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The church is now closed until further notice.

There will be no celebration of Mass in the parish of
Our Lady & St. Peter, Woodhall Spa, until further notice.

'For the duration of this emergency the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is removed - see catechism of the Catholic Church 2181 –
this pandemic is the "serious reason" why this obligation does not apply at this time.' 
Catholic Conference of Bishops of England & Wales.



MEANWHILE:
Please continue to pray for those who are ill in our parish and in the wider community.
Please support, in any way open to you, those in our parish and wider community who may need it.
Please encourage people to use the parish website in order to keep in touch with news in the parish and pass on, by phone/email, useful information to those who may not be familiar with, or do not have access to the website.
The parish will still have financial commitments that need to be met, utility bills etc. (Fr. John will still need to eat!). Gift Aid envelopes and other offerings may be delivered to the house. 
Please ensure that Fr. John is notified immediately of any funeral arrangements that may need to be made.
PARISH INFORMATION
The funeral Mass for Pat Roberts that was to be held on 1st. April has been cancelled. Other arrangements have now been made.
Mass with Pat's family and friends will be celebrated later in the year when circumstances allow.

"Churches Without Walls”
Centering Prayer & Contemplative Meditation: Open to All
 
These meetings are cancelled until further notice

Liturgies being Live Streamed from Bishop's House 

It is hoped that we shall be able to live stream the following liturgies from the private chapel here at Bishop’s House, on the Bishop’s YouTube account.
Please click on the picture link below to access the account

Bishop Patricks YouTube Account

Monday 23rd - Night Prayer - 7 pm
Tuesday 24th - Holy Rosary - 10am
Wednesday 25th - Simple Mass for the Annunciation (Solemnity) - 7.30 pm
Thursday 26th - Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament - 10 am
Friday 27th - Stations of the Cross - 3 pm
Saturday 28th
- No live streaming
Sunday 29th (clocks go forward)  - Mass begins at 11.15 am The Bishop hopes that he may still be able to offer Mass in the Cathedral on this the 5th Sunday of Lent, if not, this will be streamed live from his private chapel  here at Bishop’s House. At this Mass we shall pray for the Rededication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry and the Mass will end with the Angelus Promise


ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER

Offered as an example of a suitable prayer for use by home viewers wishing to participate in a Live Streaming of the Mass

After the celebrant has received Holy Communion himself, and in place of communicating the faithful, the celebrant reads aloud the Act of Spiritual Communion, and invites the home viewers to say the words of the prayer with him.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. The Bishops have now suspended public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20 March 2020, until further notice.
  
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES 
 
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith.  It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches.  This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
 
Our churches will remain open.  They are not closing.  They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength.  In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.
 
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation. 
 
Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days.  These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.
 
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181).  This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time.  
 
You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.  
The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other.  There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.
 
During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue.  Please play your part in it.  The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase.  Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.
 
'The Lord is my shepherd, There is nothing I shall want.'
 
May God bless us all.
 
 Vincent Cardinal Nichols    Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP President      Vice-President
 
18th March 2020



Next Events



“THE GOD WHO SPEAKS” Year of the Word 2020
                                                             
 Year of the Word: Day of Prayer 
The Nottingham Diocesan Spirituality Network is holding a day of prayer at St Hugh’s, Lincoln on 16th May 2020 entitled: Encounter Jesus and be Missionary Disciples through St Matthew’s Gospel beginning at  10 am with arrivals from 9.30 and finishing at 3 pm with Liturgy. Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch. All Welcome. 

Faith Hub – for Lincolnshire Catholics We are looking for young adults (including parents) aged 18 – 35 who are interested in building a community of like-minded Catholics in our county. Meetings are held every two weeks, at 7pm at Our Lady of Lincoln RC Church, Laughton Way, Lincoln LN2 2HE. Please contact info.faithhub@gmail.com for more information. Please come and join us!

Regular Events

First Sunday Coffee - Woodhall Spa - Parish Hall after Mass
There will be cake for sale, 50p per slice/cake with the usual tea & coffee.  

   
First Tuesdays -  There will be no 'First Tuesday' meetings during Lent, the next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th. May. at 2.30pm. in the hall to chat about life in general or any specific topic you care to raise. tea/coffee & cake/biscuits.


