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Newsletter Spring 2016
EPIPHANY 2017 CRIBFEST
How many of us really celebrate the Epiphany? For most people, Christmas finishes just as it starts with decorations taken down on Boxing Day and ‘Sales’ starting in the shops. And for those of us that do observe the twelve days of Christmas we don’t actually celebrate the feast; unlike countries such as Spain, where they celebrate Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) and exchange gifts.
This year it has been a little different; a number of parishes and schools across the Diocese have celebrated the Epiphany with a CribFest to bringing their community together to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
In the parishes of St Joseph’s Poole; Holy Trinity, Dorchester; Abbey Rd, Torquay; Holy Angels, Torquay and All Saints Teignmouth, parishioners’ cribs were brought together to create displays in churches and halls for people to come and admire and enjoy. It was amazing to see the variety and diversity of the nativities
In our schools, children celebrated the Epiphany with Mass and assemblies.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Exmouth , the children and staff dressed up for the Epiphany.
and before Christmas the children made cribs for a Christmas a crib trail and invited parents, carers and parishioners to come and see.
THE GREAT BIG DIOCESAN QUIZ
SAME TIME • SAME QUESTIONS • DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ACROSS THE DIOCESE
CHAMPIONS: The Bamboozles from Poole
RUNNERS UP: The Seven Samurais from Exeter
AN AUDIENCE WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE
“I always get plenty of questions about Strictly, my books and an awful lot of questions about Europe too,” she said. “But that is part of the fun of it. The whole thing is off the cuff. It’s my life. It’s what I have been involved in.”
On Wednesday 5 October at St Boniface’s Catholic College, Ann Widdecombe kept the audience’s attention from start to finish. With witty anecdotes about life at Westminster, being an author and a TV personality, the former Shadow Home Secretary was engaging and entertaining, and when faced with questions ranging from her views on Brexit and the US election to ‘Strictly’ and whether Anton du Beke would ever win it, nothing phased her. All in all it was a thoroughly good night, enjoyed by all even the ‘remainers’ in the crowd!
Thank you the Rt Hon Miss Widdecombe DSG for the generosity or her time and enthusiasm; to St Boniface’s Catholic College for hosting the event on behalf of the Catholic Children’s Society; to Mrs Ela Polson and her catering students who expertly prepared and served the pre-show drinks and canapés; to student Dan for professionally managing the sound and lighting and to assistant head Mr Rob Ramage who had to stand in at the last minute for lead co-ordinator Mr Paul Scott. Nothing was too much trouble for the school and there warm welcome and hard work ensured that the evening was a huge success raising over £800 for the Society to help families in crisis across the Diocese.
Helping Hands Winners so far:
January Mrs Sweetlove
February Mrs Sweetlove
March Mrs Clements
April The Fearnley Family
May Mr Sweetlove
June Mr Sweetlove
JOIN HELPING HANDS – OUR 50:50 CLUB
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then we may be able to out your name up in lights too! Remember the more entries you have the more likely you will win a prize.
The draw is held totally independently of the Society.