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

Please remember that the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation is removed until further notice.

Mass times this week: 

Lectionary: Sundays Yr B   Weekdays Yr 1 Week 2

Sunday 9th May 2021

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sat 8th May 6 pm First Mass of Sunday
Sunday 9th Sixth Sunday of Easter
9 am Mass Chatteris St Peter and St Paul Church
11 am Sunday Mass March – (People of the Parish)
Mon 10th Easter Feria. No Service
Tue 11th Easter Feria. No Service
Wed 12th Easter Feria. 7.30 pm Mass in Chatteris
Thurs 13th The Ascension of the Lord. Holyday of Obligation. 10 am Mass March and 7.30 pm Mass March (livestream)
Fri 14th St Matthias. 10 am Mass
Sat 15th First Mass of Sunday 6 pm
Sunday 16th Seventh Sunday of Easter
World Communications Day.
9 am Mass Chatteris St Peter and St Paul Church
11 am Sunday Mass March – (People of the Parish)

Confessions are available before Mass.

Chatteris Mass: We intend to continue with the 9am Sunday Mass in Chatteris

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 and all those who are known to us.

We also remember those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Jason O’Grady, Maria Fiore, Maria Saporito, Jeanie German, Nicholas Harding, John Fosbueary, Kathleen Bull, Michael Moore, John Jones, Maria Vanderwyden and Rose Tubbs.

News and Events 

Holy Father’s Initiative for May
Pray the rosary to ask for an end to the pandemic.

Wednesday Evening Prayer: You are warmly invited to join us for Zoom Evening Prayer on Wednesday, 12th April at 5.15 pm.  I hope to open the “Zoom doors” at 5.00pm. If you would like to join us or know of anyone who would like to share in our Evening Prayer, please feel free to pass on this email to request a zoom link:  maryfitzpatrick1623@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing you if you are able to join us. God bless you.  Mary


Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

Our parish is taking part with other Christians in March.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, we will:

Pray to deepen our own relationship with Jesus.

Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus.

Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we will be effective in our witness.

We hope you will be able to join us for the Thy Kingdom Come prayer week. We will be reflecting on the fruit of the Holy Spirit and praying that people we know will discover the amazing life-transforming love of Jesus.

If you are unable to join us in our online and church services, please accompany us in your daily prayers.

Choose 5 people you know and pray for them for 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost.

Prayer Suggestion:

Each day: pray as you normally pray, but add a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit,
Fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

Then pray for your 5 people by name: that they will discover Jesus.


You may like to finish with the prayer:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.

Online Programme

Services in Catholic Church livestreamed at March Catholic Parish on Facebook.com
For Anglican Services zoom link Ascension Day and Pentecost contact:
For Anglican Service zoom Sunday 16th May contact: revdjennywebb@btinternet.com
For all other Evening Prayers zoom link contact: maryfitzpatrick1623@gmail.com

Message from Betty Walsh’s daughter, Ann Pease.
Since the pandemic forced the 50 plus club to cease their meetings and activities, it was agreed that remaining club funds would be donated to the Church. We now hear that the sum of £791 has been transferred to the Building Fund. Church and Club members will be pleased to know that my mum, Betty Walsh, who was instrumental in the running of the ‘Tuesday’ club for so many years, is delighted that the club that provided so much social enjoyment for its members , could ultimately financially help the Church.

She now happily lives in Sheffield, and will always remember those good times. She sends her best wishes to all friends and parishioners.

Kind regards

Ann Pease

Wanted: Volunteer(s) to maintain the garden in front of the church hall and raised flower bed in front of the church. If you can help occasionally, please see Fr Nicholas.

If you are unable to get to Mass, most of the Sunday 11 am Masses are livestreamed. Go to www.Facebook.com and search for March Catholic Parish.  Alternatively click on this link https://www.facebook.com/March-Catholic-Parish-567380230121104

Financial Matters

Thank you for the recent Sunday collections.

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:

The Parish’s bank details are:
Bank; Barclays Bank Plc
Account Name: Our Lady’s RC Church
Sort Code 20 – 46 – 65
Account Number 1395 0476
Please add your name in the reference box

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

Do you have an unused laptop?

Around 8,000 children and young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough do not have a laptop or PC and more than 3,000 currently do not have internet access at home which would allow them to access lessons and online resources, support from their teachers, or even interact with their classmates. Even with the planned return to school, many resources needed to catch-up with time lost away from school are online.

