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EASTER SUNDAY 2018


PASTORAL MESSSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO

But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies, and what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel ....What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.... the dead will be raised imperishable.... For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality (1 Cor 15:35-37)

This "how" exceeds our imagination and understanding; it is accessible only to faith. Yet our participation in the Eucharist already gives us a foretaste of Christ's transfiguration of our bodies:

Just as bread that comes from the earth, after God's blessing has been invoked upon it, is no longer ordinary bread, but Eucharist, formed of two things, the one earthly and the other heavenly: so too our bodies, which partake of the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but possess the hope of resurrection. (St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4, 18, 4-5)

United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly participate in the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life remains "hidden with Christ in God." The Father has already "raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Nourished with his body in the Eucharist, we already belong to the Body of Christ. When we rise on the last day we "also will appear with him in glory."

To join the resurrection is something strictly linked with the Mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ that we join each time “we announce his death and resurrection until he comes again.”

The Mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ that we celebrate and has its origin in the Paschal Mystery is the source of every life. Christ made himself the Body that we need to celebrate to receive surely the true life in us.

Why do we do this?

“Participation in the Holy Eucharist demands that all of us give witness to the truth and love which Christ teaches us. The responsibility to give public witness to our faith is especially regarding fundamental goods, such as respect for human life, its defence from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one’s children and the promotion of the true common good” (Benedict XVI).

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.

Happy Easter with my blessings.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Elena Ramsone, Francis Baines, Bernard Duhig,  Mary Whalley, Paul Latzel, Anthony Gates, Norah McKenna.

PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters.

PARISH COUNCIL: Our next meeting will take place on Weds. 18th April at 7pm in the Parish Room. Everyone is very welcome. If you wish to raise any matter, please put it in writing in the Agenda Box by Sunday 15th April, otherwise it cannot be considered at that meeting. The box is on the porch-table.

PARISH SUPPER: We raised £100 at last Friday’s Lenten supper, (Thank you Lourdes! It was delicious!). The money raised will all go to the Lenten Alms collections for the year. The next supper will be on Friday 27th April and money raised at it will go towards church funds.

STUDENT CROSS...Thank you: The 20 Kettering pilgrims say a huge "Thank you" to all the parishioners who kindly provided food, made donations and supported them with their prayers. They arrived in Shouldham on the Weds of Holy Week, weary but in good spirits after a long, cold and wet day on the road. Some of us went to greet them on their arrival and enjoyed learning more about their pilgrimage. They presented their pilgrim badge, a red felt cross (adorned this year with Nigerian colours by a former pilgrim), to our parish in appreciation. They reached Walsingham on Good Friday. Please see www.studentcross.org.uk for lots more about the pilgrimage.

FAIR TRADE: The Traidcraft stall will be at church on Sat. 7th and Sun. 8th April. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the NEW!!! Spring catalogue for lots more lovely products. We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the inspiring work of Traidcraft.

CATECHISM CLASSES for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be starting soon. Marie Patmore would be grateful if parents of children who would like to attend the First Holy Communion preparation for this year would contact her on 07770 789526 to discuss it with her. The course will start in March.

First Holy Communions will take place on the 10th June.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 24 - 31 AUGUST 2018: Lourdes is a place of extraordinary faith, hope and love. Our pilgrimage is always a wonderful and deeply spiritual experience. Booking Forms and more information on the porch-table.


Newsletter March 25th 2018 Passion/Palm Sunday


PASTORAL MESSSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO

But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies, and what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel ....What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.... the dead will be raised imperishable.... For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality (1 Cor 15:35-37)

This "how" exceeds our imagination and understanding; it is accessible only to faith. Yet our participation in the Eucharist already gives us a foretaste of Christ's transfiguration of our bodies:

Just as bread that comes from the earth, after God's blessing has been invoked upon it, is no longer ordinary bread, but Eucharist, formed of two things, the one earthly and the other heavenly: so too our bodies, which partake of the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but possess the hope of resurrection. (St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4, 18, 4-5)

United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly participate in the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life remains "hidden with Christ in God." The Father has already "raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Nourished with his body in the Eucharist, we already belong to the Body of Christ. When we rise on the last day we "also will appear with him in glory."

