2021: a year for solidarity
After the hopeful news last month about vaccinations, it seems the start of 2021 will get more difficult for a while. Let us pray often for those in medicine and other front line services, as well as those they care for.
The world needs people who are here for each other. Catholic social teaching has a word for that: solidarity. It can seem an abstract word, but Pope Francis puts it in a nutshell: ‘No-one is saved alone’. Solidarity is what happens when we know that’s true. Without it there is no evangelisation.
In this edition of Grapevine we’d like to share with you an opportunity coming your way in 2021 to grow in ‘gospel solidarity’, and grow our mission in a post-pandemic world. We’ve teamed up with a national charity and three other dioceses for a programme called Here: Now: Us. You’re invited to an ‘open evening’ on 22 February to find out more.
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
In this issue
Book now for:
– Pax Christi’s Peace Sunday reflection – this Saturday
– Journey in Hope: Patterns for action and contemplation – next Wednesday
– Care for Earth, our common home – from 18 February for six weeks
Introducing Here: Now: Us:
– Open Evening, 22 February
– The Word and the Common Good study groups
– Post-pandemic parish workshops
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In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says:
Moved by [Jesus’] example, we want to enter fully into the fabric of society, sharing the lives of all, listening to their concerns,
helping them materially and spiritually in their needs,
rejoicing with those who rejoice, weeping with those who weep;
arm in arm with others, we are committed to building a new world.
Here: Now: Us
Missionary disciples for a post-Covid world: a three-part programme
In 2021 here in the Diocese of Nottingham, we’re launching a new scheme to help you put your faith into action, bring Catholic social teaching to life in your neighbourhood, and build your parish into a confident, outward-looking community when the pandemic subsides.
We have teamed up with the national charity Together for the Common Good (T4CG). Here: Now: Us is a three part programme which fosters lay leadership for Catholic social action. Here: Now: Us will lay foundations for our Caritas network, in your parish and in the diocese as a whole.
Find out more about Here: Now: Us coming to Nottingham Diocese
Scroll down, and we’ll introduce you to three opportunities to get involved in Here: Now: Us. We’ll let you know more in Grapevine as details develop.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says:
The essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel.
Here: Now: Us will help you take up that great challenge and invitation
Find out more, ask questions, and give it a test-drive
Monday 22 February 2021, 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. by Zoom
Join us for a short introduction to Here: Now: Us. We’ll take you through the programme, and you can ‘dip your toe in’ to see if it’s something you and your fellow parishioners would be interested in. An ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity, ask questions, and find out what’s involved.
Book here for the Open Evening
1. The Word and the Common Good
Mondays from 17 May (provisionally), 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. by Zoom
The ‘common good’ is the mainspring of Catholic social teaching. It is rooted in the love of neighbour, and revolutionary in its impact – especially in this fragmented society of ours. In The Word and the Common Good we’ll break open the Scriptures to reflect on what the common good means for your area in the aftermath of Covid-19.
You can preview some of the material here. The Word and the Common Good will be a great opportunity for people from each parish to meet up and explore what it will mean to be Gospel communities in a post-pandemic world.
We’ll meet online over seven sessions by Zoom on Monday evenings from 7.00 p.m. They can lead to a local action-planning workshop, which ideally will take place in person. Consequently exactly when we start depends on the unfolding pandemic situation.
You can register your interest now, and we’ll let you know for sure when it’s planned to start. You’re also very welcome to come to the Open Evening on 22 February to find out more and take the word back to fellow parishioners.
Register your interest in ‘The Word and the Common Good’
2. Host a workshop in your parish
Later in 2021 or next year
As part of Here: Now: Us, a parish can hold a one-day workshop. Ideally taking place on a Saturday, this will be a great opportunity for your parish to renew its mission and outreach after the pandemic. For the workshop to be viable, each parish, with support from the parish priest, would need to find a ‘local host’ and between 12 and 20 participants. Could one of these be you?
Thanks to a grant from the Plater Trust, we have funding for five parishes, or groups of parishes, to host a workshop this year. Again, if you’d like to find out more about hosting a workshop, let us know, come to the open evening, and we’ll tell you more.
Find out more about hosting a parish workshop with Here: Now: Us
3. Put the Gospel into practice!
Now you’ll be ready for mission. Caritas is being launched this year to support your endeavours. After the parish workshop, Here: Now: Us offers an optional follow-up programme to help you and your parish take the next steps.
“This initiative comes at an exciting time for our diocese, as we listen afresh to the Gospel’s invitation to encounter Christ, grow as disciples, and step out in mission…
Every parish that takes up the invitation of ‘Here: Now: Us’ won’t just make an impact at home; it will be joining the universal Church in making Christ’s love known on earth.
– Bishop Patrick
Journey in Hope
Patterns for action and contemplation
Wednesday 20 January, 10.00 – 11.30 a.m. by Zoom
The buzz at the diocesan Caritas conference in November was that everything we do should be ‘underpinned by spirituality and prayer’. Indeed, it was said, ‘the ‘journey of prayer is part of Caritas’.
So Journey in Hope will explore how to help ourselves and others find food for the missionary journey. We’ll gather resources for prayer, patterns for reflection and tools for discernment.
If you are looking for a life-giving balance between contemplation and action, join us to:
– Spend time in prayer for each other, and for everyone who will benefit from our service and outreach
– Learn about ways to nourish and reflect on our work for God’s kingdom, and perhaps share your own suggestions
– Explore how we can help everyone in the diocese find support and inspiration for prayerful witness through social action.
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News of other opportunities
Peace Sunday: this weekend
A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace:
Pope Francis’ World Peace Day message
Once again Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, has produced a variety of on-line and paper resources to celebrate Peace Sunday. While there are some limits as to how we come together, Pax Christi UK have materials for parishes, communities and families – allowing for as much creativity as possible, this is not limited to one day or place!
In his message to parishes Pax Christi’s National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon says: This year has been one of unprecedented and continuing challenges. We are all conscious of the need to restore and rebuild our communities here and around the world, accepting that we need new ways of working and relating to each other. The Christian message of peace, through reconciliation, justice and nonviolence, can offer hope and direction in these times. I invite you to seriously consider facilitating a collection for, or making a donation to, the work of Pax Christi at this time as a way to make a practical contribution to continuing the work of peace.
Visit Pax Christi’s website for resources
How our faith helps us to care for our common home
Thursdays 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. from 18 February
and Thursday 29 April
In 2015, Pope Francis published his ground-breaking letter on the environment Laudato Si’
. Since then, millions of people worldwide have joined the global movement to address the environmental crisis our world is facing. Laudato Si’ animators in the UK, part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, are inviting us to join us for a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource Global Healing.
These engaging documentaries inform and challenge us to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for Our Common Home. Suitable for all who are concerned about what is happening to our world and who want to take action.
– When? Six Thursdays from 18th February – 25th March 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
– What? The Global Healing film sessions with reflection, guest speakers & discussion.
– How to join? To register click here.
Bringing Laudato Si’ home to Nottingham Diocese
The series will be followed on Thursday 29 April, also at 7.30 p.m.,by a diocesan Zoom workshop here in the Diocese to help you and your parish respond to the call of Laudato Si’. Hear testimonies from parishioners around Nottingham diocese, find out about our emerging diocesan environmental strategy, and discover how to get involved in our ‘Pioneer Parishes’ scheme. Make a note in your diary – and watch Grapevine for booking details.
Grapevine is taking a short break –
we’ll see you again in mid-February
- Newsletter 10 January 2021
- Newsletter 17 January 2021