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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/

- A Pro-Life prayer vigil is to re-start in the autumn. 40 Days for Life will run from 23rd September to 1st November. Our diocese is keen to establish a network of Pro-life supporters. If you already are a supporter or would like to get involved, please email Sarah Ward who is the pro-life representative on our diocesan Commission for Marriage and Family Life. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/pro-life-prayer-vigil-to-re-start-in-the-autumn/ to read more; for Sarah's contact details; for contact details of support organizations.

- 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

- Public Masses have resumed at the Shrine. There is a daily Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at 12 noon. The Chapel's capacity is reduced to 50 places. More seating outside.

- Both the C o R and the Slipper Chapel are open for private prayer between 10am and 4pm.

- The Shrine Shop and Tearoom are open.

- The live-streaming of Mass and a 24/7 schedule of other services and devotions will continue.

- The Shrine carpark is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm

- The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the Friday Market Place is open for private prayer between 10am and 11.30am, Monday to Friday.

- For more information, please visit the Shrine website above.

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.

Last Thursday, 30th July was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Caritas Internationalis say, "The number of persons falling prey to human trafficking has increased to worrying proportions due to coronavirus lockdown measures." Save the Children Italy estimate that 1 in 4 victims of human trafficking in Europe is under 18 years of age; and 2 out of 3 are women or girls. Please visit www.vaticannews.va for more reports and interviews. Please pray for all victims of human trafficking and for those who are caring for them and campaigning for their rights and dignity.

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.

NATURE: Laudato Si' is the title of Pope Francis' encyclical on care for our common home. Laudato si', mi' Signore Praise be to you, my Lord. The encyclical begins, "In the words of this beautiful canticle, St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. "Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs."

This year is the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si.' To read the encyclical, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and search for Laudato Si'. You will also find lots of resources and reflections.

OUR TREASURER, EDDY LUYTEN WRITES: The work on the extension of the porch is not progressing very fast. The main reason is that the person who is supposed to install the windows and the doors is waiting for the glass. Everybody is blaming Covid 19 for the delays.

An additional problem that has appeared is that there is no fire alarm in the church and the one in the kitchen is not good enough. Our building contractor has taken on a subcontractor specialising in fire and safety and we are waiting for his proposals.

We are also waiting for quotations for the floor in the porch and parish room.

We also have a problem now with the central heating system in the presbytery. It looks like the pipes are clogged and need to be cleaned. This may cost us £450.00.



25th July 2020 – 17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



STOP PRESS

The Bishops' Conference have just revised their Guidance for Collective Worship.

Please visit

www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/

for the latest guidance.

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From 4th July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and our Bishops to ensure our safety in church from Covid-19.

The Government has issued "Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4th July." Please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july to read the guidance in full.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued have issued lots of guidance including "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" and "Guidance for Confession". The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny, and complies with the principles established by the Government. It is designed to help parishes comply with the Government's public health and social distancing requirements. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ to read the guidance in full and download.

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).

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have issued "Safeguarding Guidance for Church Stewards". Copies of the guidance will be available to all our stewards. We will need at least 2 stewards to be present in our church throughout the time it is open for prayer or Mass. The guidance states that, where possible, one of each pair should be trained in safeguarding for another role in the parish.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15 minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation aims to raise awareness of national guidance and gives some important safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom Presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

Stewards will be fully briefed about their duties. Stewards will ensure that hand-sanitisation occurs at entry and exit points and that social distancing is maintained in church. Our stewards will have a very important role in ensuring that we all keep safe.

Due to the social distancing guidance, all churches will have a much-reduced capacity. For this reason, many parishes are operating a "booking" procedure so as to avoid, as much as possible, a journey to church only to find that there are no places left.

To get a very good picture of how our churches will manage the demands of covid-19, we recommend you look at the practice of our neighbouring parishes which have already reopened for the public celebration of Mass. Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham, for example, has a very helpful and impressive presentation on its website. The website addresses and contact details of our neighbouring parishes are given below in this newsletter.

All of this sounds strange and daunting but as a strong parish community we can all play our part and look after each other by following the guidance with good grace and humility. Covid-19 is still with us and the risk to health persists so we must do all we can to minimise the risk and protect each other. The lockdown has been tough on our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has meant hardship and sacrifice. We've come a long way. Let's not drop our guard now and risk undoing all our hard work. We are all in this together, and together we will keep ourselves and each other safe.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Colin Wilson, Ellen Clarke, Margaret Waller, Anne Walton, Vera McBrearty, Anna Bele, Mary Baines.

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 Kendel, 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 is progressing well. Before lockdown, we had hoped to be able to have Mass at St Edmund's while our church was closed. However, St Edmund's have not been able to reopen yet. We considered an outdoor Mass but for the comfort, safety and wellbeing of all, we have decided against it for the time being.

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.

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NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.

- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:

- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark

www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship/

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- Our diocese will be celebrating the ordination of 2 priests and 2 deacons this summer.

Peter Wygnanski will be ordained to the priesthood this Saturday 25th July.

Jacob Cheriyan will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on Weds. 29th July.

Prameel Joseph will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on Thurs. 30th July.

Andrew Neate will be ordained to the priesthood on Sat. 19th September.

Please pray for them.

All the ordinations will take place at St John's Cathedral, Norwich at 11.30am. An invited congregation of up to 200 people only will be allowed to attend an ordination in person but everyone can watch it live or recorded online at https://www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/live

- 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/

- In partnership with CAFOD, Caritas East Anglia will be hosting its first webinar on Wednesday 29th July from 6.30pm to 8pm. The webinar is entitled "Re-imagining Love in Action: Preparing the Future."

Find out how we are supporting those who are most in need and dealing with the challenges that we face.

Among those taking part will be Jacinta Goode (Development Worker for Caritas East Anglia), Bishop Alan, Julian Wong (Stella Maris chaplain to seafarers), Jane Crone (CAFOD), representatives from Newmarket, Wymondham and Stowmarket parishes.

It will be a great opportunity to find out what is going on in our diocese and how to get involved. If you would like to join this free webinar, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/first-caritas-webinar-to-showcase-model-projects/ and register by clicking on "register here".

- A Pro-Life prayer vigil is to re-start in the autumn. 40 Days for Life will run from 23rd September to 1st November. Our diocese is keen to establish a network of Pro-life supporters. If you already are a supporter or would like to get involved, please email Sarah Ward who is the pro-life representative on our diocesan Commission for Marriage and Family Life. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/pro-life-prayer-vigil-to-re-start-in-the-autumn/ to read more; for Sarah's contact details; for contact details of support organizations.

- 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

- Public Masses have resumed at the Shrine. There is a daily Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at 12 noon. The Chapel's capacity is reduced to 50 places. More seating outside.

- Both the C o R and the Slipper Chapel are open for private prayer between 10am and 4pm.

- The Shrine Shop and Tearoom are open.

- The live-streaming of Mass and a 24/7 schedule of other services and devotions will continue.

- The Shrine carpark is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm

- The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the Friday Market Place is open for private prayer between 10am and 11.30am, Monday to Friday.

- For more information, please visit the Shrine website above.

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- The Summer edition of Mission Today magazine is available online now at www.missio.org.uk/mission-today

- Mission under the shadow of Covid-19: go to the Missio website above to learn how communities you support around the world are coping with Covid-19.

- During July, we pray with Pope Francis that families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance: "Let us choose the way of Jesus. It is a way that demands effort but the way that brings peace."

- Day of Many Colours: Missio's annual day of prayer and fundraising reminds us that we belong to God's worldwide family. Based on the 5 colours of the Mission Rosary, it unites us with all 5 continents.

- To see how to donate to Missio by text or online, please visit www.missio.org.uk/RedBox

In 2019, the positive impact of your prayers and generous financial support of Missio changed lives in 1,070 mission dioceses across 157 countries. This is what you achieved in 2019: £121,716 distributed to children's projects; 49 convents, churches and chapels built or reconstructed; more than 20,000 children supported around the world; 2,006 seminarians trained for the priesthood. Thank you.

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.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal or via the CAFOD website above.

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.

Offertory Collections

Thank you to so many of you who have responded to the drive to collect your offertory donations via standing order. These donations in addition to the envelope collections are the main stay of the financial health of our parish and we get a healthy 25% rebate from the government for those parishioners who have completed a gift aid form.

To keep up with modern technology we are now introducing Online Giving. The more attentive parishioners will have spotted the addition of the DONATE button at the top of the different web pages of our newsletter. When you click on that button a new window will open allowing you to make a single payment using your debit or credit card. The process is simple and straightforward, but a detailed explanation is given under the website’s Home button in the gift aid section.

NATURE: I've not seen the Little Owl for a few evenings now. I do miss him/her. I expect she/he just fancied a change of scenery and hunting opportunities. Anyway, the Green is a much duller place without the owl...or so I thought until the other night when I had a most unusual visitor. I had fallen asleep with the window and curtain open. Well, I woke to fluttering sounds and lay there a while trying to work what these sounds could mean...or was I dreaming? After a few more moments, I concluded that I really was awake, it was not a dream and these mysterious sounds were very much real, and quite close. Before I let panic and hysteria take over, I bravely switched the light on...and the mystery was solved instantly...it was a bat! I lay there in wonder at this magnificent creature flying around my bedroom at mesmeric speed and tried to work out how to help it out. However, after a trip to the bathroom with a duvet over my head for fear the bat might collide with me, it had luckily found its own way out. After checking every room in the house just in case it had flown downstairs, I went back to bed and fell asleep. (This happened to me once before when I was about 10)


19th July 2020 – 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



STOP PRESS

The Bishops' Conference have just revised their Guidance for Collective Worship.

Please visit

www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/

for the latest guidance.

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From 4th July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and our Bishops to ensure our safety in church from Covid-19.

The Government has issued "Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4th July." Please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july to read the guidance in full.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued have issued lots of guidance including "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" and "Guidance for Confession". The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny, and complies with the principles established by the Government. It is designed to help parishes comply with the Government's public health and social distancing requirements. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ to read the guidance in full and download.

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).

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have issued "Safeguarding Guidance for Church Stewards". Copies of the guidance will be available to all our stewards. We will need at least 2 stewards to be present in our church throughout the time it is open for prayer or Mass. The guidance states that, where possible, one of each pair should be trained in safeguarding for another role in the parish.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15 minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation aims to raise awareness of national guidance and gives some important safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom Presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

Stewards will be fully briefed about their duties. Stewards will ensure that hand-sanitisation occurs at entry and exit points and that social distancing is maintained in church. Our stewards will have a very important role in ensuring that we all keep safe.

Due to the social distancing guidance, all churches will have a much-reduced capacity. For this reason, many parishes are operating a "booking" procedure so as to avoid, as much as possible, a journey to church only to find that there are no places left.

To get a very good picture of how our churches will manage the demands of covid-19, we recommend you look at the practice of our neighbouring parishes which have already reopened for the public celebration of Mass. Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham, for example, has a very helpful and impressive presentation on its website. The website addresses and contact details of our neighbouring parishes are given below in this newsletter.

All of this sounds strange and daunting but as a strong parish community we can all play our part and look after each other by following the guidance with good grace and humility. Covid-19 is still with us and the risk to health persists so we must do all we can to minimise the risk and protect each other. The lockdown has been tough on our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has meant hardship and sacrifice. We've come a long way. Let's not drop our guard now and risk undoing all our hard work. We are all in this together, and together we will keep ourselves and each other safe.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Emma Harvey, Patricia Maugey, Albert Russell, Lily Griffin, Gladys Victoria Gould, Edward John Butler, Arthur Wright, Henry George Cox, Jack Geary, Anna Harvey.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF JACKIE KENDLE who died last week. May she rest in peace. And please pray for Larry, her husband. Jackie will be buried at Rouses Lane Cemetery at 10.30am on Friday 24th after a private Requiem Mass.

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 Kendel, 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 is progressing well. Before lockdown, we had hoped to be able to have Mass at St Edmund's while our church was closed. However, St Edmund's have not been able to reopen yet. We considered an outdoor Mass but for the comfort, safety and wellbeing of all, we have decided against it for the time being.

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

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.

- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:

- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark

www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship/

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- The Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge is organising a series of online seminars to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The seminars take place on Wednesday 22nd July; 7th, 14th and 21st October 2020. Cost £20 per seminar or £100 for all six. To book your place, please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk


- 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

- Public Masses have resumed at the Shrine. There is a daily Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at 12 noon. The Chapel's capacity is reduced to 50 places. More seating outside.

- Both the C o R and the Slipper Chapel are open for private prayer between 10am and 4pm.

- The Shrine Shop and Tearoom are open.

- The live-streaming of Mass and a 24/7 schedule of other services and devotions will continue.

- The Shrine carpark is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm

- The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the Friday Market Place is open for private prayer between 10am and 11.30am, Monday to Friday.

- For more information, please visit the Shrine website above.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

Last Sunday would have been Sea Sunday but it will now be postponed until December 2020. AoS is part of Stella Maris, an international network of organisations that supports seafarers. 90% of world trade is transported by sea. The life of a seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. Many spend up to a year away from home, separated from their family and often working in harsh conditions.

To donate online to AoS, please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/donate-now

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- The Summer edition of Mission Today magazine is available online now at www.missio.org.uk/mission-today

- Mission under the shadow of Covid-19: go to the Missio website above to learn how communities you support around the world are coping with Covid-19.

- During July, we pray with Pope Francis that families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance: "Let us choose the way of Jesus. It is a way that demands effort but the way that brings peace."

