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March 17, 2017

Wembley Catholic youth event fans flames of faith

Almost 10,000 young Catholics from across the country were joined by 175 from the Diocese of East Anglia at the Flame event which filled the SSE […]
March 17, 2017

Historic speaking competition held in West Norfolk

An historic Catenian speaking competition – the Saubolle Cup – was held in West Norfolk recently between incoming president elects from across Province 2. Staged at […]
March 16, 2017

King’s Lynn says farewell to Fr Henry at chocolate party

A farewell “chocolate party” was thrown for Fr Henry Whisenant at the end of February when he left Our Lady of the Annunciation in King’s Lynn […]
March 15, 2017

Grants available to help parishes share the Catholic faith

Money is available to help parish projects and events across the Diocese of East Anglia which focus on encouraging non-church-going Catholics to come back to their […]
March 14, 2017

East Anglia Catholic schools highlight international issues

News in brief from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia includes the Women’s World Day of Payer in Norwich, a Frugal Meal in Swaffham and […]
March 13, 2017

Inter Faith pilgrims will head to Walsingham

An Inter Faith pilgrimage is set to take place at Walsingham on Saturday April 1, involving Catholics, other Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews and those of […]
March 10, 2017

Breaking the taboo about sharing our faith

Fr Sean Connolly and Rebecca Bretherton explore why we need to break the taboo about sharing our personal Christian faith. Some say there’s a culture in […]
March 8, 2017

Bishop greets those to be elected into Catholic Church

Around 50 people preparing to be baptised or confirmed and received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church were personally greeted by Bishop Alan Hopes at […]
March 8, 2017

First Pontifical Syro-Malabar Mass in Slipper Chapel 

An historic event took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham on Thursday, March 2, when Bishop Joseph Srampicka became the first Syro-Malabar bishop […]
March 7, 2017

Cambridge exhibition focuses on Madonnas and Miracles

‘Madonnas and Miracles’ is the title of a major new exhibition which opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge today, and reveals the central place of […]
March 7, 2017

East Anglia Lent Station Masses start in Peterborough

People from Peterborough, March and Whittlesey joined Bishop Alan Hopes and the deanery’s priests at St Luke’s church for East Anglia’s first Station Mass this Lent last night. […]
March 6, 2017

All-night youth vigil, prayer and adoration in Norwich

An all-night vigil of prayer and reflection took place at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on March 3 with an extended period of Adoration of the […]
March 6, 2017

In brief: Women’s prayer, Ash Wednesday, Christian meditation, sex education

Latest news in brief from the Diocese of East Anglia includes packed-out Ash Wednesday Masses, Women’s World Day of Prayer, a Catholic head-teacher talking about sex […]
March 4, 2017

Bishop Alan celebrates special Norwich Mass for CAFOD

Welcoming the crowd of CAFOD volunteers in St John’s Cathedral, in Norwich, Bishop Alan Hopes thanked them for all that they do for the charity in […]
March 3, 2017

Cambs diocesan parish priest is first for 30 years

For the first time in over 30 years a priest from the Diocese of East Anglia has been inducted in the joint parish of St Jude […]
March 1, 2017

Stations of Cross restored in time for Lent journey

As Lent begins, the Stations of the Cross at the Church of St Henry Morse, Diss, under restoration for the past few months, are back in […]
March 1, 2017

East Anglia Lent course and ecumenical prayer walk

Latest news in brief from the Diocese of East Anglia includes a Lent course in Suffolk and an ecumenical prayer walk in Acle, Norfolk. A series […]
February 26, 2017

Pre-Lent pastoral letter from Bishop Alan

A Pre-Lent Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan Hopes, which was read at all Masses in each parish of the Diocese of East Anglia during the weekend […]
February 25, 2017

Call to pray, fast and give alms this Lent

Fr Henry Whisenant reflects on the call to pray, fast and give alms in Lent and the revived place of the Station Mass in the season. […]
February 24, 2017

Double Anglican link boost for Pilgrimage People

Diocese of East Anglia-linked travel company, Pilgrimage People, is planning to expand its ability to help development projects across the Holy Land through new relationships with the […]
February 23, 2017

Show your support for new East Anglia Catholic schools

Parents, parishioners and education professionals who are keen to support the move by the Diocese of East Anglia to open new Catholic schools in Norwich, Peterborough, […]
February 23, 2017

Choir swaps cathedrals to sing at St John’s in Norwich

St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich played host to 24 choristers from Brentwood Cathedral on Sunday February 19, when they sang the 11am Mass. The […]
February 22, 2017

