Collett Festival – our stall in the park

Well before 8am a group of parishioners were in Collett Park, next to the church, busy erecting gazebos and setting up stalls – tombola, books, bric-a-brac, puzzles, music and video, plants and cakes. Unfortunately preparations were hampered by a persistent drizzle, but by the official opening time of 11am, the outlook was drier and the customers started to arrive. Sales were steady, and the well stocked tombola was popular, as ever.

Our ‘pitch’ was right alongside our Christian friends in their large tent; so very handy for a good cup of tea. We are grateful for the use of their bigger tables in exchange for ours which are better suited for their catering needs.

The whole park was buzzing with charity stalls and food stands, plus entertainment of every kind in the central arena – everyone enjoying a warm dry day – until about 3.30pm when the rain started again. That prompted a somewhat premature packing up of our stalls to avoid the remaining unsold goods being damaged.

Overall, attendance seemed to be down a bit on last year, the changeable conditions probably being to blame. Our takings were correspondingly down, but creditable none the less. Huge thanks must go to all who cheerfully manned the stalls or who donated the fantastic goods we had for sale.

We will do it all again next year.

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St Mary’s and St Michael’s First Holy Communion

On Sunday 29 May the sun shone as twenty children from St Mary’s, Glastonbury and St Michael’s, Shepton Mallet celebrated their First Holy Communion.  They were joined by their families and friends and parishioners from both parishes.  It was a true community celebration with standing room only left in St Mary’s church!   Afterwards the celebrations continued back at St Michael’s.  A wonderful day was had by all.

First Holy Communion

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Proclaim ’15 – The next step for St Michael’s!

Over the coming months there will be an opportunity to share ideas about how St Michael’s can continue to grow through Proclaim ’15. More detailed information about Proclaim ’15 and its resources can be found on the Catholic Church of England and Wales website. 

We are all asked to continue to pray for the building of missionary parishes – Proclaim ’15 prayer cards are available in the church.    




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World Youth Day Pilgrimage to St Mary’s Holy Door


The sun was shining as 13 parishioners from St Michael’s, Shepton Mallet and St Mary’s, Glastonbury set off on their pilgrimage to St Mary’s Holy Door.   Last November had seen them walk the reverse 13 miles raising funds to help get three of their young people to World Youth Day.  That walk had seen them set off in daylight and arrive needing torches! This time the conditions were kinder, the weather showing Somerset at its best.  Pilgrims were also greeted en-route by other parishioners as they took a well-earned rest to refuel with a Sunday roast!  Then four miles later saw everyone reach the Holy Door and receive a very warm welcome, which was much appreciated. 

In walking this pilgrimage to St Mary’s Holy Door the target needed to fund St Michael’s young people to go to World Youth Day has now been reached.  So many thanks are due to so many people for their generous support.

World Youth Day Pilgrimage To St Mary’s Holy Door

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A Celebration of Traditional and Contemporary Folk Song – Sun 22 May

On Sunday 22 May at 7pm St Michael’s will be hosting a celebration of Traditional and Contemporary Folk Song.  Three groups will be performing and coming together to treat us to some glorious harmonies.

Tickets are £7.  To book please call Lou Van Eyken on 01749 343730 or St Michael’s Church on 01749 342587.  Tickets can also be purchased on the door.



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Car Boot Sale at St Michael’s – Sunday 08 May at 11am

On Sunday 8 May at 11am we will be holding another Car Boot Sale in St Michael’s Church car park.

£5 per pitch, setting up from 1030am with gates opening at 11am.

There will be refreshments available.

All enquires to either Theresa Gibson (01749 342587) or Jacky Tucker (01749 830695)




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