- Day of Many Colours: Missio's annual day of prayer and fundraising reminds us that we belong to God's worldwide family. Based on the 5 colours of the Mission Rosary, it unites us with all 5 continents.

- To see how to donate to Missio by text or online, please visit www.missio.org.uk/RedBox

In 2019, the positive impact of your prayers and generous financial support of Missio changed lives in 1,070 mission dioceses across 157 countries. This is what you achieved in 2019: £121,716 distributed to children's projects; 49 convents, churches and chapels built or reconstructed; more than 20,000 children supported around the world; 2,006 seminarians trained for the priesthood. Thank you.

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.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at www.donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal or via the CAFOD website above.

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.

Offertory Collections

Thank you to so many of you who have responded to the drive to collect your offertory donations via standing order. These donations in addition to the envelope collections are the main stay of the financial health of our parish and we get a healthy 25% rebate from the government for those parishioners who have completed a gift aid form.

To keep up with modern technology we are now introducing Online Giving. The more attentive parishioners will have spotted the addition of the DONATE button at the top of the different web pages of our newsletter. When you click on that button a new window will open allowing you to make a single payment using your debit or credit card. The process is simple and straightforward, but a detailed explanation is given under the website’s Home button in the gift aid section.

NATURE I'm looking out my window and nature is just ticking along nicely in a summery kind of way...birds are singing, insects are buzzing, flowers are flowering and creatures everywhere are busily going about their day.


12th July 2020 – 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



STOP PRESS

The Bishops' Conference have just revised their Guidance for Collective Worship.

Please visit

www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/

for the latest guidance.

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From 4th July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and our Bishops to ensure our safety in church from Covid-19.

The Government has issued "Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4th July." Please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july to read the guidance in full.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" and "Guidance for Confession". The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny, and complies with the principles established by the Government. It is designed to help parishes comply with the Government's public health and social distancing requirements. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ to read the guidance in full and download.

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 prepare it for reopening and/or to be a steward, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have issued "Safeguarding Guidance for Church Stewards". Copies of the guidance will be available to all our stewards. We will need at least 2 stewards to be present in our church throughout the time it is open for prayer or Mass. The guidance states that one of each pair should be trained in safeguarding for another role in the parish. Stewards will be fully briefed about their duties. Stewards will ensure that hand-sanitisation occurs at entry and exit points and that social distancing is maintained by people in church. Our stewards will have a very important role in ensuring that we all keep safe.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15 minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation aims to raise awareness of national guidance and gives some important safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom Presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

Due to the social distancing guidance, all churches will have a much-reduced capacity. For this reason, many parishes are operating a "booking" procedure so as to avoid, as much as possible, a journey to church only to find that there are no places left.

To get a very good picture of how our churches will manage the demands of covid-19, we recommend you look at the practice of our neighbouring parishes which have already reopened for the public celebration of Mass. Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham, for example, has a very helpful and impressive presentation on its website. The website addresses and contact details of our neighbouring parishes are given below in this newsletter.

All of this sounds strange and daunting but as a strong parish community we can all play our part and look after each other by following the guidance with good grace and humility. Covid-19 is still with us and the risk to health persists so we must do all we can to minimise the risk and protect each other. The lockdown has been tough on our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has meant hardship and sacrifice. We've come a long way. Let's not drop our guard now and risk undoing all our hard work. We are all in this together, and together we will keep ourselves and each other safe.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Esther Tomlin, Thomas Brooker, Philip Banks, Patrick Joseph Duffy, Edward Longford, Gwendolin 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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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 is progressing well. Before lockdown, we had hoped to be able to have Mass at St Edmund's while our church was closed. However, St Edmund's have not been able to reopen yet. We considered an outdoor Mass but for the comfort, safety and wellbeing of all, we have decided against it for the time being.

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

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.

- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:

- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.


A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark

www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship/

Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth Diocese and Chair of the Dept for Evangelisation and Discipleship, welcomes a new Directory for Catechesis published by the Holy See. He describes it as a document "filled with the joy of the Gospel which looks at catechesis very much through the lens of evangelisation". "All catechesis", he says, "must seek to bring the person into an encounter with Jesus Christ, the centre of what is proclaimed and taught". To read Bishop O'Toole's statement in full, go to www.cbcew.org.uk/new-directory-for-catechesis/

- Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Please visit the Bishops' website above to read more.

- A return to Mass for Catholics in England: listen to a very interesting interview with Fr Christopher Whitehead of St John the Evangelist parish in Bath.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- The Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge is organising a series of online seminars to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The seminars take place on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd July; 7th, 14th and 21st October 2020. Cost £20 per seminar or £100 for all six. To book your place, please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

- Fr Luke Goymour celebrates the 10th anniversary of his ordination with a Papal Blessing. Fr Luke is parish priest of Brandon and Mildenhall, and chaplain to the Ignite Team of our Diocesan Youth Service. Please pray for Fr Luke and all our parish priests.

- 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.

- A Virtual Craft Fair is taking place this Saturday 11th July at Clare Priory, from 10am. The fair will include a virtual tour of the Priory grounds and an opportunity to meet the exhibitors and see the beautiful craftwork on sale. Please visit www.clarepriory.org.uk/CraftFair/VirtualTour

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

This Sunday would have been Sea Sunday but it will now be postponed until December 2020. AoS is part of Stella Maris, an international network of organisations that supports seafarers. 90% of world trade is transported by sea. The life of a seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. Many spend up to a year away from home, separated from their family and often working in harsh conditions.

To donate online to AoS, please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/donate-now

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- The Summer edition of Mission Today magazine is available online now at www.missio.org.uk/mission-today

- Mission under the shadow of Covid-19: go to the Missio website above to learn how communities you support around the world are coping with Covid-19.

- During July, we pray with Pope Francis that families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance: "Let us choose the way of Jesus. It is a way that demands effort but the way that brings peace."

- Day of Many Colours: Missio's annual day of prayer and fundraising reminds us that we belong to God's worldwide family. Based on the 5 colours of the Mission Rosary, it unites us with all 5 continents.

- To see how to donate to Missio by text or online, please visit www.missio.org.uk/RedBox

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

Please visit CAFOD's website to sign their Petition to the Prime Minister and to donate to their Coronavirus Appeal.

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.

Offertory Collections

Thank you to so many of you who have responded to the drive to collect your offertory donations via standing order. These donations in addition to the envelope collections are the main stay of the financial health of our parish and we get a healthy 25% rebate from the government for those parishioners who have completed a gift aid form.

To keep up with modern technology we are now introducing Online Giving. The more attentive parishioners will have spotted the addition of the DONATE button at the top of the different web pages of our newsletter. When you click on that button a new window will open allowing you to make a single payment using your debit or credit card. The process is simple and straightforward, but a detailed explanation is given under the website’s Home button in the gift aid section.

NATURE: We've not heard from moths for a while! Well, these amazing and wonderful creatures (I'm a big fan!) feature in a fascinating article on the RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/natures-home-magazine/birds-wildlife-articles/ where you will find lots more great stories. Quick update: Little Owl and Blackbirds are doing fine and I sense a more harmonious understanding between them. The Green is big enough for them both...that's a relief!

5th July 2020 – 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



From 4th July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and our Bishops to ensure our safety in church from Covid-19.

The Government has issued "Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4th July." Please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july to read the guidance in full.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" and "Guidance for Confession". The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny, and complies with the principles established by the Government. It is designed to help parishes comply with the Government's public health and social distancing requirements. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ to read the guidance in full and download.

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.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15 minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation aims to raise awareness of national guidance and gives some important safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom Presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Josephine Catt, Thomas Tyler, Lewis Heavens, Frances Lloyd, Sylvia Bow, Anna Dunmore,

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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 is progressing well. Before lockdown, we had hoped to be able to have Mass at St Edmund's while our church was closed. However, St Edmund's have not been able to reopen yet. We considered an outdoor Mass but for the comfort, safety and wellbeing of all, we have decided against it for the time being.

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

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.

- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:

- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark

www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship/

Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth Diocese and Chair of the Dept for Evangelisation and Discipleship, welcomes a new Directory for Catechesis published by the Holy See. He describes it as a document "filled with the joy of the Gospel which looks at catechesis very much through the lens of evangelisation". "All catechesis", he says, "must seek to bring the person into an encounter with Jesus Christ, the centre of what is proclaimed and taught". To read Bishop O'Toole's statement in full, go to www.cbcew.org.uk/new-directory-for-catechesis/

Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Tom Williams at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool on Thursday 9th July at 7pm. The Mass will be live-streamed on the cathedral's YouTube channel at www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- The Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge is organising a series of online seminars to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The seminars take place on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd July; 7th, 14th and 21st October 2020. Cost £20 per seminar or £100 for all six. To book your place, please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

- Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Peter Coates of Woodbridge parish who died last week. He had an extraordinary life and you can read a tribute to him written by Fr Edmund Eggleston, his parish priest. (Fr Edmund was a former parish priest of St Dominic's). Peter wrote a regular column for "Catholic East Anglia", our diocesan newspaper. You can read his final column and previous columns on the diocesan website above.

CAFOD

- The CAFOD group of St George's parish, Norwich raised £820 towards CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal by preparing takeaway meals after their summer parish lunch had to be cancelled.

Please visit www.cafod.org.uk for the following:

- How the coronavirus is affecting Colombia.

- Providing food and hope in Kenya.

- Collins is a Project Officer for Caritas Bangladesh. He has chosen to stay and help raise awareness about coronavirus in the Rohingya refugee camp. Read his story and find out what gives him hope.

- CAFOD's statement on the annexation of the West Bank.

- To sign CAFOD's Petition to the Prime Minister and to donate to CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal.

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.

Offertory Collections

Thank you to so many of you who have responded to the drive to collect your offertory donations via standing order. These donations in addition to the envelope collections are the main stay of the financial health of our parish and we get a healthy 25% rebate from the government for those parishioners who have completed a gift aid form.

To keep up with modern technology we are now introducing Online Giving. The more attentive parishioners will have spotted the addition of the DONATE button at the top of the different web pages of our newsletter. When you click on that button a new window will open allowing you to make a single payment using your debit or credit card. The process is simple and straightforward, but a detailed explanation is given under the website’s Home button in the gift aid section.

NATURE: There's a lovely story on the RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk about the great yellow bumblebee, one of the UK's rarest bees. They are almost all found in the west and north of Scotland but they are struggling to survive. On the island of Tiree, the people got together to do something positive about their declining population of GYBB's...with amazing results! Many species of bee are in global decline yet the RSPB say we can all help the bees on our doorstep by 'growing different flowers and shrubs that are full of nectar and pollen, to give them a rich feeding-ground throughout the year.' So, be a friend to bees! (I just thought of that!)

28th June 2020 – SAINTS PETER & PAUL



STOP PRESS

On 23rd June, the Prime Minister announced that churches may reopen for collective acts of worship, including the Mass, from 4th July.

To read the announcement in full, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus You can read this and all other Government announcements, under the heading "Announcements".

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, welcomes the Government announcement. However, he stresses the need to continue to abide by the social distancing and other measures to keep us all safe. Detailed guidance will be issued by our Bishops. To read the Cardinal's statement in full; for all future statements and guidance, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk

For the latest news, statements and guidance from our own diocese of East Anglia, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

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.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15-minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation raises awareness of national guidance and includes some safeguarding information. It is available to everyone. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk and follow the links to "Departments" then "Safeguarding" and then click on "Watch Zoom presentation" (it is very easy...I've just watched it myself). We strongly encourage you to watch the presentation, so that when St Dominic's is preparing to reopen, you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Sonia Redhead, Margaret Breed, Mary Hill, Brigid Woolston, Marian Ostrowski, Anna Wright, Revd. Fr. Oswald Charles Baker, Patrick Egan, Norah Weaver.

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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. Before lockdown, we had hoped to be able to have Mass at St Edmund's while our church was closed. However, St Edmund's have not been able to reopen yet. We are looking at other options, including an outdoor Mass. Churches which can safely reopen are very likely to 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. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/churches/ to find a church in our diocese and it would be advisable to check the parish website for reopening arrangements. Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements. Parishes are being asked to continue live-streaming of Mass, for the time being.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.

- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:

- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark

www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship/

Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth Diocese and Chair of the Dept for Evangelisation and Discipleship, welcomes a new Directory for Catechesis published by the Holy See. He describes it as a document "filled with the joy of the Gospel which looks at catechesis very much through the lens of evangelisation". "All catechesis", he says, "must seek to bring the person into an encounter with Jesus Christ, the centre of what is proclaimed and taught". To read Bishop O'Toole's statement in full, go to www.cbcew.org.uk/new-directory-for-catechesis/

- Canon Christopher Whitehead, a parish priest in Bath, gives his perspective on reopening churches.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson at St George's Cathedral, Southwark on Thursday 2nd July at 7pm. The Mass will be live-streamed on the cathedral's YouTube channel at www.stgeorgescathedral.org.uk

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for all of the following:

- Our diocese is offering a 15-minute Zoom presentation on training for stewards and volunteers involved in reopening our churches. It aims to raise awareness of the national guidance and give some safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation, so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.

- Dr Margaret Mary McFadyen is a spiritual director and teacher. She is also our diocese's representative on the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops' Conference. Read her reflections on the reopening of our churches.

