Parish retreat, crib festival, Advent, charity Mass

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Parish retreat, crib festival, Advent, charity Mass

Latest news of interest across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a parish retreat, a Toward Advent event and a Crib Festival.

A parish retreat in Sacred Heart Parish, St Ives (pictured above), was recently held, led by the Diocesan Services Team representing CHARIS. Derek Williams gave two uplifting talks on the theme “Encounter with Christ”. The retreat began with Fr Michael Leach, a retired supply priest, celebrating Mass and Adoration and also giving an opportunity for Confession at the conclusion of the retreat.

St Luke’s Parish in Peterborough will be holding a Towards Advent event in the church on Saturday November 25 from 12 noon until 3pm.

Joe Rodriguez said: “Towards Advent is billed as a preparation for Christmas event with guest speakers,  Christmas gifts and cards on sale and various visiting organisations that make up the Church’s culture.”

Everyone is welcome with free admission and refreshments are available.  The church address is 26 Benyon Grove, Orton Malborne, Peterborough, PE2 5XS.

St George’s parish in Norwich will be holding a Crib Festival on Friday to Sunday December 8 to 10, from 10.30am-5.30pm to mark the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi creating the first live crib. Teas and coffees will be available in the church hall. The weekend will close with the annual Sprowston Churches Together ecumenical carol service on Sunday evening.

The 100th Anniversary of the charity Lepra will be marked with a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Friday January 26, 2024, at 2.30pm, by Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton Diocese and Chair of the Bishops Conference Department for International Affairs.

“All are invited to join us as we give thanks and celebrate our Centenary and to raise awareness of Lepra and our work finding, diagnosing and treating people affected by leprosy so that the disease will have little adverse consequence to their lives,” said Laurice Jarman from Lepra.