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Confirmations, Global Rosary Relay and Police Guild

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Confirmations, a Global Rosary Relay and a Catholic Police Guild event.


Parishioners at Sacred Heart Church, Ramsey (pictured above), joined in the Global Rosary Relay on June 28 by praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary for priests reports Eilish Storey.


St Mary’s in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, joyfully celebrated one of its annual highlights as the congregation saw 21 young candidates, and Edward King from Aldeburgh, being confirmed by Bishop Alan Hopes on June 25 with Fr Tony Rogers, Fr Michael Hazell, Fr Matthias and Deacon Chris Brighten in attendance.

The 21 candidates had undertaken preparation with devoted catechists, Winnie Annison and Angus Murray. They had taken part in CAFOD’s revolutionary team challenge on May 25 as they offered their service in order to raise funds for CAFOD.

They took up the challenge “not to have more but to be morein which they held an Oriental meal for 50 parishioners and raised an impressive £585.  Everything needed to run the meal was very generously donated by their parents and parishioners which made it possible for all the money raised to go directly to CAFOD.

Proud parents and families, sponsors and friends and the parish community were present to join in the celebration of Confirmation for the young people. They and their siblings were involved in the delivery of the liturgy including the readings and bidding prayers. They also were involved in the offering of the gifts and their siblings served as altar servers.

After mass, there was a wonderful gathering in the parish hall. A celebration cake kindly donated by a generous parent, was cut to mark the truly significant event for the candidates. The candidates are a credit to their parents.

Pictured above are the young candidates with Bishop Alan.


The Catholic Police Guild was founded in 1914 on the feast of Corpus Christi and Westminster Cathedral in June proved to be an appropriate place for several members of the Guild and their families living in the area to assemble together at the mass commemorating the feast of Corpus Christi Mass.

Maurice Smith, a long time Guild member who is also a member of West Middlesex Circle of the Catenian association organised the event which was followed by a meal at a local restaurant.

Other Guild members who are also Catenians were Tom Ford (London Central Circle) and John Kenny (Norwich Circle).

Pictured, left to right, are Tom Ford, Maurice Smith and John Kenny.

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