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Welcome to this further edition of the A&B eNewsletter which focuses on National and International events and information.
I have included a reminder about 24 Hours for the Lord, a time of prayer during Lent encouraged by Pope Francis. It would also be a good time to pray for our Pope as he celebrates four years as Bishop of Rome.
We also pray for those preparing for Baptism and Reception into the Church at Easter who were welcomed by Bishop Richard last Saturday at Arundel Cathedral. You can see pictures from the Rite of Election on the Diocesan Flickr site.
With every prayer and blessing for Lent,
Mark Woods – Communications Officer
24 hours for the Lord
In his 2016 Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et misera, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis asked the Universal Church to continue observing the “24 Hours for the Lord” on the Friday and Saturday before the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The chief elements of the 24 Hours for the Lord are prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for Confession.
This year the weekend of the Fourth Sunday of Lent runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March. The clergy and the faithful are encouraged to encounter the mercy of the Lord in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and with additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during those hours. It is up to individual parishes and Deaneries as to how to arrange and organise this.
National & International Events
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight: Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon will be performing the Gospel of Matthew in churchesin Brighton, Horsham, Worthing, Bexhill, London and elsewhere during Lent. 25% of the ticket sales will be going to support local homeless charities.Tickets are £10 (£5 concs) and will be available on the door or in advance from the church office (at most churches) or online from ticketsource.co.uk/dillon (0333 666 3366). The event will be taking place in. For more details visit: http://www.georgedillon.com/matthew
Dementia Prayer Week 12-19 March 2017: Please click on this website for prayers and other resources that you might find helpful. If you require additional resources or advice about ways to support people with dementia, including dementia awareness training, please contact Margaret Fraher, Inclusion Adviser, on 01293 651196 or Margaret.Fraher@dabnet.org
Beginning Experience: Are you single again through separation, divorce or the death of a partner? A weekend programme to help you move to have a future with renewed hope on 17th to 19th March at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For an informal chat about what happens on the weekend contact Freda 01322 838415 Sandra 01293-783965 or John 01992-642443 email email@example.com
Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture & Symposium 2017 – Is Relationship Education a key ingredient to successful Prison Safety and Reform? On Friday 17 March at London South Bank University, Castle Lecture Theatre, London Road Building, 100-116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN, 9.30am-12.30pm. It will be opened by Bishop Richard Moth. For more information visit the website..
Blessed Oscar Romero Anniversary – 24 March: For various events across UK including Arundel & Brighton Diocese on the centenary of his birth see here.
Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer Service: 26 March at 3pm at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HR. The prayer service will be follwed by a social event in the Cathedral’s Amigo Hall. All welcome to attend
Women to Women Conference 2017: Join Maria Rodrigues from Premier Christian Radio’s Woman to Woman show for an experience that will inspire, encourage and empower you! It will take place on Saturday April 1st at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. For more information and to book visit the website.
Mariapolis 2017: A ‘retreat with a difference’ is just one description of Mariapolis 2017, taking place in the beautiful setting of Ampleforth College from 7-11th April. Alternatively, a temporary town built on the gospel, a unique kind of holiday and ‘a challenge’ would all fit. Mariapolis is an annual gathering organised by the Focolare Movement. This year’s theme of ‘Jesus crucified and forsaken, the God of our times’, will be explored through input, shared reflection and dialogue. Held over the Palm Sunday weekend, it will also offer opportunities for those who wish to join the prayer of the Benedictine community at Ampleforth Abbey. For more information see their website.
Formed for Love: New Approaches to Teaching on Human Sexuality: Based on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body an event for Catholic Educators and others to understand the Church’s teaching on this important subject at St Patrick’s Soho, London on Wednesday 19th April 2017 with Lecturer: Dr. William Newton of Franciscan University of Steubenville. There will also be an International Symposium for Young Adults from 19-22 April. For more information on both events and to book go to www.formedforlove.com
Taizé Birmingham 2017 Hidden Treasure – Inner Life and Solidarity: In cooperation with the churches of the city, the Taizé Community will be facilitating a young adult gathering in Birmingham next year, over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28 April -1 May 2017. Brother Alois, Prior of the community will take part. Information see – www.taize.fr/birmingham; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Divine Renovation: moving your parish from maintenance to mission: The author, Fr James Mallon, is taking part in this year’s Alpha Leadership Conference which takes place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May and the Alpha Global Gathering on Wednesday 3 May. Fr James will be leading a seminars over the three days. Tickets are available from alpha.org on their website.
