AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacra-mentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
St Peter's Church Gorleston
“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”
[1 John 1:5]
Fr Alex Ibe
Fr Anthony Nwankwo
Welcome to the parish website of the Catholic parish of St Peter the Apostle, Gorleston.
Our parish church is situated on Lowestoft Road, about 200 yards south of the town centre, a little way up the hill from the library.
We are blest to have a very beautiful church, the only one designed by Eric Gill, a famous twentieth century sculptor, it is a Grade II* listed building.
Our parish is served by Fr Anthony Nwankwo, SMMM and Fr Alexander Ibe SMMM from Nigeria and is linked with St Mary’s parish in Great Yarmouth.
I hope you can find all the information about Mass times and contact details that you need
Fr. Alexander Ibe, SMMM.
WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL WHO HAVE BEEN INFECTED ACROSS THE WORLD BY THIS VIRUS AND ALL OUR PARISHIONERS THAT WE MAY ASSIST AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME.
THE RE-OPENING OF OUR CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER MONDAY JUNE 15TH
Statement from Cardinal Nichols
I am grateful to the Prime Minister for his decision that our churches may now open again for individual prayer. I thank the Secretary of State for Communities, Mr Robert Jenrick and the Minister of State, Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, for their leadership of the Task Force which helped bring about this important step.
This is a first, measured step in restoring the more normal practice of our faith and will be welcomed by so many, who have waited with great patience since 23 March when our churches were closed, by Government decision, as part of the fight against this pandemic.
I thank everyone for that patience. It is important that every care is taken to ensure that the Guidance given for this limited opening is fully observed, not least by those entering our churches. Our preparation is taking place with thoroughness. Visiting a church for individual prayer, benefiting from the sacredness of that space, can be done safely and confidently.
Not every Catholic Church will be open on 15 June. Local decisions and provision have to lead this process. But it is a great blessing, for individuals and for the benefit of all in society, that church doors will again be open to all who long to pray there for the peace and grace we need today.
This first step enables us to learn and prepare for those that will take us to a fuller use of our churches, for the celebration of Mass and other sacraments. We await that time with deep longing but patient understanding that the protection of the health of our society, especially of the most vulnerable, is a proper cause for caution and care.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
A PRAYER TO BE SAID DURING THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND TO BE GIVEN TO ALL WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies, look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief, deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil.
We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us!