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21st July 2019 – 16th Sunday of the Year



COLLECTIONS: £252.34 - thank you for your generosity and support. £161.80 was raised for the Apostleship of the Sea. Thank you everyone for their kind donations. If anyone was away last weekend and would still like to donate, Valerie is happy to collect and send on. However, if you put this in the collection basket, make sure it’s in an envelope clearly marked so that the Treasurer knows for what and to whom the money is heading!

THIS WEEKEND we welcome Fr Henry MacCarthy who will celebrate Saturday's Vigil Mass; and Fr Michael Johnstone for Sunday Mass. We are very grateful to them both.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Gladys Gould, Edward Butler, Arthur Wright, Henry Cox, Jack Geary, Anna Harvey, Colin Wilson, Ellen Clarke, Margaret Waller, Anne Walton, Vera McBrearty, Anna Belej and Mary Baines.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Reeve who died on Sunday 23rd June. John was a parishioner of St Dominic's for many years. He served our Parish with great dedication, humility and kindness. The burial will be in Downham Market this Thursday 25th July, meeting outside St Dominic’s church at 11.45am. Fr Henry MacCarthy will be presiding. After the burial, John's family invite parishioners to join them for refreshments in our Parish Room. Please contact Joe for more details. May John rest in peace.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Dates for the diary:

FAIR-TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church this weekend, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, with a wide range of fair-trade food and lots of interesting resources about Fair-trade.

The next Parish Supper is being held at Julia’s this Friday 26th July at 6.30pm. Limited space means limited numbers so please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Porch asap.

Next Sunday 28th July: Open-air Ecumenical Service at Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph. 11am. Bring a picnic. Everyone is very welcome. Readers needed: see Joe if you would like to volunteer.

PARISH PARTY: St Dominic's feastday is on 8th August. In his honour, we will have a parish party at 4pm on Sunday 11th August at the church. Please bring a contribution of food and drinks to share. Let's make this a really joyful celebration of St Dominic and our parish. Please do invite family and friends.

Sunday 18th August, 3.00pm: Procession of Our Lady of Walsingham to the Red Mount Chapel, King’s Lynn.

Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 23 – 30 August [www.rcdea.org.uk]

Catholic Voices training day: Saturday 7th September in Wymondham, 11am – 4pm. To find out more information or to sign up for email communication, evangelisation@rcdea.org.uk or www.catholicvoices.org.uk

Sunday 8th September: Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage to Walsingham [www.walsingham.org.uk]

Saturday 14th September: Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored bike/drive/walk/ride. See poster for more details or go to www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike-ride.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE, IRELAND - 7th October 2019 – a poster is up on the board in the Porch.


14th July 2019 – 15th Sunday of the Year



There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (13th and 14th July) for Sea Sunday and the Apostleship of the Sea. Gift Aid envelopes will be available in the porch to maximise your donation if you are a Tax Payer. You can support this charity in a practical way by donating items like men’s (unopened) toiletry items, hats, gloves, even board games! Please see the full list pinned up on the board in the porch. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

THIS WEEKEND we welcome Fr Henry MacCarthy who will celebrate Saturday's Vigil Mass; and Fr David Baker for Sunday Mass. We are very grateful to them both.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Patrick Duffy, Edward Longford, Gwendolin Franklin, Emma Harvey, Patricia Maugey, Albert Russell and Lily Griffin.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Reeve who died on Sunday 23rd June. John was a parishioner of St Dominic's for many years. He served our Parish with great dedication, humility and kindness. The funeral will be at 12 noon on Wednesday 24th July at the Catholic Church of the Assumption, Old Harlow, CM17 0HA. The burial will be in Downham Market on Thursday 25th July, meeting outside St Dominic’s church at 11.45am. Fr Henry MacCarthy will attend to both services. After the burial, John's family invite parishioners to join them for refreshments in our Parish Room. Please contact Joe for more details. May John rest in peace.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Seafarers Version of The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift.

He guides me across the dark waters.

He steers me in deep channels.

He keeps my log.

He pilots me by the star of holiness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I sail ‘mid the fenders and tempests of life

I shall dread no danger for He is near me.

His love and care shelter me.

He prepares a harbour before me in the homeland of eternity.

He anoints the waves with oil, my ship rides calmly.

Surely sunlight and starlight shall favour me on my voyages and I will

rest in the Port of our Lord forever.

Dates for the diary:

COUNCIL MEETING: Our next meeting will be this Tuesday 16th July at 7pm in the Parish Room. Everyone is very welcome.

FAIR-TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church next weekend, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, with a wide range of fair-trade food and lots of interesting resources about Fair-trade.

Sunday 28th July: Open-air Ecumenical Service at Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph. 11am. Bring a picnic. Everyone is very welcome. Readers needed: see Joe if you would like to volunteer.

PARISH PARTY: St Dominic's feastday is on 8th August. In his honour, we will have a parish party at 4pm on Sunday 11th August at the church. Please bring a contribution of food and drinks to share. Let's make this a really joyful celebration of St Dominic and our parish. Please do invite family and friends.

Sunday 8th September: Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Saturday 14th September: Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored bike/drive/walk/ride. See poster for more details.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE, IRELAND - 7th OCTOBER 2019

Poster is up on the board in the porch.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: Tax and Gift Aid aside, if you would simply like to make life easier for yourself and help provide an even stream of income for the Parish please consider paying by Standing Order, forms with the bank details are in the porch.



30th June 2019 – 13th Sunday of the Year


There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (29th and 30th June) for PETER’S PENCE (the Holy See).

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Anna Wright, Revd. Fr. Oswald Baker, Patrick Egan, Norah Weaver, Mary Catt, Thomas Tyler and Lewis Heavens.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Prayer for Evangelisation

May the Lord Jesus,

Take our minds and think through them,

Take our hands and bless through them,

Take our mouths and speak through them,

Take our spirits and pray through them,

And above all, Lord Jesus,

Take our hearts and love through them,

So that it is You who lives and works in us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Dates for the diary:

Sunday 14th July is SEA SUNDAY. There will be a collection for Apostleship of the Sea.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th July at 7pm in the Parish Room. If you would like to raise any matter for the Agenda, please put it in writing and place in the Agenda Box by Sunday 14th July, otherwise it cannot be considered at that meeting. Everyone is very welcome.


Sunday 28th July: Open-air Ecumenical Service at Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph. 11am. Bring a picnic. Everyone is very welcome. Readers needed: see Joe if you would like to volunteer.


OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.


23rd June 2019 – 12th Sunday of the Year



There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (29th and 30th June) for PETER’S PENCE (the Holy See).


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Madge Healy, Margaret McKenna, William Carey, John Devlin, Sonia Redhead, Margaret Breed, Mary Hill, Brigid Woolston and Marian Ostrowski.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: Our Deanery's Corpus Christi procession will take place at Oxburgh Hall (Oxborough, near Swaffham, PE33 9PS) this Sunday 23rd June at 3pm. Admission passes allowing free entry to the grounds will be issued at the entrance from 2.30pm. It would be helpful to bring your Parish Newsletter with you. There is a picnic area and refreshment kiosk beside the carpark; and tearoom in the Hall. It's a very special occasion in a beautiful and historic setting…so do please come. Oxborough Hall has been the home of the same Catholic family since it was built in 1482.


PARISH SUPPER: The list for the next parish supper – 6.30pm on Friday 28th June – is in the church porch. Please sign up as soon as possible if you would like to attend as numbers will have to be restricted because of shortage of space.

ALTAR SERVERS: A Mass for all the altar servers of our Diocese will be celebrated at 11.30am on Saturday 29th June at St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, followed by a barbeque. All our altar servers are invited.


Prayer for Evangelisation

May the Lord Jesus,

Take our minds and think through them,

Take our hands and bless through them,

Take our mouths and speak through them,

Take our spirits and pray through them,

And above all, Lord Jesus,

Take our hearts and love through them,

So that it is You who lives and works in us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Dates for the diary: Parish Council Meeting, 7pm on Tuesday 16th July.


OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.


16th June 2019 – 11th Sunday of the Year



THIS SUNDAY is the Day for Life. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION at both Masses for Life Charities.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Pamela Leggott, Mary Byrne, Phillip Tuffin, Phyllis Brittain, Elizabeth Epithite, Vera Merron and Arthur Martin.

LEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

FAIRTRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be back at church this weekend Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June with a wide range of fairtrade food and lots of interesting resources about fairtrade.

PARISH SUPPER: The list for the next parish supper – 6.30pm on Friday 28th June – is in the church porch. Please sign up as soon as possible if you would like to attend as numbers will have to be restricted because of shortage of space.

THANK YOU: The Ecumenical Choir sang a very lovely Evening Prayer service at St. Edmund's last Sunday (Pentecost Sunday), and were delighted and encouraged that so many from St. Dominic's were there. Thank you to Oliver for his patience and encouragement.


Prayer for Evangelisation

May the Lord Jesus,

Take our minds and think through them,

Take our hands and bless through them,

Take our mouths and speak through them,

Take our spirits and pray through them,

And above all, Lord Jesus,

Take our hearts and love through them,

So that it is You who lives and works in us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Key update: The ‘accessible’ toilet key is still missing but a spare key has been found which is a relief.


CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: Our Deanery's Corpus Christi procession will take place at Oxburgh Hall (PE33 9PS) next Sunday 23rd June at 3pm. Admission passes will be available. It's a very special occasion in a beautiful setting.


CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.


9th June 2019 – 10th Sunday of the Year


NEXT SUNDAY is the Day for Life. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (15th and 16th June) for Life Charities.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Redmond, Hugh Burns, Mabel Duhig, Charles Hereford, Ruby Barber and Martin Diamond.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

FAIRTRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be back at church next weekend Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June with a wide range of fairtrade food and lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade.

MISSIO: The Summer edition of Mission Today is now available in the porch...please do take a copy. See how God's love is being shared with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world. We can all be missionary: joining in prayer with the wider church or giving through the Red Box. We have some spare red boxes...see Joe if you would like one.

PENTECOST SUNDAY: There will be an Evensong service at St Edmund's this Sunday evening at 6pm to celebrate Pentecost and our Ecumenical choir will be singing. Everyone is very welcome.

THE ‘ACCESSIBLE’ TOILET KEY IS MISSING: The key to the ‘accessible’ toilet in our church porch is missing. The key has a blue plastic tag. The toilet is locked and we are unable to use it until we find the key. Someone who came to weekday Mass last week may have used the key and inadvertently failed to return it to its usual hook...please check your pockets etc. Please return the key to the Sacristy as soon as possible.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

The next Parish Supper: Friday 28th June at 6.30pm.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.


