For quite a few people, myself included, lockdown and social restrictions have encouraged us to take a greater interest in our gardens. Growing vegetables, fruit and flowers has been a learning process with the added benefits of fresh air and exercise. The readings for this Sunday are full of images of agriculture. They show that the production of the harvest is God’s work. The initiative is his: we share in the process by sowing the seed and reaping the harvest. Mark is saying that the kingdom will come about in God’s good time and by God’s means. For our part we need to keep faith and trust in God since we are part of the harvest.
A date for your diary: Sunday, 25th July when all three of our communities are invited to come together for a convivial afternoon in the garden at North Walsham!
At the Sacred Heart all services are live streamed and are accessible from your computer. To access them click here or go to the parish website and click on ‘Live Streaming’.
If you wish to attend a Sunday Mass you need to book a place with the co-ordinator for each church.
Should you find you are unable to attend please make contact with your co-ordinator to cancel that booking and ‘free up’ a place for somebody else.
John Bolger at N.Walsham: 01692 581516 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fran Ludden at Aylsham: 07849 602227 (email@example.com)
Richard McGreevy at Hoveton: 01603738255 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Readers of the Word: As we are shortly hoping to resume more of our regular features in the Mass, we find we are in need of more readers, to make up a complete rota. Please let us know if you would like to read in church. When further easing of restrictions takes place, there will be commissioning and training if needed.
Bible Study With lockdown gradually easing, and the church hall now in use, we can think about restarting fortnightly Bible Study in North Walsham. Please let me know if you are interested. If this is new to you – do think about trying it! Contact John Bolger: email@example.com or phone 01692 581516
Letter of thanks from CAFOD in East Anglia and Brentwood: Thanks to your support, CAFOD has been helping communities around the world cope with the pandemic. Just in Zambia, in the past year, our reports show we’ve been able to reach 1,234,200 people with messages on COVID-19, provide 13,312 people with access to safe water, train 392 frontline health workers from Zambia’s 11 dioceses on how to prepare and respond to COVID-19 in their local communities and donate over 1000 handwashing hygiene stations in communities to support handwashing measures. Thank you for standing alongside people in Zambia and for supporting people in more than 30 other countries worldwide.
Contact details. It would help us in keeping our records up to date if parishioners who have arrived in the parish in the last few years or have changed address, would fill in a form which we can provide. Alternatively they could email or telephone the office – 01692 403258: email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Derek and Frances Palman, Mary Bell and Mary Carr.
We pray for Glory Hogan who died recently and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Grace Rock, Robert Franklen, Jan Fiszer, Peter Kelly, Catherine Bateman, William (Jack) Price, Angela Upton, Marie Jose Adcock and Vera Phipps.
May they rest in peace.