WORLD WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2020

The theme for this year’s week of prayer for Christian Unity is ‘Unusual Kindness’ where we are invited to see God working through people and places which offer unusual kindness.

The resources for this year have been put together by churches in Malta and Gozo and cover a variety of topics, including hospitality. The resources are based around the record in Acts of Paul’s shipwreck on Malta and the coming of the Gospel to the island.

There is a unity service in Teignmouth at the United Reformed Church at 3pm on Sunday 19th January.

There are also daily prayer reflections in churches around the town:

Saturday 18th January at 12 noon – St Michael the Archangel led by Roderick Withnell
Monday 20th January at 12 noon – Riviera Function Room, Mars Hill Church led by Jane Ferns
Tuesday 21st January at 12 noon – Baptist Church led by Jamie Redfern
Wednesday 22nd January at 12 noon – United Reformed Church led by Charlie and Bev Stockley
Thursday 23rd January at 7:30pm – St James’ Church led by Marcus Thomas
Friday 24th January at 12 noon – Our Lady & St Patrick led by Deacon Anthony Carey
Saturday 25th January at 12 noon – Methodist Church led by Catherine Wagstaff

Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-7. Psalm 21. Philippians 2:6-11. Matthew 26:14-27:66

As you might expect, all of our readings today are powerful. There are several homilies worth in each one, but I’d like to continue with my theme this Lent of the human story, both ours and that of Jesus.

Because our Gospel reading, the Passion of Christ, is a catalogue of human failure. It all starts well; the disciples must have been excited and looking forward to spending the Passover feast with their friend and master. The room was booked, the preparations in place and the meal started.

I would imagine that the conversation was that of most celebratory gatherings, small talk, with the occasional more profound conversation, simply enjoying each other’s company. But then, Jesus speaks these words;

“I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me”.

Talk about a conversation killer. There must have been a stunned silence, perhaps just time to vaguely recall something that Jesus had told them several times on their travels…something about ‘the Son of Man is going to be put to death’? How do you respond to a statement like that? Well, the disciples responded with the first and perhaps keenest of human failures…’Not I Lord, surely’.

We’re told that to a man, this was their response. Peter, who was to deny Jesus not once, but three times. Judas, who did the deed. And the others, all except John, were nowhere to be seen at Calvary. This must have cut Christ’s humanity to the core. These were not sworn enemies of Jesus, but his friends. Friends who Jesus had taught to call God their ‘Father’ and himself a brother. And yet, friends who could so easily betray, deny, and abandon him as well as any adversary.

A little later, with the kiss of Judas, the failure continues; spat on, beaten and ridiculed. The crowd bought by the chief priests and elders to shout for Barabbas, condemnation by a man who thought that the simple act of washing hands would exonerate all guilt, scourging, mocking and finally, execution.

Jesus was subjected to the very worst that humankind has to offer. Surely his words from the cross “My God, My God, why have you deserted me?’ must, in part, have been a cry from the very heart of Jesus’ humanity. Fully human, he must have been tempted beyond belief to ask his Father for the twelve legions of Angels that he talked of at Gethsemane. But he didn’t. Instead he fulfilled his mission; he died for us. And in so doing, he gave us a gift. A gift that we didn’t earn, and we didn’t deserve.

What does all of this mean for us today. It’s tempting to go down the route of personal examination. How often have WE betrayed, denied and abandoned Christ? How often have WE unjustly condemned, coerced, and mocked? How often have WE symbolically washed our hands of our responsibilities? Although this is worth thinking on now and then, we must remember that there is more to come. The story hasn’t finished with the death of Christ; in fact, it’s only just begun. It’s a story of hope, of reconciliation, of enlightenment, of joy. If we dwell on personal examination at the expense of the ongoing story, then perhaps we’re missing the point; perhaps instead of accepting the gift of the Resurrection with gratitude and love, we’re trying to earn it and convince ourselves that we deserve it.

The fact is, that even in his agony, Christ still died for us with all that that entails. He subjected himself to the very worst of humanity in order to free us; to offer us a better way. Although, with human thought, it might be difficult to understand why Jesus did this for us when he was so barbarically ill-used, nonetheless, he did.

The wonder of this is, that even had the Resurrection not followed, the Passion would still give us a hope that we have no right to expect. Because Christs willingness to die for us proves beyond doubt that when we are feeling unloved, we are loved. When we are feeling unlovable, we are loved. When we struggle to love others, they are loved. When society rejects those that it feels cannot be loved, they too are loved.

When we doubt God’s unconditional love for us, especially when we think that we’ve failed him, then think of the Passion, failed by all and yet Jesus still died for us out of nothing else but love.

So as Christian disciples called to imitate Christ, our job is not to wonder why, but to love.

