The Parish Directory is a useful reference booklet that is provided to every household in our parish. It covers all three communities that together make up our parish St. John of the Cross at Aylsham, St. Helen’s at Hoveton and Sacred Heart at North Walsham. Like many others in our Diocese of East Anglia ours is rural parish that includes a large area of northeast Norfolk with over 40 villages. In this context it is important to have information about the wide range of activities that take place in our communities and who to approach if you wish for more information or to become actively involved. Many people give generously of their time and gifts; without them our parish would struggle to function and debt to them is great.
You may find it helpful to keep this directory next to your phone. The information within is correct as from October 2018 and is arranged in alphabetical order.
If you have any further queries you can contact me by phone:
01692 403258 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Father James Walsh
Anyone who has made their first Holy Communion will be invited to join the altar servers group. Training sessions will be organised as the need arises.
There is an annual Mass in the Parish for the sick. Other arrangements may be made by contacting Fr. James.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
An annual meeting to which all are invited is held to discuss all matters pertaining to parish activities including finances. The meeting normally incorporates a meal. A review of the parish over the previous 12 months takes place and other items for discussion should be signalled in advance.
The Norfolk Oblates of Douai Abbey meet at the Julian Chapter at 11 a.m. every second Thursday at the Church of Our Lady and St. Walstan, Costessey. Contact – Tony Howes 01603 742487
The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development is the official catholic aid agency. It responds to emergencies worldwide and also sponsors self help development activities in a number of countries.
Our Community Participation Coordinator is Jane Crone and she can be contacted at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 14 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU on 01223 358552
CAMBODIA PARISH TWINNING
Through the Diocesan link with the Diocese of Battambang in North West Cambodia, our parish is twinned with the parish of St. Francis Xavier, Svay Sisophan. Based on friendship and prayer, the link with our twinned community is maintained through emails, pictures and regular ‘Cambodia-style’ Masses, in the spring for Cambodian New Year in one of the other twinned parishes and in the autumn for the Feast of Ancestors in our own parish.. Updates and news are posted on the Cambodia notice boards and on the parish website under ‘Our Parish Twinning’
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE.
The following schools provide education in the Norwich Area:
St. Francis of Assisi. For pupils aged 4 -11 years,
Jessopp Rd., Norwich, NR23QB.
Norwich (01603) 441484
St Augustine’s Primary School. For infant and junior pupils aged 3-11.
West End, Costessey, NR85AG.
Norwich (01603) 74331
Notre Dame Preparatory School – (Independent School). For pupils aged 4-11.
Dereham Rd. Norwich, NR23TA
Norwich (01603) 625593
Notre Dame High School A secondary comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18.
Surrey St. Norwich, NR13PB
Norwich (01603) 611431
CHILDREN’S LITURGY & COOL CATHOLIC KIDS
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – The children are invited to go with the catechists after the introduction of the Mass and return at the Offertory. Parents are welcome to go with their children or join the rota to help. Children from school age up to 9 years of age are welcome to join the celebrations.
Cool Catholic Kids – Children of all ages are welcome to join us weekly after Mass at either Aylsham or North Walsham. We cover many activities planning our monthly Family Masses. Contact Ginny Keane
There are active choirs at both Aylsham and North Walsham. They will welcome all who would like to contribute to this area of the weekly liturgy, just bring along your enthusiasm and commitment. All voices welcome.
St. John of the Cross – Tuesdays 7-8 pm, contact Katie Maidment
Sacred Heart – Wednesdays 6.15 p.m., contact Anne Griffiths
St Helen’s has no separate choir but the whole congregation takes part with gusto, contact Nick Walmsley
Teams work in rotas to keep the churches in the parish clean and beautiful. Volunteers to join these teams are always welcome.
St John of the Cross Monica Hawley
Sacred Heart Pauline Young
St Helen’s Jeannie Mardon
COLLECTORS AND COUNTERS
These roles are allocated in each community.
The Diocese and the Parish takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. There are representatives in each of our communities who ensure that the appropriate checks are undertaken on those who are involved with such groups.
St John of the Cross: Fran Ludden
Sacred Heart: Gerry Mildinhall
St. Helen’s: Hilary Bolger
DIOCESAN WEB SITE
If you wish to catch up with diocesan matters the web site address is www.catholiceastanglia.org
ECUMENICAL CHURCHES TOGETHER GROUPS
These are a means of bringing local Christians together spiritually and socially. Everyone is welcome to the events, which occur throughout the year.
St John of the Cross: Pauline Andrews, Clare Hardie
Sacred Heart: Adrian Rudman, Chris White
St Helen’s: Frances Dickerson
The Parish Finance Committee meets regularly to review our ability to meet our commitments and to plan for the future. It reports each year at the annual parish meeting. Chairman – Nick Sutherland
These groups operate in each of our churches and arrange displays for our Liturgical Celebrations. New volunteers are always welcome.
