Newsletter 26 June

St. Benet’s Beccles; Parish Newsletter

Sunday 26 June; 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time; Year C.

See  for all the news.


Sat   25; (Immaculate Heart of Mary

09:30  Mass for Holy Souls  (J&BC)

10:00  Exposition and Confessions

17:00  Beginning of Faith Course (Barsham Rectory)



w/c Sun 26 June

Mass intentions in italics

Sun. 26 June; 

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year C

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OLPS Mass             for Catholic Schools in East Anglia

St B Mass               for the People

St B Mass               for the Sick of the Parish

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.

Mon 27;


No Morning Mass

Tues 28; (St Irenaeus)


Mass                       for Suffolk Historic Churches

Wed 29; (SS Peter & Paul)

Holy Day of Obligation




OLPS Mass            for St Patrick’s Missionary Society

St B.  School and Parish Mass

St B. Mass             for the People

Thu  30;


No Morning Mass  

Fri    01 July; (First Friday)


OLPS – Traditional Latin Mass for Persecuted Christians

Sat   02; (Our Lady on Saturday)



Mass                       for Unity of Christians

Exposition and Confessions

Sun. 03 July;   08.00, for the People;     10.30,  for HCPT;   18:00, for  Local Charities

Second Collection; Today, Sunday 26 June  for Peter’s Pence

Prayer Requests

Those who are sick

Mary Banns, Patricia Bath, Minnie Bartholomew, Jackie Bowler, Steven Brooks, Muriel Bryant, Theresa Chalmers, Mary Chatfield, Ellen Clark, Bill Corley, Anne Curran, John Ellwood, Christine Felton, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Sue Kerr, Alasdair Kirkpatrick, Jo Lewis, Tanya Maloy, Barbara O’Brien, Michael Osborne, Elizabeth Page, Larry Peck, Josephine Pollard, Ginny Quinn, Kathryn Robinson, Simon SmithRosemary Topham, Bill Weddle, Jamie Whittenbury.

-Those whose anniversaries occur w/c Sun 26 June

26th  Brenda West; Susan Hastings; Robert O’Brien. 

27th  Kay Richards; Walter Tonkes; Dom Aidan Howlett OSB. 

28th  June Wilson; Brian Casey. 

29th  Elsa Colburn; Charlotte Howell. 

30th  Roy Banns. 

01st  Roy Bartholomew; Luigina Vettese; Kathleen  Stewart;  Jessie Milton. 


-Those who have died recently:   and their family and friends

-Those who ask for the Support of our Prayers


13th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Year C;

A Reflection by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

As Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, the latter half of Luke’s gospel is marked by Jesus’ teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship. Right at the beginning of this section Jesus teaches the little lesson that the disciples must not be surprised or take vengeance when they are rejected. Then three lessons follow on the uncompromising demands of discipleship. These are not ‘counsels of perfection’ but demanded of every disciple of Jesus.

  • First, the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.The disciple has no right to creature comforts.
  • Second(perhaps the most counter-cultural of all Jesus’ demands), burying a dead father was regarded as a sacred duty, and yet not even this may stand in the way of a response to the call of Jesus.
  • Third(a more rigorous condition than even Elijah demanded of Elisha), there must be no backward glance even to bid the family farewell. Not even the sacred natural ties may stand in the way of following Jesus.

Jesus teaches with maximum vigour; the conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh. There are no half measures. We must beware of softening what remains hard.

Is there anything that you wouldn’t give up for Christ?  Where does following Jesus, fit into your list of priorities?

Do your goals, activities, interests, or desires for material comforts keep you from following Christ more closely?                                                                                                                                     Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

Peter’s Pence

On the Feast of SS Peter & Paul (29th June) we celebrate the usual three Masses, and the customary second collection for ‘Peter’s Pence’ will be held on the nearest Sunday (26th June).  This levy was introduced in the 7th century, was soon imposed upon landowners throughout Northern Europe and then extended to the Universal Church.  It was formalised in 1871 for ‘the prisoner in the Vatican’.  Today, the proceeds of the Peter’s Pence collection are used for philanthropic works promoted by the Pope, (including the necessary administrative costs).

First Friday Devotions; Mass at 11 am on 01 July; OLPS Gillingham

SACRED HEARTThese devotions honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus, involving Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and a Holy Hour of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. 

They were first promoted in London by St Claude de la Colombière SJ during the reign of Charles II, a time of persecution of Catholics. 

This Mass is on the Feast of the Precious Blood in the traditional calendar;  it also commemorates the martyrdom of St Oliver Plunkett.

It will be offered for persecuted Christians

Catholic East Anglia 

newsletterThe July issue of our Diocesan Newspaper has been published and should be available at the back of church this Sunday or next. 

You can also read it online by visiting


ODOC Declaration 

ODOC stands for Our Duty of Care and the Declaration is promoted by members of the British Medical Association who are opposed to Assisted Suicide legislation.  Visit for further information: if you have experience of medical work, you can sign the declaration in support of opposition to assisted suicide from the BMA (whose current official stance is ‘neutral’ in this regard).  The Declaration needs to be completed in time for a meeting of the BMA to be held at the end of this month


CAFOD 60th Anniversary Mass;

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2:30 pm; Saturday 02 July;  St Peter & All Souls’, Peterborough

The first Family Fast Day was organised by the Catholic Women’s League in 1960, and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development was registered as an official UK charity in 1962.  CAFOD volunteers in East Anglia are marking this 60th anniversary with Mass, followed by afternoon tea.  This is a chance to find out more about CAFOD and perhaps to get involved in CAFOD East Anglia.


