Holy Ghost Church celebrates centenary
PUBLISHED: 13:18 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:18 13 May 2015
A year of celebrations, marking 100 years of Exmouth's Holy Ghost Church, climaxed last week with a series of special events.
The church, in Raddenstile Lane, opened its doors to the whole community with a series of open days and a flower festival.
On Wednesday, the centenary day itself, two special church services were held.
Bishop Mark O’Toole held ‘mass in thanksgiving’ for the anniversary in one of the events.
Special guests included Exmouth mayor Bill Nash and Budleigh Salterton mayor Caz Sismore-Hunt.
The second event was a mass which included St Joseph’s School. Events over the year have included hog roasts, a teddy bears’ picnic, baptism parties of 100 people, the renewal of wedding vows for 100 couples who had been married in the church, and a cream tea for 100 pensioners.
A new stained glass window has also been installed.
Parish priest, Father Philip Austen, said: “The evening service was full of joy, colour and music. We wanted to share this happy event with as many people as possible and our doors were open to everyone.
“Pope Francis has set a new tone for the church. He encourages us to ‘look outward’ and demonstrate warm friendship to all our neighbours. By organising these open events and welcoming visitors and parishioners alike, we are responding enthusiastically to his encouragements.”