4th Sunday of Advent 2020.
20th –24th December.
Today’s readings are about promises made to David (1st reading) and Mary (Gospel). They both relate to the Incarnation that we will be celebrating this Christmas week. The promises tell of God’s actions in the history of his people. Like David and Mary we approach God with nothing of our own to offer. All that we have and are is given by grace – and God’s grace enables us to receive and respond. Mary becomes ‘full of grace’; David becomes a king with an eternal descendance. That God wishes us to share eternal life is, as Paul tells us, the way the eternal God wishes things to be.
If you wish to attend a Sunday Mass you need to book a place with the co-ordinator for each church:
John Bolger at Sacred Heart – 01692 581516 (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Fran Ludden at Aylsham – 07849 602227 (email@example.com);
Richard McGreevy, Hoveton – 07730 817580 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Weekday Masses: this week Wednesday: 9.30 at St Helen’s.
Christmas Eve. 12 noon at Sacred Heart: Vigil Mass of Christmas. 6 pm at Sacred Heart: Christmas Family Mass (fully booked). 9 pm at St John of the Cross: Midnight Mass (fully booked).
Christmas Day. 9 am at St Helen’s: Dawn Mass (fully booked). 11 am at Sacred Heart: Mass of the Day.
You will need to book places at the Christmas Masses with the co-ordinator of each church. There are still places at the Vigil Mass and the Mass on Christmas morning at Sacred Heart church.
The Collection taken at any of the Christmas Masses is the traditional Christmas gift to your priest. Any regular Sunday collection envelopes for the parish should be held until the following weekend (Sat 26th/Sun 27th). Visitors may like to use the gift aid envelopes for the collection, available at the back of the church.
Please pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, John Gowing, Derek and Frances Palman, Kevin Fitzmaurice, Lesley Shenton and Mary Carr.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Bridget Bennett, Bertha (Teddy) Palmer, Alice Taylor, Richard Barrett, Doreen Clark, Juliette (Nan) Davies, Mary Dawes, Nora Slater, John Hall, Patricia Coles, Kathleen Bates, Ruth Blishen, Thomas Proud, Joan Bolger and June Cole.
Father James Walsh
Collection Total: £ 306.30 Standing orders: £533.00
Clergy Dependant Fund Total: £ 402.20