Ellen Paris, Monica Goode, Brendan Colohan, Jennie Spetch, Coral & Johnny Harrow, Betty Walford, Fr Keith Collins, Joyce West, Sarah Mackay, Mary Extance, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Mary Bradbury, Joe Briffa, Judith Davidson, Irena Magill, Mary Hawtree, Sally Hoy, Bob Horton and Robert Carson. Your particular prayers are asked for Joan Duggan who is quite ill at the moment.

Please Pray for those who are ill:Please pray for all the prisoners at Guy’s Marsh Prison, who have had no visitors since lockdown began in March!

The Funeral Mass for Terry Hayward, who died last month, will be on Thursday 20th August at 1pm at Our Lady’s, followed by interment at Marnhull Village Cemetery. The numbers who can attend will be very limited so it might be a good idea to telephone if you wish to come to the funeral.














Greetings from Shalom Media!

Shalom Media is a catholic ministry that works with the church to evangelize those who do not know Christ and strengthen those who are in Christ through all means of media.  In the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic, Shalom ministry has taken an initiative to do the Daniel fasting prayer to implore the Lord Almighty. 

Daniel Fasting – 21 days spiritual journey with prayers and sacrifices from Aug 1st to Aug 21st - is the deliberate and intentional dedication to focus on God and humbling oneself in the presence of almighty God. We do this with the same fervour and urgency shown by prophet Daniel for his people and nation. Expecting a great manifestation of God’s power upon the current pandemic, we lift our hands and hearts to the Lord for supernatural breakthroughs in our lives and in the world.

 “I ate no savory food, took no meat or wine, and did not anoint myself at all until the end of the three weeks” (Daniel 10:3)

 Fr. Roy Varghese Palatty CMI (Spiritual Director, Shalom Media) will be leading this initiative.

Registration for this event is free. For more details about Daniel Fasting Prayer please visit our website link below  


Our churches are opening for Holy Mass.

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.

Private prayer sessions.  To reduce the burden of the hard-working stewards and cleaners essential at each session, there will be no further facility for private prayer at Our Lady’s during the current restrictions, now that Mass is celebrated at each church on a weekday. However, the session on Fridays at St. Benedict’s from to will continue for the time being. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those volunteers undertaking this service to us all.

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

ZOOM MEETINGS;  There will be Holy Rosary at this Friday on Zoom., organised by Deacon Michael, and coffee morning at 12.15pm on Sunday.  If you’d like to join in, please contact Deacon Michael or Tony Moore for the usual meeting I.D. and password.

If you have Zoom Meeting Client on your computer, tablet, ipad or smartphone, you are ready to go. 

IF NOT, go to:

In the top black bar of the screen you will find "RESOURCES" and then go to "Download Zoom Client" and install this.

This will put an icon on your desktop.- like a blue videocamera.

To join the meeting, click the icon and when the screen opens, go to "Join a meeting".
Join Zoom Meeting Just click on this link:    Any problems, contact Deacon Michael on 07504821558

If you’d like to join us for Holy Rosary, just find your rosary and click on the same link above, on Friday evenings. If you’d like to join the group on Sundays, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, find yourself a biscuit (or 2) and join us by the same route!


Diocesan Summer Camp!  You can still join your friends ONLINE!  Naturally, there are NO COSTS this year and friends, children and grandchildren from all over the world are welcome to join in!  The Camp Committee  is looking at the Summer Camps with new eyes, looking to see which aspects of the Camps can be shared with the young people online.  There are teams of helpers in place whom we are sure will be able to produce a vibrant and spiritual Camp experience.  Read the details here. 

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Youth Events in the Diocese:

September 26th There will be workshops for young people to discuss the future of our planet and ways we can teach others to look after it. Workshops will be offered through ZOOM. We plan to share a prayer service at St Peters, Crownhill later that day. Bookings will be taken in September.

In October there will be a series of 5 sessions, exploring Faith, Music and Creativity. One Hope Project will lead 3 of the discussions. These are aimed at young people aged 13-21.

Lastly, I am looking for young people across the diocese to help put together a short film of prayer and reflection. We are looking for people to sing as well as those that will share thoughts, reflections and read prayers. The theme will be; My spiritual journey, living through COVID 19.

If you are interested in either of these events or any future events, please email:



Greetings from the Academy of the Annunciation!  I pray that you all are keeping well. We are so very grateful for your support, encouragement, and prayers! Please be assured of our prayers for you and your loved ones.

In addition to the Spiritual Formation course, we are launching our 1-year Newman Catechetical Certificate course in Reasons for Faith.

Here is a video that explains a little about the course (less than 3 minutes):  

Also, there is an extended version (less than 5 minutes) :  If you have time to watch the videos and share at least the shorter version with friends who may be interested, we would be very grateful!

Thank you again for your support and prayers!

In Christ,   Christina Pal, Bournemouth Oratory.




Following several enquiries last week, and since it may be a while until things are back to normal regarding retiring collections, for those of you wishing to donate [by cheque] to our regular charity of Let the Children Live, (the street children of Colombia) their address is:

LTCL, P.O.Box 11 , Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EH or check out their Giving page to make  a contribution on:!/   Also attached are the gift aid certificates to download here

Mary’s Meals charity video. Here is the address for Mary’s Meals new video about the work of this excellent charity, which our school supports as one of its charities.  The film pointer is on their home page.

CARITAS PLYMOUTH:  annual review is now on the Diocesan website. We would welcome feedback from parishes on our plans for the coming year. We have also produced a news update to share some of the positive work happening in our parishes during Covid-19 crisis.


Also the RED BOX charity for APF Missions has been missing out as their Day Of Many Colours was on 29th June. So, if you have either, box contents to be counted please bring it to church for the Missio Secretary [Annette Lyons] /  Parish Treasurer [Pam Snell]:  or their giving site is or should you wish to send a cheque direct to them at : APF, 23 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1NU

Thank you all. Pam Snell.

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.

There are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat those who fall ill, and families face hunger as a result of lockdowns, price rises and job losses.

We need to reach and protect the most vulnerable who have already lost everything. Joining forces with the DEC allow us to scale up our response to ensure that no one is beyond reach of the humanitarian aid they need to survive in the coming weeks and months. Donate now to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

With further donations, we will be able to reach some of the most vulnerable and excluded with food, and clean, safe water - reducing suffering and saving lives.

Thank you for all you do for CAFOD.

As we are slowly returning to a different normal in our parishes supporting each other is vital.

God Bless, Steve Carrivick CAFOD Deanery Coordinator Volunteer – Dorset (job share) Email:


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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:

Brian adds: “With the present inability to distribute and use the new year Gift Aid numbered envelopes– please use the above proposals if you can. Hopefully this years boxes will be distributed as soon as restrictions allow." Brian White – Gift Aid Organiser.

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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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