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I n t h e l a s t d a y s o f N o v e m b e r , I j o i n e d s o m e o f o u r p r i e s t s a n d d e a c o n s o n a n A d ­ v e n t D a y o f P r a y e r . T h e s k y w a s b l u e a n d t h e s u n s h i m m e r e d o n t h e f r o z e n g r a s s . I t w a s a w o n d e r f u l d a y ! T h e p r i e s t w h o l e d t h e d a y w a s f r o m E a s t L a n c a s h i r e w h e r e I w a s b o r n . H e s a i d t h a t , b y t h e e n d o f N o ­ v e m b e r , t h e w i s e m e n f r o m t h e e a s t w o u l d h a v e s e t o u t o n t h e i r t r a v e l s . H e w a n t e d t o r e f l e c t o n t h e i r j o u r n e y a n d s e e w h a t l e s s o n s w e c o u l d l e a r n f o r o u r j o u r n e y o f f a i t h . A p p a r e n t l y , i n t h o s e d a y s , t h e r e w o u l d h a v e b e e n a n u m ­ b e r o f p e o p l e , l i k e t h e w i s e m e n , s t u d y i n g t h e s t a r s , a n d t r y i n g t o f i n d o u t w h a t G o d ’ s w i l l w a s f o r t h e m i n t h e i r l i v e s . I n t h e i r s e a r c h , t h e w i s e m e n i n t h e G o s p e l h a d t o l e a v e h o m e a n d e v e r y t h i n g t h a t g a v e t h e m s e c u r i t y . R a t h e r t h a n c h e q u e c a r d s , t h e y c a r r i e d w h a t w a s v a l u a b l e c u r r e n c y w i t h t h e m , g o l d a n d f r a n k i n c e n s e a n d m y r r h . W h e n t h e s t a r t h e y w e r e f o l l o w i n g f i n a l l y s t o p p e d o v e r t h e p l a c e w h e r e J e s u s w a s b o r n , t h e y f e l l d o w n o n t h e i r k n e e s a n d w o r s h i p p e d h i m . T h e y w e r e g i v e n t h e g i f t o f h u m b l e f a i t h , a n d i t c h a n g e d t h e i r l i v e s . T h e y o f f e r e d e v e r y t h i n g t h e y h a d r e l i e d , t h e g o l d , t h e f r a n k i n c e n s e a n d t h e m y r r h , a n d t h e y r e t u r n e d h o m e a d i f f e r e n t w a y . W h a t a b o u t y o u t h i s C h r i s t m a s a n d N e w Y e a r ? W i l l y o u b e f o l ­ l o w i n g t h e u s u a l r o u t i n e ? O r , l i k e t h e w i s e m e n , w i l l y o u a n d I b e t o u c h e d d e e p l y b y J e s u s a m o n g u s ? P e r h a p s w e m a y n o t r e l y o n t h e t h i n g s o f t h i s w o r l d s o m u c h . P e r h a p s , i n t h i s N e w Y e a r , o u r l i v e s w i l l g o i n a d i f ­ f e r e n t a n d h a p p i e r d i r e c t i o n . 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SERVING THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY FOR OVER 35 YEARS CA LL 0333 130 028 4 AUTOSAVE.CO.UK Part Exchange Welcome Full History Check Flexible Finance Available Nationwide Delivery 60 REG TOYOTA AYGO 1.0i VVT­i 5DR BLUE 53K £3425 NOW ONLY 10 REG FORD FOCUS 1.0 ZETEC S 5DR GREY 67K £5105 NOW ONLY 66 REG NISSAN MICRA 1.2 VIBE A/C 5DR 900 MILES £6599 NOW ONLY H i g h c u l t u r e i n D u n s t a b l e P a g e 3 N e w b o s s i n B e d f o r d P a g e 4 C A F O D m e m o r i a l M a s s P a g e 6 D o y o u l o v e m e ? P a g e 7 R t R e v R i c h a r d M o t h , B i s h o p o f t h e D i o c e s e o f A r u n d e l & B r i g h t o n w e l ­ c o m e d C a r d i n a l C o r m a c M u r p h y ­ O ` C o n n o r a n d f o r ­ m e r B i s h o p o f A r u n d e l & B r i g h t o n t o A r u n d e l C a t h e ­ d r a l o n S u n d a y 2 7 N o v e m ­ b e r t o c e l e b r a t e 6 0 y e a r s o f p r i e s t h o o d . C a r d i n a l C o r m a c w a s o r ­ d a i n e d a p r i e s t o n 2 8 O c t o ­ b e r 1 9 5 6 i n R o m e b e f o r e r e t u r n i n g t o t h e D i o c e s e o f P o r t s m o u t h t o w o r k . I n 1 9 7 1 h e w a s a p p o i n t e d R e c t o r o f t h e E n g l i s h C o l l e g e i n R o m e f r o m w h e r e h e w a s c a l l e d t o b e c o m e B i s h o p o f A r u n d e l & B r i g h t o n o n 1 7 N o v e m b e r 1 9 7 7 . H e w a s B i s h o p o f A r u n d e l & B r i g h t o n f o r n e a r l y 2 3 y e a r s . O n 1 5 N o ­ v e m b e r 2 0 0 0 , h e w a s a s i n ­ s t a l l e d a s t e n t h A r c h b i s h o p o f W e s t m i n s t e r a n d m a d e a C a r d i n a l b y P o p e J o h n P a u l I I o n 2 1 F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 1 . H e n o w l i v e s a b u s y r e t i r e m e n t . C a r d i n a l C o r m a c , d u r i n g h i s h o m i l y , w h i l s t l o o k i n g b a c k w i t h g r e a t a f f e c t i o n t o h i s t i m e i n t h e D i o c e s e s a i d t h a t " W e s h o u l d n o t l o o k b a c k ­ w a r d s , f o r w e a r e a n A d v e n t p e o p l e , l o o k i n g f o r w a r d w i t h h o p e . " H e s p o k e o f h i s c o n ­ t i n u a l t r u s t i n t h e L o r d w h o i s f u l l o f m e r c y a n d c o m p a s ­ s i o n . H e r e f l e c t e d t h a t t h e L o r d w a s p r e s e n t b o t h i n t h e h o p e s a n d j o y s a s w e l l a s t h e g r i e f s a n d s o r r o w s o f l i f e . A C h r i s t m a s m e s s a g e f r o m B i s h o p P e t e r

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U k i p h a s e l e c t e d a p r o ­ l i f e C a t h o l i c a s i t s n e w l e a d e r . P a u l N u t t a l l , M E P f o r N o r t h W e s t E n g l a n d , g a i n e d 6 2 . 6 p e r c e n t o f p a r t y m e m ­ b e r s ’ v o t e s . N u t t a l l , 3 9 , i s a p r a c ­ t i s i n g C a t h o l i c . L a s t y e a r h e t o l d t h e T a b l e t : “ O n m o r a l i s s u e s , w e , m o r e t h a n a n y o t h e r p o l i t i c a l p a r t y , a r e m o r e i n l i n e w i t h C a t h o l i c t h o u g h t . W h e t h e r i t ’ s o n g e n ­ d e r ­ c h o i c e a b o r t i o n o r s a m e ­ s e x m a r r i a g e , w e a r e a b s o l u t e l y 1 0 0 p e r c e n t b e h i n d t h e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h . ” N u t t a l l i s a f o r m e r d e p u t y l e a d e r o f t h e p a r t y , w h i c h h e j o i n e d i n 2 0 0 4 . H e w a s e l e c t e d a s a n M E P i n 2 0 0 9 . A f t e r h i s e l e c t i o n , h e s a i d h e w o u l d p r e s s t h e G o v e r n m e n t f o r a “ r e a l B r e x i t ” , a n d s a i d h e w o u l d c h a l l e n g e L a b o u r f o r w o r k i n g ­ c l a s s s u p p o r t . “ I w a n t t o r e p l a c e t h e L a b o u r P a r t y a n d m a k e U K I P t h e p a t r i o t i c v o i c e o f w o r k i n g p e o p l e , ” h e t o l d t h e B B C , a d d i n g t h a t t h e L a b o u r l e a d e r ­ s h i p w a s p a r t o f “ a N o r t h L o n d o n I s l i n g ­ t o n s e t ” . E a r l i e r t h i s y e a r , N u t ­ t a l l w r o t e t o t h e C a t h o l i c H e r a l d t o e x ­ p r e s s h i s “ s h o c k ” a t t h e R o y a l C o l l e g e o f M i d ­ w i v e s ’ s u p p o r t f o r s c r a p p i n g a l l a b o r t i o n r e s t r i c t i o n s . I n 2 0 1 0 , h e s p o k e a t t h e A G M o f t h e S o c i e t y f o r t h e P r o t e c t i o n o f U n b o r n C h i l d r e n , a t w h i c h h e s a i d i t w a s f r i g h t e n i n g t h a t a c h i l d i s s a f e r o n t h e s t r e e t s t h a n i n i t s m o t h e r ’ s w o m b . P a g e 2 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 G e t t i n g i n t o p r i n t W E W O U L D L I K E T O T H A N K T H E S C H O O L S O N T H I S P A G E F O R S U P P O R T I N G T H E P A P E R S e n d n e w s r e p o r t s , p h o t o s a n d o t h e r m a t e r i a l t o t h e e d i t o r , F r . P a u l H a r d y , S t . E d w a r d ’ s , B u r c h a r d C r e s c e n t , S h e n ­ l e y C h u r c h E n d , M i l t o n K e y n e s M K 5 6 D X ( v i n e 0 1 @ b t o p e n w o r l d . c o m ) . W e p r o m i s e t o p r i n t y o u r n e w s a s s o o n a s w e c a n f i n d s p a c e f o r i t . M a t e r i a l s h o u l d b e e m a i l e d w h e n e v e r p o s s i b l e . I f t h i s c a n n o t b e d o n e f o r d i g i t a l p i c t u r e s t h e y s h o u l d b e s e n t t o u s o n d i s c . S e n d p h o t o g r a p h s i n j p g f o r m a t , a s s e p a r a t e a t t a c h m e n t s , a n d n o t e m b e d d e d i n W o r d d o c u m e n t s . U r g e n t a n d d a t e d i t e m s s h o u l d r e a c h u s b y t h e f i r s t S u n ­ d a y o f t h e m o n t h b e f o r e p u b l i c a t i o n . A b o o k l e t o f a d v i c e o n w r i t i n g n e w s r e ­ p o r t s f o r T h e V i n e i s a v a i l a b l e o n r e ­ q u e s t . P a r e n t a l p e r m i s s i o n m u s t b e s o u g h t b e ­ f o r e p h o t o g r a p h s o f c h i l d r e n a r e s e n t f o r p u b l i c a t i o n . W h i l e w e a c c e p t u n s o ­ l i c i t e d f e a t u r e a r t i c l e s , w e r e s e r v e t h e r i g h t t o e d i t t h e t e x t o r n o t t o p u b l i s h . L e t t e r s f o r p u b l i c a t i o n m u s t i n c l u d e a n a m e a n d a d d r e s s , w h i c h w i l l b e o m i t ­ t e d o n r e q u e s t . T h e c o n t e n t o f e a c h i s s u e i s d e c i d e d b y t h e e d i t o r . V i e w s e x p r e s s e d i n T h e V i n e a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h o s e o f t h e e d i t o r o r o f t h e d i o c e s e . T h e p u b l i s h e r o f T h e V i n e d e a l s w i t h a l l a d v e r t i s i n g . T o p l a c e a n a d v e r t r i n g o 1 4 4 0 ­ 7 3 0 3 9 9 . F o r d i f f i c u l ­ t i e s w i t h d i s t r i b u t i o n c o n t a c t t h e e d i t o r .

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T h e M a g n a G r a e c i a F l u t e C h o i r a n d F r i e n d s g a v e a c o n c e r t o f I t a l i a n S o n g a n d S y m ­ p h o n y i n S t . M a r y ` s C a t h o l i c C h u r c h , D u n ­ s t a b l e o n F r i d a y . 2 9 t h J u l y . I n h i s c o n t r i b u t i o n t o t h e p r o g r a m m e A n d r e w S e l o u s , M . P . s a i d " I a m s u r e t h e c h o i r w i l l r i c h l y r e w a r d t h o s e l u c k y e n o u g h t o h e a r t h e m . " W e l l t h e y c e r t a i n l y d i d ! T h e g o o d c r o w d i n t h e c h u r c h g a v e a s t a n d i n g a n d p r o l o n g e d o v a t i o n a t t h e e n d o f t h e c o n c e r t . T h e m i x e d p r o g r a m m e i n c l u d e d r e l i g i o u s a n d o p e r a t i c p i e c e s . T h e s e l a t t e r w e r e s u ­ p e r b l y p e r f o r m e d b y t h e s o l o i s t s , s o p r a n o M a r i a C u c i n o t t a , a l t o H e l e n P u t t e r i l l a n d t e n o r A m e r i g o M a r i n o a p r o f e s s i o n a l o p e r a s i n g e r w h o w o w e d t h e a u d i e n c e w i t h P u c ­ c i n i ` s ` N e s s u m D o r m a ` a n d h i s p a r t i n F r a n c k ` s P a n i s A n g e l i c u s . T h e 1 2 m e m b e r s o f t h e F l u t e C h o i r , r a n g i n g f r o m p i c c o l o t o b a s s f l u t e , g a v e a n e x c e l l e n t p e r f o r m a n c e u n d e r t h e b a t o n o f S e b a s t i a n a V a l e n t i n o w i t h t h e h i g h l i g h t b e i n g R o s s i n i ` s W i l l i a m T e l l O v e r t u r e . T h e e v e n t w a s o r ­ g a n i s e d b y t h e D u n s t a b l e C o u n c i l o f t h e K n i g h t s o f S t . C o l u m b a , w i t h P a t r i c k M c D o n a l d a n d G r a n d K n i g h t J u s t i n R e d m o n d p l a y i n g a m a j o r p a r t . T h e s p e c i a l g u e s t s w e r e t h e M a y o r , C o u n c i l l o r P e t e r H o l l i c k a n d M a y o r e s s A n n S p a r r o w . S e v e r a l l o c a l b u s i n e s s e s s p o n s o r e d t h e e v e n t a n d L o m ­ b a r d o ` s , a n I t a l i a n f o o d s h o p , p r o v i d e d f o o d d u r i n g t h e d a y . T h e m o n e y r a i s e d b y t h e e v e n t g o e s t o t w o c h a r i t i e s , S t . F r a n c i s C h i l ­ d r e ` s H o m e i n M i l t o n K e y n e s a n d t h e K n o g h t s ` p r o j e c t t h e L i n d a l v a C e n t r e i n C a m b o d i a w h i c h p r o v i d e s a s a f e a n d l o v i n g e n v i r o n m e n t f o r c h i l d r e n t o l e a r n i n a n d e n j o y . P a r i s h i o n e r s u n a b l e t o a t t e n d h e a r d t h e g r o u p w h e n t h e y t h e y s a n g t h e m o r n i n g m a s s i n L a t i n a n d F r a n c k ` s P a n i s A n g e l i c u s a n d M o z a r t ` s A v e V e r u m . T h e c h o i r c o m e s f r o m C a l a b r i a i n s o u t h e r n I t a l y a n d i s c o m p o s e d o f d i p l o m a s t u d e n t s a n d y o u n g p r o f e s s i o n a l s . T h e l i n k w i t h t h i s a r e a i s H e l e n P u t t e r i l l t h e a l t o , w h o i s a n a ­ t i v e o f D u n s t a b l e a n d r e c a l l s b e i n g a p u p i l a t L i n d e n H o u s e N u r s e r y . o p p o s i t e t h e c h u r c h , w h e n t h e n e w S t . M a r y ` s c h u r c h w a s b e i n g b u i l t i n 1 9 6 3 . S h e h a s l i v e d i n I t a l y f o r 3 0 y e a r s b u t r e t u r n s t o K e n s w o r t h a n e a r b y v i l l a g e w h e r e h e r m o t h e r l i v e s . P a g e 3 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 E c u m e n i s m i s a l i v e a n d w e l l i n o u r M i d ­ B e d s . d e a n e r y . B i s h o p P e t e r , F r . J o h n D a n f o r d a n d D e a c o n T o n y F a l c o n h o s t e d a f i s h & c h i p s u p p e r a t t h e e n d o f O c t o b e r f o r 3 0 p e o p l e i n L e i g h t o n B u z ­ z a r d i n o r d e r t o h e a r a b o u t a l l t h a t i s g o i n g o n a m o n g t h e c h u r c h e s t h e r e . A f t e r t h e s u p p e r t h e b o t h t h e B i s h o p a n d M r s A n i t a N a n c o l l a s , w h o i s t h e B e d ­ f o r d s h i r e C o u n t y E c u m e n i c a l O f f i c e r s p o k e a b o u t e c u m e n i s m a n d i t s p l a c e i n c h u r c h l i f e , a n d t h e n p e o p l e w e r e i n v i t e d t o s h a r e t h e i r o w n e x p e r i e n c e s a b o u t w h a t w a s h a p p e n i n g i n t h e a r e a . A r i c h t a p e s t r y w a s u n v e i l e d , o f c l e r g y m e e t ­ i n g s , j o i n t w a l k s o f w i t n e s s , e c u m e n i c a l f ê t e s , j o i n t n e w s p a p e r s a n d s t u d y s e s ­ s i o n s , c a r o l s e r v i c e s , h o l i d a y c l u b s , a n d a l l s o r t s o f s h a r e d s o c i a l a c t i o n s . I t w a s a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o s h a r e i d e a s a n d o p p o r ­ t u n i t i e s . T h e e v e n t w a s s u p p o r t e d b y o u r D i o c e ­ s a n E c u m e n i c a l C o m m i s s i o n i n o r d e r t o e n c o u r a g e p a r i s h e s i n t h e i r w o r k i n g w i t h o t h e r c h u r c h e s . T h e C o m m i s s i o n h o p e s t h a t o t h e r a r e a s w i l l t a k e u p t h e i d e a , w h i c h r e p l a c e s t h e l a r g e r d i o c e s a n – w i d e g a t h e r i n g s t h a t t o o k p l a c e u n t i l f a i r l y r e c e n t l y . F i s h a n d c h i p s e c u m e n i s m I t a l i a n f a r e i n D u n s t a b l e A n e w w a y o f b e i n g f r i e n d s