You can donate an old laptop to the scheme where the laptop will be delivered to the Cambs Youth Panel which will then remove and destroy all hard drives, and data, and refurbish the laptops to ensure they’re in good working order.
The laptops will then be given to schools across the county to be distributed to the children and young people who need them.

Once the child has received their laptop it is their own to keep – so not only will they be able to access education online during lockdown, but they’ll also be set up for the future giving them a device that will see them through as many years of their education as the laptop lasts.

Our local drop-off points for the laptops are March Library and Chatteris library. Both libraries have restricted opening hours at the moment.

When possible Mass will be live streamed to the March Catholic Parish Facebook page.

March Catholic Parish | Facebook



Click  Live Catholic Mass online  to visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/ for an online directory of churches in England and Wales streaming Catholic Mass live online.  You may enter a post code to see Masses in your area.

Daily Masses will be live streamed from St John’s Cathedral every day at 10am. You can watch all of these Masses at: www.sjbcathedral.org.uk

St. Luke’s  https://twitter.com/saintlukesbull
Link from parish website saintlukesparish.org.uk

Walsingham  https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/
And also churchservices.tv has Masses from all over Britain and Ireland.

Children’s Liturgy Websites (They can be accessed via google search engine)
Children’s Liturgy-Cathedral-St Marie’s Cathedral
Cafod – Children’s Liturgy
Diocese of Westminster Children’s Liturgy
For craft orientated sites, see Catholic Inspired and Catholic Icing
Sunday Liturgy for Children

Also some hymns –
You have called us (with lyrics) – You Tube By Bernadette Farrell
Shepherd Me, O God – You Tube By Marty Haugen:
Here I am Lord (with lyrics) – YouTube: by Eric Tom
One Bread, One Body with lyrics.wmv You tube

Dial A Mass opportunity: Telephone Sunday Mass from St Mary’s cathedral, Middlesborough is being offered by Middleborough diocese.
The Mass is recorded at 12noon on Sunday and is available once it’s been uploaded so after 1pm is best. It is then available all week.
The number to call is 01642 130120. Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.
Rebecca tried it and you can hear it hands free with your speaker volume up so a couple can listen together.

An invitation to all young people!
The Ignite Team are planning plenty of new online content over the coming months. Join us on YouTube for First Fridays, our NEW monthly online chat show which goes live on the First Friday of each month. And why not join young people across the Diocese for our Mass for Young People on the Second Saturday of each month? Streamed via our YouTube channel and coming in person to a church near you! Follow us on Instagram and subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date with all we have to offer you: @igniteyea 

Foodbank: As we can’t do our usual monthly collection for the Foodbank in church, if you are able to do so please consider adding an item if you are shopping in Tesco, Sainsburys, Iceland, Badgeney Road Co-op and direct to the Foodbank on Monday mornings (10:30-11:30). Both stores have collection boxes which are emptied weekly. The Foodbank continue to distribute supplies to about 25 families a week in March and the surrounding areas.  All donations gratefully received but they are short of uht milk, coffee, peas, carrots, mashed potato, and even baked beans at the moment. Also household items and toiletries; bleach, washing up liquid, shampoo, toothpaste,  and shower gel.

If you or someone you know is in difficulties at this time, it may help to know that March Foodbank is open 1pm – 2.30pm on Tuesdays at Centenary Baptist Church in the High St in March. Just turn up to speak to someone.

Fenland District Council’s local COVID-19 response hub is coordinating help and support throughout the district to ensure the most vulnerable members of community can access critical support as soon as they need it.

The hub took over 300 calls in its first three days of its launch with callers being signposted to more than 50 known support services.

The Customer Services and Community Hubs has been re-opened on an appointment only basis. To book an appointment, please complete the webform. For further information on attending appointments, please refer to the  Appointment Booking Guidance [409kb].

A community hub service has been setup that brings together volunteers, support groups and partners across Fenland to help those most at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re a resident and need help with food shopping or collecting medicines, they can provide details of a local voluntary service who can help you. Call on 01354 654321 or email covid19@fenland.gov.uk. If you’re a resident and are able to offer help to people in need, please email covid19@fenland.gov.uk.

Some of the committee meetings have been postponed. Others will be available to view online via our YouTube channel.

Further details can also be found at https://www.fenland.gov.uk/coronavirus, where there is also advice and information for local businesses.

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