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Ignite Team - Interested in working with children and young people? Have you recently left school or university? Deciding what to do next as ‘A’ Level or college results come out? In between jobs? Or would you like to do something different? The Diocesan Youth Service is looking for people aged 18-35 to join the Ignite Team, sharing the Gospel message with young people. These are full-time positions initially for either 12 months (September 2021 or September 2022 intake) or 6 months (January 2022 or January 2023 intake), with training, food, accommodation and a monthly allowance provided. For more information see

CAFOD - 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict – how your donations have helped the Syrian people. Thanks to your donations, CAFOD has been helping people in Syria since the crisis began 10 years ago. Over 12 million people have left their homes, 5.6 million are refugees in neighbouring countries and within Syria, 13 million people need help. At the beginning, our focus was on delivering food and blankets though our local church partners. Then we started providing education, health and legal services, and helping people earn a living. Our latest projects are supporting children, lonely elderly people, helping women learn to read, and helping people restart their small businesses. We’re always planned for the long term, standing alongside people who lost everything. None of this work would have been possible without your support of CAFOD. Thank you.


'NEW CHURCH CLEANING ROTA DATES: The new dates for cleaning the church have now been put up in the Community Room. If you are willing to volunteer to clean the church building at a time that is convenient to you please add your name to the list. All cleaning materials are provided in the cupboards under the sinks in the kitchen. We have a few people who clean the church on a regular basis and we are very grateful to them. A few more volunteers would lighten the load. If you have not cleaned the church before but wish to volunteer please contact Maureen Costello 01379 897251 for details. Volunteer for the Library: We are looking for anyone who will be interested to be in charge of the Church Library.

Young parishioner asks for your support: Hello! I'm Silas Tooth. You may know me from my seven years as an altar server, or as the youngest son of Judith, who sings in the choir. I am reaching out to you all because I've been given an amazing opportunity to study for two years at Pearson College, Canada, one of 18 United World Colleges which use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. I am fundraising to help pay for my place. I plan a day's gardening here in the church grounds, in the hope that you might like to make a donation. I have a GoFundMe page:, or you NEWS AND EVENTS could leave an envelope marked Silas Tooth for me at church. Thank you all for reading. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.


VACANCIES Administrative/Secretarial Role Needed: The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham are looking to appoint someone as an administrator for their growing community, based from their convent in Dereham. The person in question would be expected to work 10 - 12 hours per week, two or three days a week on a flexible, part-time basis for up to £12 per hour depending on experience. If you would like further information on the role or wish to apply, please email Sr Camilla COLW at: or call 01362 421442 / 07333 85788. The closing date for applications is 10th September 2021.


Historic Churches Bike Ride The annual sponsored Historic Churches Bike Ride takes place on Saturday 11th September. As was the case last year, the church will not be open to visitors however a table will be placed in front of the main doors with a sheet for riders to sign. Once again Maggie Nylk will be taking part and if you would like to sponsor her please leave your details on the sheet at the back of the church – any monies raised will be divided equally between the Parish and The Churches Trust. If anyone else is interested in riding please contact Maggie directly or via the Church office.

The Ignite Team have posted a series of First Fridays chat shows which share the inspirational stories of Catholics from around the Diocese and beyond. Each episode features the faith journey of a different guest as well as a musical segment and a time of prayer. Interviewees have included Sr Theresa Weight from the Dereham-based Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, Fr Simon Davies from St John’s Cathedral in Norwich, lay missionary Shelina Guedes from Peterborough and many others all sharing their diverse and unique experiences. “We’ve had quite a variety of people on the show,” remarked show presenter and Ignite Team Leader Ciaran Losasso. “The stories they’ve shared have ranged from fighting poverty to trying seminary to teaching others about sex and relationships and everything in-between.” “It’s been a real privilege to hear each of their stories and quite enriching for me personally. I found that each guest gave me something to think about afterwards and there is always something powerful about hearing how God has worked in someone’s life.” The musical segments of the shows are also varied and have included contributions from local teenagers as well as from accomplished artists. The latest episode even includes a song from Great Yarmouth priest Fr Alvan Ibeh. The full series, which is now completed, is now available on Ignite’s YouTube channel along with a selection of other content for young people, and including highlights from the recent Ignite Festival Online. A NEWS AND EVENTS podcast of selected First Fridays interviews is also available on Spotify and other major podcast platforms under the name First Fridays with Ignite.

