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Help solve 100-year mystery, strawberry tea, pilgrimage

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a charitable strawberry tea, a national pilgrimage to Walsingham and a request to help solve a 100-year-old mystery.

A Catholic archivist from Peterborough is requesting help to solve a mystery almost 100 years old. Peter Waszak, honorary archivist at St Peter and All Souls Church, has uncovered an intriguing picture and wants help to unravel its mystery.

Peter said: “I have a photo of a garden party that may be in the grounds of a Norfolk chapel or convent taken in the 1920s or 1930s. The flint walls suggest Norfolk. The nuns are Sisters of Charity who had a convent here in Peterborough and they may have been visiting another convent? If anyone can help identify the building in the background, any of the people in the picture of the date that would be wonderful.”

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A Strawberry Tea (Pictured right) was held in the presbytery garden at St Felix in Felixstowe on Saturday July 7, in aid of Aid to the Church in Need. It was attended by over 40 people, who were served a splendid Afternoon Tea, of sandwiches, cream scones, cakes, and strawberry meringues, by the Parish catering team -Team Felix. The sun shone brightly, but Felixstowe has been blessed in the recent hot weather by a cool breeze blowing in from the sea and £170 was raised for ACN.

Members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul were joined by 28 parishioners from St Mary’s Conference King’s Lynn for the annual SVP National Pilgrimage to Walsingham on July 1, reports Pauline McSherry.

They joined with brothers and sisters from across the Diocese of East Anglia and beyond, for a day that means so much, most especially to the elderly and housebound, the sick and the handicapped and indeed to all the young and not so young. It is good to be united in prayer and friendship on this our annual Pilgrimage.

The sun shone and we were given a ‘warm’ welcome by Mgr Armitage who celebrated Mass and with him to concelebrate was our good friend Fr Henry MacCarthy.

The leafy tree provided welcome shade and there was time to enjoy and share friendship and picnics. What touched me greatly was the generosity of helping hands, a true Vincentian spirit of love pervaded.

The Anointing of the Sick and Benediction brought another SVP Pilgrimage for the Sick to a close.