March edition of Catholic East Anglia paper now online

The March 2017 edition of the Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available online and contains news of a light-filled Epiphany celebration, ecumenism across the Diocese […]
February 21, 2017

Chance for young people to set their faith on fire

There are two great opportunities for young people across the Diocese to set their faith on fire his spring. Hamish MacQueen, Director of Youth Service explains. First up, on […]
February 21, 2017

Norwich premiere of Blessed Virgin Mary apparitions film

A film which investigates the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, is heading to Norwich, in a charity screening for Mary’s Meals. Apparition Hill […]
February 20, 2017

All-night prayer vigil at St John’s Cathedral Norwich

An all-night vigil of prayer and reflection will take place at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on March 3 with an extended period of Adoration of […]
February 17, 2017

Ecumenism alive and well across Diocese of East Anglia

Ecumenism is alive and well across East Anglia with the Catholic Diocese and its representatives playing a full role, according to a survey just published by […]
February 16, 2017

Lent Station Masses to be held across East Anglia Diocese

Lenten Station Masses will be held in the seven Deaneries across the Diocese of East Anglia celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes. Each Mass will begin with […]
February 15, 2017

Sawston church says farewell to ‘man of vision’ Fr Raf

More than 250 parishioners from across South Cambridgeshire gathered in Sawston on Sunday February 12 for a party to bid farewell and offer heartfelt thanks to […]
February 14, 2017

First Ignite youth training weekend is a success

The first Ignite Lite youth training weekend was held in late January for participants to learn more about their faith and the practical elements of ministry. […]
February 13, 2017

Bishop anoints with oil and prays for the sick in Norwich

The 25th World Day of the Sick and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was marked at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in […]
February 12, 2017

East Anglia Catholic new schools champions are needed

The Diocese of East Anglia is looking for ‘local champions’ in areas where it wants to open new Catholic schools. The Diocese’s Schools Team is looking […]
February 11, 2017

School starts its golden anniversary celebrations

St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds began its Golden Jubilee Year on Friday January 20, with a celebration of Mass in St Edmundsbury Cathedral.  […]
February 10, 2017

Cambridge parish connects with CAFOD work in Peru

The parish of St Laurence’s, Cambridge, has just celebrated its new partnership with communities in Peru, facilitated through international development agency CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme.  By becoming […]
February 9, 2017

Norfolk Police get first-ever Catholic chaplain

A first-ever official Catholic chaplain has been appointed to Norfolk Constabulary. Rev Nick Greef, who is a permanent deacon at St George’s Parish in Norwich, has recently […]
February 6, 2017

Cambridge teacher honoured for 25 years’ service

Cambridge teacher Barbara Quail has influenced hundreds of pupils over her 25 years at St Laurence Catholic primary school in the city and her long service […]
February 1, 2017

Media workshop helps spread churches’ good news

Participants from Cambridge, Ipswich, Ramsey and Camborne heard tips and techniques to help get good news about their churches and Catholic organisations into the media, at […]
January 31, 2017

Diocese of East Anglia needs Norfolk-based accountant

The Diocese of East Anglia is looking to appoint a new permanent full-time Diocesan Accountant based at the Diocesan Finance Office in Poringland, available from May 1, […]
January 31, 2017

Bishop blesses West Norfolk school’s £3.5m extension

A £3.5m extension which has enabled a West Norfolk Catholic primary school to double in size from 210 to 420 places, has been blessed by Bishop […]
January 31, 2017

Enjoy a beer while listening to Catholic talks in Norwich

Subjects have been announced for the next three Peter’s Pints evenings, at the Narthex bar at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich, which offer the opportunity to […]
January 30, 2017

TV Holy Trail around Norfolk’s iconic religious sites

A new four-part TV series following a Holy Trail around some of Norfolk’s most iconic religious sites will air on Mustard TV during February. Its writer […]
January 29, 2017

Bishop Alan’s invitation to join CAFOD Mass in Norwich

Bishop Alan Hopes has asked those who support CAFOD to join him for a special Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Saturday 25 February […]
January 27, 2017

Ordination is historic first for Diocese of East Anglia

An historic occasion took place in Cambridge on Wednesday evening (January 25) when Seminarian Jaylord Magpuyo became the first-ever Filippino to be ordained as a deacon […]
January 24, 2017

Support given after fatal Felixstowe ship explosion

A Catholic port chaplain and parish priest in Felixstowe have been able to lend support to the crew of a ship birthed in the port after […]
January 24, 2017

Norfolk LiveSimply parish helps refugees and foodbanks

Parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in North Norfolk have determined to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, including donating £2000 to refugee work […]
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