Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Sixth Sunday of Easter 17 May 2020

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER VIII – keeping in touch.

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A)                                                                                                    16/17 May 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:             

Monday (18th):                       (Frinton)                  9.00am   Francis & Eileen Woodhouse RIP

Wednesday (20th):                  (Frinton)                  11.00am  H.E. Judge Kenneth Machin QC RIP (Amaryllis)

Thursday (21st) Ascension:     (Frinton)                 11.00am  Jeremy Jones (Margaret)

Friday (22nd):                          (Frinton)                  9.00am   Helena White (The Sisters)

Saturday (23rd):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Bernadette McManamon RIP (Peter)

Sunday (24th)                          (Dovercourt)           10.45am Private Intention


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

The Recently Bereaved

The McLindon family

Sheila Marks

NHS Staff, Carers, Key Workers and Volunteers

All Parishioners


My dear friends,

May is a beautiful month – Our Lady’s month. Last Sunday it was wonderful driving to Harwich to celebrate Mass and seeing the roadsides flanked with ‘Our Lady’s Lace’ and the hedges resplendent with ‘The May’ – although it got much colder later on so I didn’t ‘shed a clout’.

On this May day I give you a prayer to Our Lady:

Hail, holy Lady, Most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, Ever Virgin;

Chosen by the most holy Father in heaven, Consecrated by him, with his most holy beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

On you descended and in you still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.

Composed by St Francis of Assisi.

May God bless you, and may our blessed Lady pray for you.

Fr Frank


A hymn for Easter:

I will never forget you, my people,

I have carved you on the palm of my hand.

I will never forget you;

I will not leave you orphaned.

I will never forget my own.

In this Sunday’s Gospel St John records some beautiful words of Jesus: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see me, because I live and you will live.” What a powerful reminder for us that Christ is in and with his people (AJ).


Harwich Care Group: there are a number of people experiencing severe financial difficulty at the moment. It has become necessary for the Care Group to help out a number of parishioners financially. You can help them to continue this important work by donating money for their use. Money can be posted or dropped into the Dovercourt Presbytery. Please mark envelopes “The Care Group” – any cheques to be made payable to ‘Harwich & Dovercourt Catholic Church’. Thank you. Fr Frank


Offertory: A simple way of continuing to donate to church funds is to click on the appropriate link below and follow the very simple instructions.

For Harwich & Dovercourt parishioners: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=harwich-and-dovercourt

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


Sunday Smile: The bishop had come to bless a new sophisticated public address system. He tapped the microphone to test it – with seemingly no result he leaned towards the parish priest and said “This microphone doesn’t seem to be working”. The well trained congregation responded: “And with your Spirit”.