St. Paul the Apostle
Catholic Church



Across is an organisation which, for nearly 50 years, has been making pilgrimages possible for those who can’t travel due to ill health or disability. Throughout that time hundreds of people facing life limiting conditions, disabilities or terminal illness have been able to enjoy the journey of a lifetime, including pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome and the Holy Land, as well as a range of holiday destinations across Europe.
Each year, Across subsides every traveller and needs to raise additional funds to do this. Any gift, large or small, will help them to continue to offer this unique and often life changing experience.
Please visit to find out how to become a Friend of Across, or read the flyer on the NB.

Jan 2020

Bodmin Food Bank.

A new “Reverse Advent Calendar” of items you can donate for Christmas 2019 is stuck to the glass above the box in the porch or available here.  The items are given to people in Christmas boxes around mid-December so should be donated ASAP.

Nov 2019

Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth); NOW AVAILABLE!

Packs of CCS (Plymouth) Christmas cards. Designed by children in our Catholic Schools as part of a competition. 12 cards/pack; £5/pack. Please see Fr. after Mass.

Nov 2019


We have started a Memorial Book which contains names of all those who have passed away in the current and previous years. This will be placed on the Altar at every Mass.

Oct 2019

The APOSTLESHIP of the Sea

...would be pleased to receive donations of Christmas presents for seafarers, such as: toiletries, confectionery, socks, small games etc. They don’t need to be wrapped as they will wrap them. Please visit the website to find out where to send them (via the Contact us form?)

Nov 2019

Volunteer needed.

Tintagel Parish Council is setting up a new committee to run the village Social Hall.  We are entitled to send a representative to serve on this committee and as the Social Hall is used for some functions in which we participate, we should do so.  We are looking for new volunteers, as the current small crop of volunteers for church-related duties is already fully committed.  Please contact the Parish Clerk, Carolyn Y. May, directly – 01726 210139 or and please let us know you have done so.

Oct 2019

Farewell and Thanks

…to Canon Keith Mitchell, who on Sunday 25th August moves to his new parish of Ss. Mary and Catherine, Bridport. Canon Keith was our Parish Priest for a while and celebrated Mass at St. Paul when needed. May God send him many blessings in his new parish. 

Aug 2019

We have received greetings from two of Fr. Storey’s friends and visitors to St. Paul’s on the first anniversary of Fr.’s passing. They are both to have Masses said for the repose of his soul.

July 2019

Community Cuppa and Cake

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10th April, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at The Old School Hall, Tintagel. 

Join Cornwall Hospice care for a cuppa and cakes, Wellbeing workshops, chat and information.  All welcome - just drop in and say hello!  More info: and on leaflets in the porch.  Sponsored by Cornwall Hospice Care.

Apr 2019


The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for all at St. Paul at Christmas by a parishioner who is away for a while.  It was celebrated by Fr. Ciarán on the 16th December.  The caption on the card says: "Wishing you Peace and Happiness at Christmas and the New Year."

Jan 2019

From Fr. Storey's Will:

One of the clauses in Fr. Storey's will states that any of his relatives or friends may choose an item from his personal effects at the discretion of his Trustees.  If you wish to take advantage of this please let Fr. Ciaran know.

Oct 2018

Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.

There is a full copy of this statement about abuse and safeguarding on the noticeboard in the porch.

Oct 2018

The School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey. a centre for adult formation at all levels and a Catholic Institute of Higher Education for higher studies in the Catholic Faith. It offers a range of courses including BA (Hons) in Theology, Philosophy and the New Evangelisation, and MA courses which are all rooted in the Church’s Scriptures and living Tradition.  The courses being developed use collaborative-distance-learning, with short residency periods, course texts and online interaction. More information:

Sep 2018

If you require help with housing, benefits, looking for private rented, homelessness prevention, Homechoice, Health and Wellbeing, or liaising with other support agencies please google “home group byan” for more information or to download their Drop In Schedule.  The latter is also available on our NB.

July 2018

Catholic Singles

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events.   For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498.


The latest (2019) accounts for St. Paul’s are on the NB.


Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal.  Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government.  We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition - and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people.  But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen.  You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet!   To donate please go to

May 2018


Mary,sorrowing, came at daybreak to the tomb,
Bringing spices to anoint the Lord.
Jesus, risen, spoke to her - ‘Mary’ -
And she knew him, when he called her by her name.

Two friends, travelling, walked the road towards Emmaus,
Talking, puzzling, grieving for their Lord.
Jesus, meeting them, walked & talked & ate with them -
And they knew him, in the breaking if the bread.

