As Pope Francis marks the fifth anniversary of his election, and as five years has come and gone, it provides our diocesan community with an opportunity to reflect upon and explore what has taken place, what Pope Francis has offered the Church in his pontificate and consider what might lie ahead of us. The diocesan department of Adult Education and Evangelisation has arranged a series of three lectures across the spring and summer to allow us to look back, to assess, and to think ahead. The lectures will take place at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath, and begin at 7pm.
Tuesday 24 April Fr James Hanvey: Pope Francis and his vision for the Church of the 21st… even the 22nd Century.
Tuesday 26 June Austen Ivereigh reflects upon Pope Francis, the Church of Mission and his call to evangelise.
Wednesday 19 September Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis and the future! The lectures are free and all are most welcome.
A BISHOP’S INVITATION
‘Communication is an art learned in moments of peace in order to be practised in moments of difficulty.’ AL 234
‘It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church. The Christian community’s care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage; rather, such care is a particular expression of its charity”. AL 243
We gather together each year in celebration of marriage and can, so easily, walk by those whose marriages have broken down, those who are separated, those who are divorced and those who have remarried.
Bishop Declan is celebrating Evening Prayer in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym on Sunday 29 April at 3.30pm. Recently, he spoke of his desire to invite those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated and to make good use of the opportunity for prayer and for encounter. That invitation is warmly extended and the Bishop hopes that many will feel able to gather with him for this time together. In the Easter Season, it is time to know the risen presence of Christ and to find in him affirmation and encouragement.
There will be refreshments St Margaret Mary room after Evening Prayer. It would be good to see you there on that occasion if you are free to join him, too.
It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. If you be kind enough to indicate that you are coming along, that would be useful. You can reply to email@example.com
We are now reading “Tutu : the Authorised Portrait of Desmond Tutu” by Allister Sparks and Mpho Tutu, and we shall meet to discuss the book on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30 pm in the Lampley Room over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.
“In the sacred Host, He is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us.
Only by adoring this Presence do we learn how to receive Him properly.”
During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
Each moment that you spend in His Eucharistic Presence will increase his divine life within you and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with him.
When you look upon the Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son of God.
“Indeed, this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.” (Jn 6:40)
Twelve Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament
1. You are greatly needed!
“The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic adoration.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)
2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)
3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life.
“Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
“Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)
5. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to him!
“Christ is reserved in our churches as the spiritual center of the heart of the community, the universal Church and all humanity, since within the veil of the species, Christ is contained, the invisible heart of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the center of all hearts, by him all things are and of whom we exist.” (Pope Paul IV, Mysterium Fidei)
6. Jesus wants you to do more than to go to mass on Sunday.
“Our communal worship at mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
“Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
8. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
9. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of his grace, his love, his peace.
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, he is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
10. If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to welcome him, but he remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of bread, because he is calling us to faith, that we many come to him in humility.
“The Blessed Sacrament is the ‘Living Heart’ of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, whom they cannot see.” (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)
11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with his.
“He proposes his own example to those who come to him, that all may learn to be like himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interest but those of God.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
12. If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honour would be nothing in comparison to the honour and dignity that Jesus himself bestows upon you with the invitation of spending one hour with him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“The divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
On Saturday, 5th May there will be a Marian Half-Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More’s Church, starting with Mass at 9.30am followed by Adorat ion, Confessions, Rosary, the Crowning of Mary and a talk by Dominic Meigh on “The Renewal of Marian Devotion”.
Please bring a packed lunch. It will end at approx 1pm. It will be organised by Cheltenham YCA – all ages are welcome to this event.
For more details please click: Marian Day of Recollection – St. Thomas More’s
ALL AGES WELCOME Organised by Chelt YCA
Engaged Encounter is part of Worldwide Marriage Encounter. This is a Movement within the Catholic Church which aims to provide couples, who are engaged to be married, the opportunity to prepare more fully for their future lives together. The course is recognised and accepted as formal preparation for couples wishing to marry in the Catholic Church. Couples receive a certificate of attendance which is normally required by the priest who is officiating at their wedding. The course is presented by 2 or 3 married couples and one priest who will share a part of their personal experience and provided to each engaged couple an opportunity to share deeply.