Join our Team Laudato Si’!
This edition of Grapevine lists lots of events, and there’s one in particular that’s shaping up to make a big difference here in the diocese.
In this critical year for the future of our planet, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is inviting you to train as a Laudato Si’ Animator, bringing Pope Francis’ ‘green’ encyclical to life in our parishes and schools.
As a Laudato Si’ Animator here in the Diocese of Nottingham, you’d be part of something that’s both bigger and closer to home. We’re developing a diocesan environmental strategy – and your skills as an animator would be of great value, as we launch our journey to net-zero carbon.
Even better, we’ve just had news that CAFOD have awarded us a grant to support this work. It will enable six ‘Pioneer Parishes’ to step forward and lead the way. Could yours be one of them? Whether as a Laudato Si’ Animator in your own right, or as part of a Pioneer Parish, with your innovation and your leadership, we’re going to make a difference. We’ll tell you more as the details come together, but meanwhile, let us know if you’d like to be part of the action!
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
In this issue
– Here: Now: Us: drop into our open evening on 22 February
– Remember those caught up in human trafficking
– Walk for Water with CAFOD
– Workshops for young adults with FaithJustice
– Training in Grief and Loss
– Job vacancy: Faith Action Nottingham
– Bring Laudato Si’ to life in our diocese
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Find out more, ask questions, and give it a test-drive
Monday 22 February 2021, 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. by Zoom
Here: Now: Us is a three-part programme to help you put your faith into action, bring Catholic social teaching to life, and build your parish into a confident, outward-looking community. It comprises:
– A seven-week programme of Scripture-based workshops on Catholic social teaching, ideal for parish groups, starting in May 2021 on Zoom
– A Saturday workshop in your parish when Covid restrictions allow – it’s not too early to start planning
– Support for your post-pandemic mission and outreach through the new diocesan Caritas network.
Join us by Zoom for a short introduction to Here: Now: Us on 22 February. ‘Dip your toe in’ to see if it’s something you and your fellow parishioners would be interested in. It’s an ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity, ask questions, and find out what’s involved.
Book here for the Open Evening
According to government estimates there could be up to 1,000 people in the territory of our diocese caught up in human trafficking.
Today is the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, their patron. Please pray for them and the agencies who can bring them to freedom.
A Lent challenge from CAFOD
10,000 steps a day – done your way!
Every day. For 40 days. Go the distance this Lent
and help to end water poverty.
You don’t have to get tied in a knot about how to do it: whether you hop it; skip it; slide it; run it; jump it; dance it; stamp it; stomp it. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you put your heart and soul into it.
Can’t manage 10K? join with a friend/s to virtually walk together to share the load! Meet Abdella and Mark Chamberlain and how they walked together in Afar, Ethiopia by watching this webinar
Interested? Sign up here!
Become a Laudato Si’ animator!
In-depth online training to inspire your parish to care for creation
Starts on 14 April
Laudato Si’ Animators are local leaders who strive to care for the Earth in their own lives while inspiring and motivating others in their communities to do so too.
We need each other in this journey for a better future. The Global Catholic Climate Movement are building a mass scale movement to address the ecological crisis and climate emergency.
Find out more about the training here
The training comes at an opportune time for us in Nottingham Diocese, as we develop an environmental strategy for becoming a ‘zero-carbon diocese’ and safeguarding our common home. By joining this course you could make a valuable contribution here at home.
Linking you up across Nottingham Diocese
As well as booking with the organisers, please let us know here at Grapevine if you are interested in training. We’ll put you in touch with fellow trainees across Nottingham Diocese, and you can help to build a pioneering team for our environmental effort – for instance:
– visiting nearby parishes to assess their applications for CAFOD’s Livesimply Award
– raising awareness of COP26, the crucial climate summit in Glasgow this November
– joining parishioners here from poorer countries in speaking about the impacts of climate change on their families
– helping each other run workshops in parishes around the diocese.
Creating the new normal
Thursdays, 7.30pm-9.00pm, starting on 11 February.
FaithJustice are hosting a new series of discussion for young adults (18-40), focusing on the current time of crisis and exploring what kind of world we want to create in coming weeks and months.
Over the last year the pandemic has forced us into a different way of life, we have had to live differently, and inevitably many of us have begun asking big questions. Creating the New Normal provides a space for young adults to listen to each other and to share how they are thinking and feeling.
Please pass the invitation on to any young adults you know.
Find out more and book your place
Making Active Nonviolence our Way of Life
An introduction to non-violence from a Catholic perspective
From Tuesday 16 February at 7.00 p.m. for five weeks
The Pax Christi group in the Leeds Diocese have organised this course of five weekly evening sessions to explore the new thinking in the Catholic church engendered through the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative of Pax Christi International.
Find out more and book your place
Grief and loss workshops
Tuesday mornings, 10.00 am, from 23 February.
These workshops are an opportunity to understand more about Grief and Loss and its impact, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be time to share, discuss and look at ideas for ways that you could support those in your community helping them to remember those who have died and opportunities they have lost, with more love than pain and to live fully in the face of that loss.
The workshops are provided online for free by the ecumenical partnership Transforming Notts Together. They come highly recommended by parishioners of our diocese who have attended them, and have kindly been made available to Catholics throughout our diocese.
Find out more and book your place or watch the video below for more information
You are called! Are you listening?
Are you looking for a challenge? Are you searching for God?
Why not join the Vocations Team at their Zoom Café on
Monday 1st March, 7.30 – 9.00 pm,
where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and chat with Religious Sisters and Priests about vocation. A warm welcome awaits you.
Please email Diane to register your place or for any further information.
They look forward to seeing you (for 18 and over).
Vacancy for a Development Worker
Faith Action Nottingham
The Diocese of Nottingham is proud to be a member of Faith Action Nottingham, the ecumenical social action network for churches in Nottinghamshire. FAN have a vacancy for a Development Worker for 21 hours a week for at least 18 months. Could it be you?
Visit FAN’s website for further details
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