Thomas, doubting, waited in the upper room,
Obstinate & down to earth, needing real proof.
Jesus, knowing him, showed his hands, his feet, his side -
And he knew him by the wounds his body bore.

Peter, fishing, came at daybreak to the shore,
Bringing nothing for breakfast on the beach.
Jesus, watching, showed them where to cast the net -
And they knew him as the hauled the fishes in.

Would you know him if you met him in the garden?
Would you know him if he passed you in the road?
Would you know him if he cane & stood among you?
Will you know him when he meets you on the shore?

J. R-B

Mar 2018

Messages received on the occasion of our Jubilee:

(via email to Fr. Storey) from the Bishop's Private Secretary to say how much the Bishop and he enjoyed their visit.

(via website) from two regular holidaymakers: “We would like to express our grateful thanks for all the wonderful Masses we have been welcomed to when on holiday in Cornwall over the last 20 years and to wish Fr. Bryan and all the parishioners a joyous celebration of 50 wonderful years of living faith in Tintagel.”

January 2018; updated Feb 2018.

Launceston Money Advice Centre Ltd.

Do you have problems with budgeting and money management? Need help completing forms? Are you worried about your debts? Would you like to talk it over? If so, we are here to help you. Launceston Money Advice Centre Ltd.,The Gateway Centre, Madford Lane, Launceston PL15 9EG Tel: 01566 777407. Email:

Dec 2017


Some of us may sometimes wonder exactly what the second collection is used for.  In the last eleven years our hard-working H&S representative and Fr. Storey have overseen many improvements made to our premises, most as a result of the annual parish check made by the Diocesan H&S executives.  Some of them were:
●    Rewiring of the entire electrical system
●    Treatment of wood worm
●    Emergency lighting
●    Renewal of the hot water system in the Social Centre
●    Upgrading the fire appliances
●    Appointment of Dominic Guly as First Aider; First Aid box installed
●    Emergency exits and signs
●    Disabled parking
In addition, the upper south west wall was cladded to fix a persistent leak  and glass doors coated, amongst others.
Thanks to these efforts we have achieved an efficiency rating of 94% (one of the best in the Diocese).  Thanks also to all concerned for their efforts on our behalf.

Dec 2017

Bodmin Catholic Radio

The Catholic parish of St Mary & St Petroc based in Bodmin has introduced an internet radio service as part of our evangelisation effort.  It is called 'Bodmin Catholic Radio' and is available on a dedicated website with the web address  It is also available via links on Facebook (as Bodmin Catholic Radio), the parish website and Twitter (as Bodmin Catholic Radio@BodminCatholic). The station e-mail address is:  It started broadcasting on the first Sunday of Advent, 3rd December 2017 and continues on every Sunday and Holy Day thereafter.
It is run by Rafael Krasnodebski with regular contributions by Fr Ciaran, Fr Robbie, visiting priests and religious and any lay people who would like to contribute.  All help is welcome. No experience necessary. If you would like to get involved, please send an e-mail to Rafael at or give him a call on 07535 574615.

Dec 2017

Messy Church, Tintagel Churches Together.

Tintagel Methodist Schoolroom, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, first Friday every month. Stories, Fun, Crafts, Food. Fun for all the family. Come and join us. Contact 01840 770403.

Updated with changed times, Nov 2017.

Please help #FINDFINN

Last seen 8th July 2017, 17:30, Tintagel Cliffs. 17 yrs old, dark clothing, Army style boots. 5' 9", slim build, dark brown floppy hair with long fringe. Ear stretcher in left ear. 'Noah 2005' tattoo on left arm. Any info: please phone 101, ref 844090717. Photo on posters in foyer and around the village.

Postcard from two former parishioners who together used to look after the Bude Food Bank donations:

"Dear Father Bryan & all our St Paul friends,We have a new home at last! It's taken 3½ months of transaction & we are weary!Nevertheless very happy to be sorted but loads of work ahead here at our new humble abode....
God bless & hope you are keeping well."
Jul 2017

Bude Food Bank - including Holsworthy Satellite Food Bank

Thanks from Bude Food Bank for our donations of 17.5kg of food during March 2017. "...our figures still continue to rise and without your suppor t we would not be able to help those in need."  

May 2017.

Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)

FOREIGN CURRENCY - Spring is here! Clear out your drawers and cupboards and donate any old stamps, jewellery, coins and watches to the Catholic Children’s Society. Place in the orange box at the back of church or send to Stamps n All, Dept CCS-PLYM, PO Box 245, Plymouth, PL5 2WX or call 01364 645420 to arrange collection.
HELPING HANDS - Helping Hands the 50: 50 club of the Catholic Children’s Society. £1 a month, three cash prizes every month. You have to be in it to win it! For details call 01364 645420 or see our website

March 2017.

