Ride for Vocations 2: Ride Across Britain – Fr Matt’s off again!

Fr Matt Anscombe is currently in training for his next big cycling challenge; riding from Lands End to John 0’Groats to support our seminarians in training and to promote a culture of vocation in the diocese.  This comes on the back of his very successful ‘Ride for Vocations’ last year, which saw him cycle to every parish of the diocese. Follow the link  Ride for Vocations 2 to follow Fr Matt as he prepares to head off at the beginning of September.

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World Youth Day Pilgrims visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

As part of the World Youth Day events in Poland, the Pilgrims for Clifton and Plymouth Diocese made a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Pope Francis will be visiting this site later in the week and will spend some time in quiet personal prayer.

Phil Gibbons accompanied the group and recorded some of their thoughts, fears and reflections.  Follow this link to the Clifton Diocese website to hear their podcast and see photographs of their experience.  

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Fr James celebrates the 10th anniversary of his ordination

The parishes of St. Mary’s, Glastonbury and St Michael’s, Shepton Mallet came together to give Fr James a ‘surprise’ party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his ordination.  Given that Fr James knew that he had to arrive at 7pm at St Michael’s parish garden it wasn’t a complete surprise! although he said he had been practising his ‘surprised’ look which he did very well!  However, he was surprised at quite how many of his parishioners were there to celebrate with him and also how a slideshow of photographs of his life had been obtained!

The food was exceptional, MasterChef beckons some of the parishioners!  The cake, adorned with a photo of Fr James on the day of his ordination looked almost too good to cut! It was a wonderful evening and a true community effort to bring all the celebrations together.



Fr James – Celebration Of The 10th Anniversary Of His Ordination

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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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