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.
This falls on Friday 29th September this year. There will be a celebratory Mass at St Michael's church at 7:30 pm followed by refreshments. Father Patrick hopes that many parishioners from the whole parish area will attend to celebrate and pray for the whole parish. Volunteers needed to help with refreshments please!
Father Patrick will be holding two evening meetings on the Convocation of the Clergy in St Michael's parish room on Wednesday 20th September and Wednesday 27th September from 7:30pm-9:20pm. Volunteers needed to help with refreshments. For more information on the Convocation to the Clergy see the 9th July newsletter.
Our friends at the Kingsclere Methodist Church cordially invite us to join them for their harvest supper on Saturday 30th of September at 6pm. Bring a dish of food to share, drinks will be provided. There will be a raffle and donation box for the Methodist Overseas Development Fund.
Our friends at St Mary's Anglican Church are having their harvest supper on Sunday September 17th after the 915am service. Lunch, served from 12:30, consists of a choice of roast beef or vegetable and cheese strudel followed by either apple pie or meringue and fruit. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children.