Today’s Gospel puts before us what kind of life will there be after death. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and that God has created us, not for death, but for life. In Jesus, God was willing to suffer our human death to strengthen our hope. Death has been overcome and sin need not dominate our lives. We may not have the blueprints for the arrangements of the furnishings in the next life, but what we have is the hope of God’s promise to us that God will rescue us from the darkness of death and lead us into the light of Christ. Such is our faith in the living God of our ancestors and of Jesus Christ.
First Holy Communion. We are planning a meeting this month to begin preparing our children for First Holy Communion. Please let me know if your child will be taking part in the programme – by the end of this month, if possible.
Please return to the church your Missio Red APF boxes.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets on Monday 7th November. There will be our usual Computer Workshop, or crafts with coffee and a chat together with ’in house activity’ – bingo, quiz, hoy, DVD etc.
Next week (14th) there will be the Annual Service of Remembrance.
There is a Stalham Area House Mass on Friday 11th November at the home of Cathy and Ken Watkins: 9 Wilson Road, Broadbeach, Stalham, NR12 9FL: Tel. 01692 580889.
The “Walk with me” Advent 2016 booklet will shortly be available in church porches, costing only (£1), taking us through each day’s liturgy throughout the coming Advent, accompanying the readings with reflections and prayers. Do take one when they arrive.
The ‘Instructions for my funeral’ leaflets are now in porches.
The Support Cambodia Annual Appeal closes officially this weekend – donations may be made at the end of Mass. Alternatively, you can donate online up to November 30th via www.supportcambodia.org.uk or to Bob Maidment by cash/cheque [payable to ‘Support Cambodia’]. Gift Aid [worth 25%] forms are available. Proceeds will pay for vitamins and basic necessities to be distributed during the charity’s annual visit in January. Thank you for ‘Supporting Cambodia’.
‘For the Fallen’ – we are privileged to host a Concert of Remembrance in the Sacred Heart Church this coming Saturday, 12th November, at 7.30pm, given by the Iceni Choir. Tickets (reduced) are £7 which will include refreshment and are available from the church or, for more information from Ann Askew on 01603 868435 or Jim Stebbings on 01362 693277. See fliers.
On Sunday 13th November after Mass at the Sacred Heart we invite you all to the hall for cake and coffee/tea for a very important event – to mark Doreen’s many years of musical service to the parish and convey our deepest gratitude.
Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse). Next weekend 12th/13th November boxes need be ready for collection at either Hoveton or North Walsham.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occurred during week commencing 23rd October: Irene Przybyla, Henry Honey, Joan Weston, Anthony (Tony) Crouch, Peter Williamson and Roger Northway. Also week commencing 30th October: Barbara Stringer, Gordon Summerhill, Reginald WoodTony Starmer, Harry Carr, Czeslaw Pelik, Helena Oakley and Ronald Chapman.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Bernard Robb, Olive Fuller, Hester Armstrong, Michael Reynolds, Rose Dunham, Evelyn Andrews, Peggy Browne and Roger Kerrison.
May they rest in peace.