Parishes Sharing the Vision

Every parish across the Diocese will have the opportunity to play their part in Alive in Faith over the coming months. It is hoped that more parishioners will join those already involved, helping to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of Catholics in East Anglia.

An initial group of six parishes – the Pilot Phase – led the way in Summer 2015. More than 30 volunteers supported their clergy in sharing the vision to over 800 fellow parishioners.  The response was overwhelming: on average, the Pilot group exceeded their goals by 144%!

St Felix, Felixstowe
St Mary Magdalen, Ipswich
St Luke’s, Peterborough
Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland
Our Lady and St Joseph’s, Sheringham and Cromer
The Sacred Heart, Southwold and St Edmund King & Martyr, Halesworth

Building on the success in the Pilot Phase, nine more parishes joined Alive in Faith in Autumn 2015. They too witnessed many parishioners stepping forward to support the future of the Church in East Anglia, raising on average 154% of their goals and meeting personally with over 550 parishioners.

Group 1
Our Lady and St Peter’s, Aldeburgh
Our Lady and St Walstan’s, Costessey
St Peter the Apostle, Gorleston
Our Lady of the Annunciation, King’s Lynn
Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda, Newmarket and St Philip Neri, Kirtling
The Sacred Heart, North Walsham
The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich
The Sacred Heart, St Ives
St Thomas of Canterbury, Woodbridge & Framlingham

Group 2 concluded their efforts in summer 2016. This marked a significant milestone as half of the Diocese has now taken part in this important initiative. In addition, an additional 1,800 households learned about the priorities of Alive in Faith and the 2,000th pledge was received during this time!

Group 2
The Sacred Heart & St Margaret Mary, East Dereham
St Henry Morse, Diss
St Dominic, Downham Market
St Mary’s, Ipswich and The Church of the Holy Family & St Michael, Kesgrave
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft and St Nicholas, Lowestoft
St Peter and All Souls, Peterborough
Catholic Parish of Our Lady, Stowmarket
St Mary’s, Thetford
Our Lady & St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech

The next group of 12 parishes have now joined and are helping to take Alive in Faith forward, building the momentum further and sharing the vision with even more people.

Group 3
Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge
St Laurence, Cambridge
St Phillip Howard, Cambridge
St Etheldreda's, Ely
St Mary, Great Yarmouth
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Edmund, Hunstanton
St James, Ipswich
St Pancras, Ipswich
St George, Norwich
Sacred Heart and St Oswald, Peterborough
Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham
Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham