Forward Together in Hope
The Diocese has entered a period of reflection and discernment which will last for the next three years under the guidance of the Bishop and a specially chosen team of researchers and advisors which will lead all of us in this task. It is vital to its success that as many members of our Church as possible join in.
There is considerable information about Forward in Hope Together on the Diocesan web site at http://hope.rcdhn.org.uk/
The Forward Together in Hope notice board is now in place at the back of Church. Please take a look and see what Forward Together in Hope is all about and why Bishop Seamus has asked us all to contribute. The Planning group is busy collecting the data for Section A and will publish their findings by the end of August. In the meantime the Section B questions will soon be available as a booklet for you the parishioners to start thinking about what we are being asked and to decide if there are any particular questions you would be interested in discussing with other parishioners during the months of September and early October. The idea is to give you plenty of time to think about these reflective questions before asking you to respond in any of a number of possible ways, for example by simple anonymous written replies, by partaking in small group discussions, or by attending larger feedback meetings where compiled responses will be presented and then discussed in larger meetings.
If you have any ideas, would like to consider hosting any small discussion groups or would like to suggest or discuss anything to do with Forward Together in Hope, then please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Planning group, the names of whom are on the noticeboard.
You may have noticed the planter boxes installed in the Rose Garden. In the Autumn Daffodil bulbs will be planted for next Spring in memory of Father Ged Lavender. If anyone else wishes to donate plants to include in the planter boxes, please let us know. Anyone interested who has free time and is interested in tending to the gardens in the parish grounds, please contact Vince Rose (01325 353802) or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday 6th August at 7.00pm in Holy Family Parish Centre. Members of the Forward Together in Hope Planning Team will be present at the meeting.
The next Baptism Course will be in St Thomas Aquinas Presbytery on Tuesdays 23rd and 30th August from 7pm to 8pm. Please let St Thomas' know if you will be attending. Telephone 01325 463636.
Forward Together in Hope -
Father Jim O'Keefe would like to meet with Parish Representatives, Clergy and Questionnaire Groups on Wednesday 16th September at 6.30pm in St Anne's Church Hall, Welbeck Avenue.
The next edition of our Parish magazine will be prepared in September and you are invited to submit articles which will be of interest to parishioners -
News from around the Diocese
Patients at the Freeman, RVI and Newcastle General Hospitals -
Please keep in your prayers, Father Michael Corbett, Chaplain to these big and busy hospitals, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Summer Accommodation in London -
Website: www.allenhall.org.uk email: allenhall@rcdow,org.uk
Tel: 020 7349 5600
World Youth Day -
Tea and Coffee Morning
Tea and Coffee will be served in the
Parish Centre after Mass on
Sunday morning. Proceeds in
aid of the Air Ambulance.
Last week's Coffee Morning raised
£31 for the RVI, Crawford House.
Next week's Coffee Morning will be
hosted by members of St Vincent
de Paul Society (SVP).
On Friday 11th September the
House of Commons will debate and
vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people
in our society at risk.
Please contact your MP, urging them
to attend the debate and vote against
the Bill. You can send an email to
your MP via the Catholic Bishops' Conference website
or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of Church.
There will be a retiring collection after
both Masses next weekend to support
the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Society in this Parish.