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January 4, 2017

Former Bishop of East Anglia to be remembered at Mass

Bishop Michael Evans, former bishop of East Anglia, will be remembered and prayed for at a Mass at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark held in honour […]
January 4, 2017

French touch to Lowestoft school’s Advent celebrations

St Mary’s Primary in Lowestoft celebrated Advent with a variety of special events including a nativity play performed entirely in French.  All the children in Reception […]
January 3, 2017

A world of care, compassion and love in Cambodia

After ten years of visits, Bob Maidment from North Walsham Parish says that entering the space of the Battambang Diocese in Cambodia is to find a […]
December 30, 2016

March church and school send aid to feed Aleppo people

Parishioners and schoolchildren in March have rallied round to support the Franciscan Sisters working in Aleppo by sending out over £2,000 this Christmas. The money was […]
December 29, 2016

Start the New Year looking at Christ

Fr Sean Connolly offers a reflection on the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions. A new year will soon be upon us and with it the […]
December 28, 2016

Ipswich women’s group celebrates 80th anniversary

The Ipswich section of the East Anglia Branch of the Catholic Women’s League has staged a celebration of its 80th anniversary of its founding in 1936, […]
December 28, 2016

School students walk, bake and attend Big Church Gig

Students from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia have been busy doing sponsored walks, charity bake-offs and attending the Big Church Live Gig. On November […]
December 24, 2016

Chatteris churches join forces to launch prayer initiative

The Catholic and Anglican churches in Chatteris have teamed up in a new initiative to pray for every single street in the town. March Catholic parish […]
December 23, 2016

Christmas is not an idea but an actual event

Bishop Alan Hopes reflects on the Christian approach to Christmas. Christmas, like every other great feast in the Church’s calendar, is not based on a philosophy […]
December 22, 2016

The unbridled joy of the Christmas mystery

Fr Henry Whisenant reflects on the joy of the Christmas mystery. Sing, sing all earth! Sing, sing all earth the eternal praises sing, to our Redeemer, […]
December 21, 2016

Sisters offers discernment weekend for women in York

Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus, which has strong links with East Anglia, will be leading a weekend of discernment for women who feel they may […]
December 21, 2016

Norwich research reveals stories of war heroes

A teenage member of St John’s Cathedral in Norwich has spent the past year painstakingly researching the stories of the 53 soldiers killed during WW1 who are listed […]
December 19, 2016

Felixstowe church’s new sanctuary blessed by bishop

A packed congregation witnessed the blessing of a new-look Sanctuary at St Felix Church in Felixstowe yesterday, following a £25,000 project. Bishop Alan Hopes celebrated Mass and blessed […]
December 19, 2016

Posada statue journeys to care home in Wisbech

The Posada statue of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus made its way into a care home in Wisbech during December, reports Sean Finlay. Amanda and […]
December 16, 2016

Over 60 crib sets on display at parish church in Bungay

Over 60 cribs went on display St Edmund’s Church, Bungay, to coincide with the annual Christmas Street Fair, reports Andy Parris. The idea was initiated by […]
December 15, 2016

Catholic schools for East Anglia plan hits the headlines

Media across East Anglia and in the national Catholic press have been covering news of the Diocese of East Anglia’s planned bid to create up to […]
December 13, 2016

Diocese leads the way with plan to open new free schools

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia is to be among the first to open new Catholic schools after the proposed removal of the 50% faith admissions […]
December 13, 2016

Read January 2017 edition of diocesan newspaper here

The January 2017 edition of the Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available online and contains news of the final act of the Year of Mercy, […]
December 12, 2016

Norwich church’s first tree festival boosts 30 charities

A first-ever Christmas tree festival at St George’s church in Norwich has raised funds for over 30 local charities and helped bring to an end a […]
December 10, 2016

East Anglia port chaplain Sr Marian is set to retire

Sister Marian Davey has been a familiar sight in the ports of East Anglia for the last ten years. Now she is about to retire as […]
December 8, 2016

Bishop Alan says embrace the sound of silence in liturgy

The place of silence in Catholic liturgy has been addressed in a new document produced by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and chair […]
December 8, 2016

Mayor opens St Nicholas fair at St John’s Cathedral

St Nicholas and his white horse thrilled children and adults at the annual St Nicholas Fair in St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Saturday December 3. […]
December 6, 2016

Primary RE Leaders day is first of academic year

  The first Primary RE Leaders’ Day of the new academic year, took place on October 14 at the Poringland conference centre, near Norwich, and was […]
December 5, 2016

