A WARM WELCOME TO ALL OUR VISITORS Do join us for coffee after Mass and meet some of our parishioners. You may like to use a gift-aid envelope for your collection, available at the back of the church. Thank you.
TODAY is the First Sunday of Advent, when we start our journey preparing for the coming of our Lord. (Our Sunday Readings are now taken from Year B) Bioshop Alan has some suggestions for Advent which will be given out today.
THIS AFTERNOON at St John of the Cross, Aylsham, there is the annual Advent Service of Evening Prayer at 4pm: it is an opportunity for the whole parish to come together at the start of our Advent Journey. This beautiful service has been much appreciated over the past few years. Drivers, please do offer lifts to those who may not otherwise be able to go along.
THE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS PARISH PROGRAMME is enclosed in this newsletter. Do keep the programme handy and come along to whatever you can.
The Ebola virus in West Africa has infected more than 8,000 people and the number steadily increasing. If you wish to give your support CAFOD is working with partners in the region. Donate online at: cafod.org.uk/ebola or call 03001000089.
SENIOR CITIZENS’ GROUP meets on Monday 1st December: am. – Computer Workshop; pm. – The game of Hoy will be led by Sheila Hall.
FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2015 gets underway on Saturday 6th December at 2.30am in the Parish Hall at North Walsham. A short enrolment ceremony will take place at some time within the next few weeks.
CHURCHES TOGETHER ON THE BROADS The Annual Carol Service will be held on Sunday 7th December at 7.00pm at St Mary’s Church, South Walsham, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Everyone is welcome.
PARISH CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY (Following the Carol Service at North Walsham) at4-6pm in the parish hall on Sunday 21st December. Parents are asked to please sign the lists at the back of the church, as soon as possiblefor your child to attend. Children will need to have an adult in attendance but all parents will be welcome at the party – only children’s food will be provided. Any children who would like to take part in the Nativity Story (at 3.00pm on 21st and 6.00pm on 24th, please attend the Children’s Liturgy on Sundays for rehearsals.
“CLOTH for the CRADLE”– candlelit service of music, stillness, readings and reflection for Advent, is on Sunday 7th December at 4pm at St Nicholas Church, North Walsham and supported by the St Benet Singers. All are welcome. Please see flier in the church porch.
MISSIO COLLECTION BOXES Please could you hand in your Red Boxes, the APF or Mission collection boxes: to Peter Adamson at Aylsham; Sue Perrott at the Sacred Heart and Maureen Keane at St Helen’s. Thank you. The Mission has issued its annual Calendar for 2015, available in church porches FREE. Thank you.
SUPPORT CAMBODIA The Appeal remains open until 14th December. There is a tin for donations at all three churches or alternatively you can place your donation in an envelope marked ‘FAO Bob Maidment’. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please call 01263 577784 for details. Grateful thanks to all who have contributed so far.
Mango News: copies of the charity’s newsletter, Mango News, are still available. Any e-registered parishioners who have not received their copy should email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic Grandparents Association is looking to appoint an Administration Coordinator in their office at Fakenham. Standard office hours or possible flexible hours for the right candidate. For details ring 01328 560333 or email Phil Butcher: email@example.com
Volunteers are needed at St Helen’s to take over the First Wednesday coffee club as the existing team will not be continuing after December.Please see Cyril, Lesley, Dave or Mary for more information.
CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS supporting Christian Aid and Traidcraft cards plus 19 other charities are on sale at “The Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop” (new venue) All Saints Church, Westlegate, Norwich until 19th December, Monday – Saturday 9.30am until 5.00pm.
CHRISTMAS CARDS – on sale in the Parish Christmas cards in aid of Support Cambodia will be available for sale in the Sacred Heart Church hall after Mass on the Sundays leading up to Christmas. Also available are cards from Fairtrade, displayed on a table in the church porch at North Walsham.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Lowestoft. Headteacher required from September 2015. Details on diocesan website: www.catholiceastanglia.org
We pray for Mike Beardshaw and for Carmel White who both died recently and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Colm Patrick McGileway, Philip Madden, David Southwood, William Harry Frost, Geoffrey Joseph Gooch, Anna Taylor, George Richard Pearson, Timothy Joseph Barry, Margaret Mary Hunt and John Wills.
May they rest in peace.