Colourful Pentecost, birthday double, charity fund-raising

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Colourful Pentecost, birthday double, charity fund-raising

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a colourful Pentecost celebration, a double 80th birthday and charity fund-raising.

There was a very colourful celebration of the Pentecost Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Lowestoft on May 20 when the Ignite Youth team were in attendance. The Communion Class children sang and actioned ‘My Lighthouse’ beautifully and there was a knitted adaptation of ‘The Last Supper’ by the ladies of the CWL.

St Benet's in Beccles has pledged to raise funds for two local charities – Guide Dogs for the Blind and the purchase of a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator to be mounted outside the church.

Terry O'Brien said: "St Benet's parishioners support international charities such as CAFOD; Missio; Congo School for Peace andMary's Meals but we also like to put something back into our local community. Each year we identify two local charities which we will support, chosen by ballot of all parishioners.

"Each spring, we hold a social evening to hand over the funds raised for the preceding year's charities ' in this case the Air Ambulance and the Beccles Hospital. We also use the event to learn a bit more about our new "beneficiaries" and hopefully, stimulate enthusiasm for our fund-raising activities.

"At this year's event , we were delighted to meet Guide Dogs fund raising volunteer Julie, who introduced us to Georgina and her golden labrador Jacob. As well as Julie's presentation, it was wonderful to hear first-hand from Georgina, and learn what a change Jacob has made to her life.

"We then heard from Paramedics Rob and Sam (pictured right) about how useful the defibrillator could be. Those first minutes really are vital ' and it was especially re-assuring to learn that the technology in the units will simply not allow any lay-person to make a mistake and do harm to a casualty.

"We look forward to helping our fund-raisers to generate funds in support of these very worthy causes," said Terry.

Parishioners from St Benedict’s Catholic community in Sawtry, Cambs enjoyed a double birthday celebration recently for John Bourne and Bridie Sewters (pictured right) who were both 80 years old.

The celebrations were held in Sawtry WI Hall where food and drink were in plentiful supply and singing was led by Margaret Mason with a good time being had by all reports Roy Dunn.