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Bishop blesses Downham Market church extension

The parish of St Dominic in Downham Market welcomed Bishop Alan Hopes on Monday May 10 to bless the new extension to their church porch area. Parishioner Joe Walton reports.

Work to extend the porch, enlarge the kitchen and improve access to the parish-room was completed in late 2020.  The porch has been doubled in size and, with its all-glass frontage, it is now much lighter and a more open and welcoming space.

Bishop Alan concelebrated Mass with Fr Erico Falcao, our parish priest, and Canon Peter Rollings, our Dean.  He thanked parishioners for their generosity towards the Alive in Faith appeal which had made the extension possible, and for all their hard work on the project. 

Bishop Alan noted that this was our church’s fourth phase of development from its humble beginnings as a converted stable in the 1940s.

Bishop Alan then blessed the porch and we responded with joyful applause.  

We pray that our parish may continue to grow in faith and welcome others to encounter Christ in their lives.  

Pictured above is Bishop Alan Hopes blessing the church porch extension at St Dominic in Downham Market.