Catholic Church of the Holy Angels

Queensway, Chelston, Torquay,TQ2 6BP. Tel: 01803 607116

PARISH PRIEST: Father John M.B. Smethurst, MA (Oxon)

 Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Primary School

 Headteacher: Mrs. Amelia Harding 

Masses etc during this week beginning 9th August 2020


    0930 Mass – for the People of the Parish

    1700 Mass –  Celebrant’s Intention

Monday: St. LAWRENCE, Deacon and martyr.

    0930 Mass – Holy Souls

Tuesday: St. Clare of Assisi, virgin

    No Mass today

Wednesday: Feria

    1830 Mass – (Intention available)

Thursday: Feria

    1800 Mass – Fr Tom Jordan RIP  

Friday: St. Maximilian Kolbe. PrM. Abstinence

    1000 Mass – (Intention available)

Saturday: Feria



Sanctuary Lamps: Lamp for Dorothy Lawton who is ill


MASS INTENTIONS AND SANCTUARY LAMPS: Please see Fr John or fill in a Mass envelope, (found as you enter the church), enclose the offering and place in the box in the sacristy as you leave the church. The Mass will be offered on the day you choose or the nearest available day.



Please note the Mass times on Wednesday (1830) and Thursday (1800). This is because of the availability of stewards. If you are able to offer help as a steward, please contact Rachel.


SUNDAY READINGS: 1) Fleeing for his life, Elijah has an encounter with God, where he learns that God’s ways differ from mans’. God’s approach is as gentle as a breeze. 2). St. Paul tells us about the anguish he suffers because his fellow Jews fail to accept Jesus as the Messiah. 3) The Gospel tells of their rescue by Jesus when they are overcome by a storm. He calms the storm and brings them peace. It points to the trust we should place in the Lord when we are faced with the crises of life. St. Peter is rescued when his faith fails and he begins to sink. Like peter, we too can lose heart when we are faced with difficulty. The stilling of the storm and the rescue of Peter have meaning for all of us who follow Jesus.


St. Lawrence, a deacon of Rome was martyred in 258. He was prominent in arranging alms for the needy. According to tradition he was roasted on a gridiron – a somewhat unlikely tale. However, he is a popular saint, his name is in the Roman Canon of the Mass and many churches have been dedicated in his honour.


St. Clare (1194-1253)was so impressed by the preaching of St. Francis of Assisi, that she gave up all her possessions and became a nun. Eventually she became abbess and foundress of the order now known as the ‘Poor Clares’, a contemplative order which founded houses throughout the Christian world.


St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (1894-1941) was the Polish priest, imprisoned in Auschwitz, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger who had children. He was a member of a Franciscan order who was very active in promoting the faith – for which he was imprisoned by the Nazis.


Fr. John – in emergency – can be contacted on 01803 402357.

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