An Important letter from the Bishop about our responsibilities to each other when we come out of lockdown.   Read it here




Please pray for those who are ill:

Ellen and David Paris, Brendan Colohan, Coral & Johnny Harrow, Betty Walford, Joyce West, Sarah Mackay, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Joe Briffa, Judith Davidson, Mary Hawtree, Bob Horton, Robert Carson, Joan Duggan, Hilary Drake, Joyce Healey, and Eileen Chimes.


The Funeral Mass for Monica Goode is next Wednesday, 12th May, at 10am. Please pray for the repose of her soul.


May Procession will be next Thursday at St Mary's school at 2pm. As well as being Ascension Day it is also the feast of Our Lady of Fatima so it is an appropriate day to honour Our Lady in her month of May.

Road repairs. Our Head teacher, Mr Alan Frame, has kindly included in the latest School Newsletter, a notification from the Dorset Highways Dept. informing of the traffic delays for road repairs, in Haines Lane, Marnhull, between 18th May and 8th June. (See Here)


Our Parish Community: Almost from the first lockdown, groups of our parishioners have been meeting, using the online facility “Zoom”.  This has helped us stay in touch with friends and often pray together. Deacon Michael organises this, using the link below. Following the success of the online course “The Bible Timeline”, run online on Wednesday evenings in Advent last year, we met at 7pm the following evening on Zoom, to discuss what we had heard the day before. The course is being repeated, beginning Wednesday just gone (advertised for some while in this newsletter), and the follow-up meeting will take place on Zoom at on Thursdays, as before.

Friday evenings at we have The Angelus, followed by the Holy Rosary. (except ‘First Friday’). Bring your dedications to add to that of relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sundays at 12.15pm we have a ‘coffee’ morning until we are called for lunch!.

On Sunday afternoons in Lent, at, Deacon Michael led us in Stations of the Cross. We will continue this Sunday afternoon session, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy this Sunday, then each Sunday till Pentecost  we’ll follow the Stations of the Resurrection. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend. Best wishes and blessings, You’ll find us on Deacon Michael’s link:

See below (here) for the report on our Walk for Water Campaign for Cafod and the tremendous support by our primary school. St Mary's school children have been walking around the playground and raising money for the walk for water campaign and raised £750--- a brilliant result.

Don't forget to look at the Commentaries Page to read weekly homilies!


The feast of St Rita of Cascia will be celebrated at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, Devon on Saturday 22nd May, with Mass at 12 noon followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick. You are all very welcome to join us. This celebration will be carefully prepared and will follow all national guidelines and the sanitary protocols suggested by health institutions. Because of national restrictions places for the Mass must be pre-booked. Please book online ( or ring the office on 01404 42635.

 For visitors who might like to buy religious articles two shops will be open that day for sale of religious articles; they can also make their orders on our website and collect their items on site on the feast day.             Yours sincerely in Christ, Fr. Jose Romero OAR,

 Prior of the Augustinian Recollect Community in Honiton, Director of St. Rita’s Centre,

Honiton Holy Family RC Church Parish Priest, St. Rita’s Centre, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, EX14 1AP

Thy Kingdom Come

Once again the annual International Ecumenical Initiative of Thy Kingdom Come is promoting a novena of prayer from Ascension Thursday through until Pentecost Sunday, introducing more people to Jesus.  Please see the PRAYER PAGE for more information

The Life and Influence of Nelson Mandela online event.  Please see the CHURCHES TOGETHER page for more information.

Last Tuesday we celebrated the commemoration of The English Martyrs, some of the ‘seeds of our faith’. An excellent paper is attached, courtesy of ‘Universalis’, on the men and women in England, who died preserving the faith for us, here.

A prayer initiative put forward by Pope Francis to pray daily through May for the relief of the pandemic.  Please see the PRAYER PAGE 


The Vatican's divine worship office announced on Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph. Please see the PRAYER PAGE for more information.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the regulation of financial markets. Pope Francis is asking Catholics to pray throughout May for the regulation of financial markets to “protect citizens from its dangers.”

The pope said it again recently,” Fr. Frederic Fornos S.J. said. “We cannot be content with ‘a return to an unequal and unsustainable model of economic and social life, where a tiny minority of the world’s population owns half of its wealth. He said: “We still have time to start a process of global change to put into practice a different, more just, inclusive, sustainable economy that leaves no one behind. Let’s do it.” (CNA, 4th May 2021)

Holy Mass online: A reminder that Mass can be ‘streamed’ online from churches all over the world. To find a mass streamed from a church in England, Ireland, N. Ireland or Scotland to suit your schedule, go to . This is in addition to our cathedral at

Some churches remain closed, despite being permitted to open. To find churches remaining open during this lockdown, go to

CHARITIES - please also see the Charities and Groups page


'Let the Children Live!':   A letter of thanks has been received, (and is attached here), from our parish charity, ‘Let the Children Live’, thanking us for all our fundraising efforts, with an explanation of how the money is being spent. Please remember in your prayers the Street Children, of Medellin, Columbia.

CAFOD Update:

CAFOD has written a letter of thanks to all the parishioners (and others) who sponsored Zoe and Jacinta who recently completed the ‘Walk for Water’ and raised £1753.00!! CaFOD explain that “Solar powered pumps giving clean water are life-changing.” The CaFOD water project is currently focusing on the crisis in Ethiopia, helping provide clean water to 30,000 people.

During Lent CAFOD asked us to support vulnerable communities who do not have access to clean water.