Centering Prayer  & Contemplative Meditation: Open to All

We meet from 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm, - Cancelled until further notice -then every 1st & 4th (not 5th) Tuesday of each month, at the Lion's Den, 26A Silver Street, Conningsby, LN4 4SG. Free parking is available in the Silver Street Car Park. Coming out onto Silver Street, driveway entrance to Lions Den bungalow is across the road, between Ginger Cow Coffee Shop and Doctor’s Surgery.
 
"Come and see!" (Jn 1:39,46;4:29)
 
For more details, and any questions or enquiries, etc, please contact Rev Sue Allison (email: susan.333allison@btinternet.com) and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter (email: james.hunter200@btinternet.com)
 


St Mary's Community of Enquiry
- Cancelled until further notice -
Meets on some Thursdays in St Mary's R.C. Parish Centre, Louth small room, from 10.15am till 12.45pm. Our topics are "Acts of the Apostles" and "Reading Dante: from Here to Eternity"


“St James’ Community of Enquiry” 
Christian Reading & Discussion Group: Open to All 

We meet twice a month, from 7.00pm till 9.00pm, - Cancelled until further notice -, then normally every 2nd / 3rd Friday, followed by 2nd / 3rd Monday of each month, thereafter, at St James’ C of E, Westgate, Louth LN11 9YE.
Members attend when they can. 

“Come and see!” (Jn 1:39,46;4:29) 

For more details, and any questions or enquiries, please contact Rev Nick Brown (email: nick.brown@teamparishof louth.org.uk) and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter (email: james.hunter200@btinternet



Centering  Prayer & Contemplative Meditation: Open to All

Meets weekly from 7.00pm till 9pm, - Cancelled until further notice -, then normally every 1st (or previous) Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Thursday & 4th (not 5th) Friday of each month, thereafter, at St James' C of E, Westgate, Louth LN11 9YE. Members attend when they can. 
"Come and see!" (Jn1:39,46;4:29)
 
For more details and any questions or enquiries etc please contact Rev Nick Brown nick.brown@teamparishoflouth.org.uk and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter for : james.hunter200@btinternet.com
   

 
 
Events and  COURSES coming up in the
Diocese of Nottingham
   
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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 2019/2020

CCRS COURSE 2019 / 2020

 What is the CCRS?
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)   offers Core Modules and a broad range of specialist studies so that, taken as a whole, the entire course provides a high level of faith formation for teachers, catechists, prospective deacons, and in fact anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. It is primarily concerned with learning about elements of our faith and integrating the knowledge  acquired into the way we live. In some cases students prefer not to write assignments but still enjoy attending modules and are then awarded with the Living Ministry Certificate.  
Still not sure? Why not contact our CCRS mentor; Robert della-Spina at ccrsmentor@dioceseofnottingham.uk

You can join at any time as this is a rolling course, just complete and return an  application form available from Adult Formation.




 What’s involved? Two year course; 8 modules of 10 hours each  over 2 Saturdays (6 core modules & 2 specialist modules) , 100 % attendance, each module is assessed by an assignment of 1500 words (to achieve the CCRS qualification)
How much does it cost? £55 per module (concessions £45) or £360 for the whole course, plus £25 registration fee , schools/ parishes may fund the course. Living Ministry is £35 per module or £256 for the whole course plus £5 registration fee.
 For more information on CCRS visit the national website
Course currently at: Our Lady & St Patrick in the Meadows, Nottingham. NG2 1JQ
  
 


 
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Presentation of the Lord      02.02.20

Presentation of the Lord



 
https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2015/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20150111.html
 
 
 

Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany
 
 


Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
 
Pope Francis Mary Mother of God 01.01.20


Feast of the Holy Family

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https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2014/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20141208.html
 

Christ the King

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-angelus-christ-the-king-love.html


Remembrance Sunday 2019

http://catholicnews.org.uk/remembrance-reflection-fr-fava

Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.

Prayer

O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children..

Roman Missal




Commemoration of All Souls
2nd November

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2014/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20141102.html

Solemnity of All Saints
1st November

https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/homilies/2000/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_20001101_ognissanti.html


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15th August

http://www.news.va/en/news/the-angelus-on-the-assumption-for-the-first-time-i


The Transfiguration

http://www.radiantlight.org.uk/art_gallery/search_results/?search=transfiguration&type=1&options=images_texts&x=0&y=0


Saints Peter and Paul



Solemnity of the birth of St John the Baptist




Corpus Christi
 

Trinity Sunday

http://www.news.va/en/news/trinity-sunday-may-31-2015

Pentecost

http://www.news.va/en/news/pentecost-june-4-2017


Our Lord's Ascension

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-05/pope-francis-regina-coeli-13-may-2018-reflection-ascension.html






