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Seminarians lunch, crib festival and Epiphany meal

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a seminarians lunch, a crib festival and an Epiphany parish meal.

Bishop Alan Hopes entertained current Diocese of East Anglia seminarians for his customary annual lunch at the White House in Poringland on Saturday January 5, preceded by Mass in the adjacent church of Our Lady of the Annunciation.

Pictured above, left to right, are Peter Wygnanski, Fr Patrick Cleary (Vocations Director), Deacon Simon Davies, Bishop Alan Hopes, Deacon Alan Hodgson, Mark Ashwood, Anthony Asomugha, Deacon Michael Brookes, Bienn Carlo Manuntag, Deacon Alfonso-Jude Belnas, Michael Smith, Fr Pádraig Hawkins (Bishop’s Secretary), Deacon Sam Randall.

An Epiphany parish lunch was enjoyed by parishioners at Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo in Wisbech (pictured right) on Sunday January 6, when everyone brought a plate of food to share and a wrapped gift for the ‘Secret Santa’, reports parish priest Fr James Fyfe, who said: “A convivial time was had by all – young and old.”


St Helen’s Hoveton held a wonderful Epiphany Crib Festival in aid of church funds on January 5 and 6. Organiser Liz Smith promoted it widely and it was even featured on Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest. There were over 80 cribs displayed. Many of the visitors enjoyed home-made cakes and refreshments and said how much they had enjoyed viewing so many different crib scenes.