Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Ninetenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and The Assumption of Our Lady 9 and 16 August 2020

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….



NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                                        8/9 August 2020

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY                                                                              15/16 August 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

Masses to be celebrated in our churches over the next two weeks: 

Monday (10th) to Friday (14th) – No Masses or Private Prayer in either parish.

Saturday (15th)                       (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Sheila Wright RIP (Governors, Staff & Pupils of St Philomena’s)

Sunday (16th)                          (Frinton)                  8.30am   Barbara Anslow RIP (The Sisters)

                                                (Dovercourt)           10.45am  All Parishioners

Monday (17th)                        (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Private Intention

Wednesday (19th):                 (Frinton)                  11.00am  Pat Pollock RIP (Women’s Group)

Thursday (20th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am  Jill Harper-Penman RIP

Friday (21st):                           (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Percy Sutton RIP (Maureen & Pat Sutton)

Saturday (22nd):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Carmel Corcoran RIP (Sr Agatha)

Sunday (23rd):                         (Frinton)                  8.30am   Marjorie Hosegood RIP

(Dovercourt)           10.45am  Tony Farry RIP (Noel Farry)

In addition to these Masses, Fr Bill will continue to celebrate Mass in The Presbytery.  His intentions for the next two weeks are:

Mr & Mrs John Calnan & Family (P. Calnan)                          Private Intentions

Fr Niall Harrington                                                                  Fr Frank & Anne

Fr Michael Stokes                                                                   Seafarers and their families

Fr Arthur Barrow                                                                    All Parishioners

All Parishioners                                                                       The recently bereaved


My dear friends,

Anne and I will be away for this ‘inside’ of this week.  As a consequence, both churches will be closed from Monday to Friday.  There will be no Masses or Private Prayer this week in either church.  Please remember that we should only enter church during scheduled opening times when a Steward is on duty.  This important rule exists to protect everyone from the risk of contracting Coronavirus.

May God bless you and may Our Lady pray for you.

Fr Frank


A hymn for this Sunday:

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Hail, Queen of heaven, the ocean star!

Guide of the wanderer here below!

Thrown on life’s surge, we claim thy care;

save us from perils and from woe,

Mother of Christ, star of the sea,

pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

This just happens to be one of Fr Frank’s favourites!  The tune set to C19th harmonies does just what you expect, making it pleasing to sing and play. The words were written by Rev Dr John Lingard, a Catholic Priest, born into an English recusant family in the C18th, a time when Catholics were under suspicion.  Towards the end of his life he lived in Hornby, a village near Lancaster, where people held him in high regard for his learning and his undoubted Christian virtues.  They (in true Lancashire form) affectionately referred to  him as “th’owd doctor”.

This week’s reflection from the Gospel reading and familiar as the opening of the Magnificat:  ‘ My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord’.  (AJ)


Sunday Mass Attendance (both parishes):  8/9 August, surnames E-K; 15/16 August, surnames L-R; 22/23 August, surnames  S-Z.;  29/30 August, surnames A-D.


Sunday Smile: Taken from an American church magazine: The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs Julius Belzer.