As we continue our journey through our diocesan Year of the Eucharist we have much to celebrate. The Corpus Christi procession was a beautiful celebration with a real sense of connection as a Diocesan body of the faithful. It was wonderful to be together in large numbers and to worship with one another. The spiritual openness and devotion was profound. We look forward to this becoming an annual event in the life of our Diocese. A gallery of the celebration is available to view. Our next Year of the Eucharist event will be a Mass of Thanksgiving on 14 July at St Mary’s Cathedral, see below for details.
July sees a number of other key events for the Vicariate for Faith and Mission. We have the second weekend in formation for those ‘accompanying people seeking healing.’ This course focuses on inner healing and how we walk alongside those in need. We also have the establishment of a ‘think tank’ exploring how we break open the new directory for Catechesis, looking to develop catechesis in the Diocese. We have a loud liturgy and lunch on the 10 July 2022 for families of all ages to come together to pray and to eat together – the first in a series we hope, you are all very welcome to join us – it will be loud and very child-centred. We also have the Lay Pastoral Forum meeting to unpack the Synod findings.
As I write this, we are waiting on the publication of the final draft of the National Synod Synthesis that will be sent on behalf of the Bishops of England and Wales. Reading other Diocesan synod reports and early drafts of the national synod report it is clear that there is synergy between what we have heard here in the North-East and the themes that have been heard all around the country. As a Diocese we are committed to growing as a synodal Church and we are working on the plans for the next phase. Watch this space for further information.
If you haven’t read our Diocesan synod report yet you can find it here.