BISHOPS' CONFERENCE REPORT: ‘Some Definite Purpose’
A new programme has been launched to support the Catholic Community to contribute to the legacy of the Pope’s Visit to the UK.
Called ‘Some Definite Purpose’ the programme reflects the content of Pope Benedict XVI’s speeches, homilies and addresses during his September 2010 visit to the UK. A number of events and projects have been timetabled for 2011 and beyond, with the legacy of the Holy Father’s visit categorised under six headings: ‘To know our purpose’, ‘To grow in conﬁdence’, ‘To witness to our faith’, ‘To serve others’, ‘To seek and engage in dialogue’ and ‘To point to the transcendent’.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: ‘The visit of the Holy Father was a grace-filled occasion and a source of great joy for many. He presented us with a clear task for the months and years ahead. It is hoped that the new initiative, “Some Definite Purpose” will support every member of the Catholic Community, and those who are not Catholic, to make a positive and faith-filled contribution to life in the UK. A key focus is serving those who are most in need where we live and work.’
The calendar for 2011 is:
Bishop Kieran Conry, Chair of the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: ‘This initiative will support the mission of the Church in England and Wales. It has a specific parish focus and materials will be easy to download and use. It’s so important that we all consider ways of continuing the journey of “heart speaks unto heart”, of witnessing to the joy of our faith in everyday life. I invite and encourage everyone to get involved and give generously of their time and talents.’
This is an eight-page pdf download.
Papal Visit DVD
Celebrating Pope Benedict XVI’s historic first State Visit to the UK, the DVD tells the story of the four extraordinary days in September offering not just event highlights, but the Holy Father’s profound words and the true significance of all the components of the Visit. News release on DVD launch.
Lent Resource for Parishes
The Agency for Evangelisation in Westminster Diocese is offering a booklet called Faithful Pilgrim, which encourages parishioners to come together, six months on, to explore the various themes and speeches from the Papal Visit. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for parish orders is 11 February.
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