Today’s Gospel is about prayer. First we have the Lord’s own prayer to his heavenly Father. Jesus follows this with a teaching on prayer that emphasises persistence in prayer. He assures his listeners of the goodness of God who only wants the best for his children. We pray so that we may understand the ways of God and develop a relationship with the one who knows what we need. Prayer is not about changing God, but to ask God to change us, to form us as his children.
For the Senior Citizens’ Group at North Walsham there are no further meetings during the summer recess. The Computer Workshop will still be available.
Canonisation. John Henry Newman will be canonised on Sunday, 13th October. If anyone would like to be there I can provide details of a group pilgrimage to Rome from 12th-15th October.
Do you wish you had more confidence to explain your faith? A team from Catholic Voices will be running a training day on 7th September in the parish hall at Wymondham from 11am – 4 pm. It will include practical skills in talking about controversial topics ‘without raising your voice’. If you would like to attend you will need to book a place in advance. Contact Rebecca Bretherton at: firstname.lastname@example.org This is a free event. Drinks will be available and you will need to bring a packed lunch.
The next Forum at North Walsham will take place after the 11 am Mass on Sunday, 18th August.
This year’s Memorial Garden Mass at North Walsham will be held on Tuesday 20th August at 6pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend this beautiful outdoor Mass, when we remember past friends of the church here. Should the weather be unsuitable it will take place in the church.
Please think about the coming nominations we are going to need for three new PPC representatives by this coming October. Elaine Haughton, (St Helen’s) Becky Walker (Sacred Heart) and Carol Shippey (St John of the Cross) will be stepping down from their three year terms. Nomination forms will be available in the next few weeks. We thank them for the contribution they have made to the life of the Parish.
A Cambodian style Mass will be celebrated at Aylsham on Friday 16th August at 9.30am.
An invitation from Clare Hardy. “Come and enjoy wine & cheese on a summer evening on Saturday 17th August from 7pm at Orchard Cottage, Newton Road, Hainford, Norwich, NR10 3BQ to help raise funds for the North Norfolk S.V.P. Tickets £7.50 on the evening”. Please ring Clare on 01603 897609 for any further details.
The Norwich Secular Franciscans invite you to join them on a Norwich Pilgrimage today, Sunday 28th, starting from St John’s Cathedral at 1pm. (You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to the Narthex at midday) They will walk to the Julian Shrine, back to St Peter Mancroft for talk on their historic bells, finish about 4.30pm. For further information please contact Debbie Bool on 07737 909366.
We pray for all our sick parishioners: Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Matt Butler, John Gowing, Teresa Farrow, Tom Ender and Derek Palman.
We pray for Pamela Lowe, Sheila Cutting and Teresa Dowse who died recently; we remember their families and friends at this time. We pray also for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Edmond O’Flaherty, Mary Bianco, Derek Rayfield, Michael Conroy, Elizabeth Hebden, Richard Furlong, Kathleen Harkin and Nora Nyland.
May they rest in peace.
The next Family Mass will be on Sunday 6th October – Harvest Thanksgiving