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Holy Land pilgrimage, charity boost, concert success

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a Holy Land pilgrimage, charity fund-raising success and an interfaith concert.


Thirty one parishioners from St John’s Cathedral and friends from other parishes, led by spiritual directors Canon David Paul and Fr Andrew Eburne, recently completed a seven-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land reports John McLean. They visited the holy places in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Bethany, Cana and Nazareth, as well as sites in Jericho and Capernaum. Pilgrims also renewed their Baptismal Vows on the banks of the Jordan, near Qmran.

Canon Paul and Fr Andrew concelebrated Mass every day, when intentions for the Parish, Diocese, friends and families were offered. The pilgrimage ended with a short voyage on the Sea of Galilee (pictured above).


The CAFOD team in Fressingfield (part of St Edmund’s Parish Bungay and Harleston) have achieved their target of making £1000 for the development charity in 2018.

Present at the six produce markets in the Suffolk village, Mary Kirk, Shirley Kalinauckas (pictured right) – with help from Shirley’s husband Mark – inspired parishioners to bring cakes, scones, sausage rolls, jams, preserves, plants and garden produce to sell for Cafod’s Connect2Peru appeal.

What helped them achieve the four-figure sum were the beautiful cot quilts made by Bungay parishioner Felicity Todd. “These have really boosted our proceeds,” said Mary. “We can’t thank Felicity enough.

“CAFOD is one of our parish’s two chosen charities. A wonderful and dedicated team of a few people work hard every time we appeal for goods and produce for the stall. We’re happy to collect items from anyone who is able to contribute and always welcome new volunteers. If you would like to help in 2019 get in touch with the St Edmunds’s CAFOD team email via eastanglia@cafod.org.uk or ring 01223 358552 or 07779 804252.”


Following a very successful concert in Wisbech the Mayor of Wisbech, Clr Peter Human received a cheque for £501 from Bharat Khetani, Wisbech Interfaith Forum. The cheque was to assist those who are helping to look after refugees in Cambridge.  

Keith Aplin, from St Peter’s church, said: “In the week in which Prince Charles and his wife visited the Fens and saw how well voluntary organisations are working together this is an example of the faith community doling its part  and showing that the ‘capital of the Fens’ has a concern for the wider world.”

The Mayor who had hosted a reception in the council chamber for the visiting Jewish choir endorsed Keith’s remarks and said that the past week has been fantastic for the town.  

Pictured left to right are Keith Aplin, Sean Finlay from Wisbech Catholic Church, Mayor Cllr Peter Human and Bharat and Mrs Khetani.

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