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19th February 2024  

Precious Memories Gathering - Sunday 17th March 2024 -  St Mary's Church, Weymouth
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7th February 2024  

Ash Wednesday Services 2024
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6th February 2024  

Lent Zoom Talks 2024 - The Parish of All Saints in Teignmouth - Friday 16th February 2024
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The Parish of All Saints in Teignmouth is again organizing a series of Lenten Talks on Zoom to which anyone is welcome.

 

The leaping off point for each talk is one of the great Gospels of Year A’s Lenten cycle. No booking is needed and the code remains the same for all five evenings.

 

Please do come and join us and share the journey at 7pm -8pm on: 

Friday 16th February.     The Temptations.                  Rev Nick Johnson.

Friday 1st March.            The Transfiguration               Fr Andrew Marlborough

Friday 8th March.            The Woman at the Well.      Mrs Deborah Fisher

Friday 15th March.          The Man born blind              Fr Ignatius Raj  SDM

Friday 22nd March.          The Raising of Lazarus.         Mr Gerard Gillespie.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83445840521?pwd=K3lKRFVGbnY0eEMzc3pVMVhOcnFCdz09

Meeting ID: 834 4584 0521
Passcode: 862737

5th February 2024  

World Day of Prayer (previously Women's World Day of Prayer) - Friday 1st March 2024
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26th January 2024  

Chrism Mass 2024 - Plymouth Cathedral - 27th March

This year’s Chrism Mass will take place on Wednesday 27th March and we will be hiring a coach to travel to the Mass.

 

Please complete the form on the Noticeboard in the porch if you would like to attend or let Maggie or Sara in the Office know.

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26th January 2024  

Canon Christopher Whitehead's Ordination as Bishop of Plymouth - Thursday 22nd Feb 2024 12 Noon - CANCELLED

Please see the following statement issued by Canon Paul Cummins this morning

 

BEGINS

 

The following statement regarding Canon Christopher Whitehead was issued this morning:

"The Episcopal Ordination of Canon Christopher Whitehead will not take place on 22nd February 2024 as expected.
Canon Paul Cummins continues as the Diocesan Administrator. A canonical process is currently underway, and no
further comments will be made until this process has been concluded. Canon Christopher Whitehead has stepped
back from active ministry whilst this process is ongoing."

May I ask that you keep Canon Christopher in your prayers and please continue to pray for those who are
responsible for choosing a bishop for us.  Please continue to keep me and our Diocese, in your prayers.

God bless,

Canon Paul Cummins
Diocesan Administrator

ENDS

We will "live stream" Canon Christopher's Ordination in the Parish Hall on Thursday 22nd February.

We invite all our parishioners to enjoy this historic event together. 

We will be serving tea, coffee and biscuits from 11am until 11.45am when we will prepare to watch the Mass. 

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16th January 2024  

Lent Retreat Day - Saturday 2nd March at St Rita's Honiton - A Campaign of Christian Service

The day will begin with coffee/tea on arrival at 9.30am.

 

First Talk will start at 10am, second talk will be at 11am.

 

Exposition and Adoration of the Holy Sacrament in silence will be at 12pm.

 

Lunch will be served at 1.00pm,

 

Mass at 2.45pm and there will be an opportunity for Confession. 

 

Charge for the day, including lunch (3 course meal), is just £25.00.

 

Booking can be made by phone, email or online (www.stritascentre.org/events)

Payment can be made on the day. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Radzina on 01404 42635

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16th January 2024  

World Day of Prayer (previously Women's World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning - Saturday 3rd March at 10am-12 noon

This event takes place this year on Friday 1st March at 10.30am at the United Church in Dorchester. 

 

All are welcome to attend.

 

Before that date a Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 3rd February from 10am to 12 noon at United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester. Further information will be provided in due course.

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16th January 2024  

Stations of the Cross and Lenten Lunches

The CWL will be providing Hunger Lunches on the 6 Fridays of Lent, price £3.

 

This will follow immediately after the Stations of the Cross at 12pm.

