Posted Friday 17.04.2020

EVENING PRAYER: Amongst the many churches streaming daily Evening Prayer online, is St George's in Norwich where you will also find reflections, prayers and links to other helpful resources.

Posted Friday 03.04.2020

COVID-19 COLD-CALLER WARNING: Police are advising people to be vigilant to scammers and bogus officials. Police advice is:

* Only accept help from people you know and trust. Never deal with unexpected cold-callers.

* Don't give your credit or debit card details.

* You do not have to do anything you don't feel comfortable with.

* Police, health-workers and others would not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations.

* Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, especially if they are in uniform.

* Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone. Banks will not ask for your personal security details.

* Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone.

* Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay, to protect yourself.

USEFUL ADDRESSES: Type "Covid-19 Cold-Caller Warning" in Search box on Home Page for Norfolk Police advice in full. To sign up for scam alerts from Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team. To complete the quick and simple Friends Against Scams training online. This allows everyone to better understand and spot scams, and recognise when people are being scammed in our community.

You can report scams and suspicious telephone cold calls to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on telephone 0808 223 1133

Posted Saturday 28.03.2020. 16.30

MILLIONS JOIN POPE FRANCIS IN PRAYERS for an end to the Covid-19 virus: Please visit for links to read the full text of Pope Francis' message and to watch the service in St Peter's Square which took place on Friday 27th March

REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY: This Sunday 29th March at 12 noon Please visit to read all about this event. We can take part by making a personal promise and act of communal entrustment. We can be part of a huge, nationwide congregation watching a Mass being live-streamed online ( see for details). Please download the Personal ( Angelus) Promise and Act of Entrustment at the 'behold' website above.

Posted Saturday 28.03.2020. 16.30

USEFUL ADDRESSES: for information and advice from HM Government for information and advice from NHS Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk for a reliable and accurate source of news for news; prayers, homilies, letters; live-streaming of the Mass and other services The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. For news, prayers, resources, links Diocese of East Anglia. For news from around our diocese, resources, links, live-streaming of the Mass and other services RC National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. For prayer, resources, 24-hour live- streaming of the Mass and other devotions Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. For the Mesage of Lourdes, prayer, resources, live-streaming of Mass, the Rosary and other services The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fatima. For the Message of Fatima, prayer, resources, live-streaming of the Mass and the Rosary Magnificat, the monthly Catholic magazine for daily Mass and prayers. A special FREE online version is now available. for prayer and liturgy for news, prayers, reflections, arts and culture, listings, resources and Masses online Streaming of Mass and other services from around UK and Ireland Catholic media network for news, daily Mass and devotions, teaching Catholic radio station in Cambridge broadcasting the Mass, the Rosary, prayer, catechesis, discussion and music

Please pray for all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to You today with our fears and concerns. You know what is in our hearts. We love You, we trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us, to stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.

We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. We ask You to bring your loving touch and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now from the coronavirus. Please comfort them.

Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.

Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven.

Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away.

Please be with those who are trying to find a remedy to this pandemic.

Lord, we are afraid and we are sorrowful. Please heal us. Send us your peace and overwhelming presence.

(if you have a special intention mention it here)

Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. Amen.

Mary, our Mother, Untier of Knots. Pray for us.

St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases. Pray for us.

St. Edmund, patron of the victims of pandemics. Pray for us.

St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to lepers. Pray for us.

St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases. Pray for us!

St. Roch, who prayed for those suffering from infectious diseases. Pray for us.

St. Joseph, patron of the dying. Pray for us.

St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes. Pray for us.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who was dedicated to caring for the sick. Pray for us.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hi All,

I happened to find this beautiful link and heard a beautifully translated mass said by the Pope with a short adoration.

God Bless

Lourdes 💐💐


Driving Miss Daisy

To all our valued and much-loved clients and friends,

It is with great sadness that due to the latest developments and Government advice we have been forced to make the decision to temporarily suspend our companion and driving service.

We will still be here for you, either to offer emotional or practical support or to direct you to agencies and businesses that can support you during this difficult time. We will ALWAYS be available for a chat over the phone! We will be keeping in touch with regular clients, who have relied on us for their transport needs, and will be updating you with any changes to the above situation. In the meantime, please try to stay positive, look forward and start planning where we will go when this is all over, keep busy with projects and hobbies, make time to go for a walk, pay contactless or by cheque and where possible avoid handling cash (if you have to then wash your hands/coins immediately after).

Driving Miss Daisy have personally phoned round a number of local businesses and include details below to ensure you have access to essential provisions. If you are in desperate need of any essentials and none of this list can help, please don’t hesitate to phone us. We will do our very best, as a volunteer, to get you what you need.

We are so saddened it has come to this but please rest assured we will be back!

Natalie, Melanie, Andy, Michelle and Nikki

List of local providers of essential provisions:

Methodist Homemade Lunches -01366 387705

Available Mon-Fri. For vulnerable, elderly and isolated people. Free Delivery

Place orders between 9am and 12pm. Please order 2 days in advance. Menus subject to change dependent on supplies available. Cash on delivery, all change given has been bleached for safety.

Goddards Butchers – 01366 388377

Free delivery. Pay over the phone. Home-cooked ready meals, fruit, veg, pies, some cakes. Place orders for delivery approximately 1 week ahead.

