In today’s Gospel Jesus consoles his disciples about his imminent departure. He promises to return to take them to himself so that they will be with him. We hear his words with our knowledge of what is about to happen and with our faith in the resurrection. But at this point, the disciples are just confused by his words and so the passage shows the disciples’ doubts.
One question, presented by Thomas, receives a response that may be one of the most well-known New Testament descriptions of Jesus, “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” The disciples want to know the route to the Father’s house and Jesus says, “I am the way.”
The Rosary (NW): those who would like to lead the Rosary during May, please sign the list in the porch. There are similar arrangements for Aylsham & Hoveton. Leaflets on how to pray the Rosary are available.
The Senior Citizens’ Group’s (NW) meets on Monday 15th May for the usual activities in the morning, Computer Workshop etc. PM For the afternoon there will be “in house entertainment”.
Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham is on Tuesday 30th May. Please see poster for details.
Stalham Area House Mass on Friday 19th May, at 7pm, will be held at the home of Georgiana & Peter Rylands: 3 The Horseshoe, The Street, Sutton. NR12 9RF. Tel. 01692 580172.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for senior citizens next meets 24th May. Coffee is served at 11.30am, a simple hot lunch at 12.30pm followed by a free raffle, social activities and games. We finish with tea and cake at 4pm. The cost is £2.50 and new members are always welcome. Please call 01692 582418 for further information.
Diocesan Summer Camp 2017 for ages 8 – 14 years from Fri 25th – Monday 28th at New Eccles Hall School, Norfolk. See posters in our church porches for details.
Support Cambodia Plant Sale on Saturday 20th May, 9am – 1pm at The Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Donations of (labelled!) plants may be left BEHIND the Parish Hall (under the windows) or brought to the hall on Friday afternoon between 3 and 6pm or contact Bob on 01263 577784. For delivery of cakes/produce please call Ginny Keane on 07733430270. Offers of help, especially setting up on Saturday morning from 7.30am and clearing up after 1pm will be much appreciated. .
The Annual Parish Meeting is on Monday 22nd May at 7pm in the Parish Hall at North Walsham. Please sign up on the lists in your church if you wish to attend.
Another date for your diary – Father James’ Tea Party on Friday, 26th May beginning at 3 pm. This will be (weather permitting) in the parish garden at North Walsham. Everyone is welcome – bring a friend – and entrance is free. We will be joined by some French guests who will be here as part of the Aylsham Twinning. Offers of scones and sponge cakes gratefully accepted!
Young adults Pilgrimage to Santiago – ”walking the Camino” The Diocesan Youth service is organising a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the last week of July. For those aged 18 – 35 years. For more information see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Winifred (Joan) Madden, Joan Harmer, Margaret Douglas, Elizabeth Uden, Terence Gigli, John McGuinn, Jean Graydon-Carter and Mary Sparks. May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Caring for Creation
This week’s suggestion: Support the Plant Sale for
Cambodia next Saturday at the Sacred Heart,