National J& P AGM & Open Networking Day: 13 May 2017 from 10.30am – 4.00pm at CAFOD 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. For more information contact Email: email@example.com; Tel : 0207 901 4864
Familias Event: The Joy of Love: The challenge of Amoris Laetitia in the Home, Parish and School. Fr Chris Thomas will offer an introduction to Amoris Laetitia, the Papal Exhortation on marriage and the family as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice. London event on Wed. 24 May, Vaughan House, 10 am until 3 pm. Lunch provided. Entry £10. Booking essential – contact Charlotte McNerlin: 0207 931 6064 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Church Day Out: Annual Christian Gathering at Wiston House, West Sussex from 27 – 28 May. For more information visit their website. If booking contact Diocesan Youth Adviser, Jack Regan who will organise group discounts.
World Communications Day of Prayer 2017: This takes place on Sunday 28 May. The theme this year is ‘Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time’. Read the Papal Message for the day here.
Natural Family Planning Training Offer: The Natural Family Planning Teacher Training Association invites those involved in Marriage Preparation Courses and similar to train to become NFP Teachers and learn the latest methods available. They will run courses in July in Manchester or London or Birmingham. To book, for costs and to find out more information visit their website.
Annual National Justice & Peace Conference: 21—23 July 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire on ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis. For more information contact: Email: email@example.com; Tel : 0207 901 4864
Welcome to Paradise: Chemin Neuf are running a Youth Festival (18-30 years old) in Hautecombe Abbey, Savoy, France. It’s an international Festival between 1200-1500 people for one week with opportunity to worship, for talks, workshops, sports and much more from 6-13 August. You can find out more here.
World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland: Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 22-26 August 2018 and we have already started to prepare for this event.
National and International Appeals and Programmes
The Real Easter Egg: Made with Fairtrade chocolate each egg includes a copy of the Easter story in the box. Free delivery is available on orders over £45 until 6 March. To order visit their online shop.
2017 Catholic Women of the Year: Nominations are invited for the 2017 Catholic Women of the Year. All that is needed is a short letter from a friend, a parish priest, a relative or colleague explaining why this particular woman should be honoured: it should mention her activities, involvement with parish or other groups, and the special qualities that she brings. It is not essential to ask the nominee’s permission as the committee will arrange this if the nominee is chosen.
Nominations should be sent by post to CWOY, 33 Ashburnham Tower, World’s End Estate, London SW10 0EE. Alternatively the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nominations is Saturday 8 April 2017. All nominations are submitted to a national committee and the four Catholic Women of the Year are chosen by secret ballot and are then special guests at the Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon, held in London in the autumn.
Live Streaming of Mass: This is now possible and cheap to do. So if you are thinking of broadcasting your services onto people’s computers and mobile devices, as they happen, you can now do it through Live Streaming. However, if you are planning to stream the whole service including the music you will need to ensure you have the appropriate copyright license to ensure you are not broadcasting without being covered. You can read a little article on this website on How to Live Stream and the license you will need to do it.
Holy Land E-Action: The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has an e-action asking you to write to your MP concerning the occupation of the Palestinian Territories (East Jerusalem,West Bank and Gaza) which is now in its 50th year. To take this action click here.
LIFE Charity Pregnancy Help: Through their network of Care Centres around the UK, National Helpline or Text to Talk service, LIFE Care provides counselling and support for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy, suffering the loss of a baby or coping after abortion. Just click on the Life Website. Life have recently launched a new Social media page aimed at reaching people who really need their support. To help them to find LIFE log on to our Facebook page to “Like” and “Share” us! https://www.facebook.com/pregnancymatters/. Life have a petition to have Marie Stopes International (MSI) stripped of their licence to perform abortions in the UK: Marie Stopes has been subject to recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which revealed shocking levels of safety violations putting the lives and health of women at risk*. In view of such appalling treatment of women, treatment which is rooted in their callous disregard for unborn children, our joint petition is calling on the Secretary of State for Health to withdraw from MSI their licence to carry out abortions. Click here to sign the petition.
