Welcome to the Catholic parish of March and Chatteris.

The Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel & St Peter

8 St Johns Road, March, PE15 8RJ

Diocese of East Anglia. Registered Charity Number 278742

Serving the communities of March, Chatteris, Manea, Wimblington & Doddington

Sunday 14th  August 2022

Masses This Week

Lectionary: Sundays Yr C   Weekdays Cycle II Week 4

Sat 13th First Mass of Sunday
6 pm Mass

Sunday 14th The Assumption of Our Lady
9 am Mass Chatteris Parish Church
11 am Mass March  (People of the Parish)

Mon 15th No Mass

Tue 16th 10 am Mass

Wed 17th 10 am Mass (Convent, Princes Walk)

Thur 18th No  Mass

Fri 19th 10 am Mass

Sat 20th St Bernard First Mass of Sunday
6 pm Mass

Sunday 21st 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
9 am Mass Chatteris Parish Church
11 am Mass March  (People of the Parish)

Confessions are available before Mass.

Please pray for those who are sick or housebound in March and Chatteris Parish:
Fr Ivan Weston, Carol Campey, Estelle Misso, Gerard Bourne, Jack Pettingill, Claire Reynolds, Mary Fabriz, Margaret Griffiths, Beryl Dow, Anna Sullivan, Teresa Monk,  and all those who are known to us.

We also remember those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Ann Bryan, Dennis Paul-Clarke, Francis Clarke, Christina Lewis, Mary Buckley, Rea Gepp, Monica Fosbueary, Francis Frendo, Brian Sullivan, Helen Neave, Richard O’Leary, Teresa Duckett and Timothy Eugster.


News and Events 

Please join us for teas and coffees in the hall after 11 am Mass each Sunday.

Inviting all young people age 16 – 30 to the Transform Festival, September 9th – 11th
Come and experience your faith in a new and dynamic way. Held at Clare Priory the Transform Festival will include live music, powerful talks, passionate prayer and interactive workshops, as well as good food and free time! Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service and Clare Priory. See www.transformfestival.uk for more information.

Wedding anniversaries
On 27th August our deacon Martin and his wife Penny will be celebrating 50 years of marriage.
During the lockdowns Mr and Mrs Kennedy and Mr and Mrs Cannon celebrated 50 and 40 years of marriage. This year our organist Mile Green and his wife also celebrate 40 years of marriage.
On 27th August there will be a Mass at 12 noon followed by a buffet lunch to celebrate this.
If there are other couples who have recently celebrated major anniversaries and would like to join us, please let Father Nicholas know.

Wednesday Evening Prayer:  You are warmly invited to join us for Evening Prayer on Zoom, every Wednesday at 5.00 pm for 5.15 pm. Please feel free to pass on this email address to request a zoom link from Sr Mary: maryfitzpatrick1623@gmail.com

Do you play a musical instrument? The music group play at the 11 am Mass about once a month. All ages and skills welcome. If interested please email marchrcnewsletter@gmail.com


Many hands make light work. If anyone can manage 1 or 2 hours a month, that will be very helpful.

Please contact Lesley to join the rota  on 07947143864 or 01354 680401

Financial Matters

Thank you for the recent Sunday collections.


The Parish have changed their bank. For donations to the parish, please use the following details:

Bank; NatWest Bank
Account Name: Our Lady’s RC Church
Sort Code 53 – 81 – 42
Account Number 86729101
Please add your name in the reference box

Please make cheques payable to ‘Our Lady’s RC Church’

We are still carrying a large debt on our hall (funded by a Diocese loan) and whilst our outgoings are relatively light at the moment our main source of income is the weekly offertory which is obviously well down.

The offertory is to support your Priest, the church and the poor.

Many will be struggling or have lost work at this time, so no one should feel under any pressure or obligation. However, if you can, please consider setting up a Standing Order monthly into our Bank Account – you can cancel at any time needed. Or you can send one-off donations direct if you bank online:


Helping victims of Russian aggression in the Ukraine

St Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church in Peterborough is grateful for the  second generous donation from parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

The supplies were sent on their 15th Lorry for the Ukraine. See below for goods required.
There are boxes in the porch next to the Food Bank box.

Survival Equipment

Portable stoves Batteries, (AA and AAA), Flash lights and torches, sleeping bags, thermos flasks, polystyrene cups, disposable tableware

Medical Products

Antiseptic cream

First Aid kits

Hygiene Products

Soap bars, flannels, sanitary products, hand gel , razor blades, toothpaste, toothbrushes

Nurofen tablets

Baby formula

Nappies and adult pads

Food supplies (no glass containers

Meal replacements

Non perishable food – pre-packaged meals, tinned food, dried fruit, nuts, tea / coffee sachets, small juice or squash boxes

Hosting refugees

Rosmini Centre will help with enquiries and sponsoring


Rosmini Centre

69a Queens Rd Wisbech PE13 2PH

01945 47442


Advice on how you can help people caught up in the war in Ukraine is available from the Catholic Social Action Network at https://www.csan.org.uk/ukraine/

Below is a transcript of the letter from Bishop Alan Hopes which was read out at the Masses on 21 & 22 May 2022

The Right Reverend Bishop Alan S Hopes B.D. A.K.C.
Bishop of East Anglia

eMail: bishop@rcdea.org.uk
Registered Charity No. 278742

ON THE WEEKEND 21 & 22 MAY 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At our recent meeting, the Bishops of England and Wales prepared a
statement marking the end of the provisions regarding the Sunday
Mass Obligation which were made two years ago at the beginning of
the Covid pandemic. Now that the reasons for those provisions have
lessened significantly, they will end as from June 5th as we celebrate the
Solemnity of Pentecost.
I have asked for our message to be read out to you this weekend and
for it to be made widely available for others to read. Our message is an
encouraging one – it is a message of invitation asking us to renew our
fundamental Christian duty of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy

Returning to Mass at Pentecost
An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales
This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)
A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to
participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep
gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The
Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It
enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey
of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is
supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian
duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass.
Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges,
sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have
shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has
meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be
fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed.
The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most
people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer
restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the
reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays
and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who,
for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has
always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any
Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because
of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not
a breach of the Sunday Obligation.
Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult
times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual
viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may,
however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot
attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for
whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise
gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the
elderly, sick and housebound.

We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served
our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction
throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus
entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in
being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential.
Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all
Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each
believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples.
Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word
and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the
presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the
Lord and glorify Him with our lives.
Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
Friday 6th May 2022.

Volunteers wanted: We are looking for volunteers male or female, young or old to help out at our Church now and again. Gardening, painting and odd jobs. We would like to develop a work party where we can meet up as and when needed.
Please contact Mary Anne 07435 145168. Lesley 01354 680401 mob.07947143864 or please give Father Nicholas your name and contact details.  Thank you.

Readers required for Mass: If you are happy to read at the 6pm or 11am Masses, please email marchrcnewsletter@gmail.com or contact Fr Nicholas.


Parish Contacts

• Parish Priest: Fr Nicholas Kearney 01354 650788 email: marchcatholicpriest@gmail.com
• Deacon: Rev Martin Wells 01354 741488 email: mwells42@btinternet.com
• Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (fmm) 01354 652266 
• Newsletter: Please submit items for consideration to: marchrcnewsletter@gmail.com
• All Saints Inter-Church Academy Primary, County Road March 01354 659000
• Please visit the Parish website for the latest updates: https://www.catholicchurchmarch.co.uk/

May God bless you and keep you safe this week