Person to Person

“Person to Person — P2P”

Letters to the Editor of St Benet’s Beccles Website

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06 June

Offertory Collections

Terry,  Who is the treasurer? How do I send him/her a cheque?  Thanks,


Bank Transfers or Standing Orders, may be arranged through our Parish Treasurer. or tel. 01502 471717.

If you just want to post a cheque, make it payable to  St Benet’s RC Church  and please send it to :-

The Treasurer,  St Benet’s RC Church,

2 Grange Road,  BECCLES.  NR34 9NR

Many thanks, Terry.


05 June

Acknowledgements – John Sirl. RIP.

John’s family, Brenda and Roger, would like to thank everyone who turned out on Thursday afternoon to say a final farewell to John as his hearse passed St Benet’s.  Special thanks are due to the “Harrison Crew” who provided the music for John’s favourite hymn – and to all who joined in the singing of it. 

We also appreciate all the help so many people gave John over the years. 

God Bless You All.  Brenda and Roger.

31 May

Gathering at St Benet’s to pay respects to the deceased.

Hi Terry

Do you not feel that encouraging gathering at church on Thursday is against the current rules?  They are not out exercising and we could get a flood of people.

Editor’s Reply

No, I really don’t see a problem as we will all be outdoors, at minimum risk of infection, and keeping to the “anti-social” distancing rules.  In fact, I think the advice no longer mentions going out “for exercise” – though we are doing that, of course.  Personally, I believe that we really do have to move on, act sensibly with respect for each other, and get on with life.

There have been countless similar gatherings,  and/or “drive pasts”, to pay respects to the deceased, their family and friends. I have even seen TV reports of a cortege driving past a hospital and a wide range of medical and other emergency staff standing outside clapping, to pay their respects to their deceased colleague.

See you on Thursday!!  Regards, Terry

Ivor Baxter R.I.P. – Condolences to  Rona Baxter

31 May

Lovely! Dear Terry, so glad you think of us all at St.Benet’s as family.  I have felt just the same, right from walking up the path on my first Sunday, and introducing myself to Ivor and Rona. I have never regretted joining the family. Love to you both.

24 May

Spread the word discretely about Wednesday’s Walk – and remember the two metre rule.  No hugs either, I’m afraid.  I think I’ll give dear Rona an “I.O.U. ONE HUG” card;  they really are/were(?) a lovely couple and it is so sad not to be able to say goodbye properly.

18 May

This is the first real submission to P2P – which sparked the idea of this page –  from Paula Jones, and used with her permission.

At present I am stranded the other side of the world, but close to family which helps, and the bulletins still ‘link’ me with St. Benet’s Parish. Here’s hoping that this awful virus will enable us to re-evaluate our lives and realise what should really be important to us.

Will you kindly pass on my condolences to Rona Baxter?

I remember Ivor as being the first person to greet me at St. Benet’s when we moved to Gillingham 41yrs ago.  He was always so lovely to me and my two children (both of whom now live in Australia, hence my being here).

With my love and prayers, Paula Jones.

20 May – Editor’s reply. 

Thank you Paula; Message passed to Rona; Much appreciated.  Terry

And the Background to the Person to Person Page


Person to person 3During the present “Lockdown”, a number of parishioners have said they are missing the personal parish contacts that are so important to us all.   We think a “Letters to the Editor” page might help.

Please note that while the message can be published anonymously if you wish – the real name of the author must be supplied to the editor.  (This is just to stop mischievous persons posting spam messages.)

What Sort of Messages Can be Sent?

Messages  could include, for instance, Requests for Prayers; Thanks for Prayers Answered;  Requests for – and Offers of – Help;  Condolences for Bereaved Parishioners;  Reports of Activities and Initiatives in other Churches; Suggestions for Spiritual Opportunities;  Inspiring Messages and Music from the Internet; (and maybe even some “church related” jokes to lighten the mood).

Really, anything to stimulate and build our parish community – and, in turn, make the website more relevant to all our parishioners, – even making it more of a two-way communication.


Below are some examples of what might be published, culled from recent replies to the E-Bulletins, in May 2020.  All are shown anonymously, as they were not written with publication in mind.

St Benet’s Prayers – “Together On Thursday At Three”

Maybe we should have our own St Benet’s Covid-19, clearance prayers at the same time each week, a bit like the Thursday night clap for the NHS. Same time, same day each week. Is Three o’clock a good time?

Excellent stuff and just what we need to hear, during this time. Well done for being brave. We will be joining in on Thursday just as you suggest.

Person To Person

We value the contact and if you feel like giving a homily or pontificating on anything, that is fine by us.

I think it’s a great idea and please feel free to use my email.  We’re in strange times and need to do what we can to help connect people who sadly can’t have personal contact.  God bless and I hope you, your family and everyone in St Benet’s stays well.

So, what do I think? I liked your refreshing honesty. I miss Mass greatly, but through your communications I feel I am still in touch with the Church. A huge thank you.

Spiritual Development

I have been reflecting a bit too (something I don’t usually do) after seeing a programme on TV.  They questioned the idea of transubstantiation among other things. I have often thought about that.