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First Communions, art show and choir on tour

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes First Communions, a colourful art show and a youth choir on tour.


St Felix Parish (Haverhill, Suffolk) has been blessed to welcome 26 young people to the Lord’s Table this spring as they received their First Holy Communion reports Stacy Thornton. 

Working with Fr Michael, Deacon Huw and a team of lay catechists, the children had their First Reconciliation before Easter and celebrated their First Holy Communion with family, friends and parish community over three Sunday Masses in May and June.  The classes ended with the children, in their Communion finery, leading the Corpus Christi procession on June 23.


St John the Baptist Cathedral’s sunken chapel has been transformed into a colourful and diverse art exhibition.  The work has been created by students aged 5-18 from schools in the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust.  Culture and the arts hold a valued position within the Trust and play a key role in enabling students to reflect on various aspects of Catholic ethos and develop their creativity.

The exhibition is a celebration what the SJB CMAT schools have achieved in the past two years as part of the process of applying for Artsmark Status.  Staff and students have been excited at the opportunity to showcase their work to the general public in such an awe inspiring setting.  Visitors to the exhibition have commented on how much they have enjoyed exploring the show with ‘a surprise round every corner’!

The show is on until August 12.


The Youth Choir of All Souls, Peterborough recently sang at the early morning Mass at St Augustine’s in Stamford, across the border in the Diocese of Nottingham, as a way of showing what opportunities might be developed for children in that parish.

The visit was the idea of the choir’s Director, Jeremy Jepson, pictured here (on the left) with Fr Simon Gillespie of St Augustine’s, the choir of All Souls and musical assistant Owen Winter. Afterwards, the choir enjoyed an end of term picnic and games on Stamford meadows.

Jeremy said: “It’s great to share our talents and showcase our wonderfully diverse group of singers, they are a credit to All Souls, Peterborough and to the diocese, and it’s great to share our message further afield.”

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