Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 30 August

For Catholics on the Tendring Peninsula….

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER XXII – keeping in touch.


TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                                            29/30 August 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 during the next week:       

Thursday (3rd)):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am      Lerma Wulff RIP (Dolores Neal)

Friday (4th):                             (Dovercourt)           9.30am       The Jones Family

Saturday (5th):                        (Frinton)                  6.00pm       Jason Klees (John and Liz Bolger)

Sunday (6th):                           (Frinton)                  8.30am       Carmel Corcoran RIP (Sr Teresa)

(Dovercourt)           10.45am     All Parishioners

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

Alice McCarthy RIP

Florence McCarthy RIP

The Recently Bereaved

Private Intentions





My dear friends,

In today’s second reading St Paul urges the Christians in Rome (and us too) to offer their living bodies as a holy sacrifice.  We are told to offer our whole selves over to God.  In offering ourselves in this way we are following Jesus’s example of self-giving – something he did on the cross and something he does each day in the Mass.  What greater example could we have?

Our calling is not to come to Mass and then go on our way behaving according to the ‘world’s standards’ at home, in our communities, and at work.  We are called to be completely his. Our values are his values – even if they conflict with the prevailing norms or standards in society;  even if they conflict with corporate values at work;  even if they conflict with the law of the land.  Our prime allegiance is to God and His Holy Catholic Church.

Please note that there will be no public Masses in our churches on Monday and Wednesday this week.  My apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

May our loving God bless you and protect you always.

Fr Frank


A hymn for this Sunday:

Will you come and follow me                                 Will you let my love be shown,

If I but call your name?                                           will you let my name be known,

Will you go where you don’t know                         will you let my life be grown

and never be the same?                                         in you and you in me?

Subtitled ‘The Summons’ these words were written by John Bell and the Scottish melody was arranged by him.  He is a member of the Iona Community which has for many years produced deeply meaningful worship resources.  He will be familiar to Radio 4 listeners as he used to be a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’.  Fr Frank and I went to a music workshop led by him in Coventry.  It was over 40 years ago but I still remember it (!!) because he was so inspirational.  This week’s reflection is from the truly beautiful psalm ‘For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God’.  (AJ)


Sunday Mass Attendance (both parishes): 29/30 August, surnames A-D;  5/6 September E-K;  12.13 September L-R;  20/21 September S-Z;  26/27 September A-D.  (Please remember there are no ‘alphabetical restrictions’ applied to weekday Masses.)


Private Prayer:  owing to a decline in attendance, Private Prayer times have been suspended in both churches.  Our churches will be locked outside Mass times.  Please do not enter church premises outside these scheduled times.  There is no exception to this rule.  Remember, we have a responsibility to keep one another safe.


Sunday Smile: Taken from an American church magazine: Thursday at 5pm there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers’ Club.  All wishing to become little mothers, please see the Minister in his study.