Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 13 September 2020

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER XXIV – keeping in touch.


TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                            12/13 September 2020

Education Day


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 during the week:

Monday (14th)                        (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Dick Howell RIP (Angela East)

Wednesday (16th)                 (Frinton)                  11.00am  Anne Skinner

Thursday (17th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am  David Wright

Friday (18th):                           (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Peter Smith RIP

Saturday (19th):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Almeda Gyves

Sunday (20th):                         (Frinton)                  8.30am   Gerda McQueen

(Dovercourt)           10.45am  All Parishioners


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

Students and Staff of St Philomena’s

Students and Staff of St Joseph’s

Students and Staff of St Benedict’s

Fr Frank and Anne

The Recently Bereaved


My dear friends,

Today’s Gospel reading makes clear how important it is for members of any Christian community to be forgiving.  Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive his brother, then answers his own question by suggesting seven times.  The Jewish tradition taught that God forgives three times and punishes on the fourth occasion: it was not believed that we could be more gracious than God!  By this light Peter is generous.  But Jesus makes it clear that our forgiveness should never run out.  We should continue to forgive.  In fact, our lives should be marked by forgiveness……it is the defining quality of Christian life.  We are called to love one another.


May our Loving and Forgiving God bless you now and always.

Fr Frank


A hymn for this Sunday:

Sing of the Lord’s goodness,                                   Come then all you nations,

Father of all wisdom,                                              sing of the Lord’s goodness,

come to him and bless his name.                           melodies of praise and thanks to God.

Mercy he has shown us, his love is for ever,          Ring out the Lord’s glory,

faithful to the end of days.                                     Praise him with your music, worship him and bless his name.

A lively hymn to get our teeth into this week.  The element of excitement comes from the time signature of 5/4 and the syncopation. I play the piano accompaniment from Celebration for Everyone in which the rhythm and harmony mimic the opening of Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’.  It’s particularly thrilling to play alongside a drummer, providing you can keep together!

This week’s reflection is the beginning of the second reading, words of St Paul:  ‘The life and death of each of us has its influence on others.’ (AJ)


Sunday Mass Attendance (both parishes): 12/13 September surnames L-R;  20/21 September S-Z;  26/27 September A-D.  (Please remember there are no ‘alphabetical restrictions’ applied to weekday Masses.)


Autumn: as we move into the Autumn season the days get colder.  Despite this, we need to keep our churches ventilated due to the Covid-19 virus (please do not be tempted to close the windows or doors!)  Perhaps you could keep the likely church temperature in mind when choosing your coat before coming to Mass! Wrap up warm, keep well and keep safe.


Sunday Smile: Taken from an American church magazine (so my source newspaper tells us): The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement Friday.