|The time is now|
For all the stress and loss which the pandemic has brought, have you noticed the sense of a turning point? The gospel writers talk of kairos, God’s moment of grace and opportunity. Actually it’s always there: it just takes times like this for us to notice it!
Grapevine this week invites you to seize the moment, and take up Pope Francis’ invitation to ‘prepare the future’ even in the midst of this uncertainty. Book for an online Caritas workshop to imagine how a post-pandemic parish could offer ‘welcome, listening and hope’ to society at large. Get the bigger picture at Post-pandemic Church, the online National Justice & Peace Conference. Reach out across the world with CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal and petition. And all nourished by prayer and renewed by the joy of the Gospel.
Guidance is being sent today to parishes on resuming public Masses. Keep an eye on your parish’s communications for the latest picture locally.
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
Diane (Adult Formation Administrator)
In this issue
– CAFOD Coronavirus appeal and petition’Prepare the future’: -offering welcome, listening and hope
– Telephone trees: from listening to action
– Post-pandemic Church: online conference
– Universalis – a new app for Mass readings
– New Directory for Catechesis published by the Vatican
– Caritas county hubs: dates for your diary
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CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal and Petition
Maggie Mairura of CAFOD Nottingham writes:
What is CAFOD doing to help people survive the coronavirus crisis?Our valuable experts on the ground understand the challenges and needs in their respective communities. They are able to respond quickly and are already involved in activities that include:
– delivering food
– improving access to better sanitation
– radio messages
– training community volunteers.
What can we do here in the diocese?
Please consider supporting our appeal and donate today
You can sign our petition to the Prime Minister. Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.
Parishes of welcome, listening and hope
“Prepare the future: parishes of welcome, listening and hope”
A workshop for renewing local outreach after lockdown
Wednesday 22 July 2020, 3.30 – 5.00 p.m., meeting via Zoom
Click here to book your place
“Let us welcome this time of trial as an opportunity to prepare for our collective future, a future for all without discarding anyone” – Pope Francis
For many the pandemic is a time of trial, and there is more to come. But now is also the moment to lay foundations for a more compassionate, just and sustainable society. Our parishes too will have been changed by lockdown: and we can choose that the change is for the better.
Prepare the future is an online workshop in the Imagine… series through which we are developing Caritas locally around the Diocese – and there are more dates for your diary at the end of this newsletter. Prepare the future, on 22 July 2020, will help you:
– Develop a vision for your parish as a place for listening to ‘the joys and hopes, fears and anxieties’ of the people we are called to serve after lockdown
– Learn from ‘listening centres’ and ‘places of welcome’ run by other churches in the East Midlands, and by Catholic parishes in Europe
– Lay foundations for a new diocesan Caritas ministry to tackle social isolation and vulnerability as we emerge from the pandemic
– Explore how your parish could safely open a place of welcome, listening and hope to local residents, when the time is right.
We have invited Julia Terry and Sian Rigby, who are working ecumenically to support Places of Welcome in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire respectively, to introduce their work. Do join us! Click here to book your place
Telephone Trees: from listening to action
Many parishes have set up a ‘telephone tree’. It’s a way to share out responsibility for keeping in touch with lonely and vulnerable parishioners. If your parish has a telephone tree, there is some sound and simple advice in this blog from the Centre for Theology and Community, for:
– Addressing practical and spiritual needs
– Signposting to social care and emergency provision
– Supporting people to raise concerns with agencies
– Where necessary working together as a parish to take action.
If your parish has a pastoral care team who are making calls to isolated parishioners, they might find the article helpful.
Paralysed or energised?
Recovered or re-imagined?
The Annual Justice and Peace Conference, normally held at Swanwick each July, is going online this year on Saturday 18 July.
Click below and book your free place by 10 July
As we prepare for a new world order after the pandemic, how do we, as Church, move to an alternative model of being?
In the light of the Gospel message and Pope Francis’ teaching documents Laudato Si’ and Evangelii Gaudium, how do we begin to build and ‘care for our common home’?
In the morning we’ll hear about the impact of the pandemic on people who are homeless, refugees and economically marginalised, in Britain and overseas. In the afternoon Fr Joseph O’Hanlon will help us find ways to respond as a ‘post-pandemic church’.
Universalis’ totally brilliant app has now got a feature to help churches during the leaflet free times. You can put QR codes on the way in/out of Church for Mass readings of the day, or the Liturgy of the Hours and even put QR codes in newsletters.
Although churches may soon reopen, books and leaflets with the Mass readings may not be used just yet. So (although one doesn’t normally want people to go through Mass with their noses in their phones), what about a big QR code on a poster as everyone come in? People can point their cameras at them and get the Readings at Mass page in Universalis. If you go to this page, you will see codes for all the major Universalis pages: not just the readings at Mass, but also About Today and each of the Hours.
Posters on the way into church aren’t the only possible use of these things. What about a Morning Prayer code on the church door, or a noticeboard, so that passers-by can scan the code and go on their way, praying? What about a code printed in the parish newsletter, so that people can find their way to the Hours at any time during the week?
NEW DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS
The Vatican have published a New Directory for Catechesis. “Today, what we are presenting is essentially the third catechetical Directory since the Second Vatican Council.” Find out more here
Order from CTS
Statement on the new Directory for Catechesis
I warmly welcome the new Directory for Catechesis. This outstanding text has been long awaited and much anticipated. It is a document filled with the joy of the Gospel and looks at Catechesis very much through the lens of Evangelisation.
Bishop of Plymouth Chair of the Department for Evangelisation and Discipleship
Read Bishop O’Toole’s recommendation.
Faith into action around the diocese
More dates for your diary
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. It’s an invitation to everyone to share in realising the Kingdom of God, even during lockdown.
With Imagine… we’re laying foundations for Caritas. As well as Prepare the future on 22 July, advertised above, you’re warmly invited to an online workshop in August on the opportunities in the county where you live. We’ll map what Catholics are already doing, and plan new forms of outreach after the pandemic, across six themes:
– Building communities of missionary disciples
– The environment and global responsibility
– Poverty, homelessness and human dignity
– Support for refugees and asylum seekers
– Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking
– Overcoming social isolation
Join by telephone or video-conference on the relevant date below:
Leicestershire and Rutland: Friday 14 August at 2.30 p.m.
Nottinghamshire: Monday 17 August at 11.30 a.m.
Lincolnshire: Thursday 20 August at 7.30 pm.
Derbyshire, High Peak and Burton: Monday 24 August at 7.30 p.m.
Click here to book your place
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