JW Sargeant Butchers -01366 382232

Free local delivery. Payment by phone once food has been delivered. Order 7 days ahead. Meat, eggs, Pies, some pasta sauces and condiments, limited sausage rolls. Gluten-Free produce available.

AJ Dent Butchers01366 387686

Pay by cheque or over the phone. Free delivery for DM area. Allow 2 days for deliveries. Meat, sausage rolls, pasties, pies, some fruit, milk, bread, butter, eggs and cheese.

Knicat Bread and Bakery – 01366 383708

Telephone orders only. 9am-1pm Mon-Sat. Free delivery in DM area. Next day delivery. They will call you before delivery so you can leave cash out.

Bread, cakes, rolls, eggs, flour and potatoes.

FW Kelling Fruit and Veg – 07375373861

Free delivery locally. Open Mon-Thurs. Deliver Mon and Thurs. Pay by PayPal or Bank Transfer. £15 for a fruit, veg and salad box. Huge list of extras.

Accent Fresh

Home delivery. Order online:

Landymores Farm Shop – 01366 388912

Pay over phone or leave cash out for delivery driver. Free delivery. Preferably, 1week notice required for delivery. Fruit, veg, eggs, bread, milk (with notice), biscuits, cakes, fudge, sweets, flowers, cards, apple juice.

Norfolk in a Box – 07827777541

Fruit and veg deliveries.

The Foldgate Inn- Stradsett (5 mile radius) – 01366347772

Mon-Fri. 12- 5;30pm. Free delivery on orders over £20. Meals.

Downham Home and Garden Centre – 01366 381190

£5 delivery within DM. Free delivery when over £50 spent. Pay over the phone. Delivery on the day or next day. Plants, gardening equipment, compost, paint, cakes, veg, alcohol free beers, fizzy drinks, bottled water, flavoured water, biscuits, jams and chutneys.

Baytree of Hilgay Farm Shop – 01366 385661

Farm shop open 10-3pm. Some local delivery options available. Following day delivery. Order and pay over the phone. Drive up and collect option available. Place order and phone on arrival- someone will come and put it in your boot. Fruit, veg, pickles, chutneys, milk, bread, beer, wine, pasta, pasta sauces, frozen ready meals by ‘Cooks’, gluten-free produce available.

Oakhouse Foods – 0333 433 0402

Frozen ready meals. Pay over the phone. Request a brochure-

Wiltshire Farm Foods – 01362 699049

Ready meals delivered to your door. Dietary requirements met. Free delivery.

Barkers DBS – 01366 382525

Free local delivery. Paint, DIY supplies, plumbing, electrical, cleaning products, home improvements.

Boots – Downham Market 01366 382345

Ask friends, family, volunteers to collect first. Sign up for collection of your prescriptions if you’ve been advised you must stay home on:

Shop open for essentials and prescriptions 10 am- 1pm, 2pm-5pm Mon- Sat. Sun 10-1pm and 2pm-4pm. There may be room on their delivery vans for prescriptions in emergencies.

Savers- Downham Market01366 380702

Please wait outside the door, queue 2metres apart. Only 5 customers are allowed in the shop at a time. Ask neighbours, friends and volunteers if you are unable to go shopping once a week. Toiletries, medication, cleaning, drinks and sweets.

Vets One- Crimplesham -01366 384644

Free delivery of pet prescriptions. Appointments still available.

Jurassic Bark- 01366 381505

Free delivery in DM area. All pet provisions (stock level dependant). Pay over the phone. Same or next day delivery.

Driving Miss Daisy- 07458005575

Support, advice, someone to make you laugh, a friend to talk to. We will help you as a volunteer where we can alongside the above options.

Eternity Church Volunteers- 07971372685

Hope this helps?

Natalie, Melanie, Andy, Michelle and Nikki. xxx


CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The April edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available in our church porch and online at To keep up to date with the latest diocesan news, including updates on precautions and events affected by the C.virus, please sign up for the weekly enews bulletin at our diocesan website above.

LIVE-STREAMING OF THE MASS: please see p.3 of April's "Catholic East Anglia" for news of 2 diocesan churches which live-stream their Masses. Also, St John's Cathedral, Norwich hopes to live-stream its Masses soon.

RADIO MARIA in Cambridge broadcasts daily church liturgy, the Mass, the Rosary and catechesis. Please see

In case you don’t know already CAFOD have put Lent prayer resources on their website. For parents of children at home there are also educational resources and a virtual children's liturgy every Sunday.

Within East Anglia our diocesan website is a good way to find out what’s going on locally, and the National Shrine at Walsingham has live streaming of all events as does St Laurence's Church in Cambridge.

CORONAVIRUS: The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have announced that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed until further notice.

The celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Fr Erico will continue to say Mass at the usual times but only in private, without a congregation. We will be able to join in spiritually in that celebration, following its prayers at home, making an act of spiritual communion .

Our Bishops encourage us to make an act of spiritual communion.

Information about the live-streaming* of the celebration of the Mass and other spiritual resources will be made available in our diocese. *For example, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at

Useful addresses:

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales for news, resources, prayers for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, a prayer of spiritual communion.

RC Diocese of East Anglia for news, resources, prayers.

Please pray for, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help: shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers. etc. We can all play our part.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

BRIDGET VILLATORO would like to set up a Whatsapp group for St Dominic's. She writes: If you would like to be included please text me on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep my number and ring if, in my limited way, I can help. Bridget.