Epiphany House Conference and Retreat Centre.

Several leaflets are available in the porch with information about workshops, retreats, Quiet Days and Quiet Afternoons with Cream Tea at this retreat centre.  Bookings and more info are available from, 01872 272249 (Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 5:00), or by post from Epiphany House, Truro, TR1 3DR.
Feb 2017

Latin Mass

As from 29th January 2017, the Bishop has arranged for Mass in the Extraordinary (Latin) form to be celebrated on Sundays at 11:30 at St.Edward's Peverell, Plymouth.
Jan 2017


Everyone who is giving or gave to the parish under Gift Aid in the last tax year (ended 5 April 2016) will receive a letter confirming how much you gave and detailing the changes which will occur from the 6th April 2016, which are:
    The personal tax allowance will be £11,000,
    There will be no tax credits on dividend income, but the first £5,000 of dividend income will be tax free.
    Many people will no longer pay tax on the first £1,000 of interest income.

These changes mean that you may not pay enough tax to cover your Gift Aid donations.  If that is the case please let the parish know using the reply slip which will be attached to the letter from the parish.

Fr. Storey would like to say how grateful he is for all the genuine help he receives. A special thank you to our organist, David who serves the Mission so well despite big family problems.

March 2016

Understand your Fertility.  

Natural Fertility Regulation (NFR) teaches a woman to interpret her natural signs of fertility through all her changing life stages from puberty to menopause. By learning to observe your own body's signals, you can soon discover that nature clearly indicates times of fertility and infertility which you can use if you need to space, or try for a baby, using a moral method allowed by the Catholic Church. For free info leaflet, please contact Natural Family Planning South West on 01752 224018.

March 2016

Tintagel Stay and Play.

Fridays 10:00 - 12:00 during term time, Old School Room, for carers to have a tea/coffee and a chat, and toddlers to play.

November 2016.


on behalf of the Catenian Association.

Since 2009 we have been sending rosaries to Aboriginals in Australia and to 3rd World Countries in Africa.  To date we have sent over 150,000 rosaries but many more are needed.   These rosaries have led to the lapsed returning to their faith and to conversions.

Please search your cupboards and drawers for surplus rosaries and help us to get them into the hands of those who will love, cherish and pray them.  A collection box is available at the back of church.


John Riley, 112 Lonsdale Road, Bolton,  Lancs., BL14PN.   E-mail:; tel.: 01204 845094.

The AoS is appealing for rosaries, prayer cards, medals etc., seafarers take comfort knowing of this kindliness and keep us in their  prayers of thanksgiving.  Please give them to Fr. Storey.
Do you have any cardboard inner tubes of loo and kitchen towel rolls to use as organic self-composting seedling pots?  Please leave them in the porch.  Thank you very much.


Full training given.  Community Responders complement the Ambulance Service, providing vital help quickly to those who experience a medical emergency.  Call Marianne Tapper 01840 770920 or Les Freke 01840 770928.  

                                       STILL THINKING OF BOSCASTLE…                                      

                                       It isn’t necessarily a ‘whistle in the dark’
                                       To see a ‘silver lining’ when the clouds are looking dark.
                                       Misfortunes are unwanted, and perhaps disastrous, but
                                       They can be an opportunity to get out of a ‘rut’.
                                       Our opinions or attitudes may be in need of change,
                                       Or there may be circumstances which we ought to rearrange.
                                       On the other hand, not everyone involved is going to see
                                       This, and will want things to resume just as they were previously.
                                       The awful flood in Boscastle in 2004
                                       Highlighted such interpretative differences once more.
                                       Young Emily, who hung above the torrent, filled with fear,
                                       Decided to give up The Cobweb for a dream career.
                                       Working as a barmaid there was fun, and sure to bring
                                       Security of income, but she had an urge to sing.
                                       Her near-to-death experience led her to review
                                       (While youthful and unmarried) what she’d really rather do.
                                       In contrast, there was Trixie. She wasn’t nearly killed.
                                       Her aim was not to change, but completely to rebuild
                                       The premises and business (set up ancestrally)
                                       Which the deluge had demolished and carried out to sea.
                                       Two people, two reactions arising from a shock,
                                       And different decisions after each had taken stock.
                                       One for change, the other one for continuity,
                                       And each of them was confident of ‘what is right for me’.
                                       The local Church of England vicar, Reverend Christine,
                                       Said good things can and do come from a grim and stressful scene.
                                       It’s true. Though we may flounder in attempts to rationalise
                                       Events, let us be ‘positive’ however dark the skies.
                                       In suggesting that we should be, I’m a hypocrite.
                                       I find it unconvincing, and I don’t abide by it.
                                       One’s personal priorities will tend to ‘hold the key’
                                       To one’s disposition and perception, so it seems to me.
                                       Furthermore, experience must have an influence,
                                       And mine tells me that ‘whistling in the dark’ does not make sense.
                                       It isn’t worth the trouble to explain the reasons why,
                                       So I’ll just leave you to contemplate. I wish you well. Goodbye.

