News & Notices



Rest in Peace

Patricia McGrath RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia McGrath who died last weekend.

We also remember her family and friends, and those who cared for her, at this very sad time.

Patricia’s funeral will take place at 3.00 pm on Thursday 30 May (Ascension Day).


Easter and the Ascension

On the 6th Sunday after Easter, the Gospel is taken from the farewell discourse of Jesus to his disciples, in which he names different facets of his divine glory destined for all his followers, intended to be shared as fully as possible with them – and shown forth in fruitful lives throughout the world. 


These themes, consequent upon faith in the Resurrection, prepare us for the message of Ascension Day, our enthronement of Jesus celebrated on the sixth Thursday after Easter (a Holy Day of Obligation) on Thursday 30th May this year.



beautiful wedding ringsWe congratulate Colin and Nikki – whose wedding on 25 May is described in law as a ‘convalidation’ (a Church consummation of their earlier civil wedding).

We also congratulate Adam and Bronagh, to be married on 01 June, of whom the latter received Confirmation from Bishop Alan Clark in Our Lady’s, Lowestoft. 

For information, the fee for a wedding in a parish church is currently £455. 


Marriage and Family Life Mass

Those already married can celebrate their marriage  by attending the special Marriage and Family Life Mass with Bishop Alan in St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, on Saturday 8th June at 11.30 am.  

Certificates will be available for those who have an anniversary (1st anniversary – and then any multiple of 5 years).  Please apply to Bonnie Lander Johnson of the Marriage and Family Life Commission: or 07849357518. 


Parish AGM

Thanks to all who supported the Annual Meeting last Thursday evening – attended by more than 25 parishioners who were able to take stock of the past year’s Parish Renewal.

There are plans for a possible Flower Festival, to be held next year or the year after.

This year’s Social Events include a ‘Bangers & Mash’ evening and a Bingo Night in aid of our local charities.

New members were also elected to a newly revitalised Pastoral Council.  Minutes of the AGM will be posted on church noticeboards soon.



Last Week’s Collections:

Offertory Collection =  £369.40 

Second Collection for Priest’s Training Fund = £148.25. 



Newman Lectures;  Thursdays, 30 May, 06 June


This year will continue on Thursdays (May 30th and June 6th) at 7 pm in the Narthex of St John’s Cathedral, Norwich.

They will be on the theme of

“Mary in Holy Scripture and the Arts”



“Thy Kingdom Come “; St Michael’s; Sunday 02 June

This is a nationwide Prayer Event for Ascensiontide, supported by Christians Together in Beccles, with a meeting in St Michael’s at 6.30 pm on Sunday 2nd June.  To find out more, see the video at



Mary’s Meals Backpack Project 

BackpackThis enables our children to participate in practical giving by providing backpacks filled with useful items for schoolchildren in developing countries.

This supports the work of Mary’s Meals where it has already built school kitchens for better nourishment as well as promoting education for as many as possible. 

The project is supported by St Benet’s Primary School and families are particularly encouraged to give their help. 

Further information can be obtained from Helen on 01502 710483.

Congo School for Peace

lejog-map12Copies of the latest newsletter are available at the back of both churches.

Peter Hobbs, a well-known former pharmacist, is planning a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to Unst in Shetland (1380 miles) with the option to donate to the School.  (NB The map is for illustration only!)

Forms available from Hillside News, Worlingham or Cossey Funeral Directors, Beccles or .


Waveney Foodbank:

Food Bank (800x600)The use of the Beccles foodbank has increased by 40% over the last year mainly due to a five week wait for Universal Credit payments, low wages, insecure work, rising rental charges for private accommodation and the closure of local charities offering crisis support.

Items urgently needed are: Tinned fruit, rice pudding, tinned vegetables.

Thank you – but we do not need sweetcorn, laundry powder, tins of cat and dog food, pasta sauce, cleaning products.


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Our small “shop” is open in the Parish hall after 10:30 Sunday Mass. 

We always have a stock of Bibles, Missals, Prayer Books. Crosses, Crucifixes, Rosaries and other devotional items.

We also hold our suppliers’ catalogues and can make additional orders for specific requests;  delivery is normally by the following Sunday.





Information on coming events and activities is on this separate page. 

For longer term planning, you may also find the monthly “Events Diary  useful.

Previously published – but still relevant! – information, is on this  page.