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29th November, 2020 – 1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year B)



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Wilhelmina (Billie) Giles, Florence Packer, Margaret Ann Marrs, Pamela May Hewitt.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Heffron. Her funeral will take place on Thursday 3rd Dec. Please pray for her family, too.

(Under the Government's coronavirus regulations, up to 30 people may attend a funeral.)

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power, Peter Roberts and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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.

Bishop Alan Hopes is celebrating the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination on Friday 4th December at 10 am. The Mass will be live streamed from the Cathedral.

A CALL TO PRAYER: Join in a national shared moment of prayer, each day at 6pm.

PRAYER: Our church will open for individual prayer on Sunday 29th November from 9.30am to 11.30am and on Tuesday 1st December from 10.30am to 11.30am. Two stewards will be present. Please follow their directions.MASS AT ST DOMINIC'S: From Saturday 5th December, Mass will take place on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 9.30am. There will also be Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am, provided we have 2 stewards available. Weekly Mass-times will be published in our newsletter and website.

"COMING TO CHURCH DURING THE PANDEMIC" is our guide to keeping you safe on your visit to St Dominic's. Things may look a bit different but it is still our beloved church and St Dominic will be delighted to welcome you home. Our dedicated stewards will look after you. The guide is available on our parish website and at church.

The guide to "Coming to church during the pandemic" can be found under the "Coronavirus" tab on the Home page.

STEWARDS: The guidance of the Catholic Church says that we cannot open our church for Mass or prayer unless we have 2 stewards on duty to ensure we all follow Government and Church guidance to keep safe during the pandemic. PLEASE FOLLOW THEIR DIRECTIONS AT ALL TIMES. Our team of stewards is small and we would like more. Please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455) if you would like to be a steward or would like more information; you will receive full briefing and support.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE tickets now on sale. Tickets 50p...£5 a book. Just 3 prizes only this year! 1st £50; 2nd £25; 3rd £10. Instead of donating other prizes, we invite you to please buy extra tickets. You can pay for your tickets in the following ways:

1. Use the "Donate" page on parish website.

2. Write a cheque to "St Dominic's RC Church", with "Christmas Raffle" written on the back. Put cheque (in envelope) through Fr Erico's letterbox.

3. If you cannot use either of above, we will accept cash (notes only) which will be safely quarantined.

Whatever method you choose, please let Lourdes or Joe (01366 347455) know you have paid and include your tel. no. so that we can contact you if you win. Lourdes will fill in counterfoils and return tickets to you. Tickets on sale until Sunday 13th Dec. Draw takes place Sunday 20th Dec. Thank you and Good Luck!

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA: Valerie (our AoS rep.) invites you to write an extra Christmas card to a seafarer who is likely to be a long way from home and family. Include a simple message to show your appreciation, like "To a valuable seafarer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from a parishioner of St Dominic's Church." Please put your card in a blank, unsealed envelope through Fr Erico's letterbox BY 15th DEC, Thank you.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS: This Christmas, as communities around the world face the added challenges of coronavirus, your virtual world gift will help transform the lives of families living in poverty. To see the complete range, please visit https://www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/

MISSIO RED BOX: If it's not possible to collect your box or take it to church this year, Missio say you can count the money yourself and send them a cheque or give online or by phone / text / bank transfer. Any queries, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).

Pandemic news is all still on the website under the CORONAVIRUS tab at the top of the Home page,

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER IN A BOX: Churches Together would like to give local families in need all the ingredients for Christmas dinner. CT invites local churches to refer families or individuals in need. CT are also looking for families/individuals to go shopping for the ingredients...CT will provide gift cards to cover the cost. So, if you would like to refer a family / individual AND / OR would like to do the shopping and to deliver a "dinner in a box" hamper, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455) BY FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER.


22nd November, 2020 – CHRIST THE KING



Pandemic news can be found by scrolling down to previous newsletters or under the "Coronavirus" tab on the Home page.


ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Jean Carritt, Garrett Clive Neville Freeman, Sidney Banwell, Nora McKenna, Helena Pexton, Joseph Edward Ballantyne, Thomas Dunbar, Anthony McGlone, Patrick Regan.

PLEASE PRAY FOR Mary Heffron who died peacefully, aged 94 yesterday (November 20th) in Kings Lynn. Requiem Mass will be on the 3rd December, 1:30 pm, followed by the cemetery procession to bless the grave. She was parishioner at St Dominic's since 1948. Her husband died in 2007. Both were loyal and active members of the parish in their time. RIP.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR Peter Roberts, who has been diagnosed with bone cancer.

THIS SUNDAY is the feast of Christ the King. We pray for an end to the pandemic.

We also celebrate National Youth Sunday. Please pray for young people, our youth ministry and all those who work with them.

A CALL TO PRAYER: Join in a national shared moment of prayer, each day at 6pm.

PRAYER: Our church will open for individual prayer on Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th November from 9.30am to 11.30am. Two stewards will be present. Please follow their directions.

"COMING TO CHURCH DURING THE PANDEMIC" is our guide to keeping you safe on your visit to St Dominic's. Things may look a bit different but it is still our beloved church and St Dominic will be delighted to welcome you home. Our dedicated stewards will look after you. The guide is available on our parish website and at church.

The guide to "Coming to church during the pandemic" can be found under the "Coronavirus" tab on the Home page.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: The Christmas Raffle tickets are now available.

Tickets are in books of 10 which cost £5. We’re requesting you to buy extra books in place of giving raffle prizes this year please.

The following are ways of paying for tickets in the lockdown:

1) Use the donate page on the Parish website and send Lourdes or Joe a message, please include your telephone number. When the money is received in the account Lourdes will write your stubs and include them in the box.

2). Write out a cheque to St. Dominic‘s RC Church and put it through Father’s door. Write Christmas raffle on the back of the cheque.

3). If you cannot use either of the above we will accept notes and quarantine them but no coins please.

Lourdes will write your tickets out and return the counterfoils to you. Please include your telephone number.

When you have paid for your tickets let either Lourdes of Joe Walton know by phone or e-mail. Joe Walton: 01366 347455

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA: Throughout the pandemic, seafarers have kept us supplied with the goods we depend on. They work in harsh conditions and bear the strain of long separation from their families. This year, Valerie (our AoS rep.) invites you to write an extra Christmas card to a seafarer to show your appreciation, with a simple message like, "To a valuable seafarer, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from a parishioner of St Dominic's". Please put your card in a blank, unsealed envelope and put through Fr Erico's letterbox BY 15th DEC. Thank you.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS: This Christmas, as communities around the world face the added challenges of coronavirus, your virtual world gift will help transform the lives of families living in poverty. To see the complete range, please visit https://www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/

MISSIO RED BOX: If it's not possible to collect your box or take it to church this year, Missio say you can count the money yourself and send them a cheque or give online or by phone / text / bank transfer. Any queries, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).

Bishop Alan Hopes is celebrating the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination on Friday 4th December at 10 am. The Mass will be live streamed from the Cathedral.

Pandemic news is all still on the website under the MORE tab at the top of the Home page,


15th November, 2020 – 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

A national lockdown in England will run from 5th November until 2nd December. All churches will be closed for communal worship during that period. Churches will be able to open for individual prayer, provided there are stewards present and all the covid-19 safety measures are maintained. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november for all the details and a link to the Regulations themselves.

On 4th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued a statement on the national lockdown and a call to prayer:

Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.

These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.

Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.

Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.

Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:

“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity”

Titus 3:1

We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.

It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.

At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.

Daily Prayer

We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.

We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.

This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Vice-President

Issued: Wednesday, 4 November 2020

On 5th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued their guidance for this lockdown. The guidance is based on the Government's own Regulations and guidance. It is very helpful and the Church encourages us to read it so that all parishes know how to act within the guidance for the best of their communities. The guidance can be seen at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/four-week-lockdown-england-covid-19-guidance/

A CALL TO PRAYER: "We must sustain everyone in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer, each day at 6pm and observing the Vigil of Christ the King on 21st November as a day of prayer for the ending of the pandemic.

"We encourage you all in your practical service and support of everyone around you in need.

"The pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today." (Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

OUR PRAYER as a global community is more important than ever. Let's reach out in solidarity to our sisters and brothers around the world with our prayers. CAFOD has a wonderful resource of prayers and reflections at https://www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's…..See below….

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.


World Kindness Day Friday 13th November

Be kind to one another; tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

"Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the blossoms, kind deeds are the fruits." Kirpal Singh

"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice, straightaway...and you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness." Anne Frank

"No act of kindness - however small - is ever wasted." Aesop

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Margaret Pearson, Mary Marsh, Florence Kathleen Cooper, Kevin Burton Woolston, Robert Augustin Smith, Patrick Diamond, Iames Stanley Kirchin, Maureen McCarthy, Michael Charles Prentice.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed and you will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass until all the work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: Eric has finished the exterior paintwork. We have moved what we need to move out of storage in the church. The new sliding-door between the porch and parish room was due to have been installed this week. The light-switches for the back of the church are now in place. We have completed our preparations to make the church safe in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Joe has briefed our stewards. A huge "Thank you" to them all for kindly volunteering. Without them we just could not open our church. We still need more stewards for Saturday and Sunday, and to allow us to open for Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for individual prayer.

NHS TEST AND TRACE: To support the NHS Test and Trace scheme, we will be collecting contact details for people attending Mass. Participation is voluntary but strongly recommended. You are invited to download the NHS Test and Trace App on your smartphone. You will then be able to scan the QR Code which will be displayed in our church porch. There will be posters around the porch with more information about the scheme.

If you are unable or choose not to use the NHS App, we invite you to please bring a slip of paper on which you have written a contact name and phone number or email address, plus the number of people in your group, and the date. Then please place the slip in the box provided. (Some spare slips will be available in the porch.) Your details will be held securely and destroyed after 21 days if not required for tracing purposes.

Consent forms for data protection purposes are available in the porch.

Please remember that you will need to scan the QR Code or provide your details each time you come to church.

For more information, please visit https://www.covid19.nhs.uk

GENERAL GUIDELINES for when we reopen our church:

- We will be following the guidelines of the Government and the Catholic Church (to see these, please click on the Coronavirus Page of our website).

. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to church. Please follow the NHS advice.

. Social distancing will mean that the capacity of our church will be much reduced. The capacity will be displayed at the entrance and will be strictly maintained for the safety of all.

. To begin with, we will have no booking system. However, we will keep the situation under review. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended so it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday when it is likely to be less busy.