 

Sponsors are needed to provide soup each week.

 

Please contact Liz Grant on 07812 775 965 for details.

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16th January 2024  

GATHER 2024

The annual GATHER Conference unites people from across the Diocese of Plymouth and beyond for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. This year, we will gather at the Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay from Friday 23 February – Sunday 25 February. Speakers include Avril Baigent from the Diocese of Northampton, artist Colin Bentley, Sr Mary Magdalen from the Sisters of Mary, Morning Star, Lynton and David Wells. Jo Boyce, from CJM Music will be leading the liturgies. Join us for the whole weekend or come as a day delegate. To book use the QR code on the poster and flyer or this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FvkAtifpACGwz3CvLBQG0VR59brlyHxY08DvB6YViwM/edit

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10th January 2024  

Peace Sunday 2024 - Sunday 14th January

Every year on the second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pax Christi promotes Peace Sunday with the support of the International Affairs Department of the Bishops' Conference, England and Wales. 

 

This year, Peace Sunday will be on the 14th January and the theme is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace: ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’.   

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10th January 2024  

Caritas Modern Slavery Event - Thursday 8th February 2024 - 10.30am-12.30pm - Torquay

Caritas January Newsletter 

Here is the link to the January edition of the Caritas Diocese of Plymouth newsletter, with news of love in action and upcoming events around our diocese http://tinyurl.com/63dd48fj

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8th January 2024  

Thank You So Much for Your Service

Father Anthony and all the parishioners at the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea would like to thank Pat (Senior Altar Server) and Carol (Sacristan)  who have both given many years of dedicated service to our parish.

It just won't be the same without you. 

Thank you both. 

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24th December 2023  

Special Youth Award 2023

Fr. Anthony was delighted to give a special youth award to Shona Coleman for her brilliant Advent Memory Tree initiative. Creating beautiful decorations for parishioners to purchase for the memory or intention of loved ones this Advent and Christmas season. Our parishioners heartly supported her idea and the trees in the Church looked beautiful. 

Well done and thank you Shona. 

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18th December 2023  

Lepra’s Centenary Mass - Westminster Cathedral -  26th January 2024

We would like to invite you and your parishioners to our Holy Mass at Westminster Cathedral offered to give thanks and celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

 

If you or any of your parishioners are able to join us, you are most welcome.

Through your support, Lepra is able to find, diagnose and treat more people affected by leprosy so that the disease will be of little adverse consequence to their lives.

 

Once cured, a child may return to school and receive an education and an adult may return to work and so provide for their family. These are lives that you are helping to change, bringing hope to their futures and enabling them to be reunited with their family and friends.

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16th December 2023  

Christmas Offerings 2023

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS – GIFT AID DONORS.

If you donate by standing order or annual cheque, please collect your numbered envelope from the porch. (This will be in an envelope with your name on it.) If you are unable to collect your numbered envelope, please put your donation in a plain envelope clearly marked ‘Gift Aid’ and include your name and address.

 

Cashless Givers – please use the machine as usual. Weekly numbered envelope donors - please use the Christmas envelope from your box. Contact Cathy on 779205 with any queries -

 

NON-GIFT-AID DONORS. If you have a box of envelopes, please use the Christmas envelope in your box.

 

For all other donors, Christmas envelopes will be available in the porch.

 

ONLINE CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS can be made via the website or the QR Code in the porch. Please complete your details for Gift Aid if you are eligible, even if you have previously done this for envelope or standing order donations.

 

CHEQUES IN CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS. Your Christmas Offering is your personal gift to Fr Anthony. If you are writing a cheque for your Christmas Offering, please make it payable to the parish and not to Fr Anthony as we are required to pay all the Christmas offerings into the parish bank account. Thank you

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16th December 2023  

Advent Giving Appeal 2023 - Soul Food Donations

A box is in the Church Porch and the Hall if you would like to donate food items for Soul Food which offers food, clothing and support to the homeless and vulnerable in Weymouth.

