A WARM WELCOME TO OUR VISITORS. Thank you for joining us for our Mass, we hope you are enjoying your stay in Norfolk. You are welcome to join parishioners for coffee after our Sunday Masses (in Aylsham and North Walsham). Our visitors may like to use one of the “one off” gift-aid envelopes for your collection, available at the back of the church. Many thanks.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We have a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan: there will be copies of it available in the porch for those who would like to reflect further on it afterwards.
RETIRING COLLECTION – this weekend for SPUC (The White Flower Appeal).
BENEDICTION is this afternoon at 3.00pm at the Sacred Heart Church when the theme will be “Silence”.
NEXT WEEKEND there will be a second collection for Pax Christi. This is a special Day of Prayer for Peace.
Our Crib Collection this year is for “Crisis”. The collection baskets are at the cribs in each of our churches.
The knitted Crib, at the Sacred Heart, beautifully created by Sheila Hall – donations go to the Benjamin Foundation.
SENIOR CITIZENS’ GROUP resumes on Monday 13th January after the Christmas break: am – Computer Workshop; pm – AGM: Part 1.
STALHAM AREA HOUSE MASS is now transferred from 17th January to Friday 7th February.
A WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY takes place from 18th to 25th January.
At North Walsham: there is a United Service on Sunday 19th January at the Methodist Church, Grammar School Road at 3.00pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
At Aylsham: the United Service is on Sunday 26th January at the Jubilee Centre, Norwich Road at 4.00pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Prayer leaflets for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are available at the back of the church.
ECUMENICAL CENTERING PRAYER MEETINGS recommence on Tuesday 14th January at 25 Sendall Road, North Walsham at 2-3pm. – then fortnightly thereafter. All welcome. Tel. no. 01692 402398.
PARISH SUPPORT GROUP Don’t forget we have a support group that can be reached either by phoning 07501 265779 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT CAMBODIA A big “Okoon charen” (thank you very much) for all your donations for Cambodia in 2013, both financial and in kind. Also, A big THANK YOU to all who have worked so hard during this past year in arranging fund raising events for our Cambodia Funds. For news and pictures of Christmas and New Year celebrations in our twin parish go to “Cambodia blog” on parish website.
A party of six from the parish: Fr David, Bob and Katie Maidment, Carol & David Shippey and Jan Northway will be leaving for Cambodia on 13th January taking your love, prayers and gifts with them. Please pray for a safe and fruitful visit.
From the Parish: They go with our prayers.
ROTAS for Eucharistic Ministers (NW) – named copies ready for collection.
DIOCESAN YEAR BOOK with LITURGICAL CALENDAR (Ordo) 2014 is now available in the church porch at the SPECIAL OFFER price of £3.00 – a very useful booklet, listing Feast/Saints Days and information on the diocese and all its parishes. An excellent buy!
ST HELEN’S 4th WEDNESDAY CLUB – the next meeting – 22nd January 2014.
BISHOP ALAN INVITES YOU to join him in a Mass for the Sick at St John’s Cathedral, in a Celebration of our Lady of Lourdes: this will include the Sacrament of Anointing. It is on Saturday 15th February 2014 at 12noon. We could run a coach if there are enough takers. PLEASE SIGN the list in the porch if you would be interested in travelling by coach.
THE FURSEY LECTURE The Fursey Pilgrims invite you to a Celebration of the feast of St Fursey at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, Sprowston, Norwich on Saturday 18th January at 3pm. The Celtic Service is followed by light refreshments and then the Fursey Lecture by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe. £10 for the afternoon which ends at 6pm. A Celebration evening meal will follow (to be pre-booked) at the Forget-me-not Café. Bookings/enquiries 01603 402797 or email email@example.com
CYCLE OF PRAYER (January): For Peace and Christian Unity.
We pray for Patricia Mary Cole, who died on Christmas Day aged 91 years, also for Bridget Power who died last Wednesday night aged 97 years; we remember in prayer their families and friends. We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Ben Bianco, Kathleen Anne Holdstock, Romano Pagani, Dorothy Nonna Henderson, Rosemay Semple and Joana Maria Auckland.
May they rest in peace. Amen.