“No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people.”
The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B invite us to hear God calling and to respond.
We are all called to follow the Lord Jesus. Just as all people of the Old Covenant, the Old Testament, were called to be faithful to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, so are we and especially now that we have Christ Jesus as the final revelation. The Book of Samuel shows us that we must wait on the Lord and listen for His Word. The First Letter to the Corinthians tells us that the redemption of our body is part of this plan. And the Gospel reminds us that sometimes we set out to seek the Lord and find out that it was the Lord who called us first.
Today is Peace Day.
The Pope’s Intention for the Month of January. For the Gift of Diversity in the Church: we pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to recognise the gift of different charisms within the Christian community and to discover the richness of different traditions and rituals in the Catholic Church.
Minutes of the PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) Meeting held on 5th December are now available to read on-line and also in hard copy to pick up from the back of the church.
The newly-formed Parish Social Committee will next meet in the presbytery on Monday 22nd January at 7.30pm, principally to discuss the Parish Fete, which it is hoped will be held in the summer. We would like to see representatives from each of the churches.
Scam Emails. Anyone receiving emails asking for money or gift cards using Fr. Peter’s name, please do not reply or make any contact.
It’s Quiz Night at St John of the Cross, Aylsham, on Saturday 27th January at 7pm. Tickets are £5 each, maximum of 6 per table. All monies from ticket sales and a raffle will be donated to the Cromer Foodbank. Bring your own drinks and nibbles – teas & coffees available. Pl contact Fran Ludden (text 07849 692227/email Fran.firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place.
Inviting young people, aged 16 – 30 to Transform For Lent. It might seem that Christmas was only yesterday but already it’s not long until Lent! The Ignite Team are hosting a weekend retreat for young people at Clare Priory the weekend before Lent begins (10th – 11th February). Contemporary music, inspiring talks and passionate prayer times. For more information and to book a place see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth. From Hamish MacQueen, Director of Youth Service.
Sacred Heart Readers – named copies of your new rota, beginning 4th February, are now available to collect from the church porch.
Don’t forget to use the Website Calendar for announcements.
Please remember, the parish hall is still a building site and, for health and safety reasons, is officially out of bounds.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Celia Cooper, Marie Barton, Robert Buhagiar, Margaret Larkins, Daphne Necchi, Bert Pooler, Maria Halsey, Shirley Teague, Joan Macnamara, Richard Skelton, Teresa Fitzmaurice and Joan Gale.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this week: Dorothy Henderson, Ursula Springer, Rosemary Semple, Joana Auckland, John Podevyn, Peter Burnham, Lucy Gawlina, Michael Booth, Grace Wood and Mark Gibbons.
May they rest in peace.