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Through Caritas, our Catholic parishes, groups, schools and individuals can share in each other’s dreams for a better world. Its mission of justice and charity is a wide remit. There is sure to be a place for you in our six ‘ministries’ of care:
– Building communities of missionary disciples
– Environment and global responsibility
– Offering social friendship and overcoming isolation
– Tackling poverty and defending human dignity
– Support for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and members of diaspora communities
– Confronting modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation.
It’s a pretty comprehensive brief. In this edition of Grapevine we spotlight, among other things, the risks faced by seafarers from piracy, and the work of the Citizens movement. But there are two key projects which we are focusing on this year. You’re invited to a Zoom workshop on each:
– our emerging ecological ministry, as we strive to become a zero-carbon diocese – we’ve got a workshop on 6 July, Renewing the face of the Earth, where you can find out more
– opening up hospitality in our parishes so that people in our neighbourhoods can find healing after the pandemic – come to Open with Care on 5 July to help your parish take its next steps out of lockdown.
I look forward to seeing you at one, or both!
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
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In this issue
– Seafarers at risk of piracy
– 5 July: ‘Open with Care’ – a second workshop on safely resuming parish life
– 6 July: ‘Renewing the face of the Earth’ – join our follow-up workshop
– 6 September: ‘The Cry of Creation’ – Laudato Si’ in a nutshell, six years on
– The diocesan ministry for LGBT+ people
– Opportunities for service – support for prisoners’ families
– Prayer for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Piracy on the High Seas
Seafarers need protection and prayer
Caritas works locally in the Diocese of Nottingham, but keeps a global perspective through the wider Caritas network. This year, with Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), we celebrate Sea Sunday on the 11th July, and we ask that you particularly remember all those key workers at sea, who provide us with goods and food, in your prayers.
In 2020, 135 crew were kidnapped from their ships globally, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% of the crew numbers kidnapped. This has happened in international waters in an area less than 20% of the size of the sea area dominated by Somali pirates a few years ago. The pirates launch their attacks from the Niger Delta, where they also subsequently hold their hostages.
The attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea by Nigerian pirates must end. So far, 99 maritime companies, organisations and flag states, including Stella Maris, have signed the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy, which was launched in May.
Martin Foley, Chief Executive of Stella Maris, has written an interesting article in The Tablet concerning the piracy issue, and the Declaration.
Please pray that seafarers are protected from danger and the threat of piracy, and if you can, please support the Sea Sunday Appeal that will be taking place in Parishes around the country.
Monday 5 July 2021
2.00 – 3.30 p.m.
Open with Care
Getting your parish group started safely
It seems the country is inexorably moving to further easing of Coronavirus restrictions. When the rules relax we’ll still owe a duty of care to parishioners and users of our services. It’s time to plan how to reopen parish activities safely – friendship groups, coffee after Mass, external bookings, young people’s catechesis, parish council meetings and so forth – and potentially start something new.
Our second Open with Care workshop will help you make practical plans to get your activity started, while still observing public health restrictions. Catherine Scholes, Health and Safety Property Officer, will be on hand again to answer your questions. Click the link below to book your place.
You are welcome to use the article that follows in your parish bulletin or social media, or send it on to group organisers in your parish.
Book here for ‘Open with Care
Renewing the face of the Earth
A follow-up workshop for care of Creation
Tuesday 6 July, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
We’re holding a second workshop to help you plan environmental action in your parish, and develop a network of parish eco-representatives to support each other across the diocese.
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calls us all to an ‘ecological conversion’. The coming Autumn months will be a valuable time for us to answer that call as a Church, in our parishes and as individuals. Here are some of the events coming up:
– The Season of Creation runs from 1 September to 4 October, St Francis’ feastday
– Climate Sunday takes place on 5 September, or any other suitable Sunday
– ‘Cry of the Earth’, a workshop on Laudato Si, the latest science and the challenge before us is planned for 6 September – more on that belowCOP26 takes place in Glasgow in early November
– On 20 November we’ll have a conference to launch the diocesan environmental policy. Join us for a practical action-planning session on 6 July. Let’s explore how we can help each other do what needs to be done.
