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Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo

Prayer of St Charles Borromeo

Almighty God, you have generously made known to human beings the mysteries of your life through Jesus Christ your Son in the Holy Spirit. 
Enlighten my mind to know these mysteries which your Church treasures and teaches.Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord with them.
Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without ostentation, and without personal gain.
Let me realise that I am simply your instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of the wonderful things you have done for all your creatures.
Help me to be faithful to this task that you have entrusted to me.

Parish Priest Fr James E Caulfield 

The Rectory 

69 Queen's Road 


PE13 2PH

Telephone 01945 583466 


Parish Secretary Mrs Veronica Marsden.Please note Veronica is a volunteer and is only in the office on Monday and Friday mornings.  For any general enquiries please email or drop a letter into the rectory.    


Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo Newsletter 18th February 2024

           1st Sunday of Lent; Year B: Weekday Cycle 2; Devine Office Wk 1


Parish Priest Fr James E Caulfield Telephone 01945 583466 Email:

Parish Secretary Mrs Veronica Marsden.Please note Veronica is a volunteer and is only in the office on Monday and Friday mornings.  For any general enquiries please email or drop a letter into the rectory.    



Mass Times:

Saturday        17th      February        Mass 18:00

Sunday           18th      February        Mass 10:00

Monday          19th      February        Requiem Mass Mr Christopher Alecock 11:00

Wednesday    21st      February        Mass 10:00

Thursday       22nd     February        Mass 10:00   The Chair of St Peter 

Friday             23rd     February        Mass 12:15     & De Profundis

Saturday        24th      February        Mass 18:00

Sunday           25th      February        Mass 10:00

Monday          26th      February        Mass 10:00


Confessions. Saturday 10:00 until 11:00 

Response to the Psalm         

Tea and Coffee in the St Joseph's Hall after 10:00 Mass all welcome 

Gluten Free Hosts.  If you are a celiac sufferer and require a gluten free host, please contact the Sacristan before Mass and arrangements will be made for one to be placed in a pyx for you.


Funeral. The funeral of Mr Christopher Alecock will take place at 11:00 on Monday 19th February followed by cremation at Fenland Crematorium (March) at 12:30. The funeral will be conducted by Fr James Fyfe. 


Music Group Practiee. As preparation for Holy Week and the Easter Services the music group will meet for practices on Thursday evenings.  We are not looking for concert pitch or theatrical performance but folks willing to have a go and enjoy exploring new hymns and helping the congregation to sing all hymns old and new.  ‘Prima Donnas’ please stay at home, folks wanting to improve parish harmony most welcome. 

Practice, Thursday 22nd February 7pm.


Stations of the Cross during lent there will be an opportunity for people to share in making the Way of the Cross on Wednesday evenings at 7pm starting on Wednesday 21st February. 

If you would like to lead the Stations, or do so with a friend or group, please contact Fr Caulfield. 

Inviting young adults (age 18 -30) to walk the Camino.

Join Bishop Peter as he leads a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela from 21st – 29th July 2024. The estimated cost is £675 which includes a subsidy from the dioceses made possible by a generous benefactor. 

For more information and to book a place, please see Places are limited and bookings accepted on a first come first serves basis.

Ask your MP to support the abortion time limit reduction amendment.

Please support an amendment to reduce our abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 22 weeks. Research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 or 23 weeks can now survive outside the womb, leaving a contradiction in our abortion law. Take action: Collect a postcard today from the back of the church and post it to your MP urgently in support of this amendment.


Stop Slavery and Human Trafficking.

" A new group is forming in the Diocese to help to reduce modern slavery here. During 2022, in our Diocese alone, 746 souls were found enslaved and rescued. Police describe this number of enslaved people, as the tip of the iceberg. Pope Francis wants us to "find" enslaved people. All that means is learning (simply) to spot the signs and safely report them to the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700. The new group is looking for young & older volunteers to join the group. No previous knowledge or experience required, just a wish to end slavery in our diocese. Please contact to discuss possibly volunteering and read the leaflet about St Bakhita (regarded as the patron saint of Modern Slavery) at "


Rosmini Centre Chinese New Year Celebration event at the Rosmini centre on 22nd February afternoon between 1pm and 3pm. The event is free to attend, and we have music, activities and games for children and adults, Chinese food and a giant dragon (donated by a Theatre Production Manager) for a dragon dance. We hope it will be lots of fun for all. The High Sheriff (Dr Katani) and his wife will be coming to join us.


Parish Forum. There will be an open forum parish Meeting on Saturday 24th February at 10:30 in the church.  

The deadline for submitting items for the agenda passed on the 9th of February, no items were submitted.


The agenda for the meeting will therefore be as follows.


  • Opening prayer by Fr Caulfield
  • Financial statement by Mr Alan Moore
  • Update on current and future building and maintenance work
  • An address by our Safeguarding Officer.
  • Social Events
  • Update on Youth Ministry
  • Plans for 2025 Jubilee
  • Plans for Diocesan Jubilee 2026
  • The future of the parish, this will be a simple statement of the current situation and the possible consequences of Diocesan restructuring. It is hoped that this will prompt a fuller discussion later in the year or at next years open forum.  
  • Closing Prayer. 

Please note that no other items will be raised or discussed at this forum. If people fail to submit items in time, then they will not be permitted to hijack the meeting with items for which people have not had the opportunity to prepare or consider.  

The purpose of the forum is to provide an opportunity to help shape the future of the parish and acquaint parishioners with the current reality.  It is consultative and no decisions made are binding but, within the restrictions of civil and canon law, will help form future policy. 



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