In today’s first reading in a few verses Jeremiah makes quite a spiritual journey! He begins by voicing the opposition he is facing in his mission, even the abandonment and whisperings of his friends. Then, he makes an act of faith in a mighty God who will be his champion. This leads to a hymn of praise for the God to whom he has entrusted his cause and who, “has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked.” The Gospel also reassures the disciples that God will strengthen those who witness to their faith.
This Sunday: there is a retiring collection for “Peter’s Pence”.
Next Thursday is the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul: this is a Holyday of Obligation with a Mass in each of our three churches.
Congratulations to Jacob William Endall who made his First Communion last Sunday at St John of the Cross, Aylsham.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets Monday 26th. Stephanie Rowlands will be visiting the group in the afternoon, to talk about the work of Cats’ Protection. There will be the normal activities in the morning.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club for our senior citizens next meets on 28th June. Coffee served from 11.30am, a simple hot lunch at 12.30pm followed by a free raffle, social activities and games. We finish at 4.00pm with tea and cake. New members are always welcome. If you are coming for the first time please call 01692 582418 and let us know, for catering purposes.
As part of our Live Simply Award we are taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Power to Be’ Campaign. This week there will be a short talk about the campaign and you will be asked if you would like to join in by signing a card that will be sent on your behalf to the UK’s representative at the World Bank asking her to support local, renewal energy which tackles poverty. See posters or go to cafod.org.uk/powertobe for more information.
Fr James’ Anniversary Luncheon. The organisers for the meal would be very grateful if parishioners who wish to attend would sign the lists, now in church porches. Just a reminder: it takes place on Saturday 22nd July at about 1.00pm, following a Thanksgiving Mass at 12noon.
Our Diocesan Newspaper is available in our churches and it is FREE. Catch up on news from around the diocese.
We have been asked to pray for Sylvia Butler who is undergoing a major operation tomorrow. She asks that we keep her in our prayers.
We continue to pray for all involved in the tragic London tower block disaster. We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Rose Diamond, Arthur Scorer, Sheila Butler, Victor Kavanagh, Iris Sherry, Francesco Caffarelli, Kathlee Ives, Nancy Flatley and James Metcalf.
May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: Renewable/Sustainable Energy
This week’s suggestion: Please sign a ‘Power to Be’ card