2nd June 2019 – 7th Sunday of Easter


THIS SUNDAY is World Communications Day. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (1st and 2nd June) for the Catholic Communications Network.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Robin Rolfe, Carol McKenna, Vera Andrews, Richard Wade, Peter Keatley, John McNiffe, Lynette Rodwell, Hannah Dyson, Lilioza Wielgosz and Winifred Orrin.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped at church on Carnival Day. We served refreshments, cakes and pastries and we also had a stall selling a magnificent array of plants. Lots of people visited us and we were very busy! Visitors were welcome to look around our church, to light a candle and write a prayer. At the end of our day, we prayed together for everyone who had asked for our prayers. It was a lovely day and just shows what great parish teamwork can achieve! Thank you also to everyone who baked and donated cakes and pastries, and to everyone who dropped in and supported us. Our plant stall raised £196 and our refreshment/cake stall raised £270 making a total of £466.

EVANGELISATION: Our parish evangelisation team welcomes you to their next meeting this Thursday 6th June at 7pm in the Parish Room. We share our experiences of evangelisation, see how we may help others to encounter Christ and spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

FAIRTRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be back at church on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June with a wide range of fairtrade food and lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The June edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available in our church-porch. It's full of interesting news and articles...a new Catholic primary school in Swaffham, and much more! Please do take a copy.

MISSIO: The Summer edition of Mission Today is now available in the porch...please do take a copy. See how God's love is being shared with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world. We can all be missionary: joining in prayer with the wider church or giving through the Red Box. We have some spare red boxes...see Joe if you would like one.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

There will be an evensong service at St Edmund’s on Sunday 9th June at 6.00pm for Pentecost at which the Ecumenical choir will be singing.

Parish Supper: Friday 28th June at 6.30pm

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.


CHURCHES TOGETHER: Steve Waters has informed us that he is stepping down from the role of Deanery Mission Officer and therefore is giving up the role of collating the Churches Together Newsletter. I am sure you will join me in thanking Steve for his effort, vision and skill in pulling together the newsletters, and wish him well for the future.


26th May 2019 – 6h Sunday of Easter


REMEMBER THAT THURSDAY 30th IS THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD AND IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Harold Cole, David Rees, Mary Mahoney, William Adams, Brenda Burke, Bedelin Harrison and William Truan.

NEXT SUNDAY is World Communications Day. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (1st and 2nd June) for the Catholic Communications Network.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

ROSARY: During May, we celebrate Mary. Come and pray the Rosary every Friday in May at 7pm in the church. We will pray for everyone in our parish, especially our sick and housebound parishioners; for those who no longer attend church; for the courage to witness to the joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. And, if you can't come on Fridays, we ask you, please, to pray the Rosary with us at home. ("Celebrating Mary in May", p.7 of May's edition of Catholic East Anglia newspaper...well-worth a read!).

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our recent meeting are now available in the church-porch. Read all about what's happening in our parish...there are so many ways you can help our parish to grow and thrive. Please do take a copy.

CARNIVAL *** BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY *** We will be serving refreshments at church all day. We would also like stalls for cakes, pies, jams and for plants. SO, WE'LL NEED LOTS OF HELP, PLEASE, to make cakes etc and, on the day, to set up and serve on our stalls! If you would like to help, please sign the list in the porch. Whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Please bring cakes etc to church on the day. PLEASE LABEL ALL FOOD WITH A LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND ALLERGENS. See allergen folder in parish kitchen and copies of allergen guide in the porch. Please see Joe for more information.

EVANGELISATION: Our parish evangelisation team welcomes you to their next meeting on Thursday 6th June at 7pm in the Parish Room. We share our experiences of evangelisation, see how we may help others to encounter Christ and spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

MISSIO: The Summer edition of Mission Today is now available in the porch...please do take a copy. See how God's love is being shared with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world. We can all be missionary: joining in prayer with the wider church or giving through the Red Box. We have some spare red boxes...see Joe if you would like one.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: meets at 7.00pm on Saturday evenings at St Dominic’s. We are rehearsing some music for a Pentecost service.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM takes place on Tuesday 28th May, followed by a picnic and afternoon on the beach. See poster in church-porch for more details.

CELEBRATE EAST ANGLIA FAMILY CONFERENCE 1 - 2 JUNE: St Benedict's School, Bury St Edmunds. Lively music, inspiring talks. Mass and Reconciliation. Special programme for children and young people. For more information and to book a place, visit www.celebrateconference.org


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.


19th May 2019 – 5th Sunday of Easter


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Peveri Nazimova, Elizabeth McNeil, Bill Kenney, Joy Cleverley, Patrick Smith and Patricia Nunns.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company.

FAIR TRADE: There will be no Traidcraft Stall this month. Sincere apologies to everyone. In the meantime, please keep supporting Fair Trade wherever you shop.

ROSARY: During May, we celebrate Mary. Come and pray the Rosary every Friday in May at 7pm in the church. We will pray for everyone in our parish, especially our sick and housebound parishioners; for those who no longer attend church; for the courage to witness to the joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. And, if you can't come on Fridays, we ask you, please, to pray the Rosary with us at home. ("Celebrating Mary in May", p.7 of May's edition of Catholic East Anglia newspaper...well-worth a read!).

FESTIVAL SONGS OF PRAISE: Come and sing lots of your favourite hymns at this special Festival service taking place at the Methodist Church in Paradise Rd on Saturday 25th May at 6.30pm. Refreshments afterwards. Everyone is very welcome!

DOWNHAM MARKET FESTIVAL: Saturday 26th May to Sunday 2nd June: Pick up your Festival programme from church and see the huge variety of entertainment on display throughout our town. Join in and have fun!

CARNIVAL *** BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY *** We will be serving refreshments at church all day. We would also like stalls for cakes, pies, jams and for plants. SO, WE'LL NEED LOTS OF HELP, PLEASE, to make cakes etc and, on the day, to set up and serve on our stalls! If you would like to help, please sign the list in the porch. Whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. It's not just about raising much-needed funds for our parish...it's a wonderful opportunity to invite people to 'cross the threshold'...to see our beloved church, to talk to us and understand more about our faith. Please bring cakes etc to church on the day. PLEASE LABEL ALL FOOD WITH A LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND ALLERGENS. See allergen folder in parish kitchen and copies of allergen guide in the porch. Please see Joe for more information.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: meets at 7.00pm on Saturday evenings at St Dominic’s. We are rehearsing some music for a Pentecost service.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The May edition of our diocese's newspaper is now available in our church porch. It's full of interesting news from around our diocese...Apostleship of the Sea, the New Evangelisation, vocations, an invitation to Lourdes and much more. Please do take a copy.

FOODBANK: Our local foodbank urgently needs more bread, jam, cereals, rice pudding, juice and toilet rolls. Please put your donations in the foodbank box in our church porch.

CELEBRATE EAST ANGLIA FAMILY CONFERENCE 1 - 2 JUNE: St Benedict's School, Bury St Edmunds. Lively music, inspiring talks. Mass and Reconciliation. Special programme for children and young people. For more information and to book a place, visit www.celebrateconference.org


12th May 2019 – 4th Sunday of Easter


THIS SUNDAY is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (11th and 12th May) for the Diocesan Priests' Training Fund. If you are a taxpayer, you can Gift Aid your donation and so increase its value by 25%. Gift Aid envelopes are on the porch-table. There is a great need for more priests so please pray for, and encourage, vocations.


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Brian Weedon, Hugh Walton, Bronislaw Szczepanski, John O’Neill, Frantisek Bezdek, Victor Parnell, Donald Keady and Doris Reid.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company.

ROSARY: During May, we celebrate Mary. Come and pray the Rosary every Friday in May at 7pm in the church. We will pray for everyone in our parish, especially our sick and housebound parishioners; for those who no longer attend church; for the courage to witness to the joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. And, if you can't come on Fridays, we ask you, please, to pray the Rosary with us at home. ("Celebrating Mary in May", p.7 of May's edition of Catholic East Anglia newspaper...well-worth a read!).

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our recent meeting are now available in the church-porch. Read all about what's happening in our parish...there are so many ways you can help our parish to grow and thrive. Please do take a copy.

CARNIVAL *** BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY *** We will be serving refreshments at church all day. We would also like stalls for cakes, pies, jams and for plants. SO, WE'LL NEED LOTS OF HELP, PLEASE, to make cakes etc and, on the day, to set up and serve on our stalls! If you would like to help, please sign the list in the porch. Whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. It's not just about raising much-needed funds for our parish...it's a wonderful opportunity to invite people to 'cross the threshold'...to see our beloved church, to talk to us and understand more about our faith.

Please bring cakes etc to church on the day. PLEASE LABEL ALL FOOD WITH A LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND ALLERGENS. See allergen folder in parish kitchen and copies of allergen guide in the porch. Please see Joe for more information.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: meets at 7.00pm on Saturday evenings at St Dominic’s. We are rehearsing some music for a Pentecost service.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12 - 18 MAY: Let us stand together against poverty...kindness can change the world. A service to mark CA Week will take place at St Mark's Church, Ten Mile Bank this Sunday, 12th May at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Saturday 25th May: Festival Songs of Praise. Methodist Church at 6.30pm.

Tuesday 28th May: Diocese of East Anglia Children's Pilgrimage to Walsingham, followed by a picnic and afternoon on the beach. See poster.

Thursday 6th June: Our parish evangelisation team welcomes you all to their next meeting. 7pm in the Parish Room.

SEE MORE EVENTS UNDER PARISH AND DIOCESAN EVENTS TAB.


5th May 2019 – 3nd Sunday of Easter


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Christopher White, Hazel Midgeley, John Carey, Andrew Skeparnides and Paul Bentley.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

FUNERAL OF KENNETH STANLEY: will take place next Wednesday, 8th May. Requiem Mass at 11.00am followed by committal at 1.00pm at Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn.

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company.

A BIG THANK YOU: to our altar-servers, readers, Eucharistic ministers, organist, singers, flower-arrangers and to everyone who helped in any way with our Holy Week and Easter services.

NEXT SUNDAY is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (11th and 12th May) for the Diocesan Priests' Training Fund.

ROSARY: During May, we celebrate Mary. Come and pray the Rosary every Friday in May. 7pm at the church.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: meets at 7.00pm on Saturday evenings at St Dominic’s. We are rehearsing some music for a Pentecost service.

MARCH FOR LIFE UK: Saturday 11th May. The march starts at 2pm from Church House, 25 Great Smith St, Westminster, London SW1P 3BN See poster in the church porch and www.marchforlife.co.uk for more details.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: takes place this Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. 11am Confessions. 12 noon Mass at the Shrine, followed by lunch. 3pm Rosary procession of Our Lady to the Abbey Grounds in the village for Benediction and consecration of our diocese on the original site of the Holy House. Please bring a packed lunch. Our pilgrimage is always a lovely occasion so do please think about coming. If you are going, would you be able to offer someone a seat in your car?

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12 - 18 MAY: Let us stand together against poverty...kindness can change the world. A service to mark CA Week will take place at St Mark's Church, Ten Mile Bank on Sunday 12th May at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The May edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available in our church-porch. It's packed with news from around our diocese and also some very thoughtful articles. Do please take a copy.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Saturday 25th May: Festival Songs of Praise. Methodist Church. Time TBC

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May: Carnival Day. Teas and Stalls at St Dominic's. ****Much help is needed****.

