|Pentecost is nearly upon us, and with it Kindle the Fire, the online liturgy and launch of Caritas Diocese of Nottingham. We’re just slipping out a cheeky reminder, in case you’re able to join us at the last minute. Booking is still open – read on and register on the link below, and we’ll send you the Zoom link that enables you to join.|
In this special bulletin we’re also sharing a few previews of what’s been sent to everyone who’s booked already. With these, whether you can make it on Saturday or not, you’ll hopefully already see that there’s a place for you in Caritas.
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
Click here to book for ‘Kindle the Fire’
Kindle the fire
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. (Luke 4: 18)
Join online prayer for the eve of Pentecost with Bishop Patrick, parishioners and friends of Caritas from around the Diocese of Nottingham.
We’ll be marking the launch of Caritas, the new ministry supporting charitable service in parishes in Nottingham diocese, and justice, peace and care for creation in the wider world. Meet fellow Catholics and find out how Caritas can help you live the Gospel.
Find out more at dioceseofnottingham.uk/kindle-the-fire and follow the link to book your place.
The Caritas difference
Madeleine Strezynski, our diocesan Director of Communications, talked to Paul Bodenham about the difference Caritas will make, in our parishes and neighbourhoods, here in the East Midlands and in the wider world. Watch Paul’s 10-minute take on the Caritas mission.
Adventures in missionary discipleship
Find out exactly how Caritas can support, encourage and equip you and your parish in the next three years, from our 15-page prospectus.
Caritas starts with listening – especially after this life-changing year of social distancing. After Saturday’s liturgy, until we finish at 5.30 p.m., you can take part in the first small group conversations in our inaugural listening campaign. More at dioceseofnottingham.uk/lend-an-ear
Friends in Caritas
Also to be launched on Saturday is a scheme called Friends in Caritas. Friends are folk like you who want to grow in their practical witness to the Gospel, and connect with each other. As Friends in Caritas we will help each other:
– Nourish our faith and the unique vocation God has given each of us
– Be inspired by others who want to do the same, and in turn encourage them
– Build a vibrant network of fellow Catholics inspired by a dream of God’s kingdom
– Learn from Catholic social teaching – because you’re already putting it into practice
– Become part of Caritas, one of the biggest humanitarian networks in the world.
Still cautious? Want to know a bit more about what we’ll be up to on Saturday at Kindle the Fire? Find out here.
Click here to book for ‘Kindle the Fire’
And a quick reminder of the first couple of events from Caritas, coming up in the next fortnight.
Calling parish administrators, hall caretakers and clergy!
Wednesday 2 June 2021
3.30 – 5.00 p.m.
Open with Care
Resuming parish life in the ‘new normal’
In late June the government hopes to relax the restrictions that have prevented most parish activities taking place. It will be the moment when many parish facilities and groups can start up again.
Open with Care on 2 June will help you ensure that your church premises and the things that happen in it are as safe and healthy as possible, and fulfil the government guidance.
We’ll be joined by Catherine Scholes from the diocesan property office. Having guided us through lockdown, she’ll now be helping us make plans to re-open.
Book here for ‘Open with Care’
Renewing the face of the Earth
An online Laudato Si’ workshop for care of Creation
Tuesday 8 June, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
Join a workshop to hear afresh Pope Francis’ call to ecological conversion. We’ll explore how his encyclical Laudato Si’ inspires and challenges us, as individuals, in our parishes, and across the diocese as a whole.
With the COP26 climate summit coming up in November, 2021 is a crucial year for the poor, future generations and the other species who share the Earth with us.
It’s also the year when we plan to launch an ambitious environmental policy for the diocese. Join us to help shape it, and join the journey to being a more sustainable Church.
The programme includes:
– The opportunity to become a Pioneer Parishes plotting the journey to zero carbon
– Signing your parish up for the Livesimply programme from CAFOD
– An introduction to Global Healing and other parish resources
– Headlines from our emerging diocesan environmental policy
And meet our intrepid trainee Laudato Si Animators!
Thanks to Elizabeth Carr for the image of St Francis
Book here for Renewing the Face of the Earth
Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
St Teresa of Avila
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