 

The food required is mainly non-perishable goods but fresh fruit and vegetables are also welcome.

 

The boxes will remain in place until Friday 22nd December.

 

Thanking you in advance for your generosity.

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15th December 2023  

A new Bishop for the Diocese of Plymouth

Today, Friday 15 December 2023, His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Canon Christopher Whitehead as the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Plymouth.

Read the official press release here.

We would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to Canon Christopher Whitehead. Our prayers are with him and we look forward to working with him in the near future.  

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29th November 2023  

Advent Giving Appeal 2023 - Gifts for our Sick and Housebound Parishioners
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29th November 2023  

Advent Giving Appeal 2023 - Advent Memory Tree

Running in conjunction with our Advent Giving Appeal, we are launching the Advent Memory Tree.

 

One of our young parishioners has suggested dedicating the Christmas trees for parishioners' personal memories and intentions.

 

Shona will be making and selling Christmas tree decorations, which you can purchase for the memory or intention of a person of your choosing and place it on our trees throughout Advent and Christmas.

 

These will be available to purchase after all weekend Masses during Advent. A selection of the decorations will be on display after all Masses this weekend.

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29th November 2023  

Advent Giving Appeal 2023 - Catholic Children's Society Christmas Cards

New this year. During Advent to help us in our preparation for Christmas we are launching our Advent Giving Appeal, which aims to support charities in line with Fr Anthony’s fundraising aims for 2024.

 

Each weekend in Advent we will be asking you to consider supporting a specific charity in some small way.

 

Kicking this off on Sunday 3rd December, will be the Catholic Children's Society. They will be selling their Christmas Cards (designed by young people across the Diocese) after all Masses.

 

Further charities will be in support of people who are struggling in Weymouth and Portland and will be published soon.

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Parish Email Hacking

Please note: criminals have hacked the parish Amazon account. If you receive an email purporting to be from Amazon requesting that you put money into an Amazon account in the name of parishpriest071. 

PLEASE IGNORE THE EMAIL.

The Diocesan Data Protection Officer has been informed. 

17th November 2023  

Christmas Carol Service - Sunday 10th December at 4pm

Please join us for our annual Christmas Carol Service led by the Children's Choir.

 

Follow Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem with readings and carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the hall.

 

Angels and shepherds are most welcome to come, there will be a prize for the best costume.

 

There will also be a ‘find the hidden lamb’ competition and squash and cookies in the hall afterwards. 

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8th November 2023  

Samaritan's Shoebox Appeal 2023

We are collecting items for the Samaritan's Shoe box appeal with the school.

 

Suggested items for the shoeboxes are - soap, pencils, crayons, small cuddly toys, cars, toothbrushes, balls, doll, hat, scarf, gloves.

 

There is a box in the parish hall and leaflets if wishing to make up a box. I am willing to collect items.

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6th November 2023  

Lament and light - A service in response to the 16 days against gender-based violence - 30th November 2023

An ecumenical service is being held on Thursday 30th November at 3pm, at Holy Family Church in Plymouth (Beacon Park Road, Plymouth, PL2 3LR).  The service is being held in response to the 16 days of action against gender-based violence (25th November – 10th December), which is a campaign for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.  The service will be led by Fr Mark Skelton and Rev. Lizzi Green.  Following the service there will be tea and coffee in the hall.

6th November 2023  

Local Ignatian Silent Retreats - Advent - Honiton

Enclosing a flier with details of  Ignatian silent,  individually guided retreats coming up  in the Plymouth Diocese in 2023. Places still available. 

 

ADVENT RETREATS

Nov 24th – 26th (Fri – Sun) Weekend Retreat 

Nov 26th – 1st Dec  (Mon – Fri) Midweek Retreat 

Nov 24th – 1st Dec  (Fri - Fri) 6-day retreat.  

 

Venue: St Rita’s Centre Honiton, East Devon. A well- appointed retreat house with comfortable ensuite accommodation situated in the Vale of Honiton. 


Cost includes full board & lodging. 

