“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Let us appreciate our call to be Christ’s disciples: every one of us is called by God, both individually and as Church members, to be His disciple. The call is both a privilege and responsibility. The mission of preaching, teaching and healing which Jesus began in Galilee is now the responsibility of the Church and of each individual Christian. Our response to the call begins with our reception of Baptism and Confirmation, the Sacraments of Initiation. That response is meant to be strengthened through the years by the Eucharist and Reconciliation and to be made manifest in Matrimony or Holy Orders. We are healed and consoled in the Anointing which also prepares us for death. As we respond to Christ’s call, we gain spiritual strength through our personal and family prayers, our Sacramental life and our faithful study of the Bible and the Church’s teachings.
Today is Sunday of the Word of God.
On Tuesday at 11.30am there will be The Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell for Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
World Leprosy Day. There will be a Lepra Appeal given at each of our three churches on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at the end of the Sunday Mass.
Inviting all young people in Year 9 and above to ‘Flame’ at Wembley Arena. The Diocesan Youth Service is excited to be taking a group to ‘Flame’ on 4th March. Flame is the largest Catholic gathering of young people in the UK, coming together to experience the best in international speakers, artists and performers. For details and to book a ticket and place on the coach, please see www.rcdea.org.uk/youth. Bookings must be received by 12 February.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club next meets on 25th January. We serve coffee and biscuits from 11.30am, with the opportunity for a chat and sharing our stories. A simple hot meal will be served at around 12.30pm, followed by further social activity. We finish at 2pm. Please feel welcome to join us for any part of this time. Please leave a message by Monday 23rd January if coming for the first time – 01692 582418.
The next Coffee Morning at St Helen will be on Wednesday 1st February 2023.
RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings are taking place, for those adults seeking to become members of the Catholic Church or wishing to know more about the faith. Please contact the parish office or speak with Fr. Peter for information.
Important notice. Parishioners who have Foundation Masses arranged annually in our parish, please contact the parish office (email or by phone) or inform Fr Peter of the details.
Just a reminder to all ‘counters’ in our three churches: please note, that all summaries of ‘church takings’ must now be entered on the new sheets, (comprising 3 pages) delivered this week, thereby starting with the figures for 7th/8th January which was 1st Week of the Year. Please destroy former sheets.
Request for a lift to Mass (Sundays, at North Walsham) for Burt Pooler who is now at Walsham Grange Care Home, Bacton Road. Pl contact the parish office if you can help – 01692 403258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar and Alf Larkins.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Dorothy Pearce, Gregory Noble, Ruth Flood, Jacqueline Beardshaw, Elizabeth Hammond, Mary Phillips and Minnie Nicholls.
May they rest in peace.