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On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Fr. Francis has to take part in safeguarding training which is required of all Catholic clergy every two or three years. Regrettably, this means it will not be possible to have Holy Mass in this parish on any of those days.

Please pray for the sick of the parish: 

David Paris, Brendan Colohan, Coral Harrow, Betty Walford, Joyce West, Sarah Mackay, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Bob Horton, Robert Carson, Hilary & Clive Drake, Eileen Chimes, Jeremy Cusden.

Please see the Churches Together page for details of the Harvest Festival and other events in 2022.  The Harvest Festival is on 29th Sept at 6.30 in Marnhull village hall.

The 9.30 a.m. Sunday Choir is taking a well-earned holiday this month and I take this opportunity to thank them for their dedicated service which so enhances our liturgy each week. Thank you, Eileen, Sarah, Paul, and all our choir members! Paul Bowe has kindly offered to continue providing an organ accompaniment for a reduced number of hymns. Fr. Francis

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From Canon Paul Cummins, Diocesan Administrator:

“It's wonderful to be able to report that we have two new seminarians, who will be starting their preparatory year in Valladolid in September. Aaron Mansfield, who comes from a military family and has already spent much time studying theology is from Penzance. Hugo Lomax is from Penryn and has worked until recently for the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. Please keep both of them, and all those involved in their vocational journey, in your prayers.”

Churches Together are hosting their annual Harvest Supper at the Marnhull village hall on 29th Sept.

Jacinta Bowe writes about a Marnhull Churches Together event:  CELEBRATING FARMING AND RURAL LIFE

TICKETS £7.00, not £8 as previously stated, £3.50 children - includes a main, pud and a drink; vegetarian option.- Available from the Post Office, the Marnhull Stores, and from local churches.

Why not submit a poem? It should be short, relevant to rural life, autumn or the countryside. Bring it along and it may be read out during the evening.

Thank you to the kind people who have volunteered to make the food. As always, I am humbled by such generosity of spirit. I am sure the evening will be a beautiful celebration of solidarity and praise for God's wonderful Creation, please do come and join us.

Please contact Jacintha Bowe by email Everyone will be reimbursed for ingredients that are used. Apparently, one of the highlights is poetry reading, so if you are thinking of joining this merry band of people, which we hope you will do, then please bring along a poem relating to the themes of rural life or autumn.   Click on the Churches Together Page 

Gillingham Food Bank, which the parish supported regularly before lockdown, is very short of some items as the demand is increasing.

Tins of meat, tins of fish, UHT milk, fruit juice, instant potato are particularly needed.

We will have a collection box in both St Benedict's and Our Lady's. Deacon Mike has kindly offered to convey your donations to the foodbank.

email received 14th July:

Dear Church Donor

With the cost of living rising almost daily, it's understandable that we've seen a reduction in donations to our Foodbank but thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone this hasn't been as bad as we expected. Thank you all.

Please, if you're able to continue to support us, we are desperately short of cartons of UHT milk and fruit juice; tinned tomatoes; pasta sauce; tinned meat and fish; instant potato mash; savoury snacks and sweet treats. We’re currently having to spend lots of money on topping up our stock.

We are open to receive donations 9.30am to midday on Mondays & Thursdays and we'd be very grateful for any food donations you can give us.

Thank you!

Neil MacBean

Project Manager, Gillingham foodbank

Have you seen the Orange Box in the side chapel of Our Lady’s?

This is to receive your donations of items which you might otherwise throw away, but which can help the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) to raise funds for their wonderful support of children and families throughout the diocese. These are the kinds of things you can put in the box:

Used foreign stamps or UK stamps before 1970, coins and banknotes of any denomination, precious metals, metal ornaments, keys and cutlery, medals, old watches. If you don’t attend Our Lady’s you can give them to Fr. Francis

Vicki Dunstone of the Society writes: “These orange boxes really are a fantastic way to raise much needed funds for the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth). So far this year, two collections from parishes in Dorset, one collection from parishes in Cornwall and a couple of smaller individual parish collections have raised almost £1,300 !”

Caritas Plymouth would like to fund events in Autumn 2022 to raise awareness of climate change in our parishes, schools and communities. We want to encourage people to pledge to taking a few actions – however small – to help us to protect our common home. Events could take place during the Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October) – but this is not essential. All events must take place by mid December 2022.  Please see the Charities page for more information


September 9th and 10th, 2022. The Relics of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes will be in Plymouth Cathedral. The schedule is:

Friday 1.30 p.m. Liturgy of Welcome.  Then, until 6 p.m., the relics will be available for veneration. A 10 minute animation of the Story of St. Bernadette will play every half hour. Private prayer

6 p.m. Lourdes Liturgy: Animation, water, candlelit procession.

8:30 p.m. Night prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedral closes at 10 p.m.

Saturday 6 a.m.

Cathedral opens The relics will be available for veneration. A 10 minute animation of the Story of St. Bernadette will play every half hour. Private prayer

10.30 a.m. Mass with Anointing More information:

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

This last account of the three monasteries of women which became members of the English Benedictine Congregation at the recent General Chapter describes Kylemore Abbey which is in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

Founded in 1665, the community lived at Ypres. At the request of King James II the nuns moved to Dublin in 1688. However, they returned to Ypres following James’s defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. They remained there until they were bombed out in 1914. In 1920, community took up residence at Kylemore Castle, which was built in 1874 by Mitchell and Margaret Henry.

At Kylemore, the nuns reopened their international boarding school and established a day school for local girls. They also ran a farm and guesthouse; the guesthouse was closed after a devastating fire in 1959. In 2010, the Girl’s Boarding School was closed and the nuns have since been developing new education and retreat activities.

The nuns describe their mission in this way: “Prayer is at the very centre of our life and lived according to the Rule of St. Benedict. As a monastic community, we live according to the Benedictine precept “Ora et Labora” – Pray and Work. In our daily work we are engaged in running the organisation and the monastery: housekeeping, gardening, liturgy, artisanal crafts (making soap, candles, chocolate), music teaching, administration, welcoming guests, contacts with visitors and supporters of the community.”




Parish collections

Thank you for the collections.

The Parish Bank details are: Sort Code   55-61-09   Account  Number 07388381   A/C Name -   PRCDTR Marnhull R.C. Parish Natwest Blandford Forum.   Please make cheques payable to “PRCDTR Marnhull RC Parish”  and send to : The Parish Priest, The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, MARNHULL, DT10 1JX.  Many thanks, Pam Snell, Parish Treasurer

The Average for March 2022, Church Collection: £383; Gift Aided: £126; Other: 118  Gift Aided: £424.38

Sunday Collection.  Please consider donating via Standing Order. 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:     Thank you,  Pam. 

Gift Aid Declaration Form here

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:  email: 

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