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Welcome newcomers & visitors. At Our Lady’s, after 9.30am Mass there is a cup of tea or coffee in the side chapel (door on way to car-park).


Pope’s intention for November: In November, we pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter and reconciliation may emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated on December 10th. Click here to see his letter.

Please Pray for those who are ill:

Please pray for those who are ill:  Ellen Paris, Monica Goode, Brendan Colohan, Maria D’Cruz, Terry Hayward, Valerie Evill, Jennie Spetch, Isobel Bennett, Coral & Johnny Harrow, Betty Walford, Fr Keith Collins, Joyce West, Sarah & Nigel Mackay, Ronnie Bird, Mary Extance, Ethne O’Sullivan, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Mary Bradbury, Joe Briffa, Bernard McRory, Judith Davidson, Irena Magill, Mary Wood, Mary Hawtree, Phil Coyne, Theresa Graham and Joyce Healey.

Betty Doney. We will be interring Betty's ashes at Gillingham cemetery at 11.00am on Tuesday 12th November. All welcome for this very short and simple rite.

Saints and Feast Days this week:  Monday 11th: St Martin of Tours; Tuesday: St Josaphat;  Friday: St Albert the Great; Saturday: St Margaret of Scotland, St Gertrude, St Edmund of Abingdon.

Plate collection: 3rd Nov: £573.15

Missio Red Box appeal. Fr Brian Oswald MHM wishes to thank everyone in the parish for our welcome last weekend. If you did not get a chance to take a Red Box and you wish to do so or you would like to find out more about Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries, please speak to Annette Lyons,  07986 301357 our local Secretary for the Red Boxes. More information or set up a direct debit online at




Crates in each porch for gifts; see the poster for suggestions. Thank you!  Have a look at the pleasure that these boxes and gifts give in the video!   A simple, direct and thoughtful way to show love to so many people who need our compassion.  ('mute' or 'unmute' the button below the film as you wish.)




Deadline: 17th November

Soap . Cardboard nail files . Lip salve . Hand/face cream . Shampoo . Toothpaste . Toothbrush . Facecloth . Wet wipes .  Roll-on deoderant . Comb/Hairbrush . razors . Nailbrush . Non-aerosol shaving foam . Gloves . Heavy duty work gloves . Scarf . Hat . Socks . Underwear . Ladies scarf . Hair Accessories . Babygro . Pen . Pencils . Notepad/Book . Crayons . Coloring Book . New makeup . Sewing kits . Thread . Candles . Small Household Tools . Sweets . Choc Bars . Windup torch . Key ring . Jewellry . Tights . Mouth organ . Recorder

Toys:  Car . Teddies . Jigsaw . Ball . Skipping Rope








Light refreshments in exchange for a donation - feel free to bring drink & nibbles to share!

Film Night! Our next film will be on Wednesday 27th  November at 6.30pm sharp at Our Lady’s, and will be the classic  “It’s a Wonderful Life”  starring James Stewart, critiqued in The Catholic Herald with a full page, on 21st December last year.  That summary went “...  a morally serious film disguised as a sentimental one!” A little over 2 hours, this is rated as ‘PG’. Trailer on our website. Light refreshments in exchange for a donation. Improvements have now been made to our TV sound quality.

Another chance to see 'Molokai'

starring  David Wenham, Derek Jacobi, Leo McKern, Peter O'Toole, Sam Neil 

previously shown in October. Due to several factors, very few people attended to see this excellent film, and there were also problems with the sound, so we have agreed to show it again now we have improved the volume output

at 6.15 for start on Tuesday 10th December

This is a film about Fr Damien, who gave his life for those who had been banished to the island of Molokai off the coast of Hawaii, suffering from leprosy. Any donations made that evening will go to the St Francis Leprosy Guild. More information is available at


Stay Awake! SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, 15 February, 2020.  The second Stay Awake! (one day all age event) will run again next year.  Venue: Thomas Hardy School, Dorchester.  More information to follow but save the date now and spread the word! (attended last year by Heather Johnson and Mary & Tony Moore. An excellent day!)

Housekeeper/Assistant required, to assist an elderly lady in the Marnhull area. Duties include: cleaning, laundry, cooking, shopping and driving to Mass (in Gillingham on Wednesdays and Fridays for 10:00 am). Hours include 9:00 to 12:30 pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding Thursday). £10 per hr. Would suit a kind and compassionate person WSOH. Contact Steve on 07437348074.

Our two churches. Thanks to the very small band of parishioners, women and men, who keep our two churches looking beautiful, week in and week out. All parishioners are now invited to offer a couple of hours a month to help clean their church. Parishioners are also invited to donate flowers for the sanctuaries of our churches. If you feel you could help in either way, at Our Lady’s, please contact Mary Moore for floral enquiries on 01963 365848; and for cleaning enquiries, Eileen O’Hare on 01963 364079. At St Benedict’s, for both cleaning and floral matters, contact Annette Lyons on 07986 301357

Parish keys. Many thanks for the devoted service of those parishioners in the past who have selflessly given their time to keep our two churches clean and decorated with flowers. Several people have now withdrawn from the rota, but have not returned the keys, preventing the new volunteers joining the rota. If you have church keys and are no longer involved, it would be a great help if you would kindly return them either to Father Martin, Bob Horton, or to one of our deacons, at your earliest opportunity. This will ease the pressure on the dwindling band continuing the work. Thank you again.

