The All Saints Divine Renovation Book Club

A new look at Evangelisation for our Parish.

Jesus sent the early Church to proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. We are an essentially missionary Church. This means our very essence is mission through discipleship. However if we take an honest look at our parish life today, it seems we may have lost our way. So much of the blame is being placed on various crises, but the real issue may be an identity crisis.

In this book, Divine Renovation, author Father James Mallon confronts the luke-warmness that exists in many parishes and further, calls out the clericalism that we have become all too comfortable with in our parish life.

Divine Renovation may make you feel a bit uncomfortable but the many practical points and applications that Fr. Mallon provides will help you in the challenging work of conversion and rebuilding.

We are the Church and the Church needs to be busy doing the mission work that Jesus sent us to do! Are you interested in helping us talk about and think about these issues? Then please come along to our first meeting on Wednesday 20th June from 7.15 – to around 8.00pm. We will then meet on Wednesday’s

Session 1 Wednesday 27th June 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 2  Wednesday 4th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 3  Wednesday 18th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 4  Wednesday 25th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 5  Wednesday 8th Aug 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 6  Wednesday 15th Aug 7.15 – 8.15pm

This book offers questions that are both a work of study, personal reflection, and helpful for group discussion. We really hope you enjoy taking a deeper look at parish life and prayerfully reflecting on how we can all work together to bring our parish from maintenance to mission!

Some Suggestions for our book discussion group time:

  • Begin each session with a brief time for reflection and then open with a prayer. Pray for an open heart for honest observations of our parish life. Then pray for our parish, priests, leaders, parishioners and new members who have yet to join our parish community. Give praise and thanksgiving for being fed spiritually with the nourishment of the Eucharist and supported by the sacraments of the Church. 
  • Each week, give the group members a chance to share experiences from their actual time in prayer and their personal reflection on the life of the parish. What inspirations or insights have they been given? 
  • At the end of each session allow for 5 minutes of silence and invite every member of the group to reflect on one thing they are going to take away from the session. Some examples: a commitment they are making; a truth they want to remember; or an action they want to take. 

First Holy Communion – Bread To Share

Help celebrate with out First Holy Communion children and their families by baking a loaf of bread to share after 10:30am Mass at OLSP on Sunday 24th June.

Simply place your bread offering before the altar in plenty of time before the beginning of Mass.

If you’re not much of a baker, you are welcome to buy a loaf of bread to bring.

Please remember the First Communion children, their families and catechists in your prayers.

EASTER 2018 – MASS & SERVICE TIMES

We are still journeying through Lent, but Easter is fast approaching. Here are Mass and Service times for Easter, including the Triduum and Easter Day:

Palm Sunday, 25 March

Mass, St Ignatius, Shaldon – 9.00am

Mass, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth – 10.30am

Wednesday, 27 March

Chrism Mass – 12 Noon, Cathedral, Plymouth

Maundy Thursday, 29 March

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30pm, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth

Good Friday, 30 March

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3.00pm, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth

Saturday, 31 March

Easter Vigil – 8.30pm, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth

Easter Sunday, 1 April (please note changes to regular times)

Easter Sunday Masses:

Mass, St Agatha’s, Dawlish – 8.00am

Mass, St Ignatius, Shaldon – 9.30am

Mass, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth – 11.00am

FUN, FRIENDSHIP, FAITH… PIZZA AND GAMES!

On Tuesday 20 February, our Youth Group met up for an evening of fun, friendship, faith and fellowship in the Parish Office. They bonded over pizzas and board games while the adults Marcia and Sarah chatted to them, prepared the food and put the world to rights over a cuppa. Eight of our lovely young people had a fabulous time and have agreed to make it a monthly event.

The evenings started up in January at a fun filled evening hosted by Fr Mark and have since picked up new members. If you are age 11-18 then please consider joining us. The next meeting will take place on Friday 16th March from 7.30 – 9.30pm in the Parish Office. All welcome.

If you would like to help out, have a current DBS check (or wouldn’t mind obtaining one via the diocese) and would like to spend some time talking to or getting to know the group better, then please contact Sarah Barreto or Fr Mark to put your name forward. We need two adults to be around and supervise each time but it would be great to vary who they are and give more adults from our Parish the chance to hear our amazing young people and what they have to tell us. We would love to hear from you.

