Saturday, 28 November 2009

Advent Prayer

You might like to have a look at the prayer material on the excellent pray-as-you-go site. Each weekday there is an audio reflection which you can listen to at your computer, or download, a week at at time, to your iPod or other MP3 Player.
Details of the special Advent reflections, based  on themes in the Pope's latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) can be found here.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Consultation form - what to do.

I have just completed the consultation form on assisted suicide, using the guidelines on the Bishops' Website, and following their example document for this rather confusing form.
I hope some of you will feel able to do the same.
After you have filled out the form save it and either:
1) email it to:
2) Print it out and post it to the following address:
Assisted Suicide Policy Team
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters - 6th floor
50 Ludgate Hill

Video on assisted suicide - Archbishop Smith of Cardiff.

Archbishop Peter Smith on the CPS consultation on assisting suicide from Catholic Church (England/Wales) on Vimeo.

Public Consultation on Assisting Suicide

The Catholic Church in England Wales website has lots of useful material about the consultation going on by the Crown Prosecution Service on the issue of assisting suicide, and when those involved should be prosecuted. You will find a video presentation by Archbishop Peter Smith, the consultation document from the CPS, which includes an opportunity to respond, and a submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions from the Bishops' Conference. It is important that we are aware of these issues, inform our consciences appropriately, and make the Catholic voice heard.
You can find all this here.

Newsletter for 28/29 November - Advent 1 - Year C Starts

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Fairtrade Shop... St Clare's School on Thursday, 26th November at 3.30pm. There sill be a wide range of Fairtrade items for sale. Refreshments will be available. Please come and support.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Newsletter for 21/22 November - Christ the King

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This Sunday is National Youth Sunday. You can find resources for our young people and their families here.
I particularly like this introduction to Lectio Divina - suitable for all ages.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Anglicanorum coetibus

The Apostolic Constitution on the Personal Ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to be received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church, which was announced in October, has been issued over the last few days. Click here to read it, and the associated documents. You will understand that this is a matter of great interest to former Anglicans like myself.
I think it important to look beyond some of the headlines in both the secular and the religious press which often over-simplify complex issues and seem more concerned to create heat than to shed light! My own feeling is that this is a generous response from the Church to a perceived pastoral need.
However, on a personal level, I am delighted to be a priest of the Diocese of Nottingham. I knew, when I was received into the Catholic Church some fifteen years ago, that I needed to immerse myself in parish and diocesan life. I have been deeply enriched by so doing. My Ordinary will continue to be the Bishop of Nottingham to whom I promised obedience on my ordination day.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Newsletter for 14/15 November - 33rd Sunday of the Year.

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I retire from my ministry as Catholic Chaplain of HMP Sudbury and HMP/YOI Foston Hall this week to become full time in the parish. It seems strangely fitting that this Sunday is Prisoners' Sunday, the start of Prisons' Week. Please pray for all prisoners, prison staff - including chaplains, prisoners' families, and, of course, all victims of crime.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Interesting Link

You may be interested to follow the blog of a postulant at Mount St Bernard Abbey. Click here to view.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009