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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 January 2020:   Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.


Please Pray for those who are ill:

Ellen Paris, Monica Goode, Brendan Colohan, Terry Hayward, Valerie Evill, Jennie Spetch,  Coral & Johnny Harrow, Betty Walford, Fr Keith Collins, Joyce West, Sarah Mackay, Ronnie Bird, Mary Extance, Ethne O’Sullivan, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Mary Bradbury, Joe Briffa, Bernard McRory, Judith Davidson, Irena Magill, Mary Hawtree, and Phil Coyne.

Saints and Feast Days this week: Mon 20th, S Fabian; S Sebastian; Tues, S Agnes; Weds, S Vincent; Fri, S Francis de Sales; Sat, The Conversion of S Paul the Apostle.

Plate collection: collection 12th Jan.£ 593.85. SPUC- £220.95 Thank you for your generosity.

Mobile phones – a gentle reminder to put your phone onto ‘silent’ when you are in the church.

“Why God? Why Jesus? Why Church?” Some parishioners have asked for this 3 part course. We will run it in February at Our Lady’s. If you would like to attend, a morning after Mass for 3 weeks, please email Tony,

Christian Unity Week takes place from 18th to 25th January.

The joint services in Gillingham are as follows:

Sunday 19th Jan, Main Service, St Benedict's, 3.00 pm

Daily Prayer meetings:
Tuesday 21st Jan - 12.00 noon - Gillingham Methodist Church
Wednesday 22nd Jan -12.00 noon - St Mary's Church
Thursday, 23rd Jan - 12.00 noon - St Benedict's
Friday, 24th Jan - 12.00 noon - Gillingham Community Church

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY AT WALSINGHAM. Our last visit was in 2016 and as there will be a re-dedication of England to Our Lady this year at her beautiful shrine, there is a proposed pilgrimage 1-5 June. The Pilgrim hotel has been recently refurbished and is very comfortable. Those who went in 2016 will tell you what a wonderful experience it is, being blest spiritually and sharing meals and precious time together. And fun! There are sign-up forms in each porch with charges for B & B. The breakfast is excellent! Coach costs would depend on numbers. Please do not put off making a decision as there is a high demand in this most important year!

Sturminster Churches Together   The Bible Study Course will be starting on 4 February am/5 February pm in the parish hall.   Full details and forms for enrolment available in the New Year.  Contact 01258 471623.

Stay Awake! Sign up now!  Saturday, 15 February, 2020.  The second Stay Awake! (one day all age event) will run again in 2020. Venue: Thomas Hardy School, Dorchester.  Tickets £10, under 9’s free. Contact Jasmine on 07531 266224 soon to book a place. Or visit Save the date now and spread the word! (attended last year by Heather Johnson and Mary & Tony Moore. An excellent day!) Registration forms available from Tony Moore.

Let the Children Live is a charity close to our hearts and your regular donations are much appreciated. The recent arrival of a letter of gratitude for the money we send from this parish outlines the good works that continue to assist the street children in Colombia, many of whom are refugees. The services provided at the 'Casa Walsingham' Centre include washing facilities, clean clothes, food, a place to do homework as well as recreational activities and opportunities to see social workers or psychologists. Music plays a big part in raising their spirits and the place is often filled with song. The choir there is award-winning and can regularly be heard rehearsing their repertoire.

With such Good News may we continue to assist this excellent cause. In total we collected the sum of £3,222.97 during 2019. Many thanks.....Pamela Snell, Parish Treasurer. Our parish coordinators for this charity are Ana Richards, Isabelle Chichester and Annette Lyons.

 Thursday 23rd January.  6.15 for 6.30 pm start!

Set in 19th Century Denmark. In Danish & French with English subtitles.
Entry free. Light refreshments for a donation. Everyone welcome to bring your friends.  Our new sound booster system means that everyone can now hear the films!

He writes in Amoris laetitia:

“The most intense joys in life arise when we are able to elicit joy in others, as a foretaste of heaven. We can think of the lovely scene in the film Babette’s Feast, when the generous cook receives a grateful hug and praise: ‘Ah, how you will delight the angels!’ It is a joy and a great consolation to bring delight to others, to see them enjoying themselves. This joy, the fruit of fraternal love, is not that of the vain and self-centred, but of lovers who delight in the good of those whom they love, who give freely to them and thus bear good fruit” (AL, 129).

.........and incidently it's also Richard Gere's favourite film.  He says:  "It’s the purity and the simplicity of it. And the sentiment of community and excellence. The idea of excellence and generosity as real things. Something, obviously, that’s in danger these days. The idea of truth and excellence and compassion. And kind of a willingness to accept the other. Forgive. So I think it’s a really deep, timeless film."




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.

Retreats. Please note in your diary that the Benedictine monks of Flavigny will come back to Oxford Retreat Centre, Boars Hill, to give the retreat from Sunday 26th July 2020 to Friday 31th July 2020.

Moreover, following the above retreat for men, we will rule for the first time in England a One-Day Silent Recollection for Ladies starting on Saturday 1st August (in the afternoon) to Sunday 2nd August 2020 (in the afternoon). Br. Basil Mary, O.S.B. Abbaye Saint Joseph de Clairval, 21150 Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, FRANCE Phone: + 33 (0)3 80 96 22 31. Fax:  + 33 (0)3 80 96 25 29. mail: Abbey website:  http:/




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.




Proposed Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham in May. Watch this space!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  31st July to 6th August 2020. Cost £799 per person sharing. To book Tel. 02034 6806127 or email info@   Booking forms are available from Father.


Medjugorje: Irish Centre Pilgrimages, April – October 2020. 7 night stay and airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnic or Split for e266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 02032 398662 or email


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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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