The phrase “do not be afraid” is written 365 times in the Bible.
That’s a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless.
We celebrated on Thursday 22nd June, the feast of the two great English Saints, John Fisher and Thomas More and on the 24th June, one of the greatest saints, John the Baptist. These saints lived their lives without fear, trusting in the power and graces of the Holy Spirit.
The twelfth Sunday A in Ordinary Time challenges us to preach Christ through our words and lives without fear.
The first reading tells us how the prophet Jeremiah trusted in the power of God while he faced opposition for his prophetic ministry. He was intimidated by attacks upon his character, but he was unafraid to speak out in the name of the Lord. In the second reading, Paul assures the Christians in Rome that they need not be afraid of opposition both because they share in the death of Jesus and because they are united with Christ, the new Adam, in his Resurrection. Today’s Gospel passage is taken from the end of Jesus’ instruction to his disciples as he sends them forth to carry on his mission of preaching and healing. He asks them to live simple lives and to expect opposition and rejection.
Thursday this week is the Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul and a Holy Day of Obligation.
Next weekend there will be a 2nd Collection for Peter’s Pence.
As your parish priest I have already started and wish to continue visiting all my parishioners and blessing your homes. If you would like me to visit you please contact me by either emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phoning 01692 403258.
‘Quiz & Chips’ – raising funds for World Youth Day. Saturday 1st July, 2.00-5.00pm. to be held in the garden. Ticket price includes food & a donation to WYD. Speak to Kerry or Lauren after Mass. Click here for the poster!
Overflow Conference: Overflow is the first national gathering organised by CHARIS England & Wales (CNSC). CHARIS seeks to bring together individuals, communities, prayer groups & movements, those who share in baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church. Overflow is an invitation to gather in unity just outside Birmingham on Saturday 1st July in the Bethel Convention Centre. Doors open from 9am. – programme runs from 10.30am – 6.30pm. Click here for further information.
The SVP National Pilgrimage to Walsingham & Sacrament for the Sick, led by Bishop Peter, is taking place on 2nd July. Mass is at 1.30pm, the Sacrament for the Sick at 3.15pm and Benediction at 4.00pm. Everyone is invited.
First Communions. On Sunday 9th July, at the 11.00am Mass some of our children will be making their First Communion. More details to follow but please keep them in your prayers.
Annual Parish Meeting. Copies of the events and various accounts given at the meeting on the evening of Sunday 4th June are now available in church porches and on our website.
CAFOD: re. the conflict in Sudan. Violent conflict continues in Sudan and thousands of people are running out of food, water and medicine. As part of the Caritas network, your donations to CAFOD are enabling our teams to provide practical help to families who have escaped to neighbouring countries, including South Sudan. For inform https://cafod.org.uk/news/emergencies-news/sudan-conflict
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 and Maria Wilby.
The Funeral for Alf Larkins will take place on Tuesday 27th June at 11.00 am at St Helen, Hoveton.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Mary Gowing, Sheila Butler, Victor Kavanagh, Iris Sherry, Francesco
Caffarelli, Kathleen Ives, Nancy Flatley and James Metcalf.
May they rest in peace.