The background to today’s Gospel reading helps us to understand it. Jesus’ preaching has met with a setback in the towns of Galilee. Despite the miracles worked there he has not been accepted: the learned and the clever have closed their hearts to the Gospel. In a joyful hymn of praise to his Father he discloses the paradox of salvation hidden from the scribes and Pharisees but made known to the lowly ones who follow him. Moreover he lays on no one a burden which he does not himself carry for all mankind.
Today is Sea Sunday and there will be a retiring collection for The Apostleship of the Sea at the end of Sunday Mass.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets Monday 10th July when there will be the normal activities in the morning and in the afternoon Joseph Ballard will be talking about the good old days of music hall along with a nostalgic vinyl collection and record player.
The Group breaks for the summer 24th July with a Mystery Tour.
There will be a PPC Meeting in the Committee Room at the Parish Hall on Tuesday 11th at 7.30pm.
Working with Missionaries of the Poor. Fr Michael Johnstone is again taking a group to Kingston, Jamaica, to work as volunteers with the Missionaries of the Poor. Anyone aged over 18, male or female, is welcome to join the group. For further information from Fr Michael, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01603 664118.
Fr James’ Anniversary Luncheon. As Father has said in his letter, there is still time to sign the lists in church porches if you wish to go. Just a reminder: it takes place on Saturday 22nd July at about 1.00pm, following a Thanksgiving Mass at 12noon.
A Stalham Area House Mass will be held on Friday 14th July at the home of Janet and Terry McIlwee at 7pm. 11 Hartwell Road, Wroxham, NR12 8TL. Tel. 01603 782414.
Sylvia Butler, who has now had her operation, would be very grateful of our continued prayers as she gradually regains her health.
We continue to pray for all involved in the tragic London tower block disaster. We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Stephen Rothon, Audrey Walker, Patrick Treacy, Gloria Moolchan, Angela Brooke and Edward Uden.
May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Renewable/Sustainable Energy
This week’s suggestion: Always use a full load in your washing machine or dishwasher. If you have one, choose the ‘eco’ setting.