Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 6 September 2020

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER XXIII – keeping in touch.


TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)                                                5/6 September 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


Masses to be celebrated in our churches during the next week:

Monday (7th)                          (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Staff and students of St Joseph’s and St Philomena’s

Wednesday (9th)                   (Frinton)                  11.00am  Barbara Anslow RIP (The Women’s Group)

Thursday (10th):                      (Frinton)                 11.00am  Peter Speed

Friday (11th):                           (Dovercourt)           9.30am   Staff & students of St Benedict’s

Saturday (12th):                      (Frinton)                  6.00pm   Regan Foy

Sunday (13th):                         (Frinton)                  8.30am   Eileen Turner (Bray)

(Dovercourt)           10.45am  All Parishioners


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

Private Intentions

The Recently Bereaved

Justice and Peace in the World

Prisoners and their families

Fr Frank & Anne



My dear friends,


Today’s Gospel reminds us of the social nature of our Christian life as Church.


Jesus tells us that if a member of our community does something wrong, we have a responsibility to tell him/her. This is to be done in a loving way, however.  We are not called to judge or look down on others, we are not called to gloat or to try and gain an advantage.  We point out the other’s sin in love.


In doing this we are living the life of love, which is our true calling.


May the God of Love bless you today and always.


Fr Frank



A hymn for this Sunday:

Brother, sister, let me serve you,                                            We are pilgrims on a journey,

let me be as Christ to you;                                                      we are trav’llers on the road;

pray that I may have the grace to                                          we are here to help each other

let you be my servant too.                                                      walk the mile and bear the load.

Subtitled ‘Servant Song’ this is a hymn which combines meaningful words with a sympathetic tune.  Verse 2 talks about ‘walking the mile’, words mirrored in the steady crotchet rhythm of the melody. It needs to be sung with a slight emphasis on the first beat of each bar to give it shape.  I think it is very beautiful.

This week’s reflection is from the second reading, words of St Paul.  ‘Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour.’  (AJ)


Sunday Mass Attendance (both parishes): 5/6 September surnames 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.)



Sunday Smile: Taken from an American church magazine (so my source newspaper tells us): This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.