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Nun is honoured, help for the needy, prayers for life

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a celebration for a long-serving nun, a fund to help those in need and a chance to pray for the sanctity of life.

A celebration has been held to honour a Catholic nun who has given 40 years of service to the community in Hunstanton, West Norfolk.

Sr Bernarda (pictured above) is one of the Daughters of Divine Charity, based at St Theresa’s Convent in Sandringham Road, Hunstanton and for the last 40 years has been serving the parish and local community.

The celebration was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Edmund on Saturday September 1 after Morning Mass. Pat Maddox presented her with a card and money collected from parishioners and well-wishers and Fr Henry MacCarthy said a few words and proposed a toast. The whole parish wished Sr Bernarda health and happiness for her future in retirement back in her native homeland, Croatia.

The annual collection for the St Edmunds Fund to help those who are in need in the Diocese of East Anglia is set for Sunday November 3.

The fund is now within the authority of Caritas East Anglia and is able to provide financial assistance to anyone who has a need says administrator Deacon Tony Felton.

“During this last year claims to the fund have been fewer than in previous years but we are well aware that the need for help does exist in many areas and circumstances,” he said. “All claims will be dealt with sympathetically, confidentially and as quickly as possible.

“I have found that it is often the case that people feel that their need is too small to be addressed. I want to assure you that this is never the criteria.

“We have a simple process for making a claim that your Parish Priest can help you with, or you can contact me direct on 07985 228397 and I can talk you through any concerns you may have,” said Tony.

There will be a Holy hour in St John the Baptist Cathedral on Tuesdays in October 1, 8, 15, (not 22), 29 between 12-1pm, to pray for the Sanctity of Life.

There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament where the Rosary will be prayed followed by a period of silent prayer. All are welcome.