With my love and prayers for you all, may God bless you. Deacon Anthony

The Holy Father

Here is a translation of the Holy Father’s Homily at the Holy Hour earlier today in Rome

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves. In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7)

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent, year A.

Ezekiel 37:12-14. Psalm 129. Romans 8:8-11. John 11:1-45.

Today’s readings are nothing less than triumphant. There are still two weeks to go until the great feast of Easter and yet today, all of our readings point to the Resurrection. Not the Resurrection of Christ, but to the Resurrection that he’s won for us on Calvary and by his glorious resurrection. They also reinforce something that I preached on a while ago; the indivisibility of the human and the divine.

I have said many times that the season of Lent is THE opportunity in the Church’s year to walk with our Saviour as a man. To walk with him to Calvary in solidarity, to accompany him as a fellow human, ill-used and unjustly condemned, and to help carry his cross as we recognise our failure in his hurt and stumbling. But above all, we walk with him as our friend. And yet, as we watch our friend in his Passion, we realise that this is all for us. Why? Because the love that the Father has for us overspills in Christ. The human and the divine join in a way like no other and this is what we find in our readings today.

We don’t have to look far either, it’s all pretty much on the surface. In Ezekiel, God promises not only to raise us, but also to put his Spirit in us and settle us ‘on our own soil’; or perhaps in other words, to allow us the freedom to be who we are meant, and want, to be. Our psalm responds beautifully; ‘If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness’. Not forgiveness because we deserve it but the forgiveness that Christ has won for us, total and absolute forgiveness.

In our second reading, Paul says it like it is; ’the Spirit of God has made his home in you’. The human and the divine are joined. Yes, as we walk with our friend to Golgotha, we are moving ever closer to the unity of God and humankind.

This, of course, is evident throughout the ministry of Jesus. And in todays Gospel reading we have, in my opinion, one of the most profound sentences to be found anywhere in Holy Scripture;

‘Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart’.

 What did that sigh contain? Did it contain every single one of our names? Did the endless mercy and compassion of God flow from that single sigh? Was it at this point that our Salvation was assured? Through the humanity of Christ spills forth the divine, touching each one of us to leave us changed; changed through the gift of Hope.

We are in times that we hoped we would never have to live through, but it is this gift of Hope, offered through the unity of God and humanity, that can lighten the darkness. More than that, it is a gift that we can share with, and pass on to, others.

This is the God we worship. A God who intimately knows what it is to be human, not because he created us, but because he walked with us. A God who won for us our freedom, our dignity, and our Salvation. A God who loves us more deeply than we can ever contemplate. And above all, the sure Hope that whatever happens, God is with us, now and always.

With my love and prayers for you all, may God bless you richly. Deacon Anthony

Church Closure

Following the address by the Prime Minister yesterday the Bishops of England and Wales have taken the sad but responsible step of saying all Churches and places of Worship must be closed with immediate effect until further notice. The Divine Office will, of course, continue to be prayed by laity and clergy alike and we can join in prayer knowing that we are not praying alone. In Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Morning Prayer will be prayed at 8am and Evening Prayer at 6pm, The Mass will be offered every morning at 9am and every day Fr Mark will pray before the Blessed Sacrament for all those who are struggling and selflessly working for the well being of our communities. Let us hold each other in love and never lose sight of the God who is our refuge and strength. Even if we feel alone let us remember

‘The Lord of Hosts is with us: The God of Jacob is our stronghold’

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Our first reading today is a comfort for two types of people; those who never seem to learn from their past experiences but keep making the same mistake and those who are overlooked and ignored. Samuel, even after his having chosen Saul on the back of his physical magnificence and had seen this choice ‘go to the bad’ still homes in on Eliab, seeing, in his height and musculature, the next King. Yet the comfort is, even when he keeps making this same mistake, God does not give up on him and continues to use him until finally the penny drops and Samuel, listening to God, makes the right decision and chooses the ‘runt of the litter’, David. This same David who becomes such a force and pivot in the history of Israel and indeed our salvation that it is from the House of David that the Messiah comes.

 Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind is another wonderful example of the Lord’s at work. His gentle encouragement and healing of the man enables him to not only gain his independence but gain a confidence and self respect which someone in his situation in C1st Palestine would probably not normally have had. He speaks before the Jewish Authorities with confidence and courage, he defends Christ against his attackers and is belittled and rejected for his pains.

Compare him to the three other ‘types’ we encounter in the story. Firstly the observers of the newly healed man. They do not want to face up to the reality of the situation, this would necessarily involve them making changes in their own lives. If this man now seeing is the one who was blind and begging then something amazing must have happened and that would demand a response. So they obfuscate or argue about details rather than looking deeply at the thing.  As CS Lewis once put it, they spend their time straining out fernseeds and swallowing elephants. 