Recommended donation:   

Weekend Retreat £140;   

Midweek Retreat  £240;  

6 – day Retreat  £450.  

Some of the cost could be offset for individuals who would like to go on a retreat but may have difficulties with the suggested donation. 

 

Please contact  Plymouth Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group at  diocesan-ignatian-retreats@prcdtr.org.uk  

or phone 01752 769164 or 07823 447637 for further information or booking form. 

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6th November 2023  

Advent Pro Life Holy Hour Benediction and Mass - 1st December 2023  9-11am.

Parish Advent Pro Life Holy Hour Benediction and Mass.

Our Annual Service will take place on 1st December 2023 from 9am until 11am.

You are cordially invited to join us for refreshments in the Hall after 10am  Mass.

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1st November 2023  

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 2023 - ‘Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor’. Tobit 4:7 - Sunday 19th November 

‘Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor’. Tobit 4:7

 

“These words help us to understand the essence of our witness. By reflecting on the Book of Tobit, a little-known text of the Old Testament, yet one that is charming and full of wisdom, we can better appreciate the message the sacred writer wished to communicate” Pope Francis.

 

We are invited to celebrate World Day of the Poor on Sunday 19 November and to make every effort at this time to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidary and concrete assistance with those who are poor. Pope Francis’ message this year is a clear call to us not to turn our face away from the poor so that God’s face will not be turned away from us. The recent Synodal Assembly message to the people of God reminds is that to progress in our discernment, the Church absolutely needs to listen to everyone, starting with the poorest. This requires a path of conversion, which is also a path of praise: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (Luke 10:21).

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The Bishops' Conference has recently renewed its statement on the cost of living crisis.

25th October 2023  

Our Lady of Lourdes, Blandford - Walsingham Pilgrimage 20th-23rd May 2024

Please join Our Lady of Lourdes, Blandford, on pilgrimage to England's Nazareth next year!

 

The cost is £330 and includes 3 nights half-board accommodation and travel by coach.

 

Booking Deadline 17th November 

 

Call Marie Fisher on 01258 458845 for more information.

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24th October 2023  

Thank You So Much for Your Service

Father Anthony and all the parishioners at the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea would like to thank 3 very special ladies who have diligently served our parish over many years.

June Rust and Margaret Martin for making the best tea and coffee in Weymouth after Sunday Mass.

and

Ellen Jackson for keeping the gardens surrounding St Joseph's Church beautiful for many years.

Thank you Ladies

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23rd October 2023  

Parish Quiz Night - 10th November 2023 6.30pm - Parish Hall

Our first fundraising event since the

summer will be a Quiz night in the

Parish Hall on the 10th of November.

 

All age groups are welcome.

All proceeds will go to the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Outing.

Please contact the Parish Office for

further information.

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22nd October 2023  

Senior Citizens' Christmas Outing - Exeter Christmas Market - 30th November 2023

Calling all Senior Citizens of the Parish

to join us for a coach trip to Exeter  Christmas Market on 30th November.

Places will be subsidised by the proceeds from the Quiz night.

 

The coach will leave Weymouth at 10am

and leave Exeter at 6pm.

Further information will follow but please

contact the Parish Office if you would

like to join this festive charabanc!

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22nd October 2023  

CAFOD Family Fast Day - Thank you!

Thank You for Your Generosity & Prayers Family Fast

Day collection £1,503.

Your donations help CAFOD to support our brothers and sisters around the world as they struggle to cope with extreme disasters.

Anne Toomey

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22nd October 2023  

Parish Donations and Fundraising 2023

As promised, please see below the amounts that you Parishioners have given to worthy causes since the 1st

Jan 2023.

 

Also listed is the amount that was raised for Youth Alpha Lourdes from the same date.

Thank you for all your generous giving.

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18th October 2023  

World Mission Sunday - 22nd October 2023

Please Note: There will be a second collection for World Mission Sunday at all Masses this weekend.

