Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 21 June 2020

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER XIII – keeping in touch.

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                                           20/21 June 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 (22nd):                      (Frinton)                  9.00am   John Turner (Bray)

Wednesday (24th):                  (Frinton)                  11.00am  Deacon Kevin Lyons (Anne Jackson)

Thursday (25th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am  Nollag & Dennis Forster (52nd Wedding Anniversary)

Friday (26th):                           (Frinton)                  9.00am   Emmy Hoban


Saturday (27th):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm Sheila Wright RIP and David Wright (The Sisters)

Sunday (28th)                          (Dovercourt)           10.45am  Veronica Howell RIP (Angela East and Family)

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

Private Intentions

Butler and Neville Family RIP

For those suffering Domestic Abuse

For Prisoners and their Families

All Parishioners



My dear friends,

Thankfully, we can begin to open our churches for private prayer. At the designated opening times our churches will be supervised by Stewards, please follow their directions and do not enter church until invited to do so. Under no circumstances must you let yourself in with your key (should you have one). The opening times at Dovercourt are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 12noon to 1.30pm, and at Frinton, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Dovercourt parishioners will have seen the email from Michael Wyatt. I have sent my personal thanks to him, but would like to publicly record my thanks on behalf of all the parish for the wonderful work Michael has done over the years to improve the H&S in the parish – the standards of safety at OLQH have never been higher. We wish him and Lisa every blessing for the future. Not to forget Frinton where Andy Molloy, like Michael, works tirelessly on H&S matters – work that can be frustrating, but its fruits are obvious to all. We are blessed by the dedication and professionalism of these two men whose work has been recognised as outstanding by the diocese.

Speaking of Safety, the proposed opening of our churches for private prayer requires a large number of safety measures to have been put in place.   As well as thanking Michael and Andy, I would like to record my thanks to Jane Dunbar (Dovercourt) and Anne Jackson (Frinton) for deep cleaning our churches, ordering and installing PPE, setting up notices and barriers, and completing the 25 page checklist/risk assessment for the diocese! Finally, my thanks to those who have volunteered to act as stewards to ensure the safety of all.

May the God of all good things bless you today and always.

Fr Frank


A hymn for the 12th Sunday of the Year:

You shall cross the barren desert,                                                                          You shall speak your words in foreign lands

but you shall not die of thirst.                                                                                                and they will understand.

You shall wander far in safety                                                                                               You shall see the face of God and live.

though you do not know the way.                                                         

Be not afraid, I go before you always.

                                                                Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.

A wonderfully upbeat hymn for this week, a particular favourite with many at OLQH. I can hear the flute, guitars and piano as I write this! The gospel reading is from Matthew and includes this assertion: ‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.’ (AJ)


Sunday Smile: A young curate was visiting an elderly man on his 99th birthday. They had a good conversation about the parish in times past. As he was leaving the young priest said: “I hope to see you again on your 100th birthday.” The old gentleman carefully looked him over and said: “I can’t see any reason why you shouldn’t, father, you look healthy enough to me.”