While Father Mark thought the plan was a modest affair involving tea and cake after Mass followed by a small family meal, the Parish had other ideas and a SURPRISE party had surreptitiously been organised.
Parishioners, family and friends from far and wide, including Father Mark’s former parishes, gathered at Bitton House for a barbeque, games and more cake. Many thanks to Sarah Barreto for organising the event, and also to her stalwart deputy, Raymond Twohig. Thank you to Carole for yet another truly amazing cake, and very many thanks also, to all those who volunteered and worked hard to make things happen on the day. Finally a big thank you to everyone who attended (particularly those who journeyed from afar), and made the day so special.
Thanks are also most definitely due to Anna Winston and Teignmouth Town Council, for being so kind and helpful in allowing us to use their lovely Bitton House and grounds.
Father Mark says: “Just to add my own very sincere thanks. I knew you were all a wonderful bunch, but Sunday came out of the blue and I cannot really put into words how touched, thrilled and genuinely moved I was by your kindness. Thirty years is a milestone for the individual, but I had not expected anything beyond coffee and cake from the Parish family. So your generosity was absolutely astounding. God bless every single one of you.”