September was a very full month for the Vicariate with the launch of online courses in the Autumn including ‘First Steps’ for those considering becoming Catholic and the Pastoral Ministry Certificate for those wanting much deeper faith formation. As part of the Year of the Eucharist provision we have released our ‘Unpacking the Mass’ publication which explores each part of the Liturgy to form people with a deeper understanding of our gift of the Mass. We had a very successful ‘Faith and Food’ event facilitated by our Inter-religious team and a refreshing formation day on ‘Music for Communion’ delivered by our Diocesan Church Music Association. We have also been ‘walking with Blessed Carlo Acutis’ for 28 days through our Diocesan social media channels, we hope this has reached you and that you have had the opportunity to follow these.
As we move into October, we continue with our Year of the Eucharist with the release of materials prepared by our seminarians on ‘Saints and the Eucharist’. Information on closing the Diocesan Year of the Eucharist will follow next month. Also, this month we have the Autumn programme for liturgical formation days. We have a think tank group meeting about Catechesis in the Diocese and we have the ongoing development of Synod.
Synod has moved into phase two in the Diocese with a core team put together by Bishop Robert to explore how we continue to create opportunities for listening and how we orientate ourselves to grow in synodality. This group are committed to supporting Bishop Robert in this endeavour by being rooted in listening to the Holy Spirit and by coming together for a discerned way forward. While this is taking place, the Universal Synod has moved to its Continental/Regional phase. I ask that you continue to pray for us all as the people of God as we prayerfully wait on the release of this next continental report.