Tristan da Cunha Church News
News from St Mary's and St Joseph's churches, include their priests and special services.

Mother's Day and Harvest Festival 2018

Report from Shirley Squibb and photos by Robin Repetto

On Sunday 11th March 2019, we celebrated Mother’s Day and Harvest Festival in both churches. Both services were well attended, with the community having a lot to be thankful for, this year giving a good harvest. Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and female loved ones were treated to bouquets of fresh flowers from the children. The rest of the day was spent visiting loved ones and Mother’s being treated to a specially prepared meals or day out. It was a lovely sunny day enjoyed by all.

Lars Repetto leads the Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday service in St Mary's Church.

Lay Minister Lars Repetto leads the Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday service in St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church decorated with donated goods Children giving flowers to their mothers, grandmothers and aunts
St Mary's Church decorated with donated goods. Children giving flowers to their mothers, grandmothers and aunts.

Catholic First Communion, Confirmation and Banns of Marriage

Report and photos from Shirley Squibb

A special service was held on Sunday 11th February 2018 at St Joseph's Church.  First Holy Communion for Connor Glass-Green and Confirmation for Kieran Glass and Ryan Swain was administered by Father Abbot Hugh Allan. The banns of marriage were also called between Steve Swain and Sasha Green who plan to marry on the 2nd March.

Abbot Hugh is the Apostolic Administrator for Britain's South Atlantic islands, and is visiting his Tristan flock for a few weeks.

Right: Abbot Hugh confirming Kieran Glass (right) and Ryan Swain.

Below: Fr. Abbot Hugh with (L-R) Ryan Swain, Kieran Glass and
Connor Glass-Green.

Confirmation of Kieran Glass and Ryan Swain
Fr. Abbot Hugh with Ryan Swain, Kieran Glass and Connor Glass-Green.

 

Father Hugh delivers labels to Tristan Post Office

Father Hugh resolves a sticky 'label situation'
Report from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

When Father Hugh Allan was appointed by the Pope as Superior of the Mission sui juris of St Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island, delivering sticky labels probably wasn't high on his expected list of duties. But such is life if you care for earth's remotest community.

The Tristan Post Office is hugely grateful to the UK Royal Mail for donations of the special labels that enable postmistress Iris Green and her team to send collectable stamps by registered post to philatelists around the world. But as 2018 began, the operation threatened to grind to a halt. A consignment of labels had been lost in the South African postal system, and a deadline loomed for the departure of the next ship from Cape Town to Tristan.

Photo from Chris Carnegy shows Father Hugh with the labels on 23rd January 2018

On January 23rd, the news got worse: a replacement batch of labels sent by courier was reported to be untraceable. With hours to go, Tristan's UK Representative Chris Carnegy spotted a chance to break the logjam. Father Hugh was due to fly from Heathrow that night, en route via Cape Town for his first-ever visit to his flock on Tristan. Royal Mail rose to the occasion and conjured a third batch of labels: Chris sped to their depot and then to Heathrow, where the precious consignment was handed-over in the passenger drop-off zone outside Terminal 3.

Stamp collectors worldwide will once again be receiving their precious parcels, little realising how small islands sometimes work in mysterious ways!

Remembrance Sunday Service and Ceremony 2017

The 2017 Tristan Remembrance Sunday Service was held at St Joseph's Catholic Church and conducted by Eucharistic Ministers Anne Green and Dereck Rogers.
14-Nov-2017
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St Mary's Church Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday Service

A combined Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday service was held in St Mary's Church on 26th March 2017.
3-May-2017
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St Joseph Catholic Church News, March 2017

The Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday Services were held at St Joseph's Church during March 2017.
27-Mar-2017
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2016 Tristan Remembrance Sunday Service and Ceremony

The 2016 annual Tristan Remembrance sevice was held at St Mary's Anglican Church and conducted by Lay Readers Lars Repetto and Carlene Glass-Green.
13-Nov-2016
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New Apostolic Administrator for the Catholic Community

Friar Hugh Allan has been appointed as the new Apostolic Administrator of the Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha.
29-Oct-2016
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Christening of Hannah Green

Hannah Green was Christened on 25th September 2016 at St Joseph's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
25-Sep-2016
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