Can people parking on Sunday morning please make full use of the school playground part of the carpark, and make sure there is adequate access for vehicles.

The Daniel Jazz:  Thursday 14th November at St Peter's, Shaftesbury; Friday 15th November at Gillingham Methodist Church; Saturday 16th November at St Marys Church, Motcombe.  Please click see the poster here for details.


General Election The next UK general election is set to take place on Thursday 12 December after a vote by MPs in the House of Commons. The election campaign is likely to be dominated by Brexit but also gives Catholic voters the chance to ensure candidates standing for Parliament address the issues affecting the world’s poorest communities, CAFOD have produced a guide to support you in questioning candidates see


Julia's House invites everyone to St James' Church in Shaftesbury on Wednesday 11th December for a magical candlelit evening featuring all your festive favourites.  Click to see their page here.

Following the success of inaugral carols in Shaftesbury last year, Julia's House are delighted to be returning to this beautiful town. Carols by Candlelight is already a firm favourite in the Julia's House events calendar in other areas, well known for a lively mix of celebrity and family readers, music and traditional carols. This year's special guest reader is well-known author John le Carre.

You will be treated to some fabulous performances by local school and adult choirs, and there will of course be the opportunity for you to join in. Following the candlelit concert guests will be invited to stay on and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies. 

Gather 2020 Light for my Steps. This annual conference gathers people from the Diocese of Plymouth and beyond for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Our 2020 speakers include Sr Gemma Simmonds – director of the Religious Life Institute, teacher and spiritual director, Monsignor Robert Draper – Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth and Fr Anthony O’Gorman – parish priest and experienced supporter of the faith of young people. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February. Please see the flyer for more information and booking form. We look forward to welcoming you to this opportunity to refresh your faith and to find new confidence in sharing it with others. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


2019 Global Evangelisation Summit Replay – Dorset:  This Summit, which is the largest world gathering for Evangelisation in the English speaking world and took place in Ottawa on May 4th this year, will be replayed on November 9th at Holy Trinity, Dorchester in the parish room, from 9am (registration 8.30am) until 4.15pm.  Speakers include Fr. James Mallon (Divine Renovation), Michelle Moran (Sion Community), Michael Dopp (Mission of the Redeemer Ministry), Cardinal Lacroix, Fr. Jon Bielawski and Michele Thompson (Genesis Mission).  The event is FREE.  Register by calling Joe Harrison on 07566225665 or email  This event has sold out across the diocese so please book early to reserve your seat.  Tea/coffee/biscuits provided.


Diocese of Plymouth is recruiting  for two permanent positions. Diocesan Youth Discipleship Worker – 4 days (28 hours) per week Salary: £20,340 p.a. for 28 hours – plus car allowance, mobile phone allowance and pension scheme (subject to eligibility)

Diocesan Youth Events Administrator – 3 days (21 hours) per week Salary: £12,165 p.a. for 21 hours – plus pension scheme (subject to eligibility). Both positions will be subject to a full DBS check.  Closing date: 4 November 2019, interviews: 21 November 2019.  Further information please follow the link: and click on Careers under The Diocese tab.


Parish Prayer Wheel. 'Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another - has been characteristic of  a heart attuned to God's mercy' (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2635) There is here a Parish Prayer Wheel of people willing to pray daily for any intentions you may have. Please write a card with basic details of any person, or family, you may know of in any kind of need - first names or no name if you prefer - & post in the box in each church porch. If you would like to pray regularly for someone please ring Elizabeth, 01747 822486.

Sharing our Faith – How to explain to others The Basics of Scripture; The Basics of Sunday Mass; The Basics of Praying; The Basics of Confession; The Basics of Catholic Living. These are the titles of a range of leaflets produced by Buckfast Abbey and are available on the shelf by the TV in the Chapel Room at Our Lady’s and in the porch at St. Benedict’s. Please help yourself! If you know someone who may have asked you a question on any of these topics,  please give them a leaflet.

Parish ‘Business’ Cards. Complete with QR code*.  Please feel free to take some of the cards you will find at the back of the church.  These can be useful in various ways - in writing your own contact details for friends and at the same time alerting them to our parish via the website, address at the top of this newsletter too!  This is a simple way to share your faith with others, as we have all been called to bring others to Christ.

*A mobile phone can 'zap' the code with an app and it leads straight to the website.


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The parish of Our Lady's Marnhull (Dorset) covers the towns and villages of: Bourton, Buckhorn Weston, Child Okeford, East Orchard and West Orchard, East Stour and West Stour, Stour Provost, Stour Row, Fifehead Magdalen, Fifehead Neville & Fifehead St Quentin, Gillingham, Hammoon, Hazelbury Bryan, Henstridge, Hinton St Mary, Kington Magna, Lydlinch, Manston, Margaret Marsh, Marnhull, Milton on Stour, Okeford Fitzpaine, Silton, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Todber & Kings Stag.

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