Sub-heading: "Heritage - Church extension wins council's design award" Photo: Exterior view of entrance to Wymondham Church Text: Wymondham RC church wins South Norfolk's annual design award for 2002. Fr Jennings & Tom O'Connor received a plaque and certificate at the awards ceremony. Certificates presented to architect Paul Lucas (Real Architecture, Wymondham) and Steve Brock (Bluestone Plc, Norwich)
Article about the erstwhile RC chapel in the garden of John and Kate Wood in Cock Street. The inaugural service is reported as being on 14 January 1912 - hence the article reporting the 80th anniversary and the commemorative mass being held there. Photo showing the chapel with the Woods in the foreground.
Copy of Fr Phillips' list of articles sent by the Association of Perpetual Adoration (assumed Wymondham put instead of Woburn by mistake). Note added by Bishop, dated 21 November 1930, saying unknown whether these have arrived, list was sent to Wymondham but no sign of the items.
Bishop of Norwich writes to inform Bishop of EA about a letter he has written concerning the sharing of Hethersett Anglican church. He assumes that the RC priest and people have been in direct touch with Bishop Clark on the matter.
Writing to the rector, Rev M Sexton at Hethersett, the Bishop of Norwich reiterates the steps taken by the rector to establish the proposal for shared use of the Hethersett church. He is happy to give general permission to proceed. A copy goes to the RC Bishop of East Anglia. He extends his good wishes for this experiment.
Seems to have been a muddle about vestments, etc. which you asked for from Ass. Perpet. Adoration, Horseferry. Bishop has a list of items from Fr Phillips and is writing to the Assoc. It will come right. They seem to have been very generous. Bishop grants faculties to the Jesuit Father who is going to stay with the Lyons at Christmas.
Vicar General is investigation the Attleborough "savings". The Bishop is looking into the relationship between Attleborough and Wymondham. He advises not taking on extra Masses from Fr Peters and overburdening himself.
Thanking Fr Brown for his "care" during the Visitation on 7/8 September. The Bishop finds that he has not yet replaced his "reserves" and will have to pace himself for some time. His heart went out to the orphans at Attleborough. Resolution to Attleborough depends on (1) linking Swaffham to Watton, (2) re-establishing Attleborough to Wymondham parish. Thanks Fr Brown for the generous offering to the "kitty".
Valuable & vigorous time on a programme which at first seemed daunting but was fully vindicated. Bishop did visit the whole of the parish. Very much liked what he encountered and thanked Fr Brown and Sister Alies for their time & energy. Attleborough has no immediate answer; building there is still thought of, but the Bishop favours the Methodist Church as a good venue. Suggests Fr Brown should programme in some painting. The hall may still provide adequate service but for how long? Wymondham is a happy and well organised parish.
Sorry to upset Fr Brown's plans but "MOT came suddenly and I had to scamper to 'Hope'". Week at 'Hope' was a lifesaver in so many ways. The excellent VGs [Vicars General] are in danger of making the Bishop redundant! Thanks for the honorarium.
Fr Brown agrees that Watton should be the priority if ever in the position to buy/build a church. However, the puts forward an argument to have a presence in Attleborough with a resident minster. So, no funds for Attleborough Drop-in Centre? meanwhile hope the RAF remain and support Watton.
Bishop know that Attleborough must realistically be part of Wymondham Parish. Encourages Fr Brown to get on the committee and listen to the grievances. The Terms of Reference for the Vicar-General will will ensure that Attleborough is once again served by Fr Brown.
Three large market towns and only one church. Watton seems to have priority, so long as the RAF do not pull out. Attleborough though, does it need a permanent church? The community there is small and we should be open to co-operation with other Christian churches if it is offered. He doubts that they are in the position to invest real money in the suggested venture. Instinct then is for Watton. Right? Please guide.
The Bishop insists that Fr Brown "cannot do the morally impossible". Note Dereham was erected as a parish to enable Mass at Hethersett. Attleborough should be discussed between Fr Brown and the Vicar-General or Dean to see what is possible. It is sensitive with Fr Brendan Peters only 80% well. Bishop is thinking out loud on paper. Watton: the Bishop has a candidate in mind, but will consult with Fr Brown. "It is no 'theological nicety' that we will need (structural ) laity involvement on a deeper scale than ever before...", Bishop is uneasy if pastoral responsibility is seen as exclusively pertaining to the Parish priest.
The book is a mish-mash of fact and error written to destroy the credibility of the Catholic Church. "... not only Christ's Church but it is also a wagon-load of sinners." ".. to be loved and cherished in spite of our failures, for it is the Body of Christ." The Bishop would not refer to such libels and calumnies in a Pastoral, nor in any pronouncement from the pulpit. p.s. looking forward to September's visitation. "Marcinkus may have been a fool and incompetent but he is not a bad man. I know him personally and he has been savagely traduced."
Sending Fr Brown the Laicization notes obtained in America. The process, relating to Chris White, needs startingro scratch as nothing has been done for some time. Mgr Wace is in contact with Chris White and Fr Brown should liaise with him when drawing up the papers.