After the six weeks of Lent we enjoy six weeks of Eastertide. In this time we hear the stories of the appearances of the Risen Christ and reflect on the mystery of the Resurrection and how it affects our lives.
In today’s Gospel Jesus confirms the faith of the apostles and reaches out to Thomas who needs to see for himself the evidence of the crucifixion. We do not have the same physical reassurance as Thomas. We may not have seen as he did. But we believe that the Risen Jesus comes to us too, above all in the mystery of the Eucharist.
I shall be spending a few days with my family this week but will be back in time for the Cambodia Celebration Mass on Friday. Hope to see you there!
Today (Sunday) there is a Retiring Collection for Holy Land Shrines; (normally taken on Good Friday).
The Senior Citizens’ Group’s (NW) meets on Monday 24th. In the morning there will be the usual activities, Computer Workshop, craft and/or chair exercises plus coffee and a chat. Lunch is at 12.30pm. In the afternoon starting at 1.45pm. a re-scheduled event, Mick James will give a talk on “Glenn Miller’s Journey to Norfolk”.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place Bank Holiday Monday 1st May. Lists will be out this weekend; please put your names on these lists ASAP PLEASE. The cost of £5 which will be collected on the coach. Please bring a packed lunch. The theme this year is “The Joy of the Annunciation”. The coach will pick up from Hoveton at 9.30 am; North Walsham at 9.50 am and Aylsham at 10.25 am – to arrive in Walsingham at 11.15 am: return journey departs approx. 5.15pm. The Programme of the Day is on display in church porches. Please make a special effort to join the pilgrimage.
Cambodia Twinning Celebration Mass is at St John of the Cross at Aylsham on Friday 28th April at 7pm as shown on the flier inserted in the newsletter. The celebrant will be Fr. Philip Shryane from Gorleston and there will be people from across the Diocese to join us in praying for our twin parishes in Cambodia. We hope youwill join us in our celebration.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for senior citizens next meets on 26th April when we will be celebrating our Eighth Anniversary. Coffee will be served from 11.30am; there will be a simple lunch at 12.30pm followed by a free raffle, social activities, quizzes, games and home-spun entertainment. Please bring along your “party piece” – a poem, reading or song. We finish at 4.00pm with tea and cake. All senior citizens are welcome. Please call 01692 582418 and leave a message if you are coming for the first time; (for catering numbers).
“Walk with Me” (An Eastertide Journey of Prayer) is available in church porches. £1.00
We welcome Rebecca Richardson from North Walsham who was baptised and confirmed at the Easter Vigil.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Alfred Pycroft, Bernard Lipscombe, Marin Conneely, Connie Newsham, Doris Johnson, Sally Lovell, Livia Caffarelli, John Browne, and Betty Empson.
May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Awareness of our neighbour
This week’s suggestion: Give someone an outing