Putting All Children First



and to all those who work behind the scenes at every parish to count and bank the collections.

Without your help we could not do what we do.

Make Love Your Aim (1 Cor. 14:1)

Message from Bishop Mark

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

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Newsletter Spring 2016


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.

Angels with their nativity scenes

Crib trail with the community

Cribs at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Exmouth


Angels with their nativity scenes

Crib trail with the community

Cribs at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Exmouth


“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.