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Young winners, saintly bread, celebration of mission

Latest news of interest to the East Anglia Catholic community includes young photo winners, saintly bread and an invitation to celebrate mission across the diocese and wider afield.

The Knights of St Columba (Council 518 & East Anglia Prov Council 27) have presented prizes to the winners of its youth photo competition at Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Nicholas churches in Lowestoft.

The Easter winners were:

KS2 Altar Candles: 1st – Venancio da Costa – age 10, 2nd – Graciela da Costa (8).          

KS2 Backdrop: 1st – Graciela da Costa (8), 2nd – Venancio da Costa (10).          

KS3 – Altar Candles: 1st – Joysshan Johnson (12), 2nd – Noela da Costa (13)

KS3 – Backdrop: 1st -Joysshan Johnson (12), 2nd – Noela da Costa (13)

KS4 – Altar Candles: 1st – Paolo Anderson (15)

KS4 – Backdrop: 1st – Paolo Anderson (15)

Pictured above are Bros Brooks, Slaughter and Wickard with Noela and Graciela da Costa, A Wilczynski and J Johnson.

Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries invite supporters, volunteers and the wider diocesan community across East Anglia to come together to celebrate mission and to pray for the global Catholic Church. This special Mission Mass is taking place at 10.30am on Saturday July 27 at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate and Saint Etheldreda, Exeter Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8LT

Mass will be followed by refreshments and Mission Animation with Fr Kevin Hughes MHM.

For the second year running, in what promises to become an annual event, the traditional blessing of bread took place on the feast of St Anthony of Padua at St Pancras parish, Ipswich.

Historically, bread was blessed on the saint’s feast day and distributed to the poor. Today, bread is blessed as a symbol of our responsibility to feed the poor, and then parishioners are free to take one of the fresh rolls home to enjoy with their lunch. In the meantime, the parish continues to support FIND Ipswich, a local charity that supports Families In Need through a food distribution scheme, as well as Mary’s Meals, an international charity that feeds two million children each day in developing countries across the world. St Pancras Lent project raised almost £3,500 for Mary’s Meals earlier this year.

Pictured right is St Anthony’s Bread waiting to be blessed.

At  the  July  meeting  of  Norwich  Circle   of  the  Catenian  Association  held  at the  George  Hotel, Provincial  Director  Mike  Evans  presented  scrolls  to  the  most  recent  recruits  Barrie  Meehan, Paul  Hawkins  and  Graham  Hunt.