The Bishops of England an Wales have launched an appeal to put pressure on the government to honour its manifesto pledge to lift the 50% cap on faith admission to new free schools.
Please follow the link to: http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap to learn more and to find out how you can write to the government to urge them to drop this policy which deters the formation of new Catholic schools.
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.