Tuesday 28th May: Diocese of East Anglia Children's Pilgrimage to Walsingham, followed by a picnic and afternoon on the beach. See poster.

28th April 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Easter


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: George Riddiford, Louise Wright, Cyril Vincent, Robert Wale, Michael John Bryant, Helen McCarthy, Bernard O’Brien and Kevin Hanley.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday 28th ). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Forms with the Sort code: 20-46-65, A/c 70016187, St Dominic’s are in the porch.


ECUMENICAL CHOIR: The time for rehearsals has changed to 7.00pm on Saturday evenings to try to make things easier for those who would like to be involved. The next rehearsal will therefore be this Saturday (27th April) at 7.00pm at St Dominic’s, and we will be rehearsing some music for a Pentecost service.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Saturday 27th April: Ecumenical choir rehearsals, 7.00pm, St Dominic’s. All welcome

Tuesday 30th April: Parish Council meeting, 7pm. All welcome.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May: Ignite Festival at Swaffham Convent for those Year 8+. See www.ignitefestival.co.uk

for more information and to book. Promoted by our Diocesan Youth Service.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May: Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.


14th April 2019 – Holy Week -- Rota Week 1



EASTER FLOWERS: £174.25 collected so far – a big thank you to everybody!

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: John Hazard, Mary Green and Frederick Harris.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

GOOD FRIDAY: 19th April - Walk of Witness (starts at St Edmund’s Church) at 9.00am.


Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday 14th ). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up.


OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer!


MAKING THE STRANGER WELCOME: This is a very thoughtful article on p.4 of this month's Catholic East Anglia newspaper. We have all been strangers in a parish at one time, and experienced what it feels like. Are we prepared to welcome the stranger in our parish? The article gives helpful ideas on how we could become more mindful of the stranger and more welcoming. 'Now is the time...!'

The next Parish Supper will be on Friday 26th April at 6.30pm in the Parish Room. After supper is ended there will be a short talk on the start of pop music in Britain. Kevin Rodgers will give a very gentle presentation of the songs and events that changed our lives between 1954 and 1959. Pure nostalgia of the great music of those times. Come along and reminisce. Sing or tap your feet.

Music from Perry Como, Anne Shelton Tommy Steele and perhaps Elvis plus many more. Shake the dust off your winkle pickers, look out your Drapes and gentlemen grow your sideboards.

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:Tuesday 30th April: Parish Council meeting, 7pm. All welcome.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May: Ignite Festival at Swaffham Convent for those Year 8+. See www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information and to book. Promoted by our Diocesan Youth Service.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May: Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

7th April 2019 – 5th Sunday of Lent



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: George Broadbridge, Petula Edgeley, Joan McCulloch, Kenneth Harvey and Michael Grufferty.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

EASTER FLOWERS: There is a special collection at this weekend’s Masses for Easter Flowers. Donations will be gratefully accepted next weekend, up until Sunday 14th April.

LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm.

THE SACRED SCRIPTURE GROUP continues to meet on Thursdays at 6pm in the Parish Room. The talks, given by Fr Henry MacCarthy last for 45-50 minutes and focus on the different versions of the OT and the NT and are highly recommended. The next session is this Thursday 11th April at 6pm.

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up.

FAIR TRADE UPDATE: Apologies to all. The Traidcraft Stall will NOT be at Church this weekend (sorry to all our customers especially those who had been looking forward to their favourite biscuits, chocolate raisins etc!). The Stall will be back in May.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: If you are a tax-payer and wish to participate in the Gift Aid Scheme please consider donating via a Standing Order Mandate whereby you instruct your bank to make a regular donation to the Parish. This helps the Parish recover an additional 25p for every £1 donated. It’s very easy to do and it helps keeps the Parish income at a steady level. If anyone would like to sign up for the Scheme please contact the Treasurer or the Gift Aid Officer. If you are not a tax-payer you can still set up a Standing Order to make life easier for yourself and the Treasurer! Thank you for your continued support.

MAKING THE STRANGER WELCOME: This is a very thoughtful article on p.4 of this month's Catholic East Anglia newspaper. We have all been strangers in a parish at one time, and experienced what it feels like. Are we prepared to welcome the stranger in our parish? The article gives helpful ideas on how we could become more mindful of the stranger and more welcoming. 'Now is the time...!'

CHURCHES TOGETHER MAGAZINE: Just a reminder that the Lent and Easter edition is now available in our church-porch.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

CHRISM MASS takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 16th April 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. Everyone is welcome.

Friday 26th April: Parish Supper. 6.30pm, Parish Room.

Tuesday 30th April: Parish Council meeting, 7pm. All welcome.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May: Ignite Festival at Swaffham Convent for those Year 8+. See www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information and to book. Promoted by our Diocesan Youth Service.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May: Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Walsingham.


31st March 2019 – 4th Sunday of Lent


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

LATEST UPDATE: Father Erico is back home in the parish recuperating from his recent illness. There will be no weekday Masses until further notice. Please pray for his steady and full recovery. Thank you again to Fr Gordon Adam from King's Lynn for coming to say Mass for us this weekend.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

EASTER FLOWERS: There will be a special collection at next weekend’s Masses for Easter Flowers, 6th and 7th April. Donations will be accepted up until Sunday 14th April.

LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm.

THE SACRED SCRIPTURE GROUP continues to meet on Thursdays at 6pm in the Parish Room. The talks, given by Fr Henry MacCarthy last for 45-50 minutes and focus on the different versions of the OT and the NT and are highly recommended. The next session is this Thursday 4th April at 6.00pm and then on 11th April.

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April with lots of fine fair trade food and interesting resources.

STUDENT CROSS...UPDATE: In case anyone missed the update last week, the Kettering Leg are not coming to Shouldham on Weds 17th April and so will not require food. They look forward to seeing us in 2020. Please see their letter on the notice-board and www.studentcross.org.uk for lots more. Thank you to everyone who had kindly offered food. Please pray for all the pilgrims of Student Cross.

CHURCHES TOGETHER MAGAZINE: The Lent and Easter edition is now available in our church-porch. Please do take a copy...and pass it on! It’s packed with interesting news, prayers, thoughtful stories and much more! The Editor, Steve Waters, always welcomes news, information, articles etc. The next edition will be out in June. Please see the magazine for Steve's contact details.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

CHRISM MASS takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 16th April 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. Everyone is welcome.

Friday 26th April: Parish Supper. 6.30pm, Parish Room.

Tuesday 30th April: Parish Council meeting, 7pm. All welcome.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May: Ignite Festival at Swaffham Convent for those Year 8+. See www.ignitefestival.co.uk

for more information and to book. Promoted by our Diocesan Youth Service.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May: Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

24th March 2019 - 3rd Sunday in Lent



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Josephine Gould, Eric Lincoln and Agnese Jude.

LATEST UPDATE: Fr Erico was discharged from hospital on Sunday 17th March. He has been staying with friends in Peterborough this week and is due to return on Sunday 24th March, in the afternoon. Please pray that he may make a steady and full recovery. We are again most grateful to Fr Gordon Adam from King's Lynn for coming to say Mass for us this weekend. There will be no weekday Masses next week until confirmation from Fr Erico on his return.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.


CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: £307.15 has been collected; thank you for your generosity and support.


LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

THE LENT STATION MASS for our deanery will take place this Thursday 28th March at Holy Family Church, Field Lane, King's Lynn PE30 4AY. 6pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation and 7pm: Mass with Bishop Alan and priests of our deanery. Refreshments afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm.

THE SACRED SCRIPTURE GROUP continues to meet on Thursdays at 6pm in the Parish Room. The talks, given by Fr Henry MacCarthy last for 45-50 minutes and focus on the different versions of the OT and the NT and are highly recommended. The next sessions are at 6.00pm on Thursday 4th and 11th April. (so not 28th March!).

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up.

THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA would like to thank St Dominic’s for its tremendous support over the years; kind donations have helped many seafarers. Please take a few minutes to check the notice which is up in the porch with the revised list of items needed by this organisation.

STUDENT CROSS...UPDATE: We have just been informed that the Kettering Group have not been able to recruit enough walkers for this year's pilgrimage to Walsingham. So, the KG will merge with Midland Group and walk a different route this year. They will not be coming to Shouldham on Weds 17th April and so will not require food. They look forward to seeing us in 2020. Please see their letter on the notice-board and www.studentcross.org.uk for lots more. Thank you to everyone who had kindly offered food. Please pray for all the pilgrims of Student Cross.

CHURCHES TOGETHER MAGAZINE: The Lent and Easter edition is now available in our church-porch. Please do take a copy...and pass it on! It's packed with interesting news, prayers, thoughtful stories, tasty recipes, gardening tips, poems and much more! The Editor, Steve Waters, always welcomes news, information, articles etc. The next edition will be out in June. Please see the magazine for Steve's contact details.

OUR DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE: Fri. 29th to Sun. 31st March: Ignite Lite Discipleship Weekend in Walsingham. Prayer, reflection and formation. For those aged 16-35. Accommodation is available. See www.rcdea.org.uk/youth for details of this event and all the other exciting events throughout the year organised by our Youth Service. Please do spread the word about the YS!


17th March 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Lent


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: James Travers, Margaret Jeffrey, Charles Jarvis, Edith Unwin, Ida Rooksby and Phyllis Ryan.

STOP PRESS: Father Erico is in hospital; he is in our thoughts and prayers. We are grateful to Father Gordon Adam from King’s Lynn who is kindly helping out this weekend.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley, Stephen Clarke and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart” *If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: Please return your Fast Day envelopes to church THIS WEEKEND. There are spare envelopes on the porch table. If you are a UK taxpayer, CAFOD do encourage you to fill in the Gift Aid slip and so boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate.

LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for soup in the Parish Room served by Fr Erico.

THE LENT STATION MASS for our deanery will take place on Thursday 28th March at Holy Family Church, Field Lane, King's Lynn PE30 4AY. 6pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation and 7pm: Mass with Bishop Alan and priests of our deanery. Refreshments afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.

A JOURNEY THROUGH PRAYER: This friendly ecumenical prayer-group meets at St Edmund's Church on Tuesday 19th March from 7.30 to 9pm. Everyone is very welcome.

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company for a while...a warm and friendly welcome awaits you as does the Traidcraft Stall…

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church this Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th March with lots of fine fairtrade food and interesting resources.

LENTEN EVENT AT CLARE PRIORY: The Way of Silence on Tuesday 19th March 2019. A day for all adults, newcomers to silent prayer and those experienced in the practice. Please bring a cup or a mug that is special to you as well as a packed lunch (refreshments provided). 10.30 - 3.00, Mass at 10.00. Pre-booking would be appreciated but you are welcome to just turn up. To book contact Kathy on 01787 277326, email: clarepriory@clarepriory.net

STUDENT CROSS: The Student Cross Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place during Holy Week. The Kettering Group walks 120 miles, passing through our parish on Wednesday 17th April 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).

THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA would like to thank St Dominic’s for its tremendous support over the years; kind donations have helped many seafarers. Please take a few minutes to check the notice which is up in the porch with the revised list of items needed by this organisation.

OUR DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE has some upcoming events:

Saturday 23rd March: Glow A day of dynamic talks, interactive workshops, activities, food and prayer...and all for free! For all young people aged 12+. St Oswald's Church, Peterborough PE4 6AE. 10am to 5pm. See www.rcdea.org.uk/youth for more details.

Fri. 29th to Sun. 31st March: Ignite Lite Discipleship Weekend in Walsingham. Prayer, reflection and formation. For those aged 16-35. Accommodation is available. See www.rcdea.org.uk/youth for details of this event and all the other exciting events throughout the year organised by our Youth Service. Please do spread the word about the YS and all the great work it does to your family members and friends.


10th March 2019 – 1st Sunday of Lent


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Ayo, Michael Schade, Mary Darwent, Gordon Shurgold, Theresa Todd, Patrick Tighe, Jason Smith and Patricia Guy.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY FRIDAY 15th MARCH: Drought, floods and storms have a devastating impact on people like Mahinur in Bangladesh. She makes a living from fishing but a drought last year killed all the fish, and she's struggling to support her disabled husband and son. On Friday 15th March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help people like Mahinur? Please collect your Fast Day envelope this weekend and give what you can. Then return your envelope next weekend.

LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. ACN supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. CNT supports the education of the next generation of Christians in the Holy Land. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for soup in the Parish Room served by Fr Erico.

LENT STATION MASS: 7pm, Thursday 28th March. Holy Family Church, King's Lynn.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION CLASS: The first Holy Communion Preparation Class is now being held on Monday evenings in the Parish Room. For more information please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 .

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Sat. 16th and Sun. 17th March with lots of fine fairtrade food and interesting resources.

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up.

TWO LENTEN EVENTS AT CLARE PRIORY:

Day of Renewal on Saturday 16th March 2019, 10.00am until 4.00pm. A day of praise, prayer and reconciliation with Holy Mass, Talk, Meditation and individual Blessing led by Fr Stefan Park OSA and Barbara Sierp. Lunch will be provided.

The Way of Silence on Tuesday 19th March 2019. Fr Michael Teader will talk about his experience of using silence as prayer with children. A day for all adults, parents, teachers, carers, grandparents and newcomers to silent prayer and those experienced in the practice. Please bring a cup or a mug that is special to you. 10.30 - 3.00, Mass at 10.00. Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided. Donations for both events for the work of the Priory. Pre-booking would be appreciated but you are welcome to just arrive on either day. To book contact Kathy on 01787 277326, email: clarepriory@clarepriory.net

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 17th April 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).

ALTAR SERVERS: We are in great need of more altar servers for all our Masses. We welcome men, women and children to come forward to fulfil this ministry. Fr Erico will be very happy to arrange training and offer guidance. Please see Fr Erico if you would like to be an altar server for our parish. And please pray to St Stephen, patron saint of altar servers, that many of us may be inspired to serve in this special way, for the glory of God.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 aUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.


3rd March 2019 – 8th Sunday of the Year


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Christine Hood, Christine Sczepanska, Mary Winning and Robert Whiteland.

THE FUNERAL OF BARRY MIDGLEY will be held at St. Dominic's Church on Monday 4th March at 2pm.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

ASH WEDNESDAY: is a day of fasting and abstinence. Ashes will be distributed at the 10.30am Mass and at 7pm Evensong. There will be Holy Communion at Evensong.

LENTEN ALMS: Our Diocese's appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need (Syria and Iraq) and the Cambridge Nazareth Trust. ACN supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. CNT supports the education of the next generation of Christians in the Holy Land. Please see www.acnuk.org and www.cambridgenazarethtrust.co.uk for more information. Please place your donations in the Lenten Alms box at the rear of the church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for soup in the Parish Room served by Fr Erico.

ALTAR SERVERS: have an important ministry in the dignified and prayerful celebration of the Liturgy. We very much appreciate our current altar servers and thank them for their ministry.

However, we are in great need of more altar servers for all our Masses. We welcome men, women and children to come forward to fulfil this ministry. Fr Erico will be very happy to arrange training and offer guidance. Please see Fr Erico if you would like to be an altar server for our parish. And please pray to St Stephen, patron saint of altar servers, that many of us may be inspired to serve in this special way, for the glory of God.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION CLASS: The first Holy Communion Preparation Class is now being held on Monday evenings in the Parish Room. For more information please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 .

TEA/COFFEE & BISCUITS: There will be tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday. It's so nice to just sit and chat and share each other's company for a while...a warm and friendly welcome awaits you!

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: Our 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Evensong on 6th March 2019 will feature a sung item by the Ecumenical Choir. Members of St Edmund’s congregation will be welcome to attend the service. Ashes will also be distributed at this service.

A DAY OF PRAYER AND RENEWAL IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Sat. 9th March. 10am to 4.30pm. Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Rd, Norwich, NR5 9AA. Theme: Inspirational Lives. Everyone is very welcome. See poster in porch for more details.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: Friday 15th March. Have a simple meal and give to save lives.

POSTPONED: Sadly, the Robinson Choir from Cambridge are not now visiting Downham Market on 16th March 2019. We await news of a re-scheduled date….

THE SACRED SCRIPTURE GROUP will have its first meeting on Thursday 7th March at 6 pm. It will last for 45-50 minutes. The talk will be given by Fr Henry MacCarthy and will focus on the different versions of the OT and the NT.


24th February 2019 – 7th Sunday of the Year


ANNIVERSARIES: Martin Young, Emily Stamp, Thomas Reidy, Dmytro Belej, Joseph Merron, Maria Wymann and Elizabeth Wood.

THE FUNERAL OF BARRY MIDGLEY will be held at St. Dominic's Church on Monday 4th March at 2pm.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2019: Salvation Army Centre, Bridge St, Downham Market, at 2pm on Fri. 1st March. This year's theme is 'Come...everything is ready'. Everyone is very welcome.

ALTAR SERVERS: have an important ministry in the dignified and prayerful celebration of the Liturgy. We very much appreciate our current altar servers and thank them for their ministry. However, we are in great need of more altar servers for all our Masses. We welcome men, women and children to come forward to fulfil this ministry. Fr Erico will be very happy to arrange training and offer guidance. Please see Fr Erico if you would like to be an altar server for our parish. And please pray to St Stephen, patron saint of altar servers, that many of us may be inspired to serve in this special way, for the glory of God.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Anyone wishing to prepare their child to receive First Holy Communion this year please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 . The preparation will start in early March and will be held on Tuesday evenings in the parish room.

MISSIO RED BOXES: Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. You can support this important work with a Red Box to take home and use for your donations. We have some spare boxes. Please contact our MIssio volunteer, Joe Walton (01366 347455), if you would like a box. As one collector said, "The gift of faith is the biggest gift we can share". You can watch a film about the Red Box at - www.missio.org.uk/RedBoxFilm.

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up!

Our next PARISH SUPPER will be a Ploughman’s Supper in the Parish Room on Friday the 1st March at 6.30 pm. Please add your name to the list on the porch, with any dietary requirements next to your name. Thank you

A DAY OF PRAYER AND RENEWAL IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Sat. 9th March. 10am to 4.30pm. Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Rd, Norwich, NR5 9AA. Theme: Inspirational Lives. Everyone is very welcome. See poster in porch for more details.

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23 – 30 AUGUST 2019: This pilgrimage is comprised of the dioceses of East Anglia, Clifton, Northampton and Southwark. Our diocese will be leading this year's pilgrimage. Please see poster in our porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk.

GARDENING CLUB - For those who may be interested in forming a Gardening Club based on the plot of land beside the Church. Please, give Stuart Barber (contact 07592 819502) your names to start the new Parish Club as soon as possible. Everyone is very welcome.


17th February 2019 - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL of Barry Midgley, who has died. Funeral arrangements will be published as soon as they are available.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Robert Pexton, Kateryna Melnczuk, Anthony Rooksby, Maurice Marsh, Ann Knowles, Matthew Lamb, John Berkeszuk, Eleanor Burns, Kenneth Buckminster, Peter McCarthy, Ethel Marsh and Edwin White

THIS SUNDAY is RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY: As disciples of Christ, we all have a responsibility to make sure that everyone is treated with dignity at work and is not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and exploitation. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th Feb, for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice. And please take a prayer card.

CLASSES IN PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Anyone wishing to prepare their child to receive First Holy Communion this year please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 . The preparation will start in early March and will be held on a Tuesday evening in the church rooms.

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN has written to thank our parish for donating £77.70 to the recent White Flower Appeal.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

A JOURNEY THROUGH PRAYER: This friendly ecumenical prayer-group meets on Tues. 19th Feb. at St Edmund's Church from 7.30 to 9pm. Everyone is very welcome.

ALTAR SERVERS: have an important ministry in the dignified and prayerful celebration of the Liturgy. We very much appreciate our current altar servers and thank them for their ministry.

However, we are in great need of more altar servers for all our Masses. We welcome men, women and children to come forward to fulfill this ministry. Fr Erico will be very happy to arrange training and offer guidance. Please see Fr Erico if you would like to be an altar server for our parish. And please pray to St Stephen, patron saint of altar servers, that many of us may be inspired to serve in this special way, for the glory of God.

MISSIO RED BOXES: Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. You can support this important work with a Red Box to take home and use for your donations. We have some spare boxes. Please contact our MIssio volunteer, Joe Walton (01366 347455), if you would like a box. As one collector said, "The gift of faith is the biggest gift we can share". You can watch a film about the Red Box at - www.missio.org.uk/RedBoxFilm.

COME AND ENJOY TEA OR COFFEE AND BISCUITS IN THE PARISH ROOM AFTER MASS.

Our next PARISH SUPPER will be a Ploughman’s Supper in the Parish Room on Friday the 1st March at 6.30 pm. Please add your name to the list on the porch, with any dietary requirements next to your name. Thank you

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2019: Salvation Army Citadel, Downham Market, at 2.00pm on Friday 1st March.

ONE FOR THE DIARY: The Robinson Choir from Cambridge will be in concert to raise funds to send Heather Bellamy to USA for specialised treatment. This will be at the Methodist Church on the 16th March at 4pm. Tickets at £5.000/ donations. If you are interested, please add your name on the list in the porch or see Lourdes/Eddy.

10th February 2019 - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK is on Monday 11th February, the feastday of Our Lady of Lourdes. Please remember all our sick parishioners in your prayers, and all those who care for them.

Father Erico’s ‘Thought for the week……’

About baptism

It is sufficient to baptize one in the name of Jesus Christ, as we read in the Scriptures: “ Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 2:38)?

No, the form of Baptism was laid down by Christ himself: “Going therefore teach all the nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19). Baptism in the name of Christ means Christian Baptism contrasted with the Baptism of John (Acts 19:2-5).