More news can be found on the diocese website:


Inviting Young People and Young Adults on Pilgrimage

Aged 16-30? Come and join a ‘Covid Safe’ walking and camping pilgrimage to Walsingham in the last week of July. Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service and Radio Maria England.  Registration just £50 (plus booking fee).  More details at

Reflection on 'The Day of the Lord'

The Bishops of England Wales have sent a reflection on  The Day of the Lord. Bishop Alan states it is an important message for all of us to think about as we begin to move forward from the present lockdown and face the challenges of _bringing our communities and the practice of faith to a greater expression and strength_ in the coming months. To access the document please click here.


The Holy Father has selected Shrines from across the world to participate in his special initiative to pray the Rosary during the month of May for the end of the pandemic. He himself will initiate this on May 1st and end it on May 31st.


THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM HAS BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE ON MAY 1ST AT 5.00PM.  This will be live streamed from Walsingham to the Vatican television Centre so that Pope Francis can see it live. Our particular Intention is for those who have died from the pandemic across the world.


EWTN will oversee this broadcast.


The Shrine will promote this initiative during the entire month of May.

To access;

The ENGLISH Liturgical Guide, please click here.

The May Prayer Initiative document, please click here.

The Shrine List, please click here.


Facebook and Whatsapp

St Henry Morse is now on Facebook, you can access it by searching for St Henry Morse Diss on Facebook.  We are also on Whatsapp, for further details please contact Father Alex.

National Lockdown - January 2021

The government is allowing churches to remain open for public worship. This means that Mass, and other liturgies will continue to be celebrated publicly each day.

It is very encouraging that the Government has recognised that people have worked hard to make our places of worship safe for people to come in and pray and to attend Mass. Bishop Alan has asked us to thank all those who have helped to achieve this across the Diocese. We must make sure that, in the coming weeks, we continue to ensure the safety of our parishioners and all who enter our churches at this time. Stay Safe and Keep Well.

Booking for Mass, please click here for details

Statement on Safeguarding

The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God. Please read more here

Catholic Church welcomes IICSA report into abuse

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the report, published today, from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Click here for more.

Statement from the Bishops Conference Department for Social Justice concerning Covid-19 and Vaccination. Click here

Waveney Food Bank

There has been considerable attention in the media recently concerning food poverty.  Our local Food banks are struggling at present. They urgently need: Tinned Veg, Corned Beef, Tinned Ham, Tinned Tomatoes, Sweets for kids and Microwave Puddings.


People can still leave food at the church when attending Private Prayer and hopefully Mass (when restrictions are eased), but we can also  help by donating money directly to our local Waveney food bank.  The Waveney Food bank have provided us with a document explaining how we can help, please take the time to read the attached document , please click here.  To register your donation for Gift Aid please click here

Useful Links for masses being streamed locally

Live stream from Walsingham:


Mass from St Edmunds Church Bury St Edmunds;

A number of our parishioners do not have internet access, if you know anyone like this can we ask that you try and keep them informed about the

information that we have on our website.

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal

Many of us here in the UK have suffered terribly because of coronavirus, coping with grief, anxiety and hardship. In the world's poorest countries, health care systems are not coping, and families are going hungry because people cannot go out to earn money. CAFOD is helping to protect and improve the lives of our sisters and brothers during this global emergency. If you can support our Coronavirus Appeal, please donate at, where you will find also more information about how CAFOD is responding. Thank you.

Offertory Contributions

Bob Sully, our Parish Treasurer has written a short note explaining how we can still make Offertory  contributions whilst there are no public services. Please take a moment to read Bob's note and I attach the standing order form that he mentions.  Click here to see message.  Click here for Standing Order Mandate


Catholic papers

A number of UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers are now available online, including Catholic East Anglia.  The link is:

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