2020 Archive


12th April 2020 – EASTER SUNDAY


DON’T FORGET: This Friday is within the Octave of Easter, abstinence is dispensed.

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

BUILDING WORK AT SAINT DOMINIC’S is scheduled to start on the Tuesday after Easter (14th April). The builder is optimistic that he will be able to start the work on schedule.

EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE PARISH ROOM, THE PORCH AND THE KITCHEN BEFORE TUESDAY.

CAN ANYBODY HELP WITH THIS PLEASE?

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: John Hazard.

Grateful thanks from Lourdes for all your prayers for Stella, her sister-in-law, who was ill and has now recovered.

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

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

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)

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO:

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

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

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

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

We are praying in these days like Esther:

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

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

We remember the Gospel from Ash Wednesday when we heard:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus comes and collects our bins and goes unnoticed.

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

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

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

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

Love comes out from the heart and never get locked.

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

Happy Easter.

Father Erico.

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

HOLY WEEK AT HOME: Our Bishops write, “During Holy Week we follow Christ from His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to the foot of the Cross as sorrowful bystanders to His Passion, before rolling back the stone of the empty tomb and the joy of the Resurrection.

Holy Week is a sacred time of year. In 2020, we find ourselves painfully separated from the Church and our usual rhythms and practices but we are a strong Catholic community and in these unique, troubled times, it's the best time to look to the certainty of the Cross."

On the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales www.cbcew.org.uk you will find much to help us to participate in Holy Week while remaining at home:

Pope Francis gives a Holy Week message.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols talks about the Easter Duties and the forgiveness of sins.

The Bishop of Leeds, Bishop Marcus Stock, offers some reflections and suggestions as we follow the sacred events of Holy Week.

Our diocese's website www.rcdea.org.uk has news of a Passion Play; a talk on Matthew's Gospel; a scriptural Way of the Cross; a reflection for Holy Week; live-streaming of Holy Week and Easter services; a call to prayer from our Youth Team...and much more.

SHARE THE GOOD NEWS: Download and print a Holy Week poster to display in your window. Visit www.ksc.org.uk

The VATICAN website www.vatican.va shows how you may follow the services of the Easter Triduum in Rome. Pope Francis will give his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing on Easter Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER NEWS:

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

Useful addresses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Father Erico's photo of the altar on Maundy Thursday


5th April 2020 – PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD


If you have any news to share, or hear of anyone who is sick and needs our prayers, please let me know by email: teresasnow740@gmail.com. If you want to chat I'm here in the evenings : 01366 858713. Teresa

Please pray for Lourdes' sister-in-law, Stella, who is seriously ill in hospital in Mumbai, and for all her family.

DON’T FORGET: This Friday is GOOD FRIDAY, a day of fast and abstinence.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Whalley, Paul Latzel, Anthony Gates, Norah McKenna, George Broadbridge, Petula Edgeley, Kenneth Stanley, Joan McCulloch, Kenneth Harvey, Michael Grufferty.

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

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO:

To all my beloved parishioners that with the whole Church following the command from the authorities to stay at home, I ask to unite your prayers and intentions every single day for the Mass which I keep saying at 9:30am and the Rosary at 12:00pm or 6:00pm.

We pray that the consequences from this virus be mitigated by our obedience to the authorities and the power of prayer:

“Ask and it will be given to you”.

We firm believe that what we ask now it is the will of God in Jesus Christ: “whatever you wish others do for you, do for them before”

Do many acts of spiritual communion, wishing that all of you can receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ very soon as He wanted.

As we approach the mystery of Our Lord’s Passion in different circumstances we are accustomed, we pray that our Lord unite to himself all the sick and all the people who are suffering and dying at this unprecedent times. We pray that all the carers and people working to maintain our daily life normal as much as possible be rewarded with many spiritual blessings.

God bless all of you.

Fr. Erico

THANK YOU from Glad, who is now safely back home. She would like to thank everyone for their prayers for her safe and speedy return home.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY took place last Sunday. The Rededication is both a personal promise of the people of our country and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381. Over 530,000 people from across England and the world took part. Visit www.walsingham.org.uk to re-watch the Rededication; read news of the event; see Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Vincent Nichols; see the prayers (Angelus Promise and An Act of Entrustment).

Cardinal Nichols writes, "We are Mary's Dowry. Please enrich that Dowry by offering to her the best that you can give. She will stretch her protective mantle over our land and over all who live here. May God bless you all."

THE CHRISM MASS, when priests and people from across our diocese gather together in St John's Cathedral, Norwich, will not take place next week but at a later date.

