We begin the month of November celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints; the triumphant Church. All baptised Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. All Saints Day is intended to honour the memory of countless unknown and uncanonised saints who have no feast days. We thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in His holiness and Heavenly glory as a reward for their Faith. If they became saints then why not I?
On 2nd November, we commemorate All the Faithful Departed, more commonly known as All Souls Day. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing Pope St Gregory the great, explains: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” Our prayers and Mass offerings will release many suffering souls from purgatory to Heaven.
Tuesday, All Saints Day, is a Holyday of Obligation. Aylsham 9.00am; N Walsham 11.00am and Hoveton 6.00pm.
Faithful Flames Children’s Group meet in the parish hall at 10.30am today, Sunday. This is for all children up to the age of 16. It will be great to see you! Kerry – 0750 4048352.
Special request: Faithful Flames would very much appreciate any donations of toys, games etc., including crafting materials, that could be used in their sessions.
Holy Hour & Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursdays at the church of St Helen at 3pm – a time for quiet reflection, meditation and contemplation.
World Youth Sunday – 20th November 2022. As well as the diocese taking a group to the International World Youth Day in Portugal next summer, World Youth Sunday is when the global church recognises and celebrates young people. The Diocesan Youth Service is holding a special event at St John’s Cathedral, Norwich: everyone of secondary school age and upwards is welcome! Amongst other activities, there will be live music, inspiring talks and good food! See Www.rcdea.org/youth for more details.
World Youth Day. Kerry and Lauren are busy preparing fundraising the following events to raise money ahead of their World Youth Day trip to Portugal next year with the Diocese:
A Bric-a-brac sale on 6th & 20th November.
A Christmas Bake sale on 4th December.
The Children’s Tombola & face painting at the Children’s Party on Saturday 17th December.
Any kind of donation, no matter how big or small will be really appreciated. Please keep an eye out for fundraising events over the Christmas period. Thank you in advance.
A Christmas Party has been arranged by Faithful Flames Children’s Group for Saturday 17th December at 2pm – 5pm in the Parish Hall in North Walsham. Please sign your names to the sheets in the church porch or speak to Kerry on 07504 048352 for more details.
Parish Pastoral Council Elections. Nominations are requested for new representatives for the Sacred Heart and St Helen. Please pick up a nomination form from the table in the church porch.
Minutes of the last meeting of the PPC are available online and hard copies are at the back of the church.
Missio boxes. Please could you return your red boxes by next Sunday. Thank you.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Matt Butler, Frances Palman, Mary Bell, Monica Hawley, Mary Carr, Paul Watson, Cyril Shenton, Patricia Newton, Pat Durrant, Celia Cooper, Barbara Laws, Michael Haughton, Marie Barton.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week: Barbara Stringer, Lena Williams, Gordon Summerhill, Anthony (Tony) Starmer, Cecil (Harry) Carr, Reginald Wood, Czeslaw Pelik, Helena Oakley and Mary Flynn.
May they rest in peace.