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P a g e 4 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 B i s h o p P e t e r b e g a n h i s p a s ­ t o r a l l e t t e r f o r A d v e n t w i t h a r e m i n d e r t h a t i t i s a v e r y b u s y t i m e . ‘ I s t h e r e a n y r o o m f o r G o d w h e n t h e r e i s s o m u c h t o d o ’ ? ‘ I h o p e t h e r e a r e m o m e n t s f o r y o u t o b e o p e n t o G o d ’ s l o v i n g p r e s ­ e n c e w i t h y o u n o w . O u r G o d i s t h e G o d o f t e n d e r n e s s a n d c o m p a s s i o n , t h e G o d o f m e r c y w h o c o n t i n u e s t o e m ­ b r a c e u s i n h i s m e r c i f u l l o v e . H e t h e n t u r n e d t o r e m i n d u s o f t h e w a y s i n w h i c h J e s u s i s p r e s e n t . ‘ T h e b u s y n e s s o f t h i s t i m e o f t h e y e a r m u s t n o t d i s t r a c t u s f r o m J e s u s b e i n g w i t h u s n o w . H o w m a n y o f u s a r e o p e n t o h i s p r e s e n c e i n o u r n e i g h b o u r s a n d i n t h e p e o p l e a r o u n d u s a t M a s s ? H o w m a n y o f u s h a v e h e a r d h i m s p e a k t o u s i n t h e r e a d i n g s o f t h e M a s s ? H o w m a n y o f u s w i l l b e o p e n t o h i s p r e s e n c e w h e n t h e b r e a d a n d w i n e a r e c o n s e ­ c r a t e d a n d w e r e c e i v e h i s b o d y a n d b l o o d i n H o l y C o m m u n i o n ? H e i s p r e s e n t t o o i n t h e p r i e s t a s h e c e l e ­ b r a t e s t h e M a s s . T h e n t h e B i s h o p t o u c h e d o n s o m e o f t h e t h e m e s e m e r g ­ i n g f r o m o u r n a t i o n a l p o l i t i ­ c a l l i f e . ‘ W h e n w e l e a v e M a s s , d o w e s e e C h r i s t i n t h o s e w h o a r e v e r y d i f f e r e n t f r o m u s , t h e s t r a n g e r a n d t h e r e f u g e e ? D o w e s e e C h r i s t i n t h e i m m i g r a n t g r o u p s , w h o c o n t r i b u t e s o m u c h t o o u r c o m m u n i t i e s ? A r e w e a l e r t t o t h e p o s s i b i l ­ i t y t h a t p e o p l e l i v i n g n e a r u s m a y b e t r a f f i c k e d a n d e n ­ s l a v e d ? T h e p s a l m i s t w r i t e s , ‘ I t i s t h e L o r d w h o p r o t e c t s t h e s t r a n g e r ’ P e r h a p s t h a t m u s t b e d o n e b y y o u a n d b y m e . A b o v e a l l , w e m u s t g u a r d a g a i n s t h a r b o u r i n g a n y p r e j u d i c e i n o u r h e a r t s . P r e p a r e a w a y f o r t h e L o r d f o r y o u r s e l f i n p r a y e r a n d i n t h e c e l e b r a t i o n o f t h e s a c r a ­ m e n t o f P e n a n c e . P r e p a r e a w a y f o r t h e L o r d f o r o t h e r s b y y o u r p a t i e n c e a n d y o u r k i n d n e s s . T h e n y o u w i l l s e e C h r i s t i n o t h e r s , a n d t h e y w i l l s e e C h r i s t i n y o u . I a m r e a l l y p r i v i l e g e d t r a v e l l i n g a r o u n d t h e d i o c e s e a n d s e e ­ i n g t h e g o o d n e s s i n y o u a n d t h e w a y i n w h i c h J e s u s w o r k s i n y o u . I a m r e a l l y p r i v i l e g e d i n g a i n i n g s o m e i d e a o f t h e i m p a c t o f t h e Y e a r o f M e r c y o n o u r l i v e s , e s p e c i a l l y o n t h e l i v e s o f t h o s e o f u s w h o t h i n k t h a t w e a r e t h e w o r l d ’ s w o r s t . T h e L o r d i s w i t h y o u . T h e g i f t t h a t e a c h o f s c a n p r e p a r e f o r t h i s C h r i s t m a s i s a g i f t b a s e d o n G o d ’ s m e r c y , t h e g i f t o f p e a c e i n o u r s o u l s , a n d t h e g i f t o f t h e h o p e o f t h a t p e a c e f o r o t h e r s . I t i s t h e g i f t o f C h r i s t h i m s e l f , w h o h a s c o m e , w h o w i l l c o m e a g a i n , a n d i s w i t h u s n o w . W i t h t h e u n c e r t a i n t i e s a n d t h e f e a r s t h a t c a n s u r r o u n d u s , o u r s e c u r i t y a n d o u r h a p p i n e s s i s n o t i n e v e r y ­ t h i n j g b e i n g b i g g e r a n d b e t ­ t e r t h i s C h r i s t m a s , b u t i n o u r c o m i n g t o k n o w J e s u s a s w e p r e p a r e f o r h i s c o m i n g a g a i n , a n d a s w e p r e p a r e t o c e l e b r a t e h i s b i r t h . M a y t h e a l m i g h t y a n d m e r c i f u l G o d s a n c t i f y y o u b y t h e r a d i a n c e o f C h r i s t ’ s c o m i n g a n d e n ­ r i c h y o u w i t h h i s b l e s s i n g . + P e t e r B i s h o p o f N o r t h a m p t o n A d v e n t P a s t o r a l L e t t e r N e w E x e c u t i v e P r i n c i p a l f o r B e d f o r d T h e S t F r a n c i s o f A s s i s i A c a d e m i e s T r u s t w e r e d e l i g h t e d t o w e l c o m e t h e i r n e w E x e c ­ u t i v e P r i n c i p a l , T o n y B i s h o p , a t t h e s t a r t o f t h i s a c a d e m i c y e a r . M r B i s h o p r e c e n t l y m o v e d t o B e d f o r d f r o m S h e f f i e l d , w h e r e h e w o r k e d a s a H e a d ­ t e a c h e r o f a C a t h o l i c s e c o n d a r y s c h o o l . O n T u e s d a y 1 1 O c t o b e r , M r B i s h o p w a s w e l c o m e d i n t o t h e c o m m u n i t y o f s c h o o l s a t h i s I n d u c t i o n M a s s , c e l e b r a t e d b y M g r K e v i n M c G i n n e l l . F a m i l i e s , s t u d e n t s a n d s t a f f g a t h e r e d t o c e l e b r a t e t h e o c c a s i o n a t S t G r e g o r y ’ s , a l o n g s i d e D i r e c t o r s o f t h e A c a d e m i e s T r u s t a n d r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f r o m t h e L o c a l A u t h o r i t y . M r B i s h o p s a i d : “ I a m v e r y h a p p y t o b e h e r e a n d w o r k i n g f o r t h e s t u d e n t s o f o u r C a t h o l i c s c h o o l s i n B e d f o r d . T h e e d u c a ­ t i o n o u r s c h o o l s p r o v i d e i s e x c e l l e n t a n d I a m l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o w o r k i n g w i t h s t a f f . ” P i c t u r e a b o v e : T o n y B i s h o p w i t h M g r M c G i n n e l l B e l o w : M r B i s h o p w i t h t h e h e a d t e a c h e r s o f t h e B e d f o r d s c h o o l s T h e V i n e w i s h e s a l l i t s r e a d e r s a v e r y h a p p y C h r i s t m a s .