 

‘Hearts on fire, feet on the move’- cf. Luke 24:13-35

World Mission Sunday is a globally celebrated moment of grace. It’s a chance to pray and give to support our sisters and brothers in Christ who live in areas of poverty, conflict and oppression.

Every parish, school and community is invited to join this special event. And every penny, pound and prayer you give to Missio helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

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27th September 2023  

 An Invitation for Vocations to Priesthood - Day of Reflection on Priesthood; Saturday 14th October, University of Exeter Catholic Chaplaincy.
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26th September 2023  

CAFOD Family Fast Day, Friday 6th October 2023

There will be a second collection for the CAFOD Family Fast Day Harvest Appeal at all Masses next weekend (7/8 October).  

This Harvest, we are sharing a story about a Mobile Medical Team that CAFOD supported, which helped people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan last year.

 

Watch the video to find out more.

Your donation will help CAFOD to support those struggling to cope amidst extreme disasters like flooding.  Please take an envelope from your pew today and bring it back with you next weekend.  If you are a UK taxpayer and you fill out the Gift Aid Slip in the envelope, your donation will increase by 25%.  Thank you for your support of previous Family Fast Days, and for your generosity and prayers for our sisters and brothers today. 

24th September 2023  

Are you concerned about... the environment? Come and hear Sister Patricia McMahon speak at The Convent of Mercy - 8th October at 2.30pm
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20th September 2023  

Meninadanca Project Brazil  - Friday 13th October 2023 at 7pm at St Aldhems Church

A number of parishioners will remember meeting some of the girls from the Pink House project and currently contribute to their very worthy cause.


3 of the young girls from the project with their UK helpers are holding an evening on Friday 13 October at St Aldhems church 7pm including a dance show and supper and would very much like to meet you and any people who have an interest in helping give these girls a future other than prostitution.


Please use this link to book your places:

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For further information please contact Gary Ayles 07854731566

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18th September 2023  

Catholic Women's League - The T Bar Needs You

The T-Bar after 10am Mass requires a little first aid. We would like to recruit 2 volunteers on each of November 5th and 26th and possibly December 24th, along with a Single volunteer on December 10th and 17th. Please let the office, -or anyone at the T-bar today -know if you can help out.

 

Longer term, we are arranging a new rota in January and to avert an emergency closure, we are looking for five or six people to commit to a monthly or 5 weekly duty. Again, please let the office or current staff know if you can assist. Many thanks.

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12th September 2023  

Invitation for 15 Year Celebration for Weymouth Street Pastors - Sunday 29th October 2023 2pm at St Mary’s Church
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12th September 2023  

World Day of the Poor 2023 – Day of Reflection at St Rita's, Honiton 14th October 10.30-15.30

“Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tob 4:7) 


All are welcome to come and spend the day at St Rita's from 10.30-15.30 to pray and reflect on Pope Francis’s message for the 7th World Day of the Poor and how we are called to respond.  

We are thrilled to be joined by two thought-provoking guest speakers with national and international reputations  - Jenny Sinclair, founder of Together for the Common Good and David Wells, a well-known author and popular motivational speaker from our own diocese.  We are confident they will leave participants feeling uplifted. 

In this year’s message, Pope Francis says ‘Let us thank the Lord that so many men and women are devoted to caring for the poor and the excluded; they are persons of every age and social status who show understanding and readiness to assist the marginalized and those who suffer. They are not superheroes but “next door neighbours”, ordinary people who quietly make themselves poor among the poor.  

Join us to celebrate those who give their time to others and reflect on how we reach out the hand of welcome. 

Places are limited for this FREE event so booking is advised. You can book by clicking the button below or emailing caritas@prcdtr.org.uk 

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26th July 2023  

An Evening of Folk Music and Story Telling - St. Mary's Parish, Poole - Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm
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21st August 2023  

A Six-Week Online Course for Catechists - Starting 21st September 

A COURSE FOR CATECHISTS: Clifton Diocese in partnership with ‘Light of Truth’ are offering a six-week course for the formation of catechists.

