Let us extend a warm welcome to Bishop Alan who has come for my induction Mass today, 9th, at 11.00am in the Sacred Heart Parish.
It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life.
The central theme of this weekend’s readings is gratitude – in particular, the expression of gratitude God expects from us. The Gospel story of “the forgetful lepers” presents a God who desires gratitude from us for the many blessings we receive from Him, and who feels pain at our ingratitude.
Next Sunday, 16th October, we will be celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving in each of our three churches.
World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 23rd October when we are invited to offer our support both in prayer and in a second collection.
CAFOD Family Fast Day, World Food Appeal, was on Friday 7th October – what we saved by “going without” we are invited to put in the CAFOD envelope, given out last Sunday) for the second collection this weekend. Please give today or start a monthly gift to CAFOD. Use the envelope or go to cafod.org.uk/fastday
Faithful Flames Children’s Group will not be meeting in the parish hall at 10.30am today, Sunday. We will, however, meet next Sunday, 16th October, at our usual time of 10.30am This is for all children up to the age of 16. It will be great to see you! Kerry – 0750 4048352.
Holy Hour & Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursdays at St Helen’s at 3pm – a time for quiet reflection, meditation and contemplation.
Parish Pastoral Council Elections. Nominations are requested for a new representative for the Sacred Heart. Please pick up a nomination form from the table in the church porch.
The Missionary Appeal by Sr Enoula from the Daughters of Divine Love raised £814.49.
The Julian Benedictine Prayer Group will be holding a four week series of talks on how Benedictine spirituality can help us in our everyday and prayer lives staring Monday 26th September. The meetings will be at St George’s Church, Norwich from 6.30pm lasting approximately one and a half hours, tea and coffee provided. For further details please contact Diana on 01362 637597.
The St Bernadette Relic tour is at St John’s Cathedral, Norwich 13th to 15th October. Pilgrims are asked to register their attendance, choosing a dedicated timeslot. If you wish to register a time to visit the relics, please click on the link above.
Diocesan Renewal Team serving Charis, invite you to a Day of Prayer & Renewal in the Holy Spirit, led by Charles Whitehead. The theme is Becoming Missionary Disciples. It is on Saturday 15th October 2022, 10am – 4.30pm, Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Rd., Norwich, NR5 9AA. Please bring a packed lunch; tea and coffee provided.
At St John of the Cross we would welcome offers to do tea/coffee after Sunday Mass; also, we are looking for flower arrangers to join the team. Please give your name to Pauline Andrews.
We pray four our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Monica Hawley, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant, Celia Cooper, Barbara Laws and Michael Haughton.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Mary Merrill, Reinike (Ron) Papendick, Kathleen Kelly, Wladislaw (Val) Tanistra, Kenneth (Ken) Watson, Elsie Hughes, Catherine (Kay) Higgs, Arthur Pitman, Stanislaus Greiff and David Pugh.
May they rest in peace.