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up – there is good news regarding the porch/parish room extension - come and share your thoughts and ideas.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February. Come and see the tasty range of fairtrade foods and take a look at all the interesting resources about Fair Trade and the campaigning work of Traidcraft.

SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY is Racial Justice Sunday. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (16th and 17th Feb.) for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.

MISSIO RED BOXES: Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. You can support this important work with a Red Box to take home and use for your donations. We have some spare boxes. Please contact our MIssio volunteer, Joe Walton (01366 347455), if you would like a box. As one collector said, "The gift of faith is the biggest gift we can share". You can watch a film about the Red Box at - www.missio.org.uk/RedBoxFilm

ECUMENICAL CHOIR: rehearsals are every week from 3.30pm - 4.30pm on

Saturdays (at St Dominic's Church at present) for those who can make it

- if you want to sing with the choir but cannot make every rehearsal

then that is no problem at all, it would be lovely to see you there.

GARDENING CLUB - For those who are possibly interested in forming a Gardening Club based on the plot of land beside the Church. Please, give Stuart Barber (contact 07592 819502) your names to start the new Parish Club as soon as possible. Everyone is very welcome.

February 2nd 2019,

Candlemas thanksgiving celebration for all the helpers in the parish.



3rd February 2019 – 4th Sunday of the Year


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL of Joe Orsi who died on Thursday. Funeral information will be published as soon as it is available.

ANNIVERSARIES: John Francis Neill

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley, Lilian Behrendt, Deirdre Hanley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Please note Father has changed the Weekday Mass Times and there is no morning Mass next Saturday.

Father Erico’s ‘Thought for the week……’

About the sacraments

St. John records Christ’s own words with regard to the efficacy of the sacrament of the Eucharist. It is the real Body and Blood of Christ, the spiritual food of every Christian. He abides in us and we in Him; He communicates to us the divine life, and is the efficacious means of our gaining eternal life, and sharing in His resurrection (John 6:54-59).

The mind of the Church may be learned from her constant practice. Unless the Sacrament of Baptism, for example, conferred grace of itself it, it would have been useless to have conferred it upon infants, the insane, and the unconscious. In the early Church it was customary to give the Holy Eucharist to infants and even the confirmation was given to infants before the Vatican II.

St Pius X (1903-1914) said delaying the reception of Communion until long after the child reaches “the age of reason”, generally accepted to be about seven years of age, was the result of the erroneous belief that “the most holy Eucharist is a reward rather than a remedy for human frailty”.

St Pius X pointed out that the ancient tradition of the Church, still kept by many of the Eastern Catholic churches, was to give babies Communion immediately after their baptism. The practice died out in the West, largely because of concerns that the baby would spit out the consecrated bread and wine.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: A Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, with Anointing of the sick, will take place at 11.30am on Saturday 9th Feb. at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Everyone is very welcome.

MISSIO RED BOXES: Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. You can support this important work with a Red Box to take home and use for your donations. We have some spare boxes. Please contact our MIssio volunteer, Joe Walton (01366 347455), if you would like a box. As one collector said, "The gift of faith is the biggest gift we can share". You can watch a film about the Red Box at - www.missio.org.uk/RedBoxFilm

Coffee will be served in the Parish Room after Mass on Sundays – we are very lucky to have this facility and many hands make light work – the ‘team’ is small and could always do with the offers of help………

This week there is a Special Cake for Elsie – celebrating her 90th Birthday – Happy Birthday Elsie

WALSINGHAM: The 2019 Shrine Calendar is now on our porch notice-board. You will find details about the Shrine's daily programme, feasts, pilgrimages, major events and retreats. We are fortunate to live so close to Our Lady's shrine..."England's Nazareth"...please do think about a visit. Our Lady promises, "To all who come there shall find help in their need.

PALMS - In preparation for the season of Lent Father would like to collect the palms from Palm Sunday from years gone by to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you have any ‘old’ palms that you would like to be used in this way, please could you give them to Father.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA YEARBOOK is now available in our church-porch. Suggested donation of £2 is welcome. Please put your donation in the Repository wall-box on the back wall inside the church. The Yearbook is packed full of news and information about our diocese, including mass-times and useful addresses. The "Year in the Life..." section gives a fascinating picture of what we Catholics are all about in East Anglia. Please do take a copy.

THANK YOU to Lourdes, Eddy and Julia who tempted us with a delicious array of Tapas at the Parish Super last week – a most enjoyable evening and £70 raised.

GARDENING CLUB - For those who are possibly interested in forming a Gardening Club based on the plot of land beside the Church. Please, give Stuart Barber (contact 07592 819502) your names to start the new Parish Club as soon as possible. Everyone is very welcome


January 27th 2019 – 3rd Sunday of the Year


ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph Drozdecki, Ellen Carey, Roman (Ray) Kowai, William Akers, Thomas McMahon, Reginald Thomas Cooper, Mary Rolfe-Tuffin, Mary Diamond, Lillian Galliers, Bernard Jewess

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Joe Orsi, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley, Lilian Behrendt and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

Father Erico’s thought for the week………

“About the sacraments – The Baptism and the Confirmation on the Bible.Our Saviour clearly taught the objective efficacy of the Baptism, when he told Nicodemus that the Holy Spirit with water is the agent of our spiritual regeneration. “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5)

After Baptism, the Apostles administered the Confirmation: “They laid hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17). This giving of the Holy Spirit implied an interior sanctification of the soul, as St. Paul teaches: “The charity of God is poured out forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, when is given to us” (Rom 5:5).

Read the Holy Bible.”

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church on Sat. 26th and Sun. 27th Jan. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at all the interesting resources about Fair Trade and the campaigning work of Traidcraft.

Coffee will be served in the Parish Room after Mass on Sundays – we are very lucky to have this facility and many hands make light work – the ‘team’ is small and could always do with the offers of help………

Happy Birthday and very best wishes to Elsie who will be celebrating her 90th Birthday on Wednesday – you are all invited to help her cut her cake next Sunday (3rd February) after 9.30am Mass.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: A Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, with Anointing of the sick, will take place at 11.30am on Saturday 9th Feb. at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Everyone is very welcome.


You are ALL warmly invited ………..

to the Candlemas Mass this coming Saturday (2nd February)

at 9.30am, which will be offered in thanksgiving for you,

the family of helpers and supporters of St Dominic’s –

giving thanks for your generosity,

which is seen and manifested in so many different ways,

every day,

supporting both the Church and its wider community.

Please come and share in the prayers and thanksgiving –

this is about each and every one of you.

God Bless and thank you,

Father Erico

*Tea and Coffee afterwards in the Parish Room*

PALMS - In preparation for the season of Lent Father would like to collect the palms from Palm Sunday from years gone by to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you have any ‘old’ palms that you would like to be used in this way, please could you give them to Father.

WALSINGHAM: The 2019 Shrine Calendar is now on our porch notice-board. You will find details about the Shrine's daily programme, feasts, pilgrimages, major events and retreats. We are fortunate to live so close to Our Lady's shrine..."England's Nazareth"...please do think about a visit. Our Lady promises, "To all who come there shall find help in their need.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA YEARBOOK is now available in our church-porch. Suggested donation of £2 is welcome. Please put your donation in the Repository wall-box on the back wall inside the church. The Yearbook is packed full of news and information about our diocese, including mass-times and useful addresses. The "Year in the Life..." section gives a fascinating picture of what we Catholics are all about in East Anglia. Please do take a copy.

GARDENING CLUB - For those who are possibly interested in forming a Gardening Club based on the plot of land beside the Church. Please, give Stuart Barber (contact 07592 819502) your names to start the new Parish Club as soon as possible.

Everyone is very welcome.


January 12th 2019 - The Baptism of the Lord


WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal THIS WEEKEND (12th and 13th Jan.). SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades.

ANNIVERSARIES: Thelma Akers, Roger Gunn, James Peter O’Connell, Mary Noon, Ian Francis Satchell

PARISH COUNCIL

Our next PC meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th January at 7pm in the Parish Room. Everyone is very welcome. If you would like to raise any matter, please put it in writing in the Agenda Box by Sunday 13th January otherwise it cannot be considered at that meeting. The box is on the porch-table.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Joe Orsi, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley, Lilian Behrendt and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

A SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th January at the Methodist Church in Paradise Rd. It's always good when we can come and pray together. Everyone is very welcome.

Thank you…..

As the new year begins and the Christmas Season draws to a conclusion the Discipleship Group suggested that all the family of helpers and supporters of St Dominic’s should be thanked and recognised for their generosity, which is seen and manifested in so many different ways, every day, supporting both the Church and its wider community.

It seemed very fitting to ask that the 9.30am Mass on Saturday 2nd February, which celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemass), should be offered in thanksgiving for

the Parish Family of the Church of St Dominic’s.

You are all warmly invited to share in this offering of

thanksgiving at the 9.30am Mass.

Tea and coffee will be served afterwards in the Parish Room.


Thought for the week…

"Theophany" of God: Epiphany, Baptism and the Wedding at Cana.

Three different episodes on Jesus Christ’s life and self-revelation to us - Christ is recognised, Christ is preached, Christ is present.

Let’s start the new year with the assurance that the Lord came to give us the fullness of life, because He is the Bridegroom who comes to give life to his Bride the Church.

The Bride’s happiness it consists in hearing the Bridegroom’s voice, as Mary said at Cana: 'Do whatever he tells you'.

Father Erico

WALSINGHAM: The 2019 Shrine Calendar is now on our porch notice-board. You will find details about the Shrine's daily programme, feasts, pilgrimages, major events and retreats. We are fortunate to live so close to Our Lady's shrine..."England's Nazareth"...please do think about a visit. Our Lady promises, "To all who come there shall find help in their need.

CHURCHES TOGETHER MAGAZINE: The Xmas edition is now available in our church-porch...please do pick up a copy, and pass it on! It's packed with interesting news, entertaining snippets and useful information. The magazine illustrates the scale and depth of our Christian faith in this area. The Editor, Steve Waters, always welcomes news, information, articles etc. The next edition will be out during Lent 2019. Please see the magazine for Steve's contact details.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA YEARBOOK is now available in our church-porch. Suggested donation of £2 is welcome. Please put your donation in the Repository wall-box on the back wall inside the church. The Yearbook is packed full of news and information about our diocese, including mass-times and useful addresses. The "Year in the Life..." section gives a fascinating picture of what we Catholics are all about in East Anglia. Please do take a copy.


December 16th 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Advent


THIS WEEKEND (15th and 16th Dec) there will be a SECOND COLLECTION for the Dependent Priests' Fund of our Diocese. This fund assists in the care of our priests who are incapacitated by old age, illness or accident. Fr. Simon Blakesley, Chair of the Trustess, writes: “We are still relying on the kind generosity of all of you to support priests in mainly medical, but also in general need. In this we are not supported by the specifically retirement needs focus of ‘Alive in Faith’ and we are an independent charity run by the priests of the diocese, NOT by the Bishop or the Curia. Please do Gift Aid your support in the envelopes provided as we cannot claim back on anything given in a Diocesan printed envelope as our Registered Charity Number is different (1102707) For those needing or wishing to send payments to us by BACS our a/c details are 60-15-31 68085834 The East Anglia Dependent Priests Fund. Many thanks.”

