Covid19; Spiritual Resources

This page was added to our website in May 2020, as a result of a recommendation, by Cindy Barnes, for “The Joy of the Gospel”,  details and links for which are listed below..  Further resources have since been suggested.

Any further recommendations will be welcomed by the editor.   Thank you.

24 July 2021

Spiritual Direction 

Spiritual Direction 2An online spiritual direction service, run by Fr Paul Maddison, an experienced priest in our diocese, is at – providing resources to help us in our prayer.

19 November 2020

Prayer from Pope Francis

Pope Francis

This is a universal prayer from Pope Francis, in which we are all invited to join.

Loving God,

We seek your merciful eyes towards us during this pandemic.

Comfort those who mourn loved ones who have died, be close to those who are vulnerable or isolated from loved ones.

Protect those on the front line in this emergency: grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Fill with hope those who are troubled by concerns about finances and employment.

Give wisdom to the scientists seeking effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Provide leaders with the insight to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first in all decisions.

Help us all to learn from this experience, that we are members of one great family and to find strength and peace in our solidarity.

Through Christ our Lord.


Pray the Bible every day

Cindy is still in touch with us and has provided  the above link to keep us all on our toes!

The Mass Readings for TODAY, and the week ahead.

Are you missing the Missalettes?  This is a new service – linking to the Universalis website – where you will find all the readings for the Mass.

For the readings for the Day/Date/Feast shown, just click on the yellow “Universalis” banner below. (The “yellow banner” changes to today’s date automatically!)

Universalis Mass Readings

This “Universalis” web page also shows (on the right-hand side-bar), links to the readings for yesterday, and for the week ahead.

It is free to use, and we hope you find it useful.

The Wednesday Word

This website provides notes (usually by Fr Henry Wansbrough,OSB, editor of the New Jerusalem Bible) on the Mass readings for the coming Sunday.  The material is posted each Wednesday to help us prepare for Sunday Mass – (perhaps for inclusion in Parish Newsletters etc)

Try Praying

This is a seven-day programme to help us with our prayer – and to introduce the practice of prayer to anyone who may be unfamiliar with it.

A number of   ‘Try Praying’   booklets will be made available, together with a few Catholic newspapers and booklets.  Fr Martin can be contacted for further information which is also available on the internet at

Other Christians in Beccles will probably be participating and we need to be aware that, when we really pray, we are never on our own.  One of the reasons for opening churches for ‘private prayer’ is to bring us closer to Jesus in spirit .. and so to enable us to work together more effectively at all times.

The UK Blessing

The UK Blessing

Hilary Harrison recommended this compilation from singers across the UK.  It is on YouTube – click on the blue title to view – and hear – it.

“At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.”

“The Joy of The Gospel –  Reflections 1 to 5”

These five short videos (12-15 minutes each) come from Bishop ALAN MCGUCKIAN of the Diocese of Raphoe, in Letterkenny.  They are a real joy to listen to – and then to think about.

They are all on Youtube, and for speed of access, you can use the individual links below:-