Brass band and tree festival ends church anniversary

St George’s Catholic Church on Sprowston Road in Norwich rounds off its 50th anniversary year of celebrations with its first ever Christmas Tree Festival and Brass […]
December 2, 2016

Parish mission brings new life in Peterborough

‘From Gangland to Promised Land! was the title of a memorable Parish Mission at St Peter and All Souls, Peterborough in early November. St Patrick’s Community, […]
December 1, 2016

Church and Police join forces to tackle slavery in E Anglia

Catholic church leaders, senior Police force officers and ethnic chaplains have met the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss solutions to tackling human trafficking taking place […]
November 30, 2016

Tributes paid to Cambs parish priest Fr Anthony Slack

Parish priest Fr Anthony Slack will be remembered for his dedication to parishioners in Whittlesey and Ramsey and a dry sense of humour. Bernard Whyte pays […]
November 25, 2016

St Nicholas has Norwich date at St John’s Cathedral fayre

A festive fair celebrating St Nicholas will be held in Norwich on Saturday December 3 at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. The […]
November 25, 2016

Holy Land pilgrimages that make a difference

Pilgrimage People is a tour company with a difference – its raison d’etre is to build relationships between people of faith in the UK and those […]
November 24, 2016

St Ives meeting discusses how to proclaim our faith

Parishioners from the Cambridge, St Ives and St Neots parishes met on Saturday November 5 to discuss how to share their faith with others. The day […]
November 22, 2016

Cathedral audience spellbound by White Rabbit drama

The Narthex at St John’s Cathedral was packed out to watch White Rabbit – an original play by Rise Theatre on Saturday November 19. Review by […]
November 20, 2016

Year of Mercy ends as Holy Door closes in Norwich

The Year of Mercy came to an end in the Diocese of East Anglia on Sunday November 20 when Bishop Alan Hopes closed the Holy Door […]
November 18, 2016

March Catholics raise money for Sisters’ work in Aleppo

Catholic churches and schools in March are raising money during Advent to help the work of Franciscan Sisters in Aleppo in war-torn Syria. Fr Paul Maddison […]
November 17, 2016

A year of acts of mercy from King’s Lynn parish

As the Year of Mercy comes to an end, Edd Chomicz, Knights of St Columba Action and Youth Officer for the King’s Lynn Parish, reports on […]
November 15, 2016

March Catholics join global prayer for peace in Syria

Catholics in March parish have joined a worldwide prayer for peace vigil for Syria following a call from Pope Francis. Across the world, Catholics and Christians […]
November 11, 2016

Faith comes alive with pledge globe and refugee gifts

The Alive in Faith programme has continued apace at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich with a pledge globe, gifts for refugees, community gardening, a […]
November 10, 2016

Safeguarding team learn how to check for identity

A national online process for applications for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosures has been adopted by the Diocese of East Anglia. The new e-Bulk system […]
November 9, 2016

Diss parish responds to Pope Francis’ call to live simply

Parishioners in Diss celebrated the season of creation – which ran from the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1 to the Feast of […]
November 2, 2016

Bishop Alan appoints chaplain for Portuguese speakers

In July, Fr Erico Rodridguez de Mello Falcao arrived in East Anglia from Brazil to take up an invitation from Bishop Alan to minister to the […]
November 2, 2016

East Anglia parishes offered Posada Advent opportunity

Parishes across the Diocese of East Anglia are being offered the opportunity to follow the ‘Posada’ tradition once again this Advent. Last Advent, parishes followed the […]
November 1, 2016

RC Cathedral to stage White Rabbit play in Norwich

White Rabbit an original play by professional Christian theatre company RISE Theatre, will be performed at The Cathedral of St John the Baptist Narthex on Saturday November […]
November 1, 2016

Peterborough hailed as model of interfaith working

Peterborough hosted a nation-wide inter-faith meeting on October 19 and was hailed as a model of how various faiths group work together. The Diocese of East Anglia […]
November 1, 2016

Charities receive £8,000 gifts after Clare Priory craft fair

Donations totalling £8,000 from this year’s Clare Priory Craft Fair held in Suffolk in July have been presented to 15 charities. They included donations of £1000 […]
October 31, 2016

Tributes paid to maths teacher and pilgrimage enthusiast

Tributes have been paid to Michael Fitzgerald, from Peterborough, who was a maths teacher an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and had […]
October 28, 2016

Cat to ignite youth mission in East Anglia

Catherine Williams has been welcomed as the new Ignite Mission Team Leader as the Diocese said goodbye to Matt, Judith, Ben and Clare whose ‘gap’ years […]
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