New to this Parish? You are most welcome to our community whether as brand new parishioners or existing ones drifting back to the fold after the imposed separations. Since early on during Covid, parishioners have been encouraged to contribute to the upkeep of the parish and many have thankfully opted to donate via Standing Order as collecting cash was difficult. Whether you are a tax payer or not this is a simple method, and even better for fundraising is the option of Gift Aid from taxpayers. If you would like applications for either or both of these it would be most valuable to the parish. Please contact the Treasurer, Pam Snell  via    or click on Parish Collections here.      Thank you,   Pam.




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, Bob Horton, Robert Carson, Joan Duggan, Hilary & Clive Drake, Eileen Chimes and Jeremy Cusden.  

Farewell Mass, date for your diary. As you are aware, after 20 years of service to our parish, Father Martin will be retiring from parish life, leaving us to go to the Cathedral at the end of August. His last Sunday Mass will be on 29th August, but he will be celebrating Mass for all the parish, at Our Lady’s, Marnhull on Saturday 28th August at midday. This will be followed by a ‘get together’ in St Mary’s School, Marnhull, where we hope to give him a FUN sendoff!  There will be refreshments and merriment! Please put this date in your diary and if possible please come to say goodbye.


St Mary's School is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its foundation. On Thursday there was an exhibition of the pupil's work expressing their appreciation of the school and  staff, together with some historical artefacts. It was good to see many former staff members there and also, Mr Curtis who lived next door to the school before it moved to the present site and can remember being shepherded to the air raid shelter in the paddock, which was just a slit trench with no cover. Fortunately, there was not frequent enemy action in Old Mill Lane.


COVID Safety. As outlined in last week's Newsletter, we must still maintain vigilance. Please remember to fill in the track and trace forms and use the hand sanitiser as you enter the church. This Sunday, we shall resume the distribution of Holy Communion at the usual point during Mass. Please follow the direction of the stewards. Thank you to the stewards who are there to make sure that we are all as safe as possible.

You will see that there is a statement above in this Newsletter regarding the return to the OBLIGATION to attend Sunday Mass from the First Sunday of Advent. That is quite a long way off, but we should all be aware of the crucial importance of actual participation in the Holy Sacrifice and we should try as hard as possible to get back into the habit of a properly Catholic routine to our lives as soon as we can.


Reader's Rota for St Benedict's

As we start to move back to more normal conditions, it would be very good to take the opportunity now to put together a new reader's rota for St Benedict’s.  If you are interested in supporting the ministry of  reader at Holy Mass, please let Deacon Michael know as soon as possible.  Don't worry about feeling nervous about reading in public, as there will be support and guidance, if you would like to help.

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


Do you care about building a better world? This is an important year to act!  In response to Pope Francis’ call to Rebuild Our Common Home, join CAFOD this year in taking action. As host to two major international meetings - the G7 recently & the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks in November - the UK has a vital role to play on the global stage this year. Join CAFOD to add your voice to call on the government to rebuild better following the pandemic by: Tackling the climate crisis, ensuring everyone can be vaccinated, protecting Aid and ending unjust debts.

We invite you to join us at our Dorset Deanery meeting about CAFOD’s campaign & our plans to build a better world. Hear from CAFOD’s inspirational new Campaigns Engagement Manager, Andrea Speranza, about the campaign & how to set up virtual meetings with your local MP, to speak up for the poorest of our sisters and brothers and the whole of creation. You do not need to be an expert on the issues, you just need to care about building a better world.

Join us on zoom: Monday, 12th July, 7-8.30pm. (If you can’t make the meeting we can share the recording with you to watch later). To register please email:


Good Counsel Network is one of the organisations active in the pro-life movement. If you look them up, be sure to go to Maria Stops abortion blogspot where there is a fascinating account of how a major London abortion centre has closed after eleven years of vigil and prayer, which included asking the intercession of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Well worth a read.

Diocesan Youth Ministry

Diocesan Youth Summer Camps

In May, the Camps Committee started to advertise our Summer "Camps".  Posters have been distributed to parishes and schools,  and are available on the diocesan website.  We have circulated information to all of the CAST schools and individually to the RE leads.

All the "camps" will take place from 9th -13th August.  The Junior and Senior camps will take place online, with the Junior Campers meeting at St Rita's Centre Honiton on Friday 13th August. The St Petroc's Camp will be a residential camp. The numbers of young people subscribing to join all our activities has been limited, in particularly for the JUNIOR CAMP, school years 3-6. We need your help at this time to spread the news of these activities to the young people of your parish, and their parents. We want to engage with young people from as wide an area as possible.   I would ask for your support to get the message about our Summer activities out to the young people of your parish.  To register an interest in any of the "camps" the young people or their parents need to email.

For more information contact Deacon Michael or email or

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.

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. 

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.

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