“The Eucharist is truly a glimpse of heaven appearing on earth.”
This day is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The readings for Corpus Christi Year A focus on the Eucharist. We are reminded that God cared for the Israelites by providing manna. By receiving Holy Communion, we are spiritually fed and united in each other. And in the Gospel of John, Jesus makes it clear that the Eucharist is truly His body and blood, and gives us life.
The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ or ‘Corpus Christi’ for short was born for the very precise purpose of openly reaffirming the faith of the People of God in the real, substantial and true presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is a feast that was established in order to publicly adore, praise and thank the Lord, who continues ‘“to love us to the end”, even to offering us his body and his blood’ (Sacramentum Caritatis,n. 1).
Our Patronal Feast Day falls on Friday 16th June but we will be celebrating it on Sunday 18th.
As your parish priest I have already started and wish to continue visiting all my parishioners and blessing your homes. If you would like me to visit you please contact me by either emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01692 403258.
A very enjoyable AGM meeting/evening was held last Sunday when parishioners from our three churches were able to socialise together, hear more from our guest speakers about our twinned parish, in Svay Sisophon, Cambodia, and generally be brought up-to-date, with our finances from Ken and on the state of the parish from our jocular Chairman. A big ‘thank you’ must go to all who helped make the evening such a success, especially in the provision of exceptional food dishes and in the organisation of both preparation and clearing up that was needed. Thank you to all who in any way contributed.
A ‘Fundraising Recital’ to support! On Friday 23rd June there will be a recital in the Sacred Heart Church at 6pm from some talented young musicians, including Alice Platten, BBC Young Chorister finalist 2022. They wish to raise funds towards hiring a coach for an outing to the beach for the children of Faithful Flames. Refreshments to follow in the hall. Tickets: adults £6, children £3. Please do come along to support this summer outing for the children.
To mark the 1,350 years since St Etheldreda set up the first religious community in Ely an Ecumenical Festal Evensong & Procession is to be held in Ely Cathedral at 4pm on Sunday 25th June. Refreshments will be available after the service. It would be helpful to those organising the event if you could kindly, a.s.a.p., sign the list in the porch if you are going to attend. Information on St Etheldreda and a newly formed Pilgrimage Tour around the Cathedral can be found from Benedict.Kent@elycathedral.org or tel.01353 260318
‘Quiz & Chips’ – to raise funds for World Youth Day, on Saturday 1st July from 2.00 – 5.00pm in the parish hall. Ticket price includes food & a donation to WYD. Please speak to Kerry or Lauren after Mass. See the poster!
A House Mass will be held at the home of Peter and Georgiana Rylands at 3pm on Tuesday 13th June. Their address is 3 The Horseshoe, the Street, Sutton. NR12 9RF.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar, Margaret Larkins, Daphne Necchi, Bert Pooler and Maria ?
A Requiem Mass for Harry Levy will take place on Friday 23rd June at 1.30pm at St John of the Cross, Aylsham.
The Funeral for Alf Larkins will take place on Tuesday 27th June at 11.00 am at St Helen, Hoveton.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Russell Skipper, Ann (Val) Edwards, Elizabeth (Betty) Kelso, Una Youngson, Mary Cushion, Jean Booth, Barbara Winfield, Ian Roberts and Patricia Minehan. May they rest in peace.