Churchmarketplace is a national collaborative buying group, a not-for-profit organisation, created by the Catholic Church to help our community. They have negotiated contracts you can trust, saving you time and money on all your purchasing needs. To find out more, please visit the website www.churchmarketplace.org.uk
Cinnamon Network aims to make it as easy as possible for local churches to transform their communities by reaching out to those in greatest need.They help churches respond by providing a menu of best-practice Cinnamon Recognised Projects that can easily be replicated. Alongside the projects they offer advice, funding, support and leadership training.For more information go to their website.
National Churches Trust: The National Churches Trust have launched an initiative. It is the new maintenance grant. This is a fantastic grant that can/will help those who are in the planning stages of a project to get access to some hard found start up funds. More here on this and other funding.
VMM International formerly the Volunteer Missionary Movement has launched its short-term volunteering programme for 2017, offering the chance of a three-to-six-week placement in Africa tailored to the individual applicant. For this and other volunteer opportunities overseas go to their website.
Marriage Matters is an online collection of 60-word snippets, adapted from the Sunday Mass Scripture Reading reflections found in I Am With You Year A. These can be placed in a newsletter, bulletin, website or blog. The idea is to support, encourage, inspire, challenge and motivate couples to deepen their relationship with one another and with God. See website.
Million Minutes – a Catholic Youth organisation inspired by Catholic Social Teaching is offering small grants for projects which support youth-led activities linked to Catholic Social Teaching. See their website for more details and information.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors now has its own website for you to view. You may also be interested in The Centre for Child Protection which is part of the Pontifical Gregorian University which also has a website.
Do support and help promote ‘We’re all Equal’ and ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’ two important campaigns; one to remove disability as a ground for abortion and the other to ensure Down’s syndrome babies are not screened out by a new test.
Stonor House in Oxofrdshire: The Stonor family who remained Catholic from the Reformation until today welcome parish groups by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays during April to the end of September with exclusive use of house, gardens and park. You can also arrange Mass in the Chapel. For more information see their website.
This Worldpriest website has one overarching aim – to unite priests and laity so that everyone can come into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. They want www.worldpriest.com to be a place where you receive answers to questions of faith, where you can find information on church teaching, resources to support our priests, prayers for all occasions and where you can discover the truth of our faith – that God loves us and provides for us on a daily basis, in every situation. You can also sign up for their regular newsletters.
The Ephatta website puts in touch people looking for a temporary accommodation with other people willing to open their door and welcome them. Members can list a couch, a private room or an entire home. Hospitality can be provided for any event: holidays, pilgrimages, gatherings, professional trips…
They created the Ephatta website because welcoming and travelling are unique ways to make meaningful encounters and strengthen our faith. As Ephatta means “be opened”, the website gathers those who want to open to others, whoever they are.
Maryvale Institute: The Institute offers various long-distance formation courses especially in evangelisation and catechetics from ongoing education courses to undergraduate and post graduate degrees including an Ecclesiastical Licence in Catechetics recognised by the Holy See. For more information on all their courses visit their website.
Fathers Prayers: This is a world wide movement aimed at fathers (between two and ten per group) joining together on a weekly/monthly basis. Find out more on www.fathersprayers.org and/ or contact John Murphy direct (07903683227) if you wish to start a group or register a group that already meets.
PACT (prison’s charity) is looking for volunteers: To support their work with prisoners and their families across England and Wales. They have a number of opportunities. Training is provided to all volunteers.If you are interested get in touch with them on 0207 735 9535 or click here to see what they have available.
Faith Inside: a guide for Catholics in prison – A new resource for Prison Chaplains and Catholic prisoners available from Redemptorist Publications.
Interreligious Newsletter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference; You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/cavnJ9, It is a newsletter aimed at Catholics who are interested in interreligious matters, and their friends.
Readings in different languages – Handy downloadeable (pdf) Sunday readings in about a dozen European languages, for those who have different language groups in their parish. Download here.
Papal Blessings for weddings, anniversaries etc – As from January 2015 only available online from the Vatican @ www.elemosineria.va
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