In today’s Gospel Jesus comes to visit the place where he grew up. The people had heard of the amazing things he had already done elsewhere. Now they wanted someone who would rescue them from their poverty and their subjection to Roman occupation. They looked for powerful signs of God who would be a political saviour. Instead Jesus spoke about the signs of God’s presence; of scattered seeds and mustard seeds. Where was God’s show of power and mighty arm in a tiny mustard seed? So they rejected him because they did not understand who he really was or what his message was about.
Following the Sunday morning’s Mass we have our Parish Summer Fete; now is the time to thoroughly enjoy the day, have fun and raise lots of money for two very worthwhile causes: the Sacred Heart Organ Fund and Dementia Awareness in North Walsham. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed in any way. We look forward to receiving cakes and plants this morning. Lots of help will be needed for clearing away after the Fete.
Raffle counterfoils and monies should go to Kay Roberts (St John of the Cross), Mary Edmonds (St Helen’s) and Hilary Bolger (Sacred Heart).
On Monday 6th July the Senior Citizens have Computer Workshop in the morning and in the afternoon Polly Plowman will be visiting with her fascinating collection of buttons.
Everyone is welcome to join the Senior Citizens Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Monday, 13th July – £5 donation towards cost. The coach will be leaving NW church car park at 10.00am and leaving Walsingham at 3.00pm. There are still plenty of seats on the coach at £5 a head. Contact Teresa Butler on 01692 405007 or 07901 830327 if you would like to come.
There will be a meeting of the parish Pastoral Council on Tuesday, 7th July at 7.30 pm. Notes taken at the recent parish AGM are now online with some hard copies in each church.
Next Sunday is Sea Sunday (12th July); there will be a 2nd Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). The AoS is the official maritime welfare and mission agency of the Catholic Church (UK) and serves and supports more than one million seafarers arriving in our ports each year. It is a vitally important mission to a hidden group of people, many of whom are Catholic. Please see posters and support this mission: you can gift aid your donation using the special mission envelopes at the back of the church.
CAMBODIA 2016. St Etheldreda’s parish in Ely will be visiting Cambodia from 25th January to 8th February 2016 and invite anyone interested to join them. Visits to various parish centres in Battambang diocese are combined with the chance to experience something of the history and culture of Cambodia. Contact Bob Maidment on 01263 577784 for more details.
Look out for fundraising for World Youth Day when from 19th July, fortnightly, after Mass on a Sunday, Kerry and Lauren will bring second hand books to the parish hall for people to take and make a donation.
The Shrine at Walsingham is looking for a Sales assistant to help with the Shrine Shop on busy pilgrimage days and to cover staff holidays for the next three months. If you would like to help please contact Sonya or Paul at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01328 821794.
Tony Kelly’s interment will take place in the Memorial Garden at 5 pm on July 5th.
We pray for Mary Gowing who died recently and those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Doris McGee, Stephen Rothon, Audrey Walker, Patrick Treacy and Gloria Moolchan.
May they rest in peace.