Faith has the need of the breath of prayer if it is to flower in good works and remain alert. It is the same as our bodies need of food and the plants’ need of water. Faith is a living reality that we ‘pray continually and never lose heart’.
First Holy Communion. We are planning a meeting next month to begin preparing our children for First Holy Communion. Please let me know if your child will be taking part in the programme – by the end of this month, if possible.
This Sunday at the Sacred Heart at 3pm there will be Exposition, Meditation on the Joyful Mysteries and Benediction. This is for the whole parish.
Next Sunday is World Mission Day with a retiring collection. Bishop Hopes will be visiting the parish and will preside at all three Masses. There will be an opportunity for everyone to meet him at the end of Mass.
Parish Pastoral Council Nominations are requested for3 new representatives for the PPC, one of each of our Church Communities. Nomination forms can be found at the back of each church and please ensure that the completed forms are returned to Fr James by the 1st November.
Please return to the church your Missio Red APF boxes.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets Monday 17th October. There will be our usual Computer Workshop, or crafts with coffee and chat. At 12noon there is a Healing Mass with the Anointing of the Sick followed by a shared lunch. All are welcome from the three churches within our parish.
Thank you very much to all those who responded to our request for Bonne Maman jam jars (which we convert into home collecting jars). Please, no more jars for now as we have enough! So there are now plenty of “Coins for Cambodia” jars available for those who would like one at home for loose change. So far the scheme has brought in over £300 towards a borewell for the new student hostel in Pailin. Details are on the boards in all three churches or call 01263 577784.
Collection for Refugees on Kos & Rhodes – (update from Rob and Clare). We met with Fr John Luke Gregory last Tuesday (Feast of St Francis of Assis) in the Parish Church in Rhodes. He was explained the current refugee situation and said how extremely grateful he was for the huge donation we had to give him which amounted to £1,500 from our Parish, £500 from the Catholic Medial Missionary Society and a further £1,500 from our fellow NZ pilgrims. He was also very touched by the letter written to the refugees by the children of St Francis of Assisi School in Norwich .
For parishioners who are making up the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) a reminder that the boxes need to be finished and ready for collection by the end of this month. Should the parish not reach the target figure of 50 boxes, the charity will expect us to deliver our own contributions. In this event, please could we have a volunteer who could collect from Hoveton and North Walsham churches, and take the shoeboxes to a pick-up point in Cromer. Please email the office if you could help firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Antonia.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur during this week including: Edward Viccars-Barber, Mary Newton, John Perrin, Margaret (Peggy) Trevallion, Aloysius Faupel, Adrian (Ted) Beresford Frye and Frank Taylor.
May they rest in peace.