. We will have our usual Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If we have the stewards, we plan to have Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am. We must have 2 stewards on duty to allow us to open the church to the public for individual prayer or Mass.

. Hands, face, space:

- Please SANITISE YOUR HANDS with the gel provided on entering and leaving the church.

- Face-coverings are mandatory inside the church building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

- Please maintain the appropriate social distance.

- A one-way system will operate in church to ensure the safe movement of people.

- Try to avoid touching anything in the church unless you need to, including the pew in front of you.

- You may bring your own prayerbooks, as there will be no Massbooks available in the church.

- Newsletters will be available: if you pick one up, you must take it home with you.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF OUR VOLUNTEER STEWARDS AT ALL TIMES. They will show you to your place and indicate when to move to receive Holy Communion. Our Stewards are there to serve you and keep you safe.

- At the end of Mass, the stewards will clean the church.

- On leaving the church, please remember the 2m social distance and the rule of 6 outside and in the carpark.

Churches that can open for individual prayer during lockdown will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

Mass will continue to be live-streamed from many parishes. Please see the Live Catholic Mass Directory at https://www.cbcew.org.uk

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS www.cbcew.org.uk

Statement on the Publication of the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Catholic Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

We thank the IICSA Panel for their work. The Report will now inform the ongoing reform and improvement of safeguarding in all aspects of the Church’s life.

An important aspect of the Inquiry’s work was the voice given to victims and survivors of abuse, including the accounts which they gave of their subsequent engagement with the Church. Listening attentively to their witness testimony has brought into sharp relief the extent of the damage this sexual abuse has had on their lives.

We apologise to all victims and survivors who have not been properly listened to, or properly supported by us. By listening with humility to those who have suffered, we can contribute to the healing of the wounds of abuse, as well as learn from those most directly affected how we must improve the Church’s safeguarding standards, policies and procedures.

This is an ongoing task and one to which we are wholly committed. Child sexual abuse is a crime. It is a crime that requires committed vigilance and strict procedures to ensure reporting to the statutory authorities. This is the Church’s policy. It is also why our safeguarding work needs to be continually reviewed and improved. Where there have been failings and inconsistency in the application of our safeguarding procedures, we acknowledge these and commit to actions which will bring about improvement.

Abuse is an evil act against the most vulnerable; it must never be excused or covered up. Abuse committed against children and the consequent damage to people’s lives cannot be undone. For this, we apologise without reservation, and we are committed to listen attentively to the voices of those who have been abused.

This report is an important moment in our safeguarding journey in the Catholic Church in our countries. It will now be considered in detail by us, the Bishops, at our Plenary Assembly beginning next week so we can explore how to integrate the findings of this important Inquiry into the life and work of the Church in order to consistently safeguard children and the vulnerable.

Vincent Cardinal Nichols

President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Vice-President

To read the report in full, please visit:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-on-the-publication-of-the-iicsa-report/ and click on the link. The safeguarding section of the cbcew website can also be seen at their web address above.

For our own diocese's Safeguarding Department, please visit https://www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- The Torch Trust is running a series of free Zoom meetings which will explore how parishes can become accessible for people with sight loss. The meetings take place on 17 November at 2pm; 24 Nov. at 7pm; 26 Nov. at 2pm; 8 Dec. at 2pm; 9 Dec. at 2pm. To find out more and to book a place, please go to https://www.rcdea.org.uk/learn-how-to-become-a-sight-friendly-church/

- Evening Prayer with Fr Sean Connolly of St George's, Norwich. 6pm, Monday to Friday during this lockdown period. Tune in at 6pm, or listen later by visiting https://www.stgeorgenorwich.uk Highly recommended by a regular listener during Lockdown Part 1.

- Walsingham: Seven weeks after his induction as Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Philip Moger talks about his background and new life in Norfolk.

- World Gifts are CAFOD's range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of communities and families living in poverty. Gifts include everything from teaching someone to read to PPE for a healthworker to changing a woman's world to helping a refugee child to a helping hand for older people...and much more! Just visit https://www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk to see the complete range of gifts.

KING'S LYNN WINTER NIGHT SHELTER www.klwns.org.uk

This is a partnership between churches, charities and agencies in King's Lynn who are motivated by a common concern for the plight of homeless people in the borough. The shelter opens its doors this winter on 29th October. It is dependent on the generosity of benefactors, donors and volunteers, and would love to hear from anyone who is able to support the shelter or would like to be involved. Please visit their website for a list of food and other items which the shelter is in need of for their guests.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

Reach out with love this Advent: When we think of how we can respond to so much suffering in the world, many of us are guided by a simple phrase: give, act, pray. This Advent, as we reflect on the unimaginable situations faced by our sisters and brothers around the world, each of us can respond.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455. Do you know just how important your Red Box is? It helps communities to gather together to celebrate Mass, to share their faith and their hopes for a better future. It trains missionaries to work alongside poor or isolated communities, sharing with them Christ's love and compassion for all. It helps children to go to school who would otherwise be forced to work from a very young age. Through the Red Box you play a vital part in creating a vibrant Catholic Church for the future. A great way to ensure this continues is by setting up a Direct Debit. Just visit Missio's website above to find out more.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

Jesse Tree: The early Church adopted the idea of Jesse Trees to help people link the decorating of trees at Christmas with the events and prophecies leading up to Jesus's birth. Jesse was the father of King David and the first person in the genealogy of Jesus.

To order your free Jesse Tree resource, please email katy.dorrer@biblesociety.org.uk A donation would be welcomed.

Prayers for those who mourn

May you be held by the God of compassion as you remember your loved ones today.

May God be with you in your sorrow, and comfort you in your loss.

May God, your family and your friends give you strength and confidence.

May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace and may the light of God's promise fill you with joy and hope. Amen.

(CAFOD)

God of compassion, when I feel helpless in my grief, hold me to your heart.

God of gentleness, in those moments when life is dark, keep me close to you.

God of comfort, when I am overcome with sadness, shelter me under your wings.

Ever-faithful God, help me to find reassurance and hope in these words of hope to all your people -

"Because you are precious to me, because I love you, there is no need to be afraid, for I am with you." (Isaiah 43)

Margaret Lillis/CAFOD



8th November, 2020 – 32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

A national lockdown in England will run from 5th November until 2nd December. All churches will be closed for communal worship during that period. Churches will be able to open for individual prayer, provided there are stewards present and all the covid-19 safety measures are maintained. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november for all the details and a link to the Regulations themselves.

On 4th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued a statement on the national lockdown and a call to prayer:

Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.

These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.

Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.

Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.

Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:

“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity”

Titus 3:1

We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.

It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.

At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.

Daily Prayer

We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.

We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.

This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Vice-President

Issued: Wednesday, 4 November 2020

On 5th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued their guidance for this lockdown. The guidance is based on the Government's own Regulations and guidance. It is very helpful and the Church encourages us to read it so that all parishes know how to act within the guidance for the best of their communities. The guidance can be seen at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/four-week-lockdown-england-covid-19-guidance/

A CALL TO PRAYER: "We must sustain everyone in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer, each day at 6pm and observing the Vigil of Christ the King on 21st November as a day of prayer for the ending of the pandemic.

"We encourage you all in your practical service and support of everyone around you in need.

"The pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today." (Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

OUR PRAYER as a global community is more important than ever. Let's reach out in solidarity to our sisters and brothers around the world with our prayers. CAFOD has a wonderful resource of prayers and reflections at https://www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's…..See below….

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Geoffrey Windle, Edward Nangle, Phillip Williams, Sybil Alexandra Lynskey, Charles Morrell, Ann Hare.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed and you will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass until all the work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: Eric has finished all the interior paintwork and has begun on the exterior paintwork. We have begun moving everything out of storage in the church. The remaining electrical work is due to be done next week. A new sliding-door between the porch and parish-room is due to be fitted next week also. We are well under way with our preparations to make the church safe in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Joe has briefed our stewards. A huge "Thank you" to them all for kindly volunteering. Without them we just could not open our church. We still need more stewards for Saturday and Sunday, and to allow us to open for Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for individual prayer.

NHS TEST AND TRACE: To support the NHS Test and Trace scheme, we will be collecting contact details for people attending Mass. Participation is voluntary but strongly recommended. You are invited to download the NHS Test and Trace App on your smartphone. You will then be able to scan the QR Code which will be displayed in our church porch. There will be posters around the porch with more information about the scheme.

If you are unable or choose not to use the NHS App, we invite you to please bring a slip of paper on which you have written a contact name and phone number or email address, plus the number of people in your group, and the date. Then please place the slip in the box provided. (Some spare slips will be available in the porch.) Your details will be held securely and destroyed after 21 days if not required for tracing purposes.

Consent forms for data protection purposes are available in the porch.

Please remember that you will need to scan the QR Code or provide your details each time you come to church.

For more information, please visit https://www.covid19.nhs.uk

GENERAL GUIDELINES for when we reopen our church

- We will be following the guidelines of the Government and the Catholic Church (to see these, please click on the Coronavirus Page of our website).

. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to church. Please follow the NHS advice.

. Social distancing will mean that the capacity of our church will be much reduced. The capacity will be displayed at the entrance and will be strictly maintained for the safety of all.

. To begin with, we will have no booking system. However, we will keep the situation under review. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended so it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday when it is likely to be less busy.

. We will have our usual Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If we have the stewards, we plan to have Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am. We must have 2 stewards on duty to allow us to open the church to the public for individual prayer or Mass.

. Hands, face, space:

- Please SANITISE YOUR HANDS with the gel provided on entering and leaving the church.

- Face-coverings are mandatory inside the church building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

- Please maintain the appropriate social distance.

- A one-way system will operate in church to ensure the safe movement of people.

- Try to avoid touching anything in the church unless you need to, including the pew in front of you.

- You may bring your own prayerbooks, as there will be no Massbooks available in the church.

- Newsletters will be available: if you pick one up, you must take it home with you.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF OUR VOLUNTEER STEWARDS AT ALL TIMES. They will show you to your place and indicate when to move to receive Holy Communion. Our Stewards are there to serve you and keep you safe.

- At the end of Mass, the stewards will clean the church.

- On leaving the church, please remember the 2m social distance and the rule of 6 outside and in the carpark.

