Pope’s Intentions for the month of November
The Elderly – That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.
|08.30am||Olive Lynch R.I.P.|
|10.30am||People & Parish|
|04.00pm||Advent Holy Hour|
|09.00am||Frederick & Francis Tobin R.I.P.|
|07.30pm||Rise Theatre Christmas Production ‘Rise & Shine’|
|09.30am||Frederick & Margaret Tobin R.I.P.|
|Holy Mass||St John of the Cross|
|08.00am||Mary Williams R.I.P.|
|09.30am||Joan & Leslie Ashton R.I.P.|
|10.00am to 10.45am||Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession|
|08.30am||Marie Rider R.I.P.|
|10.30am||Mary Veasey &
Adela Krasnopolska R.I.P.
|04.00pm||Advent Holy Hour|
I was sick and you visited me
Please pray for the sick and housebound
|Pat & Bernard Connelly||Theo Brown|
|Jane Rossier||Lesley Margetts|
|Sean Andrew Cowan||Paul Evans|
|Jane Mitchell||Jillian Browning|
|Jennifer Cayanar||Patricia Lavelle|
|Sienna Rose||Baby Lexi Harrison|
|Marta Castillo Capel||Patrick James|
|Pam Paice||Christiane Austin|
|Sister Maureen McNully||Kathleen Kelland|
|Christopher Wells||Richard Rooke|
|Joan Kitchener||Richard Hider|
|William Mark Holmes||Alyson Wilkinson|
|David Collins||Fr. Gerard Nellliyottukonam|
Please call Julia on 617514 to add / omit names. Names on the sick list will remain for one month unless an extension is requested.
A GENTLE REMINDER THAT THE SUGGESTED MINIMUM DONATION FOR REFRESHMENTS IS £1.
Profits are divided between CAFOD, HCPT and the Diocesan
Pilgrimage to Lourdes. (Youth Section)
Rise Theatre Christmas Production
11th December 7.30pm.
Tickets Adults £10. Under 16’s £5. Concessions £8.
Available from the Parish Office, or in the Hall after Sunday Mass Or on line www.risetheatre.co.uk
Includes refreshments after the performance.
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Gifts needed please for Christmas; suitable for teenagers – Unwrapped. Please place in the container at the back of the church. THANK YOU
We are so blessed in this part of the world – in this Parish. I am pretty sure none of us are running from Persecution, War or Famine; yet we know that our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world are suffering these horrors. CAFOD has an emergency gift in this year’s Christmas catalogue – ‘Help a refugee child’ costing £46. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we as brothers & sisters in the Lord made a special effort during Advent to support several children? With this in mind one of the CAFOD team will present a green bucket at the end of each Sunday Mass for those who are able to give a little. We will keep you up to date with our progress & may God Bless our efforts. (CAFOD TEAM)
TORQUAY WINTER NIGHT SHELTER (TOWNS) 2018
COMMENCING 2ND JANUARY FOR 5 TUESDAY NIGHTS/WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
An IMPORTANT MEETING for Assumption Parish’s volunteers is being held on Wed Dec 13th at 7.15pm at THE SALVATION ARMY CHURCH, MARKET STREET, TORQUAY. Included will be a Fire Procedure update by Captain Andy Toby. Please attend if you can. Any transport difficulties, please contact Ann/Adam on 605801.
ARE YOU A HANDYMAN (OR WOMAN) ?
Our Lady of the Angels school are looking for someone, preferably with some woodworking skills, to help them with remounting a mosaic. Phone Lucy Venter on 07967809376
|God bless all contributors & their families.|
|CAFOD 'HELP A REFUGE CHILD'||£94.40|
Question of the Week
’I what ways do I feel parched spiritually or emotionally? How can Jesus’ presence satisfy my thirst? How can I prepare myself for Jesus’ presence?’
Quote of the Week
’The first coming of Jesus revealed the meaning of his patient endurance; the second brings with it the crown of the divine kingdom.’
|Advent Penitential Services|
|12th December||Assumption of OUr Lady Torquay||06.30pm|
|14th December||Sacred Heart & St Terese, Paignton||06.30pm|
|20th December||St Mary & St George, Totnes||07.00pm|
RCIA: Journey in Faith ‘’Come and see.’’
