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ST. EDMUND'S PARISH CHURCH AND ST DOMINIC’S R.C.CHURCH, DOWNHAM MARKET

A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2018, AT 6.30PM.

IN ST EDMUND’S PARISH CHURCH

MUSICIANS, SINGERS, READERS AND MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION WILL ALL BE INVOLVED IN THIS WONDERFUL CELEBRATION

COME AND JOIN IN

MINCE PIES AND MULLED WINE AVAILABLE AFTERWARDS

December 2nd 2018. 1st Sunday of Advent


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

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

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

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

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

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 25th 2018 - CHRIST THE KING


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sat 24th 6.00pm – Father Henry McCarthy

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

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker

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

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

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

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

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


November 18th 2018 – 33rd Week of the Year


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sat 24th 6.00pm – Father Henry McCarthy

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

Sat 1st December 6.00pm – Father Michael Stokes

Sun 2nd 9.30am – Father Michael Stokes

Sat 8th 6.00pm – Father David Baker

Sun 9th 9.30am – Father David Baker


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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 26th August, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

Dates for your Diary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Newsletter 17th July 2018

THIS SUNDAY  (17th June) is A Day for Life.  There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend for Life Charities.
NEXT WEEKEND there will be a SECOND COLLECTION for Peter’s Pence.
PLEASE PRAY FOR the soul of Mary Collins who has died.  Her funeral will take place in Norwich on 26th June.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Pamela Leggott, Mary Byrne, Phillip Clive Tuffin, 
Phyllis Brittain, Elizabeth Ann Epithite, Vera Merron, Arthur Martin.
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke,  Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcão, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 
THANK YOU to Fr Michael Stokes who looked after us last weekend, in the absence of Father Erico. 
Fr David Baker will be saying Mass on Saturday evening (16th June).  
Fr Erico returns from his holiday this weekend and will celebrate Mass on Sunday 17th June. 
CARNIVAL:  We raised £500 in total on Carnival Day:  Plants £116.45;  Bric-a-brac £58.45;  Cakes £90.30;  Refreshments £230.50; donation £4.30.  Thank you very much to everyone who helped, contributed and supported.  A wonderful effort!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

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

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



 Newsletter 10th June 2018

 ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Redmond, Hugh Burns, Mabel Duhig, Charles Gordon Hereford, Ruby Barber, Martin Joseph Diamond
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 
MASS TIME ARRANGEMENTS – Father Erico is travelling to Rome from Saturday 2nd June - Saturday 16th June. We wish Father Erico safe journeys and a peaceful and refreshing break. 
There will be NO MORNING MASS celebrated at St Dominic’s, including Saturdays during Father Erico’s absence.  
The Parish is very pleased to be welcoming visiting priests to celebrate the Saturday Vigil Mass and the Sunday Mass during this time. 
Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June – Fr Michael Stokes

Saturday 16th June – Fr David Baker

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

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

Anthony Boardman 07973842609 Eddy Luyten 07713648760

Joe Walton 01366347455 Teresa Snow 01366858713

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 20th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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

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

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

Newsletter 13th May 2018


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

 ANNIVERSARIES:  Brian Weedon, Hugh James Walton, Bronislaw Anthony Szczepanski, John O’Neill, Frantisek Bezdek, Victor Thomas Parnell, Donald Keady, Doris Reid 
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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

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

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

Newsletter 6th May 2018
Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, and is a Holyday of Obligation.
Next Sunday (13th May) is World Communications Day.  There will be a second collection next week-end (12th and 13th May) for the Catholic Communications Network.
 ANNIVERSARIES:  Christopher White, Hazel Malvene Midgeley, John Carey, Andrew Skeparnides, Paul Bentley.
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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

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

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

Newsletter 29th April 2018

COLLECTIONS:  £348.64
Diocesan Priests Training Fund: £127.76.
ANNIVERSARIES:  George Riddiford, Louise Wright, Cyril Vincent, Robert Wales, Michael John Bryant, Helen McCarthy, Bernard O'Brien, Kevin Hanley,  
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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

Newsletter 22nd April  2018

A second collection will be taken this week-end (21st and 22nd April) for the Diocesan Priests Training Fund.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen Berkan, James McKenna, Patrick Walshe, Theresa Hall, 
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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

Newsletter 15th April 2018

Next Sunday (22nd April) is a World Day of Prayer for Vocations, A second collection will be taken next week-end (21st and 22nd April) for the Diocesan Priests Training Fund.
ANNIVERSARIES:  John Hazard, Mary Green, Frederick Harris.
PRAYER: Simply say “Lord, keep them in your heart” then read the list: Anna Arora, Lilian Behrendt, Cathy Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Pat Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Mary Collins, Betty Cox, Margaret Dunne, Priece Feeney, Maria Joseph Rodrigues Falcao, Sheila Freeman,  Eileen Groves, Mary Guymer, Mary Heffron, Barry Henry, Sheila Hogg, Stephen Markey, Barry Midgley, Anthony Neill, Brian Nicholls, Joe Orsi, Richard Power, Jean Power, John Reeve, Kathleen Skinner, Jackie Stotesbury, Mary Wallace, Peter Walters. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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

Newsletter 8th April 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EASTER SUNDAY 2018


PASTORAL MESSSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do we do this?

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

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.

Happy Easter with my blessings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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