Tristan da Cunha Church News: 2015 Church News
News from St Mary's and St Joseph's churches, include their priests and special services.

Baptism of Holly Rogers

Holly Rogers was baptised on 6th December 2015 at St Joseph's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
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Stamp Issue: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

These stamps celebrate 150 years since Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were published by Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson). The author's brother Edwin Dodgson was the missionary teacher on Tristan da Cunha during the 1880s.
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Remembrance Sunday Service and Ceremony 2015

The annual Tristan Remembrance was held this year at St Joseph's Catholic Church
and conducted by Lay Minister Anne Green and assisted by Lay Minister Dereck Rogers. Afterwards the congregation processed to the flagpole outside the Prince Philip Hall where wreaths were laid and a one minute's silence observed to commemorate those lost in the service of the United Kingdom.The service is always inter-denominational and brings together Anglicans and Roman Catholic congregations and those of other faiths in a joint service. In turn the Anglican St Mary's Church will host the service in alternate years.

Photos from Dawn Repetto

Lay Minister Anne Green at the altar
of St Joseph's Catholic Church

Dr Brigid Heyden at the lectern
delivering one of the readings.

Above: Lay Minister Dereck Rogers leads
the procession up the aisle of St Joseph's Church

Left: Another view of the procession as it leaves the Church with Acting Administrator Lorraine Repetto alongside
Administrator Alex Mitham
and Anne Green behind.

At the Tristan flagpole are gathered, left to right, Lay Ministers Anne Green and Dereck Rogers, Acting Chief Islander Lorraine Repetto and Administrator Alex Mitham.
Lorraine carries the traditional Tristan community wreath made by Doreen Swain and Alex the UK Government wreath,
both of which were laid on the steps of the flagpole during the ceremony.

Baptism of Sophie Swain and Tyler Swain

Sophie Swain and Tyler Swain were baptised on 20th September 2015 at St Joseph's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
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Christening of Liam and Amelia Leitner

Liam and Amelia Leitner were christened on 13th September 2015 at St Mary's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
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Christening of Ella Repetto

Ella Repetto was baptised on 16th August 2015 at St Mary's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
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Dereck Rogers BEM

Tristan's Veterinary Officer Dereck Rogers was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Birthday Honours List announced on 13th June 2015.
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Mothering Sunday Services held on 15th March

St Mary's Church
Photos from Robin Repetto

Left: Posies ready for giving on the communion rail kneeler
Below Left: Rev Denzall Snell with Lay Reader Eddie Rogers
at the altar with Lay Reader Carlene Glass-Green and girl servers right.
Below: Members of the congregation receive Holy Communion from Rev Denzall Snell.

Views of mothers receiving their posies

St Joseph's Church
Photos and Report from James Glass

For the past few years, St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church have been celebrating Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday on the same Sunday the same as the Anglican Church. However, given how important both events are this year, the Catholics decided to celebrated Harvest Festival on Sunday 8th March and Mothering Sunday the following week on Sunday 15th March. All harvest goods received were combined with those from the Anglican Church and distributed as one collection.

Photos taken on 15th March show:
Left - St Joseph's Church ready for the Mothering Sunday Service with colourful posies ready for children to present to their mothers;
Right: Children Kieran Glass, Connor Glass, Calvin Green and Deanna Rogers collecting flowers from Anne Green for their mothers and all women who came to the Mothers day service at St Joseph Catholic Church, Whilst Eucharistic Minister James Glass looks on.

Christening of Savanna Rose Burns Green

Savanna Rose Burns Green was christened on 1st February 2015 at St Mary's Church, Tristan da Cunha.
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