Most people avoid confrontation. In the readings today both the prophet Jeremiah and Jesus are faced with opposition because of their messages. There are times when we too have to content with people who do not share our values or our faith. At such times we remember the words ’I am with you’ that God speaks to Jeremiah. Today’s second reading is St Paul’s beautiful hymn to love which is our most powerful weapon in meeting with opposition whatever form it takes. It is often used at weddings but it should also be the norm for everyday life for all Christians.
Gerry Mildinhall, the safeguarding officer for the Sacred Heart church will be making contact with parishioners who are due for a DBS re-check.
Looking ahead, during Lent Fr James is going to lead a series of Lenten Reflections, which will include showing DVDs. These will be held on Saturday mornings in the parish hall at the Sacred Heart following the 9.30am Mass.
The Senior Citizens Group (NW) will meet on Monday 4th for their usual weekly activities and a talk on the history of North Norfolk by North Norfolk Productions.
On Monday 18th March Wright’s Coaches will be taking the group at North Walsham on a Mystery History Tour with the well-known local historian Neil Storey as their tour guide. Seats are available for friends and parishioners at a cost of £10. To book your place or for more information about the day please contact Teresa Butler on 01692 405007 or 07901 830327.
Thanks to all who supported our two young people, Lauren and Biddy. They join other youngsters, clergy and adults from the diocese for the World Youth Days in Panama. We look forward to hearing all about their experiences when they return.
A Celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes with Bishop Alan. Solemn Mass and the Anointing of the sick will take place at St John’s Cathedral at 11.30 am on 9th February. Prayers will be said for all who work with or care for the sick. Before and following the Mass there will be refreshments in the Narthex.
This year the Sacred Heart Church will be hosting the World Day of Prayer, to be held on Friday 1st March 2019 at 2.00 pm. It is hoped that as many as possible, men included, will come along to support, especially as it is taking place at our church. All the other denominations in North Walsham have been invited to attend.
Our diocesan newspaper the ‘Catholic East Anglia’ for February is available in our churches. Do pick up a copy. It’s FREE!
Just a reminder. Any items for the newsletter on forthcoming events taking place in our three communities or news from around the diocese that could be publicised in this weekly bulletin, please do post these items to the office email address or hand in on paper. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray for all our sick parishioners, including Deacon Ron O’Toole, Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Nicholas Elphinstone and Frances Palman.
We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Ivy Batty, Wasil Mychajlyszyn, John Connolly, André Boucher and Anna Simpson.
May they rest in peace.