ANNIVERSARIES: Annie Rebecca Bullen, James Murphy, Margaret Emmerich, John Minter Brien, John Last, Julian McWilliams

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Joe Orsi, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

The Posada Statue – continues its journey round our Parish – bringing the story of the birth of Jesus closer to our hearts as we make a place for Mary and Joseph in our homes. There are still spaces – it is not too late.

A JOURNEY THROUGH PRAYER: This friendly ecumenical prayer-group next meets on Tuesday 18th Dec. at St Edmund's Church from 7.30 to 9pm. Everyone is very welcome

PARISH COUNCIL: Our next PC meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th January at 7pm in the Parish Room. Everyone is very welcome. If you would like to raise any matter, please put it in writing in the Agenda Box by Sunday 13th Jan., otherwise it cannot be considered at that meeting. The box is on the porch-table.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES at St DOMINIC’s

Christmas Eve Mass at 8.00pm

Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am

CAROL SINGING: Churches Together in Downham Market and District invite you to come and sing carols at Tesco's on 21st December, from 7pm. We have some beautiful carols so this is a lovely opportunity to sing them! In aid of the ‘Christmas Hamper’ project for local families in need.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: Churches Together in DM and District will be giving food hampers to local families in need this Christmas. Churches Together NEED OUR HELP to make this possible...at 10am on Weds 19th Dec at Eternity Church (Sovereign Way, Trafalgar Industrial Estate) to wrap hampers; at 10am on Thursday 20th Dec. at Tesco's to collect and transport the food back to Eternity Church; at 7pmon same day at Eternity Church to pack hampers. Please help if you can...many hands make light work!

FOODBANK: Foodbanks nationwide are expecting record demand this December and we are being urged to donate generously. A list of the items needed and details of our local foodbank are on our porch notice-board. Please put your donations in the foodbank box in our church-porch. Our local foodbank requests Christmas food treats, eg chocolate selection boxes, mince-pies, cake, pudding.

December 2nd 2018. 1st Sunday of Advent


CHRISTMAS FLOWERS – there will be a Special Collection next Saturday and Sunday (8th & 9th) for flowers for the altar at Christmas.

ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Ann Marrs, Pamela May Hewitt, Monica Bezdec, Catherine Bench

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Joe Orsi, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

A very warm welcome and grateful thanks to Father Henry McCarthy, Father David Baker and Father Michael Stokes, who are looking after our Pastoral needs here at St Dominic’s while Father Erico is in Brazil.

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker

The Posada Statue – This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and the blessing of the Posada, which symbolises the journey that Mary and Joseph made in preparation for the birth of Jesus. Hopefully you will add your name to the list and be offering them a place in your home - it is a lovely opportunity to make time to think about Advent, what it means and what we can do to make it special for someone else.

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: Tickets are now on sale! 50p a ticket. Lots of lovely prizes to be won! Please return counterfoils and money, in envelope marked "Christmas Draw", to church BY SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER. If you would like to donate a prize, please fill in the list on porch-table. Please leave prizes (in the box marked "Raffle Prizes") in the Sacristy by Sunday 9th Dec. Draw takes place on Sunday 16th Dec.

By special request – Join Father Michael for coffee and cake after Mass today (Sunday).

Don’t forget the PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH this coming Saturday 8th December at the Foldgate Inn, Stradsett PE33 9HH. 12 for 12.30pm

The new READERS LIST is now available – please take a copy.

Lourdes has kindly taken on the role as co-ordinator for the Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Welcomers and Flower Rota lists – if she hasn’t already spoken to you please consider offering to help. Many hands make light work, which we all know helps for a happy and engaged parish!

A big Thank You to Teresa and Shirley who have looked after these lists for so long.

The WINDOWS in the Presbytery have been replaced – hopefully Father Erico will be able to keep warmer as a result.

The SOUND SYSTEM has been upgraded – grateful thanks to the kind generosity of the Jeyakumar’s.

The annual BRASS WARE cleaning session will be on Friday 14th December at 10.30am. Bernie and Celeste would really welcome some help – even if only for half an hour. (Men can help too……!)

CAROL SINGING: Churches Together in Downham Market and District invite you to come and sing carols at Tesco's on Friday 7th, 14th and 21st December, from 7pm. We have some beautiful carols so this is a lovely opportunity to sing them! In aid of the Christmas Hamper project for local families in need.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will next be at church on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December. Come and see our wide range of fairtrade foods....Christmas cards, too! We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the exciting work of Traidcraft.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS catalogues are now available in our church-porch...they contain a range of virtual gifts that make a real difference to communities around the world. Not only are these great gifts to give to friends and family, they are also a way to keep Christ's love for the poorest members of our global family at the heart of our Christmas giving. Please do take a catalogue and see how you can make a difference with your gift

FOODBANK: Foodbanks nationwide are expecting record demand this December and we are being urged to donate generously. A list of the items needed and details of our local foodbank are on our porch notice-board. Please put your donations in the foodbank box in our church-porch. Please see the newspaper cutting on the notice-board for more background information.

November 25th 2018 - CHRIST THE KING


THIS SUNDAY is YOUTH SUNDAY. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (24th and 25th Nov.) for our DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE which works with young people in our schools and parishes and with youth leaders to support parish-based youth programmes. It also runs a variety of events and pilgrimages. See, www.rcdea.org.uk and "Catholic East Anglia", our diocesan newspaper, for lots more information and news about the service.

ANNIVERSARIES: Helena Pexton, Joseph Edward Ballantyne, Thomas Dunbar, Pacita & Dotisimo Sumicad, Anthony McGlone, Patrick Regan, Mary Wilhelmina (Billie) Giles, Florence Packer

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Brian Nicholls, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Jean Power, Cathleen Bradshaw, Babs Biggadike, Joe Orsi, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Mary Clarke, Barry Midgley and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”

*If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

HOLY SOULS: Please place the names of those you wish to pray for during this month of the Holy Souls in the envelopes provided, and put the envelopes in the box on the porch-table. Please do not put any money in the envelopes. Money offerings should be placed in the "Holy Souls" wall-box which is inside the church on the back wall near the Confessional.

Coffee and Cake will be served as usual in the Parish Room after Mass today (Sunday): Lift your spirits and enjoy a hot drink and one of Sheila’s delicious sausage rolls or a piece of cake.

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: Tickets are now on sale! 50p a ticket. Lots of lovely prizes to be won! Please return counterfoils and money, in envelope marked "Christmas Draw", to church BY SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER. If you would like to donate a prize, please fill in the list on porch-table. Please leave prizes (in the box marked "Raffle Prizes") in the Sacristy by Sunday 9th Dec. Draw takes place on Sunday 16th Dec.


A very warm welcome to Father Henry McCarthy, Father David Baker and Father Michael Stokes, who will be looking after our Pastoral needs here at St Dominic’s while Father Erico is in Brazil.

Sat 24th 6.00pm – Father Henry McCarthy

Sun 25th 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes (from Hunstanton)

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker

The Posada Statue – Next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent and the Posada will be blessed at Mass, before starting its journey around our Parish. Please take a moment to think about offering Mary and Joseph a roof over their heads and a place in your heart. Sharing a prayer and perhaps a warm drink as the statue passes from home to home brings a new meaning to the Advent. A short guide, with suggested prayers and readings travels with the statue. Make Advent special this year.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON is taking place in the Town Centre this Sunday, 25th Nov. There will be stalls and events on both the Town Square and Market Square from 2pm. Switch-on of lights at 4pm. Churches Together will be distributing mince-pies, Christmas services leaflets and a Christmas message. Fensong, a Christian arts group, will be performing a Christmas puppet-show. Churches Together need volunteers to help -please be at the CT marquee on the Town Square near the clock by 2pm.

CAROL SINGING: Churches Together in Downham Market and District invite you to come and sing carols at Tesco's on Friday 7th, 14th and 21st December, from 7pm. We have some beautiful carols so this is a lovely opportunity to sing them! In aid of the Christmas Hamper project for local families in need

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Saturday 8th December at the Foldgate Inn, Stradsett PE33 9HH. 12 for 12.30pm

MISSION RED BOXES: Please return your red boxes to church during November so that they can be emptied and the money sent off for the missions by the end of the year. Please leave your red box in the SACRISTY (not the porch) for security reasons. We have some spare boxes for anyone else who would like to collect for the missions...see Joe Walton.


November 18th 2018 – 33rd Week of the Year


NEXT SUNDAY is Youth Sunday. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (24th and 25th November) for our DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE which works with young people in our schools and parishes and with youth leaders to support parish-based youth programmes. It also runs a variety of events and pilgrimages. See www.rcdea.org.uk and "Catholic East Anglia", our diocesan newspaper, for lots more information and news about the service.

ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Pearson, Mary Marsh, Florence Kathleen Cooper, Kevin Burton Woolston, Robert Augustin Smith, Patrick Diamond, James Stanley Kirchin, Maureen McCarthy, Michael Charles Prentice, Jean Carritt, Garrett Clive Neville Freeman, Sidney Banwell, Nora McKenna

HOLY SOULS: Please place the names of those you wish to pray for during this month of the Holy Souls in the envelopes provided, and put the envelopes in the box on the porch-table. Please do not put any money in the envelopes. Money offerings should be placed in the "Holy Souls" wall-box which is inside the church on the back wall near the Confessional.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the act of Remembrance such a moving and prayerful occasion.

Our love and best wishes to Shirley and John Stanton as they start the next chapter of their lives in their new home nearer to their family – Shirley the flowers were glorious – thank you.

The Posada Statue is now on view at the back of the church - by the statue of St Joseph. Have you got room in your home for the Mary and Joseph as they make their journey during Advent? Please take a moment to think about offering them shelter under your roof and add your name to the list, by the statue

A short guide, with suggested prayers and readings travels with the statue. More meaningful than a calendar full of chocolates and sweets don't you think?


A very warm welcome to Father Henry McCarthy, Father David Baker and Father Michael Stokes, who will be looking after our Pastoral needs here at St Dominic’s while Father Erico is in Brazil.

Sat 17th November 6.00pm - Father Henry McCarthy (from Dersingham)

Sun 18th 9.30am – Father David Baker (from Fakenham)

Sat 24th 6.00pm – Father Henry McCarthy

Sun 25th 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes (from Hunstanton)

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker


GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: Tickets are now on sale! 50p a ticket. Lots of lovely prizes to be won! Please return counterfoils and money, in envelope marked "Christmas Draw", to church BY SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER. If you would like to donate a prize, please fill in the list on porch-table. Please leave prizes (in the box marked "Raffle Prizes") in the Sacristy by Sunday 9th Dec. Draw takes place on Sunday 16th Dec.