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

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

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

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

HOLY WEEK MASSES will be live-streamed from St John's Cathedral, Norwich every day at 10am plus the following Masses which will be celebrated by Bishop Alan:

April 5 Palm Sunday Mass, 10am

April 9 Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, 8pm

April 10 Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, 3pm

April 11 Holy Saturday: Mass of the Paschal Vigil, 8pm

April 12 Easter Day Mass, 10am

Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk

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

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

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

OTHER NEWS:

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

Useful addresses:

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

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

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

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

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The April edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available online at www.rcdea.org.uk It includes memories of Archbishop Peter Smith, an invitation to join the Ignite Youth Team, and stories of a remarkable great-grandmother and volunteering with the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica.

ESSENTIAL PROVISIONS: Driving Miss Daisy have compiled a very helpful list of local suppliers of essential provisions. Please see the coronavirus page on our website for details.

COVID-19 MUTUAL AID FOR DOWNHAM MARKET AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES: Alex Coates of Eternity Church, Downham Market, is co-ordinating a group of local residents who have come together during a time when some people are finding it hard to access the help they need. If you need help or would like to offer help as a volunteer, please call or text 07971372685.

NEWSLETTER...keeping us in touch with each other: If you would like to make a request for prayers / help in our newsletter, please see Teresa's contact details in the newsletter.

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

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia).

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



If you have any news to share, or hear of anyone who is sick and needs our prayers, please let me know by email: teresasnow740@gmail.com. If you want to chat I'm here in the evenings : 01366 858713. Teresa

Please pray for Lourdes' sister-in-law, Stella, who is seriously ill in hospital in Mumbai, and for all her family.

Please pray for Glad who is trying to get a flight back home to the UK from Australia where she has been staying with her sister. And please pray for all her family at this anxious time.

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

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?

(A personal THANK YOU to Joe, who has tracked down ALL the coronavirus information that you find on this website.)

29th March 2020 – 5th Sunday of Lent


DON'T FORGET...THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING.

More information about the C. virus can be found on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY INFORMATION/NEWS page on this website, it will be updated as more information becomes available.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Agnese Jude, Elena Ramsone, Francis Baines, Bernard Duhig. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace

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

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ERICO:

To all my beloved parishioners that with the whole Church following the command from the authorities to stay at home, I ask to unite your prayers and intentions every single day for the Mass which I keep saying at 9:30am and the Rosary at 12:00pm or 6:00pm.

We pray that the consequences from this virus be mitigated by our obedience to the authorities and the power of prayer:

“Ask and it will be given to you”.

We firm believe that what we ask now it is the will of God in Jesus Christ: “whatever you wish others do for you, do for them before”

Do many acts of spiritual communion, wishing that all of you can receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ very soon as He wanted.

As we approach the mystery of Our Lord’s Passion in different circumstances we are accustomed, we pray that our Lord unite to himself all the sick and all the people who are suffering and dying at this unprecedent times. We pray that all the carers and people working to maintain our daily life normal as much as possible be rewarded with many spiritual blessings.

God bless all of you.

Fr. Erico

Faather Erico is saying Mass daily, the intentions he is praying for can be found on the Mass Times page as usual.

CORONAVIRUS: The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have announced that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed until further notice.

The celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Fr Erico will continue to say Mass at the usual times but only in private, without a congregation. We will be able to join in spiritually in that celebration, following its prayers at home, making an act of spiritual communion .

Our Bishops encourage us to make an act of spiritual communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.


Government guidelines now mean that our church must remain locked until further notice. Cardinal Vincent Nichols asks us all to play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save precious lives. He reminds us of St Paul's call to be good citizens.

LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS and other services in our diocese. Information can be found on our diocesan website www.rcdea.org.uk Mass is live-streamed at St John's Cathedral, Norwich; Walsingham; St Laurence's, Cambridge; Our Lady of the Annunciation and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. Many other parishes are playing their part online and via social media, e.g. St George's, Norwich.

Please see our diocesan website for lots more news, information and links to other helpful sites.

Please also see the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales www.cbcew.org.uk for news, resources, prayers for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, a prayer of spiritual communion. You will find there a Vatican decree offering guidance for how we will observe Easter this year. And also links to many other helpful sites.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY will take place at 12 noon this Sunday 29th March. According to the official website www.behold2020.com the rededication is both a personal promise of the people of England and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381.

The original dedication was made in Westminster Abbey as King Richard sought the protection of Our Lady in the face of great political turmoil. England thus received the title 'Mary's Dowry', meaning that England was 'set aside' as a gift, a dowry, for Our Lady under her guidance and protection.

You can take part in the rededication by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment in prayer. See the prayers on our parish website. You can also take part by watching a live-streaming of the Mass at Westminster Cathedral www.westminstercathedral.org.uk or Walsingham www.walsingham.org.uk or St John's Cathedral, Norwich www.sjbcathedral.org.uk amongst many other churches across England.