- Bishop Alan celebrated Mass for the sick, NHS staff and carers last Thursday. In his homily, he thanked all those who have responded to God's call 'to love each other with a profound respect'. And he stressed the importance of prayer, "because in speaking with God...we allow his grace to build up the virtues of faith, hope and love within us." To watch a recording of the Mass, please visit www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/live and to read the homily in full visit the diocese's website above.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Read about World Refugee Week and CAFOD's work with vulnerable refugees in Lebanon, Bangladesh and South Sudan in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

- To sign CAFOD's petition to the Prime Minister and to donate to CAFOD'S Coronavirus Appeal, please visit their website above.

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.

NATURE: The other evening, a blackbird had very boldly taken to sitting on the owl's favourite perch, the bench on the village green. I thought this can only mean trouble. However, the blackbird meekly gave way when the owl came along. The blackbirds still give the owl a hard time, mobbing it and generally making it feel unwelcome. The owl, though, is a very cool owl and ignores them pretty much....until yesterday when I really thought the owl was going to teach one of the blackbirds a lesson and give it a big fright at the very least. The owl swooped towards it and...well, it all happened so fast but I think the blackbird made a sharp exit just in time. It's gripping stuff! Anyway, I've been trying to identify the butterflies and moths in the garden but it's proving a challenge. They just won't keep still for a second. I've looked in the book and given them names but whether they are the correct names is another matter. So, you'll just have to take my word for it that a small white, a small pearl-bordered fritillary and a Lackey (amongst many other, as yet unidentified, flying creatures) have (possibly) been flying around my garden, much to my delight. It's the simple things...

Offertory Collections

Thank you to so many of you who have responded to the drive to collect your offertory donations via standing order. These donations in addition to the envelope collections are the main stay of the financial health of our parish and we get a healthy 25% rebate from the government for those parishioners who have completed a gift aid form.

To keep up with modern technology we are now introducing Online Giving. The more attentive parishioners will have spotted the addition of the DONATE button at the top of the different web pages of our newsletter. When you click on that button a new window will open allowing you to make a single payment using your debit or credit card. The process is simple and straightforward, but a detailed explanation is given under the website’s Home button in the gift aid section.

STOP PRESS


On 23rd June, the Prime Minister announced that churches may reopen for collective acts of worship, including the Mass, from 4th July.

To read the announcement in full, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus You can read this and all other Government announcements, under the heading "Announcements".

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, welcomes the Government announcement. However, he stresses the need to continue to abide by the social distancing and other measures to keep us all safe. Detailed guidance will be issued by our Bishops. To read the Cardinal's statement in full; for all future statements and guidance, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk


For the latest news, statements and guidance from our own diocese of East Anglia, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

Health and Safety mean that our own church will remain closed and we will not be able to enter it for private prayer or Mass until the building work has been completed. We expect to be ready to reopen our church in early August. When our church is ready to 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 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.

Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15-minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation raises awareness of national guidance and includes some safeguarding information. It is available to everyone. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk and follow the links to "Departments" then "Safeguarding" and then click on "Watch Zoom presentation" (it is very easy...I've just watched it myself). We strongly encourage you to watch the presentation, so that when St Dominic's is preparing to reopen, you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.



21st June 2020 – 12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



The Government allowed places of worship to reopen for individual prayer from 15th June.

The public celebration of Mass is still not allowed at this stage. The Government will "continue to work with the Taskforce (of faith leaders) towards the full reopening of churches as soon as the scientific advice allows.

We will not have access to our church for individual prayer (or Mass) until the building work is completed, which is expected to be at the end of July.

Our parishioners may of course visit other Catholic churches for individual prayer, following the hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Please visit our diocese's website www.rcdea.org.uk for a full list of the Catholic churches which are reopening for individual prayer in our diocese. The list includes the churches in King's Lynn, Swaffham and Wisbech; please visit www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk and www.ourladyofpity.org (Swaffham) and www.catholic-wisbech.uk for opening days and times.

For all the latest Coronavirus information, news and announcements from the Government, please visit www.gov.uk/coronaviru


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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Phyllis Brittain, Elizabeth Ann Epithite,

Vera Merron, Arthur Martin, Madge Healy, Margaret McKenna, William Carey, John Devlin.

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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)


NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES www.cbcew.org.uk

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has welcomed the re-opening of churches for individual prayer from 15th June. He writes, "This first step enables us to learn and prepare for those that will take us to a fuller use of our churches, for the celebration of Mass and the other sacraments. We await that time with deep longing but patient understanding that the protection of the health of our society, especially of the most vulnerable, is a proper cause for caution and care." To read the full text of his statement, visit www.cbcew.org.uk

- Guidance: To read the "Guidance on Re-opening Catholic Churches for individual, private prayer" issued by our Bishops, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and the Coronavirus page then follow the links to the Guidance.

When the building work at our church is completed, we are going to need lots of volunteers to prepare the church for a safe reopening in line with the guidance. Once we do reopen our church, we will need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church in order to ensure that hand sanitisation and social distancing are maintained. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all.

- The Government will "continue to work with the Taskforce (of faith leaders) towards the full reopening of churches as soon as the scientific advice allows. Any developments will of course be reported here in the newsletter.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Thursday 25th June at 7pm. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/live

- Listen to the Bishops' homilies from previous Thursday Masses at the cbcew website above.

- How to pray and re-connect with the Church as places of worship reopen for individual prayer: Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark Diocese offers his reflections in a podcast at www.cbcew.org.uk

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Coping with grief: Caritas Social Action Network recently facilitated a webinar on coping with grief. Dr Mike Scanlan shares his insights.

- Leading worship online: A webinar exploring how best we can gather for praise and worship online will take place on Thursday 25th June from 3pm to 4pm.

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.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

Please visit the website for:

- CAFOD's Director, Christine Allen, responds to the Government announcement that the Dept. for International Development is to merge with the Foreign Office.

- Syria crisis update: millions of Syrians face the new threat of coronavirus when many cannot socially distance, access healthcare or even find clean water.

- How the pandemic is affecting Bolivia.

- Human Rights Defenders and the coronavirus: stories from the Amazon and Columbia.

- How CAFOD is using radio to fight the coronavirus: your support is helping CAFOD to reach the most vulnerable throughout Latin America and Africa through the radio, providing trusted information and helping more people to survive the crisis.

- To sign CAFOD's Petition and to donate to their Coronavirus Appeal.

CARERS: Research by the Universities of Birmingham and Sheffield suggests that more than 100,000 unpaid carers have had to rely on foodbanks during the pandemic. Helen Walker of Carers UK says that many unpaid carers are at 'breaking point'. Please pray for all carers. [ www.carersuk.org ]

SUMMER: There is a fascinating feature on the National Trust website about the summer solstice and the traditions around it. And another one about roses and the symbolism, history and meaning around them. Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk to read more.

NATURE: I mention the wetland at Welney and now everywhere wants some of the wet stuff! A lot of wildlife will be very grateful. It was nice to see a green woodpecker this week. Every evening, the little owl and the blackbirds play out a mini-drama on The Green. The blackbirds get very agitated at the presence of the owl and are constantly mobbing it. In the end, the owl has enough and retires off-stage. I admire the owl and blackbirds equally. I suspect the owl returns after dark and gets down to some serious hunting when the blackbirds have gone to bed.

14th June 2020 – CORPUS CHRISTI



STOP PRESS:

On Sunday 7th June, the Government confirmed that places of worship will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15th June.

The Government will publish new guidance 'shortly' to ensure this limited reopening can be done safely and in line with social distancing guidelines. This will recommend the thorough cleaning of shared spaces, hand cleansing at entry and exit, and asking worshippers to bring their own items such as religious texts instead of sharing or using communal ones.

The Government. also confirm that communally led prayer, worship or devotion such as Mass will not be possible at this stage.

To read the full text of the Government announcement, go to www.gov.uk/government/news/places-of-worship-to-re-open-for-individual-prayer

[On 11th May, the Government released its document, "Our Plan to rebuild: the UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy". According to Step 3 of the strategy, the Government had said that it was unlikely to allow churches to reopen until 4th July.

Church leaders, including Cardinal Nichols, had since been calling for a phased reopening of churches so as to allow access for individual prayer, in the first instance. So, yesterday's Government announcement is very welcome news].

So. to confirm: places of worship will reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15th June. However, we will not have access to our church for individual prayer (or Mass) until the building work is completed. The building work is expected to be completed at the end of July.


From 15th June, our parishioners may access other churches for individual prayer so long as they follow the hygiene and safety measures in place.

We are still waiting to hear when the public celebration of Mass will be allowed by the Government. We have asked St Edmund's if we can have Mass there once it is allowed and until our building work is completed. We would like a Saturday evening Mass and a Sunday afternoon* Mass at St Edmund's. (* because St Edmund's have a Sunday morning service of their own and often have baptisms afterwards which mean that we could not have a Mass around midday). We are waiting for confirmation of Mass-times from St Edmund's.

Our diocese has written to all parishes, asking them to begin preparations for the reopening our churches. These preparations concern cleaning, hygiene, social distancing; they will ensure that our churches are safe places to enter. So, when our church is ready to reopen, a team of us will go in and make the necessary preparations.

Please do spread the news of this important announcement among your fellow parishioners, especially those who are not on the internet. It is important, however, that the information we give is accurate and up to date. As the Government restrictions and guidelines begin to be eased, it is vital that we keep abreast of the latest developments.

The most accurate and reliable sources of information are:

www.gov.uk for all Government announcements.

www.cbcew.org.uk for news and statements from Cardinal Nichols and our Bishops.

www.rcdea.org.uk for news and statements from our diocese.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Cardinal Nichols will celebrate Mass for Corpus Christi on Sunday at Westminster Cathedral. The Mass will be broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am this Sunday 14th June.


CARDINAL NICHOLS gave an interview this week about the reopening of churches for individual prayer. Listen to the full interview and read the transcript at www.cbcew.org.uk

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Hugh Burns, Mabel Duhig, Charles Gordon Hereford, Ruby Barber, Martin Joseph Diamond, Pamela Leggott, Mary Byrne, Phillip Clive Tuffin.

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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)

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS www.cbcew.org.uk

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has welcomed the re-opening of churches for individual prayer from 15th June. He writes, "This first step enables us to learn and prepare for those that will take us to a fuller use of our churches, for the celebration of Mass and the other sacraments. We await that time with deep longing but patient understanding that the protection of the health of our society, especially of the most vulnerable, is a proper cause for caution and care." To read the full text of his statement, visit www.cbcew.org.uk

- Guidance: To read the "Guidance on Re-opening Catholic Churches for individual, private prayer" issued by our Bishops, please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and the Coronavirus page then follow the links to the Guidance.

When the building work at our church is completed, we are going to need lots of volunteers to prepare the church for a safe reopening in line with the guidance. Once we do reopen our church, we will need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church in order to ensure that hand sanitisation and social distancing are maintained. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all.

- The Government will "continue to work with the Taskforce (of faith leaders) towards the full reopening of churches as soon as the scientific advice allows". Any developments will of course be reported here in the newsletter.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham on Thursday 18th June at 7pm. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-chads-cathedral-birmingham

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Coping with grief: Caritas Social Action Network recently facilitated a webinar on coping with grief. Dr Mike Scanlan shares his insights.

- Leading worship online: A webinar exploring how best we can gather for praise and worship online will take place on Thursday 25th June from 3pm to 4pm.

- Livestreaming has enabled many churches to stay connected with their congregations (and the wider world). Read about a South Norfolk company which supplies audio and audio-visual systems to churches.

NEWS FROM WALSINGHAM www.walsingham.org.uk

The Shrine will reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15th June. The Slipper Chapel and the Chapel of Reconciliation will be open between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Stewards will be on hand to direct pilgrims who will need to follow social distancing guidelines. Pilgrims will not be able to attend Mass or other devotions at present. The livestreaming of Mass and other devotions will continue. The shop and tearoom will also reopen on 15th June. Please visit the Shrine website above for more details.

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.

CARERS

An estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have become carers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers already caring before the pandemic. "Unpaid carers are the pillars of our health and social care system. Yet many say they feel invisible and ignored" (Helen Walker, Carers UK). This CARERS WEEK, let us recognise their care and show our deep appreciation and support. Please pray for all carers.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Please visit the website to read how Cafod is responding to the coronavirus around the world and providing food, sanitisers, PPE, equipment, training. "Cafod is giving us the confidence to go on" (Sr Gertrude, Sierra Leone).

- Petition: we must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign Cafod's petition asking our Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK's international efforts as well as at home.

- To sign the petition and donate to Cafod's Coronavirus Appeal, please visit their website above.

NATURE NOTES: Good news! The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has reopened Welney Wetland Centre. The place is teeming with life...on, above and under the water! It's wonderful and well worth a visit. Please visit www.wwt.org.uk/visit for lots more information. This week, I've heard a cuckoo (at last!), had a close encounter with a muntjac deer and seen the little owl again. All good stuff! The Blackbirds are definitely not happy having the owl around. The other day, they saw the Owl off my roof in a very bold and raucous move. The Sparrows looked very relieved as I suspect Owl had been eyeing them up for a tasty snack.

****Friday 19th June is the feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Abstinence from meat is dispensed on that day. ****


STOP PRESS:


On Sunday 7th June, the Government confirmed that places of worship will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15th June.


The Government will publish new guidance 'shortly' to ensure this limited reopening can be done safely and in line with social distancing guidelines. This will recommend the thorough cleaning of shared spaces, hand cleansing at entry and exit, and asking worshippers to bring their own items such as religious texts instead of sharing or using communal ones.