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P a g e 5 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 A l l s t u d e n t s i n y e a r s 6 , 7 a n d 8 f r o m S t M i c h a e l ’ s , H i g h W y c o m b e a n d S t J o s e p h ’ s , G e r r a r d s C r o s s , v i s i t e d a d y ­ n a m i c R E r e s o u r c e c a l l e d ‘ G S U S l i v e ’ t o s u p p o r t s c h o o l s i n t h e i r R E c u r r i c u l u m . ‘ G S U S l i v e ’ i s a m o b i l e c l a s s r o o m w i t h a f u l l y f u n c t i o n i n g m u l t i m e d i a c o m p u t e r s u i t e a n d p r o v i d e s a s t i m u l a t i n g e n v i ­ r o n m e n t f o r s t u d e n t s t o e x p l o r e t h e m e s o f F o r g i v e n e s s , F e a r a n d R e j e c t i o n t h r o u g h r e f l e c t i n g o n J e s u s ` l i f e a n d t e a c h i n g . T h e s e t h e m e s w e r e i n t r o ­ d u c e d b y f o l l o w i n g a y o u n g p e r s o n ’ s j o u r n e y t h r o u g h s t i m u l a t i o n o f a n o n ­ l i n e c h a t , v i d e o s a n d m u s i c . T h e s e s ­ s i o n s w e r e r u n b y W y c o m b e Y o u t h f o r C h r i s t a n d l o c a l y o u t h l e a d e r s . S t u d e n t s w e r e d e l i g h t e d a s t h e s c r e e n s a p p e a r e d f r o m i n s i d e t h e i r d e s k s a n d e n j o y e d w a t c h i n g v i d e o s , d a n c i n g a l o n g t o t h e m u s i c ( s t a f f i n c l u d e d ! ) a n d a n s w e r i n g t h e q u e s t i o n s . S o m e e x c l a i m e d , “ I n e v e r k n e w J e s u s c o u l d b e s o c o o l ! ” a n d “ t h a t w a s E P I C ! ” W e s t r o n g l y r e c o m m e n d a v i s i t i f i t a p ­ p e a r s i n y o u r a r e a . F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t o t h e r e v e n t s g o i n g o n a t S t M i c h a e l ’ s , p l e a s e v i s i t w w w . s t m i c h a e l s . b u c k s . s c h . u k / c h a p ­ l a i n c y ‘ I n e v e r k n e w J e s u s w o u l d b e s o c o o l ’ O n F r i d a y 2 1 s t O c t o b e r s t u d e n t s a n d s t a f f a t C a r d i n a l N e w m a n C a t h o l i c S c h o o l p u t o n t h e i r s t u r d i e s t w a l k i n g b o o t s f o r t h e i r l o n g ­ s t a n d i n g t r a d i t i o n o f a 5 k m s p o n ­ s o r e d w a l k a r o u n d t h e b e a u t i f u l c o u n t r y ­ s i d e o f W a r d e n H i l l s i n L u t o n . C l o u d y s k i e s d i d l i t t l e t o d a m p e n t h e s p i r i t s o f t h e 1 4 5 0 s t u d e n t s a n d s t a f f w h o w e r e r a i s i n g m o n e y f o r c h a r i t i e s n o m i n a t e d b y s t u d e n t s t h e m s e l v e s . E v e r y y e a r s t u d e n t s d o n a t e a l a r g e p o r t i o n o f a l m o s t s i x t h o u ­ s a n d p o u n d s o f f u n d r a i s i n g t o a m a i n c h a r i t y a s w e l l a s c o n t i n u a l l y s u p p o r t i n g t w o p r i m a r y s c h o o l s i n A f r i c a w i t h s u p ­ p l i e s , b u i l d i n g s a n d f u r n i t u r e . I n 2 0 1 6 s t u d e n t s d e c i d e d t o s u p p o r t T h e B e d f o r d ­ s h i r e a n d N o r t h a m p t o n s h i r e M u l t i p l e S c l e r o s i s T h e r a p y C e n t r e . N e w m a n S i x t h w e r e a l s o w a l k i n g t o r a i s e m o n e y f o r t h e i r t r i p t o C a m b o d i a n e x t y e a r t o v o l u n t e e r a n d h e l p c h i l d r e n . H e a d t e a c h e r , M r J o e R i c h a r d s o n , w h o l e d t h e w a l k s a i d , ‘ I t i s a g r e a t p r i v i l e g e t o s e e t h e c o n t i n u e d g e n e r o s i t y , k i n d n e s s a n d c o m m u n i t y s p i r i t s h o w n b y o u r s t u ­ d e n t s t o w a r d s t h o s e m u c h l e s s f o r t u n a t e t h a n t h e m s e l v e s . T o s e e 1 4 5 0 s t u d e n t s w a l k i n g t o g e t h e r i s q u i t e a s i g h t , e s p e ­ c i a l l y o n e i n s p i r e d b y a c a l l t o a c t s o f g e n ­ e r o s i t y i n t h i s Y e a r o f M e r c y . ’ L u t o n s c h o o l w a l k s f o r c h a r i t y P l e a s e s u p p o r t o u r a d v e r t i s e r s

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C A F O D i s i m m e n s e l y b l e s s e d b y t h e g e n e r o s ­ i t y a n d d e d i c a t i o n o f o u r s u p p o r t e r s . S a d l y , m a n y o f o u r s u p p o r t e r s o v e r t h e y e a r s h a v e n o w p a s s e d a w a y . O u r M e m o r i a l M a s s e s a r e o n e w a y w e l i k e t o p a y t r i b u t e t o t h e m a n d m a r k o u r a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r t h e i r y e a r s o f g e n ­ e r o s i t y . I t p r o v i d e s a n o p p o r t u n i t y f o r v o l u n ­ t e e r s , s u p p o r t e r s , p a r i s h i o n e r s a n d m e m b e r s o f t h e w i d e r p u b l i c t o c o m e t o g e t h e r a n d c e l ­ e b r a t e t h e i r l i v e s . T h e 2 0 1 6 M e m o r i a l m a s s f o r t h e N o r t h a m p ­ t o n D i o c e s e s w a s h e l d a t S a c r e d H e a r t , L e i g h t o n B u z z a r d o n 6 N o v e m b e r a n d o r g a n ­ i s e d b y t h e J & P g r o u p . 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H a v i n g t h e m a s s a t S a c r e d H e a r t w a s p a r t i c ­ u l a r l y p o i g n a n t a s F r S t e p h e n R e i t h , a f o r m e r P a r i s h P r i e s t , i s r e m e m b e r e d t h r o u g h t h e C A F O D C a n d l e l i g h t F u n d : T h r o u g h o u t h i s l i f e F r S t e v e w a s p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t J u s t i c e a n d P e a c e , e q u a l i t y , h e l p i n g t h e p o o r a n d l e s s f o r t u n a t e , a n d t h e w o r k o f C A F O D w a s a l w a y s v e r y c l o s e t o h i s h e a r t . I n 1 9 8 7 , h e w a s a p ­ p o i n t e d P a r i s h P r i e s t o f S a c r e d H e a r t , L e i g h t o n B u z z a r d , w h e r e h e r e m a i n e d u n t i l h i s r e t i r e m e n t i n 2 0 0 2 . D e b b i e P u r f i e l d , C A F O D c o o r d i n a t o r f o r t h e N o r t h a m p t o n D i o c e s e s a i d , “ T h e m a s s w a s a w o n d e r f u l o p p o r t u n i t y t o p a y t r i b u t e t o t h e b r i l l i a n t p e o p l e w h o h a v e b e e n a t t h e h e a r t o f o u r w o r k : i n s p i r a t i o n a l v o l u n t e e r s a n d s u p ­ p o r t e r s w h o f o u n d t i m e t o o f f e r l o v e , p r a c t i ­ c a l s u p p o r t a n d p r a y e r s t o t h e w o r l d ’ s m o s t v u l n e r a b l e c o m m u n i t i e s . T h e y a r e s u c h a n i n s p i r a t i o n a n d w e a r e b e t t e r b e c a u s e o f t h e m . ” H a v e y o u m a d e y o u r N e w Y e a r ` s r e s o l u t i o n s y e t ? W i l l t h e y b e t h e s a m e a s l a s t y e a r ­ m o r e e x e r c i s e , l e s s t e l e v i s i o n e t c ? W h y n o t m a k e v o l u n t e e r i n g f o r C A F O D y o u r N e w Y e a r ’ s r e s o l u t i o n ? G u a r a n t e e d c a l o r i e ­ f r e e a n d n o t i n j u r i o u s t o y o u r h e a l t h . I n f a c t , v e r y b e n e f i c i a l a s y o u w i l l b e a b l e t o d e e p e n y o u r f a i t h , t a k e a c t i o n a n d s t a n d i n s o l i d a r ­ i t y a l o n g s i d e o u r b r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s a l l o v e r t h e w o r l d w h o a r e a f f e c t e d b y i n j u s t i c e a n d p o v e r t y . B y s h a r i n g y o u r t i m e , g i f t s a n d t a l e n t s t o h e l p o t h e r s i n t h e i r h a r d s h i p y o u w i l l h a v e a l i f e g i v i n g a n d j o y f u l e x p e r i ­ e n c e . Y o u m a y a l s o g a i n s k i l l s a n d e x p e r i ­ e n c e w h e n y o u d o a c t i v i t i e s t h a t a r e n e w t o y o u … g r e a t f o r t h e C V ! 