A Plenary Indulgence will be granted by Bishop Alan Hopes for all who make the rededication, subject to the normal conditions. The Sacred Penitentiary in Rome has granted a special coronavirus plenary indulgence which extends to anyone in isolation. Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk to listen to Bishop Alan talk about the Rededication.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The April edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available online at www.rcdea.org.uk It includes memories of Archbishop Peter Smith, an invitation to join the Ignite Youth Team, and stories of a remarkable great-grandmother and volunteering with the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica.

ESSENTIAL PROVISIONS: Driving Miss Daisy have compiled a very helpful list of local suppliers of essential provisions. Please see the coronavirus page on our website for details.

COVID-19 MUTUAL AID FOR DOWNHAM MARKET AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES: A group of local residents have come together during a time when some people are finding it hard to access the help they need. If you need help or would like to offer help as a volunteer, please call or text 07971372685. Please see the coronavirus page on our website for more details.

NEWSLETTER...keeping us in touch with each other: If you would like to make a request for prayers / help in our newsletter, please see Teresa's contact details in the newsletter.

BRIDGET VILLATORO has set up a Whatsapp group for St Dominic's. She writes: If you would like to be included please text her on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep my number and ring if, in my limited way, I can help. Thank you, Bridget.

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia).

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


22nd March 2020 – 4th Sunday of Lent


More information about the C. virus can be found on the CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY INFORMATION/NEWS page on this website, it will be updated as more information becomes available.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Phyllis Ryan, Josephine Gould, Eric Robert Lincoln. Please pray for the repose of their souls, and for all the souls in Purgatory.

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

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Peter Smith who died on 6th March. Archbishop Peter was Bishop of East Anglia from 1995 to 2001.

Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of former parishioner Ted Atkinson who died on 22nd Feb. Ted was a tireless pro-life activist who served several terms in prison for anti-abortion protests at various hospitals. May he have his reward in Heaven. R.I.P.

CORONAVIRUS: The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have announced that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed until further notice.

The celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Fr Erico will continue to say Mass at the usual times but only in private, without a congregation. We will be able to join in spiritually in that celebration, following its prayers at home, making an act of spiritual communion .

Our Bishops encourage us to make an act of spiritual communion.

Our church will remain open for individual private prayer, without any organised services, and offering prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The guidance on hygiene and social distancing needs to be observed.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confession may be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed.

Information about the live-streaming* of the celebration of the Mass and other spiritual resources will be made available in our diocese. *For example, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at www.walsingham.org.uk

Useful addresses:

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

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

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

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

BRIDGET VILLATORO would like to set up a Whatsapp group for St Dominic's. She writes: If you would like to be included please text me on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep my number and ring if, in my limited way, I can help. Bridget.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY will take place on Sunday 29th March as a commitment to a renewed evangelisation. Please pray to Our Lady. We are invited to pray the Rosary at home and make our own personal rededication

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia).

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


15th March 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Lent



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Gordon Shurgold, Theresa Todd, Patrick Tighe, Jason Smith, Patricia Guy, James Bernard (Jim) Travers, Margaret Jeffrey, Charles Jarvis, Edith Unwin, Ida Richelda Rooksby.

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

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Peter Smith who died on 6th March. Archbishop Peter was Bishop of East Anglia from 1995 to 2001.

CORONAVIRUS: Our Diocese has asked every parish to take certain precautionary measures. Please see the notices at the rear of church and in porch; and the folder in porch containing advice from NHS. Frequent handwashing and good personal hygiene are most important. Please see www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk for all the latest information and advice. Please pray for, and support, each other.

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4.15pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent, after 9.30am Mass. All welcome.

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia). Please place your donations in the Alms box at rear of church.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church on Sat. 21st and Sun. 22nd March with a fine range of fairtrade food and interesting resources about the importance of Fair Trade to growers around the world.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper will be at 6.30pm on Friday 27th March in the parish room. Please sign the list in the porch if you would like to come. Everyone is very welcome.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: Wednesdays in Lent from 7pm to 8pm in our parish room, beginning 4th March. We will be looking at St Matthew's Gospel in this Year of the Word. Everyone is very welcome.

YEAR OF THE WORD: A series of talks on the Mass by Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane is being presented in video form at weekend Masses during Lent. Let us pray that we may be inspired to talk about our faith and share what the Mass means to us.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY will take place in every parish on Sunday 29th March as a commitment to a renewed evangelisation. Please pray to Our Lady. We will pray the Rosary before Mass on the day.

STUDENT CROSS: The Student Cross pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place during Holy Week. The Kettering Leg walk 120 miles, passing through our parish on Weds. 8th April and ending their day in Shouldham. We have been asked to provide food for their evening meal. If you would like to provide food (savoury and desserts; vegetarian option, too), please fill in the form on porch-table. Disposable containers only, please. As a courtesy, please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton (01366 347455).

Mass for Victims and Survivors of Abuse: at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church, Wymondham NR18 0QE. Everyone is welcome.

