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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.