When the Bishop came to Harleston

The Catholic community at the chapel of St Thomas More, Jay’s Green, Harleston, welcomed Bishop Alan Hopes on the first Sunday in Lent.

It was the Bishop’s first visit to Harleston, and he told the congregation that St Thomas More was a great saint of whom we could be proud. His homily was on the devil – that we should believe in him and his works.

After Mass the Bishop joined the congregation for coffee and cake, and in wishing Brenda Williams a happy 81st birthday. The Bishop’s pastoral warmth was obvious, and he made a point of talking to everyone. He said that these small worshipping communities are, to him, precious and beautiful, and that he would strive to keep them open.

  • Photos by Tom Lindsay and Clare Foster-Clarke