HOPE IN THE FUTURE
PARISH OUTREACH NOVEMBER 2018 :
We here at St Vincent's have so much to offer those in need... a warm welcome , a little time to listen or to talk or maybe something practical like sharing a meal or a small gift.
We have brothers and sisters in our town who have left their homes and families to seek refuge and safety amongst us. Can we reach out to them? We had a presentation by CAFOD on THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER TO THE PARISH CENTRE to find out how we might help and contribute to the life of our missionary parish. After an excellent meeting and discussion, a steering group have been formed to plan and organise the way forward. Contact Briege Sivills for more information.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2018 Following a Parish Meeting back in June a small group of parishioners are getting together to respond to Pope Francis' challenge for us to reach out to each other in love and friendship as the disciples did.
We want to find ways to make our parish even more welcoming and to support those in our local and global communities in practical and prayerful ways. Projects might include, CAFOD, CARITAS , SVP, supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers in our town, working with our Young people and developing good links with our schools.
If everyone did one little thing, our parish would be an even more vibrant place.
Please do come along. Everyone has something to offer and everyone's contribution is valued.
Next meeting Wed 24th October 7.00-8.00pm in the Parish Centre.
June 2018 The 4 groups (Sacramental Programme for Children and Parents, Liturgy & Sacramental Life, Social Life and Outreach) have agreed some activities they would like to progress. This will involve asking for volunteers and we hope other people will be able to spare their time and skills.
Communication (one way of outreach) was a common point and all Parishioners are invited to just say hello (and optionally introduce yourself) to someone you don’t know each time you enter Church.
If anyone would like more information or to provide support please contact Fiona Dunn (01706 352240 or after 9 a.m. Mass in Tea & Coffee).
The parish is still in need of a Youth Representative (aged 18 – 25), this involves attending Diocesan gatherings to represent St Vincent’s. If interested please contact Father Paul.
To quote Bishop John
“The programme is an invitation to every parish in the Diocese to recognise its potential and develop its missionary identity. It is designed to be a 5 stage journey. As the programme unfolds there will be resources that enable every parish, at whatever stage it may be in its development, to strengthen its mission. It aims to nourish those within the parish community while helping to identify what that community may be doing in outreach and service.”
The Five Stages (below) are covered in more detail in the Diocesan Website and are supplemented by detailed resources to support every stage
Stage 1: Celebrating our Parish culminated with the celebration of our Missionary Activity on the First Sunday of Advent
It placed an emphasis on prayer. Invoking the power of the Holy Spirit to engage all people of the Diocese in this process.
Key to this stage was to recognise and celebrate the Missionary Activity that already takes place in our parishes.
Part of this Stage was to seek to engage clergy in renewing and developing leadership styles.
A Big Thank You to each and every one of you for all you do, and all you are, helping to make St Vincent’s a very special place
Stage 2: Harvesting our talents
We need to move forward with the many ministries already in place, which we celebrated on the first Sunday in Advent. That was the purpose of the meeting on 20th June and there was a great deal of lively discussion and the four groups will be looking for volunteers.
Whilst not everyone will feel able to join a team, please continue to pray for the Parish and for all people who live within our boundaries.
Stage 3: Living the Sunday Eucharist
Stage 4: Proclaiming the Good News
Stage 5: Sharing the Hope
Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.
Please read more on our HOPE IN THE FUTURE page and more importantly on the Diocesan Website Link above.