“Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.”
On this thirteenth Sunday, the Church urges us to welcome Christ in others. This is mainly through the messengers of God among us. She equally encourages us to be sensitive to the need of one another to make a positive difference in their lives.
The common theme of today’s readings is the witnessing mission given to Christ’s followers to love God and our brothers and sisters through hospitality, generosity, commitment in humble service, and the practice of corporal and spiritual works (acts) of mercy (charity). The readings also remind us of the sacrifice demanded of Jesus’ disciples and the suffering they will endure for their Faith when they bear witness to Jesus.
This weekend there is a Second Collection for Peter’s Pence.
Next Sunday is Sea Sunday: there will be a Second Collection for Stella Maris.
Your Catholic Legacy Free Wills Service. Legacies are a vital one-off support for the Church’s mission. They often make possible the significant projects that parishes have wanted to undertake for years. The Diocese recently joined the organisation Your Catholic Legacy which promotes bequests to the Church, and has made available a free will writing service which supports individuals and couples to make their wills. There has been good take-up of this initiative in many parishes. If you would like to know more about how you can promote it in your parish, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The SVP National Pilgrimage to Walsingham & Sacrament for the Sick, led by Bishop Peter, is taking place on 2nd July. Mass is at 1.30pm, the Sacrament for the Sick at 3.15pm and Benediction at 4.00pm. Everyone is invited.
St Helen’s Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday 5th July from 10.30am. Please do come and join us for refreshments including home-made bakes and a chat with friends for just £2.00. You are all most welcome.
First Communions. On Sunday 9th July, at the 11.00am Mass some of our children will be making their First Communion. More details to follow but please keep them in your prayers.
Sung Evening Prayer at St John of the Cross at 7pm on Tuesday 11th July, followed by refreshments. This is an ecumenical service to which all are warmly invited.
The Parish is in vital need of the workings of Social Committees in each of our three churches now that there is a return to our more regular parish activities; for example, a Christmas Fayre to be held on 25th November. Aylsham already has a group but would welcome anyone interested in attending when needed. Meetings of these committees will help combine efforts and ideas for whole parish events. Anyone who would like to represent their church on such a committee please contact the parish office: 01692 403258 or email@example.com or speak to Antonia.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar, Margaret Larkins, Daphne Necchi, Bert Pooler, Maria Halsey, Shirley Teague and Maria Wilby.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Patricia Bolton, Selma (Karen) Mortimer, Ellen McKeown, Martin Wood, Pauline Watson, Doris McGee, Amelia Pinder and Veronica Williams.
May they rest in peace.