Newsletters


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



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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A MESSAGE FROM EDDY AND LOURDES

Tonnes of Gratitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL GUIDELINES for when we reopen our church:

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

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

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

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

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

. Hands, face, space:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

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

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

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

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

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

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

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

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

ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:

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

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

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

St John Henry Newman


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



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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


A MESSAGE FROM EDDY AND LOURDES

Tonnes of Gratitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

UPDATE: The new flooring has been laid.

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

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

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

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

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

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

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

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

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

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

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

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

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

Fratelli Tutti: A Prayer to the Creator

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

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

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713


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



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

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

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

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

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

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

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk


STELLA MARIS CENTENARY MASS Sunday 4th October -3pm

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

- World Food Day Sunday 16th October

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

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

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

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

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

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

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

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

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

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

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

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE www.rcdea.org.uk

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

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

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

Fratelli Tutti: A Prayer to the Creator

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713




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



PLEASE NOTE


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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY for all those who have been affected by the pandemic. May God bless them with His peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

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

ROSARY WHIRLWIND MISSION FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

The mission will take place throughout October 2020.

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

- 13th October: Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

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

- 1st November: Thanksgiving online Rosary from Scotland.

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

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.rcdea.org.uk

STELLA MARIS CENTENARY MASS Sunday 4th October 3pm

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

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to 4th October

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

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

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

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

St Francis, pray for us.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

- World Food Day Sunday 16th October

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

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

- World Mission Sunday Sunday 18th October

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

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

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

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

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Year of the Word 2020

www.godwhospeaks.uk

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

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

7th October: Evangelisation

14th October: Discipleship

21st October: Fellowship

7.45pm to 9.15pm

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713




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




PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

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

THE SEASON OF CREATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Francis, pray for us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

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

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

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

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

World Mission Sunday 18th October:

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

AND FINALLY

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



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




PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

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

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October

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

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

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

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

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

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

LAUDATO SI'

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

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

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

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

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

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



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



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

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

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

Harvest Fast Day Friday 9th October

MISSIO www.missio.org.uk

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

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

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

LAUDATO SI'

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

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

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

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

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

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713

Teresa Snow



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



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Lourdes: pilgrims recall life-changing moments.

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

VATICAN NEWS www.vaticannews.va

Please visit the website for:

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

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

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

LAUDATO SI'

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

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

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

St Francis, pray for us.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresasnow740@gmail.com

Or talk to me:

01366 858713



30th August 2020 – 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mona Elizabeth Cole.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED www.acninternational.org

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

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

LAUDATO SI'

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

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

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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


23rd August 2020 – 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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COLLECTION: The collection for July was 699.00.

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

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

The boiler in the presbytery had its pump replaced.

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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


NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

World Humanitarian Day recognises the efforts of aid workers around the world who this year have faced challenges unlike ever before. Go to www.cafod.org.uk/News/International-news/World-Humanitarian-Day2 to read about the experiences of Theresia in Lebanon; Ryan in the UK; Collins in Bangladesh; Micaela in Peru; and Mustafa in Syria.

- Read how the pandemic is affecting Niger where almost 10 million people live in extreme poverty, CAFOD is responding with the supply of handwashing-stations and hygiene information, and support for local health centres.

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

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

In his audience of Wednesday 19th August, Pope Francis said that the pandemic has not only exposed the plight of the poor and the serious inequality that reigns in the world but even exacerbated them. Our response, he says, must be two-fold: "finding a cure for this small but terrible virus but also curing a larger virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and lack of protection for the weakest." Pope Francis also calls for universal access to a covid-19 vaccine. Please visit the Vatican News website above for a full report and video message.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "Once we lose our humility and become enthralled with the possibility of limitless mastery over everything, we inevitably end up harming society and the environment." We need to recover a "serene harmony with creation...an attitude of the heart which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which...accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full." (Para.'s 224-226)

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

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

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


16th August 2020 – ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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This Sunday, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us ask Mary to intercede for all those who are suffering in the midst of this pandemic.

COLLECTION: The collection for July was 699.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Eileen Turner, June Wade, William Gallienne, Peter Joseph Carey.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

The boiler in the presbytery had its pump replaced.