As a non-Catholic, are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Do you know anyone who is asking questions about the Catholic church? …… or anyone who is thinking about becoming a Catholic? Our next Enquiry Evening is this Thursday 30th November, 6.30 in the Parish Centre. No commitment is required. A warm welcome awaits.
Join us for the Nativity Story on 16 December at 3pm in the church. Followed by a party and a visit from Santa Claus!
SPONSORED BY MIKE & DOREEN SMYTH
For Our Cherished Ones in Heaven
Douglas, Tyrone & Veronica
RE: connect at Buckfast Abbey
An exciting interactive experience for young people. We are extending our innovative project for secondary schools to parish youth groups. RE:connect is an amazing thing to do – but very difficult to describe! Enter the Network to explore the interconnectivity of the world through hands on and thought provoking activities, exercises and reflections. Specially designed to help young people think more deeply about themselves and the world around them. £5 per person (leaders free) which includes RE:connect, RE:imagine (café style follow up session) and exhibitions. Saturday 13th January 2018, various time slots available. Please email email@example.com or call 01364 645517 to book.
19th to 21st Jan 2018 at the Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay. Join Bishop Mark O’Toole, Fr Denis McBride, David Wells, Canon Paul Cummins, catechists, teachers, clergy and friends of the Diocese of Plymouth for a weekend of friendship, faith and formation. Cost £150 residential £40 non-residential day rate. To book your place use the flyer provided. Early booking is essential.
Catenian Association – Province 13 – Fourth Public Speaking Contest
Saturday 24th February. Following the success of the Catenian Association’s Public Speaking Contest over the last 3 years, we would like to extend an invitation to all Catholic 6th Formers, in years 11 to 14 (16 to 19 year olds) who are attending any Catholic school, Church school or State school, to participate on Saturday 24th February at St Peter’s Church, Crownhill, Plymouth. The winner will receive the Provincial Trophy, awarded annually to the winning school, as well as a personal trophy, cash prize & certificate. The winner is also entitled to enter the national competition in Manchester during September. Please contact Peter Holman on 01626 438446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Formation Days for Catechists
Calling all catechists and ‘’would be’’ catechists who help pass on the faith in any way by involvement in Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, Marriage Preparation programmes or Children’s Liturgy. A four-part course is being offered, free of charge, to help you grow in your knowledge of the faith and a sense of personal calling. Content will include Teaching to Pray, Liturgical life, Preparing the Faith and Life in Christ. The following Saturday dates and venues are available:
|Truro Catholic Church|
|3rd March 2018||11am to 1.30pm|
|11th September 2018||11am to 1.30pm|
|1st December 2018||11am to 1.30pm|
|St Peter's Parish Room|
|3rd February 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|5th May 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|6th October 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|19th January 2019||10.30am to 1pm|
|24th February 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|16th June 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|3rd November 2018||10.30am to 1pm|
|9th February 2019||10.30am to 1pm|
Parishioners are invited to bring in their cribs to church for all to see. It makes for a wonderful display with cribs from around the world and is a lovely way to celebrate this feast which is so often forgotten as people pack up their decorations and return to work. This was a very enjoyable and positive event in our church at the last Epiphany, we had more than 25 cribs. So many people were struck by the beautiful diversity in the representation of the Holy Family story. On the weekend of the Epiphany 6th and 7th Jan, we invite you to bring your cribs from home to display around the church. It’s simple bring your crib to church on Fri 5th Jan during the afternoon or if that is difficult on the Saturday morning, we will be here at church from 9.00am onwards to receive your crib, leave it with us and then collect on the afternoon of the 7th Jan. There will be a donation box for those wishing to contribute to the work of the Catholic Children’s Society in our diocese. There will also be a draw over the weekend in aid of CCS, Plymouth. If you have children or grandchildren please help them make a Crib and bring it to church to be displayed with all the other Cribs. For each child who makes a Crib there will be a small prize and a main prize for the best homemade Crib. Our Bishop, Mark O’Toole says this of the work of CCS, “Children in our midst are going without food, clothes and a safe secure place to sleep. Yes, that is right; throughout Dorset, Devon and Cornwall children are going without the basic necessities in life. Thanks to your love though, your generosity, efforts and prayers, the Catholic Children’s Society is doing all it can to help families to climb towards a secure, stable and happy way of life. Please know how much your support is both needed and appreciated.