Churches that can open for individual prayer during lockdown will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

Mass will continue to be live-streamed from many parishes. Please see the Live Catholic Mass Directory at https://www.cbcew.org.uk


NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Caritas East Anglia Webinar: Wednesday 11th November 7- 8.30pm. Theme: "The Richness of Many Years of Life." Celebrating how older people enrich our lives. There will be ideas and help available if you would like to support those isolated in your community.

To read more about the webinar and to register, please go to https://www.rcdea.org.uk/caritas-celebrates-richness-which-elderly-people-bring/ and click on the link.

For more information about Caritas, please email caritas@rcdea.org.uk

- The Torch Trust is running a series of free Zoom meetings which will explore how parishes can become accessible for people with sight loss. The meetings take place on 17 November at 2pm; 24 Nov. at 7pm; 26 Nov. at 2pm; 8 Dec. at 2pm; 9 Dec. at 2pm. To find out more and to book a place, please go to https://www.rcdea.org.uk/learn-how-to-become-a-sight-friendly-church/

KING'S LYNN WINTER NIGHT SHELTER www.klwns.org.uk

This is a partnership between churches, charities and agencies in King's Lynn who are motivated by a common concern for the plight of homeless people in the borough. The shelter opens its doors this winter on 29th October. It is dependent on the generosity of benefactors, donors and volunteers, and would love to hear from anyone who is able to support the shelter or would like to be involved. Please visit their website for a list of food and other items which the shelter is in need of for their guests.


CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

Reach out with love this Advent: When we think of how we can respond to so much suffering in the world, many of us are guided by a simple phrase: give, act, pray. This Advent, as we reflect on the unimaginable situations faced by our sisters and brothers around the world, each of us can respond.


MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

Jesse Tree: The early Church adopted the idea of Jesse Trees to help people link the decorating of trees at Christmas with the events and prophecies leading up to Jesus's birth. Jesse was the father of King David and the first person in the genealogy of Jesus.

To order your free Jesse Tree resource, please email katy.dorrer@biblesociety.org.uk A donation would be welcomed.

Prayers for those who mourn

May you be held by the God of compassion as you remember your loved ones today.

May God be with you in your sorrow, and comfort you in your loss.

May God, your family and your friends give you strength and confidence.

May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace and may the light of God's promise fill you with joy and hope. Amen.

(CAFOD)

God of compassion, when I feel helpless in my grief, hold me to your heart.

God of gentleness, in those moments when life is dark, keep me close to you.

God of comfort, when I am overcome with sadness, shelter me under your wings.

Ever-faithful God, help me to find reassurance and hope in these words of hope to all your people -

"Because you are precious to me, because I love you, there is no need to be afraid, for I am with you." (Isaiah 43)

Margaret Lillis/CAFOD


STOP PRESS

On 31st October, the prime minister announced a new national lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December.

The President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have issued a statement in response to the prime minister's announcement. Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-from-the-president-and-vice-president-of-the-conference-on-the-prime-ministers-statement where you will find a link to the Government's latest guidance.

We expect more guidance and clarification from the Government and our bishops in the days ahead, so please stay tuned.


1st November, 2020 – ALL SAINTS



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic (24th September)

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have accordingly updated their guidance to follow that of the Government.

Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ (dated 28th September) for the Church's guidance for the celebration of Mass; confession; pastoral care of the sick; weddings; funerals.

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's…..See below….

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

--------------------------------------------

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Catherine Wilde, Jamie Clark, Patrick Carey, Leslie Giles, Burton Henry Woolston, Patrick (Tim) Healy, Amy Joyce, Eileen Bergin.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed and you will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass until all the work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: Eric has very nearly finished all the paintwork. We will then move everything out of storage in the church. There is a little electrical work to be finished. The church has been given a good clean. We have begun the preparations to make the church safe in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Joe will shortly be in contact with our volunteer stewards to arrange a briefing so that we all know what to do when we reopen for Mass.

NHS TEST AND TRACE: To support the NHS Test and Trace scheme, we will be collecting contact details for people attending Mass. Participation is voluntary but strongly recommended. You are invited to download the NHS Test and Trace App on your smartphone. You will then be able to scan the QR Code which will be displayed in our church porch. There will be posters around the porch with more information about the scheme.

If you are unable or choose not to use the NHS App, we invite you to please bring a slip of paper on which you have written a contact name and phone number or email address, plus the number of people in your group, and the date. Then please place the slip in the box provided. (Some spare slips will be available in the porch.) Your details will be held securely and destroyed after 21 days if not required for tracing purposes.

Please remember that you will need to scan the QR Code or provide your details each time you come to church.

For more information, please visit https://www.covid19.nhs.uk


GENERAL GUIDELINES for when we reopen our church:

- We will be following the guidelines of the Government and the Catholic Church (to see these, please scroll up to the top of the newsletter).

. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to church. Please follow the NHS advice.

. Social distancing will mean that the capacity of our church will be much reduced. The capacity will be displayed at the entrance and will be strictly maintained for the safety of all.

. To begin with, we will have no booking system. However, we will keep the situation under review. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended so it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday when it is likely to be less busy.

. We will have our usual Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If we have the stewards, we plan to have Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am. We must have 2 stewards on duty to allow us to open the church to the public for individual prayer or Mass.

. Hands, face, space:

- Please SANITISE YOUR HANDS with the gel provided on entering and leaving the church.

- Face-coverings are mandatory inside the church building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

- Please maintain the appropriate social distance.

- A one-way system will operate in church to ensure the safe movement of people.

- Try to avoid touching anything in the church unless you need to, including the pew in front of you.

- You may bring your own prayerbooks, as there will be no Massbooks available in the church.

- Newsletters will be available: if you pick one up, you must take it home with you.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF OUR VOLUNTEER STEWARDS AT ALL TIMES. They will show you to your place and indicate when to move to receive Holy Communion. Our Stewards are there to serve you and keep you safe.

- At the end of Mass, the stewards will clean the church.

- On leaving the church, please remember the 2m social distance and the rule of 6 outside and in the carpark.


Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Caritas East Anglia Webinar: Wednesday 11th November 7- 8.30pm. Theme: "The Richness of Many Years of Life." Celebrating how older people enrich our lives. There will be ideas and help available if you would like to support those isolated in your community.

To read more about the webinar and to register, please go to https://www.rcdea.org.uk/caritas-celebrates-richness-which-elderly-people-bring/ and click on the link.

For more information about Caritas, please email caritas@rcdea.org.uk

- The Torch Trust is running a series of free Zoom meetings which will explore how parishes can become accessible for people with sight loss. The meetings take place on 17 November at 2pm; 24 Nov. at 7pm; 26 Nov. at 2pm; 8 Dec. at 2pm; 9 Dec. at 2pm. To find out more and to book a place, please go to https://www.rcdea.org.uk/learn-how-to-become-a-sight-friendly-church/

KING'S LYNN WINTER NIGHT SHELTER www.klwns.org.uk

This is a partnership between churches, charities and agencies in King's Lynn who are motivated by a common concern for the plight of homeless people in the borough. The shelter opens its doors this winter on 29th October. It is dependent on the generosity of benefactors, donors and volunteers, and would love to hear from anyone who is able to support the shelter or would like to be involved. Please visit their website for a list of food and other items which the shelter is in need of for their guests.

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

- Nightly online Rosary. (Tuesdays at 8pm from Walsingham)

- 31st October: National Rosary Relay Rally. Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary from St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 2pm on YouTube.

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

For lots more information, please visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

Reach out with love this Advent: When we think of how we can respond to so much suffering in the world, many of us are guided by a simple phrase: give, act, pray. This Advent, as we reflect on the unimaginable situations faced by our sisters and brothers around the world, each of us can respond.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

Jesse Tree: The early Church adopted the idea of Jesse Trees to help people link the decorating of trees at Christmas with the events and prophecies leading up to Jesus's birth. Jesse was the father of King David and the first person in the genealogy of Jesus.

To order your free Jesse Tree resource, please email katy.dorrer@biblesociety.org.uk A donation would be welcomed.

A prayer for those who mourn

May you be held by the God of compassion as you remember your loved ones today.

May God be with you in your sorrow, and comfort you in your loss.

May God, your family and your friends give you strength and confidence.

May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace and may the light of God's promise fill you with joy and hope. Amen.

(CAFOD)



24th October, 2020 – 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic (24th September)

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have accordingly updated their guidance to follow that of the Government.

Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ (dated 28th September) for the Church's guidance for the celebration of Mass; confession; pastoral care of the sick; weddings; funerals.

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's…..See below….

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A MESSAGE FROM EDDY AND LOURDES

Tonnes of Gratitude

We would like to massively thank all the Parishioners who have donated so generously to the Building Project by way of special purchases, donations in kind, extra donations via our website, Alive in Faith giving and additional fundraising.

It has been a difficult time for Church funds overall and the recent generosity of so many thoughtful, lovely people has been very helpful. We have received paint, a kitchen sink and a base cabinet, worktops, a dishwasher, fridge, kettle, microwave and aprons for stewards as gifts. Additionally Teresa’s very skilful son, Rob has helped affix the new worktop, cabinet and sink, that was great physical help and much appreciated.

We shall be offering a Mass for the health and safety of all our benefactors when we open. Love and God Bless. Eddy and Lourdes

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Patrick McGlynn, Albert Jon Rees, Robert (Bob) Clarke, Margaret Beatrice Brooker, Aileen Maeve Thain, Geoffrey William Guy.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed and you will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass until all the work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: Eric, our painter has made good progress this week. He has finished the porch and started on the parish-room and kitchen. He was committed to an outdoor painting job but he will be back next week to finish off. We will now clean the porch and begin moving things out of storage in the church. As soon as Eric has finished painting the parish-room, we can give it a final clean and finish moving things out of the church. Then we will finish cleaning the church.

And then we will make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

Before our church can safely reopen, we will please need VOLUNTEERS to help make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of the Government and our Church. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help with the cleaning and preparations; and/or to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Joe will shortly be in contact with our volunteer stewards to arrange a briefing so that we all know what to do when we reopen for Mass.

NHS TEST AND TRACE: To support the NHS Test and Trace scheme, we will be collecting contact details for people attending Mass. Participation is voluntary but strongly recommended. You are invited to download the NHS Test and Trace App on your smartphone. You will then be able to scan the QR Code which will be displayed in our church porch. There will be posters around the porch with more information about the scheme.

If you are unable or choose not to use the NHS App, we invite you to please bring a slip of paper on which you have written a contact name and phone number or email address, plus the number of people in your group, and the date. Then please place the slip in the box provided. (Some spare slips will be available in the porch.) Your details will be held securely and destroyed after 21 days if not required for tracing purposes.

