Mini Vinnies are out in force at Gorleston school
May 15, 2023
100-year-old Southwold church time capsule reburied
May 17, 2023
Show all

First Mass, pilgrimages and free will writing offer

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a first Mass for four years, a Walsingham pilgrimage, a free will writing offer and a Suffolk pilgrimage.

A first Mass for four years has been held in an historic medieval chapel in St Ives (pictured above). Parish priest Fr Thomas Walton and parishioners from Sacred Heart Church, St Ives celebrated Mass at the Bridge Chapel of St Ledger on Monday May 1 for the first time since 2019, due to the Covid pandemic.
It was the first Mass celebrated in the Grade I listed chapel for the 2023 season. Mass is held there each Monday from the first May Bank holiday to the late August Bank holiday. Ellen Kemp said: “St Ives parish has been celebrating Mass at the Chapel of St. Ledger for nearly 40 years and parishioners were thrilled to return.”

The SVP has invited all parishes across the Diocese of East Anglia to join its National  Pilgrimage for the Sick which is taking place in Walsingham on Sunday July 2 with Bishop Peter Collins officiating. Mass is at 1.30pm, followed by the Sacrament of the sick, finishing with Benediction. Jackie Roberts from SVP said: “Due to the medical conditions and reduced mobility of most of the congregation, we do not include the walk down from the village to the Shrine. Especially welcome would be any retired priests in the diocese to assist with the anointing of the sick, indeed any priest with a free afternoon. We had a successful pilgrimage last year and are looking forward to welcoming more people this year.”

The pilgrimage is organised by the SVP East Anglia Central Council. More details from Jackie Roberts

Catholic Legacy Week is from May 28 to June 3 and to mark it the Diocese of East Anglia has extended its free will writing offer.

Stewardship and Fundraising Coordinator, Sandra Portas, said: “We have been really pleased with the response to the Diocese Free Will Writing service announced earlier this year. Thank you to those of you who have contacted us to take advantage of this free service.

“We still have some slots available, so if anyone would like to make use of the free will writing service, where you can choose to have a single or mirror will written by a solicitor local to you.” Please contact

A pilgrimage linking the Suffolk Saints of Felix, Botolph and Edmund will take place between July 3 and 7 from Dunwich to Bury St Edmunds.  It is an opportunity to join others to explore aspects of faith and history whilst walking the beautiful Suffolk landscape. Full details are at or contact John Saunders