The Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, Weymouth

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Sunday 13th May 2012. (The 6th Sunday of Easter).

We were still in Eastertide and the 'Alleluia' Banner was still hung at the South side of the Altar.

The main altar had already removed three weeks previously to St Joseph's and the Tabernacle had been moved to the left hand (North) side of the Church.

St Augustine’s Church was the first Roman Catholic Church to be built in Weymouth after the Catholic Emancipation. It was dedicated on 22nd October 1835.

It is a jewel of a Church, built in the Georgian style and today is Grade II listed.

There is a parish hall behind the Church, where parishioners would meet for refreshments after the 9.00 and 11.00 Masses on Sundays. At other times it would be very busy as a venue for the many functions organised by parishioners and the local community, including social functions.

The Parish Priest is Fr Stephen Geddes who joined us in Summer 2007.

In April 2008, the Parishes of Weymouth were formally united into one Parish - Our Lady Star of the Sea. Fr Geddes was appointed Parish Priest of the new parish.

With the completion of the reburbishment and extensions at St Joseph’s Church at Stavordale Road, St Augustine’s closed as a parish Church on Saturday 8th September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The last Mass was said at 10 am after which the Blessed Sacrament was removed from the Tabernacle and translated to St Joseph’s. The first Mass in the new church was to be said at 6pm that day.

According to the Bishop’s Decree of Union of the two parishes, St Augustine’s is to remain as a Chapel of Ease.

The photographs below were taken in the last weeks of St Augustine’s in its present role as parish church. Who knows what the future will hold? But we can recall Bishop John Barrett’s remarks made at the Centenary celebrations in 1935:

“..the days of St Augustine’s are not yet over. St Augustine’s is destined to survive”.


 
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