Please remember that you will need to scan the QR Code or provide your details each time you come to church.

For more information, please visit https://www.covid19.nhs.uk

GENERAL GUIDELINES for when we reopen our church:

- We will be following the guidelines of the Government and the Catholic Church (to see these, please scroll up to the top of the newsletter).

. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to church. Please follow the NHS advice.

. Social distancing will mean that the capacity of our church will be much reduced. The capacity will be displayed at the entrance and will be strictly maintained for the safety of all.

. To begin with, we will have no booking system. However, we will keep the situation under review. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended so it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday when it is likely to be less busy.

. We will have our usual Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If we have the stewards, we plan to have Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am. We must have 2 stewards on duty to allow us to open the church to the public for individual prayer or Mass.

. Hands, face, space:

- Please SANITISE YOUR HANDS with the gel provided on entering and leaving the church.

- Face-coverings are mandatory inside the church building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

- Please maintain a 2m distance between you and any people from other households at all times.

- A one-way system will operate in church to ensure the safe movement of people.

- Try to avoid touching anything in the church unless you need to, including the pew in front of you.

- You may bring your own prayerbooks, as there will be no Massbooks available in the church.

- Newsletters will be available: if you pick one up, you must take it home with you.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF OUR VOLUNTEER STEWARDS AT ALL TIMES. They will show you to your place and indicate when to move to receive Holy Communion. Our Stewards are there to serve you and keep you safe.

- At the end of Mass, the stewards will clean the church.

- On leaving the church, please remember the 2m social distance and the rule of 6 outside and in the carpark.

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

- Nightly online Rosary. (Tuesdays at 8pm from Walsingham)

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

- 31st October: National Rosary Relay Rally. Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary from St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 2pm on YouTube.

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

For lots more information, please visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

-World Food Day was celebrated on Friday 16th October. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has made this year's theme "Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together."

"Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities. It is more important than ever to recognise the need to support our food heroes - farmers and workers throughout the food system - who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork even amid the disruptions as unprecedented as the current pandemic." (FAO)

Go to https://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/ to read about the work of the FAO; events taking place; and the extraordinary stories of food heroes around the world.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Harvest Fast Day: Our parish donated £115. Thank you. CAFOD writes, "Working through the local church, amazing work is already happening. In Kenya, Sr Modeasther distributed food and essential items to 300 vulnerable families at St Michael's parish. There are many more local experts working with the poorest communities and these stories are signs of great hope during a crisis. We are one family and together we will survive, rebuild and heal."

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday "Here I am, send me!" Sr Nilceia works at a health clinic in Malawi. She writes, "Life brings joy, it brings peace, and it renews my faith, renews my love, my vocation, my oblation, my service to the Church for my community here in Malawi.

"I want you to know how grateful I am for your support and prayers. Together, we are one family, one faith, one Church, and together we share love through good actions.

"The centre of all this is love. And when you do good, then good remains with you. When we give ourselves for others we will be satisfied in what we are doing, in what we are."

"God continues to look for those whom He can send forth into the world to bear witness to His love." - Pope Francis

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

Jesse Tree: The early Church adopted the idea of Jesse Trees to help people link the decorating of trees at Christmas with the events and prophecies leading up to Jesus's birth. Jesse was the father of King David and the first person in the genealogy of Jesus.

To order your free Jesse Tree resource, please email katy.dorrer@biblesociety.org.uk A donation would be welcomed.

ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:

"God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

"He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

"Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

St John Henry Newman


18th October, 2020 – 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic (24th September)

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have accordingly updated their guidance to follow that of the Government.

Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ (dated 28th September) for the Church's guidance for the celebration of Mass; confession; pastoral care of the sick; weddings; funerals.

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's…..See below….


A MESSAGE FROM EDDY AND LOURDES

Tonnes of Gratitude

We would like to massively thank all the Parishioners who have donated so generously to the Building Project by way of special purchases, donations in kind, extra donations via our website, Alive in Faith giving and additional fundraising.

It has been a difficult time for Church funds overall and the recent generosity of so many thoughtful, lovely people has been very helpful. We have received paint, a kitchen sink and a base cabinet, worktops, a dishwasher, fridge, kettle, microwave and aprons for stewards as gifts. Additionally Teresa’s very skilful son, Rob has helped affix the new worktop, cabinet and sink, that was great physical help and much appreciated.

We shall be offering a Mass for the health and safety of all our benefactors when we open. Love and God Bless. Eddy and Lourdes

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: John Stephen Howel, Elizabeth Butt, Marjorie McBrearty, Elina List, Walter McShee, Anne Mills (nee Winning), Peter Melnyczuk.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed and you will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass until all the work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: The new flooring has been laid.

W/c 19th October: The paintwork is expected to be completed. Then we can clean the porch, parish-room and kitchen. Then we can move everything back out of storage in the church and clean the church. And then we will make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

Before our church can safely reopen, we will please need VOLUNTEERS to help make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of the Government and our Church. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help with the cleaning and preparations; and/or to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

- Nightly online Rosary. (Tuesdays at 8pm from Walsingham)

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

- 31st October: National Rosary Relay Rally. Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary from St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 2pm on YouTube.

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

For lots more information, please visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

-World Food Day was celebrated on Friday 16th October. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has made this year's theme "Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together." "Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities. It is more important than ever to recognise the need to support our food heroes - farmers and workers throughout the food system - who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork even amid the disruptions as unprecedented as the current pandemic." (FAO)

Go to https://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/ to read about the work of the FAO; events taking place; and the extraordinary stories of food heroes around the world.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- CAFOD is working with communities around the world to grow food in the most difficult of climates; access water...and much more.

- Christian leaders urge the World Bank and IMF to cancel debts for developing countries fighting covid-19.

- Read amazing stories of this year's Harvest Fast Day.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

- The Holy Father's monthly prayer intentions can be seen on the website.

- Missio is the Pope's charity for world mission. See Pope Francis's message on the website above.

- World Mission Sunday supports missionaries who work alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of background or belief. By supporting Missio, you will help missionaries like Sr Nilceia share the love of Christ with those most in need. Please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world and give what you can to help sustain the future of our church. This year's theme is "Here I am, send me."

- Sr Nilceia works in a health clinic in a remote part of Malawi. She writes, "Our small clinic is an oasis of hope. Despite the challenges, we persevere in this work because we love God and we serve as Jesus did. But sometimes the darkness seems very dark. We share all that we have but sometimes it is not enough to save a sick child. The need here in Malawi is great but the Lord is faithful, and we continue to serve. We take courage from knowing you are with us in this mission. Together we are one family, one faith, one Church, and together we share love through good actions." You can watch Sr Nilceia's video message on the Missio website.

- Please call 020 7821 9755 (office hours) or visit Missio's website to give a single gift, set up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid your donation, if possible. www.missio.org.uk Thank you.

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

This October, the Archdiocese of Southwark invites you to 3 free webinars with world-renowned Bible scholar and translator, Nicholas King, SJ.

What can we learn from the evangelist Luke about Evangelisation, Discipleship and Fellowship and the way forward for the Church today?

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

Register your interest now by contacting Holy Innocents Parish Office via email: orpington@rcaos.org.uk

FRATELLI TUTTI Brothers and Sisters All is the title of Pope Francis's encyclical which was published on 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi. It is dedicated to human fraternity and social friendship. To read the encyclical, please visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/the-church/the-pope/pope-francis/fratelli-tutti/

CAFOD's website (above) also has lots of interesting contributions and reflections.

Fratelli Tutti: A Prayer to the Creator

Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.

May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects and shared dreams. Amen.

ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: We have just celebrated his Feast Day on 9th October. He was a pastor, scholar and priest of heroic virtue. You can listen to a series of podcasts which seek to examine the breadth of Newman's teaching and preaching by way of reflections from those who have been inspired by and have had their lives touched by him. Visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/celebrating-st-john-henry-newmans-feast-day/

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.

I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more, contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713


11th October, 2020 – 28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic (24th September)

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have accordingly updated their guidance to follow that of the Government.

Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ (dated 28th September) for the Church's guidance for the celebration of Mass; confession; pastoral care of the sick; weddings; funerals.

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's.

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Albert Hamer, Jeremiah Michael Tierney, Peter Jancxyszyn, Irmgard Gordon, Jim McCarthy, Millicent Broadbridge.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE: We are very grateful to Teresa's son, Robin, for giving up his time last Saturday to install the kitchen fittings; and to Eddy, Lourdes and Teresa for their assistance. Thank you. Eric, our painter, has made a start with the paintwork.

W/c 12th October: the new flooring is expected to be laid.

W/c 19th October: the paintwork is expected to be completed. Then we can move everything back out of storage in the church and clean the church. And then we will make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will please need volunteers to help make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of the Government and our Church. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help with the cleaning and preparations; and/or to be a steward*; or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Walton on 01366 347455. (* Please also see the Coronavirus Page of our parish website: on the title bar, just click on "More")

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

- Nightly online Rosary. (Tuesdays at 8pm from Walsingham)

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

- 31st October: National Rosary Relay Rally. Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary from St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 2pm on YouTube.

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

For lots more information, please visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk


STELLA MARIS CENTENARY MASS Sunday 4th October -3pm

Stella Maris is an international network of Catholic organizations which provide practical and pastoral care to seafarers. Apostleship of the Sea in the UK is a part of Stella Maris who are celebrating their centenary this year. The centenary Mass is being celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and will be live-streamed. You are very welcome to join the Mass by registering (free) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stella-maris-centenary-mass-tickets-122481624837

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October: This is a Fast Day like no other as families around the world face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as a result of coronavirus. Let's stand alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people and help them to survive, rebuild and heal. For prayers, resources, events and reports please visit https://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Uk-news/Harvest-Fast-Day To donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/give

- Harvest Fast Day: CAFOD have a varied programme of events this weekend, ending with an evening of prayer and reflection on Sunday 11th October at 7pm. Bishop John Arnold will reflect on Pope Francis's catechesis, Healing the World, as well as the new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. Please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day to read more and register online for the Sunday evening event.

- World Food Day Sunday 16th October

CAFOD works with communities around the world to grow food in the most difficult of climates, access water and much more.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

This year's theme is "Here I am, send me." Please visit Missio's website to read Pope Francis's message and news of their work around the world; and to donate.

- The Holy Father's monthly prayer intentions can be seen on the website.

