Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Easter 12 April 2020

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER III – keeping in touch.

EASTER                                                                                                                                 11/12 April 2020

Catholic Parishes of:

Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Dovercourt:              01255 503383

email                     Harwich@dioceseofbrentwood.org

website                 www.harwichcatholics.org.uk

Sacred Heart and St Francis of Assisi, Frinton-on-Sea:         01255 674475

email                     Frinton@dioceseofbrentwood.org

website:                 www.frintoncatholicchurch.wordpress.com


‘Private’ Masses to be celebrated in our churches this week:

Holy Saturday (11th):              (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Winifred & Hugh Cavanaugh RIP

Easter Day (12th)):                 (Dovercourt)           10.45am  Maura Stone RIP (Paula & Michael Collins)          

Monday (13th):                       (Frinton)                  9.00am   All NHS Staff & Volunteers

Wednesday (15th):                  (Frinton)                  11.00am  Marjorie Hosegood RIP

Thursday (16th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am  Jo Bailey

Friday (17th):                           (Frinton)                  9.00am  Sean Heneghan RIP (Andy and Nuala)

Saturday (18th):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm Sheila Wright RIP and David Wright

Sunday (19th)                          (Dovercourt)           10.45am Fr Robert Wingfield-Digby

(I have changed this pattern to comply as best I can with Government instructions on travelling)

In addition to these Masses, Fr Bill will continue to celebrate Mass in The Presbytery. His intentions this week are:

11th All Parishioners

12th NHS Staff, key worker and volunteers

13th The Reader Family

15th Barbara Harrison

16th Private Intention

17th NHS Staff, key workers and volunteers

19th All Parishioners



My dear Friends,

As I write this Anne and I continue well. Thank you for your good wishes. It’s good that so much is going on in the two parishes to keep in touch. My thanks go to all those who are ‘phoning around, doing their best to maintain contact, particularly with the elderly, lonely and vulnerable; those who have set up email contact groups in both parishes; and those who photocopy newsletters etc to deliver to parishioners without internet connection. And, a special thanks to those in both parishes who offer practical help to the housebound by way of delivering food and other essentials. To access these services, should you need them, ring 0300 800 0181 if you live in the Frinton/Walton area or 07708 124661/07716 866927 if you live in the Harwich/Dovercourt area.

By the time you read this, I should have blessed Pascal Candles and holy water for both parishes – how strange not to have you with me. It is a special sorrow not to be Receiving our catechumens; Katherine & Karen (Frinton) and Tanja (Dovercourt) into the Church. We must continue to pray for them, and for each other.

Anne and I should have been setting off on a holiday this week with all the family – children & grandchildren – to celebrate her special birthday. But it is not to be, she’ll just have to put up with me instead! For all our families and friends, we pray on this, the Queen of Feasts.

May our risen Lord bless you and keep you safe:

Fr Frank


A hymn for Easter:

Christ is Alive, with joy we sing;

we celebrate our risen Lord,

Praising the glory of his name. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

How marvellous it is to be able to sing ‘Alleluia’ once again! Surely the most expressive word in our language; though of course it is not an English word but comes from the Hebrew for ‘Praise the Lord’. Praise the Lord indeed! (AJ)










Converting to Standing Order Offertory Donations from Envelopes or Cash Giving: this is a well-tried method, but it would be helpful if more parishioners could use it whilst we cannot attend Mass. All you need do is contact your bank to set up a standing order. This would normally be a standard payment of a fixed amount each month. Our bank account details for both parishes are: Bank HSBC. Sort Code 40-13-22. The Account numbers are for “Catholic Church Harwich & Dovercourt” 61019767 and for “Catholic Church Frinton on Sea” 61019643. Your instructions to your bank should include some mention of either your surname or the word “Offertory”.   All matters regarding this form of regular giving are kept strictly confidential. If you have any queries and are a Harwich & Dovercourt parishioner please contact Jane in the Office, if you are a Frinton parishioner, please contact Fr Frank.


You may like to make payments via the diocesan on-line donation facility. For Harwich go to:


for Frinton: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=frinton-on-sea


Sunday Smile: The parish priest had been unwell and a parishioner asked his housekeeper how he was. She replied, “It’s his head you know, it’s been on and off all week.”