Red Wednesday, Christmas Carols, Catenians meet

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Red Wednesday, Christmas Carols, Catenians meet

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Red Wednesday, Christmas Carols at St John’s Cathedral and a special Catenians meeting.

Once again, Our Lady of the Annunciation in King’s Lynn was lit up in red on November 24 in support of Aid to the Church in Need’s #Red Wednesday campaign to raise awareness of the persecution of Christians across the globe, reports Stephen Farr. This year’s campaign focus was to stop the sexual violence against Christian girls who are often abducted, forced to deny their Christian faith, and forced to marry their abductor.

Parish Priest, Canon Peter Rollings has said that this year he had had some comments from locals people. One person asked why the church was lit up in red and another said that the church looked inviting and how nice it was to see a church shrouded in darkness, and he even took a picture for himself.

You are invited to join the St John’s Cathedral Choir in Norwich for its Concert of Christmas Music, Carols by Candlelight on Friday December 17. You’ll be able to hear some traditional and secular Christmas music, as well as join in yourself! Tickets are available by the link below, or from the Cathedral Shop, priced £15 (conc £12), with a free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Fr Mike Brookes provided the highlight of the November meeting of the Norwich Circle of the Catenians reports John Kenny. Fr Mike is assistant priest at St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds and is relatively newly ordained, having previously worked for 25 years as a psychiatric nurse. He provided the Norwich Catenian Association with a very entertaining after-dinner speech. 

The Circle President, Francis Harmer, has several more speakers in the pipeline to provide a focal point to each meeting and an attraction for new members.

The Committee for Brother Michael Strode’s Cause (CMBC) will launch the preparatory stage for the Cause for the canonisation of HCPT’s founder at 3pm on Tuesday December 7, when the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, will be the principal celebrant at a Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church in Kensington, London.  The launch of the Cause for a modern-day English saint itself is envisaged for January 2025, shortly after the fifth anniversary of Brother Michael’s death.

The Mass is being celebrated for an unusual and very special reason, which CBMC hope will ultimately lead to Brother Michael being recognised as a modern-day English saint. You can watch it live: visit the church website

Pictured top is Our Lady of the Annunciation on Red Wednesday and, below, are Fr Mike Brookes and Francis Harmer.