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Golden jubilee priest, first communion and charity coffee

Latest news from around the Diocese of East Anglia includes a priest celebrating 50 years of ministry, a charity fund-raiser in Norwich and a first communion in Sheringham.

North Walsham parish priest, Fr James Walsh has celebrated his Golden Jubilee of ministry with the help of Sacred Heart Parish, which also includes St John of the Cross, Aylsham and St Helen's, Hoveton.

A Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 50 years was attended by nearly 200 people on Saturday July 22 and was followed by a superb luncheon served in the church grounds.

Antonia Martinez said: "To mark the very happy occasion and bring the afternoon to a close, PPC Chairman Robert Hardie, expressed not only our congratulations on such a "landmark' achievement but our thanks to Fr James personally for his exemplary ministry to us during these last few years. He was presented with a specially-made icon of St James, painted by local iconologist Judith James, who was also present. Other gifts were presented from the parish to mark the wonderful achievement.

Pictured above with Fr James is Dr Robert Hardie, chairman of the parish pastoral council and the icon by Judith James. Picture by Paul Adams.

Cake, coffee and conversation flowed on July 13 at a fundraising coffee morning held in Norwich in aid of education in Tambogrande, Peru. A group met in glorious sunshine including people drawn from the Daytime Prayer Group, the Justice and Peace Group and other St John's Cathedral parishioners, at the home of Helen Savelli who hosts the Daytime Prayer Group there.

A total of £164.56 was raised for a St John’s Cathedral sponsored teacher in Tambogrande.

Half-a-dozen children made their First Communion at the parish of Our Lady and St Joseph in Sheringham on June 11. They are pictured below with Fr Denys Lloyd.


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