 Secondly we have the Authorities, arrogant and in control. When something happens which does not tie in with their normal way of thinking, their accepted view of the world…then rather than reflecting on what it might have to say, allowing it to speak to them and transform them and make them look at their place in the world or their understanding of that world, they attack .  Can that be me? Losing the argument  I shout, or insult or belittle and thus miss the lesson there may be waiting for me

 The third type are the parents, not indifferent or disinterested, not arrogant and controlling but afraid. Unwilling to raise their heads above the parapet. Instead of standing up with their son they leave him to fend for himself, casting him adrift. ‘He is old enough, let him speak for himself’. This is the coward’s way. All his life he would have relied upon their support and help and suddenly he is left to speak for himself and defend a man he knows nothing about before people who would be far more articulate and powerful than himself. Is this my way sometimes, preferring to keep quiet and unnoticed whilst injustice grows ?

All his life he will have been overlooked and dismissed yet he rises to the occasion magnificently. He is the ‘runt of the litter’ writ large and yet shows himself to be a man of courage, nobility and, at the end, faith and that is rewarded. The Lord Jesus very rarely reveals His fullness to anyone and yet here, in the climax of the story He does just that.  

The Lord Jesus came, in part, so that we might see the world, our role and those around us more clearly. Through His grace, it is our choice whose example we will follow. The indifferent bystander, the arrogant bully, the coward or the person of courage although, if you are like me, it could well be an assortment of all four but whatever and whichever one it is…remember Samuel. He kept getting his choice wrong but God simply gave him another chance and finally, because Samuel kept trying to listen…he got it right.

Over these weeks and perhaps months there will be all kinds of opportunities to help and encourage each other, to be alert to the most vulnerable and needy. With God’s help we will not miss those opportunities but will respond with the generosity and joy with which He responds to us.

God bless you and all whom you love and indeed all who love you.

PUBLIC SERVICES SUSPENDED FROM FRIDAY EVENING – 20th MARCH 2020

Many of you will already have heard about the Hierarchies decision to suspend public worship whilst the Pandemic increases in our country.

Although this will have been an incredibly difficult decision to make it was, of course, the only sensible course of action.

As a result there will be no public celebrations of any kind in the parish from Friday evening (20th March 2020).

This also means that we have had to cancel the First Reconciliations on Friday evening.

However, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Patrick in Teignmouth will be open each day for private prayer and all will be welcome to come, bearing in mind the restrictions regarding our maintaining sensible and necessary precautions.

The situation is a fast changing one and so further information will be posted both online and on all three Church noticeboards.

The PPC will be meeting tonight after which further guidance on links for worshipping on line and other opportunities for supportive prayer and contact will be posted.

I do hope to be able to draw up a list of people who would be willing and able to assist in telephone contact or shopping etc for those self isolating or ill in the very near future. 

Bishop Mark is arranging for Mass to be available online from the Cathedral every morning at 11am and this will be available through the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.

We may only be partway through Lent but it is not as if we do not know what awaits us. We are not going to be surprised by His Resurrection and so let’s rejoice in that fact. He is Risen and He is in love with each and every one of us and that love remains whether we are able to gather as the Body or not. Where we are, there is God.

Here is a copy of the letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.

However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.

You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.

The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.

During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.

‘The Lord is my shepherd, There is nothing I shall want.’

May God bless us all.

Vincent Cardinal Nichols – President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP – Vice President

NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. They write….

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period.

We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope.

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Presidents of Churches Together in England Archbishop Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator Archbishop Angaelos of London, CTE President for the Orthodox Churches Pastor Agu Irukwu, CTE Pentecostal President

ALL SAINTS GOT TALENT

All Saints Parishioners are a very talented lot (our Arts Exhibition is testament to that!). So to celebrate, we’re holding an ‘ALL SAINTS GOT TALENT’ evening at St Agatha’s Church Hall.

If you sing, dance, juggle or joke, get in touch with the Parish Office so we can register your ‘act’. We’re open to pretty much anything – except fire-eating!

If you’d prefer to watch, come along to St Agatha’s Church Hall for a 7:30pm start on Friday 15th November.

All ages are welcome.

PAPAL BLESSING FOR AOS WORK

Parishioner, Wendy Sword, was awarded a Papal Blessing at Mass in Dawlish on Wednesday (2nd October) in recognition of her dedicated service to seafarers over the last 15 years through the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).

Attending the Mass were representatives from AoS including Director Martin Foley (pictured left with Wendy).

Parishioners were invited to join Wendy and the AoS for tea and cake at the Smugglers Inn after the event.

The Apostleship of the Sea serves seafarers from across the world, regardless of their belief, nationality or race. The AoS team of chaplains and volunteer ship visitors provide help, support and advise to thousands of seafarers each year at all the major ports in Great Britain, including here in Teignmouth.