“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?”
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lady of Walsingham, the Principal Patron of our Diocese. A great privilege for us to have the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in our Diocese of East Anglia, the place where Our Lady appeared to a medieval noblewoman. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus ‘said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.’ In these words, from the cross, Jesus reveals the spiritual relationship among himself, his mother, and the beloved disciple, as the family of God. If the beloved disciple shares spirituality in Jesus’ own life as the Son, then he also has Mary for his spiritual mother. As Eve became the mother of all the living, the second Eve, Mary, becomes the mother of all believers, our Mother. May we keep a place for Jesus and Mary in our hearts daily, while pondering on Mary’s ‘yes’ at the Annunciation.
Our Lady of Walsingham – Pray for us.
Today is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham, Principal Patron of the Diocese.
Counters. Please note, the 2nd of 4 Mass Counts will be taken this weekend.
Faithful Flames on Sunday, from 10.30am., for all children, now held in the presbytery conservatory after first all meeting up with Kerry outside the church. To support this group and Kerry’s enthusiastic and excellent work, come to a Cake Sale next Sunday 1st Oct. If children would like to help sell the cakes after Mass they are most welcome to do so. Why not bake some themselves for the sale!
Monday 25th September – “Knit and Natter” – St John of the Cross, Aylsham at 10.00-12.noon. All very welcome!
Social Committee meets Monday 25th September in the presbytery conservatory at 7.30pm.
CAFOD Family Fast Day appeal (Friday 6th) – Harvest Collection at Masses on 7th/8th October. The work of CAFOD and the local partners and churches they work with is not only helping to fight global food poverty but to bring expert help to victims of natural disasters like the floods in Pakistan and Libya. Donations will be collected at Mass next week. You can use the CAFOD envelopes available or donate by card or online.
Volunteers for Faithful Flames are needed, to help with the sessions on Sundays. It can be every Sunday or once a month but any help would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Kerry on mobile 07504048352.
CAFOD Harvest Lunch – Saturday 7th October, 1pm. at St John of the Cross. “Soups & Puddings” – a fundraising lunch to support Family Fast Day appeal. Please sign the sheet at the back of the church by end of September if you would like to join us. Thank you.
The parish was saddened to hear that Gerry Francis had died last Thursday. In recent years he struggled with his health but was always supported by a loving and caring family. He will be greatly missed, previously a very active member of the parish.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Celia Cooper, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton, Gerry Francis, Robert Buhagiar, Margaret Larkins, Daphne Necchi, Bert Pooler, Maria Halsey, Shirley Teague, Joan Macnamara and Richard Skelton.
We pray for Gerry Francis, who died on Thursday, and remember his family and friends at this time. We pray also for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Godfrey Fahey, William Blewett, Michael Page.
May they rest in peace.