This year is a special one for me. In July I shall be celebrating 50 years of priesthood. Several events are being planned including the parish trip to France in October. There is a list in each church: please add your name if you are interested in going. This does not imply a strict commitment but it does give me some idea of how many places might be taken.
The diocese is planning to put in bids for new Catholic schools including two primary schools and a possible sixth form in Norwich. You will find more information in the porch of each of our churches.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) Next Monday (23 January). They will be watching a DVD in the afternoon & will have the usual activities in the morning.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club next meets on 25th January. This will be our Seasonal Celebration when we will have quizzes, games, poems, a sing-a-long & a free raffle. We meet for coffee at 11.30 am, there’s a simple hot lunch at 12noon and we finish at 4.00 pm with tea and cake. New members are welcome; please call 01692 582418 if coming for the first time.
Flame: March 11th. Flame is the national Catholic youth event at Wembley arena aimed at those in Year 10 and above. 10,000 young people will gather to receive inspiration from world-class speakers interspersed with music from Grammy award winner Matt Redman, and times of prayer. The diocese is taking a group offering subsidised tickets and arranging transport. For more information go to: www.rcdea.org/youth for more details.
Cool Catholic Kids (1-16 yrs) are now meeting every Sunday in the church hall with food and fun for all. Beginning in February (5th) there will be a Family Mass each month.
Journey in Faith. – next meeting for those who wish to learn about the Catholic faith today, 22nd January, at 5 pm in the presbytery.
On Saturday, 11th February, there will be a Quiz & Puddings Night in the parish hall beginning at 7 pm. Puddings and coffee will be provided. Tickets are on sale after Mass at £7.50. All proceeds will go to the Aylsham Development Fund.
Stalham Area House Mass. Re-arranged date is Friday 27th at 7pm. at Celia Cooper’s home. Please bring diaries. Please pray for John Gowing, Joe Seely and Mary Holmes’ father, Kevin Fitzmaurice, who are in hospital.
We pray for Maureen Bailey who died last Monday and those whose anniversaries occur this week: including Adrian (Ted) Frye, Frank Taylor, Irene Gladys Przybyla, Henry Honey, Joan Weston, Anthony (Tony) Crouch and Roger Northway.
May they rest in peace.
The interior of the church at North Walsham will be re-decorated this year. As the church is a listed building we will need the approval of the diocesan Historic Churches Committee for the colour scheme. Before we make our application the proposed choice of colours will be put to the congregation. Comments and suggestions will be welcome!
This month’s project: re-cycling
This week’s suggestion: use local charity shops to recycle unwanted goods or presents – or keep them for the Summer Fete!