Newsletter 04.08.19.

Dear Friends,

The parable in today’s Gospel challenges us to reflect on what we have stored in our ‘barns’ and to what extent they become the security on which we base our life and future.

You will find details of all the recent clergy moves posted in each of our churches: they will take place in September. Fr David Bagstaff will be moving from Diss to Bury St Edmunds. Fr Denys Lloyd will be leaving Sheringham to retirement in Norwich. His place will be taken by Fr James Fyfe. The newly-ordained priests are appointed as assistant priests to various parishes in the diocese.

Thanks to all who came to the summer Garden Party last Saturday. My family and friends enjoyed meeting with members of the parish. The delicious sausages came from Michael Quinton: 01603 625993. Michael has a shop in Alexandra Road and is a parishioner of St John’s.

Father James


Do you wish you had more confidence to explain your faith? A team from Catholic Voices will be running a training day on 7th September in the parish hall at Wymondham from 11am - 4 pm. It will include practical skills in talking about controversial topics ‘without raising your voice’. If you would like to attend you will need to book a place in advance. Contact Rebecca Bretherton at:

The 9.30 am Mass at Aylsham on Friday 16th August will be a simple Cambodia-style Mass at Aylsham.

The next Forum at North Walsham will take place after the 11 am Mass on Sunday, 18th August.

This year’s Memorial Garden Mass at North Walsham will be held on Tuesday 20th August at 6pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend this beautiful outdoor Mass, when we remember past friends of the church here. If the weather is unsuitable it will take place in the church.

Please make your nominations for a new PPC representative, in your church community - for this coming October. Elaine Haughton, (St Helen’s) Becky Walker (Sacred Heart) and Carol Shippey (St John of the Cross) will be stepping down from their three year terms. Nomination forms are available in our churches. We thank Elaine, Becky and Carol for the contribution they have made to the life of the Parish.

 Fr Michael Johnstone will again be taking a group on a Retreat to Ampleforth to be conducted by a monk from Monday 16 until Friday 20th September. Cost between £260 - £275. For further information contact Fr Michael on 01603 664118: late afternoons / evenings best.

St Helen’s Coffee Morning is held in the church porch from 10.20 - 11.30am on the FIRST Wednesday of every month except in January. Come and join us next Wednesday 7th August for a natter and refreshments for £1.50. You are all most welcome.

A concert will be held at Aylsham Parish Church on Saturday 10th August. It is a Young Organists’ Platform Concert in association with Norfolk Organists’ Assoc. It starts at 11am with a ‘Coffee Morning’ followed by the organists’ concert from 12.15 - 12.45pm. Please see poster for details. Do come along to support our young musicians.

 An invitation from Clare Hardie. “Come and enjoy wine & cheese on a summer evening on Saturday 17th August from 7pm at Orchard Cottage, Newton Road, Hainford, Norwich, NR10 3BQ to help raise funds for the North Norfolk S.V.P. Tickets £7.50 on the evening”. Please ring Clare on 01603 897609 for any further details.

We pray for all our sick parishioners: Mary Johnson, Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Matt Butler, John Gowing, Teresa Farrow, Tom Ender and Derek Palman.

We pray for Pamela Lowe, Sheila Cutting and Teresa Dowse who died recently; we remember their families and friends at this time. We pray also for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: June Ennals, Ronald Perkins, Christopher Tuohy, Jeanette Shaw, Brenda O’Mara, Peter Carty, Audrey Howard, Christina O’Flaherty, Betty Beardshaw and Stanley Duddridge.

May they rest in peace.

Next Family Mass: Sunday 6th October - Harvest Thanksgiving







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