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

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

- Walsingham www.walsingham.org.uk plans for a major re-development of the Shrine are to be reviewed.

- Our diocese has launched a weekly news podcast. It will cover news from across the diocese.

- Mim MacMahon writes about her experience as a steward in her parish of St Pancras, Ipswich. Under the guidelines of the Catholic Church, all parishes are asked to have stewards on duty in church at times of Mass and private prayer while the risk from Covid-19 persists.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

- In his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis urges us to pray for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis asks us to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes, "Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsessions with consumption. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens to us much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment." Our spiritual growth should be marked by moderation in our consumption. (Para.'s 222-223)

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

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

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



9th August 2020 – 19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Richard Schade, Ellen Hancock, Millicent Court, Damian McBride, Frances Fletcher, Anna Kowal, Mark Oxford, Kathleen O'Keefe, Daniel O'Boyle.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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

NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS

www.cbcew.org.uk

- Face-coverings will be mandatory in churches from this Saturday 8th August. All those who are attending churches must wear a face-covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the church as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.

The Bishops' Conference have revised their "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" accordingly to include this latest provision. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk and look under "Covid-19 guidance-Catholic Churches."

Please also visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/ to read the Government's guidance (updated 31.7.2020) in full and to see what exemptions apply.

- World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September

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

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

NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

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

- Caritas East Anglia (in partnership with CAFOD) organised a webinar last week to showcase various projects around our diocese which are responding to social needs. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk/caritas-gathers-social-action-pioneers-for-webinar/ to watch a recording of the webinar and for more information.

- Pax Christi supporters in Cambridgeshire joined an online vigil on 6th August to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-on-nuclear-weapons/ to read a joint statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales and of Scotland.

CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

BEIRUT EXPLOSION: CAFOD reports, "Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have been sleeping in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic....CAFOD remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time. Please join us in praying for all those people affected."

CAFOD has launched a BEIRUT EMERGENCY APPEAL. CAFOD is well-placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas. To read more and to donate, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Explosions-in-Beirut

VATICAN NEWS

www.vaticannews.va

- In his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis urges us to pray for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.

LAUDATO SI'

In his encyclical on the gift of creation, Pope Francis calls us all to care for our planet Earth, our common home. He writes of "a need for an 'ecological conversion' whereby the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us. In calling to mind the figure of St Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion." There also needs to be a community conversion to bring about lasting change. With God's grace, we will help nurture "that sublime fraternity with all creation which St Francis of Assisi so radiantly embodied." (Para.'s 217-221)

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

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk

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

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

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

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


2nd August 2020 – 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



PLEASE NOTE

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

Please keep an eye on the website for information about the re-opening of the church. More news on progress (or lack of it) at the end of the newsletter.

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

SATURDAY 8TH IS ST. DOMINIC’S FEAST DAY! CELEBRATE!!

COLLECTIONS: The standing order collections for June were £794.00.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: James Hancock, Ethel Patrick, Hubert Cooper.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.

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

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

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

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

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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

ST DOMINIC'S: Sadly, our church has to remain closed until the building work is completed and we are ready to reopen safely. The work will extend into August. (See what Eddy Luyten has to say at the end of the newsletter).

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

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

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

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

Telephone 01553 772220.

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

Telephone 01760 721418

St Etheldreda, Ely: www.elyrcchurch.com

Telephone 01353 662759

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

Telephone 01945 583466

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

Please be respectful of other parishes and their arrangements.

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


NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE

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

- Please pray for Fr Peter Wygnanski, who was ordained last Saturday, and for Jacob Cheriyan and Prameel Joseph, who were ordained Deacons last week.

- Please visit the website above to read a report and see photos of these ordinations.

- Please pray for Andrew Neate who will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 19th September.

- Dr Margaret-Mary McFadyen is our diocesan representative to the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops' Conference. She is developing a blog to encourage people on their spiritual journey. The blog is called Sunflower Seeds Spirituality. To follow the weekly blog, please visit www.sunflowerseedsspirituality.com And to find out more about Dr McFadyen's role in our diocese, please visit

www.rcdea.org.uk/spirituality/

- 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