The Government. also confirm that communally led prayer, worship or devotion such as Mass will not be possible at this stage.


To read the full text of the Government announcement, go to www.gov.uk/government/news/places-of-worship-to-re-open-for-individual-prayer


[On 11th May, the Government released its document, "Our Plan to rebuild: the UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy". According to Step 3 of the strategy, the Government had said that it was unlikely to allow churches to reopen until 4th July.


Church leaders, including Cardinal Nichols, had since been calling for a phased reopening of churches so as to allow access for individual prayer, in the first instance. So, yesterday's Government announcement is very welcome news].


So. to confirm: places of worship will reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15th June. However, we will not have access to our church for individual prayer (or Mass) until the building work is completed. The building work is expected to be completed at the end of July.

From 15th June, our parishioners may access other churches for individual prayer so long as they follow the hygiene and safety measures in place.


We are still waiting to hear when the public celebration of Mass will be allowed by the Government. We have asked St Edmund's if we can have Mass there once it is allowed and until our building work is completed. We would like a Saturday evening Mass and a Sunday afternoon* Mass at St Edmund's. (* because St Edmund's have a Sunday morning service of their own and often have baptisms afterwards which mean that we could not have a Mass around midday). We are waiting for confirmation of Mass-times from St Edmund's.


Our diocese has written to all parishes, asking them to begin preparations for the reopening our churches. These preparations concern cleaning, hygiene, social distancing; they will ensure that our churches are safe places to enter. So, when our church is ready to reopen, a team of us will go in and make the necessary preparations.


7th June 2020 – THE MOST HOLY TRINITY



COLLECTIONS: The standing orders for May total £839.00. A big thank you to our generous parishioners.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Lynette Rodwell, Hannah Dyson, Lilioza Wielgosz, Winifred Orrin, Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Redmond.

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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)

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS www.cbcew.org.uk

- Under the Government's plan, churches will not reopen until 4th July at the earliest. A Government taskforce is seeking to address the needs of places of worship. Cardinal Vincent Nichols is now calling for the phased reopening of churches for private prayer. Our bishops have submitted a plan of how this could be achieved. Please visit the website above to read more about the Cardinal's call and his homily for Pentecost.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick McKinney at St Barnibas' Cathedral, Nottingham on Thursday 11th June at 7pm. The Mass will be live-streamed: look for 'Nottingham Cathedral' on the schedule at www.churchservices.tv

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Thy Kingdom Come www.thykingdomcome.global is a global ecumenical prayer movement for evangelisation. On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis took part in an online service alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and other church leaders. Please visit www.vatican.va to watch and read Pope Francis' video message in full.

- Bishop Alan has released a video message to mark the feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.

- The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge is presenting 4 interactive workshops about the way the pandemic has changed our sacramental imagination. Workshops take place from 2pm to 4pm on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June. £20 per workshop. To apply, please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

- A parishioner from St Mary's Church, Ipswich has written a book about the friendship which has grown up with villages in Cambodia through the Building Bridges project of our diocese. Dr Marie-Madeleine Kenning's book, "Then the Khmer Rouge Came", charts the developing relationship between our diocese and the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang in Cambodia. Read more about this story and how to order the book on our diocesan website above.

- Building Bridges: our diocese is twinned with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the Holy Land and with the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang in Cambodia. Several parishes have made individual twinning arrangements and support humanitarian projects. Our diocese has provided funding for a number of initiatives. Go to 'Departments' then 'Building Bridges' on our diocesan website to find out more.

- Safeguarding: As part of the Catholic Church's commitment to safeguarding, it has been working with EduCare to create an e-learning package that raises awareness of safeguarding. The package comprises a number of modules and is available to all members of the Catholic community, free of charge. E-mail our Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Rebecca Bretherton, on easafeguarding@gmail.com to register your interest.

- Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in Lowestoft celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, in style. The front of the altar was bedecked with images of the Holy Spirit, and red balloons.

---To read more about all these stories, please visit our diocesan website above---

WALSINGHAM www.walsingham.org.uk Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Please visit the Shrine's website above to see their live-streaming schedule from 1st June: daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, prayer and talks.

LOURDES www.lourdes-france.org Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Rosary and the Mass (in English) are live-streamed daily from the Grotto at 2pm and 4pm respectively (UK time).

Please visit the shrine website above to take part and to discover much more about the shrine and its message.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- CAFOD is helping to protect and improve the lives of our sisters and brothers during this global emergency. In countries where the health-care systems are not coping and families are going hungry, the need is great. If you can support CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal, please donate at www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirus

- Summer of Hope: this summer, like never before, we are called to be signs of hope. The website above has lots of imaginative ideas for raising funds for CAFOD.

- See a video message from Sierra Leone about how CAFOD is responding to the Coronavirus.

- Read how the pandemic is affecting Brazil and CAFOD's response.

- Read how you can volunteer for CAFOD...no action is too small to make a difference.

- Join online events, talks and Eucharistic celebrations. You can listen live, or later to a recording.

AMAZING GRACE: Judy Collins and the Global Virtual Choir sing 'Amazing Grace' in aid of the World Health Organization's Solidarity Response Fund. Beautiful! Go to www.globalvirtualchoir.com to listen and watch.

MESSIAH: The 3,600 singers from around the world who are The Self-Isolation Choir sang The Messiah last Sunday. Extraordinary! A CD of the performance is available. The Choir have a Summer School coming up and their next performance will be of Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah, in September. Go to www.theselfisolationchoir.com to find out more and take part.

NATURE NOTES...talking of moths, I spotted a Cinnabar Moth in the garden yesterday. Exquisite, with its pink-edged and -dotted wings. I'm going to become a Moth Champion! They are so misunderstood and underrated. Yet they play a vital role in our wildlife ecosystem, as pollinators, for example. There are over 2,500 species of moths in Britain with a huge diversity of size, form, colour and pattern. Just go to www.butterfly-conservation.org and discover some amazing creatures....and better still, keep your eyes open and experience the wonder for yourselves! The other excitement this week has been the appearance of some little owls on The Green at dusk. They like to just sit on the bench below a copper beech tree or on top of the flagpole, as you do. Yesterday morning, I saw one sitting on my chimney stack...we looked at each other for a while. One of those brief but totally mesmerising and enchanting encounters!


Now I really am about to get carried away with my head full of moths, owls and all their friends and relations! So I better stop there.


31st May 2020 – PENTECOST SUNDAY



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Bedelin Harrison, William Frederick Truan, Robin Rolfe, Carol McKenna, Vera Andrews, Richard Wade, Peter Keatley, John McNiffe.

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, Jackie & Larry Kendel, Joe Lanigan, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.

PLEASE 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)

ROSARY: May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and so let's unite in praying the Rosary. Tradition tells that the Rosary was given to St Dominic (d.1221) by Our Lady. The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, established the Rosary in its current form in 1569 (The ‘luminous’ mysteries were added this century). Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," emphasised the importance of the Rosary in modern times.

PENTECOST SUNDAY NATIONAL ROSARY RALLY 31st MAY 9am to 9pm

Dioceses across England, Wales and Scotland will take part in a Rosary relay rally on Pentecost Sunday. Each diocese is designated an hour and its people are invited to pray the Rosary individually, as families or in online prayer-groups.

Bishop Alan will be at St John's Cathedral, Norwich to lead priests and people across our diocese in praying the Rosary from 2pm to 3pm. Please visit www.sjbcathedral.org.uk for live-streaming of the Rosary.

At 9pm, the Rally will end with a final Rosary and Blessing from Bishop John Keenan at St Mirin's Cathedral in Paisley. To see the full timetable of the Rally, please visit www.walsingham.org.uk

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS www.cbcew.org.uk

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. Bishop John Arnold will celebrate the Mass at 7pm on Thursday 4th June at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Salford. The Mass will be live-streamed on www.churchservices.tv

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Stay close to Jesus: Rebecca Bretherton has written the third of her articles about the UEvangelise Virtual Summit which took place in April. 25 Catholics from East Anglia joined over 4000 others from across the world. While our churches have been closed, their websites have seen a significant increase in visitors. Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples, encourages us all to be ready to welcome people 'home': not just our regular parishioners but also people who have been away from church for a long time and those who have never ventured into our community.

Fr James Walsh, parish priest of North Walsham, offers his reflections on the lockdown.

For these and many other stories from around our diocese, please visit the above website.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Read how COVID-19 is affecting the people of South Sudan.

- NHS nurse, Marie Pennell from Buckinghamshire, has run a half-marathon in support of health-workers tackling COVID-19 in developing countries. She raised nearly £2000. Read her story.

- Cyclone Amphan has struck communities in Bangladesh and India that were already struggling with the spread of COVID-19.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are in need.

LOURDES www.lourdes-france.org

- Even better news!!! The Grotto is reopening to pilgrims at Pentecost and Masses will be in public again. Please visit the Lourdes website to see the programme for this weekend.

- Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican gardens. This Saturday at 4.30pm (UK time), broadcast live around the world. Together with all the Marian Shrines, let us unite in prayer with Pope Francis to ask Our Lady for her help and comfort during the pandemic. Please visit the Lourdes website (above) or www.vaticannews.va/fr to watch the broadcast and take part.

- At the Grotto on Pentecost Sunday, there will be Rosary in English at 2pm (UK time); and Mass in English at 4pm (UK time).

- Candle-lit Rosary at the Grotto this Saturday and Sunday at 8pm (UK time)

- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Rosary Basilica, 4pm to 5pm (UK time) this Sunday.

NATURE NOTES: Another of my favourite trees is the Sycamore (or is it an oak?) in the churchyard at Stow Bardolph. I'll have to go and pay my respects again soon...it's a glorious tree! And the gardens at Stow Hall have some pretty majestic trees, too. So, when the gardens reopen I can recommend a visit. Wildflower meadows are heavenly places but sadly we've lost so many over the years. The National Trust website www.nationaltrust.org.uk has a Fascinating Feature all about them and the amazing stories of our wildflowers. And finally a plug for BBC Springwatch on BBC 2 and at www.bbc.co.uk (now and until 12th June)… it shows how nature has the power to amaze, delight and heal us!


24th May 2020 –7th SUNDAY OF EASTER



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Joy Cleverley, Patrick Smith, Harold Cliff Cole, David Rees, Mary Mahony, William Adams, Brenda Winifred Burke.

PLEASE PRAY FOR LEN BOULDEN, who is in hospital.

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

PLEASE 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)

ROSARY: May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and so let's unite in praying the Rosary. Tradition tells that the Rosary was given to St Dominic (d.1221) by Our Lady. The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, established the Rosary in its current form in 1569 (The ‘luminous’ mysteries were added this century). Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," emphasised the importance of the Rosary in modern times.

PENTECOST SUNDAY NATIONAL ROSARY RALLY 31st MAY 9am to 9pm

Dioceses across England, Wales and Scotland will take part in a Rosary relay rally on Pentecost Sunday. Each diocese is designated an hour and its people are invited to pray the Rosary individually, as families or in online prayer-groups. Our diocese is asked to pray from 2pm to 3pm. At 9pm, the Rally will end with a final Rosary and Blessing from Bishop John Keenan at St Mirin's Cathedral in Paisley. To see the full timetable of the Rally, please visit www.walsingham.org.uk

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us

GIFT AID SCHEME (envelopes or standing orders): please note that to comply with HMRC requirements, all Gift Aid donors must be paying UK Income or Capital Gains Tax in an amount equal to the tax claim of their donation (i.e.25%); for example if you donate £500 in the year, you need to be paying at least £125 worth of tax in the same Tax Year. Unless the Gift Aid Officer is informed to the contrary, he will assume this to be the case. In addition, can all donors be reminded that they are obliged to notify the Gift Aid Officer of any change to their name, address or postcode to avoid the need for a new Gift Aid Declaration form to be completed. Again, he will assume this to be the case unless advised.

Thank you for everyone’s support.

Jose Villatoro (Gift Aid Officer), 01366386677 or j.villatoro@sky.com

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS www.cbcew.org.uk

- Cardinal Vincent Nichols recently spoke on BBC Radio 4 about how Catholic churches might be safely reopened for private prayer as the Government eases the lockdown restrictions. ( As it stands, the Government's plan is for places of worship to remain closed until 4th July at the earliest.) Visit the above website to listen to/read the full interview.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care: This week's Mass will be celebrated at 7pm on Thursday 28th May by Bishop Terence Drainey at St Mary's Cathedral, Middlesbrough. Please visit www.middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk and follow the links for live-streaming of the Mass.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

- Jane Crone (Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in East Anglia) writes about Laudato Si' and CAFOD's Live Simply project which invites us all to live in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation.

- Mgr Tony Rogers offers reflections of a parish priest in lockdown.

- Visitors to our diocesan website have doubled since lockdown showing that the faith of our Catholic community is staying strong and active.

LAUDATO SI': On 24th May, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si', Pope Francis' encyclical on caring for the gift of creation, our common home. The Catholic Church has been celebrating Laudato Si' Week to reflect on its message and invite everyone to take action in the spirit of the encyclical. The Week's theme is "Everything is connected:" for the connections between how we treat God, nature and each other offer profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for lots of resources and prayers, and a message from Pope Francis; and www.vatican.va to read the encyclical.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

- Resources, prayers and news related to Laudato Si' and Live Simply...and much, much more.

- Covid-19 Petition: CAFOD invite you to sign their petition asking our Prime Minister to work closely with other world leaders to put the needs of the most vulnerable first. "We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion." Please visit CAFOD's website above for more background information, and to sign the petition.

