The Lenten online course by Mauro Ianicelli of  began on Wednesday 10th February, the excellent introductory session on “Prayer for a rule of life” being enjoyed by very many people. The course continues each Wednesday evening of Lent, taking us through an examination of each coming Sunday’s Gospel reading, thus enriching our Mass on the day. Registration is Free! Last Wednesday’s session will be held until Sunday on Youtube. It can be heartily recommended.

Should you wish to make donations to our parish, cheques are acceptable, as well as other means.  Cheques should be made out to PRCDTR Marnhull RC Parish” and either posted to Father Martin (The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, Dorset DT10 1JX) or put through the presbytery letterbox.

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.

Click here to see how to contribute to our parish funds.


Please pray for those who are ill:

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


First Friday - 5th March. Holy Mass at St Benedict's Gillingham, 6pm, with devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Confessions from 5.15pm.


Confessions may be heard on Wednesdays and Thursdays after Mass and at any time by appointment(01258)820388. We should all make sure that we approach the Sacrament of Penance at least once before Easter.


Year of St Joseph. Novena prayers which can be used in the days before his feast, 10th - 18th March are available on, for example, 

Parish Stations of the Cross will be led by Deacon Michael on Zoom at 3.00pm each Sunday of Lent.

Parish Sweepstake. Many thanks to all of you who have returned your applications for the parish sweep. The first draw will take place soon. Good luck. Thanks as well for your ongoing generosity in supporting the parish through your regular offerings; it is particularly useful that so many of you have gone on to standing orders and online contributions.

A Prayer during this Pandemic:

God's healing hand  

To our brothers and sisters who have contracted and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease, we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you.

To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, may the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you to render your life-saving services with due care, love and compassion.

To all those who have lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we convey our deepest sympathies.

We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy, may rest in eternal peace.

We pray that God may grant all bereaved families his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord.


CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day is Friday 26 February this Lent. 

Our appeal this year highlights the plight of those in remote communities who do not have access to a water supply in their village.

I in three people around the world are affected by water poverty. Your support and donation this lent could provide access to water for a whole community.

Help us to help them this Lent. This Lent we tell the story of Abdella who  lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia.

It takes him ten hours a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time for anything else. 

Give today to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support.
How to donate:

  • Donate online at  

  • Make an online payment via online banking to P.R.C.D.T.R. Marnhull R.C Parish using Sort Code 55-61-09 Account Number 07388381 using Reference CAFOD Fast day or by using one of our envelopes.  

  • By using one of our envelopes available at church and return with your donation  on Sunday 28 February.

  • You can also easily give via text. Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10.




Click here for some Lenten Resources from around the Dioceseand then Should you still be undecided as to your Lenten sacrifices, here is a page of suggestions from Pope Francis.  A sacrifice, of course, must benefit others.

Formation for children and young people. We hope to be able to begin some classes for children who wish to prepare for the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion. At present this will have to be delivered "online". We also plan to begin a course of preparation for young people approaching the Sacrament of Confirmation. Could parents who wish their youngsters to participate in either of these programmes give their names as soon as possible to Father or Deacon Michael or Deacon James.

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

As we approach Lent, Matthew Kelly has some helpful 'tips' on Prayer.  Click here to see them on the Prayer Page.

Holy Rosary. There will still be online Zoom meetings for Rosary on Fridays at 6.00 pm (except ‘First Friday’).  Bring your dedications to add to that of relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

Parish Coffee Morning at 12.15 on Sunday Mornings. . Everyone welcome. Bring a friend. Best wishes and blessings, Deacon Mike.


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

Parish Sweepstake 2021

You are invited to participate in this Fundraising annual scheme again. Paper applications will be available in both churches and also on the bulletin below. For those parishioners who are yet unable to attend church during this crisis there will be a link on the website to the bulletin, as usual, so you could print a Sweepstake Application off yourself, or alternatively I could email or post you one if you have no printer available.  Just give me a ring on the number below or email   <>;

 For those of you with online banking there is an extra option to pay your £20 stake straight from your account direct the Parish, please quote SWEEPSTAKE in the narrative if you use this method. Information on how to pay this way is on the application form. In all cases the return of a completed form is required for administration purposes. Be assured your data is not shared with any other parties.

Pamela Snell, Treasurer.  01258 821463

Churches Together in Gillingham will host “Lockdown in Lent” on Zoom for the Sundays of Lent, at 7pm each Sunday, beginning 21st February. The deadline for signing up is 19th February. Please see the attached information sheet for more details.

Support for each other

If you’re feeling helpless during lockdowns and feel like you should be doing more to help others, perhaps you might consider this small act of kindness:

During the various lockdowns, many people are reporting a sense of isolation, which we’re all feeling, to some degree or other. Our Diocesan Office has recognised this and published a 4-page help document, aimed at supporting our mental well-being, see ‘Mental health and COVID-19’,  above. The But the document, well intentioned, seems to highlight the disconnect between those with computers and those without, as it contains very many web references., further isolating those already feeling distanced from the rest of the world.

This drew our attention to our parish newsletter, where increasingly, we are asked to publish articles containing websites to view, unavailable to parishioners without access to internet. Over the Christmas period, a number of parishioners have reported their gratitude for the newsletter, for some their only contact with the parish, particularly those required to shield or isolate.

This makes it even more imperative that those whom God has blessed with the ability to operate computers, should support those without, by printing the newsletters and posting them, during your daily exercise, through those neighbours’ letterboxes who don’t have the internet: an act of love.

For those reading this on a paper copy, needing more information from one of the websites mentioned, please phone me on 01963 365848, or Mary Wardley, (who looks after the parish website,) on 01258 820815, and we will send you a summary of the information in that website.

To those of you who have been doing this small act of kindness, God bless you!


Stay Awake

is taking place for the third year on Saturday 27th February 2021 online, via Zoom.  It will run from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and will be a time of inspiring and encouraging talks, praise and worship and fellowship, in the comfort of your own home.  Stay Awake allows us to go deeper with Jesus and build Christian discipleship. This is a free event for everyone and anyone!  To find out more and to sign up (in order to receive the Zoom link) please see Bookings open 10th January.

Stay Awake has launched a Facebook Page and an Instagram Page – be sure to like/follow these pages to keep updated with all things Stay Awake, and to see some fun content! Links for Facebook and Instagram below:



 Jasmine de Kretser

CHARITIES - please see the Charities and Groups page


ALSO FROM CAFOD:  an article by our Parish Diocesan CAFOD rep about the imminent CAFOD Walk for Water.  Click to read about it here

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. 

Please save your used stamps for the Catholic Children’s Society. Annette has placed tubs in each church porch to place your stamps in. Thanks.


North Dorset Parishes come together as a community to beat water poverty.

The North Dorset Parishes include Blandford, Gillingham and Marnhull, Shaftesbury and Sherborne, and are joining together to make a difference.  

Please sponsor us to give access to water in remote areas……….

We hope as many people as possible can walk at 2pm on Saturday 20 February so that we can all walk together – if only virtually! 
If it isn’t possible to walk at the set date or time, choose an alternative date or time within Lent. 

The Big Walk for Water on Saturday 20 February challenges us to walk 10,000 steps (about 5miles) and walk each day for the 40 days of lent.

Help Stephen Carrivick raise money to support The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.

See the full announcement on the Charities and Groups page here.

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:


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.

Get an advance copy of the newsletter with more parish information by signing up to the parish email group with Tony Moore: 

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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