: David Noakes , Author and Speaker, will give a talk ,Replacement Theology , its effect on Jewish/Christian relations., For more information contact The Council of Christians &, Jews, Bournemouth and Wessex Branch email: firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 31st October, St Joseph`s Church Hall, Newton Abbot, 11am: A Call to Action (ACTA) meeting, for more information contact Peter Farrell Tel: 01626 369478 November 2015 Sunday 1st November, Devon Earth &, Faith Network, The Old Deanery, Exeter, 11am to 4pm: Earth Matters, Faith Matters a day of exploration and inspiration. For more information contact Joanie Harris Tel: 01392 294940 Saturday 7th November, World Youth Day fundraising event, St Mary,s Church Hall, Poole, 7.30pm: Concert by Calum Sands , Irish Folk Singer and Story Teller. For more information and ticket purchases contact Paul Andrewartha email: email@example.com Mob: 07759 232 795 Sunday 8th November, Justice &, Peace meeting, St Mary,s Church Hall, Falmouth, 2pm: A talk on ,Caring for our Planet,, organised by Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together, speaker Christian Ecologist Dr Euan McPhee. Dr McPhee will be cycling from Falmouth to Paris in November for the United Nations Summit on Agreeing Targets for Reduction of Carbon Emissions. He will be taking a report of the reduction made by pledges at the 2009 Copenhagen Summit, which shows the results of ,citizen Power,. Now it is up to the UN to show Nation Power. After the talk refreshments will be served and at 3.15 we will be holding our monthly prayer for persecuted Christians. Saturday 21st November, Exeter University Great Hall, 6.30pm: Unbroken Praise Tour featuring Matt Redman, a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, for more information about the event and to book tickets (cost £,15) go to www.bigchurchnightin.com Saturday 21 November, Buckfast Abbey, 7.30pm: A concert of Renaissance Choral Music by ,Voces,. For more information contact Martyn Warren, Director, Voces email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01626 369622 Mob: 07952 638672 or visit www.voceschoral.org. December 2015 Saturday 12th December, TOADS Little Theatre, St Mark,s Road, Torquay, 7.30pm: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe , a performance in aid of HCPT. More information available shortly from Christopher Woodman, HCPT Westcountry Regional Chairman email: email@example.com REGULAR EVENTS Cornwall Deanery , New life House Groups focusing on prayer, scripture and fellowship (Acts 2): contact Sheona 07790 413562 for more information and directions o Wednesdays 10am to 12noon 13a Pentire Rd, Newquay, TR7 1NX. o Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm (during term-time) 18A Ferris Town, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3JH or , New Life Praise and Worship Evenings: o First Wednesday of each month 6.15pm to 7.15pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by praise and Worship at 7.30pm: Our Lady of the Portal and St Piran Catholic Church, Truro. Contact Sheona Mob: 07790 413 562 for more information or visit www.newlifecatholiccommunity.com , First Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm, Afternoon Tea Club: The Church Hall, Our Lady of the Portal &, St Piran RC Church, Truro. , Second Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm, Justice and Peace/Poverty Meeting followed by prayers for persecuted Christians: St Mary,s Church Hall, Killigrew Road, Falmouth. , Third Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 2pm, Parish Soup Lunch: The Church Hall, Our Lady of the Portal &, St Piran RC Church, Truro. , First &, Third Fridays 7pm to 9pm, Prayer Group, Mary,s Eucharistic Renewal: St Paul,s Social Centre, Tintagel. , Third Saturdays from 1.30pm to 4pm, Women,s International League for Peace and Freedom, Penzance group: CHYMORGEN, Botallack, St. Just, TR19 7QJ. For more information Tel: 01736/788438 email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Wednesdays, 11.30am to 4pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - with Rosary at 12noon: Church of St Mary Immaculate, Falmouth. , Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Table Tennis : Church Hall, Falmouth - parishioners of all ages welcome. , Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, after evening Mass, Film Evening: The Church Hall, Our Lady of the Portal &, St Piran RC Church, Truro. , Saturdays, after the 10am Mass, Rosary: St Cuthbert Mayne Church, Launceston, all are warmly invited to join a small group of parishioners and pray the Rosary. , Saturdays at 11am, Legion of Mary: St Paul,s Social Centre, Tintagel. Dorset Deanery , First weekend of every month, after weekend Masses, PRAYER MINISTRY for healing or any other need: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Weymouth. For more information contact Mike Newbery email: email@example.com , Monday evenings at 8pm, Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation Adult Education: Murray Muscat Centre, Glen Fern Road, Bournemouth. Admission free and all are welcome. For details of the topic for each session please contact Spencer Nathan email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, Inspire 20s to 40s