Statement to the Parish
Some of you may have seen online a story regarding the Presbytery next door to the Parish Church, here at Holy Angels. It should be noted that the Diocese of Plymouth has not given notice to the family to vacate the former presbytery here in Chelston.
The Diocese is considering the future of the parish, due to the forthcoming retirement from ecclesiastical office, of your present Parish priest, Fr John Smethurst, whom we know has given generous and faithful service here over these past years. The family presently living in the presbytery, were notified of this by the Agency overseeing the rental arrangement. The Diocese will not give notice to the family, about the property, during lockdown.
As Vicar General in the Diocese, I have been asked by Bishop Mark to Chair a meeting with parishioners to discuss the future of the Parish, on Sunday 7th March at 3pm. We are sorry we cannot meet physically because of present restrictions and so the meeting will have to take place online. Details of the meeting, and how to access it online, will be made known via the newsletter. Bishop Mark has indicated he is happy to be present for that meeting, too.
Let us continue to pray for one another and for a constructive meeting for all concerned on 7th March.
Canon John Deeny