Sarah Barreto

LENT MINI-SERIES from ‘WORD ON FIRE’

Five short videos to watch during Lent.

The parish has subscribed to a thought-provoking mini-course of five videos from ‘Word on Fire’, led by Catholic Bishop, Robert Barron. Starting during the first week of Lent and running through until Easter, many of us will be getting an email on the same day each week, containing a video just over five minutes long.

You can watch the first episode HERE

If you are not receiving them, but would like to join in and watch the videos along with other parishioners, you can use THIS LINK to sign up. Doing so would also enable us to help you keep in touch with the parish in the future, whether you are a regular churchgoer or not.

We hope you enjoy watching these short videos, and find them to be a useful tool for reflection as we journey through Lent. Please feel free to add a related comment after you have watched them!

GAUDETE SUNDAY – 17 December

Next Sunday (17th December) our young people will be leading us in the liturgy, and following Mass invite you to listen to what has sustained them in faith, and share some refreshments and time together. It would be great if you could join them. We will mull some wine and have mince pies available, but if you could bring some pre-lunch finger food to share, a game and your company, we ought to have a lovely time together. Please look out for the Gaudete pink leaflet.

 

CHRISTMAS MASS AND SERVICE TIMES

We very much look forward to seeing you at any of the Christmas Masses and services held in All Saints Parish, Teignmouth.


Tuesday 12th December

Advent Carol Service and Mass, Our Lady & St Patrick School – 6:00 pm


Saturday 23rd December

Vigil Mass of Sunday at St Agatha, Dawlish – 6:00 pm


Christmas Eve

Mass at St Ignatius, Shaldon – 9:00 am

Mass at Our Lady & St Patrick, – 10.30 am*

Crib Service, at Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth – 3:00 pm

Vigil Mass of Christmas, at St Agatha, Dawlish – 6:00 pm

Carol Service followed by Midnight Mass, at Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth – 11:30 pm
Mass begins at 12 Midnight


Christmas Day

Mass, at St Ignatius, Shaldon – 9:00 am

Mass, at Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth – 10:30 am


Boxing Day

Mass, at Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth – 11:30 am
Feast of St Stephen, the first Martyr


*  Apologies, this Mass was left off the original list, but there is of course a Sunday Mass at Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth, at the regular time of 10.30 am.

LEAVING A BEQUEST TO ALL SAINTS PARISH

The topic of leaving a bequest to All Saints Parish is not likely to be at the forefront of our day-to-day concerns, and is, furthermore, a subject that requires thoughtful consideration. However, it is undoubtedly true that we are still able to gather and worship in our three beautiful and historically significant churches, largely because of the generosity of individuals who have gifted resources or made bequests in the past.

We have now launched a new leaflet which looks at the topic in a little more detail. It recognises the particular concerns that people may have about legacies, explains some of the facts and provides two ‘example’ clauses for wills. Before proceeding down this route we would hope that anyone considering leaving a bequest to the parish would have first given due consideration to their family and loved ones, and then, of course, consulted with a solicitor.

Any bequest of this nature that you are able to make, will help to ensure that the Catholic community in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Shaldon can continue to thrive as a parish, practice their faith and worship together as we do now.


All Saints Parish Teignmouth is a vibrant, diverse and joyful Catholic Christian community. We live in a beautiful part of the country and furthermore, we have been blessed by past generations with three beautiful and historically significant churches.

We surely hope and pray that our parish will continue to thrive, but in modern times many factors apply pressure to our existence as a community, particular amongst which are those of a financial nature.

To put it bluntly, we are not bringing in sufficient funds to continue for much longer as we are. This has been much discussed and a sustained appeal ‘Funding the Mission’ sought (with only limited success) to address this problem.

Leaving a legacy, in the form of a specific bequest in your will, could greatly help to ensure the future of the parish.

When you make your will we would of course anticipate that you will firstly give consideration to your family. However, to clear up a common misconception, leaving a legacy does not necessarily mean leaving your whole estate. You can bequeath a specific amount or asset, a percentage or proportion, or even make a ‘residuary bequest’ i.e. the remainder after specific bequests to family members and others.

The best way to achieve this is to seek the advice of a solicitor, and to leave clear legal instructions in the form of a will. Your will can be changed at any time, either by making a new one, or by recording alterations in a codicil.