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E v e n i f y o u r p a r i s h a l ­ r e a d y h a s a C A F O D v o l u n t e e r , w e w o u l d l o v e m o r e p e o p l e t o b e i n v o l v e d s o t h a t p e o ­ p l e f e e l s u p p o r t e d a n d c a n s h a r e t h e w o r k . I f y o u e n j o y p u b l i c s p e a k i n g , y o u c o u l d g i v e t h e f a s t d a y t a l k a t m a s s e s t o t h a n k t h e p a r i s h a n d e x p l a i n h o w t h e y h a v e h e l p e d i n C A F O D ’ s w o r k . I f y o u e n j o y o r g a n i s i n g e v e n t s a n d c a n e n ­ c o u r a g e o t h e r s , w e w o u l d l o v e t o h e a r f r o m y o u t o o . • F r o m h o m e : A s o n e o f C A F O D ’ s m a i n r o l e i s c a m p a i g n i n g , w e n e e d p e o p l e t o w r i t e t o t h e i r M P t h r e e t i m e s a y e a r o n i s ­ s u e s o f i m p o r t a n c e f o r w h i c h w e w i l l p r o ­ v i d e a l l t h e i n f o r m a t i o n n e e d e d . I f y o u h a v e o n l y 5 m i n s , t h e n s i g n i n g a n o n l i n e p e t i t i o n a n d e n c o u r a g i n g o t h e r s t o d o l i k e w i s e w i l l b e g r e a t . F o r t h o s e u s i n g s o c i a l m e d i a , w e n e e d y o u r h e l p t o s h a r e o u r n e w s a n d e v e n t s w i t h y o u r f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y . V o l u n t e e r s a r e v i t a l t o t h e w o r k o f C A F O D a n d h e l p u s t o b u i l d a w o r l d f r e e f r o m p o v e r t y a n d i n j u s t i c e . P o p e B e n e d i c t p u t s i t v e r y e l o q u e n t l y : “ T h e a c t i v i t y o f C a t h o l i c v o l u n t e e r s b e a r s w i t n e s s t o ‘ t h e l o g i c o f g i v i n g ’ , t h e g i v i n g o f o n e ` s t i m e , a b i l i t i e s , k n o w l e d g e , a n d p r o f e s ­ s i o n a l i s m ; i n a w o r d , a t t e n t i o n t o o t h e r s w i t h o u t e x p e c t i n g a r e t u r n i n t h i s w o r l d . 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P a g e 7 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 W h y n o t a d v e r t i s e y o u r b u s i n e s s h e r e ? C a l l 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 A m o r n i n g o f r e f l e c t i o n w a s h e l d a t T h e R E c e n t r e a n d H o l y G h o s t c h u r c h L u t o n i n N o v e m ­ b e r t o c l o s e t h e y e a r o f M e r c y b y i n t r o d u c i n g t h e b o o k D o Y o u L o v e M e ( p r e p a r e d b y a w o r k i n g p a r t y o f t h e B i s h o p s o f E n g l a n d a n d W a l e s S p i r i t u a l i t y C o m m i t t e e ) . T h e m o r n i n g t h a t w a s o r g a n i s e d b y t h e D i o c e s a n S p i r i t u a l i t y G r o u p w a s w e l l r e ­ c e i v e d b y t h e 6 0 p e o p l e w h o a t ­ t e n d e d f r o m a r o u n d t h e d i o c e s e f o r t h i s s p e c i a l m o r n ­ i n g i n N o v e m b e r . W e w e r e p r e s e n t e d w i t h a t h o u g h t p r o v o k i n g a n d i n t e r ­ e s t i n g s t a r t f r o m B r i a n P u r ­ f i e l d . B r i a n w h o i s r e s p o n s i b l e f o r a d u l t f o r m a t i o n a t t h e J e ­ s u i t C e n t r e a t M o u n t S t r e e t i n L o n d o n s e t t h e s c e n e f o r t h e m o r n i n g . H e o f f e r e d a n e n ­ l i g h t e n i n g t a l k w i t h s o m e t h o u g h t p r o v o k i n g s l i d e s t h a t r e m i n d e d u s o f t h e w a y s t h a t G o d ’ s m e r c y i s m a n i f e s t e d i n o u r l i v e s a n d e n c o u r a g e d u s t o b e o p e n t o t h i s o c c u r r i n g i n o r ­ d i n a r y a n d i n u n e x p e c t e d w a y s . R e m i n d i n g u s t h a t w e f i n d G o d i n a l l t h i n g s , h e i n t r o ­ d u c e d t h e D o Y o u L o v e M e b o o k a n d e n c o u r a g e d u s t o t h i n k o f i t a s a m e a n s o f d e v e l ­ o p i n g o u r r e l a t i o n s h i p w i t h G o d . F o l l o w i n g a p r a y e r o f s t i l l n e s s w e w e r e t h e n i n v i t e d t o a t i m e w i t h P r a y e r S t a t i o n s i n t h e c h u r c h b a s e d o n c h a p t e r s o f D o Y o u L o v e M e ? T h e r e w a s a l s o a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o e x p e r i ­ e n c e a d o r a t i o n i n t h e B l e s s e d S a c r a m e n t C h a p e l . T h e a t m o s ­ p h e r e w a s v e r y p r a y e r f u l a n d t h e d i f f e r e n t s t a t i o n s e n a b l e d u s t o s p e n d t i m e r e a l l y b e i n g s p o k e n t o i n b o t h o u r h e a r t s a n d m i n d s . t h e r e w a s p l e n t y o f t i m e t o e x p e r i e n c e a l l t h a t w a s o n o f f e r b e f o r e g a t h e r i n g a g a i n f o r M i d d a y p r a y e r . B i s h o p P e t e r b l e s s e d a n d d i s t r i b u t e d c o p i e s o f t h e b o o k . T h e e x p e r i e n c e w a s a v e r y p o s ­ i t i v e o n e b u t d o n o t b e c o n ­ c e r n e d i f y o u w e r e n o t w i t h u s i n N o v e m b e r b e c a u s e a s i m i l a r d a y i s p l a n n e d t o b e h e l d i n t h e n o r t h o f t h e d i o c e s e d u r i n g l e n t o n 1 1 M a r c h . T h e V i n e w i s h e s a l l i t s r e a d e r s a v e r y h a p p y C h r i s t m a s . D o y o u l o v e m e ? G e t h i n A b r a h a m ­ W i l l i a m s d i e d p e a c e ­ f u l l y i n t h e e a r l y h o u r s o f N o v e m b e r 2 7 . G e t h i n w a s E x e c u t i v e S e c r e t a r y a n d E c ­ u m e n i c a l O f f i c e r t o t h e M i l t o n K e y n e s C h r i s t i a n C o u n c i l i n i t s e a r l i e s t d a y s , w h i c h w a s t h e p r e c u r s o r t o t h e M o d e r ­ a t o r . H e c o n s i d e r e d t h a t w h a t h e w a s d o i n g i n M K w a s t h e m o s t e x c i t i n g j o b i n l o c a l e c u m e n i s m i n B r i t a i n . H e r e ­ f a s h i o n e d t h e M i l t o n K e y n e s C h r i s t i a n C o u n c i l i n c l u d i n g t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e P r e s i d e n c y a n d t h e A s s e m b l y a s w e h a v e i t t o d a y , a n d h e w a s c l o s e l y i n ­ v o l v e d i n t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f t h e C h u r c h o f C h r i s t t h e C o r n e r s t o n e . W h e n G e t h i n c a m e t o M i l t o n K e y n e s i n 1 9 8 1 , h e b r o u g h t a r a n g e o f s k i l l s w h i c h w e r e i d e a l f o r t h e n e e d s o f t h e c h u r c h e s e n g a g i n g i n t h e e n t e r p r i s e o f e c u ­ m e n i s m . A m a n w h o m a d e a w i d e r a n g e o f f r i e n d s e a s i l y , a n d q u i c k l y s o u g h t o u t t h e k e y i n d i v i d u a l s i n c h u r c h e s a n d t h e d e v e l o p i n g C i t y , h e w o r e h i s v e r y c o n ­ s i d e r a b l e s c h o l a r s h i p l i g h t l y . H e s e e m e d t o h a v e c o n t a c t s i n a l l t h e p l a c e s w h e r e t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f t h e c o l l a b o ­ r a t i v e l i f e o f t h e c h u r c h e s w a s t a k i n g s h a p e . H i s c o l l a b o r a t i v e s t y l e o f l e a d e r ­ s h i p e n a b l e d a w i d e r a n g e o f i n d i v i d u a l s t o c o m e t o g e t h e r t o d r i v e f o r w a r d t h e M i l t o n K e y n e s p r o j e c t w i t h a s e n s e o f p o s s i b i l i t y a n d e x c i t e m e n t , h e s a w t h e p o t e n t i a l i n o t h e r s a n d n u r t u r e d i t . H e w a s a s k i l l e d w o r s h i p l e a d e r a n d p r e a c h e r , w e l c o m e d a n d l o v e d i n m a n y o f t h e c h u r c h e s i n t h e c i t y . H i s e d i t o r ­ s h i p o f ‘ C h r i s t i a n K e y n e s ’ b r o u g h t n e w s o f l o c a l c h u r c h d e v e l o p m e n t s t o m a n y , i n a s i m p l e a n d i n f o r m a t i v e s t y l e . 