A new stained glass window has been installed at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church which will be illuminated all year round to mark the church’s centenary year celebrations.

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The window, which was completed last week, was paid for by donations from families, local business and individuals and designed by the artist Stuart Lowe and will be lit from ‘dawn to dusk’ - the switch-on is this weekend.

The church was consecrated on May 6, 1915, by the Bishop of Plymouth, John Keily.

The celebrations start tomorrow evening (Friday, June 6) when pupils from St Joseph’s School perform songs and readings from the musical Scripture Fulfilled at 7pm.

This is followed on Saturday at 7.30pm with a Vigil Mass of Pentecost and on Sunday a hog roast lunch for the whole parish family after Sunday Mass at around 12.30pm.

Both the mayors of Budleigh and Exmouth, Councillors Caz Sismore Hunt and Bill Nash, will tale part in the celebrations during the weekend.

Other events will include a picnic for 100 children baptised by Father Philip, and a pilgrimage to Assisi in Italy by 36 parishioners in July.

There will be a celebration of a 100 weddings and a cream tea for 100 of Exmouth’s senior citizens with an open invitation to all the schools across Exmouth to visit the church.

There will also be a series of talks by guest speakers and an International Supper Evening to celebrate the diversity of the parish.

Other projects will include the compilation of an archive of photos and documents - contributions would be welcome.

Father Philip Austen said: “We will report on events as they unfold and hope anyone with an interest in the Holy Ghost will come along to share in the joy and fun of being 100 years young!

“I am so grateful to the benefactors who have contributed towards the installation of a new stained glass window which will be illuminated at night.

“The new window will be a beacon of hope shining over Exmouth, in the same way that the copper spire has been a navigational aid for the last one hundred years.”

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