Clare Priory: Tuesday 17th March 10.30am until 3.00pm ‘The Way of Silence’ – poster up in the porch

Caritas Festival for Norfolk parishes will be held at St George’s, Norwich, on Sat 28th March, 10am-4pm. All are welcome at this celebration of sharing God’s love with our neighbour. For more information, there is a poster in the porch or contact Jacinta - caritas@rcdea.org.uk.

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

THANK YOU: Bridget Villatoro is handing over the job of producing our newsletter to Teresa Snow. We are very grateful to Bridget for all her diligent work. And thank you, Teresa, for taking on the newsletter for a second time.

BUILDING WORKS: Work is due to start immediately after Easter.

In view of this, help is needed after Mass on Sundays during Lent to pack up and store all the contents of the parish room and kitchen.

On Easter Monday (Bank holiday) we will need help to complete the job of clearing the porch, parish room and kitchen.

There will be no after Mass coffee/tea available after Palm Sunday.


8th March 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Lent



COLLECTIONS: Last weekend’s collection information not available at time of going to press. £110 was raised from the monthly fish supper last Friday, thank you for your generosity and support.

CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY: Please pray for Sr Consilia and all health-experts who care for the poorest, most marginalised of our sisters and brothers. Please return your Fast Day envelopes THIS WEEKEND (7th and 8th March) when we will have a SECOND COLLECTION for CAFOD.

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia). Please place your donations in the Alms box at rear of church.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Robert Whiteland, Mary Ayo, Michael Schade, Mary Darwent, Gordon Shurgold, Theresa Todd and Patrick Tighe.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John McCarthy.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4.15pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent, after 9.30am Mass. All welcome.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: Wednesdays in Lent from 7pm to 8pm in our parish room. We will be looking at St Matthew's Gospel in this Year of the Word. Everyone is very welcome.

YEAR OF THE WORD: A series of talks by Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, will be presented in video form immediately following weekend masses during Lent. The complete series of "The Mass" expands on the origins of, and our participation in, the sacrament and will be shown in short segments throughout Lent. Let us pray that Archbishop Mark's words may inspire and encourage us to talk about our faith and share what the Mass means to us. Thank you, Kevin, for your projection equipment and expertise. And thank you, Godfrey, for arranging the presentation, and Bridget, for your support.

GLOW Cambridge Sunday 15th March: A dynamic day of talks, music and workshops for those aged 12 - 18, beginning at 9.30am with parish Mass and concluding at 5pm. St Laurence's Primary School, Arbury Rd, Cambridge CB4 2JX. Lunch available. For more information, email Ciaran at igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk Register at www.rcdea.org.uk/youth/events where you will find news of all the other exciting events organised by our Diocesan Youth Service.

CLARE PRIORY: Tuesday 17th March 10.30am until 3.00pm ‘The Way of Silence’ – poster up in the porch.

Caritas Festival for Norfolk parishes will be held at St George’s, Norwich, on Sat 28th March, 10am-4pm. All are welcome at this celebration of sharing God’s love with our neighbour. For more information, there is a poster in the porch or contact Jacinta - caritas@rcdea.org.uk.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY will take place in every parish on Sunday 29th March as a commitment to a renewed evangelisation. Please pray to Our Lady. We will pray the Rosary before Mass on the day.

STUDENT CROSS: The Student Cross pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place during Holy Week. The Kettering Leg walk 120 miles, passing through our parish on Weds. 8th April and ending their day in Shouldham. We have been asked to provide food for their evening meal. If you would like to provide food (savoury and desserts; vegetarian option, too), please fill in the form on porch-table. Disposable containers only, please. As a courtesy, please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton(01366 347455).


1st March 2020 – 1st Sunday of Lent



CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 6th MARCH, Sister Consilia is a pharmacist in Zimbabwe caring for the poorest, most marginalised of our sisters and brothers. Will you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help health experts like Sr Consilia to continue their life-saving work. Please collect your Fast Day envelope this weekend and give what you can and then please return your envelope next weekend (7/8 March) when there will be a Second Collection for CAFOD.

LENTEN ALMS: The appointed charities are Aid to the Church in Need and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (East Anglia). Please place your donations in the Alms box at rear of church.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Maria Wymann, Elizabeth Wood, Christine Hood, Christine Sczepanska, and Mary Winnng.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room. Everyone is very welcome

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4.15pm* (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent, after 9.30am Mass. All welcome.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: Wednesdays in Lent from 7pm to 8pm in our parish room, beginning 4th March. We will be looking at St Matthew's Gospel in this Year of the Word. Everyone is very welcome.

YEAR OF THE WORD: A series of talks by Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, will be presented in video form immediately following weekend masses during Lent. The complete series of "The Mass" expands on the origins of, and our participation in, the sacrament and will be shown in short segments throughout Lent. Let us pray that Archbishop Mark's words may inspire and encourage us to talk about our faith and share what the Mass means to us.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: this Friday 6th March 2020 at the Methodist Church, Downham Market, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

LENT STATION MASS: Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo, Queen's Rd, Wisbech PE13 2PH. Tuesday 10th March. 6pm Exposition; 7pm Mass, followed by supper. All welcome. N.B. change of venue.