Whilst all bequests benefit the parish community, those which are ‘unrestricted’, meaning not for the particular provision or upkeep of a particular feature of a church building, for example, will give those who undertake to be stewards of our community the ability to directly address future challenges and concerns that we may yet be unaware of.

Because the parish is part of the Diocese of Plymouth, which is a registered charity, anything that you leave to All Saints Parish Teignmouth, will be made free of tax. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on this.

Any bequest of this nature that you are able to make, will help to ensure that the Catholic community in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Shaldon can continue to thrive as a parish, practice their faith and worship together as we do now.

Thank you.

If you have any further questions about this matter, do speak to the parish office, or to:

Fr Mark Skelton, Parish Priest
Raymond Twohig, Chair of Finance Committee
Simon Fletcher, Chair of All Saints Parish Pastoral Council


Our current economic situation…

Last financial year, 2016/17, our parish cost £95,000 to run

we also spent over £53,000 on our buildings

parishioners contributed just under £79,000 to the parish

the extra funds needed were derived from our investments

£160,000 remain in our investments for allocation to buildings

we are forecast to spend all of this within the next ten years.

A large part of our investments come from legacies.


Some suggested clauses as a starting point for you and your solicitor:

For a residuary bequest:

“I bequeath to Plymouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered all (or …share) of the residue of my estate to be applied as both capital and income for its general charitable purposes within All Saints Parish, Teignmouth, and I direct that the receipt of the Secretary of Plymouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.”

For a specific legacy:

“I bequeath to Plymouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered the sum of £… free of tax to be applied as both capital and income for its general charitable purposes within All Saints Parish, Teignmouth, and I direct that the receipt of the Secretary of Plymouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.”

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2017

ALL SAINTS PARISH ANNUAL REPORT 2017

You can download a copy of the All Saints Parish Annual Report for 2016 here or read the full text below:


Since we met at last year’s AGM to discuss progress on the ‘big six’ concerns raised by the Parish Survey of 2015, there has been a lot happening in ALL SAINTS PARISH.

Before we look in more detail at some of these things, it seems useful to consider the wider context within which we as a community find ourselves situated, and within which we come together to worship and practice our faith. Our bishop, Mark O’Toole, in the introduction to his recent pastoral letter, ‘Go… make disciples’, underpinned his thoughts by reflecting upon what he describes as a ‘Crisis of Disciples.’ He starkly articulates it thus – In the last 30 years the number of people regularly attending Mass in a Catholic Church has almost halved. Across the Diocese the figures have gone down from 261⁄2 to just under 14 thousand. This, he likens to the situation one finds in ‘mission territories’ such as Pakistan and Myanmar (Burma).

In contrast to this, the bishop is also keen to remind us that our desire to share our faith – to evangelise – is driven not primarily by numbers, but by joy, wellbeing, and the spiritual nourishment we derive from being followers of Christ. We should, therefore, most definitely not be cast down by this state of affairs. For us as a community, the big events in our liturgical calendar have been beautiful, inspirational, and well attended; every Mass we go to brings us a little closer to each other and to God. The Parish Calendar is brimming with events both within the parish and beyond, whether local or diocesan, ecumenically based or more broadly focused. We do not, in short, need to struggle to find ways to nurture our faith. Our consciences might be telling us, however, that there is, perhaps, still scope for us to find new ways to reach out and share the ‘Joy of the Gospel’.

As a parish, we find ourselves very much in the same position as the Diocese in general, and indeed in the same position as the Church in the developed world as a whole; under- funded, looking for ways to consolidate our physical situation, whilst striving to maintain and nurture an outward looking faith responding optimistically to our calling.


Over the past year the Parish Pastoral Council has continued to address the ‘Big Six’ survey concerns, but has been particularly focused on ENCOURAGING THE YOUNG, and then FUNDING THE MISSION, a big part of which has been and will continue for some while to be, the care of our buildings. WELCOMING, meanwhile, goes from strength-to-strength and it has been very encouraging to see more-and-more people get involved in this vital ministry and other supporting roles around and during the Mass.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER, through the work of our fledgling Society of St Vincent de Paul, necessarily occurs mainly ‘under-the-radar’, but they have been meeting regularly, visiting the housebound, bringing people to Mass, distributing gifts of food at Christmas and Easter, and even (shockingly in this day and age) providing food vouchers where needed. They have also been offering support to the bereaved and taking people who need transport to medical appointments.