 

The six sessions cover:

 

1. Introduction to catechesis – 21 September

2. Proclaiming the Good News: Jesus Christ at the heart of catechesis – 28 September

3. The Faith of the Church: Introduction to the Catechism – 5 October

4. Scriptural catechesis: introduction to the Bible – 12 October

5. Methods and Resources – 19 October

6. Preparing a Catechetical Session - 26 October

 

This training is for seasoned or new catechists working with children, young people or adults, for everyone involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and for anyone interested in passing on the faith.

 

To sign up for the series, click on the following link: Meeting Registration - Zoom

 

This will be an opportunity to refresh what we know and to learn new skills to take us forward. 

All Catechists are welcome and encouraged to sign up as well as those who would like to join us. 

At the end of the sessions we will arrange a meeting to get together and discuss ideas etc. Thanks.

Sister Jackie and Anne Hall

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21st August 2023  

Franciscan at Home September workshops - Starting 11th September

Would you like to spend an hour a week online, sharing insights on the gift of Baptism, or exploring ‘what it means to be a disciple of our Eucharistic Lord’? These Franciscan at Home workshops centre on topics which are important to all of us and all are welcome. Join us in an online group, Mondays at 7.30 pm, Wednesdays at 7.00 pm, or both; beginning on September 11, to pray, listen and reflect.

 

More workshops are available in Truro on Thursdays (online) and Sclerder Abbey on Wednesdays (live meeting).

 

For a link or further information contact deborah.vankroonenburg@prcdtr.org.uk

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21st August 2023  

REFRESH Event - Safe Families - 2nd September 

On September 2nd there is going to be an information day about the wonderful work done by Safe Families.

 

There will be two identical presentations, 10.30-11.30am and 3-4pm, both at St Aldhelm's Church Lounge. There will be plenty of time for questions as well! For more details contact estelleadams@safefamilies.uk

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20th August 2023  

Aid to the Church in Need - INDIA: Manipur Archbishop – Pray for an end to the suffering

Following the recent appeal by Steve Reidlinger from Aid to the Church in Need, as a Parish, we have been asked to pray for Christians in Manipur State, in north - east India.

 

Archbishop Lumon has seen his diocese at the centre of a wave of deadly attacks, He has asked for prayers “to transform the minds of the people who are led by hatred and religious violence”. He said, “the need is enormous” and “the

destruction and loss to communities and the Church is great”. Thousands of people have been displaced after their homes were destroyed. 

 

Aid to the Church in Need doesn’t just need our generous donations, it also needs our prayers.

For more information please visit Aid to the Church in Need

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14th August 2023  

Catholic Children's Society - Creating Hope for Families – Changing Lives
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Creating Hope for Families – Changing Lives – Putting All Children First: the annual appeal of the Catholic Children’s Society is next weekend.  Please take an appeal envelope today or visit their website www.ccsplymouth.org.uk to understand the wonderful work, which the Society does to help struggling children and their families.  Thank you.

8th August 2023  

Continuing the Journey of Faith - starting 12th September 7.15-8.45pm

Monthly Tuesday meetings, starting on September 12th, 7.15-8.45 pm in St Joseph's Hall.

Travel through Time from Abraham to Jesus. Explore with us God’s relationship with his people.

 

For more information, see poster in the porch. Contact: Sr Jackie 01305 772646

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8th August 2023  

Youth Rally 2023 - Saturday 23rd September 2023 - 12 Noon-6pm

Join youth from across the diocese in fun, games and challenges at St Rita’s Honiton. Are you ready for the infamous obstacle course? Or are you keen to score lots of goals in the penalty shoot out or netball challenge. There will be bouncy castles, didi cars, sumo wrestling challenges and much more for you to have a go at.

 

The event is open to anyone 7 years through to 16. The £8 contribution includes a BBQ and drinks.

 

Contact Saskia for further information: youth@prcdtr.org.uk or go to https://forms.office.com/e/L2jn7EwXfH

 

Please let Sara or Maggie in the Parish Office know if you would like to attend. If there are enough of you interested, transport will be provided.