EASTER

http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en/special/2015/settimanasanta2015.html


HOLY SATURDAY  - Easter Vigil

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2015/4/4/vegliapasqua.html


GOOD FRIDAY

Way of the Cross 19.04.19
http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en/special/2015/settimanasanta2015.html

Celebration of the Passion of our Lord 19.04.19
http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en/special/2015/settimanasanta2015.html

HOLY THURSDAY

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-homily-at-holy-thursday-chrism-mass-f


PALM SUNDAY

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/?utm_source=ewtnhome&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=lent
 

HOLY WEEK

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Welcome to Woodhall Spa Parish
Serving Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Coningsby and Metheringham
Parish Priest Fr John O'Donnell
Our Lady and St Peter
15 Cromwell Avenue, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6TH
Tel 01526 352245 
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Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
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Pope Francis Daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta 
with English translation and commentary

Pope Francis Daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta


Pope Francis March 2020
Catholics in China

Pope Video March 2020

Let us pray together that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope.
The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens.
They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.



Pope Francis Feb 2020
Hear the Cries of Migrants 


We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking.
Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.
The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money.


Pope Francis Jan 2020
Promotion of World Peace

Pope Video Jan 2020

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
Thank you.


Pope Francis Christmas Urbi et Orbi 25.12.19

Pope Francis 25.12.19 Urbi et Orbi



Pope Francis Dec 2019 
The future of the very young

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Let us pray that every country decides to take necessary measures to make the future of children a priority, especially the future of children who are suffering today.

Every child who is marginalized, abused, abandoned, without schooling, or without medical care, is a cry that rises up to God.
In each of them is Christ, who came to our world as a defenceless child; it is Christ who looks at us through the eyes of each of these children.



Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Thailand and Japan 19-26 November
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Pope Francis Nov 2019
Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East

Pope Video Nov 2019

Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds. The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.



Pope Francis Oct 2019
Missionary Spring in the Church

Pope Video Oct 2019

In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church.

Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection.
Reaching the peripheries—the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the missio ad gentes.
We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer.
In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church.


Pope Francis Video message to UN Climate Action Summit

Pope Francis UN Climate Change Summit


Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Mozambique, Madagascar & Mauritius 4 - 10 September  2019
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Pope Francis - World Day of Care for Creation  01.09.19

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God, offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.
Tragically, the human response to this gift has been marked by sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit..
The environment itself is endangered: something good in God’s eyes has become something to be exploited in human hands. Deterioration has increased in recent decades: constant pollution, the continued use of fossil fuels, intensive agricultural exploitation and deforestation are causing global temperatures to rise above safe levels.

We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own...

I strongly encourage the faithful to pray in these days...

It is also a season to reflect on our lifestyles, and how our daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy and many other material goods, can often be thoughtless and harmful...

This too is a season for undertaking prophetic actions.

Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions...The young remind us that the earth is not a possession to be squandered, but an inheritance to be handed down. They remind us that hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now. We owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions...

The forthcoming United Nations Climate Action Summit is of particular importance. There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels...

May God, “the lover of life” (Wis 11:26), grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late.


Pope Francis Sep 2019
Protecting the Oceans

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Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them are threatened for various reasons.
Creation is a project of love given by God to humanity.
Our solidarity with the “common home” is born from our faith.
Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Pope Francis Aug 2019
Families, Schools of Human Development

The Pope Video  August 2019

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development".

Let us leave a world with families.
Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centres of humanity.
And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.
Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.



Pope Francis July 2019
Integrity of Justice
Pope Video July 2019
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens.
Their independence should keep them safe from favouritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make.
Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

Pope Francis June 2019
The Priest's Way of Life

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Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.
I would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.
They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.
They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.
Let us be thankful for their example and testimony.
Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.

Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Romania
31 May to 1 June 2019

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Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Bulgaria and North Macedonia
5-7 May 2019

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Pope Francis : May 2019
The Church in Africa, Seed of Unity

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Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

The ethnic, linguistic, and tribal divisions in Africa can be overcome promoting unity in diversity.
I want to thank the religious sisters, priests, laity, and missionaries for their work to create dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of African society.
Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

Pope Francis  21.04.19  Urbi et Orbi


Pope Francis : April 2019
Doctors and their humanitarian collaborators
 in war-torn areas

Pope Francis video April 2019

Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

The presence of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in war-torn areas is a sign of hope.
They are wise, valiant, and good-hearted people who, following their vocation, work under extremely dangerous conditions.
Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Pope Francis: Christ is Alive!
To Young People and the Entire People of God
 