A JOURNEY THROUGH PRAYER: This friendly ecumenical prayer-group next meets at St Edmund's Church on Tuesday 20th November from 7.30 to 9pm. Everyone is very welcome.

Our thoughts and prayers go with Father Erico as he travels back to his home country of Brazil – hopefully the warm weather will help restore his health and we look forward to his return in December.

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Saturday 8th December at the Foldgate Inn, Stradsett PE33 9HH. 12 for 12.30pm

MISSION RED BOXES: Please return your red boxes to church during November so that they can be emptied and the money sent off for the missions by the end of the year. Please leave your red box in the SACRISTY (not the porch) for security reasons. We have some spare boxes for anyone else who would like to collect for the missions...see Fr Erico or Joe Walton.

Newsletter 26th August, 2018


ANNIVERSARIES: Joan Adams, Patrick Joseph Franklin, Mona Elizabeth Cole

PLEASE PRAY for all the sick in our parish at this time.

GOOD NEWS regarding PRAYERS FOR THE SICK. To comply with Data Protection laws ‘explicit consent’ is required in order to print in the newsletter the names of those sick parishioners for whom we are praying. If you would like your name, or that of a relative, added to the list, please take a form (see below) from the church-porch. When completed post through Presbytery door or place in the box in the Sacristy. Please be aware that if it is for a relative, he/she must give consent themselves.

THE SEPTEMBER ROTA for READERS and EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS is now available in the church-porch. Please pick up your copy.

ENJOY COFFEE AND CAKE IN THE PARISH ROOM AFTER MASS: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up - we have had a busy month in the Parish - come and share your thoughts and ideas.

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 6th October: Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham, by coach.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in the church-porch. Please do take a copy and read all about what's going on in our parish.

THE NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST: Many historic churches are struggling to survive. Roofs leak, lead is stolen, timbers rot and stonework crumbles. The Trust works to preserve our churches for future generations. Now you can help by joining a SPONSORED BIKE RIDE/ DRIVE/ WALK on SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER to raise money for the Trust and the church of your choice. Sponsorship Forms are available on the table in the church-porch. See Joe Walton for more details and find out more at www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike-ride

KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBA, Kings Lynn will be holding a Charity Race Night on Friday 14th September in aid of KSC Charities at Holy Family Church, Gaywood, Kings Lynn, starting at 6.00 for 6.30pm. This is a ticket only event – tickets cost £7, which includes a Fish & Chip Supper. For tickets please contact - Knights of St. Columba 01553 675784.

DOWRY OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: Sunday 16th September. 12.30pm Reception of flags. 1pm Mass at the Shrine. 4.15pm Procession to the Old Priory Grounds and Benediction at site of original shrine. This is a very special pilgrimage, bringing together people from all over the world in the most joyful expression of our faith.CHURCH SECURITY: The combination-code door in the church-porch has on occasion been found closed but not locked. Please close the door firmly...you will hear a click when the lock is engaged...and just check it is locked.

Also, please make sure all windows are closed before leaving the church. The handle to the slatted windows needs to be firmly raised all the way to close them securely.

Whenever you need to open the fire-escape door (e.g. on a hot day), please make sure that you close it before leaving church. The door needs to be closed firmly to ensure it is locked...and just check it is locked.



Newsletter 17th July 2018

THIS SUNDAY  (17th June) is A Day for Life.  There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend for Life Charities.
NEXT WEEKEND there will be a SECOND COLLECTION for Peter’s Pence.
PLEASE PRAY FOR the soul of Mary Collins who has died.  Her funeral will take place in Norwich on 26th June.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Pamela Leggott, Mary Byrne, Phillip Clive Tuffin, 
Phyllis Brittain, Elizabeth Ann Epithite, Vera Merron, Arthur Martin.
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,  Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcão, 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. 
THANK YOU to Fr Michael Stokes who looked after us last weekend, in the absence of Father Erico. 
Fr David Baker will be saying Mass on Saturday evening (16th June).  
Fr Erico returns from his holiday this weekend and will celebrate Mass on Sunday 17th June. 
CARNIVAL:  We raised £500 in total on Carnival Day:  Plants £116.45;  Bric-a-brac £58.45;  Cakes £90.30;  Refreshments £230.50; donation £4.30.  Thank you very much to everyone who helped, contributed and supported.  A wonderful effort!

CHURCH SECURITY: The lock on the inner door into the church, having been replaced after the first break-in on Weds. 6th June, was damaged again on Tues. 12th June. Both incidents have been reported to the Police.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd June at 6 Victory Rd, the home of Teresa Snow, or in the Parish Room, depending on numbers. Please sign the list in the church-porch if you would like to come. Our suppers are always very friendly and enjoyable occasions.

THE PARISH NEEDS READERS and EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - if you would like to do either, or both, ministries please contact:

Joe Walton (01366 347455) or Teresa Snow (01366 858713)

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th July 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 July, otherwise it cannot be considered at that meeting. The box is on the porch-table.

Our Dean, Canon Peter Rollings, came to our April meeting and talked about our weekend Masses in the context of Mass attendance and the shortage of priests. He has asked us to consider these matters. They will be on the agenda of our July meeting and we warmly invite you to come and share your thoughts. Please do take a copy of the April meeting's Minutes to read Fr Peter's comments.

NORTHERN SAINTS YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 24th - 29th JULY 2018: The Youth Mission Team (Ignite) of our diocese is leading a pilgrimage to York, Durham, Lindisfarne and Iona for young people aged between 16 and 35. For more information, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth Bookings must be received by Friday 15th 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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Sunday 15th July: Open-air Ecumenical Service and picnic. Stow Hall gardens, Stow Bardolph. 11am.

Sunday 15th July: Prayer Walk. 5pm to 6.30pm. From the Methodist Church, Paradise Rd.



 Newsletter 10th June 2018

 ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Redmond, Hugh Burns, Mabel Duhig, Charles Gordon Hereford, Ruby Barber, Martin Joseph Diamond
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. 
MASS TIME ARRANGEMENTS – Father Erico is travelling to Rome from Saturday 2nd June - Saturday 16th June. We wish Father Erico safe journeys and a peaceful and refreshing break. 
There will be NO MORNING MASS celebrated at St Dominic’s, including Saturdays during Father Erico’s absence.  
The Parish is very pleased to be welcoming visiting priests to celebrate the Saturday Vigil Mass and the Sunday Mass during this time. 
Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June – Fr Michael Stokes

Saturday 16th June – Fr David Baker

Thank you to Fr Michael Johnstone who looked after us last weekend. 

CHURCH SECURITY: Sadly the lock on the door into the church was maliciously damaged last Wednesday between 9am and 3pm. So for the time-being the porch door will have to be kept locked. If anyone needs access to the church please contact either:

Anthony Boardman 07973842609 Eddy Luyten 07713648760

Joe Walton 01366347455 Teresa Snow 01366858713

Apologies for any inconvenience, but we need to keep the church safe.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd June at 6 Victory Rd, the home of Teresa Snow, or the Parish Room, depending on numbers. Please sign the list in the church-porch if you would like to come. Our suppers are always very friendly and enjoyable occasions.

THE PARISH NEEDS READERS and EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - if you would like to do either, or both, ministries please contact:

Joe Walton (01366 347455) or Teresa Snow (01366 858713)

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church this Sat. 9th and Sun. 10th June. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the latest Catalogue for lots more lovely products! We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the exciting work of Traidcraft.

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on Parish news and friends. There are lots of things coming up in the Parish so plenty to talk about!

Invitation from Downham Market Academy on Friday 15th June 2-3pm

The Health & Social Care students are organising afternoon teas for the community while raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society. There will be activities with a cupcake theme. Donations of cupcakes or ingredients are most welcome. Please inform Lourdes if interested or go directly to the Academy on Bexwell Road.

ECUMENICAL DAY OF PRAYER: Our local churches come together to share a day of prayer on Saturday 16th June at the Methodist Church in Paradise Rd from 10am to 4pm. Each church is leading a different theme throughout the day. Themes include world and international affairs; the Church; Community; National Life; the Family; Health and Society. You are very welcome to drop in at any time during the day and stay for however long you wish. Refreshments available.

NORTHERN SAINTS YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 24th - 29th JULY 2018: The Youth Mission Team (Ignite) of our diocese is leading a pilgrimage to York, Durham, Lindisfarne and Iona for young people aged between 16 and 35. For more information, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth Bookings must be received by Friday 15th 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 20th May 2018

ANNIVERSARIES:  Peveri Nazimova, Elizabeth McNeil, Bill Kenney, Joy Cleverley, Patrick Smith.
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. 

DOWNHAM MARKET CARNIVAL is on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. We will be serving refreshments at church all day. We would also like to have stalls for cakes, pies, jams etc; craftwork; bric-a-brac; and plants. SO, WE WILL NEED LOTS OF HELP, PLEASE, to make cakes etc. and, on the day, to set up and serve on our stalls! If you would like to help, please sign the list in the church-porch. Whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

Please bring cakes etc. craftwork and bric-a-brac to church on SAT. 26th/ SUN. 27th/ MON. 28th MAY. PLEASE LABEL ALL FOOD WITH A LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND ALLERGENS. Please see ALLERGEN FOLDER in Parish Kitchen and copies of Allergen Guide on the porch-table. Please see Joe Walton for more information.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in the church porch. Our Dean, Canon Peter Rollings, came to the meeting and talked about our weekend Masses in the context of Mass attendance and the shortage of priests. He has asked us to think about these matters and discuss them. So, please do take a copy of the Minutes and read all about them. Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 18th July at 7pm in the Parish Room and we warmly invite you to come. The matters that Canon Peter has raised will be on the Agenda so please start thinking, and praying, about them.

NORTHERN SAINTS YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 24th - 29th JULY 2018: The Youth Mission Team (Ignite) of our diocese is leading a pilgrimage to York, Durham, Lindisfarne and Iona for young people aged between 16 and 35. For more information, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth Bookings must be received by Friday 15th June.

THE PARISH NEEDS READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION if you would like to do either or both ministries please contact Joe Walton(01336 347455) or Teresa Snow(01366 858713).

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 27th May: Songs of Praise. Methodist Church. 6.30pm.

Monday 28th May: Downham Market Festival and Carnival Day.

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 13th May 2018


THIS SUNDAY is World Communications Day. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (12th and 13th May) for the Catholic Communications Network.

 ANNIVERSARIES:  Brian Weedon, Hugh James Walton, Bronislaw Anthony Szczepanski, John O’Neill, Frantisek Bezdek, Victor Thomas Parnell, Donald Keady, Doris Reid 
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. 

Enjoy Coffee and Cake in the Parish Room after Mass: Sheila Hogg will be serving some of her delicious savouries and cakes after Mass today (Sunday). It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on Parish news and friends. There are lots of things coming up in the Parish so plenty to talk about!

VIANNEY MISSION Night Vigil this coming Friday 18th May from 8pm – midnight.

