Colourful school, church history day, angelic celebration

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Colourful school, church history day, angelic celebration

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a bright school charity day, the history of a church revealed and a international celebration of St Michael and angels.

Children at St Pancras Catholic Primary School in Ipswich raised over £200 for CAFOD’s Brighten Up campaign (pictured above) by dressing in bright clothing, wearing bright hair accessories and wearing wigs recently.  Head of School, Lucille Southgate, said: “Claire Robinson from CAFOD will be visiting the school on October 18 to give us an assembly to help the children understand how their money will be used to help the campaign.” 

The life and history of an Ipswich church that had links with a visit from Mother Teresa in the 1970s, and was badly damaged by a fire and a hurricane in the 80s, is being celebrated with an exhibition this weekend.

Lisamaria De Pasquale, who organised the display at St Pancras said: “It’s an opportunity to showcase the wonderful history of the church and chronicle its life and times, which mirror those of the town. We are blessed to have an extensive archive and it is a chance to share the photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from the church’s history with the town. We look forward to welcoming people to our church.”

 Before visiting St Mark’s school in Ipswich on October 30, 1970 Mother Theresa was greeted at Ipswich railway station by Fr Norman Smith, parish priest of St Pancras at the time.

The exhibition takes place at the church in Orwell Place on Saturday October 12 from 10am to 5pm, with special items on display until 2pm, and on Sunday October 13 from noon to 5pm.

Pictured is Mother Teresa visiting St Mark’s School in 1970 (picture courtesy of EADT).

St Michael the Archangel parish of Huntingdon celebrated its parish feast on Sunday September 29 at both Masses that day, thinking about the role and service of the angels and God’s care of us through them, reports Fr Philip Shryane.

“After Mass we had a shared international lunch in the Good Shepherd Room and in the garden. Our different communities had coordinated some food and we had several Filipino and Indian dishes and also lovely English roast dinners, Hungarian goulash, Polish deserts and some African foods.

“The food was all laid out on the tables and looked beautiful when it was blessed for us to share. Many people were able to sit at tables in the garden, even though the forecast had been terrible, in fact the rain held off for us.

“Almost 100 people enjoyed the share lunch and there was a lovely community atmosphere as everyone had a chance to meet one another and chat – a very fitting celebration of our parish feast day.”