We often speak of the birth of a child as ‘a happy event’. But we are preparing for the birth of the Son of God, an event in which Joseph played a humble but indispensable part. This is the turning point in the story of our salvation.
Journey in Faith. The next meeting for those who wish to learn about the Catholic faith will be on Sunday, 8th January at 5 pm in the presbytery.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) will resume meetings with an AGM/Planning Meeting on 16th January 2017. Anyone wishing to come to future Monday meetings will be most welcome: please contact Teresa on 01692 405007.
Christmas Mass Times
6 pm Children’s Mass at Sacred Heart Church, North Walsham.
9 pm Midnight Mass at St John of the Cross Church, White Hart Street, Aylsham.
9 am Sung Christmas Mass at St Helen’s Church, Horning Road West, Hoveton.
11 am Sung Christmas Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, North Walsham. (Carols from 10.30 am)
The Collection taken at these Christmas Masses is the traditional Christmas gift to your priest. Any regular Sunday collection envelopes for Parish Funds should be held until the following weekend (Sat 31st/Sun 1st). Visitors may like to use the gift aid envelopes for the collection, available at the back of the church.
There will be an Advent Carol Service, today, 3pm in the Sacred Heart, followed by the children’s party in the hall. Please add children’s names to list in the church porch.
There is an Epiphany Candlelight Mass at Poringland on Sunday 8th January at 5pm. For all young people and their families across the diocese. This will be followed by hot dogs, with bonfire and fireworks. There will be a collection of presents for children who are refugees; (please bring wrapped presents and indicate whether suitable for a boy or girl or either plus approximate age). This will be held at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich. It is organised by the Diocesan Youth Service.
We pray for Wally Harmer. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Father David at St Helen’s on Thursday, 22nd December. We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: including Irene Brown, Brian Barby, Molly Harland, Bridget Bennett, Bertha (Teddy) Palmer, Alice Taylor, Richard Barrett, Doreen Clark, Juliette (Nan) Davies and Nora Slater.
May they rest in peace.
Missio has thanked the parish for our gift of £340.81.
What a great response to the Reverse Advent Calendar project! A total of 72 filled boxes have been delivered to the Cromer and District and the Norwich Foodbanks. Many of the boxes had more than the 25 items suggested, so in all about 2000 items were donated. The Foodbank volunteers were delighted and very grateful for our support.
Project: World Gifts
Suggestion of the week: Buy only what you need!