I would like to thank each one of you for extending a warm welcome to me in all the three churches. I am grateful to Bishop Alan for appointing me as your parish priest and giving me this opportunity to serve you. As I begin my pastoral ministry with you, I look forward to your support and generosity to be totally committed to the Lord’s work in all the three churches. May the Holy Spirit fill me with wisdom, strength and guidance to lead you to grow spiritually. May the Lord and Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, be with us all.
The main theme of this Sunday’s readings is the warning that the selfish and extravagant use of God’s blessings, like wealth, without sharing them with the poor and the needy is a serious sin deserving eternal punishment. Today’s readings stress the Covenant responsibility of the rich for the poor, reminding us of the truth that wealth without active mercy for the poor is great wickedness. It warns us against making money the goal of our existence.
This weekend there is the annual Mission Appeal given this year by Sister Elonna Ugochukwu, who we welcome to the parish.
On Monday, 26th September Bishop Alan is coming to the parish to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to a group of our young people. The Mass will be at 6 pm at North Walsham.
Faithful Flames Children’s Group meets in the parish hall at 10.30am, our usual time. This is for all children up to the age of 16. It will be great to see you! Kerry – 0750 4048352.
Holy Hour & Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursdays at St Helen’s at 3pm – a time for quiet reflection, meditation and contemplation.
Still urgently needed, rented accommodation – for one more family of care workers in the North Walsham area who have joined our church community: looking for flats, houses. Please phone the parish office on 01692 403258 or email rcnwalsham@antonia
The annual Filipino Pilgrimage event takes place at St Helen’s this Sunday. The highlight of the day will be an open air Mass at 2.00pm dedicated to Our Lady of Penefrancia. All are welcome.
There is a Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Tuesday 27th September, in the Sacred Heart ,7.00 for 7.30pm. If there is an item you would like included on the Agenda, please let one of your church representatives know.
The Julian Benedictine Prayer Group will be holding a four week series of talks on how Benedictine spirituality can help us in our everyday and prayer lives staring Monday 26th September. The meetings will be at St George’s Church, Norwich from 6.30pm lasting approximately one and a half hours, tea and coffee provided. For further details please contact Diana on 01362 637597.
St Helen’s 4th Wednesday Club next meets on 28th September. We welcome you from 11.30am for tea/coffee and chat; a simple hot lunch is served at 12.30pm. We finish at 2.00pm. The cost is £2.50, new members are always welcome.
The St Bernadette Relic tour tour offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near them and included three days (13th to 15th October) when they will be at St John’s Cathedral, Norwich. The venues hosting St Bernadette’s relics have a fixed capacity for visitors so pilgrims are asked to register their attendance, choosing a dedicated timeslot. If you wish register a time to visit the relics, please click on the link above.
We pray for Kevin Gibbons and Michael Hawley who died recently and also our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Monica Hawley, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant and Celia Cooper.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Ada Loads, Jack Roberts and Olga Kerr. May they rest in peace.