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Candlemas is Downham Market evangelisation team first

For Candlemas, Downham Market parishioners were invited to a Mass to celebrate all those who help in the parish.  Rebecca Bretherton reports.


On a snowy Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2), Father Erico offered Mass for the Parish community of St Dominic’s, giving thanks for support given in so many different ways. Everyone was given a small prayer card with the words of St Teresa of Avila. 

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

This was the first activity planned by the new Parish Evangelisation team which was formed as a result of the ‘Creating Missionary Parishes’ programme which was held last autumn in the parish.

Creating Missionary Parishes is based on the book by Sherry Weddell called Forming Intentional Disciples. The programme gives a Catholic parish group the opportunity to learn about evangelisation and to practice telling people about Jesus Christ in everyday life.

Poringland parish will be starting the programme for Lent. If you and your parish are interested in setting up a Parish Evangelisation team, please contact Rebecca Bretherton, co-ordinator of the New Evangelisation on evangelisation@rcdea.org.uk

Pictured above are parishioners after the Downham Market Candlemas.

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