Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Thirty-Second Sunday (A) (Remembrance Sunday) 8 November 2020


THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY [A] (REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY)                              7/8 November 2020



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 during the week (changed schedule owing to government restrictions on travel and the suspension of Public Worship):

Monday (9th):                         (Frinton)                  9.30am   Holy Souls

Wednesday (11th):                 (Frinton)                  10.00am  Anne Bray (Turner)

Thursday (12th):                      (Frinton)                  11.00am  Sister Rosario Staunton (The Sisters)

Friday (13th):                           (Frinton)                  9.30am   Nick Hickey RIP (Anne Jackson)

Saturday (14th):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Alison Pridham-Ackred RIP (Chris Ackred)

Sunday (15th):                         (Dovercourt)           10.45am  Robin & Patricia Paxon


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

Holy Souls (A. Gariff)

Dunn & Callaghan family RIP

Tony Farry RIP (Rachel Bartholomew)

Violet Mary Leonora Bennett RIP

All Parishioners


A hymn for Sunday:

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;                                   Hold thou thy Cross before my closing eyes;

the darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide!                          shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,                          heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee:

help of the helpless, O abide with me.                                   in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!

Remembrance Sunday falls this week, and this hymn is surely one of the most supremely beautiful and well-known ‘Requiem Hymns’.  The music was composed by William Henry Monk and sits very comfortably for the voice. The bass line is particularly satisfying.  Perhaps W. H. Monk liked to sing bass himself(?)

This week’s reflection is from the First Letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians:  ‘We want you to be quite certain about those who have died….God will bring them with him’.  (AJ)


Month of the Holy Souls: Please ignore my earlier notifications – as the churches are now closed, could you please drop your list, in a suitably marked envelope, through the appropriate presbytery door (or post it in an envelope marked ‘Holy Souls’).  These will then be placed in the Holy Souls box for you and your loved ones remembered at Mass.




Advance notice (Christmas Masses):  Assuming that we will be out of Lockdown for Christmas – all seats at Masses will be allocated by a booking system.  Bookings can be made for one Mass only, either for Christmas Eve (Dovercourt 6pm.  Frinton 8pm), OR Christmas Day (Frinton 8.30am. Dovercourt 10.45am), OR for one of the usual ‘Sunday’ Masses (26/27th December). This will ensure that almost everyone has the opportunity of attending a Christmas Mass.  Frinton parishioners should ring Anne (01255 674475) ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, 12th, 19th, or 26th November, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.   Dovercourt parishioners should ring Jane (01255 503383) ON TUESDAY MORNING 10th, 17th, or 24th November, between 10.00am and 12 noon.  Please do not ring outside the scheduled times.  Attendance at all Christmas Masses will be restricted to those who have pre-booked.  Please make this information known to as many people as you can.


Sunday Smile: Genuine (we are told!) notices taken from church bulletins.  The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing ‘Break Forth Into Joy’.