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Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth Diocese led the concelebration of Mass on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the opening of the church of St. Paul the Apostle, Tintagel on the 28th January, which by a happy coincidence was also the 4th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination.  Fr. Bryan Storey (Priest in Charge), Canon Keith Mitchell (Bishop's Private Secretary and former Parish Priest) and Fr. Robbie Low (Assistant Priest in Bodmin) also concelebrated for an 85-strong congregation, including many visitors from local churches and organisations and some from much further afield.  Unfortunately Parish Priest Fr. Ciaran McGuiness could not attend owing to family bereavement.  After the Mass refreshments were provided for all in the Social Centre attached to the church.  As Fr. Storey wrote in the Jubilee leaflet: “It is a great pleasure to have our Bishop with us on this day when we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee.  We give thanks to Almighty God for so much as we look forward to the next fifty years of service to our joyous, merciful and wonderful God.”

The photograph shows (L to R) Fr. Bryan, Bishop Mark, Canon Keith and Fr. Robbie at the concelebration, together with servers Gregory, Sebastian and Dominic and part of the congregation.

Feb 2018


Mini Baker at a party on her 99th birthday on the 19th July. We wish her many more Happy Birthdays! Mini is a former president of the Legion of Mary, Tintagel Praesidium.    Photo © R Jeffrey 2017
Aug 2017


On the 8th July a Mass was celebrated at Plymouth Cathedral for St. Stephen's Guild members and other altar servers from all over the Diocese, including Adelaide Pettett and Carolina Langthorne. The photograph above shows them (near extreme left) with the Bishop and the other servers in the garden, just before the start of the barbecue.

Jul 2017


 We welcome our latest parishioner Aurelia Cole who was baptised on the 13th May. The above photo shows her with her mother Chantelle Fairman Cole, her father Peter Cole, and Fr. Bryan.

Photo © L Fairman 2017

Jul 2017


Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to some long-standing parishioners, Jenny and Peter Hambleton, who left for a new life in Sussex.  They will be greatly missed, not least by the Bude Food Bank for which they used to collect our offerings and for which we owe our thanks.  This will now be done by Eva, whom we also thank for undertaking this task.   

Photo © A M Pettett 2017  

October 2016

Updated 3 Jul 2017 - please see the text of the postcard received from them in the Links and Notices section.


In October we were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Alin Ivan and his wife Andrea.  Alin was last here many years ago as a boy, with his brother Viorel and friend Iosif Sandoru (now a Jesuit priest).  (With Father and Steve Dauncey).

Photo © A M Pettett 2017 

October 2016


On the 2nd October we celebrated the Harvest Mass - after the service the produce brought in was sold for charity, and here Angelina is holding her purchase.      


 Also after the Mass, owing to the proximity of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Blessing of the Animals was held in the foyer.    

October 2016



Photo taken on the 30th May, on the occasion of the reception of Fr. Storey as Chaplain of Devotion in the Order of the Knights of Our Lady.   Also in the picture is Stephen de la Bedoyere, a knight of the Order.

Photo © S. Dauncey 2016 

July 2016


On Sunday 8th May the parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle, Tintagel organised a small party after the 5:30 pm Mass to celebrate Fr. Bryan Storey’s 83rd birthday.  Here he is cutting the cake and getting ready to tuck into all the goodies! Photo © P Hambleton 2016.

May 2016


The St. Paul Christmas tree at the exhibition of trees held at the Tintagel Methodist Chapel to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights in Tintagel.  The tree was decorated by Louise Finn and Adelaide Pettett, who both provided some of the decorations, the rest being provided by Suzy Soutter.  Photo © L Finn and friend 2017  Dec 2015.

Patrick Clarke places the St. Paul wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2015).

Interdenominational Women's World Day of Prayer

by Adelaide Pettett.
This was held at St. Paul on the 6th March, followed by tea and coffee in the Social Hall.  About 33 attended, contributing £96.50 to help with Women's Day of Prayer in the UK and projects run by Christian charities around the world.  

The Blessing of the Animals which took place on Sunday 5th October 2014, the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

The harvest produce laid out at the foot of the altar on Harvest Sunday, the 5th October 2014.  This was sold in the porch after Mass, together with cakes, jams and chutneys and after costs, to aid the work of the Society of Jesuits in China with lepers and people with Aids/HIV infection.

Gregory, Sebastian, Dominic, Adelaide and Carolina at the enrolment in the Guild of St. Stephen on the 15th September 2014.  Gregory, Carolina and Dominic received silver medals for their ten years of service as altar servers.

Congratulations to Reuben Lee Grant and to his family on his baptism on the 14th August 2014 . 
His chosen baptismal name was Francis.

