A warm welcome to any visitors who may be with us this weekend, staying with family and friends or just here on holiday: we hope you have an enjoyable time in beautiful North Norfolk. You are welcome to stay for coffee after our weekend Masses and meet some of our parishioners.
We especially welcome Fr Peter Brown to our parish; he will be with us for this weekend and next in Fr James’ absence.
Fr James thanks all those who have sent in their suggestions for a collective noun for bishops. Many of them were quite creative and some were not suitable for a wider audience! A ‘mitre of bishops’ is good; a ‘crook of bishops’ is open to misunderstanding! I liked ’a benignity of bishops’ but the first place went to ‘a benediction of bishops’.
Assisted Dying Bill Postcards. These cards are available at the back of the church. On 11th September 2015 a very important debate will be taking place in the House of Commons on a Private Members Bill to legalise assisted suicide. We are urged by Archbishop Peter Smith, Chairman to the Dept. of Christian Responsibility & Citizenship, to consider the message on the cards and make contact with our local MP. He suggests we also give these cards to colleagues and friends. We need to play our part and ACT NOW by making our views known. So please take some cards and use them to support what we believe to be right.
Safari Supper – Saturday 5th September, at 6.30 pm. Our church will be providing the dessert. Tickets: cost – adults £7.50; under 12s £5.00.
The annual Riverside Service – ”Songs of Praise” (arranged by the local churches) is at Hoveton Staithe next Sunday 30th August (the Bank Holiday weekend) at 3.30 pm. Do join us to boost our Christian witness. This is a service to which you can invite family and friends to come along. If it rains the service will move to St Helen’s.
The Norfolk Churches Trust is reminding us that it is time to think about the Sponsored Bike Ride & Walk, on Saturday 12th September. So, to help, through the Churches Trust, continue to preserve our beautiful churches in Norfolk, get sponsored for each building you visit or make a donation. Information & Sponsor/Donation forms in the porch at North Walsham or go online to: norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/sponsored-bike-ride
The Senior Citizens Group will meet on Monday 24th August as usual. There will also be a Computer Workshop.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for senior citizens next meets on 26th August. Coffee is served from 11.30am, a simple hot lunch is at 12.30pm followed by social activities and games. We finish at 4pm with tea and cake. All over 60s welcome. If coming for the fist time, please call 01692 582418 to let us know/leave a message for catering purposes.
Fundraising for World Youth Day: Kerry and Lauren’s last book sale takes place Sunday 30th August (NW) but they will be having cake sales in September, a silent auction in October and selling Christian loom bands every fortnight. Please do support them – they’re working really hard to get to Krakaw!
Again today after Mass at North Walsham, Maureen and Antonia will continue to sell off more of the items left over from the Fete. Do visit our stall – there will be considerable bargains on offer. The money raised from the Fete items will go towards the Organ Fund.
We have received the Summer Newsletter, a ‘thank you’ to the parish and list of future requirements, from Cromer & District Foodbank, now on display on the noticeboard.
Many of you may already know that Sarah Shippey from St John’s, Aylsham, will be marrying her fiancé Jason on Saturday 29th August in the Sacred Heart Church at 12noon. Carol and David Shippey are happy to invite parishioners, following the marriage, to join them in the parish hall for tea and cupcakes and to meet the happy couple.
Changes in next week’s Church timetable: please note from the back page of this newsletter that a number of Eucharistic services will replace the usual weekday Masses.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Audrey Barnes, George Mayer, Florence Loads, John Mardon and Christine Miller.
May they rest in peace.