This short edition of Grapevine is a quick reminder:
you can still book for Heal the World which starts next week.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to friends and fellow parishioners, and include the following summary in your parish bulletin:
Heal the World: The diocesan Justice and Peace Commission invites you to a series of gatherings by Zoom, Mondays at 5.30 p.m. and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. from 5 October. Heal the World is part online retreat, part formation, part springboard for action, inspired by Pope Francis’ recent talks on Catholic social teaching and Covid-19. Everyone is very welcome – there’s even an option to join by phone. Visit dioceseofnottingham.uk/healtheworld or call Paul on 07470 907656.
Join us through October to ‘heal the world’
Mondays at 5.30 p.m. and Fridays at 9.30 a.m.
from 5 October
Meet fellow Catholics
We aim to create a welcoming space where you can meet people from around the diocese, bring your experience of the last six months, and share your hopes for a better world. It’s a place where you can be real about yourself, your faith, and the state of the world. It’s an opportunity hear a little more clearly how you, and we together, are called to ‘heal the world’.
Pray with the Church
We’ll use the Divine Office to guide us in prayer. If you’ve never used the Church’s prayer book, now’s an ideal time to try it. The Psalms and prayers put words to the trials of God’s people, and help us see we are not alone.
Share in Pope Francis’ vision
The Pope has been a global chaplain in this time of pandemic. He memorably described the Church as a field hospital: he urged us to heal wounds, warm hearts and reach out to a wounded world. For each session we’ll take one of his recent short Audiences on ‘healing the world’. They are a masterclass in compassionate discipleship – simple, timely and rich in wisdom.
Discover Catholic Social Teaching
It’s often called the Church’s best kept secret, but not for much longer. In his series of talks, Francis takes its key themes and applies them to our situation today. He does it in a lively and accessible style which makes them an ideal introduction to Catholic social thought and practice.
Get Fratelli Tutti hot off the press
This weekend Francis signs his new encyclical on ‘social friendship’. It looks set to issue a fresh and inspiring call to live the gospel in these times. We’ll share in a nutshell something of the Pope’s message to the world.
Find your next steps in faith
We’ll break into small groups to explore the Pope’s teaching and our response. Each time there will be a few questions to help us listen to each other, read the signs of the times, and hear afresh Jesus’ invitation to follow him.
Help build Caritas in the Diocese
Next year we’re launching Caritas, a new diocesan network for missionary disciples in today’s world. Caritas will be there to help all of us bring the Gospel to life in our own authentic way – as individuals, parishes, chaplaincies, schools and Catholic organisations. Our conversations through October will help to shape this new endeavour.
You are warmly invited to this exploration of faith, prayer and action. 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 from 5 October, on Mondays at 5.30 p.m. and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. for 90 minutes.
Read more on the diocesan website
Find out what each session will cover
Register to join for a session, or the series
“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
To round off the series, join us at our online conference
Together, we are Caritas, on Saturday 7 November.
Click here to find out more and book your place.
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