The God Who Speaks – “The Year of the Word”

God Who Speaks

This initiative by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) started on the First Sunday of Advent and runs for the coming 12 months.  It has the aim of increasing our knowledge and understanding of the Bible and its role in our faith and in our worship.

In St Benet’s, our involvement will be led by our Prayer Group and our Discussion Group.  We encourage all parishioners to take the opportunity to learn more about the Bible and there will be a number of events promoting this within the Parish in the coiming year.

Below is the address for the website of the CBCEW, with a major section focussed on “The God Who Speaks”.

Our own Diocese of East Anglia (RCDEA) has posted a full copy of the Brochure on its own website.  Again, the address is below.  Please have a look and, perhaps, download and print out your own copy of the brochure for future reference. 

The “Pull Out” poster in the centre pages is particularly interesting!

The following organisations may be of interest to parishioners or visitors.

Please click on the title or blue link to go directly to the relevant web site.

St Benet's School

St Benet’s Catholic Primary School

The PTA’s information page can be viewed via this link.


St Edmund’s, Bungay


Notre Dame High School, Norwich


Downside Abbey


The Diocese of East Anglia

The Diocese has a number of website resources which parishes and schools across the Diocese are encouraged to link to from their own websites and social media accounts.  These are listed below, with links for you to visit.

The Diocesan website at contains the latest news and events, information about Bishop Alan and all the different departments including youth, schools, vocations, evangelisation and Commissions. It also provides a guide to finding priests, deacons, churches, schools, hospitals etc.

There are also Facebook pages for Diocesan News, Schools News and Ignite/Youth News.

Regularly updated Twitter accounts also exist for Diocesan News, Schools News and Ignite/Youth News.

We have an online picture gallery of all main recent events across the Diocese on Flickr. You are welcome to download and use any of the pictures in your parish or schools newsletters or websites.

Finally we have our own YouTube channel with recent videos.

Director of Communications, Keith Morris, said: “We would strongly encourage churches and schools across the diocese to use all of these free online resources and links on their own websites.

“We would also ask that you carefully check any existing links to the diocesan websites to ensure that the current details here are included and not any old websites addresses, at least one of which now points to an entirely different sort of web content.”

Any queries to or on 07712 787762

– See more at:

For young people, the Diocesan Youth Service is “Ignite”; their website is at

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East Anglian Catholic History Society

history-socyWhen the 40th anniversary of our diocese was celebrated, a new Catholic History Society was formed which now has a membership of more than 100, with occasional meetings and heritage days in different locations around the diocese.

Details are given from time to time at the diocesan web site, and membership information is available from

 The latest news can be seen by clicking on this link.

CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

CAFOD works wherever the need is greatest to bring hope, save lives and fight poverty: please help this Christmas through the World Gifts Catalogue, available at the back of both churches.

Click here for more information.

Lourdes Introduction

We have received the above link to a video “An Introduction to Lourdes Pilgrimage” from Thomas Harrison.

Congo 1

Congo School for Peace

Mary's Meals

Mary’s Meals

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