“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.”
The common theme of today’s three readings is our two-fold mission to the world, to be salt and to be the light of a city built on a hilltop.
We are called to live our short lives as traces of salt and candles of light. Just a little salt transforms everything. Just a pinch of soul-salt will add flavour to the lives of hundreds, or even thousands. Just as salt acts as a preservative and adds flavour to food, so the exemplary lives of Christians lend flavour to life by helping people to live correctly and by keeping society wholesome. Just a little light empties the world of darkness. With a little Faith and love we can light up a big social area. Jesus tells us that we are not only to be the salt of the earth but also the light of the world. We are called to make a visible, tangible impact on the world around us. Does our life make a difference? It should. Jesus said we are to be salt and light. Does our life make a difference? It can, if we surrender ourselves to Christ. Does our life make a difference? If we live for Him, it will!
Today is Racial Justice Day.
This Wednesday is a Day of Prayer for victims of Trafficking & Those who work to combat it.
This Saturday is World Day of Prayer for the Sick.
Important notice. Parishioners who have Foundation Masses arranged annually in our parish, please contact the parish office (email or by phone) or inform Fr Peter of the details.
Inviting all young people in Year 9 and above to ‘Flame’ at Wembley Arena. The Diocesan Youth Service is excited to be taking a group to ‘Flame’ on 4th March. Flame is the largest Catholic gathering of young people in the UK, coming together to experience the best in international speakers, artists and performers. For details and to book a ticket and place on the coach, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth. Bookings must be received by 12 February.
Fundraising event towards World Day Youth. On Saturday 25th February, Kerry and Lauren are inviting all the ladies of the parish to take a little time for themselves and join them for a pamper afternoon from 2pm till 4pm. £5 entry fee on the door will get you a little gift, a hot drink voucher as well as a free facial or massage. All proceeds will go to World Youth Day. Bodycare products, raffle tickets and cakes will be available to purchase too.
Lent Fast Day is on Friday 3rd March. To find out a bit more about the Lent appeal and to meet with CAFOD supporters from other parishes do come to our coffee morning on Saturday 4th February from 10.30am to 12 noon at St George’s Parish Hall, 233 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ. No need to book a place and trhere is plenty of car parking space. For more information please contact Jane Crone at CAFOD in East Anglia email@example.com
RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings are taking place, for those adults seeking to become members of the Catholic Church or wishing to know more about the faith. Please contact the parish office or speak with Fr. Peter for information.
Rite of Election in the Cathedral takes place at 3.30pm on Sunday 26th February, 1st Sunday of Lent. Please pray for our Catechumens.
The Sacred Heart car park will be closed for essential repairs between 8pm on Wednesday 15th February until 11am on Saturday 18th February. We apologise for any inconvenience: please could you make alternative arrangements during this period.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar and Alf Larkins.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: André Boucher, Anna Simpson and Agnes Clark.
May they rest in peace.