‘A heart open to the world’
Pope Francis issued his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti on 4 October. It’s been said that where his previous encyclical Laudato Si’ taught that ‘everything is connected’, the theme of Fratelli Tutti is ‘everyone is connected’. This edition of Grapevine offers you ways to get a piece of it.
As usual we’ve got some other opportunities for growing in missionary discipleship. Including a reminder to book for Together, we are Caritas on Saturday 7 November. We’ll see you there!
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
In this issue
– Introducing Fratelli Tutti
– Still time to book for Together, we are Caritas on 7 November
– Is your parish twinned with another overseas?
– Domestic abuse – a new resource pack from NBCW
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Fraternity and social friendship
In Fratelli Tutti Pope Francis maps out how to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: individuals and institutions alike. He emphatically confirms the Church’s ‘no’ to war and to globalised indifference.
Like every encyclical, it is a mirror in which each nation can see its true self reflected back. For us in the UK perhaps its most sobering messages are about the risk of polarisation between different groups, and the impact of social media in reinforcing the ‘bubbles’ we live in.
Fittingly, therefore, there is a moving section on the ‘art of encounter’, in which ‘no one is useless and no one is expendable’. Let Fratelli Tutti inspire each of us to play our part in the Gospel mission of ‘envisaging and engendering an open world’.
Read a summary of the encyclical
Download the whole encyclical
Watch this 5-minute video meditation on the themes of Fratelli Tutti:
O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.
Closing prayer of Fratelli Tutti
Have you booked yet?
There is still time to register for Together, we are Caritas, a landmark event in our diocese’s journey to joining Caritas, the Church’s international humanitarian movement.
Join Bishop Patrick, Caritas Social Action Network, the diocesan Justice & Peace Commission and Catholics from all round our diocese. In two 90-minute online sessions we’ll take practical steps to bring the Gospel to life, locally and globally.
In the morning session, starting at 11.00, find out how you can get involved in a renewal of mission in our diocese, from Bishop Patrick, and Catholics involved in practical and heartfelt social outreach.
In the afternoon, from 1.30, hear testimonies from people whose faith has inspired them into action here in the East Midlands, and explore with others of how we can make a bigger impact together.
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. Find out more about Together, we are Caritas on the diocesan website
Book a place now and we’ll send you details for joining us on the day.
May the Gospel inspire us to find ever more creative ways to exercise charity, grounded in faith and anchored in hope, which can heal our wounded world and promote the true welfare of our entire human family
– Pope Francis, 19 August
Is your parish supporting others overseas?
Many parishes in the Diocese have a link with a parish in another part of the world. It’s a good way of building solidarity, and helping less privileged communities build a better future. Links like that are particularly valuable at this time, when state welfare systems are under pressure or even unable to cope.
If your parish has a friendship link overseas, get in touch – we’d be delighted to share it with other readers of Grapevine. Tell us who your partner is and how the relationship benefits you both. And please send a photo if you can.
When so much of our lives takes place behind closed doors, the NBCW has published timely resources to raise awareness within the Catholic community, of domestic abuse and the impact upon victims and their children. This abuse may be physical, emotional and psychological, economic or spiritual.
Raising awareness of domestic abuse aims to:
– encourage Catholic parishes to become places of safety for people seeking to escape domestic abuse, especially women, and women with children
– provide a resource for those who have survived abusive situations and need time and space to recover
– provide a resource for those offering pastoral care and guidance.
Download the booklet from the Bishops’ Conference website.
Prophetic living for a time of pandemic
Sunday evenings from 1 November, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. by Zoom
As the world wrestles with Covid-19, let’s stay alert with faith, hope and love – and create a more sustainable, just and compassionate world than we knew before.
The ecumenical charity Green Christian invites you to join an online series of purposeful conversations with new friends and fellow travellers. Seven sessions draw on the Bible, science and some of the best journalism and theological reflection on the pandemic.
Each session includes liturgy and breakout conversations. An opportunity to be radically present to these world-changing times, and build a Gospel vision for the future that can follow.
Find out more about Radical Presence
Register to take part
- Keep up the good work!
- Newsletter 25 October 2020