HOW WE WORSHIP is now more properly taken care of by the Liturgy Group who meet to look at all aspects of the Liturgy including Music, which increases in vibrancy, and continues to be a dynamic and developing part of our Sunday Mass.

HOW WE GROW IN FAITH is now part of the remit of the Evangelisation Team, who are currently engaged with an initiative developed by the Diocese, responding in turn to the Church’s call for a ‘New Evangelisation’.


ENCOURAGING THE YOUNG to identify with their faith and with the parish community is surely a key part of our evangelising mission, and unsurprisingly, in the context of Bishop Mark’s letter, presents us with one of our biggest challenges. Nevertheless, volunteers within our parish are putting a great deal of time and energy into events for young people, whether liturgical, in conjunction with the school, or beyond the confines of the parish. Through the year young people from our community have taken part in larger events as diverse as World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland; more locally, the Diocesan Youth Rally in Honiton (17 attending), and then ‘Flame 2017’, the national gathering of Catholic young people at Wembley Arena (11 young people from All Saints). There has been cross-denominational activity, and numerous parish-based opportunities like the Wo-We Pop-Up Cinema.

On 14 May, twelve of our young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Mark at Our Lady and St Patrick’s church, then four of our children took their First Holy Communion on 25 June. Follow up events for those confirmed have taken place, and our young people have of course been participating in regular events open to the whole parish, such as the Wintershall Weekend and later in the year, the Treyarnon weekend, where we take over a Cornish youth hostel for a weekend of prayer and celebration, and spend time together as a community. Huge thanks to this team of volunteers for all their hard and determined work in supporting the younger members of our community. Congratulations and continued thanks also to Our Lady and St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary School, our Parish School, who are now officially ‘good in all areas’ after their successful Ofsted inspection earlier in the year (we knew it already!).


Turning away now from these positive and affirmative thoughts, we come to the interconnected and deeply intractable topics of Finance and Buildings (many thanks to the Finance Committee and the Buildings Team, for all their hard work). Hopefully, by now, there are very few of us who are unaware that in this respect we are facing significant and serious challenges as we move forward.

Latest figures are as follows:

Last financial year, 2016/17, our parish cost £95,000 to run

our income was £79,000 given by parishioners and £5,000 sundry

our ‘operating’ result was, therefore, a deficit of £(11,000)

we also spent £(53,000) on our buildings

and received £14,000 investment income.

The final cash result of this was a deficit of £(50,000).

For 2017/18 our parish is forecast to cost £98,000 to run

our income is projected to be £83,000 given by parishioners & £5,000 sundry

our ‘operating’ result will therefore be a deficit of £(10,000)

we also plan to spend at least £(150,000) on our buildings

and we will receive about £8,000 investment income.

The final cash result of this will be a deficit of £(150,000).

Our concern over these matters is so great that this year we undertook a sustained appeal to increase the amount that parishioners give to the parish, called ‘FUNDING THE MISSION’; this with the ambitious objective of raising the amount we collectively give by £30,000 per year. The campaign ran from the rst Sunday in Advent 2016 to Palm Sunday 2017. Every church-going member of our community received an information lea et on the subject, the appeal was publicised in the newsletter, on the parish website and via posters at our churches. Speakers talked to us after Mass and gave regular updates, volunteers stood at the back of our churches afterwards, ready to provide further information and answer questions. In short, it is extremely unlikely that anyone of our community would have been left uninformed of our financial situation or the need to significantly increase our income.

Since the appeal finished, we have closely monitored changes in the pattern of giving, and while we are pleased to report a modest upturn overall – and would wish absolutely to say a collective heartfelt thank you to all those who have increased the amount they give (even where it has simply been by signing up to Gift-aid their contribution) – it has to be very clearly stated that we are still a long way from resolving the financial difficulties we face.

A large part of the investments we retain, and which for the time being safeguard us against any unforeseen event, come from bequests made to the parish by past parishioners. The penultimate part of our strategy to reduce future financial shortfall, is to publish a leaflet to enable members of the community to consider leaving similar legacies to the parish in their wills.

