Led by: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Retreat ends with lunch on Sunday. The ritual of baptism announces that we now share in Christ’s threefold ministry as Prophet, Priest, and Read the full article...
National Conference for Rural Catholics 2018. Where: Best Western Country Hotel, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1YE. When: February 5-7, 2018. Cost: Full board £245 per person (including non returnable deposit of £100); 1 night D, B&B Read the full article...
Having set us on the journey of A Future Full of Hope, Bishop Declan calls us together as we prepare to step across the threshold of a new liturgical year, the year of St Mark, and our diocesan Year of Mission.
Bishop Declan launched the new diocesan vision‘A Future Full of Hope‘ on Saturday 28 October, at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, Bristol. Over three hundred people came together from all over the diocese to explore the new diocesan strategy. This document, inspired by Pope Francis, emphasises a ‘more outward focus’ and sets out a roadmap for the next three years.
Planning well ahead, Bishop Declan is set to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018 (22 – 30 October) staying three nights in Galilee, two nights in Bethlehem, and three nights in Jerusalem. Initial costings indicate a figure of £1210 per person (based on two people sharing). We’ve always had a superb time in the Holy Land and it’ll be good to look forward to another trip in the autumn of 2018.
A new catechists’ course series starts October 2017, designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. The formation course is aimed at forming new catechists as well as supporting and refreshing existing and “well-seasoned” catechists. This series is to be hosted at Clifton Cathedral, Bristol.
To help us celebrate Pope Francis’ Care of Creation day and to accompany us on our journey to the feast of St Francis, Carmody Grey offers us some thought and reflections across the next four weeks to stimulate us in our reading and re-reading of Laudato Si’ and help move us and our communities – whether that be family, neighbourhood, or parish – into action.
Join us each week as we embrace the challenge to be a people who cherish the gift of creation and seek to wonder in the blessing of God around us.
What a superb day! Some 360 people gathered from across the four counties of our diocese for this annual Diocesan Day. The family of the diocese was being celebrated… and it was good to bring people together. Folk started arriving at about 9.15am to find bouncy castles and slides, the mobile farm, caterers and hosts in preparation mode. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and new coming together, signing in and getting all prepped for the day ahead.
The Department of Adult Education are registering people now for this year’s Diocesan Family Day, with well over two hundred people already registered for the day! With just one week to go, Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan community to come together on Saturday 1 July for a day’s gathering and formation centred around living the gift of our baptism at St Brendan’s College, Brislington.
Lunch will be catered for you and there will be refreshments throughout the day. To give an idea of numbers, if you would like to be part of the day please register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 902 5595.
Bishop Declan is to celebrate Liturgies of Reconciliation during the Season of Lent at five venues across the diocese.
Thursday 9 March (Corpus Christi, Weston Super Mare), Friday 17 March (St Thomas More, Cheltenham), Thursday 23 March (St Patrick, Redfield), Thursday 30 March (Holy Rood, Swindon), Thursday 6 April (St John, Trowbridge).
Bishop Declan drew our diocesan family together during National Marriage Week for our celebration of Marriage in the Cathedral this last Saturday, 11 February. It was good to see so many travelling from across the diocese to be with him and with others.
The Diocesan Liturgy Office, working as part of the Department of Adult Education, is hosting a day for all those involved and engaged in the liturgical life of our parishes. Celebrating Lent and Easter is a day to help all those who exercise a liturgical ministry or hold a liturgical interest in their preparations for these two beautiful seasons.
There are a goodly number of people who are familiar with Divine Renovation: moving your parish from maintenance to mission. The author, Fr James Mallon, is taking part in this year’s Alpha Leadership Conference which takes place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May and the Alpha Global Gathering on Wednesday 3 May. Fr James will be leading a seminar in the afternoon of the Wednesday seminar sessions.
I am delighted and excited to be appointed as the Marriage & Family Life Project Worker, working as part of the Adult Education Team, following a successful bid for funding from The Bishops’ Conference.
A new series starts this year, designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. The formation course is aimed at forming new catechists as well as supporting existing and “well-seasoned” catechists, too. This series is to be hosted at St John’s, Trowbridge.
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.
Prinknash Abbey is home to a Benedictine contemplative community of monks at St Peter’s Grange which is nestled in the rolling hills of the Gloucestershire countryside with panoramic views over the city of Gloucester and beyond.
The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral next year 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.
How has the Jubilee gone for you? Has it been something that has attracted you (as it seems to have attracted so many in and outside of the Church)? Has it enthused you or motivated you to do something across its twelve months? Has it changed or converted you in some way? Has it prompted your parish community to get its hands dirty in outreach, in care, or in concern? Maybe the Jubilee has allowed you simply to appreciate the gentle rhythm of what is already happening – the way you show generosity and kindness, the way you extend a care, a concern and a welcome to those so easily forgotten or ignored.