We told the story of Abdella In Ethiopia  who spends 10 hours each day collecting water to provide for his family.

Our Parish and School together with parishes throughout the Diocese and country have come together in support.

Your support will help vulnerable communities around the world have access to clean water and provide other vital needs. 

Marnhull and Gillingham Parish and St Mary's Catholic Primary school in Marnhull have been marvellous in their response.

You supported the Fast Day and our Walk for Water campaign walking each day in Lent and raising money to help communities whose daily life is so difficult.

Thanks to your support CAFOD have received the following:

CAFOD Lent Fast Day £1753.00

Walk for Water (inc via Just Giving) £733.00

St Mary's Catholic Primary School-Walk for Water campaign  £750.00 

I would especially like to thank the children and staff of St Mary's School who walked around the playground to raise money in the Walk for Water campaign.

Our parish and community have come together and raised a total of £3236.00

This is a tremendous response from our wonderful community. Thank you so much for your support and prayers for CAFOD's projects to help fight poverty. 

Together we can make a difference.

Additional information on CAFOD fundraising and campaigning can be found on the CAFOD website:

MISSIO:  We have not been able to receive the Missio Magazine lately.  Here it is online!!:

Mental health and COVID-19 . The ongoing pandemic will cause many people to feel stress and anxiety. CARITAS Plymouth has put together a range of resources to guide Catholics in looking after their mental health including access to prayer resources and links to organisations offering support. 

The Passage - homeless charity is founded on the teachings of St Vincent de Paul. The Passage’s work, often finding that our caring, hands-on approach to supporting those in greatest need rings true with their beliefs.

The pandemic fundamentally changed how The Passage helps those who are homeless. They continued to run frontline services and adapted quickly to move hundreds of people into temporary hotel accommodation. This gave the charity a unique opportunity to address their clients’ needs and help them find safe routes off the streets.

 However, there is now a new group of people at immediate risk of becoming street homeless due to the economic crisis. The Passage is committed to preventing people from sleeping out; even one night can have a devastating effect and make recovery and resettlement much more difficult. In response they have developed No Night Out, a new service providing safe, temporary accommodation, combined with specialist support matched to people’s specific needs. It offers clients long-term solutions to help prevent homelessness. 

From 12.00 noon on Tuesday 16 March, The Passage is running a campaign with the Big Give; this is an online matched giving scheme to raise the funds for No Night Out. 

Anything that you donate to The Passage via The Big Give website before noon on Wednesday 24 March will be doubled at no extra cost to yourself. 

For further information about The Passage and to donate using the BIG GIVE to double your donation follow the link from 16 March at 12 noon.

Parish collections

Parish Standing Order Form:  For parishioners wishing to contribute to church finances whilst access to our churches is limited a Parish Standing Order form is available upon request from the treasurer, Pamela Snell: 01258 821463.  Address:  Grafthayes, Nash Lane, Marnhull, Dorset  DT10 1JZ

Gift Aid contributors who usually use numbered envelopes can switch to this method for the foreseeable future if desired.


If you wish to send a cheque instead please make it payable to  Marnhull R.C.Parish and send to : The Parish Priest, The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, MARNHULL, DT10 1JX


Online banking payments is another alternative but the REFERENCE FIELD  i.e. your surname and gift aid envelope number, must be completed so that we can identify donors. This is particularly important if you are a taxpayer allowing Gift Aid reimbursements, although non-tax payers can use this method also.  For forms and further information please phone Pamela Snell [ Parish Treasurer] on:  01258 821463  or email:

Could Applicants making one off Online Payments for their annual Sweepstake entry kindly add SWEEPSTAKE in their narrative details so they can be identified as such. The Application form can be downloaded here for those unable to collect a paper copy from church.


OUR CHURCHES ARE OPEN ON SUNDAYS AND SOME WEEKDAYS FOR MASS.  During the times when they are open, Masses are conducted very safely following the procedure below.

Click here to print out your Track and Trace forms.


What can we expect when coming to mass at Marnhull and Gillingham? Mass will be a different experience, but much has been put in place to make our churches a safe and welcoming place to worship. Below is a guide to what to expect and procedures that will be in place

  • When coming to church household groups will be expected to maintain a safe distance (preferably 2 metres) and wear a face covering.

  • There will be no holy water.

  • There is a sanitising gel dispenser in the porch which must be used before entering church.

  • Stewards will be on duty and seat each household group starting at the front and only one household group per pew. Please seat away from the aisle           

  • Track and Trace: Each household group will be asked to complete a contact form listing all household group members attending mass with contact details. (Forms will be kept for 21 days then destroyed)     PRINT THESE IN ADVANCE HERE

  • There will be no mass books or hymn books.

  • The Sign of Peace is not exchanged

  • No hymns and no moving from the pews during mass                                                              

  • Toilets will not be available neither will refreshments after mass.

  • The Eucharist will be distributed at the end of mass as you leave church.

  • Father will be at the back of the church and maintaining a safe distance with outstretched arms to receive communion.

  • Communion will be given as you leave mass starting with the back rows.

  • We are asked to maintain a safe distance at all times and depart immediately without congregating outside the church.

  • Some pews in the church are blocked off to maintain social distancing.

  •  Anyone with a mobility problem moving around the church, wishing to attend Mass at Our Lady’s, should phone Steve Carrivick, on 07887 988123 to help him prepare a place for you.

Please advise a steward if you would like to be added to the newsletter email distribution list.            

The church will be cleaned after each mass with sanitising cleanser.

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