This issue comes as the first of our parishes open their churches after lockdown. It’s a tentative first step, requiring planning, preparation and patience. It’ll be a while before it’s possible everywhere.
Even if we cannot yet welcome people into our churches, let’s keep open our hearts. At the first general audience he gave, back in Holy Week 2018, Pope Francis said, ‘Jesus did not have a home, because His house is the people – that is, us; His mission is to open all God’s doors, to be the loving presence of God… Always step outside yourself!’
We hope Grapevine helps you to keep your own doors open, and step outside – safely! As ever if you have any news that might help others do so, do get in touch.
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
Diane (Adult Formation Administrator)
In this issue
Churches are reopening once more
A new diocesan Partnership for COVID Emergency Relief
Support bubbles: an opportunity to reach someone lonely
Sycamore – free open access learning
It’s Father’s Day – presents for Dads (and priests)
You’re welcome to subscribe to receive Grapevine direct: click here.Bishop Patrick thanks all who are stepping forward and putting themselves out so that our churches can reopen after lockdown.
The Cathedral reopened for private prayer on Monday 15th June 2020.
Watch Bishop Patrick’s message below.
A list of churches around the diocese which are being opened up, and times when you can visit, is updated regularly on the diocesan website.
Joining forces to head off hunger and homelessness
At this time of stress for the poorest people in our communities, the Diocese of Nottingham is joining forces with seven local charities to provide emergency relief over the summer of 2020. Thanks to funding of over £36,000 from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, we’re launching a Catholic Partnership for Covid Emergency Relief.
A call for applications from the Bishops’ Conference was circulated to every parish in May, and local partners stepped forward in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Derbyshire. Here are just three of the creative responses the grant makes possible:
Emmanuel House in Nottingham will buy equipment enabling them to reopen their drop-in centre safely
Padley Group will provide a hot meal every day for a fortnight to rough sleepers in Derby who have been temporarily housed at the city’s Holiday Inn
The Justice and Peace Group at Blessed Sacrament and St Peter’s parishes in Leicester will give local foodbanks foodstuffs which reflect the diversity of the city communities.It’s a varied programme of work, and lays a foundation for our new diocesan Caritas, due for launch next year. Read more about the seven projects on the diocesan website.
Support bubbles: join up, reach out
As you may have heard last week, the government has announced a relaxation of the lockdown rules to help combat loneliness. It’s a simple, and in some ways beautiful, idea.
People who live alone in England and single parents with children under 18 can form a support bubble with another household, and visit each other’s homes. Adults who live alone can even stay overnight.
It’s a gift to many widowed grandparents, but there are many others who could perhaps benefit from this scheme. Do you know anyone in your parish who fits the scheme and who’d welcome the chance to buddy-up?
Read the government’s guidance on support bubbles
Lord Jesus Christ,
who reached across the ethnic boundaries
between Samaritan, Roman and Jew,
who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
help us to break down the barriers in our community,
enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
and free us to challenge and uproot it
from ourselves, our society and our world.
Rev John Bucki SJ (RIP), Syracuse, United States.
Bible Society’s Daily Reflections
Designed for those who want to read the Bible in a year.
Why not give it a go!!
Reflections Did Jesus go to school?
Roy Peachey invites us to reconsider what it means for parents to be the first educators of their children through a series of thought-provoking reflections on the Gospel passages about the childhood of Jesus.
More info and to order.
SYCAMORE is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet people and share ideas. Each session involves a short film and time for discussion. Visit Sycamore’s website.
SYCAMORE IS MOVING TO A COMPLETELY FREE “OPEN ACCESS” MODEL
After much thought and prayer, the trustees of the Sycamore charity have decided to move to a completely open access model, free of charge, not just for the next few months but indefinitely.
Why have they done this? The Covid-19 pandemic has made us appreciate in a new way the hunger that people are experiencing for faith and community, and the need that parishes have for resources to help them reach out to others.
They believe that the Sycamore resources can be a real blessing for our Christian communities and for many others searching for meaning. There is such a great need for evangelisation, catechesis, faith formation and religious education. They want to share the Sycamore resources as widely as possible, and we believe this new open access model will allow them to do that.
It’s Time to Thank Dads (and Priests!)…
…for everything he’s done for you, your family, and your parish by getting him a nice Father’s Day gift. Perhaps you’ve been fortunate to have a priest who has been utilising the internet to nurture his flock during lockdown, or maybe your priest has had to shield for the sake of his physical health. Either way, show him that even while public Masses are suspended, you’re grateful for. Why not also treat your priest?
Nourish your dad in faith with the gifts from the links below.
Get ready for Father’s Day on 21st June. How can you show your dad how much you care this Father’s Day? Although you may only be able to see him from 2 metres away, if you’re able to see him at all, you can still get him a great gift to show him that you’re thinking of him.
Ideas from Redemptorists: Bear Grylls Daily Companion for Men Drinks Bottle Spirituality More…. CTS
Prayers for the Pandemic:
A Morning Prayer for a School Community
God our loving Father
we gather together this morning
but it’s not the same: many of us are not here
and there is distance between those who are –
not the distance of fear or mistrust,
but the distance of care, of thoughtfulness,
the distance that will help us to stop the virus from spreading.
We pray for friends and classmates who are at home.
We know we will see them again in real life
and value their real presence even more, the gift of friendship.
Help us to ‘see’ more clearly what is important,
the good things we had perhaps overlooked,
the small details of everyday life,
graced with your presence.
We pray for a better world to come out of this –
more grateful for the people who do the ordinary jobs,
more just in the way people are treated, more caring for the vulnerable.
We pray for a world which is more determined
to look after the earth, our common home;
a world that will live wisely, think deeply,
We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen
- Grapevine 3 | News from Adult Formation, Justice & Peace and Caritas (2/6/20)
- Newsletter 21 June 2020