|Sisters and brothers, one and all|
We’re excited about Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical, Fratelli tutti. He’ll sign it a week on Saturday at the tomb of his namesake in Assisi. It will explore what kind of world our faith calls us to create out of the present hardships – a world in which all belong; a world of ‘social friendship’, where all are brother and sister.
It comes at a handy time for us here in the Diocese. On 7 November, you are invited to to help build Caritas, which will support every parish in the mission of social friendship in our communities. Originally planned for 28 March at the Cathedral, Together, we are Caritas will take place online. It will be a chance to build the civilisation of love here in the East Midlands. Some 40 volunteers have been helping Caritas take shape over the summer; if you haven’t been involved so far, now’s your chance.
That’s not the only invitation in this bulletin. In the run-up to the day is Heal the World, a chance to dive deep into some of Francis’ recent teachings on the theme. Join us at one or the other, or even both!
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
In this issue
– Heal the World: workshops through October with Francis
– Together, we are Caritas: bookings now open for 7 November
– Grief, bereavement and befriending workshops for Notts parishes
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Join us through October to ‘heal the world’
Friday mornings and Monday evenings from 2 OctoberMeet fellow Catholics, reinvigorate your faith, and pray with us for a wounded world.
“We will explore together how our Catholic social tradition can help the human family heal this world that suffers from serious illnesses.
It is my desire that everyone reflect and work together, as followers of Jesus who heals, to construct a better world, full of hope for future generations”– Pope Francis, Angelus, 5 August 2020
Pope Francis memorably described the Church as a field hospital: he urged us to heal wounds, warm hearts and reach out to a wounded world. Now more than ever, Jesus calls us to give a healing touch. But how? What does it mean for you, for all of us, to live the Gospel right now?
Recently Francis gave a series of audiences on healing the world. They are a masterclass in compassionate discipleship – simple, timely and rich in wisdom. He’s also about to release a new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on a similar theme.
You are warmly invited to this exploration of faith, prayer and action, based on his talks. You don’t have to attend them all – come to whichever you can manage. You can join by Zoom or by telephone. We’ll meet twice a week in October, Mondays at 5.30 p.m. and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. We’ll pray Morning or Evening Prayer together, and have time to reflect in small groups on Pope Francis’ message.
As well as renewing your own faith, you will also help to build Caritas, a new diocesan network for mission and outreach.
Read more on the diocesan website
Find out what each session will cover
Register to join for a session, or the series
If you watched David Attenborough’s recent programme Extinction: the facts, you may have felt moved to pray for the natural world.
Pope Francis, in Laudato Si’, says:
“Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.
“Let us pray for all who work to safeguard our common home of Earth,
in government, industry and the family: that we may grow in love,
solidarity and compassion for the poor, future generations,
and the countless other creatures with which we share this world.
Together, we are Caritas – an invitation
God is love, and he calls us to love, generously and joyfully. Here in the Diocese of Nottingham an opportunity is emerging to respond to that call afresh.
Nottingham Diocese is on the way to becoming part of the global Caritas network—and if you are a parishioner here, you will be part of it too. On Saturday 7 November 2020 join Bishop Patrick, Caritas Social Action Network, the diocesan Justice & Peace Commission and people from parishes, chaplaincies and organisations all round our diocese, to:
– nourish the work we do for the common good
– be inspired for the adventure of missionary discipleship
– build our parishes as confident, outward-looking communities
– make common cause and achieve more together.
We’ll be joined by the theologian Amy Daughton, who will help us make sense of the mission we are called to now, in the midst of Covid-19 and its aftermath.
Despite lockdown, parishioners around the the Diocese have been working together to build Caritas in the Diocese of Nottingham. It will foster missionary discipleship in our parishes, and action for justice, peace and care for creation.
Join us: together we will be part of the international Caritas family, one of the biggest humanitarian networks in the world!
Whether you are already involved or not, Together, we are Caritas is an opportunity to make connections so that together we can be signs of God’s love – caritas – in the communities where we live.
Download a provisional programme
Book a place now and we’ll send you details for joining us on the day.
This event was previously planned for 28 March. If you made a booking for that and wish to come on 7 November, we’d be grateful if you could re-register. We’ll be writing to you anyway.
Grief, bereavement and befriending
An opportunity for Nottinghamshire parishes
Parishes in Nottinghamshire will soon be able to make use of new interactive workshops to equip them to support people facing loss and loneliness.
Workshops on bereavement support will explore what grief is, how to best support someone and where they can find help in the county. Practical help is also available to set up befriending projects with help from a scheme called Linking Lives.
The opportunities are offered by the ecumenical network Transforming Notts Together (TNT), thanks to a National Lottery grant, and is available to any Nottinghamshire parish wanting to respond creatively to loss and loneliness in their neighbourhood.
Contact Julia Terry for more details
That’s not all TNT are offering to Nottinghamshire parishes. Here is a sample of other online workshops and interest groups:
COVID Cash Recovery: two workshops to provide key information and resources to help communities cope with the variety of money issues which have arisen due to COVID-19 – every Wednesday at 1.30 p.m.
Refugees and asylum seekers: Tuesday 29 September at 2.00 p.m.
Debt: Wednesday 30 September at 9.30 a.m.
Prisons: Thursday 1 October at 10 a.m.
Social enterprise and employability: Wednesday 14 October at 10.00 a.m.
Food and community: Thursday 15 October at 1.00 p.m.
Workshops are also planned around children, families and young people; modern slavery; and homelessness.
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