St. John of the Cross: Pat Durrant
Sacred Heart: Kate Henderson
St Helen’s: Sheila Blaskett
If you have a special occasion, why not sponsor the flower arrangements for that week in your own community. See one of the arrangers if you would like to do so.
There are collection boxes in each church for donations of food for the local Food Banks. See posters on the notice boards for further information and suggestions of suitable food items to donate or contact Adrian Rudman.
GIFT AID, COVENANTS AND STANDING ORDERS
All parishioners are invited to contribute their weekly offering via envelopes, the planned giving scheme. You are welcome to contribute your weekly offering via Standing Order so that you can automatically donate even when you are away. Contact Fr. James for details.
If you pay Income Tax and sign a Gift Aid Form, the Parish is able to recover the tax that you have paid on your weekly offertory contributions. For one off donations we can claim a refund of tax if you complete one of the envelopes, which can be found at the back of each of our churches.
Further information about Gift Aid can be found on the Parish Website under ‘Parish Life’. Gift Aid Administrator – James Farrell
The Parish Hall can be booked for private events.
Contact Chris White.
St. Helen’s Small Meeting Room
Contact Nick Walmsley
HCPT – THE PILGRIMAGE TRUST
HCPT www.hcpt.org.uk/ is a charity, which arranges Pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes in France for people of all ages and abilities. All HCPT passengers travel in Groups, led by an appointed Group Leader. The parish has regularly been involved in these pilgrimages. More information on the East Anglian region’s groups can be obtained from Fr. James.
These are held for St John’s and St Helen’s for parishioners and their local communities in October. We welcome all members of our community to come and have an enjoyable evening.
HOLY COMMUNION FOR THE SICK
Lay Ministers of Holy Communion help distribute the Eucharist at Mass and bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in the Parish, in hospitals, and in Residential and Nursing Homes. If you yourself or someone you know wishes to receive Holy Communion at home please let Fr. James know.
The Cathedral Clergy are the Hospital Chaplains at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and can be contacted on 01603 624615. If you are about to go into hospital and want to be visited by the priest or chaplain it is important that you are registered as a Roman Catholic in the hospital and ask them to inform the relevant clergy. Hospitals no longer automatically inform their chaplains about their patients due to the data protection legislation.
If you would like to have your house blessed, please speak to Fr. James.
Those living in the Stalham area have a house mass once a month (except during Lent and in August). Details are published in the Parish Newsletter. All are welcome.
Parents are invited to make arrangements with Fr. James.
FIRST CONFESSION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Preparation for this begins in November with regular meetings for parents, gatherings for children and church celebrations.
This sacrament is celebrated periodically, as required. Diocesan policy is that confirmation will be administered to those who are in year 10 of secondary school or above. Candidates need to contact Fr. James.
Liturgy groups meet at St. John of the Cross and the Sacred Heart three times per year.
St John of the Cross: contact Pauline Andrews
Sacred Heart: contact Fr. James
Preparation courses take place with Fr. James when required and incorporates the Marriage Care courses in Norwich.
Two of our churches, Sacred Heart and St. Helens have Gardens of Remembrance where the ashes of loved ones may be interred. An annual Memorial Service is held in the garden of the Sacred Heart, usually in August. For any query about St. Helen’s Garden of Remembrance contact Nick Walmsley.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD: READERS AT HOLY MASS
Anyone who has been confirmed and is interested in joining the team in each of our communities please contact Fr. James.
We have a range of books for general spiritual reading, theology and bible reading in our churches. Our parishioners can borrow items. We also have other media for you to utilise.
St John of the Cross: Delia Rawlinson
St. Helen’s: Celia Cooper
The Duckett Library at the Cathedral has an online catalogue, which can be accessed at: www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/Library/Catalogue
Parishioners who are members of the library may borrow books.
This is available at Mass each week and outlines the various activities that are taking place in the parish and the wider community. If you are away from the Parish at any time you can access the newsletter via the Parish Website.
If you wish to have an announcement printed in the Parish Newsletter please ring or email Antonia Martinez in the Parish Office with the details before Thursday of the week you want the item to be included.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
This meets regularly with Fr. James and plays an important part in the running of the parish and facilitates communication with all parishioners. It is a committee composed of three elected members of each church community and works with the Parish Priest to further the direction and activities of the parish. The names and photographs of the current members of the Pastoral Council for each community can be found at the back of each church and on this website under Parish Pastoral Council. The minutes of meetings are also published on the website. Pastoral Councillors members are usually available to speak to Parishioners each Sunday after Mass and St. John of the Cross and St. Helen’s communities hold a quarterly forum meeting to discuss matters relevant to their specific community and to the Parish as a whole. Relevant matters are then passed on to the Pastoral Council.
