World Youth Day is fast approaching, taking place from 22nd – 27th January in Panama. Please keep the event in your prayers, that it will be a rewarding and spiritually-nourishing experience for everyone attending. Please also pray that some vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be borne out of WYD.
Tributes have been made to Sister Wendy Beckett, a Carmelite nun who found fame in the 1990s with her popular TV programmes critiquing art, who passed away on 26th December 2018.
Sister Wendy was brought into the limelight with her series Sister Wendy’s Odyssey (1992) and Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting (1996). She had devoted her life to solitude and contemplation (since 1970 in a caravan in the grounds of the enclosed Carmelite monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk). For more information about Sister Wendy, please visit www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/dec/26/sister-wendy-beckett-obituary, where you can also watch Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting.
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Flame 2019 returns to the SSE Arena in Wembley, a great celebration of the Catholic Church for youth. We are in a context where social media “likes” can determine self-esteem. There is a far deeper truth to be shared, and we will be exploring that with Flame’s theme: #Significance.
The music will be led by Tim Hughes, Christian worship leader and songwriter, famous for having written many songs including ‘Here I Am to Worship’ and ‘Happy Day’. Book your place now at https://cymfed.org.uk/flame2019/.
Vocations Sunday will be celebrated on 12th May 2019. This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest.
You can now order resources for Vocations Sunday, which can be used in your parish, school or community. Please download the order form and return with your order to email@example.com or by post to: National Office for Vocation, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX.
Ever wondered if there’s more to life? The BBC have created a documentary following three young people living an alternative lifestyle, one of them being 27-year old Brother John, who is a Benedictine monk at Downside Abbey in Somerset.
To watch the insightful documentary and find out about what life is like in a monastery, please click here.
Portsmouth Diocese are launching a new discernment group for those wishing to explore what vocation God has planned for them to live out. Taking place the first Friday of the month, starting 2nd November from 7-9pm at Sacred Heart Church, Portland Street in Fareham. The evening will consist of sharing a meal together, prayer, reflection and friendship! If you’d like to come, please contact:
Rev. John Cooke on 01329 318 869 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Clare Ryan on 01329 318 869 or at email@example.com