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7th August 2023  

Vacancies in the Diocese of Plymouth

We currently have a vacancy for a new member of staff:

Refugee & Migrant Project Worker. The post will be hybrid home and office based within the Diocese. FTE salary £25,000 - £27,000 per annum. The hours of work will be 17.5 hours per week. See the Diocesan website for more details. 

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7th August 2023  

Vacancies in the Diocese of Plymouth

We currently have vacancies for: 

Caritas Development Workers Torbay, Devon & Poole, Dorset.

The posts will be hybrid home and office based within the Torbay and Dorset Deaneries. FTE salary £25,000 - £27,000 per annum. The hours of work will be 21 hours per week. See more details below.

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26th July 2023  

Lourdes Life Blog

While Fr. Anthony is away with the Lourdes Pilgrimage you can keep up-to-date with  the trip via our Lourdes Life Blog via the Parish website or Facebook page.

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26th July 2023  

March for Life UK 2023 - Saturday 2nd September 2023

The March for Life UK 2023 will take place on Saturday 2nd September. This is an important, annual opportunity to show our support for the right to life of the unborn.

 

A coach, with room for 50 passengers, will be leaving for London at 6.20am from Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Cecilia, White Cliff Mill Street, Blandford DT11 7BN. There is a second pick up stop in Ringwood at 7.20am, Meeting House Lane, BH24 1AT.

 

The programme for the day is: Westminster Cathedral 10.30am for a special Mass.

The Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street will be hosting prolife stalls and presentations with keynote speakers until 1.00pm.

The Centre does lunches, there are many cafes and pubs in the area or bring your own.

The March begins at 1.30pm from the Emmanuel Centre, ending in Parliament Square at 4.30pm.

Coach departs from the Emmanuel Centre at 5pm.

 

If you would like to book a seat please contact amabelclarke@gmail.com

Coach price: £20 per person [subsidies available]

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23rd July 2023  

Catenian Bursary Fund - Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage

On Sunday, Fr. Anthony and our Lourdes youth pilgrims were delighted to receive a cheque for £900 from Shaun Kerrigan, Weymouth's Catenian Representative to go towards their pilgrimage.

Shaun explained that the Bursary Fund's aim is to offer financial help to young people who volunteer to do something wonderful for others.

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13th July 2023  

CAFOD Fix the Food System Campaign - Sowing the Seeds of Poverty

This weekend we are praying for your support for the next phase of CAFOD's Fix the Food System campaign.

 

After hearing the Gospel for the day, the 'Parable of the Sower' we will share why Salina is writing a letter to the World Bank. 

 

We are asking you all to stand in solidarity with small-scale farmers. It’s clear that our current global food system is in crisis, and at the heart of this crisis is a struggle over control of the world’s seeds.

Please consider signing Salina's letter on your way out of Mass this weekend.  

For more information and to watch a short video, go to our CAFOD page.

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13th July 2023

Sea Sunday - 9th July 2023 - Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone for donating to last week's Sea Sunday collection, a fantastic sum of over £1274 was raised.

 

Thank you also to Mark and Allan for all the work they carry out with Stella Maris, making a real difference to the welfare of crews onboard visiting ships.


If anybody is interested in joining a small team to promote the work and awareness of Stella Maris, or join Mark and Allan on ship visits, please contact Sam Newington (01305 813377)

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5th July 2023

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly - 23rd July 2023

This year we will celebrate the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Pope Francis in 2021 declared that this special day celebrating Grandparents and the Elderly is to be held on the fourth Sunday of July. This is close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

The theme this year coincides with that of World Youth Day taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, 'His mercy is from age to age' (Lk 1:50). This is taken from the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56), and links with the World Youth Day theme where Mary sets out to visit Elizabeth 'Mary arose and went with haste' (Lk 1:39). Pope Francis in his message to people for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly asks young people who are travelling to Lisbon, before they leave, to visit an elderly person stating that "their prayers will protect you and you will carry in your heart the blessing of that encounter. I ask you, the elderly among us, to accompany by your prayers the young people about to celebrate World Youth Day".

