The marriage season at All Souls, Peterborough has begun with 21 engaged couples (pictured above) preparing to get married in the Catholic Church in 2018. The Marriage Course under the supervision of Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator Kerry Urdzik, comprises four evening meetings exploring Marriage as the Sacrament, as a Covenant, as a lifelong Vocation and its Unity and Sexuality.
Fr Adam Sowa said: "Thanks to the contributors of the course it will be a thrilling experience for couples getting ready to marry here or abroad. Contributing will be myself Deacon John Bedford with his wife Patricia, Deacon Claudio Chiappinelli with his wife Joanna and Dr Monika Golinska. Indeed, we follow ‘So great a Mystery’ by reading, listening, praying and sharing."
A surprise "Birthday Party" was thrown after the 10.30am Mass at St Benet's Minster, Beccles, on January 28 to mark the 80th birthday of Deacon Tony Felton.
Rev Dom Martin Gowman, announced Tony's special birthday and he invited all parishioners to meet in the parish hall after Mass ' where cakes would supplement the usual tea, coffee and biscuits.
Fr Martin said he knew all parishioners would want to congratulate Tony on reaching this personal "milestone". However, Fr Martin added that he also wanted to pay tribute to the 22 years' service Tony had given to the Diocese as a Deacon – especially in his commitment to St Benet's, as well as to the administration of St Edmund's Fund, for Caritas East Anglia, on behalf of the Diocese.
Pictured above is Rev Tony and Dom Martin with a group of well-wishers enjoying the impromptu celebrations. Picture by Terry O'Brien.
A new free God Calls vocations app has been launched aimed at 16-35 year old Catholics who might want to explore a calling.
The aim is: "To help you go deep with God, and build solid ground with Him through prayer, through the lives of the Saints, and Scripture. This is a vital first step to discovering the joy-filled life that God has in store for you," say its producers, the National Office for Vocations of the Catholic Bishops' Conference for England and Wales.
"The App's a bit like a spiritual tool-kit. InsideGod Callsyou'll find daily prayer for morning, noon and night, the Gospel for Mass each day, plus questions to prompt reflection."
"The App's diary function allows you to jot down your answers, or any words of Scripture, or feelings or thoughts that strike you. This way, you can track day by day your spiritual journey."
Visitgodcalls.co.ukfor more information or to download the app. It is available for iPhone and Android (via the app store).