Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ which is given to us in the Eucharist. In today’s readings the significance of blood as the source of life is developed. When Moses casts the blood of sacrifice towards the people (1st reading) it ratifies the Covenant that God has made with them. But the blood of the New Covenant is different (2nd reading) because it is a perfect sacrifice which cancels our sins. It is an eternal Covenant which, unlike the sacrifices of the Old Testament, does not need to be repeated. At Mass today’s Gospel reminds us that we receive ‘the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins’.
In recent weeks I have had several enquiries from people who are interested in joining the Catholic church. If restrictions allow I hope to be able to resume the Journey in Faith classes in September.
If you wish to attend a Sunday Mass you need to book a place with the co-ordinator for each church.
Should you find you are unable to attend please make contact with your co-ordinator to cancel that booking and ‘free up’ a place for somebody else.
Readers of the Word: As we are shortly hoping to resume more of our regular features in the Mass, we find we are in need of more readers, to make up a complete rota. Please let us know if you would like to read in church. When further easing of restrictions takes place, there will be commissioning and training if needed.
Bible Study With lockdown gradually easing, and the church hall now in use, we can think about restarting fortnightly Bible Study in North Walsham. Please let me know if you are interested. If this is new to you – do think about trying it! Contact John Bolger: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01692 581516.
Support Cambodia Following a number of practical difficulties, Support Cambodia’s Plant/Garden event on 21st Aug has had to be moved from its usual base at the Sacred Heart Church. The venue will now be Wickmere Village, NR11 7ND (just a mile from both Erpingham and Aldborough) where there will be an Open Garden & Village Yard Sale on Saturday 21st August. Plants, produce & craft stalls plus collectibles, a raffle and other attractions will combine with table top sales around the village to provide an enjoyable day out. Car parking & refreshments available. Proceeds to clean water projects in North-West Cambodia.
Contact details. It would help us in keeping our records up to date if parishioners who have arrived in the parish in the last few years or have changed address, would fill in a form which we can provide. Alternatively they could email or telephone the office – 01692 403258: email – email@example.com
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Derek and Frances Palman, Mary Bell and Mary Carr.
We pray for Glory Hogan who died recently and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Elizabeth (Betty) Kelso, Una Youngson, Mary Cushion, Jean Booth, Barbara Winfield, Ian Roberts, Hilda Martin, Patricia Minehan, Charles Bryson, Lillian Davis, James Bailey and John Stevenson.
May they rest in peace.