St Mary Magdalen 150 Club

The July prize draw of the parish 150 Club will be made in the Garden Room after the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday 28th July.

There is plenty of room in the 150 Club for new members – application forms can be found in the church porch or there is an on-line application form that can be found here on the parish web site. If you are already a member, could you sign up for some additional numbers? If so, please contact the secretary by email at [email protected] or use the Contact Form.

Fr Luke

Fr Luke will be away on holiday from Tuesday 9th to Wednesday 24th July. We wish him a pleasant and restful break. Newsletters for the next two weeks will consequently be a little slimmer than normal as they will be prepared in advance. Please refer to this web site for latest news and updates.

Catholic East Anglia

The July edition of Catholic East Anglia, the Diocesan newspaper, is available in the church porch. This is free – please do take a copy home and read it.

The edition includes a report on the Papal Nuncio to GB visiting the Diocese of East Anglia and the ordination of Fr Anthony Asomugha in Norwich.

Also included are reports on the children’s pilgrimage to Walsingham, a second Vicar General for the diocese appointed, a celebration of marriage and family life and a Caritas Festival in Gorleston.

The newspaper is also available to read on-line here on the parish web site - click the cover image on the left to do so.

Margaret Ward nee Curry

Your prayers are asked for Margaret Ward, daughter of the late Sheila Curry, who has been taken ill and is in Colchester hospital. Please pray that she may make a full and speedy recover, and that her family may be comforted during this stressful time.

Alive In Faith

The 5 yearly cycles of giving and pledges as part of the Diocesan Alive in Faith fund raising initiative are now complete in all the parishes that signed up to take part, and the committee that oversaw its operation is now being rundown. The final newsletter from the Alive in Faith team has been issued and you can read it here.

Alpha Course

A new Alpha course will commence soon. This will be held in St Mark’s church hall on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. The course is an eleven-week programme with each session beginning with a shared meal, followed by a talk and then a group discussion. Alpha is held in an open, friendly and relaxed environment and is designed to allow members to explore the basics of the Christian faith without any pressure and is recommended for us all. The first session will be on 8th May, and a sign-up sheet for this is available in the porch.

Hall Improvement Project

The next stage of our project to update and improve the hall facilities will take place on Wednesday 8th May when Hadleigh Glass will be installing new uPVC double glazed windows in place of the existing single glazed wooden framed versions. This work is costing £14,500. The toilet windows will be replaced at a later date when a revised layout to incorporate a wheelchair accessible facility has been agreed - a proposed layout is available for viewing and comment on the noticeboards in both the church and hall foyers. As well as updating the toilet facilities, and subject to the availability of funding, other planned works include refurbishing and refitting the kitchen, modernising the heating arrangements and renovating the floor. In January the parish received a grant of £6,950 from the Benefact Trust to put towards hall improvements, further grants are being sought and the aim is to finance as much of the work as possible from grants, hall rental income and proceeds from social activities. Please speak to any member of the Finance Committee if you would like further information or would like to contribute to this project in any way.

Parish Garden

With the warmer summer weather on its way (!), our thoughts turn to the wonderful garden that the parish is blessed to have available. Chrissie and Paul Riches work tirelessly to maintain this for us and do a fantastic job for which we should all be very grateful.

We want to encourage greater use of this tranquil space, and to that end if anybody has, or knows of, any garden benches that are, or are about to become, available, and could be donated to the parish, we would love to receive them to provide additional seating in the garden.

Please speak to Paul or Chrissie, or email [email protected] if you can help.

Help Required

Are there any ladies, or indeed gents, out there who are good at needlecraft? We have a need for some help in making some new veils for the tabernacle in church, and some covers for some of the altar ware.

Also, as you all are aware, we sadly do not have a resident organist in the parish, but our organ has the capability of playing pre-recorded music which we use each week at 10:00 Mass and on other feast days. Currently we have only two people who are trained to operate the organ, which is not particularly difficult, and we desperately need some more volunteers willing to be trained in its operation so as to relieve the burden on the two and provide more cover. Full training and initial "shadowing" will be provided.

If you can help with either of these two requests, please get in touch by email or use the contact form and select Contact from the drop down list of recipients.

Gift Aid

Would all those parishioners who normally make their weekly offering using Gift Aid envelopes please note that their new 2024/25 envelopes are now available for collection from the Narthex. If you can't find your envelopes in the box please write your name on the sheet provided for this purpose and they will be made available to you next week. If anyone who has already signed up to giving by Gift Aid has changed their address during the last year, or did not pay sufficient income or capital gains tax to cover the tax reclaimable on their offerings, then please notify either Fr. Luke, Fr. Paul or Chris Croker (Gift Aid Co-ordinator).