Newsletter 05.08.18.


Dear Friends

Today’s Gospel reading continues from last Sunday. The people seek out Jesus because they want more ‘signs’ as well as free food! Jesus speaks to them of food that lasts forever. They ask what they must do to have this food. Jesus tells them that it is not good works that count but faith. ‘This is working for God, you must believe in the one he has sent’. Throughout his Gospel John insists that it is the person of Christ that is the heart of faith and the true revelation of God. This is as true today as it was then. Our faith is centred on a person rather than a system of philosophy or morality. The Gospel passage ends with the solemn words: ‘I am the Bread of Life’ which we will hear more about next Sunday.

Thanks to all who came to the lunch in the garden. The weather was kind, the food was very good and the company was excellent!

God bless

 Father James


The Senior Citizens Group (NW) is now in its summer recess with no more meetings until September but the postponed Mystery Tour will 3 take place on Monday 13th August.

The annual Memorial Garden Mass will take place on Tuesday, 21st August at 6 pm in the garden, weather permitting.

Items for the newsletter. If you have details on any forthcoming events taking place in our three communities that could be publicised in the newsletter, please send these items to the office email address

Bible Group will meet again on Friday 10th August at 2.30pm in the Parish Hall. New members always welcome.

A date for your diary…… A Pop-up Lunch to support the work of the SVP will be held on Saturday 1st September at Ivythorn Cottage Thorpe Market. To reserve a place call Naomi on 01263 834838 or email   or text/call 07825 510013

The ‘Early Afternoon Tea’ - Sat 11th August 12pm - 3pm: tickets (£7) will be sold for the last time after 11am Mass for this delicious tea. Do support Lauren on her Panama WYD trip in 2019.

The PPC Meeting which was to be held at St John of the Cross, Aylsham on Tuesday 24th July will now take place on Tuesday 28th August at 7.30 pm.

There is a vacancy on the Parish Pastoral Council for a representative from the St Helen’s community. If you are interested or would like more information about what is involved, please speak to Elaine Haughton or Peter Rylands who are your St Helen’s PPC reps.

The Norfolk Churches Trust are putting on their annual Bike Ride, Walk or Drive on Saturday 8th September. They hope many people will take part, either cycling or walking, even going by car! There will be an additional attraction: they would like people to send in picture on the day and Brown & Co., who are sponsoring the event, will choose a couple of photographs, give a £50 prize and send them to the EDP to be   published.   Information:

Calais Refugee Sock and Pants Collection - Rob and Clare are planning to join the Convoy on the 12-14th October and will have 2 spare seats in their car if anyone else would like to join them.

We pray for all our sick parishioners, including Mary Johnson and Joe Seely.

We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Christopher Tuohy, Jeanette Shaw, Brenda O’Mara, Peter Carty, Audrey Howard, Christina O’Flaherty, Betty Beardshaw, Stanley Duddridge, Elspeth Forrest and Brian de Soissons.
May they rest in peace.


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