Caritas East Anglia Festival will begin in Norfolk, at St George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ on Saturday 28th March (10am-4pm). Everyone is welcome.

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY will take place in every parish on Sunday 29th March as a commitment to a renewed evangelisation. Please pray to Our Lady. We will pray the Rosary before Mass on the day.

STUDENT CROSS: The Student Cross pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place during Holy Week. The Kettering Leg walk 120 miles, passing through our parish on Weds. 8th April and ending their day in Shouldham. We have been asked to provide food for their evening meal. If you would like to provide food (savoury and desserts; vegetarian option, too), please fill in the form on porch-table. Disposable containers only, please. As a courtesy, please label food with a list of ingredients. For more information, please contact Joe Walton(01366 347455)

Mass for Victims and Survivors of Abuse: at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church, Wymondham NR18 0QE. Everyone is welcome.

HELP! St Dominic’s still needs a volunteer handyman to do several small jobs in and around the Church and Presbytery. If anyone has some skills they can share, please see Fr Erico, Eddy or Joe. Would anyone like to take on the newsletter? Full training and support would be given!


23rd February 2020 – 7th Week of the Year



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Peter McCarthy, Ethel Marsh, Edwin White, Martin Young, Emily Stamp, Thomas Reidy, Dmytro Belej, Joseph Merron, Maria Wymann and Elizabeth Wood.

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

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Every Friday in Lent after morning Mass.

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

PARISH WELCOME BOOKLET: It's so important that we all welcome new parishioners and visitors, and help them to share fully in our parish life. We've all been "new" parishioners in a parish somewhere. Let's make St Dominic's a truly welcoming and kind parish. The booklet is packed with helpful information and intended primarily for new parishioners but anyone can have one if they wish. The booklets are available in our church-porch. Thank you, Teresa and Eddy, for preparing the booklet.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in our church-porch...please read about the important things happening in our parish and diocese. Next meeting, Tues. 21st April at 7pm.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church this weekend, Sat. 22nd and Sun. 23rd Feb. with a fine range of fairtrade food and lots of information about the importance of FT to growers around the world.

EVANGELISATION: Our parish team meets this Thursday 27th Feb. at 7pm in the parish room. We would like our team to grow...everyone is welcome.

PARISH SUPPER: The next Parish Supper is taking place this Friday, 28th February at 6.30 pm in the Parish Room. Please sign up on the sheet available in the Porch.

A DAY OF PRAYER AND RENEWAL IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Saturday 29th Feb. St Philip Howard's Church, Walpole Rd, Cambridge CB1 3TH. 10am to 4pm. Please see poster. All welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES start on Monday 3rd March at 4.30pm. Please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 for more information.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: Wednesdays in Lent from 7pm to 8pm in our parish room, beginning 4th March. We will be looking at St Matthew's Gospel in this Year of the Word. Everyone is very welcome.

YEAR OF THE WORD: A series of talks by Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, will be presented in video form immediately following weekend masses during Lent. The complete series of "The Mass" expands on the origins of, and our participation in, the sacrament and will be shown in short segments throughout Lent.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 6th March 2020 at the Methodist Church, Downham Market, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

Caritas East Anglia Festival will begin in Norfolk, at St George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ on Saturday 28th March (10am-4pm). Everyone is welcome. The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate sharing God’s love and is a platform for parish groups involved in social outreach work to tell others about your work. We would like all Norfolk parishes to be represented. To book a stall, please email Jacinta by Sun 16th Feb: caritas@rcdea.org.uk.

Mass for Victims and Survivors of Abuse: there is going to be a Mass for victims and survivors of all kinds of abuse is at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church, Wymondham NR18 0QE. Everyone is welcome.


16th February 2020 – 6th Sunday of the Year


£95.06 was collected for Racial Justice. Thank you for your generosity and support.

£100 was raised at the last Parish Supper; thank you to everyone who attended! The next Parish Supper is taking place on Friday 28th February at 6.30 pm in the Parish Room. Please sign up on the sheet available in the Porch.

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

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: Wednesdays in Lent from 7pm to 8pm in our parish room, beginning 4th March. We will be looking at St Matthew's Gospel in this Year of the Word. Everyone is very welcome.

