A WARM WELCOME TO OUR VISITORS. – And a very Happy New Year! Thank you for joining us for our Mass, we hope you are enjoying your stay in Norfolk. You are welcome to join parishioners for coffee after our Sunday Masses (in Aylsham and North Walsham). Our visitors may like to use one of the “one off” gift-aid envelopes for your collection, available at the back of the church. Many thanks.
Mass on Wednesday (New Year’s Day) is at North Walsham and is at 10.30am.
Readers Please note: next weekend we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.
OPEN HOUSE: Following the 10.30am Mass on New Year’s Day, Fr David invites parishioners to the Presbytery. All are welcome.
NEW YEAR EPIPHANY CANDLELIGHT MASS for young people across the diocese is on Saturday 4th January at 6pm at The White House, Poringland. All the family welcome. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Alan and will be followed by refreshments, a bonfire and fireworks.. More information at the back of the church or go to www.catholiceastangloia.org/youth
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has worked so hard to get our three churches decorated for Christmas. Thanks also go to those involved in the planning and organisation of our Advent and Carol Services, for the music and singing over the Christmas Festival. Thank you to the many people who contribute to the life of the parish by doing various things behind the scenes “week in and week out”. A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL! A special thanks to the children and their Leaders for the contribution at the Carol Service and Christmas family Mass.
From Father David: “ I would like to thank you all for the cards and gifts received during this festive season and a big THANK YOU for the most generous Christmas collection taken on Christmas Day – you have been most generous”.
Thanks to you all also from Deacon Ron for the warmth shown and the support given in the parish and for the Christmas cards and gifts received.
EQUALLY the parish would like to thank Fr David for his unfailing ministry to our three communities in spite of his additional diocesan administrative duties which lasted up until the beginning of July and even now are continuing albeit to a lessor degree as the Bishop’s aid: never falling short, always giving of the maximum. Thank you from our hearts.
Thanks also go to Deacon Ron for his lively participation and output in the life of the parish during what could be called his “working” retirement.
SUPPORT CAMBODIA A big “Okoon charen” (thank you very much) for all your donations for Cambodia in 2013, both financial and in kind. A party of six from the parish: Fr David, Bob and Katie Maidment, Carol & David Shippey and Jan Northway will be visiting Cambodia in mid January.
EVANGELII GAUDIUM (The Joy of the Gospel) This is the latest writing from Pope Francis and is well worth reading. Fr David has just four copies left at the special price of £4.50p.
BIBLE GROUP resume meetings Friday 10th January using a new series of DVDs on “The New Evangelisation” by Fr Robert Barron – a continuation of his book entitled “Catholicism”. The group always welcomes new members.
THE FURSEY LECTURE The Fursey Pilgrims invite you to a Celebration of the feast of St Fursey at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, Sprowston, Norwich on Saturday 18th January: at 3pm the Celtic Service followed by light refreshments and then the Fursey Lecture by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe. £10 for the afternoon which ends at 6pm. A Celebration evening meal will follow (to be pre-booked) at the Forget-me-not Café. Bookings/enquiries 01603 402797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOODBANK – for latest news please see church notice boards.
ST HELEN’S 4th WEDNESDAY CLUB – the next meeting will be on 22nd January 2014.
JOURNEY INTO FAITH resumes meetings on Wednesday 8th January.
PARISH LITURGY GROUPS meet this week: Aylsham on Friday at 10.00am and North Walsham on Friday at 5.00pm. If you have any matters to raise regarding our liturgy please speak to one of the members.
BISHOP ALAN INVITES YOU to join him in a Mass for the Sick at St John’s Cathedral, in a Celebration of our Lady of Lourdes: this will include the Sacrament of Anointing. It is on Saturday 15th February 2014 at 12noon. (The Bishop will be leading the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 22-29 Aug 2014).
CYCLE OF PRAYER: During Advent & Christmastide we are asked to pray for an openness to God’s Word; Migrants, Refugees and Expectant Mothers.
We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Raymond Miller, Cecilia Monica Booth-Skinner, John Charles Egan, Ernest Brown, Doreen Ann Burton and Philip (Charles) Byrne.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Fr David and Deacon Ron would like to take this opportunity of wishing Parishioners and our visitors the Peace and Joy of Christmas and every Blessing for the New Year.