                                                                                                      Anthony Hofler
                                       [An adapted and expanded version of “A Lesson From The Flood,”
                                       published in “Poetry Now – Poems From The Midlands” (ISBN 184
                                       6020174), by Forward Press, 2005, at p.62. Help from “A Seaside
                                       Parish” (BBC 2, 2004 and 2005) is acknowledged gratefully.]

Reproduced with permission from the author.  Sept 2014.

Children First

Children First, the Catholic Children's Society newsletter, is available in the porch.  Including a financial review, news of recent events and ways in which you can get involved; please take one home to read at your leisure.

Diocese of Plymouth - Vicariate for Administration; Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013.

A copy of the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts of Plymouth Diocesan Trust and Plymouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Common Investment Fund, (charity registration number 213227), for the year ended 31 March 2013 has been submitted to the Charity Commission and is available from the Charity Commission website

If you do not have internet access a copy of the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts is available, (subject to a small charge to cover copying and postage costs),  from: The Secretary to the Trustees, Plymouth Diocesan Trust, St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7JL or by telephone from: 01364 645383.


Plymouth Diocese has a new Bishop.  Pope Francis has appointed Mgr. Mark O'Toole the new Bishop of Plymouth.  At the moment he is the rector of Allen Hall, a seminary in London, and in the past he was private secretary to Cardinal Murphy O'Connor.  His ordination will take place at the end of January at the cathedral in Plymouth.  We congratulate him and please keep him in your prayers.  To read his statement please look on the NB or click here.
Nov 2013

Church Maintenance

The latest maintenance work on the church (paid for entirely through the 2nd collection) has now been completed.  Thank you for your generosity.  This work includes maintenance on the porch roof, fixing tiles on the main roof, aligning tiles in the porch and replacing the 20 broken paving stones on the parvis.  It has become clear from this work the the parvis is unsuitable for vehicle parking so please do not park there.  The disabled parking space has therefore been removed.
Sep 2013

CAFOD - faith & love in action, sharing the inspiration of the Year of Faith and praying for peace in Syria:-

On Sunday after the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Syria: “From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my closeness in prayer and solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, with all those who suffer, especially children, and I invite you to keep alive the hope of peace. I appeal to the international community to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and make every effort to help the beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!” has news, blogs & prayer resources.
14th September 2013

Fr. Storey would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to his very unexpected but welcome birthday celebrations, card and present.

Please remember him in your prayers.

June 2013

Gather at Home - The Second Vatican Council.

You can now listen in your own home to keynote talks given by some of the most experienced teachers in our diocese at the February 2013 Catechist and Teacher's conference.  Contact Jonathan or David on 01364 645390 at the Vicariate for Formation for information on how to access the talks or for help in using them in a group setting.
June 2013

Billings Ovulation Method: Understand your Fertility.

Any woman can learn to interpret her signs of fertility through all her changing life stages from puberty to menopause.  Learn to observe your body’s signals and discover that nature clearly indicates times of fertility and infertility in regular and irregular cycles.   For free info leaflet, please contact Natural Family Planning South West on 01752 224018 or email:
Natural Family Planning, simple and scientifically verified, is morally in line with Church teaching.
Oct 2012

Foreign Currency Wanted!

Please donate any unwanted foreign coins or notes left over from your holidays to the diocesan Catholic Children's Society. Please place them in the orange recycling box at the back of the church.
Many thanks.
20th September 2012


Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly urgently require volunteers to join their befriending scheme, visiting older people in the local and surrounding area. Many find difficulty leaving their own homes to meet with other people or live in residential care and may have no regular visitors. We also require volunteers to assist with our advocacy scheme Full training and support will be given. If you feel you can spare just a little of your time every month please call Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly for more information on how you could help and make a difference to someone's life. Tel: 01872 266388.
6 July 2012

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

For information on the current campaigns conducted by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) please click here.

