Diocesan Events

Celebration of Marriage – Saturday 3 February 2018

On Saturday 3 February over 100 couples attend a chilly but welcoming Clifton Cathedral for the annual Celebration of Marriage Mass. Those celebrating significant anniversaries this year, amassed some 3866 years.

In his Homily, Bishop Declan reminded everyone that the life of marriage is a Vocation – the call that in the first place comes from God and that those present were called together to be one. In this year of Mark, everyone should try to reflect on their understanding of Mission; what does it mean when we say we are Missionary Disciples?

You can hear his full Homily below.

 

The photos from the Mass can be found here.

UK Marriage Week: marriage-week.org.uk/

UK Marriage Weeks runs from February 7th to 14th each year. The theme for Marriage Week 2018 is Think Ahead! Focus on planning your future together. Catholics are being asked to set 5 goals for their relationship for the next five years.

MARRIAGE WEEK 2018 will be a week to focus on thinking ahead and planning your future together – ‘Decide, don’t slide!’ We are encouraging you to set five goals for your relationship for the next five years – #plan5for5. Are there things you’ve been talking about together but never made a decision on?  Maybe you’ve been thinking and hoping for something but haven’t even discussed your idea with your other half.

The latest research makes it abundantly clear that planned/intentional relationships, and especially married relationships, are the gold standard. This is particularly true if children are involved. And those couples who plan ahead seem to be those who are more likely to stay together, so it is a really good exercise and strategy for your life going forward to plan ahead to stay on top.  And it can be great fun dreaming and thinking the unthinkable together!

Marriage Week 2018 is setting you the challenge to plan five goals for your relationship for the next five years.

To help you on your way, we’re giving you five categories as a starter for what you might like to consider planning. You don’t have to choose one goal per category and you can plan more than five – it’s up to you, but we think aiming for five goals is a good plan!

  • Marriage and Family
  • Fun
  • Finances
  • Work
  • Home

Perhaps during marriage week 2018 (7-14 February 2018), plan a night in or a dinner out to ‘plan 5 for 5’ and ‘Think Ahead’ using these starter ideas to inspire you and plan your way forward.

 


Celebration of Marriage at Clifton Cathedral

The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral on Saturday 3 February. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon. This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples.

There is, of course, a desire to have with us those who are celebrating particular anniversaries across 2018. If you know of any couples in your parish who are celebrating significant anniversaries next year – silver (25), pearl (30), ruby (40), sapphire (45), golden (50), emerald (55), or diamond (60)….or beyond – then please contact us via Alexander House at adult.education@cliftondiocese.com, giving us the names and addresses of these couples. They will receive individual invitations from the Bishop to this diocesan celebration. We would also like to invite those couples who are preparing for marriage in 2018 or will have just entered into marriage, please get in touch with their names and contact details, too, and we will ensure they are included and invited.

It is always an encouraging celebration and, during this Year of Mission, a real opportunity to see marriage and married love as part of the mission of Christ and the Good News of God’s incredible love for our world that we proclaim.

 


Date for the Diocesan Day at St Brendan’s College has been announced

The date for this year’s Diocesan Day will be 30 June 2018, again gathering with our bishop at St Brendan’s College, Brislington. The day will be built around a keynote address and workshop sessions facilitated and led by superb individuals who have given their time to come and join us. Do encourage others to come with you: bring your family, members of your parish, and those who are involved in parish ministry in any way. There should be something for you, something for all ages, and something to attract all interests.

 


Diocesan Family Day at St Brendan’s College, Brislington – 1 July 2017

There is always something good about meeting as a family from time to time and our diocesan family is being drawn together for a day celebrating a sense of belonging and a real call to mission. Gathering with our bishop at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, we come to explore living our baptismal vocation and what it means to be the Church Pope Francis calls us to be… and how we live out that calling in this part of the Church and the world. We draw inspiration from St Peter: ‘You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God’ (1Pt 2:9). The day is about coming together, about allowing ourselves space for prayer and for growth, for understanding and for conversation, for listening to one another and meeting people familiar and new. Hopefully, it is also a day for taking away something that may be of use to our lives of faith and our own parish families.

