To ‘assume the mantle’ of someone is a phrase which has its origin in today’s first reading. Elijah the prophet throws his cloak over Elisha who takes on the role of God’s prophet. He is able to speak God’s word and also to confront those (notably authority figures) who have fallen from the covenant. We too have assumed the mantle of those who have gone before us in the faith.
In the second reading Paul sees that sin can be a kind of addiction which can be a form of slavery – something that limits our freedom. Those caught up in sinful habits need help which ultimately must come from God – strong will power will not be enough. What is needed is the liberating force of the Holy Spirit.
Today there is a retiring collection for Peter’s Pence.
Next Wednesday (29th) is the Solemnity of Saint Peter & Saint Paul: it is a Holyday of Obligation and Masses are celebrated at each of our three churches: at Aylsham 9.00am; N.W. 10.30am and Hoveton 6.00pm.
Laudato si. Today is the second of five sessions of discussions and reflection on the Pope’s letter on global issues that affect us all. They take place in the Parish Hall each Sunday from 5 – 6 pm. It is for the whole parish; Fr James will lead today’s session and all are welcome. Leaflets are available at the back of the church.
Music for a Summer Evening – today, 26th June. For the dedication and blessing of the new organ, there will be a concert taking place in the Sacred Heart Church at 6.15pm. The recital of Organ, Piano & Voice is given by David and Carol Shippey and Anthony Gowing, followed by a cheese & wine reception. This will also be the last event to raise funds for World Youth Day.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW), on Monday 27th, have their Walsingham Pilgrimage. They will be leaving at 10.00am. Parishioners and friends are warmly invited to join this annual event, there are still seats available on the coach. £5 each goes towards the cost of the coach hire. To book or for enquiries please ring Teresa on 01692 405007 or 07901 830327.
A Family Picnic, especially for the children, will be held in the grounds of the Sacred Heart on 10th July, after the 11.00am Mass.
There will be games, a children’s tombola and tea & squash in the hall. Please could we have donations of tombola items appropriate for the event (box for items in NW porch). An afternoon of fun & games, to encourage the children of the parish to feel they have a part to play in the parish.
“Glaven Valley Visits Rwanda” next Thursday 30th June, at 7.30pm at St John of the Cross; third of this series of talks by local people on the developing world. Claude Scott (Blakeney) talks on Rwanda & Congo with special reference to water filters. Admission free (optional donations for water filters), tea & coffee, sales of crafts, produce and plants. Proceeds will go to developing world projects. For details ring Katie on 01263 577784.
Diocesan Summer Camp 2016: Friday 26th to Monday 29th August for ages 8-14. Staying at New Eccles Hall School, Norfolk. Those interested in going should contact Kerry or Lauren Thorpe via email email@example.com or phone 07504048352.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – 19th to 28th August 2016. Information: on 01206 396319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – 17th – 24th October 2016. For details: email@example.com or call free on 0800 6123423.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur during this week including: Arthur Scorer, Sheila Butler, Victor Kavanagh, Iris Sherry, Margaret Lamb, Francesco Caffarelli, Kathleen Ives, Nancy Flatley, James Metcalf, Patricia Bolton and Selma (Karen) Mortimer.
May they rest in peace.