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J i m C u n n i n g h a m w i t h a m e d a l f o r 5 0 y e a r s s e r v i c e t o t h e A s s o c i a t i o n . H e s a i d t h a t B r o . J i m s h o u l d b e p r o u d t o h a v e g i v e n s u c h l o n g a n d l o y a l s e r v i c e a n d h e w i s h e d B r o . J i m w e l l f o r t h e f u t u r e F o l l o w i n g t h e m e e t i n g , B r o P r e s i d e n t , G e r a r d D u g g a n , p r e s i d e d a t t h e c e l e b r a t i o n d i n ­ n e r . T h e P r i n c i p a l g u e s t w a s t h e R t . R e v . P e t e r D o y l e K C * H S , t h e B i s h o p o f N o r t h a m p t o n , w h o g a v e t h e m a i n a d d r e s s . B r o D e n i s M u r p h y p r o p o s e d t h e t o a s t t o B e d f o r d B r o t h e r s a n d B r o J o h n D a v i s r e p l i e d o n b e h a l f o f t h e v i s ­ i t o r s . A c o n v i v i a l e v e n i n g w a s e n j o y e d b y a l l a n d w a s a p e r f e c t d e m o n ­ s t r a t i o n o f t h e t e n e t s o f t h e m o t t o o f t h e C a t e n i a n s , ” S t r e n g t h e n i n g f a m i l y l i f e t h r o u g h f r i e n d s h i p a n d f a i t h . ” V l a d e k C i r i n B e d f o r d C a t e n i a n s m a r k 7 0 0 A s m a l l t e a m o f p a r i s h i o n e r s f r o m B i l l i n g a n d t h e S a c r e d H e a r t p a r i s h , N o r t h a m p t o n g o t t o g e t h e r t o p r e p a r e a d a y o f p r a y e r t o c o n c l u d e t h e y e a r o f m e r c y o n t h e 1 9 N o v e m ­ b e r . F e l i c i t y , a C A F O D v o l u n t e e r w r i t e s : W e w e r e t o t a l l y u n s u r e a b o u t t h e n u m b e r o f p e o p l e w h o m i g h t a t t e n d . L o r r a i n e o u r p a r i s h a d m i n i s t r a t o r p r o d u c e d a c o l o u r f u l p o s t e r a n d s e n t i t t o p a r i s h e s w i t h i n o u r p a s ­ t o r a l a r e a . E m a i l s w e r e s e n t t o r e m i n d f r i e n d s a n d n e i g h b o u r s o f o u r i n t e n d i n g D a y o f p r a y e r a n d w e w e r e b l e s s e d w i t h a n a l m o s t “ f u l l h o u s e ” f o r t h i s e v e n t w i t h 3 2 p a r t i c i ­ p a n t s . ” T h e d a y b e g a n w i t h h o l y m a s s f o r o u r i n t e n ­ t i o n s . A f t e r r e f r e s h m e n t s t h e r e w e r e t w o s h o r t t a l k s r e l a t i n g t o “ H o w h a s t h e y e a r o f m e r c y a f f e c t e d u s ” a n d t h e P o p e ’ s e n c y c l i c a l ­ L a u d a t o S i ’ . W e u s e d C A F O D ’ s s t u d y g u i d e f o r t h e l a t t e r w h i c h w a s s o h e l p f u l a s i t i n ­ v i t e d u s t o r e f l e c t o n s o m e o f t h e k e y t h e m e s o f L a u d a t o S i ’ a n d t o e x p l o r e w a y s o f t a k i n g a c t i o n . T h e 4 k e y t h e m e s w e r e : 1 . C r e a t i o n i s a c a r e s s o f G o d . S c r i p t u r e r e ­ v e a l s t h a t G o d c r e a t e d t h e w o r l d a n d i t i s g o o d 2 . C l i m a t e i s a c o m m o n g o o d . W e e a c h h a v e a p a r t i c u l a r r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o p r o t e c t c r e a t i o n . 3 . A u n i v e r s a l f a m i l y . W e a r e o n a n e a r t h l y p i l g r i m a g e t o g e t h e r . 4 . W e w e r e m a d e f o r l o v e . W e a r e c a l l e d t o r e s p o n d i n s o l i d a r i t y w i t h o u r g l o b a l f a m i l y a n d a l l o f c r e a t i o n . D i s c u s s i n g L a u d a t o S i ` E a c h g r o u p t o o k o n e o f t h e s e t h e m e s , d i s ­ c u s s e d a n d s u m m a r i s e d i t o n t o f l i p c h a r t p a p e r , t h e n p r e s e n t e d t h e i r a s p e c t t o t h e r e s t o f t h e c o m p a n y . T h i s w o r k e d v e r y w e l l a n d p r o d u c e d a l i v e l y d i s c u s s i o n . W e s t o p p e d f o r a n e n j o y a b l e s h a r e d l u n c h a n d t h e n p r o ­ c e e d e d t o t h e S h r i n e o f O u r L a d y o f P e r p e t u a l S u c c o u r f o r a d o r a t i o n , p r a y e r s a n d h y m n s . T h i s e n a b l e d u s a l l t o m e d i t a t e a n d r e f l e c t o n w h a t w e h a d h e a r d a n d d i s c u s s e d i n t h e m o r n i n g . A f t e r b e n e d i c t i o n a n d a s p e c i a l b l e s s i n g f r o m F r J e r r y , I c o n c l u d e d w i t h a p r a y e r f r o m P o p e F r a n c i s : " I n t h e s i l e n c e o f t h e c r o s s , t h e u p r o a r o f w e a p o n s c e a s e a n d t h e l a n g u a g e o f r e c o n c i l ­ i a t i o n , f o r g i v e n e s s , d i a l o g u e a n d p e a c e a r e s p o k e n . I a s k t h e L o r d t h a t w e C h r i s t i a n s a n d o u r b r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s o f o t h e r r e l i g i o n s a n d e v e r y m a n a n d w o m e n o f g o o d w i l l , c r y o u t f o r c e f u l l y ; v i o l e n c e a n d w a r s a r e n e v e r t h e w a y t o p e a c e . " T h e f e e l i n g o f t h e d a y w a s v e r y u p l i f t i n g a n d r e f r e s h i n g a n d a l l f e l t t h e y b e n e f i t t e d f r o m i t . " W e l l d o n e t o F e l i c i t y , F r J e r r y a n d a l l w h o o r ­ g a n i s e d t h e d a y a n d t h o s e w h o a t t e n d e d i t ! I f y o u w o u l d l i k e t o h o l d s u c h s e s s i o n s i n y o u r p a r i s h , p l e a s e g e t i n t o u c h o r v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e f o r m o r e p r a y e r r e s o u r c e s . B i l l i n g ’ s d a y o f p r a y e r W h y n o t a d v e r t i s e y o u r b u s i n e s s h e r e ? C a l l 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9

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P a g e 1 0 T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 T h e Y e a r o f M e r c y b e g a n l a s t y e a r j u s t a s A d v e n t c a m e u p o n u s . W e w e r e i n t h e p r o c e s s o f m o v i n g b a c k i n t o o u r n e w l y r e f u r b i s h e d c h u r c h c o m p l e t e w i t h n e w r o o f a n d w e r e a l s o c e l e ­ b r a t i n g t h e f i n a l w e e k s o f o u r p a r i s h C e n t e n a r y Y e a r . B i s h o p P e t e r n o m i n a t e d S t . J o s e p h ’ s C h u r c h t o h a v e a H o l y D o o r o f M e r c y , w h i c h w o u l d s e r v e p i l g r i m s i n t h e S o u t h e r n a r e a o f t h e D i o c e s e . V e r y f e w o f u s w e r e t u n e d i n , b u t F r . M i c h a e l a s k e d a s m a l l g r o u p o f p a r i s h i o n e r s t o c o n s i d e r h o w w e m i g h t p l a n t o p r a y e r f u l l y c e l e b r a t e t h e l i t u r g i c a l c e l e b r a t i o n s f o r t h e J u b i l e e Y e a r o f M e r c y a n d h o w w e m i g h t w e l c o m e p i l g r i m s . B i s h o p P e t e r o f f i c i a l l y o p e n e d t h e H o l y D o o r a t S t . J o s e p h ’ s o n 1 3 t h D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 5 . T h e M a s s w a s a d o u b l e c e l e b r a t i o n a s h e a l s o o r d a i n e d B r o t h e r T h a d d e u s a s a D e a c o n i n t h e C a r m e l i t e O r d e r . A s p e c i a l n o t i c e b o a r d w a s d e s i g n a t e d f o r t h e Y e a r o f M e r c y a n d a d i s p l a y e x p l a i n i n g t h e B i b l i c a l m e a n i n g o f J u b i l e e a n d H o l y D o o r s w a s m o u n t e d . H o w e v e r , i t w a s n ’ t u n t i l t h e N e w Y e a r t h a t w e c o u l d b e g i n i n e a r n e s t l o o k i n g f o r w a y s o f w e l c o m i n g p i l g r i m s . A n o n l i n e s e a r c h r e s u l t e d i n f i n d i n g a n e x c e l l e n t r e s o u r c e t h a t h a d b e e n w r i t t e n b y a p a r i s h ­ i o n e r a n d a p r i e s t i n W e s t m i n s t e r D i o c e s e . W i t h t h e i r p e r m i s s i o n , w e a d a p t e d t h e b o o k l e t t o c r e a t e o u r o w n p i l g r i m a g e b o o k l e t . T h i s w a s p r o d u c e d i n t i m e f o r L e n t c a l l e d , ‘ P i l g r i m a g e T h r o u g h t h e H o l y D o o r ’ . I t o f f e r e d a s e l f ­ g u i