PARISH WELCOME BOOKLET: It's so important that we all welcome new parishioners and visitors, and help them to share fully in our parish life. We've all been "new" parishioners in a parish somewhere. Let's make St Dominic's a truly welcoming and kind parish. The booklet is packed with helpful information and intended primarily for new parishioners but anyone can have one if they wish. The booklets are available in our church-porch. Thank you, Teresa and Eddy, for preparing the booklet.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Minutes of our latest meeting are now available in our church-porch...please read about the important things happening in our parish and diocese. We, together, are the parish...everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to our meetings and to share in the life, work and witness of our beloved parish. Next meeting, Tues. 21st April at 7pm.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft Stall will be at church next weekend, Sat. 22nd and Sun. 23rd Feb. with a fine range of fairtrade food and lots of information about the importance of FT to growers around the world.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES start on Monday 3rd March at 4.30pm. Please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 for more information.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 6th March 2020 at the Methodist Church, Downham Market, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

Caritas East Anglia Festival will begin in Norfolk, at St George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ on Saturday 28th March (10am-4pm). Everyone is welcome. The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate sharing God’s love and is a platform for parish groups involved in social outreach work to tell others about your work. We would like all Norfolk parishes to be represented. To book a stall, please email Jacinta by Sun 16th Feb: caritas@rcdea.org.uk.

Mass for Victims and Survivors of Abuse: there is going to be a Mass for victims and survivors of all kinds of abuse is at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church, Wymondham NR18 0QE. Everyone is welcome.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA is always grateful for your donations. See list in porch for items welcomed by AoS. Please place items in AoS box in porch or speak to Val (AoS rep.) Thank you for your continuing support.

HELP! St Dominic’s is desperately in need of a volunteer handyman to do several small jobs in and around the Church and Presbytery. If anyone has some skills they can share, please see Fr Erico, Eddy or Joe. We still need more Eucharistic Ministers and readers at Saturday’s Masses.

Walking the Camino

Anthony Browne, who has completed 4 pilgrimages walks to Santiago de Compostela, is proposing to lead a Camino for the Parish in September 2020 or Spring 2021

The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) is a network of ancient trails across Western Europe to the city of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the northwest region of Galicia in Spain. Historically, these were pilgrimage routes to the final resting place of the body of St James, the Apostle.

In medieval times, the Camino Inglés (The English Way) provided a short, direct route from A Coruña or Ferrol to Santiago and was therefore used by pilgrims from northern Europe, including England, who had travelled to Galicia by sea. It will be up to 100Km walking over six days. (up to 20km walking a day)

A meeting and presentation will happen after Mass at 10.30am, Sunday 23rd February, and before Vespers and Benediction at 3pm on the same day, for anyone who is interested in completing the Camino Ingles. We will discuss how to organise it for the parish and what the individual needs to do to prepare.

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the Confraternity of Saint James which has much useful information on the Camino. https://www.csj.org.uk/

Also feel free to drop Anthony an email on: aj.browne@aol.com


9th February 2020 – 5th Sunday of the Year



THIS SUNDAY is Racial Justice Sunday. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend (8th and 9th Feb.) for Racial Justice. The theme of this year’s appeal is, “You are at the heart of the Church”, celebrating the contribution that travelling communities make to the Church. Please pray for racial justice in our society.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Joseph Byrne, Norah Riddiford and Barry Midgley.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF THE WORD: We will say this prayer at our weekend Masses throughout the year. It is printed on the back of our newsletter.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

BIBLE STUDY EVENING: every Wednesday in Lent from 7pm to 8pm, in our parish room. We will be looking at the Gospel of St Matthew in this Year of the Word. Everyone is welcome.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: February edition now available. Please take a copy!

DIOCESAN RETREAT DAY: Positive penance...preparation for Lent. Sat. 15th Feb., 10am to 4pm. Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland NR14 7SH. Bring packed lunch, notebook and pen. All welcome.

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY Planning Meetings take place on Sat. 15th Feb., 11am to 1pm at St George's Church, Sprowston Rd, Norwich NR3 4HZ and on Sun. 16th Feb., 2 to 4pm at St Laurence's Church, Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1XB. Come and hear how your donations change lives. All welcome.

CLARE PRIORY: Tuesday 18th February 2020, 10.30am until 3.00pm – a day of Silent Prayer: Our connection with ourselves, our Community, and the World. More information can be found on the notice board in the Porch.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES start on Monday 3rd March at 4.30pm. Please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 for more information.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 6th March 2020 at the Methodist Church, Downham Market, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

Caritas East Anglia Festival will begin in Norfolk, at St George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ on Saturday 28th March (10am-4pm). Everyone is welcome. The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate sharing God’s love and is a platform for parish groups involved in social outreach work to tell others about your work. We would like all Norfolk parishes to be represented. To book a stall, please email Jacinta by Sun 16th Feb: caritas@rcdea.org.uk.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA is always grateful for your donations. See list in porch for items welcomed by AoS. Please place items in AoS box in porch or speak to Val (AoS rep.) Thank you for your continuing support.

CAFOD are currently recruiting new school volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Jane Crone, jcrone@cafod.org.uk, 01223 358552 or 07779 804252.