To join the resurrection is something strictly linked with the Mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ that we join each time “we announce his death and resurrection until he comes again.”

The Mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ that we celebrate and has its origin in the Paschal Mystery is the source of every life. Christ made himself the Body that we need to celebrate to receive surely the true life in us.

Why do we do this?

“Participation in the Holy Eucharist demands that all of us give witness to the truth and love which Christ teaches us. The responsibility to give public witness to our faith is especially regarding fundamental goods, such as respect for human life, its defence from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one’s children and the promotion of the true common good” (Benedict XVI).

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.

Happy Easter with my blessings. 

CHRISM MASS takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th March at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Oils for the Sacraments are blessed and priests, deacons and people from across our Diocese gather to renew their commitment to serve.

There will be a SPECIAL COLLECTION for flowers for the Altar for Easter this weekend (24th and 25th March).
THE SECOND COLLECTION on Good Friday will be taken for the Holy Land Shrines.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Josephine Gould, Eric Robert Lincoln, Agnese Jude, 

PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters.

GOOD FRIDAY is a day of fast and abstinence.

CATECHISM CLASSES for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be starting soon. Marie Patmore would be grateful if parents of children who would like to attend the First Holy Communion preparation for this year would contact her on 07770 789526 to discuss it with her. The course will start in March.

First Holy Communions will take place on the 10th June.

STUDENT CROSS...UPDATE: We still need lots more savoury dishes and desserts for the pilgrims. Please help if you can...we have never let them down! Please see list in the church-porch. Disposable containers only, please. Please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).Please bring food to the church at 5pm on Weds. 28th March...Joe will be in the carpark. If that's inconvenient, please leave food in parish-kitchen before 5pm or phone Joe to arrange collection. The pilgrims will arrive in Shouldham about 6pm, very tired and hungry. Please pray for them on their pilgrimage to Walsingham. Also, see www.studentcross.org.uk Come and welcome the pilgrims at Chalk and Cheese (the former school on the Green). They would be delighted to meet the parishioners who support them on their way.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 24 - 31 AUGUST 2018: Lourdes is a place of extraordinary faith, hope and love. Our pilgrimage is always a wonderful and deeply spiritual experience. Booking Forms and more information on the porch-table.

Newsletter March 18th 2018

There will be a special collection for flowers for the Altar for Easter on the weekend of 24th and 25th March.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED:  Dr Heather Ward (ACN Regional Coordinator) will be talking to us about the vital work of ACN at Mass THIS WEEKEND.  (17th and 18th March)  There will be a SECOND COLLECTION for ACN.  
ANNIVERSARIES:   James Bernard (Jim) Travers, Margaret Jeffrey, Charles Jarvis, Edith Unwin, Ida Richelda Rooksby, Phyllis Ryan.

PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters.

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be said during Lent on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. Please make the effort to come if you possibly can.

♫ SINGING PRACTISE ♫ - come and join in before Mass on Sundays. Singing starts at 9am – everyone is very welcome and it’s a great opportunity to learn some new hymns. Oliver will also be introducing the music for Easter week – what a lovely way to help celebrate the Joy of Easter by raising the roof♫

CATECHISM CLASSES for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be starting soon. Marie Patmore would be grateful if parents of children who would like to attend the First Holy Communion preparation for this year would contact her on 07770 789526 to discuss it with her. The course will start in March.

First Holy Communions will take place on the 10th June.

THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA appreciates your generosity and continuing support very much. Make Easter special for seafarers visiting our shores by giving them an Easter egg and card. Please leave Easter eggs (labelled "AoS") and cards in the parish kitchen by Saturday 24th March. Thank you so much.

STUDENT CROSS...UPDATE: We still need lots more savoury dishes and desserts for the pilgrims. Please help if you can...we have never let them down! Please see list in the church-porch. Disposable containers only, please. Please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).Please bring food to the church at 5pm on Weds. 28th March...Joe will be in the carpark. If that's inconvenient, please leave food in parish-kitchen before 5pm or phone Joe to arrange collection. The pilgrims will arrive in Shouldham about 6pm, very tired and hungry. Please pray for them on their pilgrimage to Walsingham. Also, see www.studentcross.org.uk Come and welcome the pilgrims at Chalk and Cheese (the former school on the Green). They would be delighted to meet the parishioners who support them on their way.