d e d w a l k a r o u n d S t . J o s e p h ’ s C h u r c h , a s a n a i d t o r e f l e c t i n g o n G o d ’ s M e r c y . A n i n v i t a t i o n w a s t h e n s e n t t o a l l p a r i s h e s i n t h e S o u t h e r n a r e a o f N o r t h a m p t o n D i o c e s e i n v i t i n g i n d i v i d u a l s a n d p i l g r i m g r o u p s t o m a k e a p i l g r i m a g e t o o u r H o l y D o o r . T h e p i l g r i m s b e g a n t o a r r i v e a n d i t w a s a p l e a s u r e f o r u s t o ‘ m e e t a n d g r e e t ’ t h e m . T h e l a d i e s o f o u r C W L g e n e r o u s l y c o m m i t t e d t o p r o v i d i n g h o s p i t a l i t y a n d r e f r e s h m e n t s f o r e a c h p i l ­ g r i m a g e g r o u p . T h e p i l g r i m s j u s t k e p t o n c o m i n g , a s g r o u p s b u t a l s o a s i n d i v i d u a l s . I t w a s m o v i n g t o s e e t h e f a i t h o f t h e p e o p l e o f G o d . I t h a s b e e n a n a w e s o m e e x p e r i e n c e t o w i t n e s s s o m a n y C a t h o l i c s t a k i n g u p t h e i n v i t a t i o n a n d m a k i n g t h e p i l g r i m a g e t h r o u g h o u r C h u r c h . D u r i n g L e n t , w e r e s p o n d e d t o t h e d e s i r e o f P o p e F r a n c i s t o h o l d a ’ 2 4 H o u r s f o r t h e L o r d ’ . A l s o , a r e c o n c i l i a t i o n s e r v i c e d u r i n g w h i c h t h e q u e u e s f o r c o n f e s s i o n w e r e e x t r a o r d i n a r y . I n f a c t , t h e q u e u e s f o r C o n f e s s i o n w e r e w h a t r e a l l y m a r k e d t h e H o l y Y e a r o f M e r c y , w i t h a g o o d n u m b e r o f p e o p l e r e t u r n i n g t o t h e s a c r a m e n t a f t e r m a n y y e a r s . E a c h w e e k , t h e p a r i s h n e w s l e t t e r c a r r i e d a ‘ M e r c y B o x ’ i n w h i c h n u g g e t s f r o m P o p e F r a n c i s a n d f r o m S a c r e d S c r i p t u r e w e r e h i g h l i g h t e d . A l s o c o v e r e d w e r e v e r y p r a c t i c a l w a y s o f e n g a g ­ i n g w i t h t h e W o r k s o f M e r c y . T h e Y e a r o f M e r c y n o t i c e b o a r d t o o c a r r i e d s i m p l e e x p l a n a t i o n s o f t h e J u b i l e e I n d u l g e n c e a n d s u g g e s t e d w a y s o f l i v i n g m e r c y t h r o u g h t h e S p i r i t u a l a n d C o r p o r a l W o r k s o f M e r c y . I t w a s v e r y e x c i t i n g t o r e d i s c o v e r a n e w t h e i n d u l g e n t l o v e o f G o d t h e F a t h e r , w h o e x p r e s s e s H i s l o v e f o r u s t h r o u g h H i s m e r c y . W e l e a r n t i n a f r e s h w a y h o w G o d , t h r o u g h H i s C h u r c h , i n d u l g e s H i s p e o p l e . W e c a n ’ t e a r n H i s m e r c y – i t i s f r e e l y g i v e n t o u s . I t i s m o r e a b o u t B E I N G t h a n a b o u t D O I N G : B e i n g o p e n t o r e c e i v i n g G o d ’ s m e r c y ; b e i n g o p e n t o c o n v e r s i o n ( i n t h e S a c r a ­ m e n t o f R e c o n c i l i a t i o n ) ; b e i n g o p e n h e a r t e d ; b e i n g a w a r e o f a n d t h a n k f u l f o r G o d ’ s m e r c y ; b e i n g r e a d y t o s h o w m e r c y t o o t h e r s ; b e i n g e a g e r t o r e c e i v e t h e s a c r a m e n t s o f ( t h e C h u r c h ) r e c o n c i l i a t i o n a n d H o l y C o m m u n i o n ; b e i n g g e n e r o u s i n o u r h e a r t s , t o G o d , t o t h e C h u r c h a n d t o o t h e r s . I n S e p t e m b e r , w e h o s t e d t h e J u b i l e e f o r C a t e c h i s t s f r o m a c r o s s t h e D i o c e s e . ( S e e T h e V i n e N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 6 p a g e 6 ) W e a l s o p r o d u c e d s o m e s i m p l e ‘ R e f l e c t i o n s o n M e r c y ’ f o r p e o p l e t o t a k e t o t h o s e w h o a r e s i c k a n d h o u s e b o u n d , a s i t w a s c l e a r t h a t t h e J u b i l e e I n d u l g e n c e w a s f o r e v e r y o n e , e v e n t h o s e w h o w e r e n o t p h y s i c a l l y a b l e t o m a k e a p i l g r i m a g e t o t h e H o l y D o o r . A f t e r a n a m a z i n g y e a r o f g r a c e s a n d b l e s s i n g s , B i s h o p P e t e r c a m e t o o f f i c i a l l y c l o s e t h e D o o r o f M e r c y o n 1 2 t h N o v e m b e r . H e c e l e b r a t e d a j o y o u s M a s s w i t h u s , w i t h a h i g h l i g h t b e i n g t h e s i n g i n g o f t h e M a g n i f i c a t , a s w e e c h o e d M a r y ’ s j o y o u s h y m n o f p r a i s e t o G o d ‘ f o r h i s m e r c y e n d u r e s f o r e v e r . ’ A l t h o u g h ‘ o r d i n a r y p a r i s h l i f e ’ h a s n o w b e e n r e s u m e d , t h e w o r d s o f P o p e F r a n c i s i n h i s A p o s ­ t o l i c L e t t e r ‘ M i s e r i c o r d i a e t M i s e r a ’ d a t e d 2 0 t h N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 6 s u m u p t h e e s s e n c e o f w h a t t h i s J u b i l e e Y e a r o f M e r c y h a s m e a n t f o r u s . ‘ W e h a v e c e l e b r a t e d a n i n t e n s e J u b i l e e Y e a r i n w h i c h w e h a v e r e c e i v e d t h e g r a c e o f m e r c y i n a b u n d a n c e . L i k e a g u s t i n g b u t w h o l e s o m e w i n d , t h e L o r d ’ s g o o d n e s s a n d m e r c y h a v e s w e p t t h r o u g h t h e e n t i r e w o r l d . B e c a u s e e a c h o f u s h a s e x p e r i e n c e d a t l e n g t h t h i s l o v i n g g a z e o f G o d , w e c a n n o t r e m a i n u n a f f e c t e d , f o r i t c h a n g e s o u r l i v e s . ’ T h e Y e a r o f M e r c y i n G e r r a r d s C r o s s B e l o w : M a s s f o r t h e c l o s i n g o f t h e d o o r . R i g h t : F r M i c h a e l S p a i n i n t h e e n t r a n c e

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T h e V i n e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 P a g e 1 1 We are looking for Volunteers to train in counselling couples We will train you in counselling couples using an attachment and Emotionally Focused Therapy approach over 18 months including 4 residential weekends. We also welcome qualied trained couples counsellors and supervisors with experience of working with couples who are interested in volunteering with us. Marriage Care is a faith based national charity providing 9000 relationship counselling sessions each year from 100 locations in England and Wales. Sessions are provided on a donation basis to enable all to access our service. Our 200+ relationship counsellors and 60+ supervisors volunteer their time and commitment and in return we provide CPD training, supervision, travel expenses and insurance. More importantly, they are part of a community of like­minded people supporting their local communities. Marriage Care has been working in the Milton Keynes and Bedford area for many years delivering marriage preparation courses for engaged couples or providing support for those couples in need of counselling. Marriage Preparation Facilitators Needed We are looking for people to join the Marriage Preparation Team of facilitators. If you have experience of working with groups and are willing to dedicate two or three Sundays per year, we would love to hear from you. Full training will be provided. Thinking of Volunteering? Are you, or someone that you know, thinking about volunteering in the Bedford and Milton Keynes and surrounding areas? If you are interested in taking this further please call 0800 3893801 visit our website at www.marriagecare.org.uk or email volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk Y o u k n o w w h a t w e d i d l a s t s u m m e r ? V M M I n t e r n a t i o n a l ’ s s h o r t ­ t e r m v o l u n t e e r i n g p r o g r a m m e f o r 2 0 1 6 / 1 7 i s t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s p e n d t h r e e t o s i x w e e k s i n A f r i c a i n a p l a c e m e n t t