Today’s first reading is about the prophet Elijah who has given up all hope. But when angels provide food and drink he is able to continue his journey. There is here a link with the manna which God provided in the desert but also with Jesus who is himself the bread from heaven. The people had complained that they knew who Jesus was and where he came from – how could he have anything new to reveal to them? In fact his teaching is indeed new as he tells them of his true origin and his relationship with his Father. He does not reveal this to impress but to offer ‘life’ (a word often used in John’s Gospel): ‘everyone who believes this has eternal life’.
This Wednesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: it is a Holyday of Obligation.
The Senior Citizens Group (NW) is now in its summer recess with no more meetings until September but the postponed Mystery Tour will take place tomorrow, Monday 13th August.
The annual Memorial Garden Mass will take place on Tuesday, 21st August at 6 pm in the garden, weather permitting.
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A date for your diary……A Pop-up Lunch to support the work of the SVP will be held on Saturday 1st September at Ivythorn Cottage, Thorpe Market. To reserve a place call Naomi on 01263 834838 or email – email@example.com or text/call 07825 510013 Fliers will be given out after Mass today (Saturday/Sunday).
The PPC Meeting which was to be held at St John of the Cross, Aylsham on Tuesday 24th July will now take place on Tuesday 28th August at 7.30 pm at St John of the Cross.
There is a vacancy on the Parish Pastoral Council for a representative from the St Helen’s community. If you are interested or would like more information about what is involved, please speak to Elaine Haughton or Peter Rylands who are your St Helen’s PPC reps.
The Norfolk Churches Trust are putting on their annual Bike Ride, Walk or Drive on Saturday 8th September. They hope many people will take part, either cycling or walking, even going by car! There will be an additional attraction: they would like people to send in pictures on the day and Brown & Co., who are sponsoring the event, will choose a couple of photographs, give a £50 prize and send them to the EDP to be published. Information: http://norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike-ride/competitions/
Advance News. Churches Together (NW) are having their annual Safari Supper on Saturday 22nd September. The Sacred Heart will be providing the main course. Please let Adrian Rudmanor Chris White (CTNW reps) know if you would be able to help with this meal.
Has anyone borrowed the electric fan that is usually kept in the choir loft? We would be grateful for its return.
We pray for all our sick parishioners, including Mary Johnson, Joe Seely and Sheila Hall.
We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Bernard Eyre, Sheila Monica, Audrey Miller and Barbara Jackson.
May they rest in peace.