LOURDES www.lourdes-france.org

- Good news!!! After weeks of closure, the Sanctuary finally reopened to pilgrims from the locality on 16th May. Strict safety measures are in place. Whilst under lockdown, the chaplains of the Sanctuary have been maintaining a constant vigil of prayer at the Grotto ( which will continue). The Rector of the Sanctuary writes, "The countless testimonies and prayer intentions confirm that the role of the Sanctuary is to be a beating heart of prayer for the world."

- Help the Sanctuary to rise again: The resources of the Sanctuary are reliant on pilgrims. Without them, without their offerings and donations, it cannot exist. Losses of 8 million Euros are forecast. To secure its future and to preserve jobs, it is vital for the Sanctuary to appeal to the generosity of its donors and launch this appeal. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the website above.

- Both the Dioceses of Middlesbrough and Birmingham would normally be on pilgrimage to Lourdes at this time but sadly not this year. However, they are both making a 'virtual', spiritual pilgrimage, with a daily programme of liturgy and prayer. Our own diocesan pilgrimage is normally in August, as part of the Catholic Association pilgrimage. There is still the intention to hold the pilgrimage from 21st to 28th August but matters will be under constant review, as and when guidance is received from the authorities. Please visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk for more information and news about the pilgrimage.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us

St Bernadette, pray for us


FLOWER POWER: The Chelsea Flower Show went all virtual and digital this year. The RHS website is well-worth a visit for a feast of floral delights. The RHS gardens may still be closed but you can still make a virtual tour and gain inspiration for your own garden www.rhs.org.uk

NORFOLK has natural beauty and wonderful wildlife...and, amazingly, it's all around us! You can explore it all with the help of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

YOU GOT THE LOVE: Just go to www.bbc.co.uk/arts to enjoy the BBC Lockdown Orchestra and the Great British Public performing the song "You got the love." It's brilliant and very moving. And there's a whole lot more there on the website to enjoy.


17th May 2020 –6th SUNDAY OF EASTER



BUILDING WORK began at our church on Monday 11th May. The work had been due to start in April but the builders had to suspend all work due to COVID-19 restrictions. The porch is being extended and the kitchen enlarged slightly. We can look forward to a great enhancement to our church, with a more spacious, open and hospitable space to meet and welcome in comfort. Please pray for our builders and for the safe, successful and timely completion of the work. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this project possible and in particular to Eddy, our Treasurer.

THANK YOU very much to everyone who helped to clear the porch, parish-room and kitchen in preparation for the building work.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Donald Keady, Doris Reid, Peveri Nazimova, Elizabeth McNeil, Bill Kenney.

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

PLEASE 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)

ROSARY: May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and so let's unite in praying the Rosary. Tradition tells that the Rosary was given to St Dominic (d.1221) by Our Lady. The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, established the Rosary in its current form in 1569 (The ‘luminous’ mysteries were added this century). Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," emphasised the importance of the Rosary in modern times.

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS (www.cbcew.org.uk)

Statement on “Our Plan to Rebuild – the UK Government’s COVID-19 recover strategy”


The following statement has been prepared regarding the Government document above; it was made public this evening:

The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government's document and statements fail to recognise this.

The Government's position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with 'stakeholders' in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship.

In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer. The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.


A link can be found: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/catholic-bishops-respond-to-governments-lockdown-easing-plans/

On 11th May, the Government released a document, "Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy." Please visit www.gov.uk to read the document in full. According to Step 3 of the strategy, the Government is not likely to allow places of worship to reopen until after 4th July at the earliest. The Government intends to set up taskforces to work closely with 'stakeholders' to 'develop ways in which they can make public spaces COVID-19 secure.'

- Our Bishops have issued a statement in response to the Government's recovery strategy. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk to read the statement, or find it at the end of this newsletter.

- Visit the above website for an online directory of churches in England and Wales (including East Anglia) that are streaming Catholic Mass online.

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies and live-streamed from Our Lady, Help of Christians and St Peter of Alcantara, Shrewsbury at 7pm on Thursday 21st May. Please go to www.cbcew.org.uk and follow the links for the Mass.

- International Nurses Day was celebrated on Tuesday 12th May, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. We were invited to light candles in our windows to mark the occasion and as a sign of solidarity with nurses around the world. We owe them so much. Please pray for them. And please visit www.vatican.va to read Pope Francis' message to mark the day.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE (www.rcdea.org.uk)

- Read about Ignite @ Home, an online youth festival organised by our diocesan youth service and which took place last weekend. There was an array of speakers and worship-leaders from across the UK, and beyond.

- Radio Maria is broadcasting the daily 10am Mass from St John's Cathedral, Norwich. There are also broadcasts from Walsingham and Blackfriars, Cambridge. Tune in for daily liturgies, teaching and catechesis. Radio Maria broadcasts through digital radio to Cambridge and London, and through the internet across the country. Please visit www.radiomariaengland.uk

FOODBANKS are a vital lifeline for many, especially now in the midst of this pandemic. The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of foodbanks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for foodbanks in the UK. The Trust has seen a record spike in need. There was an 81% increase for emergency food parcels from foodbanks during the last 2 weeks of March.

Our local foodbank is situated at Eternity Downham Market, The Sovereign Centre, Sovereign Way, Downham Market PE38 9SW. It is open on Tuesdays 12.30 to 2.30pm and on Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Our local Tesco and Morrison's both have collection points for donations of food for our foodbank. Any donations will be greatly appreciated at this time of unprecedented need.

Pleasevisit www.trusselltrust.org and www.eternitydownham.co.uk/foodbank for more information. Please pray for the people who are in need and for the volunteers keeping the foodbanks open and at the service of their local community.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk Join CAFOD in praying for all those affected by COVID-19 around the world and read stories from Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a weak and fragile health-care system. Please visit the website for prayers, liturgies and reflections; worksheets, prayers, films and activities that support home-learning for young people.

NATURE NOTES: I love trees! I miss the magnificent Copper Beech in our church carpark, amongst many others. Do you have a favourite tree? Well, now you can nominate it for "Tree of the Year" and share its story by visiting www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear Entry closes 29th June.

NORFOLK OPEN STUDIOS 23rd May to 7th June We may not be able to visit studios in person but we CAN still enjoy 'virtual' tours, video demonstrations, audio recordings, photographs and filmed stories. Just go to www.norfolkopenstudios.org.uk and immerse yourself artistically!

A People who Hope in Christ

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)

The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction, our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly, large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are bereaved find comfort.

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.

None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing, touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments. This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’ We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.

As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is shared by so many volunteers from our communities.

None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.

We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests, our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.

On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed. In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the Sacrifice of Praise.

We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our prayers and blessing

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff

✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark



The following has just come in from Father Erico:


If you’re looking for one final reason to join Laudato Si’ Week, this is it.

Christiana Figueres, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, will join Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, for an exclusive conversation on “Laudato Si’ at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant as Ever.”

This and a full week of workshops is below–all offered completely free of charge as part of Laudato Si’ Week. Space is limited, so please register now to attend.

16-17 MAY | Laudato Si’ Week Retreat with Tomás Insua

Laudato Si’ Week begins with a two-day retreat to deepen our spirits. Grow in gratitude and connect with people around the world through prayer, reflections on the encyclical, and time with creation. Hear both the cry and the song of creation, and find hope for the future. Group conversations and interactive exercises enrich the experience. Register here for this two-day event (English only)

Our featured speaker is Tomás Insua. Tomás co-founded GCCM after being awakened to the close connections between the climate crisis and social justice during a life-altering trip to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Tomás also served in the UN Climate Secretariat for COP21, worked as a marketeer for Google, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard's Kennedy School.This conversation takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 May. Register here for this interactive two-day retreat. (English only)

18 MAY | Laudato Si’ at 5 with Christiana Figueres and Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies

Explore Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on our common home and its deep roots in our faith. Learn how Laudato Si’ reflects millennia of Christian thought in a new way for today’s ecological crisis from a top Laudato Si’ expert at the Vatican. An interactive format will help us share how the encyclical has touched us as individuals.

Our featured speakers are Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Figueres was an architect of the Paris climate agreement and has continued her leadership of the global climate movement.

Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, helps lead the Vatican’s work on Laudato Si’. He is the former theological adviser to CAFOD and an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University.

This conversation takes place on Monday, 18 May. It’s at 8:00 New York / 14:00 Rome / 20:00 Manila. Register here to join us for this or any other weekday workshop.

19 MAY | Eco-spirituality with Mary Evelyn Tucker

Reflect on the spiritual depths that we stand on as we work to protect our common home. Through prayer, scholarship, and living examples, we’ll dive into the theology and spiritual practices that strengthen us. The gifts of the spirit are truly needed to conquer the challenges we face, and our faith is a transformative force for good.

Our featured speaker is Mary Evelyn Tucker, who co-founded and leads the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, which “informs and inspires people to preserve, protect, and restore the Earth community.” She is also a senior lecturer and research scholar in the university’s joint Masters of Arts program in religion and ecology.

This conversation takes place on Tuesday, 19 May. It’s at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join us for this or any other weekday workshop.

20 MAY | Sustainability with Yeb Saño

Learn how Catholic people and institutions can make a big difference in the global race to protect our common home. Catholics–who make up nearly one-seventh of the world’s population–are showing extraordinary leadership while making a real contribution reducing our impact on the Earth. This is a practical, action-oriented conversation.

Our featured speaker is Yeb Saño, who was the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), a disaster linked to climate change that killed thousands of people. Yeb's tearful plea to protect his people shook the COP19 climate negotiations. Since then, Yeb has marched thousands of kilometers on climate pilgrimages and taken up leadership as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. He is a member of the GCCM board of directors.

This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join us for this or any other weekday workshop.

20 MAY | Advocacy

Learn how advocating for policies that protect the most vulnerable among us is part and parcel of our faith. From in-depth exploration of the ways that we harm “the least among us” to practical tips for putting our faith into action, this session offers essential guidance to building a better world for the long term. An interactive format offers the opportunity to share ideas and hear the personal experiences of Catholics from around the world.


This event is co-sponsored by GCCM and CIDSE. Our featured speaker will be announced soon!

This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 11:00 New York / 17:00 Rome / 23:00 Manila. Register here to join us for this or any other weekday workshop.

22 MAY | Social Action

Grow your relationships, where the Holy Spirit moves us. Learn how to build communities of care that protect the most vulnerable. Explore new ways of connecting with the people around you in common projects that draw on the transformative power of our faith.

This event is co-sponsored by GCCM and Caritas Internationalis. Our featured speaker will be announced soon!

This conversation takes place on Friday, 22 May. It is at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join us for this or any other weekday workshop.

Laudato Si’ Week begins in just a few days! Be sure to register for the weekend retreat or for one of the weekday sessions.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

In faith,

Christina for GCCM

PS: If you aren’t able to register, join us on Facebook at the time of each webinar to see a Facebook Live broadcast in English. Visit our Facebook page here at the time each conversation starts.

STOP PRESS: The building work on the church porch will be starting on Monday, 11th May.


10th May 2020 –5th SUNDAY OF EASTER



COLLECTIONS: The monthly collection for April was a generous £631.00. A big thank you to our parishioners for all their very kind donations.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Andrew Skeparnides, Paul Bentley, Brian Weedon, Hugh James Walton, Bronislaw Anthony Szczepanski, John O'Neill, Frantisek Bezdek, Victor Thomas Parnell.

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

PLEASE 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)

POPE FRANCIS' LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL FOR MAY. Please scroll down to last week’s newsletter to see this, and to see the Bishop’s pastoral letter as well.

ROSARY: May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and so let's unite in praying the Rosary. Tradition tells that the Rosary was given to St Dominic (d.1221) by Our Lady. The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, established the Rosary in its current form in 1569 (The ‘luminous’ mysteries were added this century). Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," emphasised the importance of the Rosary in modern times.


NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS (www.cbcew.org.uk)

- Mass for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in social care. This week's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne and live-streamed from St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle at 7pm on Thursday 14th May.

- Our Bishops have dedicated 2020 as The Year of the God who Speaks: Scripture is at the centre of everything we do as a Church. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk to see resources and prayers.

- Hope in the Risen Lord: Writing on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the five Metropolitan Archbishops have addressed the Covid-19 pandemic and, specifically, the measures taken and the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the virus. Please visit the above website to read their letter in full.

- 'Pray as you go' is a website and app. produced by the Jesuits to provide a framework for daily prayer sessions (with music, scripture and some questions for reflection). And 'Pray as you stay' is a series to support you during this time of uncertainty, self-isolation and fear. Please visit www.pray-as-you-go.org

- Pause for Faith: Join Fr Stephen Wang each day for some conversation, prayer and reflection on the treasures of our Christian faith at www.youtube.com/c/PauseforFaith

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE (www.rcdea.org.uk)

- Ignite @ Home is an online youth festival taking place this weekend 8 - 10 May, organised by our diocesan youth service. Each day features music, entertainment, talks and prayer. The festival invites participants to explore their spirituality and go a little deeper. Go to the Ignite Team's YouTube channel @igniteyea for live-streaming of sessions from 7.30pm to 8.45pm each night. Be sure to subscribe to receive notifications. Any questions to Ciaran at igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk

- UEvangelise Virtual Summit: 25 Catholics from our diocese joined over 4000 others from around the world to learn that the call to share the Gospel is not constrained by our current circumstances. Read the first in a series of 3 reports about the summit. (Please also see the Evangelisation page on our parish website).

