Updates from the Archdiocese

Synod 2020

Dear Friends,

In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.

During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Church. Our prayer and worship has become transformed as we gather remotely, online, from our own home. Our sense of community is challenged as we find creative and new ways of coming together to meet, to socialise, to work, or to check in on each other.

Today begins our extra period of reflection as we consider what our Synod can learn from the experience of living through these difficult and different times. We have produced a short film and a leaflet to help guide your reflection. Please use them and encourage others to reflect too as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. If possible, share these on your personal and parish social media.

Visit our website, reflect on the materials, and submit your proposals for action. We will close the online submission form on Monday 4 May 2020.

With best wishes

Fr Philip, Fr Matthew, Jacqui, and Matt
The Synod Office Team

Masses for the Sick, NHS Workers & Others

Starting next Thursday, there will be a series of weekly Masses, each Thursday at 7.00 p.m., for the sick and their families, all front-line workers in the NHS and those who work in social care. The Masses will be celebrated by a different bishop each week in his own cathedral and the celebrations will be live-streamed.

Details of the timetable can be found here.

Walsingham Retreat

Monsignor John Armitage will lead an 8-day retreat via live-streaming from Walsingham starting on Sunday.

Details may be found here and on the Walsingham Shrine website www.walsingham.org.uk