During Lent this year the Old Testament readings explore the theme of God’s promises to his people and how God has fulfilled them – the theme of the covenant. For us as we prepare for the celebration of the New Covenant these readings prefigure and offer insights into the Paschal Mystery – the death and resurrection of Christ. For Christians the broken body of Christ on the cross is a sign of that covenant. In the gospel the conversation between Moses and Elijah, who represent the Law and the prophets, is about the Passover of Jesus which was to take place in Jerusalem. The Transfiguration, when the glory of Jesus as the Son of God is revealed, was to sustain and strengthen the three apostles for the testing time that lay ahead.
I shall be in Scotland (theology course) and then in Liverpool (family) until next Friday.
Lenten Alms in all our three communities are for the Church in Need – (North Walsham see wall slot).
Today, after Sunday Mass there is a retiring collection for the work of CAFOD: please return your CAFOD envelope with your donation.
On Monday 18th March: Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) – Mystery History Tour. The coach departs at 10am; returns approx. 3.30/3.45pm. Tickets still available £10. If interested contact Teresa on 01692 405007 or 07901 830327 by Tuesday 12th March.
Stations of the Cross (NW) at 12noon.
The Bible Group meets on Friday 22nd in the committee room at 2.30pm.
Sign CAFOD’s online Petition to the Prime Minister for urgent climate change action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C. Go to cafod.org.uk and choose climate under the heading of Campaign or sign on CAFOD Petition form of collective signatures.
Vacancy for a Deputy Headteacher at Notre Dame High School, Norwich required for September 2019. Pl see Diocesan Website for details: https://www.rcdea.org.uk/school-vacancies/
The inaugural meeting of the Sacred Heart Parishioners’ Forum will take place in the parish hall after 11am Mass on Sunday 31st March. Parishioners are invited to raise any concerns they may have which directly affect the Sacred Heart Community. Please approach your PPC representatives for further information.
Lenten Lunches (NW) are held at different venues 12.30pm on Thursdays. This week (21st) at the Congregational Church: the speaker is Rev Richard Woodhouse. A simple lunch, £4 – goes towards Christian Aid. Please see poster.
At Aylsham: (different venues) but at St John’s on 29th March at 12pm.
As a LiveSimply Project for Lent – the Welcome Rucksack Project. Please take a list and bring any donations to our churches during Lent and place them in the boxes provided.
For Hoveton. We will soon be back to the lighter evenings when St Helen’s will have refreshment after the 5.30pm Mass on Saturday evenings. I would like to create a rota to cover these sessions; if you can help, please let me know. Many thanks, Elaine Haughton.
Concert at St John of the Cross on Sat 30th March at 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 are on sale following Friday’s & Sunday Masses. 0776 218 2844.
Concert at NW Methodist Church: tickets £7 available by phoning 01263 768441.
We pray for all our sick parishioners: Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Frances Palman, Thomasina Hopkins, Matt Butler, Peter Lloyd and John Gowing.
We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Michael Yates, Ron Gibbs, Gerald Metcalf, Geoffrey Soden, Kathleen (Kay) Pearce, Henry (Dukie) Leeland and Denis Condon.
May they rest in peace.
Suggestions for Lent. Remember to bring some items to fill a Rucksack for an Asylum Seeker in Norwich.