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

This October, the Archdiocese of Southwark invites you to 3 free webinars with world-renowned Bible scholar and translator, Nicholas King, SJ.

What can we learn from the evangelist Luke about Evangelisation, Discipleship and Fellowship and the way forward for the Church today?

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

Register your interest now by contacting Holy Innocents Parish Office via email: orpington@rcaos.org.uk

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- The Creed: Fr Andrew Eburne is a chaplain at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has launched a series of podcasts introducing and exploring the different articles of the Creed. Each podcast lasts 15 minutes. Fr Andrew hopes the series will 'encourage people to think and pray more deeply about the truths that we proclaim when we say the Creed.' To listen to the podcasts, please visit https://www.ueacathchap.org.uk/podcast

FRATELLI TUTTI Brothers and Sisters All is the title of Pope Francis's encyclical which was published on 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi. It is dedicated to human fraternity and social friendship. To read the encyclical, please visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/the-church/the-pope/pope-francis/fratelli-tutti/

CAFOD's website (above) also has lots of interesting contributions and reflections.

Fratelli Tutti: A Prayer to the Creator

Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects and shared dreams. Amen.

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.

I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more, contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713




4th October, 2020 – 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE


The CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic

Please keep an eye on our website for information about the reopening of St Dominic's.

If you missed something in a past newsletter, remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Catherina Rosina Cook, Lavinia McAtamney, Nellie Bennett, Joyce Fincham, Robert James Richard Reid, Veronica Young, Claude Darwent.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for and support each other through these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely.

UPDATE:

As soon as the builders have completed their work, the plan is to do some paintwork; lay new flooring in the porch and parish-room; move everything back out of storage in the church; deep-clean the church. And then we will make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Government

and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will please need volunteers to help make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of the Government and our Church. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help with preparations and/or to be a steward*, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455). (*Please also see the Coronavirus page of our website: on the title bar, just click on "More").

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind...There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his or her own interests first but everybody thinks of other people's interests instead. In your minds, you must be the same as Christ Jesus. (St Paul's 2nd Letter to the Philippians)

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

- Nightly online Rosary. (Tuesdays at 8pm from Walsingham)

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

- 31st October: National Rosary Relay Rally. Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary from St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 2pm on YouTube.

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

For lots more information, please visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

STELLA MARIS CENTENARY MASS Sunday 4th October 3pm

Stella Maris is an international network of Catholic organizations which provide practical and pastoral care to seafarers. Apostleship of the Sea in the UK is a part of Stella Maris who are celebrating their centenary this year. The centenary Mass is being celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and will be live-streamed. You are very welcome to join the Mass by registering (free) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stella-maris-centenary-mass-tickets-122481624837

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to 4th October

"Most high, all-powerful, all-good Lord, all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings. To you alone, Most High, do they belong." (St Francis of Assisi)

"Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si')

Creator God, we praise your world and look with awe on all that is. May we commit to heal the Earth and share your gifts in faith and trust.

Brother Francis, in purity of heart you gazed upon the world with love. We ask you joyfully to intercede for us, as guardians of our common home. (Cafod)

St Francis, pray for us.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October: This is a Fast Day like no other as families around the world face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as a result of coronavirus. Let's stand alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people and help them to rebuild their lives. To see resources and reports of CAFOD's work and to DONATE, please visit https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Harvest-Fast-Day

- World Food Day Sunday 16th October

CAFOD works with communities around the world to grow food in the most difficult of climates, access water and much more.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

This year's theme is "Here I am, send me." Please visit Missio's website to read Pope Francis's message and news of their work around the world; and to donate.

- The Holy Father's monthly prayer intentions can be seen on the website.

- Red Box: If it's not possible to collect your Red box or take it to church this year as normal, Missio say you can count the money in your Red Box and send a cheque or give online or give via text or by phone or by bank transfer. If you have any queries, please contact Joe Walton (Red Box rep.) 01366 347455.

DIAL-A-MASS: The Knights of St Columba provide this service. The Mass is available each day from 12 noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

This October, the Archdiocese of Southwark invites you to 3 free webinars with world-renowned Bible scholar and translator, Nicholas King, SJ.

What can we learn from the evangelist Luke about Evangelisation, Discipleship and Fellowship and the way forward for the Church today?

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

Register your interest now by contacting Holy Innocents Parish Office via email: orpington@rcaos.org.uk

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

St Botolph's Church, Shingham was another lovely church on my meanderings around the Norfolk countryside. It is small and very simple but with a very fine Norman doorway. It's set well back from the road with a churchyard and a big expanse of grass in front. There is a beautifully crafted metal-work memorial to a well-known local plantsman, who once had a very fine garden in Fincham. I think I may have visited it as a child with my parents, a long time ago! Thank you to my kind and generous sponsors for the 'bike' ride (Joe).

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most. I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more, contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713




27th September, 2020 – 26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

For the latest information from the Government, please see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september

Attendance at weddings is now limited to just 15 people (30 for funerals).

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

CORONAVIRUS: The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. From Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

However, certain Covid-19 secure venues, including places of worship, will be exempt from this new measure. Weddings and funerals with up to 30 people will still be allowed.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Thomas Heffernan, Peter Pexton, Mary Walden, Martin Joseph Lynskey, Mary Williams, James O'Donnell, Sara (Celia) Hayman, John Lynch.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into October.

UPDATE: This week, work has started to make access from the porch into the parish-room and to extend the kitchen. There will be a hatch between the parish-room and kitchen. A new fire-alarm system will be installed. The builders are expected to complete their work by Friday 2nd October.

Then we will be able to do some paintwork; lay new flooring in the porch and parish-room; move everything back out of storage in the church; deep-clean the church.

And then we will make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Government and Catholic Church. These guidelines are about keeping us all safe. They concern social distancing, the wearing of masks, hand-sanitisation, the role of stewards. Every parish needs to have 2 stewards on duty whenever the church is open for private prayer or Mass. Their role is to help us all follow the safety guidelines and keep each other safe. We can all play our part by following the directions of our volunteer stewards with respect and grace. Thank you for your patience.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will please need volunteers to help make all the necessary preparations in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of the Government and our Church. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help with preparations and/or to be a steward*, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455). (*Please also see the Coronavirus page of our website: on the title bar, just click on "More").

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE: www.rcdea.org.uk

THE SEASON OF CREATION

(1st September to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi)

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION Tuesday 1st September

This day marks the beginning of THE SEASON OF CREATION which runs to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year.

CAFOD writes, "This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

"We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.

"This year, we have been made acutely aware of how interconnected we all are, and so we come together in hope that we can rebuild and heal our world."

The pandemic shows us that "we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet" and this is "a time to choose what matters and what passes away." (Pope Francis. Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

To read more about the Season of Creation, please visit our diocese’swebsite: www.cbcew.org.uk or www.cafod.org.uk/Season-of-Creation where you will find resources, a Novena to St Francis, a prayer vigil and link to Laudato Si' (Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home).

"We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you light the night. He is beautiful, playful, robust and strong." (St Francis of Assisi)

"The gift we have received is a fire, a burning love for God and for our brothers and sisters." (Pope Francis. Homily, 6th October 2019)

Creator God, your flames blaze yet leave us whole. But our fires destroy at reckless speed, great forests fall beneath our feet. Forgive us for our part in this.

St Francis, you loved wild places, the trees and all their birds within. May we protect each blade of grass, be mindful of each breath of air (CAFOD).

St Francis, pray for us.

- Our diocese is launching a new lay ministry to provide listening and prayer for those who are troubled. Full training and supervision will be given. If you feel that you may have the necessary skills, please apply for full details by emailing mflc.eastanglia@yahoo.co.uk To read the full article about the launch of the ministry, please visit our diocese's website above.

- Live-streamed Masses: There is a new guide to live-streamed Masses across our diocese. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/new-guide-to-live-streamed-masses-across-east-anglia

- Dial-a-Mass: The Knights of St Columba have set up a Dial-a-Mass for those who are unable to participate in the celebration of Mass via the TV or internet. The Mass is available each day from 12noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and it will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

Evangelisation: How we can share the Gospel as the world opens up again. A webinar will take place on Saturday 26 September from 5pm to 8pm (UK time) to explore this theme. Hear from people who have creatively responded to the call to mission during these uncertain times. To get your free ticket for the webinar, please visit https://uevangelize.org/virtualsummit/

- Catholic East Anglia: The September/October issue of our diocesan newspaper is now available online at our diocese's website above. Printed copies are also available in all parishes from 19 September ….and Fr Erico does have a supply.

- Please pray for Fr Andrew Neate who was ordained on 19th September. He has been appointed as Assistant Priest of Our Lady of the Annunciation in King's Lynn, with special responsibility for St Anthony of Padua, Fakenham.

- Oxburgh Hall: A 600 year-old manuscript of Psalm 39 has been discovered in the attic rooms, among a huge number of other fascinating items including Elizabethan textiles. A £6 million project is in progress to re-roof the Hall, which is still open to visitors. I visited recently and the scale of the project, with its 31 miles of scaffolding, is truly something to behold! (Joe) See also www.nationaltrust.org.uk

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

- Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is Respect for our planet's resources.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October This is a Fast Day like no other as families around the world face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as a result of covid-19. This Harvest Fast Day, let's stand alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people and help them to rebuild their lives.To see resources and a programme of online events; and to donate, please visit https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Harvest-Fast-Day- International Day of Peace 21st September: Fr Joaquim talks about the role of young people in securing a long-lasting peace across Colombia.- Your donations to CAFOD are making all the difference in the fight against coronavirus. You are giving people the chance to survive, rebuild and heal. Read stories of CAFOD's life-saving work around the world.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

World Mission Sunday 18th October:

This year's theme is "Here I am, send me." Please visit the website above to read Pope Francis's message and news of Missio's work around the world.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

"There are so many beautiful churches in Norfolk. After Lynford, we visited St Mary's, Cranwich. It is a stunning little church which stands humbly in a grassy clearing, encircled by trees. Its round Saxon tower is one of the most ancient in all East Anglia. Inside, its simplicity has a beauty of its own. While we were exploring the churchyard, a man came out from one of the neighbouring cottages and talked to us about the church. There had been a recent choir-practise, outdoors and covid-safe, in the grassy clearing in front of the church! It's always nice to experience a personal connection to a church like that and be reassured that it is cared for. I could have stayed there for ages but after a cup of tea and a biscuit, we had to move on to the next church on our route." (Joe) P.S. www.norfolkchurches.co.uk is a fascinating place to find out more about the history of our churches.

