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Historic meeting, inter-faith celebration, First Communion

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an historic Catenian meeting in Ipswich, an inter-faith celebration in Peterborough and First Holy Communions in Great Yarmouth.


Fr Anthony Nwankwo has celebrated First Holy Communion with so many children at St Mary’s Church, Great Yarmouth, that they have spread out over the last two weekends (June 10 and 17). Pictured above is the first week and, below the second week. More pictures by Brian Lafferty can be seen here: June 10 and June 17.


The Peterborough Inter Faith Council celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Saturday May 12 with a concert in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square. The Catholic community were delighted to take part having been active participants in the work of the Inter Faith Council since its formation.  

The three Catholic Parishes in Peterborough combined to provide a choir who sang three hymns. When the Saints go Marching in, Amazing Grace and I am the Bread of Life. Other faith groups performed music from their scriptures and there was performances from different cultural groups, including Peterborough Opera sing some operatic classics and a group of Hindu dancers.

Brian Keegan, the Diocesan lead for Inter Religious Dialogue, said: “We were delighted to be invited to perform as part of this event and very much enjoyed sharing some of our favourite hymns with the People of Peterborough in our main square. I am so pleased that Jaspal Singh’s work for the Inter Faith Council has been recognised by his appointment as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire shows how well Peterborough is integrated.”

Pictured is the Catholic choir at the anniversary celebration.


The Ipswich Circle of the Catenian Association celebrated its 900th meeting on the evening of June 7 at the town’s Holiday Inn.

Present were the GB National Vice President Phil Brown, the GB National Secretary  Bernard Noakes, Provincial Director Dennis Barter from King’s Lynn, Provincial  President Mike Evans from Billericay and Ipswich Circle President Gerry  Elliott.

The occasion provided an ideal opportunity for Denis Barter to present a medal and scroll to retired master mariner Peter Leason from Ipswich to commemorate his 40 years’ of membership of the Association.

Pictured left to right, are Phil Brown, Gerry Elliott, Dennis Barter, Peter Leason, Mike Evans and Bernard Noakes.

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