Today’s Gospel starts by removing misunderstandings about Jesus’ identity and mission, and concludes by defining our identity in relation to Him. He asks each one of us, ‘Who do you think I am, what do I mean to you?’ For each of us there’s the temptation to cast Him, and our relationship with Him, in a mould of our own designing. It would be so much more comfortable for us to have a cosy undemanding relationship with Jesus, one which didn’t challenge our sense of values and the way we live. But, like Peter, we must learn to accept and welcome Jesus on his own terms. Like Peter we must allow Jesus to lead us to the glory of the resurrection, by way of the cross. For Jesus, Peter and for us there’s no gain without pain!
Today is a Day for Life and there will be a retiring collection for Life charities.
Next Sunday there will be a retiring collection for Peter’s Pence.
Also today: Civic Service at St Nicholas Parish Church at 3 pm
Laudato si. Today is the first of five sessions of discussions and reflection on the Pope’s letter on global issues that affect us all. They take place in the Parish Hall each Sunday from 5 – 6 pm. It is for the whole parish; a different speaker will lead each session and all are welcome. Leaflets are available at the back of the church.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets on Monday 20th June in the hall at North Walsham. The day begins at 11.00am with computer workshop or chair exercises, coffee and a chat Prayers and lunch at 12:30pm are followed by the weekly raffle. In the afternoon the group will be playing Hoy.
Next Monday (27th) the Senior Citizens have their Walsingham Pilgrimage. Parishioners and friends are warmly invited to join this annual event. £5 each goes towards the cost of the coach hire. To book or for enquiries please ring Teresa on 01692 405007 or 07901 830327.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for senior citizens next meets on 22nd June. Coffee is served from 11.30am; there is a simple hot lunch at 12.30pm followed by a free raffle, social activities and games. We finish with tea & cake at 4.00pm. New members are always welcome. Please leave a message (for catering purposes) on 01692 582418 if coming for the first time.
Music for a Summer Evening – next Sunday 26th June. For the dedication and blessing of the new organ, there will be a concert taking place in the Sacred Heart Church at 6.15pm. The recital of Organ, Piano & Voice is given by David and Carol Shippey and Anthony Gowing, followed by a cheese & wine reception. This will also be the last event to raise funds for World Youth Day.
Diocesan Summer Camp 2016 takes place on Friday 26th to Monday 29th August for ages 8-14. Staying at New Eccles Hall School, Norfolk. Those interested in going should contact Kerry or Lauren Thorpe on 07504048352.
Cromer & District Foodbank’s treasurer is to retire in the near future. If you have basic book-keeping skills and would like to volunteer to help, please contact Ella King on 07826-376343 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – 19th to 28th August 2016. For information: Tel. 01206 396319 or email Deacon Clive on email@example.com
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – 17th – 24th October 2016. For details: firstname.lastname@example.org or call free on 0800 6123423.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur during this week including: Vera May, Margaret Price, Elizabeth (Betty) Broom, Kathleen Elsdon, Mary Gurney, John Toner, Leonard Winfield, Nellie Howell, Phillip Buller and Rose Diamond.
May they rest in peace.
Alfred and Margaret Larkin wish to thank everyone for their good wishes for their wedding anniversary.