Parish Priest Fr James Edward Caulfield

Parish Priest: Father James Edward Caulfield BD

Phone: 01945 583466

69 Queens Road
PE13 2PH

Fr James E Caulfield email:

The Parish Secretary, Veronica, is a volunteer and kindly comes in on Mondays and Fridays.

10:30 - Noon

For baptisms, weddings and funerals please contact the Parish Secretary at the parish office:


Newsletter 17th Sunday of the Year Yr C

Our Lady of St Charles Borromeo

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.


Saturday 23rd July 18:00 Mass The People of the Parish

Sunday 24th July 10:15 Mass (Fred King RIP)

Monday 25th July 10:00 Mass. Feast of St James the Apostle

Tuesday No Mass

Wednesday No Mass

Thursday 28th July 10:00 Mass

Friday 29th July 12:15 Mass Feast of Sts Mather Mary and Lazarus. (Suzanne Duffy RIP) including the De Profundis in the Memorial Garden

Saturday 30th July No Mass

Sunday 24th July 10:15 Mass

Confessions: No confessions this week

Breast Cancer Now A fund raising afternoon tea is being held at Leverington Village Hall on Saturday 6th August.

A full afternoon Tea with a Tombola and Raffle will be held between 14:00 and 16:00.

Dates for the Diary.

Saturday 3rd September 11:00 March for Life Mass, St George's Cathedral, Southwark

As events come closer details will be made available in the newsletter and the parish website.

Saturday 30th July. NB: There will be No Mass on Saturday 30th July.

There will be Mass at 10:15 on Sunday 31st.

Eucharistic Ministers.

As a result of the CV-19 restrictions there has not been an official renewal of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) since 2019. I would be grateful if existing ministers who wish to continue in the ministry could provide me with a letter giving their Name, contact details (including an E-mail if possible) and the Mass time they would prefer to be called upon for the rota. Please do not assume that I have your details for much has gone missing in the paperwork when Fr James Fife departed. Mrs Clarke will have ensured your DBS certification has been updated, it is not possible to be an EHCR without DBS certification. I am hoping to arrange a training day for all ministers, including some new recruits. A mass of re-dedication and installation will take place on Sunday 14th of August.

Please reply by Sunday July 31st. So far I have had very few replies. If I do not have a written reply from you by next Sunday your name will not be included among the Eucharistic Ministers.

Volunteers Needed On Sunday 14th of August the Children’s Liturgy and Tea and Coffee after the 10:15 Mass will resume. To ensure these services continue we need volunteers to assist. We need

  • Catechists and parents willing to help supervise the children’s liturgy;
  • People to help with the tea and coffee
  • Porters to ensure that St Joseph’s hall and the Rosmini Centre are secure.

It would be great to sea some fresh faces who are willing to volunteer to help on the rotas. Don’t wait to be asked individually please step forward and make yourself known. For further details and to volunteer please email the parish Secretary.

Again I wish to stress you need to reply to the Parish a Secretary. Do not rely on having had a chat with someone after mass, if you don’t not have email than a note through the rectory door is still a good method of communication. Word of mouth leads to ambiguity and misunderstandings.


It is planned that by Saturday 6th August all the parish rotas will be displayed on the board in the porch.

The Tea/Coffee Rota, Porter & The Children’s Liturgy Rota will commence on Sunday 14th August.

The Readers Rotas, Eucharistic Ministry and Cleaning Rotas will all commence by Sunday 4th September.

The intention is that the Rotas will be renewed on the 1st Sunday of each month and give a minimum of 9 weeks assignments.

To protect privacy and adhere to the Data Protection Act the people maintaining the rotas will not have their contact details on public display. Please could all volunteers contact the Parish Secretary with your availability and contact details Your name and dates of availability will be forwarded to the person responsible for the Rota but not your contact details.

A Draft of the Record of Discussion for the Parish Forum is available at the back of the church.

Technically the record of discussions remains a draft until it is ratified at the next parish forum in October.


Fr Caulfield has not made any final holiday arrangements but will be taking a few weekdays to visit friends and catch up with relatives during August. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for changes to the weekday masses.

