Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, the 8th day of the Feast of Easter in which Blessed Pope John Paul II said that we receive the Easter Gift. And what is this very special Easter Gift? It is the gift of Divine Mercy and forgivingness.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we hear once again the familiar story of Thomas, who had to touch and see before he believed. In the story of “doubting Thomas” Jesus shows compassion and mercy on him by showing Thomas His wounds.
The message of mercy is that God loves us – all of us – no matter how great our sins. Let us approach God on his throne of mercy and allow ourselves to be transformed by his love and grace so as to reach the goal to which he calls us: eternal life and happiness through holiness.
Forum meeting takes place at St Helen’s Church after Mass. (Saturday 15th)
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham is on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May. A coach will pick up parishioners from Hoveton at 9.30am, from North Walsham at 9.50am and from Aylsham at 10.15am, to arrive at the Shrine at 11.15am. Please sign your names to the list in church porches as we need to know numbers for size of coach. Cost – £6 to be collected on the coach. To bring a packed lunch.
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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 18th – 26th August 2023. Bishop Peter will be leading us on the pilgrimage, leading in fact the whole Catholic Assoc. Pilgrimage: see website https://www.tangney-tours.com/pilgrimages/lourdes/catholic-association More details to follow.
Exciting outing for Faithful Flames children – Let’s go bowling!
Sunday 7th May the children will go bowling as a group at Jr’s North Walsham (NR28 0JQ) at 12.45pm. It is free; only children may bowl, adults must remain with children. Food/drink to be purchased separately. Pl contact Kerry – 07504048352 to book or speak to her on Sundays during Faithful Flames.
Concert, on Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm will be held at St John of the Cross given by “Singers Unlimited” in memory of the late Michael Hawley. Tickets on sale now £10 cash (£12 on the door) from Katie – 01263 577784 or firstname.lastname@example.org All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society. Please see poster in the church for details.
Interested in working with children and young people? The Diocesan Youth Service is looking for people aged 18-35 to join the Ignite Team, sharing the Gospel Message with young people: full-time positions initially for either 12 months (Sept. intake) or 6 months (January intake) with training, food, accommodation and a monthly allowance. More information on www.rcdea.org.uk/youth
Day participants are welcome to join the retreat for young women “God’s Extravagant Love” on Saturday 22nd April at 9.30am at The Julian Centre, Rouen Rd. Norwich NR1 1QT. Pl bring a packed lunch. Mass celebrated at 2.30pm. Contact email@example.com
Margaret & Alf Larkins would like to thank the kind people from St Helen’s who sent them Easter cards.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar and Alf and Margaret Larkins.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Peter Lloyd, Eric Hall, Mario Vanzino, Dorothy Pooler, Anthony Middlecoat, Ida Dufour, Bertram (Bert) Alley, Inga Courtenay, Winifred (Freda) Edwards, Joan Sims, Anne Papendick and Peter Quinlan.
May they rest in peace.