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Amazing knitting club, Lent book and Catholic history

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an amazingly productive knitting club, a book for Lent and a Catholic history newsletter.


The Knitting Club at St Philip Howard Church, Cambridge, has had a very productive 18 months, reports Maureen Harper.

Since March 2018 they have delivered nine sacks of cot blankets, baby jackets and hats to the Rosie Neo-Natal Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. They have also sent 33 sacks of blankets and children’s clothes to Knit for Peace, which is based in London, and which delivers knitted goods to homes for the elderly, mother and baby refuges and hospitals in the UK and Syria. Also five sacks of donated teenage jeans and shirts, and 32 large blankets, to Hope and Aid Direct, which takes goods and blankets overland to refugee camps in Lesbos and other Greek islands.  

The next convoy goes at the end of October. Last Christmas they supplied the local Shoe Box Appeal with children’s hats and scarves, and will do the same next Christmas. In the last two years they sent a total of 156 jumpers for children up to six years old, to the Holy Family Creche in Bethlehem, which takes in abandoned children of all faiths. 


Every parish across the Diocese of East Anglia has been given a booklet An Introduction to Verbum Domini Benedict XVI’s Exhortation on the Word of God to use as a resource for Lent, at the request of Bishop Alan Hopes.

The God Who Speaks: An introduction to Verbum Domini is a resource for small groups to help Catholics who are not familiar with the Bible begin to see how essential the Word of God is to their lives and their baptismal vocation as disciples of Jesus. 

Over four sessions the booklet leads participants to read and to reflect on excerpts from Verbum Domini and from the Old and New Testaments. Participants are encouraged to discuss the texts and to pray using the method of Lectio Divina as taught by Benedict XVI in Verbum Domini.

The Year of the God Who Speaks marks the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini Benedict XVI’s Exhortation on the Word of God which deals with how the Church should promote the Bible.


The Spring 2020 edition of Orientale Lumen, the newsletter of the East Anglian Catholic History Society has been published. It contains news of the East Anglia Diocesan archives, new books, a churches picture project and a millennium lecture.

Download it here.

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