Pop-up choir, plastic-bag football, farewell and dinner

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Pop-up choir, plastic-bag football, farewell and dinner

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a pop-up choir, plastic-bag football, farewell to Sr Virna and a clergy dinner.


A Pop-Up Choir from All Souls Parish in Peterborough led the singing at this year's Annual Peterborough Inter Faith Service in Peterborough Cathedral on Thursday November 16.

At late notice Brian Keegan and Janice Albertsmanaged to gather a variety of musicians and singer including guitarist Kevin Batkin, pianist Shelton D'Costa and Anna Siekacz from Poland who brought along a couple of friends. BY the time the service came round the All Souls 6 pm Sunday Pop Up Choir had increased in number to 14 and made its debut and probably only appearance singing three hymns. Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, Peace is Flowing like a River and Lord of All Hopefulness.

Pictured above is the All Souls choir with parishioners from Asia, Africa, Poland, Spain and England. Kevin is on the right playing the guitar.


St George's Explorer Scouts in Norwich have been helping out with parish CAFOD events for a while and wanted to find out more about what they do. So CAFOD school volunteer Helen Savelli and trainee volunteers Beth Leeks and Hettie McLean visited them on November 14. Helen presented a Rough Guide to CAFOD while Beth and Hettie challenged them to make a football out of plastic bags. They used the ball to play CAFOD's "All To Play For'game, a great way to find out about the obstacles to change faced by its partners across the world.

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Jane Crone, said: "The St George’s CAFOD team are enormously grateful to the Explorer Scouts for all the help they give during fundraising events. Dressed in their uniform and with smiles on their faces they’re always willing to help with anything from washing up to waiting at table."


Peterborough said farwell to Sr Virna Pasinetti of the Working Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth on November 12 after six very busy years.

During a special Mass and celebration at St Peter & All Soul’s, Sr Virna was presented with flowers, cards, gifts and a Papal Blessing.

Fr Jeffrey Downie said: "Sr Virna worked closely with the young people of the parish as well as supporting the Italian community there. In particular, she served as a chaplain at HMP Peterborough, where her commitment, tireless energy and unlimited good humour had a positive impact on the lives of staff and inmates alike. We wish Sr Virna well as she takes up a new position with her community, running a retreat centre in Italy."

Pictured is Sr Virna at the farewell Mass at All Souls withFr Piotr Stangricki and Fr Adam Sowa.


The Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association celebrated its annualClergy and Ladies night at Park Farm Hotel in Hethersett near Norwich onThursday November 16. MCwasTony Baker and grace before and after the meal was recited by Fr Philip Shryane.

A speech of welcomeon behalf ofthe Circle was delivered by its President John KennyandDom Charles Fitzgerald-Lombardrespondedonbehalf of the guests.

Pictured is John Kenny, centre, surrounded by across-section of Norfolk's Catholic clergy at the dinner.

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