Hungate Anniversary Service;  Hungate Church;  Sunday July 3rd

This year marks the Golden Jubilee of the United Reformed Church in England and Wales – the  union of Congregational and Presbyterian Churches in 1972.  In Beccles, United Reformed and Methodist Churches came together 45 years ago, in 1977.  The service, honouring both anniversaries, will be led by Rev Bill Mahood, former Moderator of the URC.


Walsingham Pilgrimage;  Mass at 1.30 pm; Sunday,03 July:

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The Society of St Vincent de Paul will hold their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with anointing of the sick and Mass at 1:30 pm

Benediction will follow at 4.00 pm


Christian Aid Week 

Christian Aid WeekThis year (May 15th – 21st) no less than £3,443 was raised in Beccles – from Sunday collections in churches, street collections in the town and soup lunches in Hungate Church. 

The contribution from St Benet’s was £559 – made up of £304 from the second collection on May 22nd and £255 from the street collection on May 20th

Many thanks to all involved.


New Parish Bank Accounts

Payment_methodsThese are now with Lloyd’s Bank.  Any donations for St Benet’s Parish can be made to    ‘St Benet’s Parish (Beccles) Accounts’;  Sort Code 30-98-97 ;  Account 7907 4762.

(The monthly collection for the upkeep of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, continues to use  ‘Gillingham Catholic Church’;  Barclays Sort Code 20-92-08;  Account  4051 8174)

Altar Servers’ Mass:  St John’s Cathedral, Norwich:

  Saturday 16th July at 11.30 am  

Altar ServersAltar servers of all ages are invited to Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan, with a barbecue lunch in the garden afterwards.  Please let Fr Martin know, by June 30th, if you would like to attend.


Reminders from Earlier Newsletters

Catholic Listening and Prayer Ministry 

Lightning 3Cards at the back of both churches advertise this new ministry – for ‘parishioners who need to talk over issues in their lives’. 

This offers counselling – face-to-face or on line – from the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission, with ‘prayerful sensitivity and a grounding in Catholic wisdom’ 

This confidential service is just a phone-call away.


Altar Servers’ Mass: 

Altar ServersSt John’s Cathedral:  Saturday 16 July at 11.30 am  

Altar servers of all ages are invited to Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan, with a barbecue lunch in the garden afterwards.  Please let Fr Martin know, by June 30, if you would like to attend.

Prayer for the Queen

“Almighty God, we pray that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen who, by your providence, has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue; that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with the Royal Family, come at last into your presence, through Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.”

Universe Catholic Weekly (Online)

newsletter Leaflets are available offering a four-week free trial of this excellent Catholic newspaper.  It is packed with useful and informative articles on Catholic life in every diocese.  Subscribers will benefit from  supporting this online newspaper and its mission for the church in our country – highly recommended!

Waveney Foodbank – Plea for Supplies

Food Bank (800x600)

There is an urgent need for:-  Tinned fruit, rice pudding, noodles. tinned spaghetti, cooking oil, sugar, custard, confectionary, instant mash, long life fruit juices, tinned vegetables, laundry powder.  Anything you can donate will be most appreciated.


New Parish Bank Accounts


Our accounts are now with Lloyd’s Bank. 


Any donations for St Benet’s Parish can be made to    ‘St Benet’s Parish (Beccles) Accounts’;  Sort Code 30-98-97 ;  Account 7907 4762.

(The monthly collection for the upkeep of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, continues to use  ‘Gillingham Catholic Church’;  Barclays Sort Code 20-92-08;  Account  4051 8174)

We also want to encourage more parishioners to consider using “Gift Aid” to enable the parish to claim back  a further 25% of their donations from taxes they have paid to the government – at no extra cost to YOU!  Please contact our Gift Aid Co-ordinator, Tony Ketts, in complete confidence, if you want to learn more.

School News


We have set up a link to the School Website, Parents’ Page, where you can keep up to date with school activities.


Sports Equipment The local newspapers have a campaign to collect tokens to enable schools to get a share of sports equipment.  Please leave tokens in the box/jar at the back of the church.


Newsletter Editor  

ComputerAs Mike Ellwood is away for a time, we are combining the paper Newsletter with the E-News and Website.

Please send any items for publication to OR to tmob@sapo,pt

Planned Pilgrimages for 2022

Two planned pilgrimages are  advertised in St Benet’s porch, where contact details are given.  

LourdesThe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (19th – 26th August) is made in fellowship with the Catholic Association; there’s scope for over 100 participants from East Anglia. 

Then, in in October, Poringland Parish are planning a trip to Lisieux: contact initially if interested.


Parish Contacts

Parish Priest –  Fr Martin Gowman OSB at the Presbytery, 2 Grange Road, Beccles, NR34 9NR  

Tel. 01502 713179

Mob. 07504 326719. Email:

Deacon: Tony Felton  Tel  07985 228397

If you don’t want further copies of the E-News, just e-mail us with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. 

Website & Newsletter Editor


What else is happening around the parish?

How Can I Find Out More?

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Please note that our “Activities”are still somewhat curtailed as we seek to return to normal after the COVID Pandemic.

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