Vigil prayer for Priests will be conducted by the Vianney Mission, here at St Dominic’s, starting with Mass at 8pm. Please come and pray for our Priests.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is this week -13th to 19th May: There will be a CA Week Service at St Andrew's Church, West Dereham on Sunday 13th May at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM...Thank you to everyone who came. There were 25 of us on our coach from St Dominic's. After Mass at the Shrine, we processed (with our parish banner) to the Abbey Grounds for Benediction and prayers at the site of the original shrine, always a very moving experience. It was a lovely day, and very warm, too. In September, we are hoping to have a parish pilgrimage to Walsingham, to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.

DOWNHAM MARKET CARNIVAL is on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. We will be serving refreshments at church all day. We would also like to have stalls for cakes, pies, jams etc; craftwork; bric-a-brac; and plants. SO, WE WILL NEED LOTS OF HELP, PLEASE, to make cakes etc and, on the day, to set up and serve on our stalls! If you would like to help, please sign the list in the church-porch. Whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

Please bring cakes etc; craftwork and bric-a-brac to church on SAT. 26th/ SUN. 27th/ MON. 28th MAY. PLEASE LABEL ALL FOOD WITH A LIST OF INGREDIENTS AND ALLERGENS. Please see ALLERGEN FOLDER in Parish Kitchen and copies of Allergen Guide on the porch-table. Please see Joe Walton for more information.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in the church porch. Our Dean, Canon Peter Rollings, came to the meeting and talked about our weekend Masses in the context of Mass attendance and the shortage of priests. He has asked us to think about these matters and discuss them. So, please do take a copy of the Minutes and read all about them. Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 18th July at 7pm in the Parish Room and we warmly invite you to come. The matters that Canon Peter has raised will be on the Agenda so please start thinking, and praying, about them.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 27th May: Songs of Praise. Methodist Church. 6.30pm.

Monday 28th May: Downham Market Festival and Carnival Day.

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 6th May 2018
Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, and is a Holyday of Obligation.
Next Sunday (13th May) is World Communications Day.  There will be a second collection next week-end (12th and 13th May) for the Catholic Communications Network.
 ANNIVERSARIES:  Christopher White, Hazel Malvene Midgeley, John Carey, Andrew Skeparnides, Paul Bentley.
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. 

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7th MAY: We have booked a 33-seat coach and it is FREE! The day will include Mass at the Shrine, the Blessed Sacrament procession to the Abbey Grounds (site of the original shrine) and Benediction. Shuttle coaches will take non-walkers into the village just before the procession. Please bring a packed lunch. It's a lovely day when our whole diocese can gather to honour Our Lady and celebrate our faith together amidst the beauty of our Norfolk countryside. It would be really nice to fill our coach. Please sign the list in the church-porch if you would like to come. Coach leaves St Dominic's at 9.15 am. We aim to leave Walsingham by 5pm. For more information, see Joe Walton (01366 347455).

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM ... UPDATE!!! There are ONLY A FEW MORE PLACES on our coach...so hurry and sign the list if you would like to come! Our coach will drop us off at the Shrine then go and park in the village coach park. After Benediction in the Abbey Grounds, we walk to the coach park (at the old station) to board our coach.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in the church porch. Our Dean, Canon Peter Rollings, came to the meeting and talked about our weekend Masses in the context of Mass attendance and the shortage of priests. He has asked us to think about these matters and discuss them. So, please do take a copy of the Minutes and read all about them. Our next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 18th July at 7pm in the Parish Room and we warmly invite you to come. The matters that Canon Peter has raised will be on the Agenda so please start thinking, and praying, about them.

IGNITE FESTIVAL 5 - 6 MAY: Inviting all young people in Year 8 and upwards to come and experience your faith in a new and dynamic way. The weekend will include powerful talks, passionate prayer, live music and lots of fun. The festival, organised by the Diocesan Youth Service, is pleased to welcome Gabby and Paige from "Bad Habits, Holy Orders". See poster in church-porch and www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church on Sat. 5th and Sun. 6th May. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the NEW!!! Spring Catalogue for lots more. We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the inspiring work of Traidcraft.

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.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 13th to 19th May: There will be a CA Week Service at St Andrew's Church, West Dereham on Sunday 13th May at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 11th May: Christian Aid Quiz and Raffle. 7pm, St Edmund's Church Hall. To book your place, phone Marian Stamp 01366 384521. £5 per head. See poster in our church-porch for more details.

Sunday 27th May: Songs of Praise. Methodist Church. 6.30pm.

Monday 28th May: Downham Market Festival and Carnival Day.

Newsletter 29th April 2018

COLLECTIONS:  £348.64
Diocesan Priests Training Fund: £127.76.
ANNIVERSARIES:  George Riddiford, Louise Wright, Cyril Vincent, Robert Wales, Michael John Bryant, Helen McCarthy, Bernard O'Brien, Kevin Hanley,  
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. 

A ROSARY ON THE COAST for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles will take place at 3pm on Sunday 29th April. Our nearest locations are Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn and the ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, Hunstanton. See our Diocesan newspaper (p.1) and www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk for more information.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7th MAY: We have booked a 33-seat coach and it is FREE! The day will include Mass at the Shrine, the Blessed Sacrament procession to the Abbey Grounds (site of the original shrine) and Benediction. Shuttle coaches will take non-walkers into the village just before the procession. Please bring a packed lunch. It's a lovely day when our whole diocese can gather to honour Our Lady and celebrate our faith together amidst the beauty of our Norfolk countryside. It would be really nice to fill our coach. Please sign the list in the church-porch if you would like to come. Coach leaves St Dominic's at 9.15 am. We aim to leave Walsingham by 5pm. For more information, see Joe Walton (01366 347455).

IGNITE FESTIVAL 5 - 6 MAY: Inviting all young people in Year 8 and upwards to come and experience your faith in a new and dynamic way. The weekend will include powerful talks, passionate prayer, live music and lots of fun. The festival, organised by the Diocesan Youth Service, is pleased to welcome Gabby and Paige from "Bad Habits, Holy Orders". See poster in church-porch and www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church on Sat. 5th and Sun. 6th May. Come and see the wide range of fairtrade foods and take a look at the NEW!!! Spring Catalogue for lots more. We also have lots of interesting resources about Fair Trade and the inspiring work of Traidcraft.

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.

The parish is also in need of more readers and extraordinary ministers. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 11th May: Christian Aid Quiz and Raffle. 7pm, St Edmund's Church Hall. To book your place, phone Marian Stamp 01366 384521. £5 per head. See poster in our church-porch for more details.

Newsletter 22nd April  2018

A second collection will be taken this week-end (21st and 22nd April) for the Diocesan Priests Training Fund.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen Berkan, James McKenna, Patrick Walshe, Theresa Hall, 
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 SUPPER: Our next supper will be on Friday 27th April at 6.30pm in the Parish Room. Cost £10. Our suppers are always very friendly and relaxed occasions. If you would like to come, please sign the list in the church-porch. Suppers take place on the last Friday of every month.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: The recent appeal raised £306.44. Dr Heather Ward (ACN Coordinator) has written to thank our parish for their generous response. See her letter on the notice-board.

A ROSARY ON THE COAST for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles will take place at 3pm on Sunday 29th April. Our nearest locations are Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn and the ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, Hunstanton. See our Diocesan newspaper (p.1) and www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk for more information.

IGNITE FESTIVAL 5 - 6 MAY: Inviting all young people in Year 8 and upwards to come and experience your faith in a new and dynamic way. The weekend will include powerful talks, passionate prayer, live music and lots of fun. The festival, organised by the Diocesan Youth Service, is pleased to welcome Gabby and Paige from "Bad Habits, Holy Orders". See poster in church-porch and www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7th MAY: We have booked a 33-seat coach and it is FREE! The day will include Mass at the Shrine, the Blessed Sacrament procession to the Abbey Grounds (site of the original shrine) and Benediction. Shuttle coaches will take non-walkers into the village just before the procession. Please bring a packed lunch. It's a lovely day when our whole diocese can gather to honour Our Lady and celebrate our faith together amidst the beauty of our Norfolk countryside. It would be really nice to fill our coach. Please sign the list in the church-porch if you would like to come. Coach leaves St Dominic's at 9.15 am. We aim to leave Walsingham by 5pm. For more information, see Joe Walton (01366 347455).

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.

HELP NEEDED PLEASE The parish needs a helpful volunteer or volunteers to launder the purificators each week and to launder the Altar cloths when needed.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 11th May: Christian Aid Quiz and Raffle. 7pm, St Edmund's Church Hall. To book your place, phone Marian Stamp 01366 384521. £5 per head. See poster in our church-porch for more details.

Newsletter 15th April 2018

Next Sunday (22nd April) is a World Day of Prayer for Vocations, A second collection will be taken next week-end (21st and 22nd April) for the Diocesan Priests Training Fund.
ANNIVERSARIES:  John Hazard, Mary Green, Frederick Harris.
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.

A JOURNEY THROUGH PRAYER: This friendly ecumenical prayer-group next meets on Tuesday 17th April at St Edmund's Church from 7.30 to 9pm. Everyone is very welcome.

THANK YOU to our organist, servers, readers and to everyone who helped in any way with our Holy Week and Easter services. Our church is adorned with such beautiful flowers for Easter...thank you, Shirley, for all your hard work, skill and dedication.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper will be on Friday 27th April at 6.30pm in the Parish Room. Cost £10. Our suppers are always very friendly and relaxed occasions. If you would like to come, please sign the list in the church-porch. Suppers take place on the last Friday of every month.

A ROSARY ON THE COAST for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles will take place at 3pm on Sunday 29th April. Our nearest locations are Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn and the ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, Hunstanton. See our Diocesan newspaper (p.1) and www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk for more information.

IGNITE FESTIVAL 5 - 6 MAY: Inviting all young people in Year 8 and upwards to come and experience your faith in a new and dynamic way. The weekend will include powerful talks, passionate prayer, live music and lots of fun. The festival, organised by the Diocesan Youth Service, is pleased to welcome Gabby and Paige from "Bad Habits, Holy Orders". See poster in church-porch and www.ignitefestival.co.uk for more information.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7th MAY: The day will include Mass at the Shrine, a procession to the Abbey Grounds (site of the original shrine) and Benediction. We are hoping to book a coach. More details to follow.

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.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 11th May: Christian Aid Quiz and Raffle. 7pm, St Edmund's Church Hall. To book your place, phone Marian Stamp 01366 384521. £5 per head. See poster in our church-porch for more details.

Newsletter 8th April 2018


ANNIVERSARIES:  George Broadbridge, Petula Edgeley, Joan McCulloch, Kenneth Harvey, Michael Grufferty.

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.

THANK YOU to our organist, servers, readers and to everyone who helped in any way with our Holy Week and Easter services. Our church is adorned with such beautiful flowers for Easter...thank you, Shirley, for all your hard work, skill and dedication.

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.

PARISH SUPPER: The next supper will be on Friday 27th April and money raised at it will go towards church funds.

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.

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.


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.