- and there are also articles on St Edmund, Radio Maria England and much more.

LOURDES www.lourdes-france.org

- International candle-lit Rosary is live-streamed from the Grotto every Saturday at 8pm (UK time). Join people from across the world in this beautiful service, with your own lighted candle.

ASK LILY ( www.asklily.org.uk ) is an online directory compiled by the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. It lists organisations, services and activities that help people to live healthy, active and independent lives. For mental and physical health advice, please also see www.justonenorfolk.nhs.org

NATURE NOTES: "Now that must have been a Swallow...white front, forked tail," I said to myself as I drove into the village last Saturday evening after my weekly shop in town. This Swallow (as I humbly venture to identify the bird) was sitting on a telegraph wire. I was not able to stop and study it at length as I was hungry and wanted to get home and cook my tea. The Swifts arrived here on Tuesday...a great sight, high up in the sky. Last night, the Owls woke me up again and I've never heard anything like it...loud shrieks, and I mean LOUD!!! Barn Owls...what an Amazing (and Quite Scary-sounding) sound! I got up and looked out the window, hoping I might possibly see one in the bright moonlight but sadly not. Do you appreciate the wild plants growing in your street? "More Than Weeds" is a project aimed at changing our perception of urban plants growing on walls and pavements. Its founder and other like-minded botanists chalk the names of wild plants on pavements etc (with permission) "to raise awareness of the presence, knowledge and respect of these plants"...visit www.morethanweeds.co.uk and be amazed and awed like I was!


3rd May 2020 –4th SUNDAY OF EASTER



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Cyril Vincent, Robert Wales, Michael John Bryant, Helen McCarthy, Bernard O'Brien, Kevin Hanley, Christopher White, Hazel Midgeley, John Carey, Fr. Liam Crowley.

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

PLEASE 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)

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS is this Sunday, 3rd May. Please pray for vocations. You will find a lovely prayer and two stories of discernment to the religious life on our Bishops' website www.cbcew.org.uk

This week's Mass for the sick and their families, NHS workers and those working in Social Care will be on Thursday 7th May at 7pm from St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds. The Mass will be live-streamed. Please see www.cbcew.org.uk for links to the Mass, and all the latest news from our Bishops. (Bishop Mark O'Toole's Pastoral Message, inviting us all to be like Christ the Servant, is well worth reading...follow the link to "news and media").

POPE FRANCIS' LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL FOR MAY. Please see the end of this newsletter to read the letter and some special prayers. (N.B. Daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis is live-streamed via the Vatican website www.vatican.va).

ROSARY: May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and so let's unite in praying the Rosary. Tradition tells that the Rosary was given to St Dominic (d.1221) by Our Lady. The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, established the Rosary in its current form in 1569 (The ‘luminous’ mysteries were added this century). Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," emphasised the importance of the Rosary in modern times.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE:

For followers of Evening Prayer from St George's, Norwich (highly recommended), there is an amazing story of Fr Sean Connolly's fortitude and improvisation (www.stgeorgenorwich.com).

A May Magnificat Retreat is being presented via Zoom by the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge on Saturday 16th May. Also, news of a course for the Diocesan Certificate in Catholic Studies.

FaithhopeloveNorfolk is an ecumenical project to help churches and Christian groups across Norfolk respond to the developing Covid-19 crisis. (www.faithhopelovenorfolk.co.uk was launched on 8 April by the established Christian community website www.networknorfolk.co.uk).

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk to read about all the above stories, and many more.

CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL: The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal, or as a parish community via your own parish finances.

The appeal was launched on 30th April. Christine Allen (Director, CAFOD) writes, "I truly believe that our way through these times lies in holding fast to our faith and to one another. Please remember CAFOD's work in your prayers.

We are living through one of the global events that will shape humanity, and our response can only be the response of the heart of God. We need to be His hands and feet - we cannot do otherwise."

Please visit the CAFOD website for a lot more background information; a video message; prayer resources; online talks; weekly livestreamed Mass.

MISSIO is the agency of the Catholic Church for overseas mission. Pope Francis has established an emergency fund to come to the aid of those communities who are being tragically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. He asks each one of us to contribute what we can via Missio at www.missio.org.uk/donate Please visit the website for other methods of contributing, prayers, information and resources.

Fr Tony Chantry (Missio National Director) writes, "Any gift that you can make at this time will help our missionaries reach out to the most vulnerable people and offer them spiritual and practical support; and any prayer you offer for them will surely be heard."

NATURE NOTES: On second thoughts, I don't think it could have been a Swallow I saw the other day. I expect it's a little Too Cold for Swallows at the moment. Some summer migrants have already arrived, though, like our friend the Cuckoo heard in town...I wish he/she would pay us a visit in Shouldham. Anyone spotted a Mint Moth or Holly Blue Butterfly? Moths are one of those Hugely Underrated Creatures, I think. Anyway, the Jackdaws are still pretty boistrous and keeping us entertained. The Lilac and the Bluebells are in flower and what about the hedgerows and verges...looking across my local landscape I see all those streams of white of the Hawthorn and Cow Parsley. Talking of Bluebells, I am reminded of the National Trust website www.nationaltrust.org.uk which will take you on a stroll through a beautiful Bluebell Wood as well as inviting you to explore their gardens, houses and collections...enjoy a 'blossom-watch', go stargazing, listen to birdsong.....a Treasure-Trove of Delights!

PASTORAL LETTER of

BISHOP ALAN HOPES for the

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today is commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday because in today’s Gospel, Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep.

How important it is for us to remember this truth! Our God is not the clockmaker god of the post-Enlightenment philosophers who winds up the world and then leaves it to its own devices. Nor is he the capricious despot of the ancient Greek and Roman gods. Nor is he some impersonal force of nature that directs this universe to no apparent end. No, he is a shepherd - someone who sees us and cares personally about us, someone who guides us with an unfailing hand, if we are willing to follow Him.

Today we pray particularly for vocations to the priesthood – for those who will become images of the Good Shepherd for us in our parishes. We pray for men who will be willing to look after the flock of God, not for their own gain, nor for their own convenience, but selflessly, with the love of the Master himself.

That is a tall order! That is why we need to pray for our priests, for those in formation for the priesthood, for those who are discerning a call to be a priest, those who are afraid to follow the call, those who have not yet heard the call which is already in their heart. Our prayer is essential!

It is also important for us to actively encourage anyone who is showing the signs and the gifts that are needed for today’s priests.

John Vianney, a saintly French Parish Priest who lived two hundred years ago, preached these words:

A good shepherd, a pastor after God’s own heart, is the greatest treasure which the good Lord can grant a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy.

The priest is a precious gift for the People of God. It is the priest who is the Lord’s instrument, in bringing about His Presence in the Eucharist. It is the priest who brings the Lord’s loving mercy and forgiveness into the messes we make of our lives. It is the priest who helps us find purpose and meaning and direction in our lives as they guide us in God’s teachings. It is the priest who cares for us as at all the special moments of our lives and who shares in all our joys and sorrows.

As your Bishop I am concerned about the future of our Diocese of East Anglia. Those priests who now serve in our parishes have given up their whole lives in faithful service of God’s people, many of them above and beyond the years expected of them. Pray for them at this challenging time. Know that every day in this lockdown they offer the Holy Mass and the Prayer of the Church for each one of the Parish community and for all whose lives have been affected by the pandemic, and for all those who have died. And as we pray for them, we pray today that future generations of Catholics may also be served and loved and guided by true shepherds.

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we also remind ourselves of the women and men who serve the Church through their Religious Orders and Congregations. We are blessed in our Diocese. We have a contemplative community who offers its life in prayer and worship on behalf of the whole world. We also have active communities who lovingly serve God through a variety of gifts. Pray for them in thanksgiving and pray that they may continue to be blessed with vocations.

Finally, as St John Henry Newman reminds us, each of us has been called into being by God to carry out a specific service. Through our Baptism we are all members of the Body of Christ, whatever our state in life – and we are called to serve God and one another. That is our Baptismal vocation. We must pray for the ability to abandon our own plans, our own safe calculations and to learn to ask the Lord:

What are your plans, and calculations for me, what do you desire for me and my life?

We should be ready with a generous and open heart to respond to whatever God replies.

May the Lord grant us more vocations both for the priesthood and the religious life. May he help us all to discover how we might strengthen the witness and the service of the Church in the world.

May the Risen Christ continue to fill you with hope and peace in these uncertain days. And may the Holy Spirit of Pentecost renew and strengthen us all in the Lord’s service and in the service of one another.

With all good wishes and prayers for you to stay safe and well,

Yours devotedly in Christ,

The Right Revd Alan S Hopes

Bishop of East Anglia


Letter and Prayers of the Holy Father

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.

Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection, I send you my blessing.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020

Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

FRANCIS

First Prayer

O Mary,

You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;

Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Second Prayer

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.


26th April 2020 – 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER


COLLECTIONS:

THE EASTER OFFERING

In collaboration with the Bishop’s Council and with Matthew, our Director of Finance, it has been agreed that the Easter Offering should be taken up on a Sunday designated for this purpose by the Diocese once the present pandemic crisis is over. Any donations made online over the Easter weekend will also count towards the Easter Offering.

With all good wishes and prayer,

+Alan

The Right Rev Alan S Hopes

Bishop of East Anglia

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: George Riddiford, Louise Wright.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR JOHN STANTON, Shirley Stanton's husband, who was admitted to hospital after a fall at home. He now has the coronavirus. Please pray for John, Shirley and their family.

Shirley was a parishioner of St Dominic's for many years before they moved to the south of England to be nearer their family. There are many in the parish now who would remember Shirley and John, and who would like to pray for them.

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, 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?

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS:

Masses for the sick and their families, NHS front-line workers and those working in Social Care: Every Thursday at 7pm, beginning 23rd April, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral. The Mass will be live-streamed so that we can all join in this act of spiritual solidarity. Please see www.cbcew.org.uk for more details and links to the weekly Cathedral Masses.

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE:

Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in King's Lynn is now live-streaming its 11.30am Sunday Mass at www.catholicparish-kingslynn.org.uk as well as a midweek Mass at 4pm on Wednesdays, which will be followed by Exposition, Vespers and Benediction.

Evangelisation in the midst of a pandemic: a virtual online event is taking place this Saturday 25th April to show how we may still evangelise in these times: 5pm to 8pm (UK time). To register for a FREE place at the U Evangelize Virtual Summit, please see the link at www.rcdea.org.uk

Hope into Action is a charity which links up with church communities to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable people: refugees, the homeless, prison-leavers, who lack networks of support. Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Sawston is providing a home for a family of Syrian refugees through a partnership with Hope into Action. News reports can distance us from the horrific scale of the human suffering in Syria. A parishioner writes, "Our involvement with this one family has lifted and personalised our consciousness of the situation." Please visit www.hopeintoaction.org.uk for more information about the charity's amazing work.

CAFOD invites young people from East Anglia, aged 18 to 30, to take part in its Gap Year programme, "Step into the Gap." The 10-month programme helps young people to gain valuable leadership skills and work experience. This Thursday 30th April at 11am, Julia Corcoran of CAFOD will be putting on a webinar, in which 3 gappers talk about their experiences. Placements are available from September 2020. Please see www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear for more details and how to apply. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for the full report and link to join the webinar.

The Knights of St Columba have launched a series of competitions for young people to encourage creativity during this period of lockdown. The Easter Scene Painting Competition is open to children from East Anglia in Key Stage 2 (school years 3-5). There is also a National Prayer-writing Competition and an Essay-writing Competition.

For more details of all the above stories, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

CAFOD: Please visit www.cafod.org.uk to read how CAFOD is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and still providing care and sanitation to the most vulnerable across the world. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever.

THE 2.6 CHALLENGE: The pandemic is having a drastic impact on many charites, and they need our support. On Sunday 26th April, the London Marathon would have taken place, with runners raising £1000's for charities. Instead, people across the UK will be taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to fund-raise for their favourite charities. The challenge is about doing anything that involves the number 2.6 or 26. So, it could be a 2.6 mile walk or cycle-ride, a 26 minute exercise, baking 26 cup-cakes, writing a 26-line poem etc, etc. Please visit www.twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com for more information, ideas, how to get involved and to donate.

LOURDES: We may not be able to travel to Our Lady's shrine just yet but why not make a spiritual pilgrimage. When St Bernadette was living at the convent in Nevers, she said, "Every day I go in spirit to the Grotto. I make a pilgrimage there." The website of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes www.lourdes-france.org has all the information and resources to help you.

The Sanctuary is live-streaming from the Grotto all day and night. There is continuous prayer from 6am to 7.30pm (UK time), with a Mass and the Rosary at regular intervals.

"A flame, a presence"...Bernadette arrived at the Grotto on 18th February 1858 with a lighted candle. Our Lady asked her to leave it burning at the Grotto. Millions of candles have been burning there continuously ever since. Lighting a candle is a prayer...and you can ask for a candle to be lit for your intention in Lourdes, saying this lovely prayer:

Lord, may this light be the sign of your presence for me.

May it illuminate my life and be the sign of my faith.

In my troubles and difficulties may it warm my heart.

This flame carries my prayer and the prayers of those I love whom I now entrust to you.

Help me to be the light for those around me. Thank you, Lord.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

St Bernadette, pray for us.

As well as asking for a candle to be lit, you can also request a Mass, place a petition at the Grotto and make a donation. Just go to www.lourdes-france.org and follow the links.