HELP! St Dominic’s is desperately in need of a volunteer handyman to do several small jobs in and around the Church and Presbytery. If anyone has some skills they can share, please see Fr Erico, Eddy or Joe. We still need more Eucharistic Ministers and readers at Saturday’s Masses.


2nd February 2020 – 4th Sunday of the Year



AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: Tamsyn Filby (Area Sec. for ACN) writes to thank our parish for donating £270.39 to her recent appeal. Please see her letter on our porch notice-board.

NEXT SUNDAY is Racial Justice Sunday. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend (8th and 9th Feb.) for Racial Justice.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Mary Guymer and John Neill.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF THE WORD: We will say this prayer at our weekend Masses throughout the year. It is printed on the back of our newsletter.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm (unless otherwise informed), followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: A Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 11.30am on Sat. 8th Feb. at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. The Mass will include Anointing of the sick. Refreshments will follow in the Narthex. Everyone is very welcome. NB Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to Lourdes 21st to 28th August 2020. Pilgrimage organiser and former pilgrims will be there so it's a good opportunity to find out more Lourdes and our pilgrimage.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: THE YEAR OF THE WORD, launched by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, will run from Sep. 2019 until end Dec. 2020. Scripture is the foundation of our life in the Catholic Church and so we want to celebrate, live and share God's Word, creating new and renewed encounters with Christ through the Scriptures. See www.godwhospeaks.uk for more information about this wonderful initiative and/or "Catholic East Anglia" newspaper, Jan. 2020, p.4 for a very thoughtful article. During Lent, we will have a parish bible study course on St Matthew's Gospel. And every Sunday at 4pm we will have Evening Prayer and Benediction. More events will follow throughout the year. Living God, Your Word is our path and Your truth is our light.

HELP! St Dominic’s is desperately in need of a volunteer handyman to do several small jobs in and around the Church and Presbytery. If anyone has some skills they can share, please see Fr Erico, Eddy or Joe. We still need more Eucharistic Ministers and readers at Saturday’s Masses.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: February edition now available. Please take a copy!

DIOCESAN RETREAT DAY: Positive penance...preparation for Lent. Sat. 15th Feb., 10am to 4pm. Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland NR14 7SH. Bring packed lunch, notebook and pen. All welcome.

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY Planning Meetings take place on Sat. 15th Feb., 11am to 1pm at St George's Church, Sprowston Rd, Norwich NR3 4HZ and on Sun. 16th Feb., 2 to 4pm at St Laurence's Church, Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1XB. Come and hear how your donations change lives. All welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES start on Monday 3rd March at 4.30pm. Please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 for more information.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA is always grateful for your donations. See list in porch for items welcomed by AoS. Please place items in AoS box in porch or speak to Val (AoS rep.) Thank you for your continuing support.


26th January 2020 – 3rd Sunday of the Year



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Anne Reilly, Patrick Heffron, Joseph Drozdecki, Ellen Carey, Roman Kowal, William Akers, Thomas McMahon, Reginald Cooper, Mary Rolfe-Tuffin, Mary Diamond, Joe Orsi, Lillian Galliers and Bernard Jewess.

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

READERS: to tie-in with "The God who speaks: the Year of the Word", Fr Erico will recommission and bless all our readers at Mass this Saturday and Sunday. Pope Francis has made the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time a Sunday of the Word of God.

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm, followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church this Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th Jan., with a fine range of fairtrade food and some interesting resources.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper takes place at 6.30pm on Fri. 31st Jan. in the parish room. Please sign the list in the porch if you would like to come...everyone is very welcome!

MISSIO RED BOX: Thank you to all our collectors for their donations in 2019. We have several spare boxes so if you too would like to become a collector, please see Joe Walton (Missio rep.).

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: A Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 11.30am on Sat. 8th Feb. at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. The Mass will include Anointing of the sick. Refreshments will follow in the Narthex. Everyone is very welcome.

HELP! St Dominic’s is desperately in need of a volunteer handyman to do several small jobs in and around the Church and Presbytery. If anyone has some skills they can share, please see Fr Erico, Eddy or Joe. We still need more Eucharistic Ministers and readers at Saturday’s Masses.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES start on Monday 3rd March at 4.30pm. Please contact Marie Patmore on 07770 789526 for more information.

WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 6th March 2020 at the Methodist Church, Downham Market, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

CAFOD are currently recruiting new school volunteers. CAFOD needs people who have a commitment to its aims and Values and an interest in sharing its work in secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support and expenses will be paid. If you are interested, please contact Jane Crone, jcrone@cafod.org.uk, 01223 358552 or 07779 804252.


19th January 2020 – 2nd Sunday of the Year



COLLECTIONS: Thank you for your generosity and support; last weekend’s total will be published next weekend. Tamsyn Filby took away the collection for Aid to the Church in Need and will let us know the total.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: John Carey, Claire Rose, Winifred Glasson, Philip Harrod, John Whiteland and Mary Reeve.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION will take place every Sunday at 4pm, followed by refreshments in the parish room. It's a short service and very beautiful. Everyone is very welcome.

