The Scribes and Pharisees who so often oppose Jesus were mostly good people who tried to live moral lives in fidelity to the Law. For Jesus that is never enough. What he calls people to is not simply the avoidance of evil but an intimate relationship with God. Equally for St Paul: for him the great virtue of the moral life is not will-power but faith – the ‘hidden wisdom of God’. In other words we don’t have to achieve salvation simply through our own efforts!
Today is ‘Racial Justice Day’ and there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
A Special Mass, for CAFOD, & Day of Recollection is at St John the Baptist Cathedral on Saturday 25th February at 12noon, celebrated by Bishop Alan as part of the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of East Anglia. Lunch is provided (donations accepted). The day ends at 4.30pm. Pl register with Stephen Matthews on 01223 358552 or go to https://eastangliadayofrecollection.eventbrite.co.uk
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets on Monday 6th. In the morning there will be the usual activities – Computer Workshop, craft, and/or chair exercises plus coffee and a chat. Lunch is at 12.30pm. In the afternoon starting at 1.45pm the group will be involved in a Word Game.
“Walk with Me” – booklet of readings, prayers and reflections to accompany us through Lent will be in church porches. Just £1. (Awaiting delivery).
Stalham Area House Mass. The next House Mass is this coming Friday (17th) at 7pm at Frances Hall’s home. 3 St John’s Gardens, Stalham. Tel. 01692 582596.
Journey in Faith. – next meeting for those who wish to learn about the Catholic faith is 19th February, at 5 pm in the presbytery.
In our usual monthly letter of thanks from Cromer & District Foodbank it was pointed out that over the Christmas period they received an amazing and very welcome amount of food and as a result their food stocks at present are still looking fairly healthy. However, they continue to be short of Cuppa Soup, Tinned Fruit, Breakfast Cereal and Pasta. Please note: they are overstocked on Beans and Soup and do not need any more of these items. More information is on the notice board at the Sacred Heart.
Flame: March 11th. Flame – the national Catholic youth event at Wembley arena for Year 10s plus. Go to www.rcdea.org/youth
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: including June Trafford, Audrey Greensword, Robert Watson, Mary McKoen, Marion Yapp, Mary (Beatrice) Devitt, Arthur Warnes, Edward Brown, Louise Woodroff and Brendon Cushion.
May they rest in peace.
Please pray for John Gowing, Joe Seely and Mary Holmes’ father, Kevin Fitzmaurice who are in hospital.
Thank you for the feedback in response to the proposed colour scheme for the re-decoration of the Sacred Heart. We are getting closer to reaching a really impressive solution. All will be revealed when the details have been resolved!
This month’s project: Living simply & sensibly
This week’s suggestion: plan your menu for the week before shopping