Congratulations to Samantha and Michael Walmisley who were married at St. Paul on the 2nd August. 
Photo © K Bowers 2014 

Congratulations to Myke and Miriam Rosenthal-English, former parishioners, who celebrate their 20th Wedding Annuversary on the 4th June, 2014.  More in the June Newsletter.  Photo © M Rosenthal-English 2014.

Fr. Storey at his birthday celebration in the Social Centre, 11th May, 2014.

The cake, card and other goodies.

Brother Pascal FI, Fr. George Roth FI and Fr. Gabriel FI, regular visitors to Fr. Storey.  Photo © D. Burns 2013.  July 2013.

We recently welcomed Iosif Sandoru when he visited Father Storey for a week this June.He was last here eight years ago, and is studying to become a Jesuit priest. He will be ordained in another two or three years' time.  June 2013.
Photo © P Battle 2013.

Fr. Storey's 80th birthday celebrations.

Elsa presents Fr. Storey with his 80th birthday card and present from the congregation, 12th May 2013.

Cutting the cake.

2013 Interchurch Procession of Witness

The Good Friday Churches Together in Tintagel Procession of Witness at Trevena Square.  April 2013.

Trip to Jerusalem

Left: Fr. Storey and Steve Dauncey in Jerusalem earlier in March.  The view behind them is the Mount of Olives.  Taken near St. Stephen's Gate.  © S Dauncey 2013

Fr. Storey at the Church of the Holy Nativity, Bethlehem. © S Dauncey 2013.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to our server Gregory Langthorne, seen above holding his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificate that he received recently at St. James Palace. 

Maundy Thursday, 2013

Washing of the Feet, Mass of the Last Supper, Maundy Thursday.

The Interdenominational Women's World Day of Prayer

...with the theme "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" prepared by Christian women of France, was held at Delabole Methodist Chapel on the 1st March.  Four delegates from our church attended.  2/3/2013.

Switching on of Tintagel Christmas Lights


Photos taken at the switching on of Tintagel Christmas lights, 8/12/12.

Remembrance Day, 11th November, 2012.

The Cenotaph after the Remembrance Day Service.


The Remembrance Day Silence in Tintagel and Suzy Soutter laying the wreath at the Cenotaph.

Crowning of Mary, 2012

Elsa Finnegan helping with the Crowning of Mary, Pentecost, 2012.  Photo © Eva Marcos 2012.

Procession of Witness, Good Friday, 2012.

The traditional Churches Together Procession of Witness was again held in Tintagel on Good Friday morning (6th April). It set off from Bossiney Methodist Chapel, stopping at St. Paul Catholic Church and Tintagel Methodist Chapel, ending at Trevena Square, and was joined by members of the congregations at each stop. It was led by Glenton Brown and the Revs. John Henry Barfoot and Bryan Storey. Prayers were said at each stop to remind the people in Tintagel of the special significance of this day.


The pictures show the procession in front of St. Paul's church, along Bossiney road, and at Trevena Square.

2012 Lenten Lunch


The last in a series of three Churches Together Lenten Lunches was held at the Social Centre of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at Tintagel on Wednesday, 28th March. Thanks to the help of the Davidstow Creamery, Margaret and Andy Pascoe of Tintagel Londis, the sale of cards by Eva Marcos and of photographs by Mike Pettett and the work put in by all the helpers, a total of £192 was raised for The Little Way Association. The previous two lunches (organised by the Methodist and Anglican community) were held at the Tintagel Methodist Schoolroom on the 29th February and the 14th March, with proceeds going to Christian Aid.  A total of £567 was raised in the three events.

Belgian Waffle and Pancake Day

(L to R) Betty Vignoul and Chantale St. John Rosse at the Traditional Belgian Pancake and Waffle day they held in memory of Chantale's dad, Guy Vignoul. It took place on Shrove Tuesday at the Delilicious café, Tintagel, by kind permission of owners David and Brenda Williams. Many local firms, Delilicious staff and friends helped and £1133 was raised for for Children's Hospice Southwest.

Left: a rum and raisin pancake and a bacon, cheese and tomato waffle.  Feb 2012.

The Bishop Christopher Jubilee Fund for Seminarians.

More than £100,000 has already been received since its launch in January, over £6,000 of which came from large donations and parish appeals.  The income from standing orders is now £8,000 per month.  It is expected that the fund will exceed £175,000 by the end of the year, after Gift Aid is included.  This is a very substantial contribution towards the education and maintenance costs of seminarians.  Thank you all very much.
For copies of the initial appeal documents or envelopes (for those who don't like standing orders) please contact Siobhan Gilroy at Rosary House, 27 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon EX1 2QJ.  tel: 01392 25540601392 255406.  Fax: 01392 255109.
Brian Pearse, Chair, Diocesan Finance Committee, Department for Finance and Administration, Diocese of Plymouth.  July 2011.

 Unless otherwise indicated, text and photos are © M G Pettett 2017.

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