Book here for the workshop on 6 July
An advert for your parish bulletin or social media
Renewing the face of the Earth
A practical workshop for anyone interested in promoting care of Creation
Tuesday 6 July, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
When it comes to action on climate change, every parish is part of the ‘race to net-zero’. Would you like to help our parish, diocese and the wider Church in taking up the environmental challenges of our time? Caritas is seeking to develop a network of parish representatives to help promote care for the environment across the diocese.
Join this conversational workshop on Zoom to explore what being a parish eco-representative could mean, and opportunities coming up this Autumn to enable the parish to ‘preach Good News to all Creation’.
Bookings must be made in advance: visit bit.ly/renewtheearth to register.
And another workshop after the summer break…
The Cry of Creation
Laudato Si’ in a nutshell, six years on,
and its challenge to us in the Diocese of Nottingham
Monday 6 September, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
Whether it’s climate change or the depletion of wildlife, news is coming in thick and fast of the changes our planet is undergoing. The world’s poorest, who are least responsible, are being hardest hit – but all of us are beginning to feel the impact.
Back in 2015 Pope Francis issued his groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’, ‘On Care for our Common Home’. How well have we grasped its message? And how can it ignite us for action in 2021 as the environmental crisis deepens?
The Cry of Creation will be an opportunity to:
– get a handle on the key messages of Laudato Si’
– hear some of the latest scientific evidence
– assess how Laudato Si’ challenges us anew in 2021
– find out ways to hold the COP26 climate summit and other decision makers to account
This interactive webinar will be a curtain-raiser for the launch of our diocesan environmental programme on 20 November 2021 – look out for an invitation to that as well. Click here to book for ‘The Cry of Creation’
Nottingham Diocese LGBT+ ministry
Research has shown that the coronavirus lockdown has provoked a mental health crisis among the LGBTQ community, especially amongst young adults.
There is a pastoral network within the Diocese who have been appointed to give confidential advice and support to families or individuals who might need help. The team consists of priests in various parts of the Diocese. They have been appointed because they have experience of accompanying LGBT+ Catholics, their families and friends.
The next diocesan mass hosted by the ministry will be at Our Lady in Bulwell on Saturday 17th July 2021 at 1.00 p.m. – all are welcome.
To get in touch with the LGBT+ ministry please email in confidence:
firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more about the LGBT+ ministry
Supporting prisoners’ families
Could you be a volunteer?
Pact is a Catholic charity and their Prisoners’ Families Helpline are currently seeking to recruit more helpline volunteers. The role can be carried out remotely.
Click here to find out more about what the role involves
Caritas Diocese of Hallam, our neighbours to the north, are experiencing high demand for their counselling service with schools and communities – including from potential clients in Nottinghamshire. They are seeking qualified counsellors for sessions both online and in person, and have asked for our help to meet this growing need.
For further details please contact Bernie Ware on 07980 406198
or send her an email
Community Organising events from Nottingham Citizens
Nottingham Citizens is an alliance of faith, education and voluntary organisations working together for justice and the common good. Two Catholic parishes are members – the Cathedral and Holy Spirit – and others are welcome to join. Two opportunities are coming up to get involved.
– Saturday 7 August, 10.30 – 1.00: a summer picnic in St Anne’s Park, with a focus on low pay and mental health
– Saturday 6 November, 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.: ‘How to make change‘, an introduction to Community Organising through ‘five steps to social change’
Find out more about Citizens’ events
A short introduction to Nottingham Citizens
Prayer for the first World Day for
Grandparents and the Elderly
25 July 2021
I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!
I thank You for having given me a family
and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty,
for the dreams that have already come true in my life
and for those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.
Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations.
Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.
Sustain me in weakness
and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me,
in the certainty that you are with me every day,
even until the end of the age.
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