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Visit from St Elizabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus

Wednesday, 18 Sept 2019 :  Today we had a visit at Mass from Sister Veronica from the convent, which gave parishioners an opportunity to view some of the artefacts produced in their various workshops, which in turn provide for ther work of supporting very many disadvantaged children & adults.   The following gives a little detail about the convent, and its creation in 1994,  more … … 

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Annual Ecumenical Service (8 Sept 2019)

This Year was held at St John the Evangelist. The following is courtesy of the Publicity Officer of the CTED (Churches Together in Easingwold and District) :

Fr James Callaghan, OSB

Welcomed by Fr James Callaghan, representatives from 3 Churches in Easingwold had opportunity to share very lusty singing with hymns well known to all, prayers, and readings including from Luke’s Gospel, read by Rev Margaret Young, Vicar of Easingwold.

The Homily was delivered by Fr Henry Wansbrough, from Ampleforth Abbey, based on the theme “The blood of Martyrs is the seed of the Church”

Fr Henry Wansbrough, OSB

He said that in the past different traditions bloodily persecuted each other, but through the courage of those martyrs we are brought closer together. From his long experience of serving on many international bodies aimed at promoting ecumenism, he cited examples of where Christians can share common practice which we can all share, accompanied by some amusing anecdotes! We are trying to make ourselves one community as we learn from one another, even though we do not agree on everything.

We are aware of Christians today being martyred for their faith in many place in the world, their sacrifice being an example to us all. He enjoined that we should all work together and encourage one another in developing a common faith – let us answer the Lord’s call that his Church may be one.

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The Art of Dying Well (June 2017)

The Catholic Church has 2,000 years’ worth of experience of helping people to die in peace and a treasury of resources and reflections on death, dying and eternity that the Bishops of England and Wales would like to open up to everyone.

We don’t have to think only about our own death; we may want to help family or friends who are dying or very ill. There may be someone we have loved and lost. All these questions are addressed on a new website promoted by our bishops, www.artofdyingwell.org/ Everyone should become familiar with it – because everyone should think about the meaning of their lives. And, as a Catholic approaches death, there are a series of comforting rites and rituals that can help a person spiritually prepare for the final journey.

The website explains much by the way it is set up. It features the fictional story of the Ferguson family. It uses video and cartoons. It is narrated by the English actress Vanessa Redgrave. It’s well worth a look.

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Blankets for Lourdes (June 2016)


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Concert on 17th May 2015

A wonderful treat for the Parish took place on Friday night, 17th May, when four friends from the Royal Northern College of Music led by David McCaffrey, serenaded us with their mellifluous voices. We heard songs in Italian, Welsh, German and even English from Opera through to Billy Joel. A very good time was had by all, and over £630 raised for the Church Restoration Fund.


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Synod of Bishops’ Questionnaire on marriage and the family (2014) :

All Catholics are being asked to answer a ten question survey. The best way to do this is online at the Catholic Bishops’ website (click here……). Some paper copies will be available in the Church porch for those who do not have access to the internet, or upon request from Kathryn.

Follow through in 2015, with the invitation to

Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life :

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to reflect with ‘true spiritual discernment’ on the themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the Extraordinary meeting of Bishops held in Rome in October 2014.

Click here … … for the CBEW page “Marriage and Family Life”

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St Martin’s Ampleforth : Schola (February 2013)

Sunday 3rd February saw our 10.30 am Mass joined by members of the choirs from St Martin’s Ampleforth (‘SMA’), which is the Preparatory School to Ampleforth College, for pupils between the ages of 3 to 13 years. Conducted and accompanied by Mr Vincent Conyngham, SMA Director of Music.

Mass Music was celebrated with some of the new English compositions, following the new translation of the Mass, with further pieces from Delibes (“O Salutaris Hostia”) sung solo by Henry Laird; Marcello (“Give ear unto me”) and Lallouette (“O mysterium ineffabile”).

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Jubilate Choir (8 December 2012)

The concert , supporting church fundraising efforts, consisted of a wide choice of choral music appropriate for a monastic church, and included items from Handel through to John Rutter.

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