Mass Times Sunday 15th October

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Day Description Time
Sat John Wightwick RIP (anniv) 6.30pm
Sun Doug Skipworth RIP (anniv) 10:30am

Weekday Services

Day Description Time
Tues St Ignatius of Antioch - Anthony Cooper RIP 9.00am
Wed St Luke, Evangelist 10.00am
Thurs Weekday 9.30am
Fri Weekday - Stan Allott RIP 10.00am
Sat Our Lady 10.00am

Extra Info
Confessions: After Saturday Morning Mass or at request
Rosary: After Saturday Morning Mass
CAFOD Fast Day: £531.00

Tea and coffee is served in the hall after 10:30am Mass

Weekly Bulletin

Next weekend is World Mission Sunday. There will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Anthea would like to thank all those sent her cards and get-well wishes. The thoughts and prayers of the community meant a lot and have given her great support.

The next meeting of our parish forum “Seeds of Faith” to look at ways of spreading and nourishing the faith in our community and outside will take place this Wednesday 18th October at 7pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome.

SALE: Last weekend’s Harvest Sale raised the impressive sun of £240. Many thanks for Frances Vacas, our CAFOD rep, for all her hard work in organising this.

Would the parents of children aged 7 and over who are due to be prepared to receive First Holy Communion next year please have a word with Fr Kristian as soon as possible.

Open Hearts Open Borders, a local charity in Plymouth, is appealing for blankets and sleeping bags or funds to buy these for people, young and old, arriving in Greece in great numbers. Contact Suzanne on 863585 and she will collect. The container leaves on 21 st October so time is of the essence!

The next meeting of the Pastoral Council will be on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

There will be a day of Catholic Marriage Enrichment on Saturday 21st October, 10am-4pm, at St Peter’s, Crownhill, 15 Boniface Lane, Plymouth. PL5 3AX. To book a place, please contact Deborah text 07961 099173.

The Civic Service of Thanksgiving for the town and community of Totnes will be held this Thursday, 19th October, at 12noon in St Mary’s Parish Church. All welcome.

The annual diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Mark, will take place between 2nd-8th August 2018, cost £779, fully inclusive. Booking forms are available from the Sacristy and further information is on the noticeboard. Enquiries to Fr Kieran Kirby, the Pilgrimage Director, on 01803 294142. The Youth Pilgrimage goes at the same time and costs £495. Contact Fr Anthony O’Gorman on 01637 851697 for more details.

There will be a meeting in the Civil Hall this Tuesday, 6.30-9pm, to find a positive and constructive community response to the recent tragic deaths of local teenagers through the misuse of drugs. All welcome.

Parish Activities

Parish Pastoral Council – The PPC meets quarterly to assist the Parish Priest with the planning and implementation of the many pastoral initiatives of the parish, ranging from the catechetical to the social activities. The PPC comprises of approximately 12 parishioners who are appointed for a fixed term of two years.

Parish Finance Committee – The finance committee meets quarterly to assist the Parish Priest with all the parish’s financial matters, including Planned Giving and Gift Aid.

St Vincent de Paul Society – A small number of parishioners form the SVP group in Totnes. The aim of the SVP is to tackle poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need.

Tuesday Lunches – From June to September each year home made lunches are served in the parish hall to raise money for charity. Last year over £4000 was raised for local and international charities.

Social Events – A number of events are held during the course of the year, including themed dinners, barbecues and river trips.

Parish Twinning Project – The parish is “twinned” with Anjara Parish in northern Jordon. The parish is located in a poor part of Jordon and has attracted a number of refugees from Syria in recent years. As well as offering spiritual support, St Mary & St George organises a number of fund raising activities and in the past two years has sent over £14,000 to Anjara Parish and also sends presents to the children at Christmas.

Apostleship of the Sea – The parish provides financial assistance to this international charity that serves seafarers across the world, regardless of belief, nationality or race.

Year of Mercy – The 2016 jubilee was announced by Pope Francis in March 2015 and runs from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016. Pope Francis has encouraged each of us to open the door to let Christ in and also to open the door of our hearts to let Christ out, so as to share Him with others. A Holy Door of Mercy has been opened at Plymouth Cathedral to which Catholics are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to.

Evangelisation – As part of the Year of Mercy the parish has formed an Evangelisation team to take forward Pope Francis’ challenge to reach out with the joy of the Gospel to all men and women.

Parish History

The Parish was founded when Fr. Wilfrid Schneider of Buckfast Abbey opened a Catholic Church on a site in South Street in 1902. It was the first Catholic Church in Totnes since the Reformation. In later years the Parish was handed over to the Diocesan priests, one of whom, Fr. Russell, purchased "Crichel House" and land in Station Road in the centre of Totnes in 1940. The present Church is built on the former site of Crichel House. The site was first blessed after Mass on the feast of St. George 1985. On 9th March 1986 the new Church was dedicated by Bishop Budd.

The coat of arms on the outside wall is of the banner of St. George. It bears a large letter M for Mary as in the coat of arms of Pope John Paul 11(1978-2005). Inside the Church, set in one rear corner, is the Shrine of the Madonna, a statue carved from the trunk of a cedar tree. Mary and the Infant clasp "the serpent" turned rosary around her neck. At the foot of the Madonna is St. George slaying "the dragon", emphasizing the dedication of the Church to St. Mary & St. George, and the power of good over evil. A remarkable carved crucifix is placed on the Sanctuary wall. It depicts Christ giving us His blessing from the Cross: the pascal mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection portrayed. Most of the stained glass came from the old church except the window behind the tabernacle which came from Buckfast Abbey.

The Stations of the Cross are worth seeing. The sculpted figures emerge starkly, vividly, from a background of flat, red brick. Some of the faces, "ghouls", waiting to disfigure and destroy the loving Christ. The crowd stare in masked mockery - "Behold the Man!" The tired, worn out, weakness of Pilate is so clearly demonstrated in his face. The Stations have no numbers, no titles. The journey nears its end with the twisted, torn, haggard Christ on the Cross. Could wood have so much fleshy feeling, emit so much emotion, provoke so much thought? The last scene for meditation leads to the joy of the Risen Christ, to the Tabernacle, in close proximity, at the end of the Via Crucis.

Contact Details

Parish Priest: Fr Kristian Paver
Phone Number: 01803 862126
Sat Nav use Post Code: TQ9 5HW
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