Pope Francis - Christ is Alive

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO MOROCCO 30-31 MARCH 2019
Pope Francis visit to Morocco

Pope Francis : March 2019
Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

Pope Video March 2019

Let us pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

It might be hard for us to believe, but there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries.
They are persecuted because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ to this society.
This happens particularly where religious freedom is not yet guaranteed.
However, it also happens in countries where, in theory and on paper, they protect freedom and human rights.
Let us pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

Pope Francis 04.02.19  Human Fraternity

Pope Francis andGrand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib  04.02.19 Human Fraternity Document

Document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib

Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.....It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and  sisters.....

Pope Francis : February 2019
 Victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Pope Francis February 2019 Human Trafficking

Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash their hands of it without being, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity.
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps more.
Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates
3 to 5 February 2019

Pope Francis Journey to the United Arab Emirates

The logo of this journey depicts a dove with an olive branch. It is an image that recalls the story – present in different religious traditions – of the primordial flood. According to the biblical account, in order to preserve humanity from destruction, God asked Noah to enter the ark along with his family. Today, we too in the name of God, in order to safeguard peace, need to enter together as one family into an ark which can sail the stormy seas of the world: the ark of fraternity.

The point of departure is the recognition that God is at the origin of the one human family. He who is the Creator of all things and of all persons wants us to live as brothers and sisters, dwelling in the common home of creation which he has given us. Fraternity is established here at the roots of our common humanity, as “a vocation contained in God’s plan of creation”.[1] This tells us that all persons have equal dignity and that no one can be a master or slave of others.

Excerpt from Founder’s Memorial Speech (Abu Dhabi)
Monday, 4 February 2019


Pope Francis 24.10.19
World Day of Social Communications

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Today’s media environment is so pervasive as to be indistinguishable from the sphere of everyday life. The Net is a resource of our time. It is a source of knowledge and relationships that were once unthinkable....
Click here for full message

Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Panama
23.01.19 to 28.01.19

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2019/1/23/viaggio-apostolico-panama.html


Pope Francis   18.01.19   Christian Unity
18.01.19     Vespers  in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2019/1/18/vespri-unitadeicristiani.html

It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to sin, that the Lord saved us in baptism and called us his children. It is easy to think that the spiritual grace granted us is our property, something to which we are due, our property. The gifts we have received from God can also blind us to the gifts given to other Christians. It is a grave sin to belittle or despise the gifts that the Lord has given our brothers and sisters, and to think that God somehow holds them in less esteem. When we entertain such thoughts, we allow the very grace we have received to become a source of pride, injustice and division. And how can we then enter the promised kingdom?


Pope Francis : January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary

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You young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration.
Take advantage of the World Youth Day in Panama to contemplate Christ together with Mary. We will pray the Rosary together for peace, each of us in our own language.
And ask for strength to dream and to work for peace.
Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world

 
Pope Francis 08.02.15 The devil is the root of jealousy, war

Pope Francis said the devil is the “father of hate”, “the father of lies” who
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seeks disunity. “But God wants unity,” Pope Francis said. “If in your heart you feel jealousy, this is the beginning of war. Jealousies are not of God.”
 
“It is sad when in a family, brothers do not speak because of something stupid,” Pope Francis said.“Because the devil takes stupidity and makes a world,” he continued. “Then these enmities continue and multiply for years. It destroys the family: Parents suffer because their children do not speak to each other, or with the wife of a son…And so this jealousy and envy, it is sowed by the devil. And the only one who can drive out demons is Jesus. The only one who can heal these things is Jesus. So to each of you: Have yourself healed by Jesus.”
 
   
Pope Francis 03.02.15 - Daily contemplation of the Gospel

Daily contemplation of the Gospel helps us to have true hope. The Pope 
again urged people to take 10 minutes out of their day to pick up the Gospel and talk to the Lord, rather than waste it on TV soap operas or listening to other peoples’ gossip.
Take up the Gospel, read and imagine the scene, imagine what happens and talk to Jesus, from the heart"."And with this we allow hope to grow, because we have our gaze fixed, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. We should all carry out this contemplative prayer. 'But I have so much to do!'. At home, 15 minutes, pick up the Gospel, a small passage, imagine what happened and talk with Jesus about it. So your gaze will be fixed on Jesus and not so much on a TV soap opera, for example. Your ears will be focused on the words of Jesus and not so much on your neighborhood gossip ... ".
Hope comes from this prayer, he said, adding "our Christian life unfolds in that context, between memory and hope": "Memory of our past journey, memory of so many graces received from the Lord. And hope, looking at the Lord, who is the only one who can give me hope. And in order to gaze at the Lord, to know the Lord, we pick up the Gospel and carry out this contemplative prayer.
Today, for example, try for 10 minutes - 15, no more – to read the Gospel, picture it and say something to Jesus. And nothing more. And so your knowledge of Jesus will be bigger and your hope will grow.

