1st Sunday of Lent.
Each year on the 1st Sunday of Lent we hear the account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. This year it is Mark who gives his own terse narrative. He tells us that it is the Spirit who drives Jesus into the desert. Although he is with the wild beasts, angels look after him. Once John the Baptist has been arrested Jesus begins his proclamation of the Good News of the Kingdom which is close at hand. This will mean repentance and a change of heart for all.
Next Friday is Family Fast Day. This year CAFOD is focusing on the need for clean water which many isolated communities have difficulty in accessing. Envelopes are available today for a retiring collection next Sunday. You can also donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or text LENT to 70460 to donate £10. For more information, go to the CAFOD website.
The government has, on a temporary basis, allowed home abortions. It has recently launched a consultation on whether to make this permanent. If you would like to make your views known you can find details on the notice board section of the parish website.
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 – 01603 738255 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Derek and Frances Palman, Mary Bell and Mary Carr.
We also pray for Jean Wood, Kevin Fitzmaurice, Teresa Goode, Joan Mullane and John Gowing who died recently; and for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Betty Allain, Daphne de Soissons, Gerald Hearne, Roy Copperwheat, Robert Cockrill, Michael McCann, Edith Collins, Michael Fogarty, Mary (Eileen) Clarke, Monica Hardingham and Mary Townsend.
May they rest in peace.
Last week’s collection: £294.00 Standing orders: £553.00