HOPE IN THE FUTURE
On the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, Bishop John Arnold launched, ‘Hope in the Future’, an initiative designed to help grow the church for future generations and to answer the call of Pope Francis for us all to be Missionary Disciples.
The picture on the wall to the left of the altar was received from Bishop John to remind us of what Our Lord said to St. Francis as he prayed in the derelict church of San Damiano.
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 Pastoral letter can be downloaded HERE and listened to HERE.
A video of Bishop John’s introduction should be viewed. It is available HERE.
We need volunteers to form a small team to support this initiative and lighten the load on our clergy. Please think about it. This is not a test of your sanctity. Neither is it a request to devote endless hours to the work. What is needed is your ability to look at the challenge presented to us and help to marshal the enormous talents available in our parish to meet that challenge
Please read some more on our HOPE IN THE FUTURE page.