Today’s Gospel reading is challenging, to say the least! St Benedict told his monks that they should prefer nothing to the love of Christ. This is what Jesus is saying: nothing and no one must come between us and the Lord who is calling us to an ever deeper relationship. In return he bestows a love that transforms those who give themselves completely to him, a love which builds up new contacts with all humankind.
We have a few candidates to begin their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation but I suspect that are more who have not yet come forward. Please let me have your names as soon as possible so that we know when to invite the Bishop!
So far we are expecting around 130 parishioners, family and friends for the Jubilee Lunch on July 22nd. It’s not too late to add your name to the lists in each of our churches.
Are you good at filling in forms? If so I need your help!
The Mass today at the Sacred Heart is a Family Mass with the children taking major roles in the liturgy.
Next Sunday is Sea Sunday and there will be a retiring collection for The Apostleship of the Sea at the end of Sunday Mass.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets Monday 3rd July. After the normal activities in the morning there will be a light lunch prepared by Andrew Featherstone in celebration of his birthday and the celebrations will continue throughout the afternoon.
The Group breaks for the summer 24th July with a Mystery Tour.
As part of our Live Simply Award we are taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Power to Be’ Campaign. As already has taken place with Aylsham and Hoveton, this week there will be a short talk at North Walsham about the campaign and they will be asked if they would like to join in by signing a card that will be sent on their behalf to the UK’s representative at the World Bank asking her to support local, renewal energy which tackles poverty. See posters or go to cafod.org.uk/powertobe for more information.
Fr James’ Anniversary Luncheon. As Father has said in his letter, there is still time to sign the lists in church porches if you wish to go. Just a reminder: it takes place on Saturday 22nd July at about 1.00pm, following a Thanksgiving Mass at 12noon.
Our Diocesan Newspaper is available in our churches and it is FREE. Catch up on news from around the diocese.
We have been asked to pray for Sylvia Butler who has now had her operation: she asks that we keep her in our prayers.
We continue to pray for all involved in the tragic London tower block disaster. We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Patricia Bolton, Selma (Karen) Mortimer, Ellen McKeown, Martin Wood, Pauline Watson and Doris McGee.
May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Renewable/Sustainable Energy
This week’s suggestion: Consider changing to a renewable
energy supplier e.g. Ecotricity