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As Pope Francis opens the Holy Year of Jubilee crossing the threshold of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8 December, so he invites each diocese to open the Door of Mercy so that we can cross the threshold of the Father’s merciful love for us. As the Church crosses this threshold, so we enter more deeply into relationship and communion with the Father.
More people than ever, around the world, are being forced to flee their homes from war and oppression. Thousands of people have risked their lives to seek a new life in Europe, setting off with little more than the clothes they are wearing, with no idea what the future holds. Many are now living in poor conditions, with European governments struggling to provide adequate support.
From a burning desire for people to experience the mercy of God, Pope Francis initiated the Jubilee Year which will run from 8th December 2015 till 27th November 2016. Jubilee Years usually occur on important anniversaries; the last one was in 2000. Establishing one now indicates that it is the Holy Father’s conviction that the world needs to rediscover mercy. He connects it with the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Each year we draw together catechists from around our diocese as well as those involved in parish formation and evangelisation as a way of offering an opportunity for conversation, sharing, and formation.
Across the Clifton Diocese parishes celebrated young people and their place in the parish community. There were some great innovative ideas that engaged youth people in the liturgy and empowered them to play a part in parish life.
The Bishops of England and Wales released a statement on the on-going refugee crisis after their November 2015 plenary meeting. They call on the government to expedite the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and give it priority during the next 18 months:
With just under three weeks before the start of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis used the image of the door to prepare those participating in Wednesday’s General Audience in St Peter’s Square (18 November).
Jason Gardener MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist (2004) and President Elect of UK Athletics was welcomed by Prior Park College’s Headmaster, James Murphy-O’Connor on Friday afternoon, as the Bury Sports Centre was officially opened before a large group of students, staff, parents and friends.
National Youth Sunday takes place on 22nd November, Feast of Christ the King, and is an opportunity for our parishes o recognise and celebrate young people. There are national resources that have been sent to parishes along with a resource sheet and statement for parishes developed by our Youth Ministry team. The second collection goes directly to supporting Youth Ministry in the Clifton Diocese.
This morning I wish to express my horror at the events that took place in Paris last night. This random killing of innocent people is utterly despicable and a course of action which must be rejected unequivocally by all.
The Clifton Branch of the Catholic Women’s League(CWL) recently held the last meeting at St.John Fisher, Frenchay. The Branch, which has just over 100 members and has had a presence in the diocese for 106 years, voted at their AGM in May to close at the end of the year. This is not sad news though as our 5 Sections in Swindon, Bristol, Frome Wells and Cheltenham will stay within The League but as Direct Sections .
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written a pastoral letter reflecting on the synod and the importance of the family to be read out in parishes this Sunday, the Solemnity of All Saints.
In the letter Cardinal Vincent spoke of the work of the synod which centred around ‘fashioning fresh ways of thinking about the family in the plan of God’.
Of the many images of the family that emerged, the Cardinal noted that it was a ‘reflection of the mystery of love which is the life of God’ and ‘the flesh of the Church’.