On Sunday 24th September 2017, our Bishop, building upon the insights of the successful June Diocesan Convocation of the Clergy, outlined his vision for our Diocese against a background of declining Mass attendance and a growing secular society in need of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
On the celebration of St Michael and the Archangels Gabriel and Raphael, the 29th September 2017, Fr Patrick asked our Parish communities to pray every day during the period leading to Advent for inner conversion, that we may all seek God’s will in this challenging time and purify ourselves of personal agendas.
The Vision may be accessed on the Diocesan website (The Vision)
The Night Light Winter Shelter, offering friendship, a hot meal and shelter to the homeless rough sleepers in the coldest 3 months of the year is starting again in Basingstoke on 1st December. The Catholic community have been asked if they would like to manage and provide all the staffing for the Thursday night shelter at the URC at the top of town.
Those parishioners, who individually volunteered in 2016/17, found it so satisfying and rewarding that they have all readily agreed to participate again this year.
The Bishop in his pastoral letter has called us to " be outward facing service centres especially for the poor and needy"
Could you help the underprivileged, by volunteering to get involved this year?
We need drivers, cooks, washers up, greeters, people for set up & break down, laundry, etc. Don’t worry if you cannot do a Thursday night, as there will be opportunities to get involved on other days. You do not have to commit to all 13 Thursdays. Full training will be given.
Booking is now open for three separate days in November that will focus on discipleship and sharing our faith with others. Katherine Coolidge, global head of Called and Gifted ( http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/calledandgifted/) will speak on 18th November and lead the other two days.
Day 1 Fruitful Discipleship in our Diocese Saturday 18th November
At Winchester Parish Centre 0930am-5pm. This is for everyone who would like to know and serve the Lord more deeply, moving towards being an active disciple. Being with each other in community in our parishes and our diocese helps us on this journey. Bishop Philip will host and talk on the day. Katherine Coolidge will tallk on fruitful discipleship and on deveoping a personal relationship with the Lord. There will be input from parishioners around the diocese and from groups active in working using their charisms to serve others.
Day 2 Kerygma Retreat Sunday 19th November
At Winchester Parish Centre 12noon -6pm (masses celebrated before/after). This day is about hearing and responding to "The Kerygma", the great story of Jesus that Pope Francis reminds us to hear over and over again. This reflective day involves spoken word, art, quiet reflection and discussion giving an opportunity to spend the day of rest with the Lord in a deep way.
Day 3 Training Day on Sharing our Faith Monday 20th November
At St Bede's church centre Basingstoke 0930am-5pm. This day is for anyone who would like to be trained in how to have conversations with those not yet active Catholics and how to share your story and Jesus's story with others - family, friends, colleagues. The training is simple straightforward for all who want to share their faith with others. This day will also talk about how to run the Kerygma Retreat in our parishes. This day is important for anyone but especially for catechists, those running parish groups, ministers to the sick and housebound, prayer group members.