And, finally, here is a beautiful prayer to the Immaculate Conception for a spiritual pilgrimage:

Our Lady of Lourdes,

You who revealed your presence to Bernadette

By simply saying "I am the Immaculate Conception,"

Grant us the grace to be present with you

at the Grotto of Massabielle.

We cannot be there today

but we are present in spirit

with Bernadette and all the pilgrims from Lourdes

who have gone before us.

You gave birth to the Saviour of the world,

Look tenderly on our world in her distress.

Open in us a path of hope,

Guide us to Him who is the Living Source,

Jesus, your Son, who teaches us to say

Our Father...

BON PELERINAGE!

NATURE NOTES: Joe thinks he saw a swallow sitting on a telegraph wire (but he could have been mistaken). A Reliable Source reports a cuckoo singing in Downham. The Jackdaws of Shouldham are up to Mischief and being particularly raucous about it. Lovely to see Bats flying about as dusk falls. I awoke the other night to hear Owls hooting and making all sorts of Other-Worldly Noises...wonderful stuff! And nothing beats the Dawn Chorus at this time of year. The RSPB's website www.rspb.org.uk presents a cornucopia of Amazing Sights and Sounds you too can enjoy this spring...and you can even request a FREE guide to show how you can welcome wildlife into your garden!

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)

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 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.

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

STUDENT CROSS: Their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham during Holy Week could not take place due to the pandemic. So, instead all 11 groups that make up the pilgrimage (including our Kettering group) were encouraged to walk a 'virtual pilgrimage.' During Holy Week, participants were invited to dedicate some time to the 'pilgrimage,' by walking around their home, garden or local area and taking part in a daily online liturgy and Stations of the Cross. 109 'pilgrims' took part and recorded their steps online. They dedicated a staggering total of 2,450,514 steps to their 'pilgrimage'...well over 1000 miles! A pilgrim wrote, "It's something special that will be remembered due to its unique nature and the way the community pulled together." Read more about Student Cross at www.studentcross.org.uk We look forward to seeing the pilgrims of Student Cross back on the road in 2021. Please pray for them and give thanks for their dedication and witness.

HUGE GROWTH IN NUMBERS JOINING ONLINE SERVICES: For example, Plymouth Cathedral usually attracts up to 650 worshippers for Sunday Mass but 2,200 tuned in for Palm Sunday; weekly evening prayer is attracting between 200 and 400 people whereas the usual attendance is about a dozen. Mark O'Toole, Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, writes, "This period of isolation has given us the confidence to embrace new platforms to communicate God's message of love and hope. This is sorely needed at this time."

The Vatican is also reporting a significant growth in online viewers, listeners and followers for its services. Please see www.thetablet.co.uk for news of this growth; an interview with Pope Francis; and many more interesting articles. The Tablet is an international Catholic news weekly. The Vatican website is www.vatican.va

Pope Francis says that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, for the world and for the whole of creation. Let us all seek to play our part through our prayer and witness to the joy of the Resurrection.

CAFOD writes, "In these challenging times, many of us may be feeling lost at sea, scanning the horizon for familiar land and the chance to move freely outside once again. But Pope Francis beautifully reminds us of the strength and hope in the promise of our Faith:

'We have an anchor: by His cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by His cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by His cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from His redeeming love. … He is risen and is living by our side.' "

CAFOD thanks you for your continuing support and wish each of you Easter Blessings: "We are one body, different parts. One family, spread throughout the world. Living Christ, work through us, as we open our hearts to all those in need so that there may be one hope, one joy, one welcome in you. Amen."

LIGHT A CANDLE: You can visit CAFOD's online votive stand at lightacandle.cafod.org.uk to light a candle for someone who is in your heart, with a donation to protect our global family as they face the unfolding pandemic.

KEEP IN TOUCH: You may be required to self-isolate but you are not alone. Always remember that your CAFOD family is praying for you and for our brothers and sisters in need around the world.

WALSINGHAM NEWS: The Shrine is already live-streaming Mass, prayer-services and Exposition. In addition, Mgr. John Armitage will be leading An Eight Day Retreat via the Shrine's Livestream. The retreat will begin after Compline at 8pm on Sunday 19th April and finish on Sunday 26th April. There will be morning prayer at 8.30am; talks at 10am and 4pm; Mass at 12 noon; Divine Mercy prayers and the Rosary at 3pm; evening prayer at 5pm.

Catechesis: the Shrine is presenting an online catechetical course in 20 half-hour videos, starting on Monday 27th April. They will be shown at 10.30am and 4pm each day.

For more details of the retreat and catechesis, please visit www.walsingham.org.uk

To ask for a candle to be lit for your intentions or to request a Mass intention at the Shrine, please visit their website above.

MISSIO is the agency of the Catholic Church for overseas mission. Thank you for helping to share the love and compassion of Jesus with the world through your support of the Red Box and direct donations. Last year, our parish Red Box collectors raised £275.98.

Fr Tony Chantry, Missio National Director, writes, "As never before, we are reminded of how closely we are all connected to, and dependant on, each other across God's world. Pope Francis challenges us to 'remain united' in prayer and action. He goes on to say that far from abandoning those who are suffering, the Church is called by God to reach out to them in order to express the love God has especially for them."

Please visit www.missio.org.uk for lots more information about the work of Missio.

SPRING is such a busy time for all our wildlife and there is so much to see, hear and enjoy from the comfort of our homes. A little bird tells me that the RSPB has a wonderful website to educate, enrich and entertain! I'm also reliably informed by his friends and relations that the dawn chorus is especially beautiful at this time of year and highly recommended. Has anyone seen a swallow yet or heard a cuckoo? Please do share your wildlife/gardening observations in our newsletter.

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO:

Dear Parishioners,

“If it be possible let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as you will” (Mt 26:39)

With the communion antiphon taken from Palm Sunday, which already launched the Holy Week, I would like to start this message of hope in this very different time for everybody, including ourselves.

Our catholic faith impels us to recognize that we live prophetic times, because we believe that nothing happens by chance. God takes a good from evil.

“Scimus autem quoniam diligentibus Deum omnia cooperantur in bonum his qui secundum propositum vocati sunt sancti” (Romans 8:28)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called to be holy according to his purpose.

We are praying in these days like Esther:

Memento, Domine, et ostende te nobis in tempore tribulationis nostrae, et da mihi fiduciam, Domine rex deorum, et universae potestatis.” (Esther 14:12)

Remember, O Lord, and show yourself to us in the time of our tribulation: and give me courage, O Lord, king of Gods and of all power.

We remember the Gospel from Ash Wednesday when we heard:

“tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi”

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6)

We have three essential elements in our Christian prayer that in the present times we are invited to make grow: prophecy, confidence and personal commitment. Catholic families around the world are keeping their commitment to faith through all the difficulties. I’ve heard from the Diocesan newspaper what I report to you:

“It feels very alien to me not to be going to church every week, something I so rarely do even when away from home or abroad on holiday (something my children will attest to!)

So anything that helps to make more of a ceremony of the live streaming is important to me. Sitting on the sofa watching the TV would not feel the same.

I use my missal as usual and we say all the words out loud as if we are in church. I also read the Spiritual Communion prayers that are in the missal as that helps with the sadness and slight emptiness I feel at not receiving communion.

These are such strange times, so getting used to the new normal on something that is so ingrained is very thought-provoking and a little challenging.”

Yesterday I heard from a couple in my place in Brazil that on Sundays they dress their usual best robes to the Mass and sit in front of the TV to watch Mass as they were in the Church.

Hear the words from the Bishop to the priests for the Easter message:

“Our churches may well be closed but our pastoral ministry has not been diminished during this lockdown.

All of this work, the people we serve and the whole world, we bring together in our daily offering of the Mass. When Jesus was lifted up on the wood of the Cross, opening his arms to embrace all mankind, he willingly offered his life in sacrifice for the redemption of the world.

Every time we celebrate Mass, even alone, we continue to offer this same Sacrifice for the salvation of the whole world. Thank you for so generously celebrating Mass in the present difficult circumstances – God’s people are blessed and their faith is strengthened in knowing that the Mass is still being offered for them and the world throughout the Diocese.

The Mass is at the heart of the rhythm and purpose of a priest’s daily life. It is crucial that it is supported by the prayer of the Church, the Divine Office, (and how the Psalms support and encourage us in these difficult days!), and our own time of meditation, intercession and spiritual reading. These days of isolation may help us to rediscover just how crucial they are! For these are the ways in which the Lord draws us more closely to himself and helps us to trust and hope in him more deeply - and especially when we go through some of the darker moments in these weeks of isolation.

Soon we shall begin our solemn celebration of the Triduum – the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. It will be a unique and poignant celebration as we do so in empty churches or, for those of you at home, as you share in the live streaming of these Mysteries.”

As you see it is not common for priests to say Masses on their own, as they do sometimes when they are ill, or travelling or for other reasons.

The thing is that now we must say Mass privately, every single day, in our silent chapels, sometimes through the livestream or other media resources, sometimes not.

When saying Mass I feel very happy and of course when I see the empty building, I try to keep everybody in mind and heart when I remember all of you.

St Thomas Aquinas speaking about how we are to serve God, says:

“Since we are possessed of a double nature – we are intellectual beings and physical beings also – we should therefore offer to God a double adoration, consisting in the interior devotion of the mind, and a bodily adoration made up of the external acts done in acknowledgment that God is God. The external act depends on the internal – for the internal act is the more important - so the external acts of adoration are done for the sake of the internal adoration. That is to say, that it is by our gestures of humility that we are moved to subject ourselves to God in our inclinations and our will.

Whence the internal acts are as the end, the thing that is to say, which is sought for its own sake: the external acts, through which the body is shown as God’s creature, are but as means, i.e., things directed to an existing for the sake of the end. Now when it is a question of seeking the end we do not measure our energy or resource, but the greater the end the better our endeavour. Man puts no measure to his faith, his hope, and his charity, but the more he believes, hopes and loves, so much the better man he is. That is why it is said: you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Dt 6:5). But in the external actions we must use discretion and make charity the measure of our use of them.”

In these days we understand much better what he intends to teach and we see so clearly his words as a light in the darkness. We put in practice the internal acts of worship keeping our mind up, the heart awake and we understand that it is true about us.

I would like to finish with the moving words from a recent poem written by a Spanish priest, read by the Archbishop of Lima, Peru, in a recent video that came out last week, putting hope in our hearts in the midst of the storm:

“Let no one say that the Lord is not present in the streets, when in the lonely churches, priests celebrate Mass daily.

Let no one say that the crucified will not go out in procession, while there is a sweet voice calling to whom is confined.

Let no one say that the almighty will not go on their journey, while so many pray, offer themselves and love.

With tiredness in their eyes, with good humor, without fail, Christ is present also in any supermarket, reloading the shelves.

Jesus comes and collects our bins and goes unnoticed.

When I see so many people burying their loved ones, I feel that Our Lady of Sorrows, with her Son in her bosom, also went out in procession.

Although we are all afraid to pass through the tomb, there is the fortress of the one who conquered the world.

Perhaps this year there are no processions with carved images, but you will see that Christ goes out to meet his life in a thousand hidden faces, without candles and without bells.

Even if there are no processions, it still smells the incense that his good people offer.

Love comes out from the heart and never get locked.

It will be a holy week more than ever true.”

Happy Easter.

Father Erico.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols encourages us to pray for our priests. Please pray for Fr Erico and for all the priests of our diocese. As they continue to celebrate Mass, they are praying for all of us.

MISSIO is the agency of the Catholic Church for overseas mission. Pope Francis has established an emergency fund through Missio for those people and communities across the world who are being tragically impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Contributions can be made via Missio at www.missio.org.uk/donate

For more news, prayers, resources, please visit the Missio website.

HOLY LAND: Cardinal Vincent Nichols is leading an Easter appeal for prayers and solidarity for the people of the Holy Land amid growing concerns about the impact of COVID-19, especially on those who are most vulnerable. Please visit the website of Aid to the Church in Need www.acnuk.org for more about the appeal and the work of ACN.

EASTER DUTIES: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Bishops have, for this year, formally dispensed the "Easter Duties," that is, the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the period between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, and, therefore the implicit obligation to make a sacramental confession in preparation for this obligatory reception of Holy Communion.

We can make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy on me. Amen.

Please listen to Cardinal Vincent Nichols talking about the Easter Duties, Confession and the forgiveness of sins at www.rcdea.org.uk

To sign up to an online WEEKLY NEWSLETTER from our Diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS: More and more parishes across our Diocese are live-streaming their Masses. For all the information, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS are broadcasting Masses and prayers, music and messages of encouragement. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for more details.

OTHER NEWS:

KEEP FIT ! Active Norfolk, which works to increase the county's participation in physical activity, has put together some ideas for keeping active at home: from videos for families to dance to, to gentle seated exercise for people who are older or have limited mobility. Find out more at www.activenorfolk.org/active-at-home or follow Active Norfolk on social media for updates and look for the tag StayInWorkOut (Your Local Paper).

Useful addresses:

The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham www.walsingham.org.uk

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

RC Diocese of East Anglia www.rcdea.org.uk for news, resources, prayers.

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

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

THANK YOU TO BRIDGET VILLATORO who has set up a WhatsApp group for St Dominic's. If you would like to be included please text her on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep her number and ring if you need her help.

Marie Patmore and her husband are willing to help with shopping for people who are isolating, and to support them in any way they can. Her mobile number is: 07770 789526.


19th April 2020 –DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY



BUILDING WORK: The builder has informed Eddy that the work cannot begin until after the lockdown is lifted.

