Congratulations to Ellie & Louis, who were enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen last Saturday at St Agatha’s Church in Dawlish.

Wendy Carey received her medal after the Servers’ Mass at the Plymouth Cathedral on 23rd June 2018.

Four servers attended the Mass and Bishop Mark joined in the celebration at the Barbeque in the gardens after.


Congratulations Daisy, Mary, Joseph, Beatrix, Jacob, Millie and Rose who made their First Holy Communion over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June.

It was fantastic that all three churches in our Parish were part of the celebration.

Many thanks to all who supported the children: the catechists, their family and friends, their prayer partners and all who prayed for them on their journey to receive the body and blood of Christ.


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?

We meet on Wednesdays from 7:15pm to around 8:00pm. Ten people enjoyed a lively and interesting discussion in our first session. AND it’s not too late to join the group!

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

To find out what we’ll be talking about each week, CLICK HERE to see the discussion schedule.

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!

A copy of the book is available in the Narthex Library area of Our Lady and St Patrick Church, which you are welcome to read. Please do not take the book away, so that it can be there for others. If you wish to purchase your own copy, it is available in paperback on Amazon, currently priced at £14.94.

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. 


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.


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


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


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.



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.


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.”