This year the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 23rd July. There are many ways we can celebrate this special day in our homes and parishes. We will give you some ideas to get you started on our Grandparents and the Elderly page.  

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the very first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly encouraged young people, in a short video message, to talk to their grandparents if they want to be a sign of hope for the world.

For more information see NATIONAL OFFICE FOR VOCATION

Grandparents Day | National Office for Vocation England & Wales (ukvocation.org)

5th July 2023

Sea Sunday - 9th July 2023

Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all of our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. In the last year, more crews have been abandoned by their employers than ever before. Many are still being denied the right to leave their ships for even a short break away from the relentless noise and pressure onboard. Many are reporting more stress and poorer mental health.

 

Sea Sunday is Sunday 9th July. It is when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Your support will make a big difference to seafarers and fishers in need. 

Please note there will be a second collection at all Masses this weekend. Or you can donate  by visiting www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate, or by texting ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work, so please give generously. Thank you.

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3rd July 2023

Online Dementia Awareness Information Session – Tuesday 1st August 12 noon.

There are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, with 81,000 in the South West. This number is predicted to double in the next 30 years and we will see this reflected in our congregations and communities.  All our parishes will know someone living with dementia or caring for someone. You will already be providing pastoral care to people living with dementia and may already be taking steps to be a dementia friendly church.

 

This one-hour introductory session is aimed at parish priests, secretaries, eucharistic ministers, pastoral workers and welcomers, members of SVP and all those whose lives are touched by dementia. It will focus on understanding dementia and the practical aspects of how to respond, but will also offer advice about resources to understand how to accompany those whose lives have been touched by dementia in their spiritual journey.

 

People are welcome to bring their lunch and listen in. You are also welcome to join as a parish group. You can register here https://forms.office.com/e/1DijnZkMQk

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30th June 2023

Children's Choir

Fr. Anthony would like to start a children’s choir to sing at the Sunday 10am Mass and would love to hear from any youngsters who would like to take part.

"Together we’ll sing our hearts out".

 

Speak to Fr. Anthony if you’re interested in joining.

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26th May 2023

Diocesan School’s Transport Grant

A Diocesan school transport grant is available upon application for children attending a Catholic and C of E School.

 

Please find the application form here.

 

The deadline for forms to be signed and returned is July 28th 2023.

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26th May 2023

BAPTISM COURSES

A reminder that the next two Baptism Courses are due to take place at 11am on Saturday 8th July and Saturday 30th September in the Parish Hall.

 

Please contact the Parish Office if you require a course.

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26th May 2023

Mass Celebrating the Life Shop

You are cordially invited to attend Mass at St Joseph's on 5 July at 10am, and afterwards for light refreshments in the Parish Hall. People of all faiths and none have been saddened at the closure of the Life Shop in Weymouth and we've made many friends amongst the local community. The shop itself was a presence in Weymouth for 30 years, although Life Charity offered help, friendship and support for 25 years before that. We remember founder members to whom we owe gratitude for their witness in the early days and currently those for whom prayers are presently becoming the only recourse. Many lives have been changed and many lives have been saved.

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22nd May 2023

Postponement of Presentation of Parish Accounts

Please accept our apologies.

The presentation of the parish accounts that was due to take place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th May has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

A new date will be published in due course.

The Parish Finance Committee

19th May 2023

Diocesan Retreats 2023

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8th May 2023

Parish Coronation Party 

A Big Thank You to all those who helped to organise the Parish Coronation Party and to all those who came on the day. A great time was had by all, young and old and fortunately, the weather held until the last sack race.

 

Special thanks to Dick Holton, Ruby Pinto, Sisters Kate & Cecily and Alicia Watkins and the marvellous Weymouth

Section of the CWL who made 200 sandwiches, countless cups of tea and kept us all fed and watered on the day. Bravo to everyone!