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Saintly feast, adoration, Catenian plea, double the love

Latest news of interest across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a saintly feast, silent adoration, a Catenian plea and the chance to have your charity donation doubled.

Parishioners in Bury St Edmunds enjoyed a tasty lunch of stew made with ale on November 18 (pictured above). This was after Mass had been said, to celebrate the feast day of St Edmund which was on November 20, reports Nicola Trask.

The highlight of the November meeting of Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association was a visit from Provincial President Peter Dowse accompanied by Director of  Province 2, Mike Evans.

The after-dinner speech, delivered by Mike Evans, revolved about the need to recruit more brothers, which is a problem being suffered by many more organisations as men are reluctant to take up the obligations of joining on top of their domestic obligations.

Pictured left to right are Peter Dowse, Mike Evans and Norwich Circle President, Philip Hoy.

For the next three months, donations made to educational and development charity Mary’s Meals will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1million.

“Today, we face some of our greatest challenges yet in a world devastated by conflict, food insecurity and the cost of living crisis,” said Jane Wright Supporter Engagement Officer (East Midlands & East England). “We know this affects people here in the UK as well as in the countries where we work, such as Syria, Haiti and South Sudan. With Double the Love, from November 22 to January 22, 2024, your donation will be matched, and your kindness will go even further – meaning we can reach even more desperately hungry children with a life-changing school meal.”

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To mark the feast of Christ the King, parishioners at St Pancras in Ipswich, spent time before our Eucharistic Lord during the afternoon on Sunday reports Fr Joseph Welch.

Following a solemn Mass at 11am, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar for worship and adoration (pictured below) throughout the rest of the day until 5pm when 40 or 50 people gathered for Solemn Benediction, which drew the time of Adoration to a close.