 
The Gospel in your pocket  - Pope Francis 01.09.14

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"How do we receive the Word of God?”. The response is clear: “As one receives Jesus Christ. The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scripture, in His Word”.
"Always carry a small Gospel with you in your purse, in your pocket, and read a passage from the Gospel during the day. Not so much “to learn” something, but mostly “to find Jesus, because Jesus actually is in His Word, in His Gospel”.  “Every time I read the Gospel, I find Jesus”.
 
 
Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
(reading plan courtesy of Gideon International)
 
 
Pope Francis: Guardian angels our companions on life’s journey

Guardian angels exist

Pope Francis at Mass at Casa Santa Marta. "Guardian angels exist, they are not [the fruit of] imaginative doctrine, but companions that God has placed beside us on our life’s journey."

       
    
            We all have an angel
 
Pope Francis recalled the definitive role of guardian angels in a Christian’s life. "We all have an angel who is always beside us, who never abandons us and helps us not to lose our way."
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pope Francis has said "Everyone should carry a small Bible or a pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to Read the Word of God"

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CAFOD Family Fast Day 06.03.20 

CAFOD Family Fast Day 2020

Family Fast Day is on Friday 6th March 2020. This Lent, please support the life-saving work of local experts like Sister Consilia in Zimbabwe who gives vital medication at her health centre.

World Mission Sunday

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As our global Church comes together on this special day, Missio asks the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in India and throughout the world, through your prayers and financial support.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 2019: Friday 4 October

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Home Mission Sunday 15 September 2019

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Each year the Church in England and Wales celebrates Home Mission Sunday. It is an opportunity to inspire us all to share the Good News we have received.

Season of Creation
1st September to 4th October 2019
Season of Creation 2019
The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St. Francis, 4 October.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have renewed their commitment to care for creation. They call for the development of a “Christian spirituality of ecology'.
The passing of time makes this challenge clearer. It is now an unprecedented ‘ecological crisis  - Guardians of God’s Creation


Sea Sunday 2019 will be celebrated on Sunday 14th July.
Sea Sunday is when we have the opportunity to remember and pray for seafarers, their families and all who support them. On Sea Sunday Catholic Churches around the UK take up a second collection with all funds raised going to the Apostleship of the Sea to support our work. It is a day of remembrance, prayer and celebration, and an opportunity to think about and thank those seafarers who work tirelessly throughout the year bringing us goods we often take for granted.

Collection for Peter's Pence
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Peter’s Pence is the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.

The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes and of faithful in grave difficulties (the poor, children, the elderly, those marginalized and the victims of war or natural disasters; concrete aid to Bishops or dioceses in need, Catholic education, assistance to refugees and immigrants, etc.).


World Comunications Day 2019
The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday   
 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media.


Global Healing

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Bishop welcomes scrapping of 'Settled Status' application fee for EU Citizens living in the UK
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Bishop Paul McAleenan has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that EU citizens applying for 'settled status' to remain in the UK after Brexit will no longer be expected to pay an application fee of £65 each.
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The Catholic Church in England and Wales
Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

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The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all EU citizens who have made their home here. As the majority are themselves Catholic this is a special pastoral concern for us...
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Human Trafficking
St Josephine Bakhita Day 2019
08.02.19

St Josephine Bakhita Day - Human Trafficking

Friday 8 February is the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita – the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. On this day Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those affected by the crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the people that volunteer and work to eradicate this crime. This year the particular focus is on those who are caught up in forced labour and labour exploitation both in the UK and beyond.

  

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Thoughts from Elston Hermitage on Angels
Of all things visible and invisible angels then are part of that invisible side of God's creation and so worthily deserve our attention.
Angels are God's messengers not only for great occasions but we can be assured they are constantly looking after us too as promised by the Psalmist  'The Lord will command his Angels to guard you in all your ways, they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone' (Ps. 91 11-12). Angles then are body and soul guards, and each of                                   us has a guardian angel to watch over us.