posted on 24 May 2012
Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass at Heythrop College on Saturday 19 May giving thanks for students who have completed or finished part of the Pastoral Mission Programme.
Christian morality gets a bad press. It seems like a list of rules imposed upon us, that go against our freedom and our desire for happiness. But in the Catholic tradition, Christian morality is the way to true happiness. It helps us to be who we are meant to be; it helps us to overcome false ideas about the meaning of human life; and it helps us to find what we are truly searching for - the peace and joy that come from loving God and loving our neighbour. This course will look at the nature of morality; the meaning of the Commandments and the moral teaching of Christ and of the Church; and the place of conversion and conscience in the Christian life.
Most Christians will turn to God in prayer in time of need, whether it be a casual request for a convenient parking slot or the panicked battlefront plea that spawned the slogan, 'no atheist in a foxhole.' However, our very asking can be defective by limiting our prayer life to petition prayer, neglecting prayers of praise, thanksgiving, worship, adoration, contrition and by not recognising that the Lord is far more concerned with lavishing on us greater blessings than the things we typically ask for. Pope John Paul emphasises that for the 'fullness' of prayer we must let God be most 'fully present' to us. Openness to this divine intimacy is called 'Prayer of the Heart”.
A selection of useful items to aid those leading Echoes in their parishes.
One-year, part-time Certificate and Diploma in Parish evangelisation and ministry / Family evangelisation and ministryfor 2007/8.
Copies of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published by CTS are available from the Agency for Evangelisation at a reduced cost of £5 (plus P&P).
Pope Benedict XVI has released his second major document, Sacramentum Caritatis (Sacrament of Love) which focuses on both Love and the Eucharist .
‘London Jesuit Volunteers’ LJV is now operating, offering flexible volunteering opportunities among those in need anywhere in London. Placements sought to suit volunteers circumstances and skills. There is also an Ignatian reflective component, to assist volunteers to focus on the presence of God in their volunteering and the rest of their lives.
The Mount Street Jesuit Centre is a place where Christians can explore and deepen their faith. Underpinned by the Spiritual Exercises of their founder, St Ignatius Loyola, the Centre provides a range of courses and activities designed to help adults grow in their faith and become more fully 'men and women for others'.
You want to prepare and train those who hand on faith... but how?
Echoes is a parish-based training resource which fulfils this urgent need. Designed for everyone engaged in handing on faith, whether to adults or children, it provides a rounded formation in the central aspects of the Catholic faith and how to transmit this to others in different contexts.
The Agency for Evangelisation will be piloting Echoes in twelve parishes across the Diocese.