The Sunday readings are already beginning to look towards Pentecost. In today’s Gospel reading Jesus promises the Holy Spirit who will teach the apostles all that they need to know in the future. By the time of the Acts of the Apostles (1st reading) the Spirit is clearly at work guiding the early Christian communities and energising them for the spread of the Gospel. That same Spirit has always been active in the Church and is present among us to this day.
The Rosary is said at North Walsham at 10.30am prior to Mass, at 8.30am at Aylsham and at 5.00pm on Saturday at Hoveton.
Thursday this week is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation: Mass is celebrated at Aylsham at 9.00am, at N Walsham 11.00 am and at Hoveton at 6.00pm.
Next Sunday is World Communications Day: there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Communications Network next weekend.
There is no meeting for the Senior Citizens Group (NW) on Monday 27th May it being a Bank Holiday.
Looking ahead – on Monday 24th June the group will be having their annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr James. The coach will leave North Walsham at 10am and for the return leave Walsingham at 3pm. All are welcome to join them. £5 is asked for as a donation towards the cost of the coach. To book, ring Teresa on 01692 40500.
Catholic East Anglia newspaper for June is available in our churches. Do pick up a copy. It’s FREE.
There is a vacancy for a Deputy Headteacher at St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Bury St Edmunds: for further details visit: https://www.st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk/vacancies
Thanks go to all who helped and contributed in any way to the Parish Open Meeting (AGM) especially to hosts North Walsham and Aylsham who provided a superb spread. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Copies of Parish Accounts are available for those who could not attend the meeting last Monday.
In North Walsham the Lenten Lunches (Churches Together) raised £815.90 for Christian Aid. Many thanks to all who supported the lunches and last week’s street collection. The next Churches Together NW Prayer Meeting will be on Wednesday 5th June at 7.00pm at the Congregational Church Hall. All are welcome.
On Wednesday 29th June there will be a CAFOD coach taking people from our Diocese to join a Mass Lobby of Parliament and Climate Pilgrimage. (More details at cafod.org.uk/climatelobby) Please continue to sign the petition forms to the Prime Minister for the UK to reach zero emissions by 2045.
“A Day with Mary” is held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday 2nd June 2019. The day begins in the Basilica at 11.40am concludes at the 6.00pm in Walsingham village. Pl see the posters.
Places are available (Reception Intake 2019) at St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Norwich. See poster for details.
New Dawn in the Church – A Catholic Family Pilgrimage Conference takes place at Walsingham on Monday 5th to Friday 9th August 2019, offering healing, teaching, praise and worship. For more information go to www.newdawn.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org Further details to come nearer the event.
We pray for all our sick parishioners: Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Frances Palman, Matt Butler, John Gowing, Teresa Farrow and Jean Wood.
We pray for Thomasina Hopkins who died on Friday; we remember in prayer her family and friends. We pray also for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Mary Rose Lamb, Mary Stockham, Valerie (Val) O’Hara, Joan Williamson, Thomas McGinty, Matthew Johnson and Peter Cameron.
May they rest in peace.