News from around the Parishes

Fr Tony Noble SSC 

Fr Tony Noble was the Principle Celebrant and Preacher

at S. Mary's on 2nd February 2020 - Candlemass -

the occsasion of the Ruby Jubilee of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.



Fr Andreas Wenzel

We congratulate Fr Andreas Wenzel, the Shrine Priest, on his appointment as Vice-Principal and Director of Pastoral Studies at St Stephen’s House. There will be an opportunity to thank Fr Andreas for his contribution to our Parish later on in the year. Please remember him, Zoe, Miriam and Robert in your prayers as they prepare for this next chapter in their lives.




The Parish Confirmation will be held on Saturday 9th May in St Mary’s.

If anyone wishes to be confirmed, please speak to Fr Harri.



The Crib Service at Saint Mary's

was held on 24th December 2019







Fr Peter Keeling SSC

celebrated the 60th anniversary of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

at Saint Mary & All Saints on Sunday 22nd December 2019.



Fr Frank Nichol's

celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

at Saint Mary & All Saints on Sunday 15th December 2019.



An enormous thank you to those who supported the Gift Day at St Mary’s, which raised £4,295.00 (including recoverable Gift Aid). Do remember that there is still an opportunity to support this appeal by placing your envelope in the weekly collection and clearly marking it GIFT DAY.



A Foodbank has been established in S. Mary’s. All donations must be in date, and there is a need for: pasta or rice, long life milk, soup, tins of meat or fish or vegetables or fruit,, baked beans, rice pudding, cereals, biscuits, dried potato, small packets of toilet rolls, tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, washing up liquid and roll on type deodorants. Do support this endeavor as we seek as a Parish to support those greatest in need.



News from PCC

1) Weekday Mass: In response to the information received in the Parish

Day Location Time
Monday The Priory 9.30 am
Tuesday S. Mary 10.00 am
Wednesday S.Giles 10.00 am
Thursday East Barsham
S. Mary
11.00 am
7.00 pm
Friday S.Peter
The Shrine
10.00 am
5.00 pm
Saturday The Priory 9.30 am


The introduction of the 5.00pm Mass into the Parish Calendar is by the kind invitation of the Administrator. This Mass, unlike the other 5.00pm Masses at the Shrine, will run throughout the year and will normally be celebrated by the Parish Priest.
The Mass at East Barsham will be reviewed by its PCC in January.
It is proposed that this new pattern will be introduced on the week beginning the 21st October.
If you have any comments regarding the proposed changes please contact Fr Harri.

2) S. Mary-Fabric Matters

It was unanimously agreed to apply for a faculty to install a path to the North Door. The installation of this path would ensure disabled access to the building throughout the week.
It was unanimously agreed to apply for a faculty to install a kitchen facility in the South Porch. Details of the design will be available for comment and discussion in the forthcoming weeks.

3) S. Giles-Fabric Matters

It was unanimously agreed to apply for a faculty to install a kitchen facility in the base of the tower. This application would include the re-design of the plinth around the Font.
It was unanimously agreed to apply for a faculty for the restoration of the Bells, and to install an electronically controlled stationary chiming mechanism.




Benefice Eucharist with Baptism & Confirmaton

Bishop Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, was the Celebrant and Preacher at a well attended service at S. Peter's on 17th July, when Joseph Gould and Andrew Rodgers were Baptised and Confirmed together with Zinnia-Claire Booty, India Davies and Arthur Woodhouse.



Parish Pilgrimage

A parish pilgrimage, led by Fr Harri Williams, Parish Priest, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was made on Saturday 6th July 2019. It was the first pilgrimage involving Walsingham parishioners for many years.



St Mary’s Churchwardens: Maureen Howard & Stephen Parkinson

St Peter’s Churchwardens: Brian Landale (Vice Chairman of the PCC) & James Woodhouse

St Giles’ Churchwardens: Ann Fletcher & Cara Ross

Parish Treasurer: Stephen Parkinson

PCC Secretary & Electoral Roll Officer: Lynette Sutton

PCC Members: Sr Angela (Deanery Synod), Rita Miell, Marlene Keeling, Paolo Castagnoli, Stuart Grout, Graham Howard, Jonathan Bardwell, Pam Miller (Deanery Synod), Stephen Burgoine, Marc Booty, Ann Sayer, Bert Frew, Dianne Green, Brian Green (Co-Opted).

Safeguarding Officer: Helen Nolan.


PCC News

• A resolution was passed that an application be submitted for Jeremy Gash and Jonathan Bardwell to be licensed to administer Holy Communion in Church.

• A resolution was passed that faculty applications be made for St Mary’s to install guttering the West Porch and for the re-surfacing of the disabled car park in gravel with meshing.

• The Saturday 9.30am Mass would now take place at the Priory, from Easter Saturday onwards.



Fr Harri Williams SSC


On Monday 3rd December Fr Harry Williams SSC was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meryck, Bishop of Lynn and the Archdeacon of Lynn, The Ven Ian Bentley; the Preacher was The Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough.


A full set of images of the ceremony

my be seen here




The Ecumenical Agreement 2018



At Solemn Vespers in the Shrine Church, filled to over-flowing, on Monday 24th September – the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham – a new Covenant agreed between the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Shrines in Walsingham was announced and signed by Fr Kevin Smith (Priest Administrator of the Anglican Shrine) and Mgr John Armitage (Rector of the Roman Catholic Shrine). Messages from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of East Anglia were read out to mark the occasion.





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