St. Joseph's

Roman Catholic Parish
Newton Abbot



Christmas Crib Service

Figure 1: Christmas Crib Service 17/12/2019

Canonisation Of John Henry Newman - Sunday 13th October 2019

Next Sunday we celebrate a momentous day in the history of the Catholic Church in England, the canonisation Cardinal John Henry Newman, the first English saint since the saints of the Reformation period. You are invited to join in a novena, nine days of prayerful preparation. Copies of the novena are available from the back of the Church. At its simplest, the novena consists of saying a decade of the rosary each day, and the following prayer:

’O God our Heavenly Father, we offer You heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him You give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask You to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy, in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.’

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First Holy Communion

Many congratulations to Freya, Patrick, Cara, Inka, Dave, Ron, Cahlen, Tatiana, Peter, Joseph & Cassie who have now made their First Holy Communion. We pray for them and their families.

May you feel the warmth and comfort of the Lord’s love with you each and every day.

We would also like to thank Deacon Tim, Deborah and all the others who supported them on their journey to First Holy Communion. It was a very special occasion to see them receive The Lord for the first time. As well as the sacrament itself, the support given through the instruction sessions, correspondence and meetings will have enriched all of their lives. God Bless

Congratulations to Dahlia Mary Mei!

… who was baptised on Sunday the 11th of June.

Figure 2: Baptism of Dahlia Mary Mei Matsumoto

Evangelii Gaudium - the Joy of the Gospel

The Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis is available online here or can be purchased from Amazon here.