During Eastertide we celebrate the Risen Christ. We hear about the different ways in which Jesus met with his disciples. Today’s Gospel describes two appearances of the Lord after his resurrection and the reactions of the Apostles. Thomas wants to touch the Lord as well as to see him. When he does he makes his own distinctive and uncompromising act of faith.
A big Thank You to all who helped to make the Holy Week liturgies so beautiful: servers, readers, stewards, choir, flower-arrangers, cleaners and the sacristan. Thank you too for your Easter offering. I am always touched by your generosity.
I shall be in Liverpool for a short break from 22nd to 29th April. We welcome Father Denys Lloyd who will be here this weekend to celebrate the three Masses.
The Annual General Meeting of the parish which was due to take place on Monday 16th May in the church hall has been postponed. This is because the work on the hall has been delayed. A new date will soon be announced.
Young people in Year 8 upwards are invited to the Ignite Festival organised by the diocesan youth service. It will take place at Swaffham over the weekend 30th April – 1st May with a pilgrimage walk on 2nd May to Walsingham.
Every Sunday from 10.30am Faithful Flames Children’s Group meets in the parish hall at the Sacred Heart – for all children up to the age of 16. Would be great to see you! Kerry – 0750 4048352.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for senior citizens next meets 27th April. Coffee and biscuits are served from 11.00am, then a simple hot lunch around 12.30pm is followed by social activity until 2.00pm. The cost is £2.50. If coming for the first time please call 01692 582 418 and leave a message by noon on Tuesday 26th; thank you.
The Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place on Tuesday 31st May 2022 led by Bishop Alan. Owing to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage has been moved to the same date as the Children’s Pilgrimage; the aim will still be to give our children a special and memorable time. Please see poster for details. Lists will be available later.
Minutes of the PPC meeting held on 15th March 2022 are now available to view online here. There are also some printed copies in church porches.
A concert in Aid of the People of Ukraine, entitled “An Evening of Medieval Music”, is to be held on Saturday 30th April at St Nicholas Church, North Walsham, at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Only £6 on the door.
There is a vacancy for the post of Director of Operations & Finance for Diocese of East Anglia. Please see diocesan website for more details – www.rcdea.org.uk
From Keith Copperwheat: Our dear daughter Mari passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th April. Her family cannot thank you all enough for your love and attention that we have received during this very sad time. We are having a Requiem Mass for her at St John of the Cross, Aylsham NR11 6AY at 10am on 3rd May. This will be followed buy a short service at the grave side and committal at St Michael & All Angels, Church Road, Barton Turf, NR11 6AY at 11.45am. Everyone is very welcome to both services and at the Wayford Bridge Inn afterwards for refreshments.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Monica Hawley, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton and Patricia Newton.
We pray for Barbara Elizabeth Simmins and Mari Copperwheat who died recently and for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Marin Conneely, Connie Newsham, Robert (Bob) Maidment, Sally Lovell, Livia Caffarelli, Betty Empson, Nuala Wilders, David Bullen and Linda Slater.
May they rest in peace.