THANK YOU Julia for the delicious Parish Supper at the end of February, it raised £150 for CAFOD. The next Parish Supper is on Friday 23rd March, a Lentils for Lent supper, in aid of parish funds, and will be held in the parish room.

FAIR TRADE: The Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Sat. 17th and Sun. 18th March. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the NEW!!! Spring Catalogue for lots more lovely products. We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the work of Traidcraft.

CHRISM MASS takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th March at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Oils for the Sacraments are blessed and priests, deacons and people from across our Diocese gather to renew their commitment to serve.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 24 - 31 AUGUST 2018: Lourdes is a place of extraordinary faith, hope and love. Our pilgrimage is always a wonderful and deeply spiritual experience. Booking Forms and more information on the porch-table.

FIRST DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE: Friday 23rd March is the first day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse. Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has asked each Bishops’ Conference around the world to designate a day for prayer and reflection for the victims and survivors of abuse. In England and Wales, this will be the Friday of the 5th Week of Lent and the Prayer of the Faithful for Palm Sunday should include an intention for this cause. Bishop Alan celebrates Mass at our annual Safeguarding event with this intention. The Pontifical Commission have produced resources on their website for people to use. Individuals or prayer groups might find these prayers helpful.

Link: http://www.protectionofminors.va/content/tuteladeiminori/en.html

EASTER 2018: The times of services during Holy Week are displayed on the notice board in the church porch. They are also published on the website.

www.saintdominics.org.uk

Newsletter March 11th 2018

There will be a special collection for flowers for the Altar for Easter on the weekend of 24th and 25th March.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED:  Dr Heather Ward (ACN Regional Coordinator) will be talking to us about the vital work of ACN at Mass NEXT WEEKEND.  (17th and 18th March)  There will be a SECOND COLLECTION for ACN.  
ANNIVERSARIES:   Mary Ayo, Michael Bernard Schade, Mary Josephine Darwent, Gordon Shurgold, Theresa Todd, Patrick Tighe, Jason Smith, Patricia Guy.

PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters.

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be said during Lent on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. Please make the effort to come if you possibly can.

PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 11th March, (this Sunday) the Stations of the Cross will be said at 3pm.

♫ SINGING PRACTISE ♫ - come and join in before Mass on Sundays. Singing starts at 9am – everyone is very welcome and it’s a great opportunity to learn some new hymns. Oliver will also be introducing the music for Easter week – what a lovely way to help celebrate the Joy of Easter by raising the roof♫

CATECHISM CLASSES for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be starting soon. Marie Patmore would be grateful if parents of children who would like to attend the First Holy Communion preparation for this year would contact her on 07770 789526 to discuss it with her. The course will start in March.

First Holy Communions will take place on the 10th June.

PARISH ROOM OPEN CONSULTATION EVENING – Please come and find out how the project to improve the Parish Room facilities at St Dominic’s is progressing this coming Thursday, 15th March, between 5pm and 7pm in the Parish Room. The Building Committee need your support to progress this project and get the go ahead from the Diocese – so please come along and take an interest. If you can’t get to the consultation evening, but would like to ask about the improvements, or comment on them, please talk to one of the committee (Eddy, Lourdes, Joe, Teresa and Anthony) after Mass, either this weekend or next. We need your comments and suggestions.

CHECK OUT THE NEW PARISH WEBSITE: www.saintdominics.org.uk

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY: Thank you so much for supporting CAFOD. This Fast Day, our parish raised £530.55 to help end hunger and poverty around the world. This will be doubled by the UK Govt, meaning a total of £1061.10 has been raised so more of our brothers and sisters can live lives free from hunger. Thank you!

THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA appreciates your generosity and continuing support very much. Make Easter special for seafarers visiting our shores by giving them an Easter egg and card. Please leave Easter eggs (labelled "AoS") and cards in the parish kitchen by Saturday 24th March. Thank you so much.

