A day for celebration at Our Lady’s in Stowmarket when parishioner Sheila Dobey was presented with a framed Papal Blessing in recognition of 25 years of loyal and devoted service as a CAFOD volunteer.
The framed Blessing was presented to Sheila on July 2 at the 10.15 Mass by Fr David Finegan (pictured above) and was immediately followed by the Parish Summer Party.
Fr David said: “Parishioners gathered at the Cedars Hotel with the Keralan group providing superb traditional food – just as popular as the burgers and hot dogs that were also on offer. Cakes and scones were also prepared by members of the parish, as were a variety of games and activities for children (and young-at-heart adults).
“Stowmarket Parish, covers more than 500 square miles and, including 83 villages, is one of the largest in the UK. Like many East Anglian parishes its parishioners are so widely scattered that they usually only meet others who attend the same Mass. Parties and social occasions like this one ensure that members of different ‘Mass communities’ can stay in touch and support each other.”
The feast of St Oswald, Northumbrian king and martyr, was observed by members of the parish of Sacred Heart and St Oswald, Peterborough on August 4.
The traditional four-mile prayer-walk from the parish church in Walton to the former shrine at Peterborough’s Anglican cathedral took place on the day before his feast day so that it would not to clash with the vigil of the Transfiguration.
At the shrine parishioners prayed at the chapel of St Oswald where, during the Middle Ages, the warrior saint’s right arm was venerated as a holy relic. At the Reformation the relic was lost but the watchtower at the chapel, where the monks guarded the shrine, remains. Also in the chapel is a statue of St Aiden who, with St Oswald’s help, converted many of the local people to Christianity. The two saints were based on the holy island of Lindisfarne in the 7th Century.
Pictured above is a tapestry of SS Oswald and Aiden at the church of Sacred Heart and St Oswald, Peterborough.
The latest edition of Orientale Lumen, the newsletter of the East Anglian Catholic History Society has been published online with a report from its AGM at Oxburgh Hall, a summary of Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s lecture on Walsingham in the 15th Century and the formation of a Colchester Catholic Heritage Group.