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Italian party, Pope Pentecost video, First Communions

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an Italian double celebration in Peterborough, Thy Kingdom Come events leading up to Pentecost and First Holy Communion in Beccles.

There was a lovely weekend of double celebrations for the Italian Sisters of Peterborough – The Working Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth reports Fr Jeffrey Downie.

They were honouring their founder St Arcangelo Tadini, on the tenth anniversary of his canonization, and wishing Sr Letizia a very happy 80th birthday.

On Saturday evening, May 18, in the Mass at St Luke’s, the sisters provided beautiful music and dance and gave testimony to their history and way of life.

The celebrations continued at All Soul’s on Sunday morning and then in the afternoon there was a very lively birthday party at The Fleet. Sr Letizia came to England nearly 50 years ago and has been serving the Catholic community in Peterborough for the past 35 years. Happy Birthday Sister!

Sacred Heart church in Ramsay is joining together with other local churches for a series of events as part of the Thy Kingdom Come initiative marking Ascension to Pentecost from May 30 to June 9 reports Eilish Storey.

Events include Silent Prayer and scripture readings at Sacred Heart from 7.30-8.30pm on Monday June 3; coffee, prayer and cake at Ramsay Methodist church from 11am to noon on Wednesday June 5; a Journey with Mary at Sacred Heart from 3pm on Thursday June 6; and a half-night of prayer at New Beacon from 6-11pm on Friday June 7.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has shared a special video message on social media from Pope Francis to Christians around the world.

In the message, filmed during a recent visit by the Archbishop to the Vatican, the Pope encouraged Christians taking part in Thy Kingdom Come – the prayer movement launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016.

Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis have had a close bond ever since the two leaders took office within days of each other in 2013.

Watch the full video to hear what His Holiness, Pope Francis had to say.

St Benet’s in Beccles joyfully celebrated one of the annual parish highlights, as a packed congregation saw 12 young parishioners making their First Holy Communion reports Terry O’Brien.

Proud parents and siblings were present on Sunday May 5 – with many grandparents and other family members too – as the young people played a full part in this, their most special Mass.  They all had a role in the liturgy, as the communicants delivered both the Readings and the Bidding Prayers.

The 12 youngsters had undertaken regular weekly tuition with our devoted Catechists –  led by Toni Harrison and our Priest-in-Charge, Fr Martin Gowman.   They were given strong support by their parents and guardians, both in the formal sessions on Saturday forenoons and in the essential, on-going, follow-up training at home.

After Mass, there was a wonderful gathering in the Parish Hall, with lots of cakes and other goodies.  All parishioners congratulated the new communicants on their achievement, their appearance and their overall demeanour; they had made this Mass a truly significant event in our parish year.

Pictured are all the new communicants, with Priest-in-Charge Fr Martin Gowman. Picture by Toni Harrison.