Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) 26 July 2020

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER XVIII – keeping in touch.

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                                 25/26 July 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 this week:          

Monday (27th):                       (Dovercourt)            9.30am   Alice & David Gillings (Jane & Brian)

Wednesday (29th):                 (Frinton)                  11.00am  Jim & Mary Kay RIP

Thursday (30th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am Fr Juan Manuel Beltran (Bray)

Friday (31st):                           (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Mary Sutcliffe RIP (Scarfe Family)

Saturday (1st):                         (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Amanda Finian & Paidi Newman (Andy & Nuala)

Sunday (2nd)                            (Frinton)                  8.30am   Sr De Paul (Sr Teresa)

(Dovercourt)           10.45am  Angela & George East (Carmel Sadler)

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


Personal Intentions

Personal Intentions

All Parishioners

Alice McCarthy RIP


My dear friends,

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to make itself felt.  I had invited Fr Charles Kakooza, an old friend of mine from Uganda, to come and spend some time in the parishes during August.  Because Uganda is in lockdown (and all is chaos according to Fr Charles), and we are far from fully operational, his visit will not now take place.  Also in August, we were to have a visit by The Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) who were due to preach an appeal.  They tell me that all appeals have been cancelled this year, so we shall not be seeing them either.

Keeping one another safe during the pandemic is of paramount importance.  It is essential, therefore, that we only enter church during scheduled times, when a Steward is on duty.  Once again, I offer my thanks on your behalf to all those who have volunteered to act as Stewards (which also involves the essential task of cleaning/disinfecting the church after use).

With every blessing.

Fr Frank


A hymn for this Sunday:

O, the love of my Lord is the essence                     Every day, every hour, every moment

of all that I love here on earth.                               have been blessed by the strength of his love.

All the beauty I see he has given to me                  At the turn of each tide he is there at my side,

and his giving is gentle as silence.                         and his touch is as gentle as silence.

A familiar hymn this week.  The words and music were written by Estelle White; a prolific hymn writer of the C20th.  Once more I encourage you to turn to the internet to read about her.  She was quite a character.  I knew that she was a former nun and very little else, so I have learned something too.  The hymn has a simplicity that leads to a truth fundamental to our faith.  The reflection for this Sunday is from the Gospel Acclamation:  ‘I call you friends, says the Lord.’ (AJ).


Walton Mini-Bus:  Ever since the church closed in Walton we have enjoyed a mini-bus service provided by Pastor Robert and the people of the Hebron Pentecostal Church.  Sadly, two events have changed this arrangement.  Firstly, the Hebron church has closed and, secondly, we have lost a number of Mini-Bus users – including, this year, Barbara Anslow, Marie Hines and Najat Clifton-Brown.  May they rest in peace.  For these reasons the present service cannot continue.  If you have problems getting to Frinton for Mass, please let me know and we’ll try to arrange a rota for providing lifts (but not until the Pandemic is over!)


Funerals:  Frinton: Najat Clifton-Brown RIP will be cremated after a 10.15am service at Weeley on Tuesday 28th.  Dovercourt: Anne Emerson RIP will be received into church at 4.00pm on Wednesday 5th August.  Her funeral service will take place the following day at 9.15am, followed by interment at Dovercourt Cemetery.  May they Rest in Peace.


Sunday Mass Attendance (both parishes): 25/26 July, surnames S-Z;  1 /2 August, surnames A-D;  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: Happiness is like jam.  You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.