Sacramental preparation.

1st Holy Communion. Forms for 1st communion will be available as from the 11th September. The age for 1st holy Communion is 8 so if your child will be 8 by the 10th July 2023 you may wish to consider registering them when the forms are issued.

Confirmation There has been no booking made for confirmation during 2023 although it may be that some may be linked with neighbouring parishes if there is a special case. The age for Confirmation in this diocese is 14.

If I receive more than 5 written requests then I shall make enquiries but please bear in mind that we are still awaiting an episcopal appointment and the diary for 2023 is therefore far from settled.

Baptisms Baptisms are a wonderful occasion for the parish family to celebrate and so the preferred time for baptisms is during the 10:15 Mass on Sundays. Please fill out one of the forms available from the sacristy and give a minimum of 4 weeks notice. Parents should be practicing Catholic and applications must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian of the child. At least one god parent should be a Catholic but you may have additional sponsors.

Marriage. Anyone wishing to get married must give a minimum of six months notice. The Holy Father is recommending a years pre-marriage preparation so there is little room for flexibility on the six month rule. Under canon law you must be resident in the parish or have the written permission of your parish priest if you wish to marry in this parish. Even though you may have always worshiped here your village may not be within the parish boundary and so the formality needs to be observed.

Christmas The celebration of Advent is less than 4 months away and Christmas is only 5 months away. Fortunately Christmas Day falls on a Sunday so that makes planning much easier. I would like to have a parish Carol Service with contributions from the various cultures that form our family in this parish. I am penciling in 17:00 on Sunday 18th December, 4th Sunday of Advent. If you have a poem, reading, Carol or some other cultural tradition that you would like to contribute please contact Fr Caulfield on

Proposed Christmas Masses. a family Mass with the blessing of the crib at 17::00; Midnight Mass and 10:00.

There will also be a penitential service during Advent and House Masses, more details in September.

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Act of Consecration

to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Basilica of Saint Peter

25 March 2022

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfiedwith our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history,you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion.At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort.Say to us once more: Am I not here, I who am your Mother? You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you willnot be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: They have no wine (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.

Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.

Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.

Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.

Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, andteach us forgiveness.

Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.

Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.

Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.

Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothethose who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: Behold your son (Jn 19:26). In this way he entrusted each of us to you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: Behold, your Mother (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoplesdecimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that warmay end and peace spread throughout the world. The Fiat that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, ourliving fountain of hope, water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen.

    Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever.

Recorded Programmes.
The Angelus Promise is currently available as a recording as are all the Masses said so far.
Over the coming days I shall add Recordings of the Rosary, The Stations of the Cross and a penitential meditation/examination of conscience.

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The Ministry of the Teacup

Welcome, Whether your an old stalwart; new to the area or have been away from the Catholic Church for some time please be assured that you will find a warm welcome. Introduce yourself,, or at least don't dash off after the Mass and let us get to know you. You may have skills or talents to offer and we will be happy to make use of them. The most important and often over looked skill is 'The Ministry of the Teacup'. Take the weight of your feet and sit and chat with folk and share a mug of tea, or coffee. Share the burdens and ideas if how ti cope with the vagaries of life in a warm and confidential environment. Loneliness is a common state for many but here in the parish you will always find a listening ear and friendly folk to give you a hand.


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Parish Border

The parish includes the following towns, villages and their hinterland.

  1. Church End
  2. Parsons Drove
  3. Elm
  4. Emneth
  5. Foul Anchor
  6. Four Gotes
  7. Friday Bridge
  8. Gorefield
  9. Guyhirn
  10. Leverington
  11. Murrow
  12. Newton-in-the-Isle
  13. Outwell
  14. Parson's Drove
  15. Terrington St John
  16. Thorney Toll (not Thorney itself)
  17. Three Holes
  18. Tydd Gote
  19. Tydd St Giles
  20. Walpole Highway
  21. Walpole St Andrew
  22. Walpole St Peter
  23. Walsoken
  24. West Walton
  25. West Walton Highway
  26. Wisbech St Mary
  27. Upwell.

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