Would you like to take some time out to spend in prayer and self-reflection, sharing in the life of a religious community? You may be interested in attending one of the retreats listed on our religious life website: www.ukreligiouslife.org/events
It’s not too late to book for Flame 2017, a celebration of a vibrant youthful church in England and Wales, with worship music from Matt Redman. Taking place on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. For more information and to book tickets please visit http://cymfed.org.uk/flame2017.
URSpace is a Salesian Outreach Project which gives young people the opportunity to spend a year living in community, and working as part of a team. The experience is two-fold, giving the young people an experience of living as part of a religious community with Salesian Sisters and other young people, whilst sharing their faith, gifts and talents with young people in schools through day retreat experiences.
The volunteers are given training, ongoing formation and support at a personal, spiritual and professional level, during this special year of youth ministry with young people in Glasgow and its surrounding areas.
It will also give young people who may be discerning God’s call in their life to have an experience of community living. Please view the leaflet for more information.
St Davids Catholic College in Cardiff is this week celebrating a Vocations Festival. “Through this Festival, we hope that our students will look at their lives, not just their exams,” said the Festival organiser and College chaplain, Fr James Siemens.
As well as stands staffed by outside organisations such as universities, charities and the army, the College hosted talks by Fr Christopher Jamison, the Director of the National Office for Vocation. “I offered students some tools for making good decisions and invited them to reflect on risk as a vital aspect of believing that everybody has a vocation,” said Fr Christopher. “I was impressed by the students’ level of engagement. One commented that taking vocation seriously can be a risky business while pursuing a career is playing safe.”
Pope Francis addressed a conference organised by the National Office for Pastoral Care for Vocations of the Italian Episcopal Conference on 5th January. The theme of the conference was: “Arise, go forth, and fear not. Vocations and sanctity: I am on a mission.” Pope Francis offered several thoughts on ways to increase vocations to religious life and the priesthood.
Father, we are filled with the new light
by the coming of your Word among us.
May the light of faith shine in our words and actions.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.