The Gospel reminds us of the radical renunciation that is required of everyone who embarks on the road of discipleship. Countless men and women over the centuries have shown us, not only that this is possible but that in this lies true wisdom.
Next weekend (10/11th September) will be my last in the parish after which I will go and stay with my sister in Liverpool while arrangements for my retirement home are finalised. Father Peter Raj, your new parish priest, will arrive on Wednesday of that week.
On Monday, 26th September Bishop Alan will come to the parish to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to a group of our young people. The Mass will be at 6 pm at North Walsham.
Next Sunday is Education Day.
Our congratulations and prayers go to Saoirse McKenna, daughter of Peter and Yanneke, who was baptised at the Sacred Heart church.
Faithful Flames Children’s Group meets in the parish hall at 10.30am., our usual time. This is for all children up to the age of 16. It will be great to see you! Kerry – 0750 4048352.
Holy Hour & Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursdays at St Helen’s at 3pm – a time for quiet reflection, meditation and contemplation.
Still urgently needed, rented accommodation – for one more family of care workers in the North Walsham area who have joined our church community: looking for flats, houses. Please phone the parish office on 01692 403258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocesan newspaper is now available free of charge. Please help yourself.
There will be a presentation and a farewell party to mark Father James’ final weekend as our Parish Priest at St Helen’s on Saturday 10th September after Mass; similarly on Sunday, following the Mass at Aylsham and again at the Sacred Heart.
Record of the AGM held on Monday 25th July is now published on the parish website and is also available in hard copies in each church.
St John of the Cross have now resumed choir rehearsals. New members with commitment and enthusiasm will be warmly welcomed. Please contact Katie on 01263 577784.
St Helen’s September Coffee Morning will take place after Mass on Wednesday 7th September from 10.20-11.30am. Please come and join us for refreshments including home-made bakes for just £2.00. You are all most welcome. Proceeds go to local charities.
Last chance to book for the Transform Festival, for young people 16-30yrs to come and experience your faith in a new dynamic way! Held at Clare Priory 9th—11th September: weekend includes live music, powerful talks, passionate prayer & interactive workshops, good food & free time. Bookings close 4th Sept, see
www.transformfestival.uk for more information.
St John’s Ambulance are looking for volunteers to restart the Hospital Library Service. If anyone is interested in becoming an HLS Volunteer in the North Walsham area please ring Lorraine on 07775 812313 or email: Lorraine@henriksen64.co.uk
We pray for Kevin Gibbons and Michael Hawley who died recently and also our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Monica Hawley, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant and Celia Cooper.
A Requiem Mass for Michael Hawley will take place at St John of the Cross on Tuesday, 6th September at 10.30 am.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Anthony Bateman, Michael McCarthy, Patricia Nelder, Josephine Dady, Ivan Kulas, Willhelmina Grace Kay, Pauline Gilmore and Christopher Beardshaw. May they rest in peace. .