STUDENT CROSS...UPDATE: We still need lots more savoury dishes and desserts for the pilgrims. Please help if you can...we have never let them down! Please see list on porch-table. Disposable containers only. Please label food with list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).

FAIR TRADE: The Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Sat. 17th and Sun. 18th March. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the NEW!!! Spring Catalogue for lots more lovely products. We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the work of Traidcraft.

CHRISM MASS takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th March at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Oils for the Sacraments are blessed and priests, deacons and people from across our Diocese gather to renew their commitment to serve.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 24 - 31 AUGUST 2018: Lourdes is a place of extraordinary faith, hope and love. Our pilgrimage is always a wonderful and deeply spiritual experience. Booking Forms and more information on the porch-table.

FIRST DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE: Friday 23rd March is the first day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse. Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has asked each Bishops’ Conference around the world to designate a day for prayer and reflection for the victims and survivors of abuse. In England and Wales, this will be the Friday of the 5th Week of Lent and the Prayer of the Faithful for Palm Sunday should include an intention for this cause. Bishop Alan celebrates Mass at our annual Safeguarding event with this intention. The Pontifical Commission have produced resources on their website for people to use. Individuals or prayer groups might find these prayers helpful.

Link: http://www.protectionofminors.va/content/tuteladeiminori/en.html

Newsletter 4th March 2018

There will be a special collection for Aid to the Church in Need on the weekend of the 17th and 18th.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Christine Hood, Christine Sczepanska, Mary Lilian Winning, Robert Whiteland. 

PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters.

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be said during Lent on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. Please make the effort to come if you possibly can.

PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 11th March, the Stations of the Cross will be said at 3pm.

LENT STATION MASS on Tuesday 6th March at Holy Family Church, Field Lane, King's Lynn PE30 4AY. 6pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation. 7pm Mass with Bishop Alan and priests of our deanery. Refreshments afterwards.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: The Parish is very pleased to formally welcome Oliver Rudland as our new Musical Director.

Please give him your support as he prepares the music for Holy Week and Easter.

♫ SINGING PRACTISE ♫ - come and join in before Mass on Sundays. Singing starts at 9am – everyone is very welcome and it’s a great opportunity to learn some new hymns.

CATECHISM CLASSES for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be starting soon. Marie Patmore would be grateful if parents of children who would like to attend the First Holy Communion preparation for this year would contact her on 07770 789526 to discuss it with her. The course will start in March.

First Holy Communions will take place on the 10th June.

THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA appreciates your generosity and continuing support very much. Make Easter special for seafarers visiting our shores by giving them an Easter egg and card. Please leave Easter eggs (labelled "AoS") and cards in the parish kitchen by Saturday 24th March. Thank you so much.

STUDENT CROSS: The Student Cross Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place during Holy Week. The Kettering Group walk 120 miles, passing through our parish on Wednesday 28th March and ending their day in Shouldham. We have been asked to provide food for their evening meal. If you would like to provide food for the Kettering pilgrims (savoury and desserts; vegetarian option, too), please fill in the form on the porch-table. Disposable containers only, please. As a courtesy to the pilgrims, please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our recent meeting are now available on the table in the church-porch. There is lots of interesting news...please do take a copy.

PARISH ROOM OPEN CONSULTATION EVENING – Come and find out how the project to improve the Parish Room facilities at St Dominic’s is progressing on Thursday 15th March between 5pm and 7pm in the Parish Room. The Building Committee need your support to progress this project and get the go ahead from the Diocese – so please come along and take an interest. If you can’t get to the consultation evening, but would like to ask about the improvements, or comment on them, please talk to one of the committee after Mass, either this weekend or next. We need your comments and suggestions.

LENTEN ALMS:  The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and Don't Screen Us Out.  ACN supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  Don't Screen Us Out (www.dontscreenusout.org) is a grass-roots initiative supported by a collection of people with Down's Syndrome, families and advocate groups to highlight the serious concerns around the introduction of second-line cfDNA screening in the UK.  Please put your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.