Today’s first reading and Gospel both have the same theme: that the forces of nature are under the control of God who has care for his people. In the first reading the power of the natural world does not reveal God; instead God chooses to reveal himself in the gentle breeze.
In the Gospel Peter responds to the invitation of Jesus but, because his faith is inadequate, he begins to sink beneath the waves. Peter is always numbered first among the apostles, he is named ‘rock’, he is the one who takes the lead after Pentecost, yet his faith so often lets him down. The apostles are not super-heroes who can manage through their own strength but are shown to be weak human beings with whom we can identify.
The re-decorating of the Sacred Heart church is well advanced. Sunday Mass is celebrated in the parish hall today and probably for another two Sundays. The weekday Mass at Hoveton (Wednesday) and Aylsham (Friday) continues as usual. Saturday Confessions are in the presbytery from 12 to 12.30 and by appointment.
For weekday Masses, each week there is a Mass at St Joseph’s Sheringham on: Mondays at 9.00 am, Saturdays at 9.00 am.
Tuesday is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady and is a Holyday of Obligation.
Looking ahead; a date for the diary. Our Annual Mass in the Garden of Remembrance at the Sacred Heart takes place on Tuesday 22nd August at 6.00pm. Should it be a wet evening the Mass will be celebrated in the church.
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The Minutes of the PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) meeting on the 11th July 2017 are now on the parish website and on the notice board at Aylsham and Hoveton.
Norfolk Churches Trust will be running the annual Sponsored Bike Ride & Walk (plus Drive, this year) on Saturday 9th September.
The group going with Fr Michael Johnstone to Kingston, Jamaica, to work as volunteers with the Missionaries of the Poor will be making the trip in the second week in January 2018. There are still places available: for information email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01603 664118. There will be a final reminder after Christmas.
Jean Eastaugh’s Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday, 23rd August at 12.30 pm in the church at North Walsham. Jean was a member of the Senior Citizen’s group and regularly attended Sunday Mass at North Walsham. Everyone is welcome to come to her Funeral Mass.
We pray for Jean Eastaugh and Jenny Copeman who died last week and all whose anniversaries occur this week including: Sheila Chard, Audrey Miller, Barbara Jackson and Hilda Howard.
May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Pray for the World
This week’s suggestion: Pray for Persecuted Christians Worldwide