Catholic Children's Society (Plymouth)

Please save your stamps! Stamps (used or unused, including collections) from anywhere in the world can be turned into cash to help the less fortunate children of our Diocese. Fill an envelope with stamps and mail to Stamps N All, Dept CCS-Plym, PO Box 83, Bude, EX23 0WY. If they are on envelopes or cards, please leave about 5 mm around the edges. Don't peel them off - this reduces the value.
May 11.
Please remember to save your stamps from all your Christmas cards and send them to the above address. Thank you for your support; small things lead to greater things. Claire Warren 01202 736833
Updated Dec 11


Home-made cards for the benefit of the church are available in the Repository after Mass on Sundays.
June 2010
Fr. Storey has just been given £20 for church funds.
Updated Dec 2011

The new Mass translation – the new CTS Sunday or Daily Missal.

All you need for Mass in one volume - both the Sunday and the Daily Missals include the Order of Mass, all the readings, Masses for special occasions, etc., and also the Latin text alongside the English (except for the readings).  There is also a section of devotions to help you to pray before and after Mass, and at other times.  Visit the website here.

NB: publication dates were 23rd November 2011 for the Sunday Missal and January 2012 for the Daily Missal.
Oct 2011

"I Am With You",

a new book that aids listening to God and each other through reflections on the Bible. It focuses on the question "What are these readings saying to me or us about our relationship?", and offers those who believe in the power of prayer and the Word of God a blessed resource that can speak right into the heart of their love for one another. Order from McCrimmons, 10/12 High St., Great Wakering, Essex, SS3 0EQ. E-mail: Phone: 01702 218956. £7.99 + postage & packing.
Sept 2011

St Vincent de Paul Society.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Cornwall sponsors twinned conferences in India at a cost of £100 per year.  In Sudan, the SVP supports a Baby Feeding Programme at a cost of £40 per year per baby.  Also Indian students are sponsored at varying amounts from £15 to £60.  All these charitable schemes are open to individuals in parishes to support.  Any person requiring further details, please contact either Cornwall District SVP - tel. 01566 775820, or Twinnage Rep - tel 01752 775670.

June 2011

20SOMETHINGS Changing the World Together

Join the 30SOMETHINGS Catholics for social and spiritual activities, events, pilgrimages and retreats.  Contact or phone 0759 0057813.
May 11

Sweet Charity

... of 7, Fore Street, Camelford. 01840 214663. This is a Charity Shop raising funds for St. Francis Home for Animals. Clothes, toys, books, jewellery, bric-a-brac, and small electrical items are urgently needed. Volunteers are also needed.
Nov 2010



St. Mary and St. Petroc, Bodmin, Cornwall , our church, St. Michael in Wadebridge and St. Petroc and St. Saviour in Padstow together form the Catholic Parish of St. Mary and St. Petroc in Cornwall.

Bodmin Catholic Radio.  Email:  tel: Rafael Krasnodebski, 07535 574615.  See Dec 2017 Notice in Notices section (above.)

Buckfast Abbey, Devon.  The world famous Benedictine Abbey.

Catholic Diocese of Plymouth .  Contains links to Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales, Catholic News Services, Catholic Resources, Plymouth Diocese Parish Websites, Pope Benedict's Visit to the UK in September 2010, Religious Orders, and Schools.

Liturgical Ordo 2015-2016, part of the Liturgy Office, England and Wales website

Catholic Directory .  Have your say - sign up to, as well as meeting new people and exploring your faith you can add your view to our `Genetics and Embryology` forum.  Tell us what you think on various Life issues. 

The Catholic Unattached Directory .  “The Catholic Unattached Directory is an excellent, modern, fun, safe way to find new friends, romance and even marriage.”

Mass times in the UK or worldwide.  An excellent site allowing you to search for weekday, Sunday, or Holiday of Obligation Masses using a search page which can be configured in any of 6 languages.  The information for St. Paul's Masses is accurate!


Austin Churton Fairman , (Mike Raven) RIP was the husband of a parishioner.  Radio 390 DJ Mike Raven`s funeral was conducted by our priest.  His son constructed this site.  

Nicholas St. John Rosse , the world renowned artist who painted our magnificent painting "The Last Supper".


From "The Universe", Catholic Weekly

Catholic Herald


Apostleship of the Sea - the Apostleship of the Sea is a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England & Wales and Scotland. It provides pastoral and practical support to seafarers and is wholly reliant on voluntary donations, grants and legacies to continue its work.

The Tintagel Website - an excellent website about the village where the catholic church is located.

More links are available on the St. Mary and St. Petroc website.

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