St. Paul the Apostle
Catholic Church


Photos of our church

Windows

These beautiful windows were designed by Dom Charles Norris O.S.B. and made at Buckfast Abbey in Devon.  They are made in a different way from conventional stained glass windows in that they are constructed of thick, deliberately chipped pieces of brilliant glass of various colours laid in a matrix made of sand and solidified resin glue.


This window depicts Calvary, with the three crosses.


This window depicts the spear of Longinus and the Grail.


This window depicts the Five Sacred Wounds of Christ, as used on the banner of the Cornish rallying to the defence of the Holy Mass in the uprising of 1549.


This window depicts the banner of the priory of the Augustinian Canons before the Reformation.  The letters stand for "Canons Regular of the Lateran", who were at Bodmin both before and after the Reformation.  It is thanks to their work in Cornwall from the latter part of the 19th century until relatively recently, that the Catholic Faith has increased hugely in strength.


This window depicts the Glastonbury Thorn, with St. Michael's church tower on the tor.


The final window depicts the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, with the Host and Chalice used in the Mass.

Mosaic

  

This mosaic, located on the eastern side of the south wall to the left of the altar, represents St Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus.  The brass plaque (courtesy of Gerard Churchhouse) reads: 

'PAUL REGAINS HIS SIGHT - "It was as though scales fell away from his eyes and immediately he was able to see again." (Acts 9:18) - A 30000 piece mosaic made in Zurich by Hanspeter Steiner (1956 - 2007) - Blessed on the 21st February 1993 by Bishop Christopher Budd to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of this Church.'

Statues

 

   

This statue of Our Lady is at the front of the church on the right hand side.  Many years ago Nurse Blucher (a staunch Catholic who used to hear Mass daily with a small group of people, long before there was a church in Tintagel) was given this statue by a patient from the Channel Island of Sark.  The patient gave Nurse Blucher the statue hoping that one day it would stand in a church in Tintagel and added that 'prayers said before it were always answered'.

The prayer near to this statue is the Memorare of St. Bernard:

"REMEMBER O MOST LOVING VIRGIN MARY, THAT IT IS A
THING UNHEARD OF THAT ANYONE EVER HAD RECOURSE TO
YOUR PROTECTION, IMPLORED YOUR HELP, OR SOUGHT
YOUR INTERCESSION, AND WAS LEFT FORSAKEN.  
FILLED, THEREFORE WITH CONFIDENCE IN YOUR GOODNESS,
I FLY TO YOU, O MOTHER, VIRGIN OF VIRGINS; TO YOU I
COME, BEFORE YOU I STAND A SORROWFUL SINNER.  DESPISE
NOT MY POOR WORDS, O MOTHER OF THE WORD OF GOD, BUT
GRACIOUSLY HEAR AND GRANT MY PRAYER.  AMEN."





Also at the front of the Church in the right hand corner, you will see a reconstituted marble statue of the Holy Family. This statue was presented by ‘The Friends of the Holy Family’ and blessed by Fr. Bryan.

   


LEFT:  This statue in the left corner at the front is of St Paul Shipwrecked. It is a copy of that in the church of the same name in Valletta, Malta (see Acts, Chapters 27 and 28:1-11).

RIGHT:  The statues of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher at the back of the church near the clock.






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