Our day is built around a keynote address and two workshop sessions facilitated and led by superb individuals who have given their time to come and join us. We’re fortunate to be able to welcome back David McLoughlin (Newman College, Birmingham) to start our day off. We’ll draw the day together with a plenary session to allow opportunity for personal reflection upon what we have heard, what has challenged us, and what we take back with us. Bishop Declan will bring our day to a close and send us back to our communities through the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at 4pm. Because we want families to come, too, we’ve crafted sessions for the younger members rather than one parent having to stay behind to look after the children. There are activities and attractions for the children – a fantastic mobile farm and a play bus as well as the obligatory bouncy castle. There’s an interactive coming together for our young people throughout the day, calling them to reflect upon their lives of faith and relationship with God and his Church. During the course of the day our diocesan departments will be on hand to meet with you, as well as groups and organisations from within our diocese, giving us a valuable opportunity to tap into some of the many resources available to our diocesan community.

And as if there wasn’t enough to choose from, our diocesan Liturgy Office is hosting a formation across the day for those who exercise the ministry of Holy Communion in our parishes. This is a great opportunity for a refreshing of our ministering and chance, also, to come before the bishop for commissioning and for sending out. The Liturgy Office will be sending out details of this stream of workshops.

What do you need to do? Simply let us know you are coming and identify, if you can, which two workshops you would like to take part in. Do try to encourage others to come with you: bring your family, members of your parish, and those who are involved in parish ministry in any way. There should be something for you, something for all ages, and something to attract all interests. We will also have resources from Redemptorist Publications; that’s a treat to be able to see what resources for prayer and reading are available. Lunch will be provided for you and there will be refreshments available throughout the day. It’ll be great to see you and your parish communities taking part in this day. Put the date in your diary! I look forward to welcoming you and enjoying the day in your company.
 

Information Booklet – giving you all the details for the day.

Poster 

 


Celebration of Marriage 2018 at Clifton Cathedral

The date for next year’s Mass will be 3 February 2018, 12noon, at Clifton Cathedral.

 


Celebration of Marriage at Clifton Cathedral

The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral on Saturday 11 February 2017. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon as part of National Marriage Week. This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples.

There is, of course, a desire to have with us those who are celebrating particular anniversaries across 2017. If you know of any couples in your parish who are celebrating significant anniversaries next year – silver (25), pearl (30), ruby (40), sapphire (45), golden (50), emerald (55), or diamond (60)….or beyond – then please contact us via Alexander House on 0117 902 5595 or email at adult.education@cliftondiocese.com, giving us the names and addresses of these couples. They will receive individual invitations from the Bishop to this diocesan celebration. We would also like to invite those couples from your parish who are preparing for marriage in 2017 or will have just entered into marriage, please get in touch with their names and contact details, too, and we will ensure they are included and invited.The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral on Saturday 11 February 2017. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon as part of National Marriage Week. This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples.

Poster can be downloaded here.

 


 

FAMILIAS FRIENDS’ EVENT 2017

This year FAMILIAS is again hosting a series of 4 events across England and Wales, each one providing an opportunity to explore; Amoris Laetitia,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 Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on marriage and the family as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice through the lens of the home, parish, school partnership. Fr Chris Thomas has been a full-time youth chaplain, university chaplain, parish priest and is now director of the Irenaeus Project. Fr Chris has spoken at conferences in England, Ireland and mainland Europe and is a member of the National Service Team for Charismatic Renewal and a regular contributor to Good News magazine.
Entry: £10 for FAMILIAS Members, Associates and Friends; £20 for all others Booking is essential: please contact the local Coordinator for each event Events run from 10.00 for 10.30am until 3.00pm & lunch is provided.

EVERYBODY’S WELCOME!