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God willing.I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!. If you want to volunteer or to find out more contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



20th September, 2020 – 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

CORONAVIRUS: The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. From Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

However, certain Covid-19 secure venues, including places of worship, will be exempt from this new measure. Weddings and funerals with up to 30 people will still be allowed.

To read the Government announcement in full, please visit www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Peter Worona, Bridget Carey, Julia Melnyczuk, Thomas John Collins, Dorothy Clouder, Anna Antonow.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into September.

UPDATE: The glass has been installed in the windows and door of the new porch. New windows have been installed in the parish-room and upper-rooms. The remaining work should progress well now. Thank you for your patience.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

- Benedict XVI visited the UK on an historic 4-day Papal Visit from 16 to 19 September 2010. Several of our parishioners attended a Prayer Vigil in Hyde Park. You can relive the Papal Visit at https://cbcew.org.uk/home/events/benedict-xvi-in-the-uk/ with links to the official website, as well as a podcast series of all the speeches, addresses and homilies, and professional images taken at the time.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE: www.rcdea.org.uk

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION Tuesday 1st September

This day marks the beginning of THE SEASON OF CREATION which runs to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year.

CAFOD writes, "This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

"We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.

"This year, we have been made acutely aware of how interconnected we all are, and so we come together in hope that we can rebuild and heal our world."

The pandemic shows us that "we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet" and this is "a time to choose what matters and what passes away." (Pope Francis. Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

To read more about the Season of Creation, please visit our diocese’swebsite: www.cbcew.org.uk or www.cafod.org.uk/Season-of-Creation where you will find resources, a Novena to St Francis, a prayer vigil and link to Laudato Si' (Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home).

- Our diocese is launching a new lay ministry to provide listening and prayer for those who are troubled. Full training and supervision will be given. If you feel that you may have the necessary skills, please apply for full details by emailing mflc.eastanglia@yahoo.co.uk To read the full article about the launch of the ministry, please visit our diocese's website above.

- Live-streamed Masses: There is a new guide to live-streamed Masses across our diocese. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/new-guide-to-live-streamed-masses-across-east-anglia

- Dial-a-Mass: The Knights of St Columba have set up a Dial-a-Mass for those who are unable to participate in the celebration of Mass via the TV or internet. The Mass is available each day from 12noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and it will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

Evangelisation: How we can share the Gospel as the world opens up again. A webinar will take place on Saturday 26 September from 5pm to 8pm (UK time) to explore this theme. Hear from people who have creatively responded to the call to mission during these uncertain times. To get your free ticket for the webinar, please visit https://uevangelize.org/virtualsummit/

- Catholic East Anglia: The September/October issue of our diocesan newspaper is now available online at our diocese's website above. Printed copies are also available in all parishes from 19 September so Fr Erico should have a supply.

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

- Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is Respect for our planet's resources.

- A message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

- Lots more stories and articles on the Season of Creation.

Building a civilisation of love: At Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis encouraged us to confront covid-19 with unbounded love. Everyone can play their part. 'Thus, through our gestures, even the most humble ones, something of the image of God that we bear with us will be made visible, because God is the Trinity, God is love.' With God's help, 'we can heal the world if we all work together for the common good.'

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- If you would like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Coronavirus Appeal, please visit www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal

- If you would like to donate to CAFOD's Beirut Emergency Appeal, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October

This is a Fast Day like no other as families around the world face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as a result of covid-19. This Harvest Fast Day, let's stand alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people and help them to rebuild their lives.

To see resources and a programme of online events; and to donate, please visit https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Harvest-Fast-Day

Petition: Thousands of Catholics in England and Wales have signed a petition urging the Prime Minister to support the world's most vulnerable communities to survive, rebuild and heal from the covid-19 pandemic.

- CAFOD is supporting the local church in NE Brazil to help poor rural communities to access sustainable energy.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

ACN writes, "Christians in Pakistan are one of the world's most persecuted religious communities. They are no stranger to extreme poverty, discrimination, acts of violence, rape and kidnapping." And now they face Covid-19, too. ACN has rushed through emergency relief packages to the most needy families. Its aid priorities for Pakistan are emergency relief, catechesis, legal aid and Mass stipends.

Please offer a lifeline to Christians in Pakistan by donating to ACN's Pakistan Emergency Appeal at www.acnuk.org/pakistan

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home.

We praise you, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air, fair and stormy, all weather's moods, by which you cherish all that you have made. (St Francis of Assisi)

"We ourselves are water, air, earth and life of this environment created by God." (Guaviare people, Colombia)

Creator God, we have disturbed the natural cycle, upset Earth's fragile balance. Forgive us for our lack of care.

St Francis, joyful steward of creation, you lived in peace with nature and with God. Inspired by your witness, may we defend our common home. (cafod)

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored 'Bike' Ride 2020: Joe writes, "We visited 17 churches...not as many as I had planned but when you linger to chat and explore, have a picnic and take one or two wrong turnings, the time soon goes! Every church tells a story and it can be very moving. I was particularly struck by the faith and dedication of the people of the Nar Valley churches. St Mary's, Narford has a beautiful location by a lake but is in a very sad state after suffering a series of lead thefts. The little Catholic church of Our Lady and St Stephen at Lynford (near Mundford) is well worth a visit. It is hidden away in the forest and takes some finding (see the NCT website and "our churches" for more details). It was built in 1878 and paid for by Mme Lyne-Stephens, a Catholic French lady, of nearby Lynford Hall. The church is leased from our diocese by the NCT who now care for it. I can remember going to a garden fete there many years ago when a priest still lived in the adjacent cottage and celebrated Mass in the church. At one time, a Fr Flannery lived there and he used to say Mass in Brandon, where we went as a family. We liked him a lot for his warmth, humour and short sermons!"

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.

I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God (and the builders) willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you want to volunteer or to find out more contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



13th September, 2020 – 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

CORONAVIRUS: The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. From Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

However, certain Covid-19 secure venues, including places of worship, will be exempt from this new measure. Weddings and funerals with up to 30 people will still be allowed.

To read the Government announcement in full, please visit www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Sally Pamela McKenna, Jan Stanford, Elizabeth (Betty) Orsi, Patrick Lynskey, Elizabeth Lloyd.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into September.

UPDATE: The glass for the new porch door and windows is due to arrive and be installed within the next fortnight. We then expect the builders to make good progress towards completion. The approach to the new entrance has been completed. Thank you for your patience.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE: www.rcdea.org.uk

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION Tuesday 1st September

This day marks the beginning of THE SEASON OF CREATION which runs to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year.

CAFOD writes, "This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

"We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.

"This year, we have been made acutely aware of how interconnected we all are, and so we come together in hope that we can rebuild and heal our world."

The pandemic shows us that "we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet" and this is "a time to choose what matters and what passes away." (Pope Francis. Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

To read more about the Season of Creation, please visit our diocese’swebsite: www.cbcew.org.uk or www.cafod.org.uk/Season-of-Creation where you will find resources, a Novena to St Francis, a prayer vigil and link to Laudato Si' (Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home).

- Our diocese is launching a new lay ministry to provide listening and prayer for those who are troubled. Full training and supervision will be given. If you feel that you may have the necessary skills, please apply for full details by emailing mflc.eastanglia@yahoo.co.uk To read the full article about the launch of the ministry, please visit our diocese's website above.

- Live-streamed Masses: There is a new guide to live-streamed Masses across our diocese. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/new-guide-to-live-streamed-masses-across-east-anglia

- Dial-a-Mass: The Knights of St Columba have set up a Dial-a-Mass for those who are unable to participate in the celebration of Mass via the TV or internet. The Mass is available each day from 12noon until midnight. The Mass lasts about 45 minutes and it will cost as little as a local call. The phone number is 01642 130120. Please inform anyone you know who is not on the internet and who may like to hear Mass in this way.

- "God in the time of covid-19" is the title of a new collection of articles and reflections published by the Carmelites. Among the contributors is Fr John Warrington of our diocese. To read more, and to order a copy, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/fr-john-warrington-shares-reflections-on-covid-19/

-Support for the vulnerable this winter: The Norfolk Community Foundation makes grants of up to £5000 to projects that help those in the community facing very real challenges as the weather gets colder, including the frail, elderly, disabled, those with chronic medical conditions and the homeless. More information about the fund and the application process can be found at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/norfolk-winter-resilience-fund/

- To read many more news stories from around our diocese, please visit the diocesan website above.

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

- Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is Respect for our planet's resources.

- A message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

- Lots more stories and articles on the Season of Creation.

Building a civilisation of love: At Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis encouraged us to confront covid-19 with unbounded love. Everyone can play their part. 'Thus, through our gestures, even the most humble ones, something of the image of God that we bear with us will be made visible, because God is the Trinity, God is love.' With God's help, 'we can heal the world if we all work together for the common good.'

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- If you would like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Coronavirus Appeal, please visit www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal

- If you would like to donate to CAFOD's Beirut Emergency Appeal, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

An online Mission Animation will take place this Saturday 12th September from 11am and on Tuesday 15th September from 6pm to mark the Season of Creation and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si'. This will be a good opportunity to meet with one another online and hear from missionaries whom you are supporting throughout the world. The event takes place on Zoom and lasts 1 to 1.5 hours. To take part, register in advance at www.missio.org.uk/event-laudato-si-and-mission/

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

ACN writes, "Christians in Pakistan are one of the world's most persecuted religious communities. They are no stranger to extreme poverty, discrimination, acts of violence, rape and kidnapping." And now they face Covid-19, too. ACN has rushed through emergency relief packages to the most needy families. Its aid priorities for Pakistan are emergency relief, catechesis, legal aid and Mass stipends.

Please offer a lifeline to Christians in Pakistan by donating to ACN's Pakistan Emergency Appeal at www.acnuk.org/pakistan

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home.

We can take inspiration from St Francis: "We praise you, Lord, for Sister Moon and the Stars. In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair."

'We want the forest to remain quiet, the sky to remain clear, the evening darkness to really fall and for the stars to be seen.' (Davi Kopenawa, spokesperson for the Yanomami people of Brazil)

Creator God, your night sky offers rest and stillness, yet we flood our cities with light. Forgive us our wasteful ways.