Church Friends Group and Home Group: St Mary,s Church, Poole after the 7pm Mass. Exeter Deanery , Third Saturday of each month, 4.30pm, Kerala Community Mass: Blessed Sacrament Church, Heavitree, Exeter. , Monday evenings at 7.30pm, Meditation Group: Richard Reynolds Centre, Heavitree Road, Exeter. , Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mount St Mary Convent, Wonford Road. Plymouth Deanery , Second Monday of each month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Knights of St Columba: Cathedral Centre. , Third Monday of each month at 7pm, FOCOLARE , Word of Life Group: Cathedral Centre. , Second Tuesday of each month, Patricians - Legion of Mary discussion group: Cathedral Centre, for more information please contact Raad Binham Tel: 07816 542 349. , Normally First Friday of each month after the 7pm Mass , St Padre Pio Prayer Group: Cathedral, for more information contact Rev. Deacon Tony Irwin Tel: 01548 853413. , Second Saturday of each month, 11am to 12noon , SPUC Anti-Abortion Prayers, Derriford: For more information contact Christine Hudson Tel: 01752 224018 , Second Sunday of each month, Sunday Lunch Club, Efford: for individuals, couples or families who would like to come, to book please contact Deacon Simon Fletcher or Suzanne Tel: 01752 667433. , Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Union of Catholic Mothers: Cathedral Centre. , Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, Discussion Group: Jeremiah Centre, Stott Close, Efford, Plymouth to reflect on the liturgical readings for the coming Sunday. , Thursday mornings at 10.30am (coffee from 10am) Bible Study Group: Cathedral Centre. , Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm, Legion of Mary: Cathedral Centre. , Friday evenings at 6pm, Holy Hour: The Cathedral , Sunday evenings, after the 6pm Mass , CREDO: A forum for young adults wanting to deepen their faith and spiritual life in the Catholic Church through prayer, discussion and community. CREDO meets in Cathedral Centre. Torbay Deanery , Third Monday of every month, 7.15pm, South Hams Catenians: Seven Stars Public House, Kingsbridge. Please note new venue. , First Saturday of every month (except January) 7.45am for an 8am start, Christians Together in Torquay: Prayer Breakfast at St Luke`s Parish Church, St Luke`s Road. , First Sunday of every month, Polish Mass: Church of the Assumption, Abbey Road, Torquay at 4pm with confessions from 3.30pm. , Wednesdays from 6pm, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (with Vespers at 6.30pm and Benediction at 6.50pm): Holy Angels, Chelston, Torquay. RETREATS IN THE DIOCESE OF PLYMOUTH Silent and individually guided retreats by members of the Plymouth Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Team: offering each person the opportunity for space, SILENCE and prayer with a spiritual companion to help you pray and reflect. Contact details for bookings and general information post: The Presbytery, 19 Fosse Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1NG Tel: 01548 852670 email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday 13th to Sunday 16th November: Weekend Retreat, Buckfast Abbey Chemin Neuf Community, Sclerder Abbey, Looe, Cornwall: Formed in 1973 and established internationally in 27 countries the Chemin Neuf Community specialises in Marriage &, Family days, youth work, evangelisation. For more information about events at Sclerder Tel: 01503 272238 or visit the website www.chemin-neuf.org.uk/annuaire/united- kingdom/sclerder-abbey.
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12 - Catholic South West November 2015 Plymouth Deanery Focolare to visit Plymouth Bishop Mark has invited the international music and performance group, Gen Verdi, part of the Focolare Group , a worldwide ecumenical movement - to Plymouth on 7th November. The celebrations will begin at 5pm with Mass at St Peter,s Church, Crownhill and the Gen Verdi concert will begin at St Boniface College, Crownhill at 8pm. For more information and for concert tickets (£,5) please contact St. Peter,s parish office Tel: 01752 701660 email: email@example.com. Plymouth Catenians Twenty two Brothers and Ladies from Plymouth Circle recently visited Buckland Abbey. Situated in Buckland Monachorum near Plymouth, Buckland Abbey is a 700 year old house, a former Cistercian Abbey, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake. It is presently in the ownership of The National Trust. After a short history of the house, we were given a wonderfully informative tour by a National Trust member whose knowledge and presentation was excellent. A most enjoyable visit! The Province 13 Autumn Golf Meeting took place on a glorious day at the China Fleet Golf Club in Saltash near Plymouth. It was a great day for the Brothers and guests with the course in splendid condition. Fortunes varied but the end result was a win with 40 points for the Old Master himself, Maurice Whyte, from Plymouth Circle, John Luscombe (34 points) and Francis Drake (29 points) also from the Plymouth Circle, were second and third respectively. John Luscombe Plymouth Catenians (l to R) David Jones pictured with Maurice Whyte, Francis Drake and John Luscombe.
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