Key Events 2023

These are the main events across the Diocese of East Anglia in 2023.

Candlelight Epiphany Mass for Young People: Saturday January 7
4pm, Church of the Annunciation, then fireworks and refreshments, Poringland.

Mass for the Religious of the Diocese: Thursday, February 2
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich.

Annual Mass to celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes with Anointing of the Sick: Saturday February 11
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich.

Rite of Election: Sunday February 26
3.30pm, St John’s Cathedral Norwich. For all Catechumens and Candidates being baptised and confirmed at Easter.

Annual Meeting of the College of Deacons: Saturday March 4
4pm, Walsingham

Lenten Station Masses: 5pm Exposition and Confession, 6pm Mass, 7pm Supper:
Peterborough Deanery St Peter & All Souls – February 28; Cambridge Deanery – Our Lady and the English Martyrs – March 2; King’s Lynn Deanery – Holy Family – March 7; Ipswich Deanery – St Mary – March 9; Bury St Edmunds – St Edmunds – March 14; Coastal Deanery – Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft – March 16; Norwich Deanery – St John’s Cathedral Norwich – March 21

Chrism Mass: Tuesday April 4
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich.

Ignite Diocesan Youth Festival: April 29 – 30
Sacred Heart School, Swaffham.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Monday May 1

12 noon to 4.30pm. One of the major annual events of the year in the life of the Diocese. National Shrine, Walsingham

Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Tuesday May 30
12 noon at National Shrine, Walsingham.

Annual Celebration of Priesthood: Thursday June 1
11am, White House, Poringland.

Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Mass: Saturday June 3
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich. Mass for couples celebrating special wedding anniversaries.

Ordination to the Priesthood: Saturday July 8
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich

Altar Servers Mass and BBQ: Saturday July 22
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, followed by a barbeque.

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate: Saturday July 29
11.30am, St John’s Cathedral, Norwich.

World Youth Day: August 1 – 6
Pope Francis will be joined by young people from across the world (including East Anglia) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: August 18 – 25

Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage: Sunday September 3
12 noon, National Shrine, Walsingham.

Meeting of the Retired Priests of the Diocese: Thursday October 5
10.30am coffee, 11.30am Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland.

Annual Gathering of Deacons, wives and students and wives in formation for the Diaconate: Saturday Oct 14
St John’s Cathedral, Mass at 12.15pm and buffet lunch.