Brother Francis, you chose poverty not plenty, walking lightly on the earth. May we follow in your path and reduce the trace we leave. (Cafod)

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored 'Bike' Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

Joe writes, "It's here at last! I've looked at the map, planned a route and hope to visit lots of fine churches in our corner of Norfolk. It will be a real voyage of discovery. I counted 50 or so churches (including some in ruins, some redundant) in our locality. I do hope that some of you can take part in the 'ride' to help the magnificent work of the Trust, and our own church of St Dominic. And if so, have a wonderful day!

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.

I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God (and the builders) willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you want to volunteer or to find out more contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713

Teresa Snow



6th September, 2020 – 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress (or lack of it) in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Helen McKenna, Terence Noyce, Henry Harrison, John Jeffrey, Alexander James Fisher, May McHugh.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into September.

UPDATE: The frames for the new windows and doors in the porch have been installed.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE: www.rcdea.org.uk

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION Tuesday 1st September

This day marks the beginning of THE SEASON OF CREATION which runs to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year.

CAFOD writes, "This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

"We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.

"This year, we have been made acutely aware of how interconnected we all are, and so we come together in hope that we can rebuild and heal our world."

The pandemic shows us that "we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet" and this is "a time to choose what matters and what passes away." (Pope Francis. Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

To read more about the Season of Creation, please visit our diocese’swebsite: www.cbcew.org.uk or www.cafod.org.uk/Season-of-Creation where you will find resources, a Novena to St Francis, a prayer vigil and link to Laudato Si' (Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home).

- Lourdes: pilgrims recall life-changing moments.

Our diocese is launching a new lay ministry to provide listening and prayer for those who are troubled. Full training and supervision will be given. If you feel that you may have the necessary skills, please apply for full details by emailing mflc.eastanglia@yahoo.co.uk To read the full article about the launch of the ministry, please visit our diocese's website above.

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

- Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is Respect for our planet's resources.

- A message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

- Lots more stories and articles on the Season of Creation.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- If you would like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Coronavirus Appeal, please visit www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal

- If you would like to donate to CAFOD's Beirut Emergency Appeal, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

- Read news of CAFOD's involvement in Beirut, El Salvador and Peru.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

ACN writes, "Christians in Pakistan are one of the world's most persecuted religious communities. They are no stranger to extreme poverty, discrimination, acts of violence, rape and kidnapping." And now they face Covid-19, too. ACN has rushed through emergency relief packages to the most needy families. Its aid priorities for Pakistan are emergency relief, catechesis, legal aid and Mass stipends.

Please offer a lifeline to Christians in Pakistan by donating to ACN's Pakistan Emergency Appeal at www.acnuk.org/pakistan

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "If the ecological crisis is an emergence or an external manifestation of the ethical, cultural and spiritual crisis of modernity, we cannot delude ourselves that we can restore our relationship with nature and the environment without restoring all fundamental human relationships." Therefore, he says, in order to heal our common home, the human heart first needs to be healed.

"We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures, especially for Brother Sun, who is the day through whom you give us light." St Francis of Assisi.

St Francis, you cared for God's creation with all your heart and soul. Help us to respect and care for our common home with hearts full of praise and thanksgiving.

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored Bike Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

ONLY 1 WEEK TO GO!!! Remember, you don't have to cycle...you can walk, go by car or even ride a horse! So, it's time to plan your route and prepare to have a wonderful day out in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, discovering our treasured churches. Just look at a local map...we have so many churches in our part of Norfolk. Every one is unique, every one has its own fascinating history, every one is a treasure just waiting to be discovered. Take a picnic or stop off at a nice village pub for lunch. However many churches you visit, however much you raise, you will be helping to look after our Norfolk churches and keep them alive.

The NCT gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and conservation. Roofs leak, lead roofs are stolen, timbers rot, and stonework crumbles. Now you can help, and have a fun day out. Bike, walk, drive or ride around the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping off at as many churches as you can along the way and be sponsored for your visits. The money you raise is split between the Trust and the church of your choice.

The coronavirus has led to the cancellation of our Carnival Day teas and stalls, and parish suppers which would have raised significant funds for our church. So, the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride is a wonderful opportunity to help both the work of the Trust and our church. Joe has done 2 rides in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He will be doing the 'Ride' in September and would like you to join him!

Please visit the NCT website above for lots more information about the Trust and the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride; how to take part; to download sponsorship forms, a list of churches open on the day, route-planning.

AND FINALLY

I shall be quitting my job as editor of the Parish Newsletter at the end of the year.

Most of you will know that I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration about four years ago, and my eyesight has been deteriorating steadily ever since. I am now finding the work of editing the Parish Newsletter too much of a stretch and I need to pass it on to the next willing volunteer.

It really is not hard work, and it doesn’t take much time…an hour or two a week at most.

I know some of our parishioners like to have a printed copy since not everyone has a computer. The printing can’t begin again until we have access to the church, which we hope will be soon. God (and the builders) willing.

I would be very happy to run the Parish Newsletter as part of a team for a few months….if that would encourage someone to volunteer!!

If you want to volunteer or to find out more contact me:

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



30th August 2020 – 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress (or lack of it) in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mona Elizabeth Cole.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into September.

UPDATE: The frames for the new windows and doors in the porch have been installed.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE: www.rcdea.org.uk

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION Tuesday 1st September

This day marks the beginning of THE SEASON OF CREATION which runs to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year.

CAFOD writes, "This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

"We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.

"This year, we have been made acutely aware of how interconnected we all are, and so we come together in hope that we can rebuild and heal our world."

The pandemic shows us that "we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet" and this is "a time to choose what matters and what passes away." (Pope Francis. Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

To read more about the Season of Creation, please visit our diocese's website above or www.cafod.org.uk/Season-of-Creation where you will find resources, a Novena to St Francis, a prayer vigil and link to Laudato Si' (Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home).

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- If you would like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Coronavirus Appeal, please visit www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal

- If you would like to donate to CAFOD's Beirut Emergency Appeal, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

- India: the monsoon has caused massive floods and landslides affecting millions of people across Assam state. There is an urgent need for clean water, food and medicines. Read how CAFOD and its partners are providing emergency relief.

- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

ACN is sponsoring 2 projects in Lebanon: a trusted covid-19 testing facility and support to needy families through various aid projects to the people of north Lebanon. Archbishop Darwish writes, "To-day, all our people are struggling to obtain their daily bread. We will continue to do everything in our power to stand by them during these difficult times."

To read about these and many other ACN projects around the world, please visit the website above.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "Jesus was completely present to everyone and everything, and in this way he showed us the way to overcome that unhealthy anxiety which makes us superficial, aggressive and compulsive consumers."

Pope Francis invites us "to return to the beautiful and meaningful custom of giving thanks to God before and after meals. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need." (Para.'s 226-227)

To read the encyclical, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si-encyclical where you will also find prayers, reflections, resources and ideas for practical action.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored Bike Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

The NCT gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and conservation. Roofs leak, lead roofs are stolen, timbers rot, and stonework crumbles. Now you can help, and have a fun day out. Bike, walk, drive or ride around the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping off at as many churches as you can along the way and be sponsored for your visits. The money you raise is split between the Trust and the church of your choice.

The coronavirus has led to the cancellation of our Carnival Day teas and stalls, and parish suppers which would have raised significant funds for our church. So, the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride is a wonderful opportunity to help both the work of the Trust and our church. Joe has done 2 rides in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He will be doing the 'Ride' in September and would like you to join him!

Please visit the NCT website above for lots more information about the Trust and the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride; how to take part; to download sponsorship forms, a list of churches open on the day, route-planning.

The 'Ride' is only 2 weeks away now! Remember, you don't have to cycle...you can walk, go by car or even ride a horse! So, it's time to plan your route and prepare to have a wonderful day out in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, discovering our treasured churches. However many churches you visit, however much you raise will help to look after our Norfolk churches and keep them alive.


23rd August 2020 – 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress (or lack of it) in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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COLLECTION: The collection for July was 699.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Shaun Markey, Kathleen Harris, Joan Adams, Patrick Joseph Franklin.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into August.

UPDATE: The building activities will start again next week when the glass for the windows will be delivered.

The boiler in the presbytery had its pump replaced.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.


NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

- Caritas East Anglia is seeking to build up a network of parish contacts across our diocese to help communicate the work of Caritas and to foster and support social outreach in parishes. Jacinta Goode, Caritas Development Worker for our diocese, is organising an online event for Caritas at the end of July. If you would like to be a parish contact for St Dominic's, please tell Joe Walton (Tel, 01366 347455) who can give you more details.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Ron O'Toole who died recently. Ron retired to Norfolk after a very varied career and served in Cromer, Sheringham and N. Walsham.

- LOURDES: The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, which was to have taken place from Friday 21st to Friday 28th August, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. However, a virtual pilgrimage is taking place on the same dates and we are all invited to join in.

Our pilgrimage is shared with the dioceses of Clifton, Northampton and Southwark and Stonyhurst College, and together we are the Catholic Association Pilgrimage.

Please visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk/virtual-pilgrimage-2020 and just click on Be Part of the Miracle. You will discover a daily programme of events including Mass, prayer, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, reflections from former pilgrims. There will also be a tour of Lourdes and talks on the life of St Bernadette.

On Monday 24th August, at 7.30pm, there will be a live virtual gathering and everyone is welcome.

Please read the article on our diocesan website above to find out more about our diocese's involvement in the pilgrimage.

And you can always visit Lourdes via the internet at www.lourdes-france.org to discover the message of this extraordinary and beautiful place, and to pray at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette in 1858.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is a member, launched a CORONAVIRUS APPEAL on 14th July. DEC writes, "Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Please help families fleeing conflict as they now face a deadly new threat...they have little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus."

- Please visit www.dec.org.uk for more information.

- With your help, CAFOD will be able to scale up its response and reach more people in need.

Please visit CAFOD's website above to read reports of the impact of coronavirus on Syrian refugees; in South Sudan; in Rohingya refugee camps; in DR Congo, and for reports of CAFOD's response.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal or via the CAFOD website above.

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

World Humanitarian Day recognises the efforts of aid workers around the world who this year have faced challenges unlike ever before. Go to www.cafod.org.uk/News/International-news/World-Humanitarian-Day2 to read about the experiences of Theresia in Lebanon; Ryan in the UK; Collins in Bangladesh; Micaela in Peru; and Mustafa in Syria.

- Read how the pandemic is affecting Niger where almost 10 million people live in extreme poverty, CAFOD is responding with the supply of handwashing-stations and hygiene information, and support for local health centres.

