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Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes thanksgiving Masses for John Henry Newman in East Anglia, a double celebration in Gorleston and new classrooms opening in Bury St Edmunds.


There will be two Masses of Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of John Henry Newman in the Diocese of East Anglia, both celebrated by Bishop Alan.

The first will be on October 29 at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Cambridge at 7pm. The preacher will be Mgr Roderick Strange from St Mary’s Catholic College, Twickenham.

The second will be on Saturday November 5 at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich at 7pm. The preacher will be Fr Michael Rear. All are invited and are most welcome.


There was a double celebration at the morning mass at Gorleston St Peter the Apostle

On Sunday October 13 with the Annual Harvest Festival and the Enrolment Ceremony for 18 young people going forward to their First Communion. Mass was celebrated by Fr Alvan with Fr Alex assisting.

The sanctuary was piled high with gifts to be donated to the local Foodbank; with a decorated frontispiece created by the Sunday School pupils. More gifts were brought up to the altar at the offertory procession and there was a symbolic centrepiece of a large breadboard bearing a homemade loaf, grapes and a bundle of corn.


St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Bury St Edmunds welcomed Bishop Alan recently to bless the six new classrooms that have been opened this academic year at the school in Beetons Way.

The school successfully transitioned to a single site from St Andrew’s Street South during the summer and Bishop Alan was pleased to tour and bless the new facilities. He was able to meet students and staff after celebrating Mass in the school hall.

Sixth Form theology students were also able to enjoy a question and answer session with the Bishop, asking a range of questions regarding their faith.

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