We were reminded last week to stay awake and alert to the Lord’s coming. Today’s readings further that message. Not only are we to be alert, we must tend to our lives. Not only must we not doze our way through life, we must, as the Baptist proclaims in the desert, “make straight his paths.”
Next weekend here will be a retiring collection for the Dependent Priest’s Fund. Please give generously.
Advent Carol Service is at St Helen’s, Hoveton, on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm and at The Sacred Heart North Walsham on Sunday 17th at 3pm.
The Children’s Parish Christmas Party will be held in the hall at 4.00pm following the Carol Service at North Walsham. Please add your child’s name to the list.
Friday December 15th: the whole parish is warmly invited to join the community of St. John of the Cross to celebrate their patronal feast with Mass at 9.30am, followed at 10.15am by Coffee & Cake when Harry Macey [organist at Aylsham Parish Church] will play St. John’s beautiful new organ, showing what it [and he] can do. Everyone is welcome. Details: contact Michael on 01603 898179
There is a Service of Reconciliation with Confessions at the Sacred Heart church on Saturday 16th at 11.30am.
The first meeting for Confirmation Candidates and (for this meeting) parents will be on Sunday 17th December at 5pm in the church, at North Walsham, following the Carol Service.
On Monday 11th December the Senior Citizens Group (NW) will be having their Christmas Luncheon at the Wayford Bridge Inn.
The following week, Monday 18th December Father James will be leading an Advent Day of Reflection in the parish hall, to which the whole parish is invited. Mass will be celebrated at 12noon followed by a shared lunch
Application forms for First Communion children are available in our churches.
CAFOD ‘World Gifts’ catalogues are available. Please read and see how your gift can make a difference to those in need.
St Helen’s Coffee Morning in conjunction with Churches Together is here in the porch 10.30-11.30am on the first Wednesday of every month except January.
The ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’. Thank you to everyone who filled a box for the Cromer and District and Norwich Food banks again this year. We have delivered 70 boxes so far to the Food Banks and there are still a few more to come this weekend. The Food Bank volunteers were very grateful for our support.
We pray for Rosalie Bates and John Booth who died recently and our sick parishioners, including Margaret Wynes and Linda Dawson.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Jean Gawthorpe, Mary Fogarty, Effie Krzyszton, Angela Holmes, Mildred Parker, Ivan Fisher, Mary (Lily) Smith and Teresa (Tess) Semple. May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Living in Solidarity with the Poor & Persecuted
This week’s suggestion: Try to be inclusive in your Christmas celebrations