- In celebration of World Food Day on 16th October, CAFOD have launched their Summer Raffle. By entering the raffle, you will help to transform the lives of people living in poverty, all over the world. You will also have the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. To enter the raffle, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/World-Food-Day-Raffle-opens

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

In his audience of Wednesday 19th August, Pope Francis said that the pandemic has not only exposed the plight of the poor and the serious inequality that reigns in the world but even exacerbated them. Our response, he says, must be two-fold: "finding a cure for this small but terrible virus but also curing a larger virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and lack of protection for the weakest." Pope Francis also calls for universal access to a covid-19 vaccine. Please visit the Vatican News website above for a full report and video message.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "Once we lose our humility and become enthralled with the possibility of limitless mastery over everything, we inevitably end up harming society and the environment." We need to recover a "serene harmony with creation...an attitude of the heart which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which...accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full." (Para.'s 224-226)

To read the encyclical, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and search for Laudato Si' or www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si-encyclical where you will also find prayers, reflections, resources and ideas for practical action.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored Bike Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

The NCT gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and conservation. Roofs leak, lead roofs are stolen, timbers rot, and stonework crumbles. Now you can help, and have a fun day out. Bike, walk, drive or ride around the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping off at as many churches as you can along the way and be sponsored for your visits. The money you raise is split between the Trust and the church of your choice.

The coronavirus has led to the cancellation of our Carnival Day teas and stalls, and parish suppers which would have raised significant funds for our church. So, the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride is a wonderful opportunity to help both the work of the Trust and our church. Joe has done 2 rides in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He will be doing the 'Ride' in September and would like you to join him!

Please visit the NCT website above for lots more information about the Trust and the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride; how to take part; to download sponsorship forms, a list of churches open on the day, route-planning.


16th August 2020 – ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress (or lack of it) in the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

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This Sunday, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us ask Mary to intercede for all those who are suffering in the midst of this pandemic.

COLLECTION: The collection for July was 699.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Eileen Turner, June Wade, William Gallienne, Peter Joseph Carey.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into August.

UPDATE: The building activities will start again next week when the glass for the windows will be delivered.

The boiler in the presbytery had its pump replaced.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

- Caritas East Anglia is seeking to build up a network of parish contacts across our diocese to help communicate the work of Caritas and to foster and support social outreach in parishes. Jacinta Goode, Caritas Development Worker for our diocese, is organising an online event for Caritas at the end of July. If you would like to be a parish contact for St Dominic's, please tell Joe Walton (Tel, 01366 347455) who can give you more details.

- Walsingham www.walsingham.org.uk plans for a major re-development of the Shrine are to be reviewed.

- Our diocese has launched a weekly news podcast. It will cover news from across the diocese.

- Mim MacMahon writes about her experience as a steward in her parish of St Pancras, Ipswich. Under the guidelines of the Catholic Church, all parishes are asked to have stewards on duty in church at times of Mass and private prayer while the risk from Covid-19 persists.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is a member, launched a CORONAVIRUS APPEAL on 14th July. DEC writes, "Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Please help families fleeing conflict as they now face a deadly new threat...they have little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus."

- Please visit www.dec.org.uk for more information.

- With your help, CAFOD will be able to scale up its response and reach more people in need.

Please visit CAFOD's website above to read reports of the impact of coronavirus on Syrian refugees; in South Sudan; in Rohingya refugee camps; in DR Congo, and for reports of CAFOD's response.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal or via the CAFOD website above.

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

- In his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis urges us to pray for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsessions with consumption. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens to us much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment." Our spiritual growth should be marked by moderation in our consumption. (Para.'s 222-223)

To read the encyclical, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and search for Laudato Si' or www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si-encyclical where you will also find prayers, reflections, resources and ideas for practical action.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored Bike Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

The NCT gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and conservation. Roofs leak, lead roofs are stolen, timbers rot, and stonework crumbles. Now you can help, and have a fun day out. Bike, walk, drive or ride around the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping off at as many churches as you can along the way and be sponsored for your visits. The money you raise is split between the Trust and the church of your choice.

The coronavirus has led to the cancellation of our Carnival Day teas and stalls, and parish suppers which would have raised significant funds for our church. So, the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride is a wonderful opportunity to help both the work of the Trust and our church. Joe has done 2 rides in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He will be doing the 'Ride' in September and would like you to join him!

Please visit the NCT website above for lots more information about the Trust and the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride; how to take part; to download sponsorship forms, a list of churches open on the day, route-planning.



9th August 2020 – 19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

The CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page can be found under the MORE tab on the title bar of the website.

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of St Dominic’s. More news on progress (or lack of it) at the end of the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Richard Schade, Ellen Hancock, Millicent Court, Damian McBride, Frances Fletcher, Anna Kowal, Mark Oxford, Kathleen O'Keefe, Daniel O'Boyle.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into August.

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We will inform you as soon as we can confirm the date for reopening our church. Thank you all for your patience. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- Face-coverings will be mandatory in churches from this Saturday 8th August. All those who are attending churches must wear a face-covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the church as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.

The Bishops' Conference have revised their "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" accordingly to include this latest provision. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and look under "Covid-19 guidance-Catholic Churches."

Please also visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/ to read the Government's guidance (updated 31.7.2020) in full and to see what exemptions apply.

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

As the title of his annual message, Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDP's) who currently number over 41 million world-wide.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/world-day-of-migrants-refugees-2020/ to watch and listen to Pope Francis's video message and the stories of Sarah, Tijan and Ignacio who all had to flee their homes to survive.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

- Caritas East Anglia is seeking to build up a network of parish contacts across our diocese to help communicate the work of Caritas and to foster and support social outreach in parishes. Jacinta Goode, Caritas Development Worker for our diocese, is organising an online event for Caritas at the end of July. If you would like to be a parish contact for St Dominic's, please tell Joe Walton (Tel, 01366 347455) who can give you more details.

- Caritas East Anglia (in partnership with CAFOD) organised a webinar last week to showcase various projects around our diocese which are responding to social needs. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/caritas-gathers-social-action-pioneers-for-webinar/ to watch a recording of the webinar and for more information.

- Pax Christi supporters in Cambridgeshire joined an online vigil on 6th August to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-on-nuclear-weapons/ to read a joint statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales and of Scotland.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is a member, launched a CORONAVIRUS APPEAL on 14th July. DEC writes, "Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Please help families fleeing conflict as they now face a deadly new threat...they have little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus."

- Please visit www.dec.org.uk for more information.

- With your help, CAFOD will be able to scale up its response and reach more people in need.

Please visit CAFOD's website above to read reports of the impact of coronavirus on Syrian refugees; in South Sudan; in Rohingya refugee camps; in DR Congo, and for reports of CAFOD's response.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal or via the CAFOD website above.

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

- In his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis urges us to pray for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis calls us all to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes of "a need for an 'ecological conversion' whereby the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us. In calling to mind the figure of St Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion." There also needs to be a community conversion to bring about lasting change. With God's grace, we will help nurture "that sublime fraternity with all creation which St Francis of Assisi so radiantly embodied." (Para.'s 217-221)

To read the encyclical, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and search for Laudato Si' or www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si-encyclical where you will also find prayers, reflections, resources and ideas for practical action.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

Sponsored Bike Ride Saturday 12th September 9am to 5pm

The NCT gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and conservation. Roofs leak, lead roofs are stolen, timbers rot, and stonework crumbles. Now you can help, and have a fun day out. Bike, walk, drive or ride around the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping off at as many churches as you can along the way and be sponsored for your visits. The money you raise is split between the Trust and the church of your choice.

The coronavirus has led to the cancellation of our Carnival Day teas and stalls, and parish suppers which would have raised significant funds for our church. So, the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride is a wonderful opportunity to help both the work of the Trust and our church. Joe has done 2 rides in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He will be doing the 'Ride' in September and would like you to join him!

Please visit the NCT website above for lots more information about the Trust and the Sponsored 'Bike' Ride; how to take part; to download sponsorship forms, a list of churches open on the day, route-planning.


2nd August 2020 – 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

All information and updates about the opening of Churches and the resumption of public worship is on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY page, including the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England.

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of the church. More news on progress (or lack of it) at the end of the newsletter.

If you missed something in a past issue of the newsletter remember that you can just scroll down to find it. The newsletters are not removed from the website.

SATURDAY 8TH IS ST. DOMINIC’S FEAST DAY! CELEBRATE!!

COLLECTIONS: The standing order collections for June were £794.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: James Hancock, Ethel Patrick, Hubert Cooper.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those 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 PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

PLEASE PRAY for all our doctors, nurses and carers; paramedics and pharmacists; research scientists; all those in support roles; all the volunteers. Please also pray for our emergency services, for our supermarket workers and for everyone serving the community in all sorts of wonderful ways. May God bless and sustain them in these times of such need.

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those people who are ill with COVID-19, that they may make a good recovery.

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have died from COVID-19; for their families and loved ones; and for those who cared for them. May God embrace them with His tender and infinite love.

PLEASE PRAY FOR, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers, etc. We can all play our part. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into August. (See what Eddy Luyten has to say at the end of the newsletter).

Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We hope to be ready to reopen our church in August. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

Churches which can safely reopen for Mass according to the guidelines will have a much-reduced capacity due to social distancing and other safety measures. Our neighbouring parishes are in King's Lynn, Swaffham, Ely and Wisbech. They each have their own arrangements in place for attending Sunday and weekday Mass, eg a 'booking' system. It is essential to check these first with the parish:

Our Lady of the Annunciation, King's Lynn: www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk

Telephone 01553 772220.

Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham: www.ourladyofpity.org

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech: www.catholic-wisbech.uk

Telephone 01945 583466

To find other churches in our diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday instead when it is likely to be less busy. Parishes are encouraged to continue the live-streaming of Mass.


NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- Please pray for Fr Peter Wygnanski, who was ordained last Saturday, and for Jacob Cheriyan and Prameel Joseph, who were ordained Deacons last week.

- Please visit the website above to read a report and see photos of these ordinations.

- Please pray for Andrew Neate who will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 19th September.

- Dr Margaret-Mary McFadyen is our diocesan representative to the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops' Conference. She is developing a blog to encourage people on their spiritual journey. The blog is called Sunflower Seeds Spirituality. To follow the weekly blog, please visit www.sunflowerseedsspirituality.com And to find out more about Dr McFadyen's role in our diocese, please visit

www.rcdea.org.uk/spirituality/