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

Newsletter and CAFOD notices

This week’s parish newsletter is now available here.  Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Easter will be available on the parish website from around 5pm on Saturday.

CAFOD Eucharistic Celebration – Weds 29th April 6pm

All are welcome to join together in solidarity and prayer to celebrate Mass streamed live with CAFOD and friends Wednesday evening 29th April at 6:00 pm.
We shall bring together our prayers, from and for our communities and partners, our families and friends, both across the global South and throughout the UK, into the presence of our loving God. Register here to join: https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – live streamed at 10am every Sunday plus access to resources.

Anyone wishing to join the CAFOD Children’s Liturgy can register at: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

Step in to the Gap

Do you want to make a difference in the world and spend a year gaining new skills, work experience and learning more about yourself and the world we live in? CAFOD offers a gap year programme for those aged 18-30 based in the UK which includes a 3 week visit to meet partners and communities that CAFOD work with. Find out more information including how to apply at: www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear