Dear Father, dear Deacon, dear Religious,

The Nunciature have asked us to make the following as widely known as possible. Please put it on your parish websites.

FRIDAY MARCH 27TH  5.00PM (London time)

In order to offer intercession and consolation during this time of exceptional discomfort, the Holy Father will preside over a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter’s Square, without a congregation, on  March 27th.  During this time Pope Francis will impart the Urbi et Orbi Blessing and will grant a plenary Indulgence to all those who share in this prayer via the media.

This will be broadcast on mondovision and streamed by  Vatican News.

Thank you!

Prayer and good wishes,


Mgr Philip Shryane


My name is Mgr Philip Shryane, known to all as Fr Philip, I grew up in the parish of All Souls in Peterborough Fr Philipand went to seminary at St Mary’s College Oscott.

I was ordained on 28th June 1975, one of the last priests ordained for the old Diocese of Northampton. My first posting was to Holy Family Parish, Langley, Slough. The Diocese of East Anglia was formed in 1976 and I requested a move to the new diocese. Since then I have served in St Pancras and St Mary’s parishes Ipswich, Sacred Heart parish in Dereham, St George’s in Norwich and then St Edmund’s, Bury St Edmunds.

I left Bury St Edmunds in September 2014, the Bishop gave me four months sabbatical leave which I spent working in Siem Reap in Cambodia, a parish twinned with St Edmund’s. I returned from Cambodia in January 2015 and moved into St Mary’s a week later.

I also serve the Diocese as Vicar for Finance and I help our deaf community by signing Mass for them from time to time. I look forward to working with the people of St Mary’s communities and the wider community of Great Yarmouth.

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Diocese of East Anglia

eastangliaThe Parish of St Mary’s is one of 55 parishes that make up the Diocese of East Anglia (within the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire together with the Unitary Authority of Peterborough).  Each Diocese is led by the bishop, as head of the local Church.  The Diocesan Website can be accessed here.

Live Streaming Link

The Live Streaming of Masses

Live straeming of all Masses at St Mary's Church can be found ON THIS LINK


pope frances1rsThe See of Rome has special significance as the place of martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The Pope (bishop of Rome) is regarded as the successor of St Peter.

The Catholic Church is made up of all the dioceses that are in communion with the Holy Father.
Access to the Vatican website of Pope Francis can be gained here.

Re-dedication of England To Mary

  An Urgent Request:

Please Join in the Rededication of England to Mary as her Dowry

Sunday 29th March 2020 - 12:00 Noon

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