Many men and women who are discerning a religious vocation hesitate in taking the next step because they are restrained by any number of fears. Acknowledging and expressing these fears is usually the first step to overcoming them. Click here to read about five fears common to men and women discerning religious life, and some helpful advice to banish the fear and draw near to the Risen Christ who offers you “peace.”
“A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you,” says His Holiness Pope Francis in this heartfelt TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”
Sunday 14th May 2017 from 5-8pm
Interested in exploring the call to the priesthood? Westminster are organising another vocations event for men considering this call, taking place at Holy Rood Church in Watford. Join them for an evening of prayer and conversation with like-minded people. There will be Mass and the opportunity to hear seminarians speak about their calling. After Mass there is time to relax and speak with priests and seminarians about the call of God. The evening closes with Night Prayer.
Location: Holy Rood Church, Market Street, Watford WD18 0PJ
Contact Canon Stuart Wilson for more information at email@example.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1303937973023260/
Three prayer groups are taking place weekly in Liverpool, organised by the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, who feel that prayer groups are a way into ‘consciousness of the call.’ There is Gospel Sharing on Saturday evenings, Exploring Ways of Praying on 4 Wednesday evenings, and a study of St. John: The Gospel Encounter on 4 Thursday afternoons.
On Saturday 11th March, around 10,000 people filled Wembley Arena for Flame 2017, a great celebration of the Catholic Church for youth. It was the third of its kind following popular demand after Flame 2012 and 2015. The spirituality and enthusiasm from the young people who attended was witnessed in the joyful singing along to the music of Matt Redman, the quiet listening to witness stories, reverential prayer and a Mexican wave encircling Wembley Arena.
Among the wealth of well-received talks and colourful presentations, Cardinal Vincent urged the young people to feed into planning for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on ‘Youth, faith and vocational discernment’.
Saturday 13th May 2017 at Holy Apostles Church Hall in Pimlico, London from 10am – 4pm
Communication is a vital part of all our work in the Church. But are we aware that the way we communicate our message will decide who we dialogue with? Different generations use different methods of communication and listen to different styles. This conference will consider generational issues in communication strategy.