COLLECTIONS: The collection via standing orders for March was £412.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Green, Frederick Harris, Kathleen Berkan, James McKenna, Patrick Walshe, Theresa Hall.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR JOHN STANTON, Shirley Stanton's husband, who was admitted to hospital after a fall at home. He now has the coronavirus. Please pray for John, Shirley and their family.

Shirley was a parishioner of St Dominic's for many years before they moved to the south of England to be nearer their family. There are many in the parish now who would remember Shirley and John, and who would like to pray for them.

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.

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)

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 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.

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

STUDENT CROSS: Their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham during Holy Week could not take place due to the pandemic. So, instead all 11 groups that make up the pilgrimage (including our Kettering group) were encouraged to walk a 'virtual pilgrimage.' During Holy Week, participants were invited to dedicate some time to the 'pilgrimage,' by walking around their home, garden or local area and taking part in a daily online liturgy and Stations of the Cross. 109 'pilgrims' took part and recorded their steps online. They dedicated a staggering total of 2,450,514 steps to their 'pilgrimage'...well over 1000 miles! A pilgrim wrote, "It's something special that will be remembered due to its unique nature and the way the community pulled together." Read more about Student Cross at www.studentcross.org.uk We look forward to seeing the pilgrims of Student Cross back on the road in 2021. Please pray for them and give thanks for their dedication and witness.

HUGE GROWTH IN NUMBERS JOINING ONLINE SERVICES: For example, Plymouth Cathedral usually attracts up to 650 worshippers for Sunday Mass but 2,200 tuned in for Palm Sunday; weekly evening prayer is attracting between 200 and 400 people whereas the usual attendance is about a dozen. Mark O'Toole, Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, writes, "This period of isolation has given us the confidence to embrace new platforms to communicate God's message of love and hope. This is sorely needed at this time."

The Vatican is also reporting a significant growth in online viewers, listeners and followers for its services. Please see www.thetablet.co.uk for news of this growth; an interview with Pope Francis; and many more interesting articles. The Tablet is an international Catholic news weekly. The Vatican website is www.vatican.va

Pope Francis says that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, for the world and for the whole of creation. Let us all seek to play our part through our prayer and witness to the joy of the Resurrection.

CAFOD writes, "In these challenging times, many of us may be feeling lost at sea, scanning the horizon for familiar land and the chance to move freely outside once again. But Pope Francis beautifully reminds us of the strength and hope in the promise of our Faith:

'We have an anchor: by His cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by His cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by His cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from His redeeming love. … He is risen and is living by our side.' "

CAFOD thanks you for your continuing support and wish each of you Easter Blessings: "We are one body, different parts. One family, spread throughout the world. Living Christ, work through us, as we open our hearts to all those in need so that there may be one hope, one joy, one welcome in you. Amen."

LIGHT A CANDLE: You can visit CAFOD's online votive stand at lightacandle.cafod.org.uk to light a candle for someone who is in your heart, with a donation to protect our global family as they face the unfolding pandemic.

KEEP IN TOUCH: You may be required to self-isolate but you are not alone. Always remember that your CAFOD family is praying for you and for our brothers and sisters in need around the world.

WALSINGHAM NEWS: The Shrine is already live-streaming Mass, prayer-services and Exposition. In addition, Mgr. John Armitage will be leading An Eight Day Retreat via the Shrine's Livestream. The retreat will begin after Compline at 8pm on Sunday 19th April and finish on Sunday 26th April. There will be morning prayer at 8.30am; talks at 10am and 4pm; Mass at 12 noon; Divine Mercy prayers and the Rosary at 3pm; evening prayer at 5pm.

- Catechesis: the Shrine is presenting an online catechetical course in 20 half-hour videos, starting on Monday 27th April. They will be shown at 10.30am and 4pm each day.

For more details of the retreat and catechesis, please visit www.walsingham.org.uk

To ask for a candle to be lit for your intentions or to request a Mass intention at the Shrine, please visit their website above.

MISSIO is the agency of the Catholic Church for overseas mission. Thank you for helping to share the love and compassion of Jesus with the world through your support of the Red Box and direct donations. Last year, our parish Red Box collectors raised £275.98.

Fr Tony Chantry, Missio National Director, writes, "As never before, we are reminded of how closely we are all connected to, and dependant on, each other across God's world. Pope Francis challenges us to 'remain united' in prayer and action. He goes on to say that far from abandoning those who are suffering, the Church is called by God to reach out to them in order to express the love God has especially for them."

Please visit www.missio.org.uk for lots more information about the work of Missio.

SPRING is such a busy time for all our wildlife and there is so much to see, hear and enjoy from the comfort of our homes. A little bird tells me that the RSPB has a wonderful website to educate, enrich and entertain! I'm also reliably informed by his friends and relations that the dawn chorus is especially beautiful at this time of year and highly recommended. Has anyone seen a swallow yet or heard a cuckoo? Please do share your wildlife/gardening observations in our newsletter.

LATEST NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE:

- Creative Easter celebrations across our diocese.

- Tens of thousands have been participating in live-streamed Masses from up to 17 churches across our diocese over Easter.

- The Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge is offering a 3-week course on Theology and Creation, accessible via Zoom. 23rd April to 7th May. Register online by Tuesday 21st April.

- The Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, which was due to take place on 25th April, has been postponed because of the pandemic.

For more details of the above, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO:

Dear Parishioners,

“If it be possible let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as you will” (Mt 26:39)

With the communion antiphon taken from Palm Sunday, which already launched the Holy Week, I would like to start this message of hope in this very different time for everybody, including ourselves.

Our catholic faith impels us to recognize that we live prophetic times, because we believe that nothing happens by chance. God takes a good from evil.

“Scimus autem quoniam diligentibus Deum omnia cooperantur in bonum his qui secundum propositum vocati sunt sancti” (Romans 8:28)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called to be holy according to his purpose.

We are praying in these days like Esther:

Memento, Domine, et ostende te nobis in tempore tribulationis nostrae, et da mihi fiduciam, Domine rex deorum, et universae potestatis.” (Esther 14:12)

Remember, O Lord, and show yourself to us in the time of our tribulation: and give me courage, O Lord, king of Gods and of all power.

We remember the Gospel from Ash Wednesday when we heard:

“tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi”

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6)

We have three essential elements in our Christian prayer that in the present times we are invited to make grow: prophecy, confidence and personal commitment. Catholic families around the world are keeping their commitment to faith through all the difficulties. I’ve heard from the Diocesan newspaper what I report to you:

“It feels very alien to me not to be going to church every week, something I so rarely do even when away from home or abroad on holiday (something my children will attest to!)

So anything that helps to make more of a ceremony of the live streaming is important to me. Sitting on the sofa watching the TV would not feel the same.

I use my missal as usual and we say all the words out loud as if we are in church. I also read the Spiritual Communion prayers that are in the missal as that helps with the sadness and slight emptiness I feel at not receiving communion.

These are such strange times, so getting used to the new normal on something that is so ingrained is very thought-provoking and a little challenging.”

Yesterday I heard from a couple in my place in Brazil that on Sundays they dress their usual best robes to the Mass and sit in front of the TV to watch Mass as they were in the Church.

Hear the words from the Bishop to the priests for the Easter message:

“Our churches may well be closed but our pastoral ministry has not been diminished during this lockdown.

All of this work, the people we serve and the whole world, we bring together in our daily offering of the Mass. When Jesus was lifted up on the wood of the Cross, opening his arms to embrace all mankind, he willingly offered his life in sacrifice for the redemption of the world.

Every time we celebrate Mass, even alone, we continue to offer this same Sacrifice for the salvation of the whole world. Thank you for so generously celebrating Mass in the present difficult circumstances – God’s people are blessed and their faith is strengthened in knowing that the Mass is still being offered for them and the world throughout the Diocese.

The Mass is at the heart of the rhythm and purpose of a priest’s daily life. It is crucial that it is supported by the prayer of the Church, the Divine Office, (and how the Psalms support and encourage us in these difficult days!), and our own time of meditation, intercession and spiritual reading. These days of isolation may help us to rediscover just how crucial they are! For these are the ways in which the Lord draws us more closely to himself and helps us to trust and hope in him more deeply - and especially when we go through some of the darker moments in these weeks of isolation.

Soon we shall begin our solemn celebration of the Triduum – the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. It will be a unique and poignant celebration as we do so in empty churches or, for those of you at home, as you share in the live streaming of these Mysteries.”

As you see it is not common for priests to say Masses on their own, as they do sometimes when they are ill, or travelling or for other reasons.

The thing is that now we must say Mass privately, every single day, in our silent chapels, sometimes through the livestream or other media resources, sometimes not.

When saying Mass I feel very happy and of course when I see the empty building, I try to keep everybody in mind and heart when I remember all of you.

St Thomas Aquinas speaking about how we are to serve God, says:

“Since we are possessed of a double nature – we are intellectual beings and physical beings also – we should therefore offer to God a double adoration, consisting in the interior devotion of the mind, and a bodily adoration made up of the external acts done in acknowledgment that God is God. The external act depends on the internal – for the internal act is the more important - so the external acts of adoration are done for the sake of the internal adoration. That is to say, that it is by our gestures of humility that we are moved to subject ourselves to God in our inclinations and our will.

Whence the internal acts are as the end, the thing that is to say, which is sought for its own sake: the external acts, through which the body is shown as God’s creature, are but as means, i.e., things directed to an existing for the sake of the end. Now when it is a question of seeking the end we do not measure our energy or resource, but the greater the end the better our endeavour. Man puts no measure to his faith, his hope, and his charity, but the more he believes, hopes and loves, so much the better man he is. That is why it is said: you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Dt 6:5). But in the external actions we must use discretion and make charity the measure of our use of them.”

In these days we understand much better what he intends to teach and we see so clearly his words as a light in the darkness. We put in practice the internal acts of worship keeping our mind up, the heart awake and we understand that it is true about us.

I would like to finish with the moving words from a recent poem written by a Spanish priest, read by the Archbishop of Lima, Peru, in a recent video that came out last week, putting hope in our hearts in the midst of the storm:

“Let no one say that the Lord is not present in the streets, when in the lonely churches, priests celebrate Mass daily.

Let no one say that the crucified will not go out in procession, while there is a sweet voice calling to whom is confined.

Let no one say that the almighty will not go on their journey, while so many pray, offer themselves and love.

With tiredness in their eyes, with good humor, without fail, Christ is present also in any supermarket, reloading the shelves.

Jesus comes and collects our bins and goes unnoticed.

When I see so many people burying their loved ones, I feel that Our Lady of Sorrows, with her Son in her bosom, also went out in procession.

Although we are all afraid to pass through the tomb, there is the fortress of the one who conquered the world.

Perhaps this year there are no processions with carved images, but you will see that Christ goes out to meet his life in a thousand hidden faces, without candles and without bells.

Even if there are no processions, it still smells the incense that his good people offer.

Love comes out from the heart and never get locked.

It will be a holy week more than ever true.”

Happy Easter.

Father Erico.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols encourages us to pray for our priests. Please pray for Fr Erico and for all the priests of our diocese. As they continue to celebrate Mass, they are praying for all of us.

MISSIO is the agency of the Catholic Church for overseas mission. Pope Francis has established an emergency fund through Missio for those people and communities across the world who are being tragically impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Contributions can be made via Missio at www.missio.org.uk/donate

For more news, prayers, resources, please visit the Missio website.

HOLY LAND: Cardinal Vincent Nichols is leading an Easter appeal for prayers and solidarity for the people of the Holy Land amid growing concerns about the impact of COVID-19, especially on those who are most vulnerable. Please visit the website of Aid to the Church in Need www.acnuk.org for more about the appeal and the work of ACN.

EASTER DUTIES: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Bishops have, for this year, formally dispensed the "Easter Duties," that is, the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the period between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, and, therefore the implicit obligation to make a sacramental confession in preparation for this obligatory reception of Holy Communion.

We can make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy on me. Amen.

Please listen to Cardinal Vincent Nichols talking about the Easter Duties, Confession and the forgiveness of sins at www.rcdea.org.uk

To sign up to an online WEEKLY NEWSLETTER from our Diocese, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS: More and more parishes across our Diocese are live-streaming their Masses. For all the information, please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS are broadcasting Masses and prayers, music and messages of encouragement. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for more details.

OTHER NEWS:

KEEP FIT ! Active Norfolk, which works to increase the county's participation in physical activity, has put together some ideas for keeping active at home: from videos for families to dance to, to gentle seated exercise for people who are older or have limited mobility. Find out more at www.activenorfolk.org/active-at-home or follow Active Norfolk on social media for updates and look for the tag StayInWorkOut (Your Local Paper).

Useful addresses:

The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham www.walsingham.org.uk

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

RC Diocese of East Anglia www.rcdea.org.uk for news, resources, prayers.

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

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

THANK YOU TO BRIDGET VILLATORO who has set up a WhatsApp group for St Dominic's. If you would like to be included please text her on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep her number and ring if you need her help.

Marie Patmore and her husband are willing to help with shopping for people who are isolating, and to support them in any way they can. Her mobile number is: 07770 789526.

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO MALTA IS STILL ON. BOOKINGS ARE STILL OPEN. Following in the footsteps of St Paul in the Year of the Word: Led by our Diocesan Youth Service. 26th to 31st July 2020. For anyone aged 16 to 35. For more information and to book a place, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth Bookings must be received by 13th APRIL

Any change will be notified.