We hope to publish a handbook/directory of all the resources, ministries and activities of this parish for the year 2018.
Please write a brief description of your group or ministry, when & where you meet, and who the contact person is, and if willing your contact details. Please state if you would welcome more members. We would appreciate this information as soon as possible. When you have written your description and other details please pass it to Sister Benignus or Augustine. If you prefer please email it to email@example.com Thank you for your kind attention and contribution to this resource.
Parish Rooms Hire Charges
|Main Hall and Kitchen||£16 per hour|
|( In house catering available in negotiation with Beatrice Deloffre)|
|Upper Hall (Refreshment making facilities)||£10 per hour|
|Small meeting room||£8 per hour|
Parishioners 1/3 off listed prices.
All hirers will sign a contract that must be strictly adhered to.
All hall bookings to be made via Joy Wells – Parish Office
Tues to Fri 9.30 to 12.30
NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH 17TH DECEMBER IN THE
DOCTOR SHEILA CARROLL MEMORIAL HALL
1PM. (One sitting only)
Two Courses and Coffee £10
Please sign your name and make your choice on the sheet at the back of the church
by Thursday 14th December.
A MINIMUM OF 25 PEOPLE REQUIRED
£30 PER PERSON
From 1pm to 5pm
Come and enjoy a five course lunch on Christmas Day!
If you wish to join Beatrice on Christmas Day please PRINT your name on the spread sheet at the back of the church
SEE MENU ON PARISH NOTICE BOARD IN HALL FOYER
NEXT SHARED LUNCH
28TH JANUARY 2018
BIBLE STUDY MISSION WEEKEND
23rd to 25th February 2018
An exciting weekend is planned for the whole parish; with workshops, prayer, innovative ideas, fellowship and food. Please keep this weekend free, it will be a great opportunity to get closer to the Lord. Beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon.
In preparation for the Bible Study weekend, members of the Evangelisation Team will be sharing part of their life journey regularly in the newsletter.
THE BIBLE IN MY LIFE
A Testimony from a parishioner
CSC S Lewis wrote ‘’The Screwtape Letters’’ about the Devil instructing his young nephew who had been allocated a Christian on how to mislead him in his everyday life. I think I may have been allocated a similar little devil who leads me to questioning my faith. To counteract this I have constructed my own creed. This is not about what I believe, but why I believe. The acronym SHAPE illustrates this. S stands for science which has not shown how the universe was created in spite of amazing revelations of the first few seconds of its existence, but did not bring us any nearer understanding creation. H is for history which gives us a surprisingly accurate account of the times of Jesus through the science of textual criticism. This shows us that the Bible is far more authentic than many texts we take for granted. A is for Art. I believe we leave a personal imprint on everything we create and that God has done the same. This beautiful world and the depiction of it in the arts allow us to see something of Him. This is what ‘’beauty’’ is. The paranormal has been researched in the USA with surprising results. When I was a teenager I learned enough about the occult to realise that it can lead to evil and a thing we should not explore. E is for Experience. It was from this background that I came to enquire about the church, and when my little devil comes, I fly to the bible. Jesus comes to those who seek Him as described by Pope Francis as an encounter. One way of doing this is by reading the Bible. My wife and I read a short passage from the Bible every day; we find the words of Jesus come rising out of the page and my little devil disappears. This is why we are looking forward to the Bible Mission Weekend. We highly recommend and hope you will join us.
Christmas Mass Times 2017
at the parish of
The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady
Confessions after Mass
Confessions 6 – 7pm
Confessions 6 – 7pm
Confessions after Mass
Sunday 24th – 4th Sunday of Advent
First Mass of Christmas
Sunday 24th Christmas Eve
Midnight Mass Preceded by carols at
Monday 25th Christmas Day
Tuesday 26th St Stephen
Wednesday 27th St John Apostle
Thursday 28th Holy Innocents
Friday 29th St Thomas Becket
Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph
Monday 1st January
Mary Mother of God
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
An SVP group has recently been established in our parish. Our current focus is on visiting people who may be in need of support or company either in their own, or residential homes. If you, or anyone you know, might appreciate a visit from our team, please get in touch with one of us. We would also like to hear from anyone who might consider joining us in this pastoral ministry. Philip Martin 07798626084
HOSPITALITY AND SOCIAL TEAM
NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME
Come along and see what we do!
NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 12TH DECEMBER
10.00AM IN THE SMALL MEETING ROOM
ASSUMPTION PARISH PRAYER GROUP
Next Meeting Wed 13th December 6.00pm In the Upper meeting room.
NEXT MEETING WED 31ST JAN.
11.00am in the Lady Chapel
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 3RD JANUARY 10.30
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY !
NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME
New Chairs for the Parish Rooms
Please sponsor our new hall chairs (which cost the parish £17 each). Donations of any amount towards the costs are very welcome. Please fill out the form on the front of the envelopes at the back of the church. If you are able to gift aid your donation then please use one of the gift aid envelopes provided. Please place your donation inside the envelope and return to the presbytery/Father Kieran.
|Date||Time||First Reader||Second Reader|
|08.30am||S & S Probert|
|10.30am||Sr Benignus||A Krasnopolski|
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
|08.30am||P Evans||B Hattersley|
|D Barretto||A Rodgers|
|10.30am||T & D Wotton|
|E Bettesworth||J Beacroft|
COFFEE MORNING VOLUNTEERS
|08.30am||L & V Bonfante||M Hughes|
|10.30am||P & J Ashton|
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admission cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all
Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you for your cooperation.
With my kindest wishes and prayers.
Yours devotedly Rt Rev Mark O’Toole
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2 – 8 AUGUST 2018 LED BY BISHOP MARK
Flying from Exeter. Staying at the Chappelle et Parc, once owned by the Soubirous family, very close to the grotto. A Time of prayer and relaxation. We would love you to join us. Price £779. Youth £495. (No increase on 2017 prices). Booking forms will be available very soon and for a discount of £10, you can book online. www.joewalshtours.co.uk Please speak to your parish priest or contact Fr. Kieran Kirby Pilgrimage Director, 01803 294142 or Fr. Anthony O’Gorman Youth Chaplin 01637 851176.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Dublin, August 21st to 26th 2018. A global gathering celebrating Marriage and Family Life, with Pope Francis. Please visit http:/www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/ for further information. Approximate cost is £900 per couple for 5 nights (B&B) or £1,200 for a family with 2 children. A number of people will be going from our diocese. If you are interested in being part of this gathering, please contact Marian on 01752701660 or firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications December 16th.
PORTABLE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Health & Safety Legislation
Under no circumstances are any of the above personal items to be brought and used in the parish, (i.e. amplifiers, laptops, irons, vacuum cleaners etc.), without permission from either Brian Bailey our health and safety rep or Fr Kieran.
All appliances must have a current
PATS, PORTABLE APPLIANCE TEST CERTIFICATE.
2018 Diocesan Year Books now on sale. Price £4.00
If you would like to sponsor the Sanctuary Lamp, please fill in the details on the envelopes at the back of the church and hand to Father Kieran. Names will be published weekly in the newsletter.
New Chairs for the Parish Rooms
Please sponsor our new hall chairs (which cost the parish £17 each). Donations of any amount towards the costs welcome. Please fill out the form on the front of the envelopes at the back of the church. If you can to gift aid your donation please use one of the gift aid envelopes provided. Please place your donation in the envelope and return to Fr Kieran.
Can you spare a couple of hours or more on a Thursday morning to help our church care team? Please speak to Fr Kieran or Liz Bonfante
New Diocesan Trustees
The Trustees of the Diocese are responsible to the Charity Commission for running of the Diocese as a registered Charity. Their invaluable work helps ensure that the mission of the Church in the Diocese is carried out responsibly and smoothly. The Diocese is looking to recruit one or two new trustees with particular expertise in accountancy, corporate financial management or in Human Resources management. If you would like to know more please contact: Mgr Robert Draper VG, Moderator of the Curia, St Boniface House, Ashburton, TQ13 7JL. email@example.com
Our Lady of the Angels Primary School
There will be an Advent Mass at the school at 2pm on Tuesday 19th December. Parishioners are invited to come & join the children in their celebration. Festive refreshments will be available afterwards.