FAIR TRADE: Our Traidcraft stall will be at church on Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th Jan., with a fine range of fairtrade food and some interesting resources which explain the importance of Fair Trade to growers around the world.

PARISH SUPPER: Our next supper takes place at 6.30pm on Fri. 31st Jan. in the parish room. Our suppers are always very friendly and enjoyable occasions. Please sign the list in the porch if you would like to come...everyone is very welcome!

***CHANGE OF DATE*** A SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY will take place at 6.30pm NEXT Sunday 26th January at Eternity Church, Sovereign Way, Trafalgar Industrial Estate, Downham Market. Churches Together warmly invite you to come to this service.

MISSIO RED BOX: Thank you to all our collectors for their donations in 2019. We have several spare boxes so if you too would like to become a collector, please see Joe Walton (Missio rep.). It's a simple but very effective way to help the missionary work of the Church around the world.

CLARE PRIORY: Tuesday 18th February 2020, 10.30am until 3.00pm – a day of Silent Prayer: Our connection with ourselves, our Community, and the World. More information can be found on the notice board in the Porch.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: THE YEAR OF THE WORD, launched by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, will run from Sep. 2019 until end Dec. 2020. We want to celebrate, live and share God's Word, creating new and renewed encounters with Christ through the Scriptures. See www.godwhospeaks.uk for more information about this wonderful initiative and/or "Catholic East Anglia" newspaper, Jan. 2020, p.4 for a very thoughtful article. During Lent, we will have a parish bible study course on St Matthew's Gospel and every Sunday at 4pm we will have Evening Prayer and Benediction. More events will follow throughout the year. Living God, Your Word is our path and Your truth is our light.


12th January 2020 –THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD


THIS WEEKEND (11th and 12th Jan.) we welcome Tamsyn Filby who is coming to talk at Mass on behalf of AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED. Tamsyn will talk about the work of this Catholic charity throughout the world and will have a number of catalogue items for sale. She looks forward to speaking with you.

There will be a SECOND COLLECTION for Aid to the Church in Need.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Thelma Akers, Roger Gunn, Peter O’Connell, Mary Noon and Ian Satchell.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

PARISH COUNCIL: Our next meeting will be at 7pm this Tuesday 14th Jan. in the parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: January 2020 edition out now...please take a copy.

A SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 19th January at Eternity Church, Sovereign Way, Trafalgar Industrial Estate, Downham Market. Churches Together warmly invite you to come to this service.

PLEASE GET INVOLVED: We always need new readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Welcomers, flower offerings/arrangers and counters. If you are interested, please speak to Father Erico or Lourdes [Eddy or Jose for the counting – we only need one more person to allow for a rota to be drawn up]. THANK YOU to everyone who already helps!

FAMILY SEARCH: Just in case people were away last week and missed this. A Michelle Harris in the US is trying to get in touch with Nella Wade and her daughter Suzanne Wade who she believes live in Downham Market. Her email address is: harris9496@aol.com.

OFFERTORY CONTRIBUTIONS: if you would like to make life easier for yourself and help provide an even stream of income for the Parish please consider paying by Standing Order, forms with the bank details are in the porch. Thank you to all those who have already made the switch!


5th January 2020 - The Epiphany of the Lord



ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Bridget Heffernan, Arthur McAuley, Austin McKenna, Patrick Murphy, Aubrey Packer, Herbert Winning, Delia Faherty, Mary Kenney and Arthur Mendoza.

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

TEA AND COFFEE are served after Mass every Sunday in our parish room.

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: The list of prize winners is on the porch notice-board...congratulations! Please collect your prize(s) from the sacristy.

PARISH COUNCIL: Our next meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday 14th Jan. in the parish room. Everyone is very welcome.

Epiphany Candlelight Mass: this Sunday 5th January 5pm - For all young people and their families from across the diocese. Held at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich. Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service.

CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: January 2020 edition out now...please take a copy.

PLEASE GET INVOLVED: We always need new readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Welcomers, flower offerings/arrangers and counters. If you are interested, please speak to Father Erico or Lourdes [Eddy or Jose for the counting]. THANK YOU to everyone who already helps!

FAMILY SEARCH:

Fr Erico has received this email from a Michelle Harris in the US who is looking for her cousins:

Hello,

I am writing from the U.S. and hoping you can help. I am trying to get in touch with cousins from my father's side of the family, and wonder if they are parishioners of yours. They are Nella Wade and her daughter Suzanne Wade of Downham Market.

We were in touch for years, but I have not heard from them for about 2 years now. My correspondence to them has not been returned, but I am concerned about them. Might they be members of St. Dominic?

Thank you, and best wishes for this joyous season and throughout the new year.

Sincerely,

Michelle Harris

harris9496@aol.com

Ring any bells?