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This week we’ve got a special invitation. Join a local workshop by Zoom or telephone, to lay foundations for Catholic social outreach after the pandemic. If you’re in Leics we’ll meet in the coming week, with the rest of the diocese in the weeks that follow – and there will be more opportunities if you can’t make it first time round.
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
Diane (Adult Formation Administrator)In this issue‘Imagine…’ Local workshops to build social outreach after lockdownBlessed Sacrament parish, Leicester – loving their neighboursCounselling for health and care workers and the bereavedOutside the City from Mount St Bernard’s – order your copyFaith talks – from Pentecost into Acts with St Paul
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A series of county Caritas workshops
Join us at your local session
Neighbours caring for the most vulnerable.
Hotel rooms for the homeless.
Applause for the workers who matter most, but are paid the least.
Cleaner air and thriving wildlife.
A rediscovery that we need each other, after all.
We’ve seen it happen – now let’s make it stick.
We now know it is possible to build a more just, compassionate and sustainable world. Let’s take this opportunity to do it. Here in Nottingham Diocese we are joining the global Caritas network—and if you are a parishioner here, you will be part of it too.
Caritas is an invitation to bring the Gospel to life by building a better world. And the pandemic calls for more generous disciples than ever.
With Imagine… we start laying new foundations for mission after lockdown. We’re going local, with a workshop focused on the possibilities where you live. The series ends with a chance to meet with others across the diocese, compare notes and shape the work of Caritas for the future.
Join by telephone or video-conference, whichever is easiest for you. Workshops start next week, but if you’re not able to make your local one this time, you can book any other. And everyone is welcome to the final diocesan one.
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: Friday 12 June, 10.00 a.m.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire: Monday 15 June, 11.00 a.m.
Derby, Derbyshire and Burton: Monday 15 June, 7.30 p.m.
Lincoln and Lincolnshire: Thursday 18 June, 7.30 p.m
Across the diocese: Tuesday 30 June, 3.30 p.m.Each workshop will be an opportunity to:
Meet fellow Catholics who want to put their faith into action
Explore how to be missionary disciples in these difficult times
Build partnerships with other local churches and civil society.
Click here to book, and we’ll send you details of how to join.
To be in lockdown, but yearning,
with that memory that yearns and begets hope –
this is what will help us escape our confinement.
Pope Francis, April 2020.
Blessed Sacrament, Leicester
Loving their neighbours
In the latest of our case studies of parishes responding to the pandemic, we visit Blessed Sacrament in Braunstone – a thriving parish in Britain’s most diverse city. It’s one big family gathered from the city’s many ethnic communities. Read about the creative ways they are all responding to the pandemic.
Visit the Nottingham Diocesan Internet Cafe for more case studies and other pandemic resources.
Covid-19 counselling service
The Association of Christian Counsellors is offering a Covid-19 Crisis Counselling Support Service for:
– NHS frontline and ancillary staff and paramedics
– people working in residential care directly impacted by caring for people with Covid-19
– people who have been bereaved during the pandemic in the UK, whether or not because of Covid-19.
Up to ten sessions of counselling are available free of charge.
Download a PDF which outlines the scheme
Download the referral form in Microsoft Word
Visit the Association of Christian Counsellors’ website
Please pass this information on to anyone in the groups listed above who you think would benefit from the service.
Outside The City documentary release
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!
This very moving and inspirational film, which was shown in cinemas around the country, about the lives of the monks at Mount St Bernard Abbey, will be released on 8th June on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and DVD.
Pre-order a DVD already for £12.
Watch the Trailer
Read the Press Release
FAITH TALKS – What Good News
ST PAUL IN ACTS – During the Easter period we have been hearing excerpts from the Acts of the Apostles in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is from Scriptures such as these, which point to the priorities of Christian faith lived in the world, that we can reinvigorate our faith as we go forward from Pentecost to face new problems for the world and for the Church. Fr Adrian Graffy, Scripture scholar and parish priest of Gidea Park, has prepared a new talk ‘Paul in Acts’ which can be accessed by going to www.whatgoodnews.org/faith-talks
A prayer for spiritual communion
We acknowledge you present in the Word we have heard proclaimed,
in each person remade in your likeness,
in creation which is your gift to us,
and here in the Eucharist.
As we receive you spiritually,
may our minds be made clear to understand your will in the world,
our souls be awakened to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters,
our hearts set on building your kingdom here on Earth ,
and all of creation renewed for your glory.
Shared at CAFOD’s Mass for Laudato Si’ week on 20 May
Making an ongoing Offertory
These are challenging times, financially and in other ways. If it is appropriate for you, please consider making your regular Offertory gift by Standing Order, especially while we cannot make our gifts during the Mass. Click here to find out how.
Alternatively if you need to reduce your Standing Order at this time, please do so. Either way, a reliable income from your Offertory, however small, will give the Church the confidence to plan for mission during the pandemic and afterwards.
Thank you for your generosity.
- Grapevine 2 | News from Adult Formation, Justice & Peace and Caritas (19/5/20)
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