Leaving a bequest does not necessarily mean leaving your whole estate. It is entirely possible to bequeath a certain amount or particular asset, a percentage, proportion or amount, or even make a ‘residuary bequest’ – i.e. the remainder after specific bequests to family members and others. If you can consider doing this, your legacy will help to ensure that our parish continues to thrive, and that those who come after us can continue to practice their faith and worship together as we do now. The leaflet will be promoted at the parish AGM and will be available afterwards at our three churches.

Beyond these practical measures, the PPC and the Finance Committee, acting in support of Fr Mark and the parish, feel that the next vital step to take will be to compile a report to the Diocese detailing our problematic financial situation, informing the Bishop of all the things that we have undertaken to try to alleviate it, and seeking guidance on the next steps.

The buildings that we own continue to be the focus of much expenditure from the limited resources we retain. During the past year we spent £53,000 on them, and we are committed to spending considerably more than this over the next few years. Structural works to complete the re-ordering of Our Lady and St Patrick’s are still ongoing and many necessary minor works are taking place, such as endeavouring to ensure that hearing loops and sound systems work properly, minor exterior building repairs to other churches/presbyteries are attended to, etc. etc.

The largest project we have committed resources to is the renovation and repair of the presbytery of St Agatha’s in Dawlish. Subsequent to its occupation by a priest from the Ordinariate and his family, we were approached, via a parishioner, by a Devon based group called ‘Phoenix Learning & Care’, who provide homes and care support for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties with the aim of delivering a safe and therapeutic environment. Some parishioners may be familiar with their work at Oakwood Court College, in Dawlish. Do have a look at their website to find out more: www.phoenixlearningcare.co.uk

We have taken on this project because we felt it was very important to put the building to good use, and believe that the group’s philosophy and objectives align well with our mission. Notwithstanding this, we have had to undertake considerable repairs to make the property serviceable for the duration, a task which has involved the Buildings Committee and others in a lot of work, and of course considerable expenditure from our investments, amounting in total to some £70,000. We are currently negotiating a five year lease with the prospective tenants and hope to recoup most of our investment over the period. This – in contrast to most of our other buildings – will put the property in a ‘holding position’ whereby we can anticipate not having to consider spending much more on it during the period of the tenancy.


To summarise the past year would be to say, in modern parlance, that it has very much been ‘a game of two halves’. In terms of our community, our parish groups, teams and community are forging ahead, and many volunteers both unseen and visible are busy working to the benefit of us all (thank you indeed!). When we come to Mass we find comfort and are made to feel both welcome and a part of something in nitely greater than ourselves. We focus upon many things, the beauty of the liturgy, the profound truths revealed in the Word and reflected in the homily, our own personal concerns receive greater clarity and we pray for our troubled world. Somewhat in the background, however, but looming all around us as we pray, are our buildings, which are undoubtedly beautiful and a great blessing, but nevertheless present a continued and increasing challenge to our being able to go on as we are. Let us pray for good guidance and stewardship in these matters.

May the year ahead see our parish community continue to develop, strengthen expand and broaden its horizons, and more closely become the Kingdom in the here and now.

Have a good summer and God Bless,

With kind regards,

Simon Fletcher
Chair of All Saints PPC

PPC ELECTIONS

At our Parish AGM, which will be held at Our Lady & St Patrick’s church at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 12 July,  there will be elections to recruit three new members to the Parish Pastoral Council. Please now begin to give thought and prayer to considering whether either you, or perhaps someone you know, might like to step forward and become a member of the PPC.

PPC membership is very much considered to be an active role. Areas of concern that the PPC is engaged with reflect the six outcomes of the Parish Survey of 2015, but we are currently putting particular effort into encouraging the young, financial matters and buildings. Alongside this we are very keen to continue to ensure that the communities of all three of our churches are represented.

Current and ongoing members of the PPC are:

Sarah Barreto (ex officio, representing the parish school)
Carole Bryant
Anthony Carey (Deacon)
Linda Clarke (Secretary)
Simon Fletcher (Chair)
Brigid Kelly
Nici Newberry-Thornton
Raymond Twohig (ex officio, Chair of Finance Committee)
John Service
Fr Mark Skelton (Parish Priest)
Jillian Wilce