Sunday 20 June
Twelfth Sunday of Year B
In today’s second reading, St Paul reflects on the overwhelming love of Christ through which human lives are transformed and even our shared mortality becomes an occasion for our greatest hopes.
The ‘storms’ described in the Old Testament and Gospel readings awaken us to the magnitude of God’s love which may be revealed in simple words, although the circumstances in which they are spoken may be quite challenging for us.
Beccles, Bungay and the Diocese of East Anglia
Bishop Alan is visiting St Edmund’s, Bungay, this Sunday to mark the occasion of Fr Charles’s retirement and a new beginning for both parishes within the Diocese.
As reported last week, Downside Abbey has relinquished the ‘Benedictine mission’ in East Anglia, although Fr Martin is hoping to be able to remain for a while…
Bishop Alan will visit us in Beccles on 11th July, the day of our Patronal Festival.
Day for Life
There will be a second collection today for Life Charities ‘to raise awareness of the precious gift of life, and to support the work of protecting life in its most vulnerable stages’
In accordance with Catholic teaching, we are asked to pray for an enhanced respect for human life and to support of the charitable campaigns for the safety of unborn children and against the currently proposed ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill.
Prayer for Vocations – w/c 27 June
Our parish has its place in the diocesan cycle of prayer for vocations next week, beginning on 27th June.
This is the time of year for Ordinations, with a new priest presenting himself for our Diocese on Saturday 3rd July (Ordination in the Cathedral at 11.30 am).
We are asked to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and to discern those ways of encouraging the Church’s mission that may make a positive difference to the world in which we live.
St Benet’s Scripture Circle: Wednesday 30 June
The Scripture Circle will meet online as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, 30th June, at 7.30 pm.
“Message for Today”
Led by Deacon Peter Glanville, we’ll be looking at the readings for the Feast of SS Peter & Paul (Mass during the Day) – Acts 12,1-11; II Timothy 4,6-8 &17-18; Matthew 16,13-19. Peter invites us to choose particular verses or short passages from the readings that, for us, convey a “Message for Today.”
We might bring them with us to the meeting or submit them in advance (to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Fr Martin)
‘Zoom’ coordinates will be published in time for the meeting.
St Benet’s Social Club; Tuesday 06 July
As the Covid restrictions on indoor meetings remain in force, the first meeting of the Social Club – on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th July – will take place out-of-doors, weather permitting.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast and stay in touch with email@example.com
First Holy Communion; 12:00 noon; Sunday 18 July
Thanks to the lifting of a few Covid restrictions and valiant support from our catechists Toni, Maura and Aloma, there will be a celebration of First Holy Communion at a special midday Mass on Sunday 18th July.
The children began their course just before Christmas 2019 and – after a ‘pause’ of over a year – will resume their preparations in the coming weeks.
We are already planning next year’s programme in collaboration with St Benet’s Primary School.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr Martin for further details
We need more people to help – perhaps doing them in memory of someone just once a year, or more often. No experience needed! If you can help in anyway there is a list at the back of the church or contact Rona Baxter on 712657.
Congo School for Peace
The garden party planned for Saturday 3rd July has been postponed due to the Covid regulations remaining in place.
Health & Safety
With our numbers on the rise, we’ve been reminded that parishes these days are expected to hold occasional fire-drills, and to be equipped for the giving of first-aid, on Sundays.
We are doing our best to keep up with regulations and a health & safety inspection is imminent: if anyone is experienced in these matters, please let Fr Martin know.
Some reminders from earlier newsletters
Mass on Fridays; 11:00
There have been requests, through the PPC, for weekday Mass to be celebrated occasionally at times other than 9.15 am.
In the past, an extra Mass was celebrated on First Fridays at Gillingham, and a midmorning Mass on Fridays in general might be amenable for those involved in the Beccles Friday market, which opens early during the summer months.
For these reasons, Friday morning Mass is being moved to 11 a m and will be celebrated at that time on all Fridays during the summer: Mass on the first Friday of the month (a Sacred Heart devotion) will be at 11 am at Gillingham; and on other Fridays (including the Feast of the Sacred Heart on 11th June) at 11 am in St Benet’s. Let’s try and see how we get on with this new arrangement – it can easily be terminated or modified later in the season if wished!
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For those unable to attend Mass, offerings for St Benet’s Parish can be made payable to ‘Downside Abbey Missions Trust Beccles’ at Barclays account no 33416046, sort code 20-47-06.
Contributions to the monthly second collection at Gillingham, for the upkeep of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, can be made to ‘Gillingham Catholic Church’ at Barclays acct no 40518174, sort code 20-92-08.
St Benet’s Repository
Normally, we are open in the Parish Hall after 10:30 Mass every Sunday. Currently, we are unable to open, due to the COVID restrictions, but we are planning our return very soon!
Meantime, if there is a special need, perhaps due to illness, please contact me and we will do our best to help.