PARISH PROPERTIES AND SAFETY
The following people deal with matters of the security, health and safety and the fabric of our parish properties.
St John of the Cross: Michael Hawley, Neil Boyle, Mike Ludden
Sacred Heart: TBA
St. Helen’s: Francis Harmer, Alec Cockburn, Michael Haughton
Parish Hall: Zbigniew and Iwona Stempniak
John Bolger updates our website regularly and any information needing updating should be emailed to him at email@example.com
Any parishioners who are arranging events in the Parish are asked to contact Antonia Martinez in the Parish Office with the details and date to ensure the event is entered in the Parish Diary on the website.
This consists of a series of talks and discussions, which are particularly designed for those who are thinking of becoming a Catholic. These talks are also open to those who are already Catholics but may have been away from the church for a time or those who would like to deepen their understanding of the Church and its beliefs. A chance to ask, in a friendly environment, those questions that you have always wanted to ask about the Catholic Church.
For further details contact Fr. James
The repository offers a range of religious goods and cards for sale at the back of each of our churches.
St John of the Cross: Daphne Necchi
Sacred Heart: Fr. James
St. Helen’s: Mary Edmonds, Janet McIlwee
REFRESHMENTS AFTER MASS
Please do not feel left out. One way to meet other parishioners is to join them for a cup of coffee or tea after Mass. There you can make yourself known and find out how you can fully enter into the vibrant lives of our communities. Volunteers to help in various ways are always needed by our groups.
St. John of the Cross: Pat Durrant, Roma Brooder, Andrew Clark
Sacred Heart: James Farrell, Becky Walker
St. Helen’s: Francis Harmer, Jeannie Mardon
SENIOR CITIZENS’ GROUP
Meets on a Monday during term-time 11.15 am – 3.15 pm in the Parish Hall at North Walsham and aims to promote the social, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of older members of the parish who are mainly over 70. We enjoy a wide range of activities, including computer workshops, talks, demonstrations, DVDs, quizzes etc. Also various outings are arranged throughout the year – mainly during the summer. This is a friendly and supportive group and new members are always very welcome. The programme is advertised in the Parish newsletter and anyone is invited to join us for the occasional activity that might be of interest to him or her. Further details may be obtained from Teresa Butler or Becky Walker.
SERVICE AND MASS TIMES
This is the normal weekly programme but always check the weekly newsletter or website for any changes.
Sunday 11 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday & Saturday 9.30 a.m.
Holydays 10.30 a.m.
Saturday 5.30 p.m.(First Mass of Sunday)
Wednesday 9.30 a.m.
Holydays 6.00 p.m.
St John of the Cross
Sunday 9.00 a.m.
Friday 9.30 a.m.
Holydays 9.00 a.m.
Thursday 10.00 a.m. (after Liturgy of the Word & Communion)
2nd Wednesday 10.15 a.m. (after Mass)
Sacred Heart: Morning Prayer is usually said before weekday masses at 9.15 a.m.
St Helen’s: Morning prayer is incorporated into the Wednesday morning mass.
The Rosary is normally recited before Sunday Mass at all three Churches in May and in October.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Sacred Heart: Saturday 12.00 – 12.30 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
These are said during Lent in our communities. The actual times will be listed in the Lenten Bulletin.
ST. HELEN’S 4th WEDNESDAY CLUB
This meets at St Helen’s on the fourth Wednesday of each month. It is a club for the elderly and those living alone, but definitely for the young at heart. It runs from 11.30 – 16.00 with a buffet lunch at 13.00. A raffle ticket, lively chat and games are all included for a small charge.
For further details contact Mary Rando.
A committee of interested people is formed and tasks divided between the participants and those that they can co-opt.
SECULAR FRANCISCANS (OFS)
There is an active local fraternity, which meets at St. George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich at 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Contact Rob Hardie
Secular Carmelites are invited to a life of prayer, built on a deep reading and pondering of scripture. We meet on the last Saturday of each month for a day of recollection at the FARAH Centre in Little Walsingham.
Contact Jane Nicholson firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (SVP)
We are part of the North Norfolk Conference, which meets every Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer.
Contact: Michael McMahon – email@example.com
Transport to and from Mass is often needed, as the Parish covers a wide area. If you require transport at any time or can offer a lift please make yourself known either to one of your Parish Pastoral Council members or to Fr. James.
It is important that there are people available to welcome those attending Mass, especially visitors and newcomers to the parish, to give out hymn books, the parish newsletter and other seasonal documents. Volunteers are always needed to help in this role in each community. If you are prepared to assist in this area contact one of the existing team or one of your Parish Pastoral Council members.