The Vicariate for Faith & Mission is continuing to develop our Year of the Eucharist with a number of opportunities detailed below. As we move to the British summer, we are praying for warmer weather to allow our Corpus Christi celebration to be unhampered by the weather and to give us all the invitation of coming back together in larger numbers for some long awaited large community celebration. We are keen that our Corpus Christi celebrations are a real highlight of this year.
Last month, we celebrated the annual Marriage Mass, with many couples coming from across the Diocese to St Mary’s Cathedral. It was a beautiful celebration with newly married couples joining those who were celebrating significant anniversaries. This month we are celebrating a week of prayer for families. Keep an eye on the Diocesan website and social media accounts for prayers and activities for this special week (Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 June 2022).
As the Synod moves on from the Diocesan phase to the national phase, our Diocesan submission is with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Bishop Robert and members of the core team are part of the national conversation entering into the dialogue of what will be sent on from England and Wales. While the Synod moves to the universal synthesis it is important for us to remember that this was not intended as a short period of conversation but that it was proposed by Pope Francis to move us to new ways of working as Church. You will find our Diocesan submission here. Please take time to pray and reflect on what is contained in this document, as we do likewise.
We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation to the universal synod so far and we want to encourage you, that you are the Church and your contribution makes a difference. Please keep the dialogue open and the conversations taking place, considering what is within your circle to effect change and to help the local community to journey together and grow.