a i l o r e d t o s u i t b o t h t h e i n d i v i d u a l a p p l i c a n t a n d t h e c o m m u n i t y t h e y w o r k i n . F o r t h r e e y o u n g p e o p l e w h o p a r t i c i p a t e d i n l a s t s u m m e r ’ s p r o g r a m m e o f a c t i v i t i e s i n U g a n d a , M a l a w i a n d G h a n a , t h e e x p e r i e n c e o f i n t e r n a ­ t i o n a l d e v e l o p m e n t w o r k p r o v e d b o t h u n f o r g e t ­ t a b l e a n d k e y t o t h e i r o w n p e r s o n a l g r o w t h . T h i s i s w h a t t h e y h a d t o s a y a b o u t t h e i r “ l i f e ­ c h a n g i n g ” a d v e n t u r e : J o a n n e M u l l i g a n , 2 6 , D u b l i n – t e a c h i n g a s s i s t a n t i n U g a n d a “ I j u m p e d a t t h e c h a n c e w h e n t h e s h o r t ­ t e r m v o l u n t e e r i n g o p p o r t u n i t y a r o s e a s I h a d b e e n e a g e r t o e x p e r i e n c e d e v e l o p m e n t i n A f r i c a f i r s t h a n d . T h i s f i r s t t r i p d e f i n i t e l y s t i r r e d a d e s i r e w i t h i n m e t o t r a v e l a n d e x p l o r e m o r e o f A f r i c a w h i l e w o r k i n g i n d e v e l o p m e n t . U g a n d a i s o n l y t h e b e g i n n i n g ! “ T h e e x p e r i e n c e w a s i n c r e d i b l e a n d I ’ m a c t u a l l y a n n o y e d w i t h m y s e l f t h a t I h a d n ’ t d o n e s o m e ­ t h i n g l i k e t h i s s o o n e r . I ’ d t h o u g h t a b o u t i t a f e w t i m e s i n c o l l e g e b u t I ’ d b a c k e d o u t b e c a u s e I w a s n e r v o u s o r s c a r e d . “ Y e s , t h e r e w e r e s o m e t o u g h t i m e s b u t t h e w h o l e e x p e r i e n c e w a s g r e a t . I h a d v i s i o n s o f n o t b e i n g a b l e t o e a t , y e t t h e f o o d w a s a m a z i n g . I w o u l d h o n e s t l y s a y t o a n y b o d y w h o ’ s t h i n k i n g a b o u t d o i n g i t , ‘ d e f i n i t e l y d o i t ’ . I t h o n e s t l y w a s a l i f e ­ c h a n g i n g e x p e r i e n c e . ” L o u i s e D o b i n s o n , 1 9 , D a r l i n g t o n – t e a c h ­ i n g a s s i s t a n t i n U g a n d a “ I t ’ s h e l p e d m e d e c i d e w h a t c a r e e r p a t h I ’ d l i k e t o g o d o w n : t h a t I ’ d l i k e t o b e a t e a c h e r a n d g o i n t o e d u c a t i o n . “ I ’ d a l w a y s w a n t e d t o t r a v e l a n d t h i s s e e m e d l i k e t h e p e r f e c t o p p o r t u n i t y t o l e a r n a b o u t a n e w c u l ­ t u r e a s w e l l a s c h a n g i n g t h e w a y c h i l d r e n l e a r n . I h a d n e v e r b e e n t o A f r i c a b u t e v e r y o n e w a s j u s t s o f r i e n d l y a n d w e l c o m i n g – t h e s t a f f a t t h e s c h o o l , t h e c h i l d r e n , t h e l o c a l s , o u r h o s t s . I c o u l d n ’ t h a v e a s k e d t o m e e t b e t t e r p e o p l e . ” P h o e b e P e n n i n g t o n , 1 9 , L i v e r p o o l – t e a c h ­ i n g a s s i s t a n t i n U g a n d a “ M y m a i n r e a s o n f o r v o l u n t e e r i n g w a s t h a t I ’ d b e e n t o A f r i c a b e f o r e , b u t I w a n t e d t o g a i n m o r e e x p e r i e n c e a n d m o r e o f a n i n s i g h t . S o I v o l u n ­ t e e r e d w i t h V M M i n t w o p r i m a r y s c h o o l s . “ I n o n e s c h o o l w e f a c i l i t a t e d o u t d o o r P E s e s s i o n s a n d i n t h e o t h e r h e l p e d w i t h i n f o r m a l E n g l i s h s e s s i o n s t o b o o s t t h e c h i l d r e n ’ s E n g l i s h . E d u c a ­ t i o n i s k e y b u t i t ’ s e a s y t o t a k e f o r g r a n t e d . Y e t t h e s e c h i l d r e n , w i t h t h e m o s t b a s i c e d u c a t i o n a v a i l a b l e , a p p r e c i a t e d i t s o m u c h . E d u c a t i o n w a s t a k e n s u p e r s e r i o u s l y . “ A s I p l a n t o s t u d y e d u c a t i o n a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l d e v e l o p m e n t a t u n i v e r s i t y , t h i s p l a c e m e n t g a v e m e a g r e a t o p p o r t u n i t y t o g a i n f i r s t ­ h a n d e x p e r i ­ e n c e o f d e v e l o p m e n t w o r k i n t h e a r e a o f p r i m a r y e d u c a t i o n . ” W o r k i n g t o g e t h e r i n a d i v i d e d w o r l d A l i f e ­ c h a n g i n g a d v e n t u r e M i n i s t r y i n t h e c o u n t r y s i d e I n t h e U n i t e d K i n g d o m p e o p l e w h o l i v e i n • v e r y r u r a l a r e a s c a n f i n d t h e m s e l v e s r e ­ m o t e f r o m t h e i r c h u r c h , e s p e c i a l l y i f t h e y d o n ` t d r i v e . T h e s e d a y s , m o s t w i l l b e r e ­ t i r e e s o r c o m m u t e r s , a s f a r m e r s a r e i n ­ c r e a s i n g l y r a r e . O n e v e r y r u r a l r e s i d e n t i n D e v o n , s e v e n m i l e s f r o m a C a t h o l i c C h u r c h , i t s e l f s e r v e d f r o m a n o t h e r e i g h t ­ e e n m i l e s a w a y , t o s u p p l e m e n t w h a t s h e c a n a c c e s s l o c a l l y a t t e n d s t h e N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e f o r R u r a l C a t h o l i c s . T h i s f a l l s j u s t o u t s i d e h e r l a m b i n g s e a s o n . S h e w r i t e s o f t h e : r e ­ i n v i g o r a t i o n w h i c h d e ­ r i v e s f r o m b e i n g w i t h f e l l o w C a t h o l i c s i n a t e m p o r a r y c o m m u n i t y w h e r e o u r d a y i s s h a p e d b y t h e O f f i c e s o f t h e c h u r c h , a n d w h e r e o u r s o c i a l i n t e r a c t i o n h a s a r u r a l c o n t e x t . I n a p a r i s h w h i c h n o l o n g e r h a s a n y w h e r e t o m e e t , t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s h a r e a n d b e s t i m u l a t e d b y o t h e r s , e s p e ­ c i a l l y w h e n t h e r e i s s o m e t h i n g n e w t o l e a r n , i s v e r y m u c h a p p r e c i a t e d . ` • F r a n c e i s a v e r y l a r g e a n d r u r a l c o u n t r y . • S m a l l f a r m s , o n c e c u m u l a t i v e l y m a j o r e m ­ p l o y e r s , h a v e b e e n a b s o r b e d i n t o l a r g e r g r o u p i n g s t o s u r v i v e . L a r g e f a r m s r e q u i r e m a s s i v e m a c h i n e r y . T h i s r e q u i r e s a m i n i ­ m u m o f h a n d s t o w o r k ; s u d d e n l y t w e n t y j o b s h a v e b e e n r e d u c e d t o o n e o r t w o a n d t h e h o p e o f e m p l o y m e n t o r c h e a p h o u s i n g d r a w s v i l l a g e r s t o t o w n s . T h i s i s c a l l e d ` r u r a l f l i g h t ` . • P e r h a p s y o u h a v e f r i e n d s w h o o w n a c o t ­ • t a g e i n r u r a l F r a n c e , b o u g h t b e c a u s e c h e a p , i t s o r i g i n a l o w n e r s f o r c e d t o m o v e i n s e a r c h o f e m p l o y m e n t ; s o m e o f t h o s e f r i e n d s p e r h a p s l a m e n t i n g t h e c u r r e n t d i f ­ f i c u l t y o f s e l l i n g a s e c o n d F r e n c h h o m e . O n y o u r n e x t h o l i d a y i n r u r a l F r a n c e , n o ­ t i c e t h a t t h e v i l l a g e c h u r c h i s u s u a l l y p a r t o f a l a r g e r g r o u p o f r u r a l c h u r c h e s . T h e n e a r e s t M a s s o n S u n d a y i s s e v e r a l k i l o m e ­ t r e s a w a y . M o s t v i l l a g e s s t i l l h a v e a l o c a l b r e a d s h o p . O t h e r s h o p s a r e u s u a l l y l o n g c l o s e d . R e s i d e n t s d r i v e t o t h e d i s t a n t s u ­ p e r m a r k e t a n d t h i n k l i t t l e o f i t . U s u a l l y t h e p u b i s n o l o n g e r o p e n , a n d t h e p e t r o l s t a t i o n a l m o s t c e r t a i n l y d e r e l i c t . H o w e v e r , p e o p l e s t i l l l o o k t o t h e C h u r c h f o r a d i f f e r ­ e n t r e s p o n s e . R u r a l a r e a s i n t h e U K h a v e s i m i l a r p r o b ­ • l e m s . W h a t c a n t h e B i s h o p d o w h e n f a c e d w i t h a n a b u n d a n c e o f s m a l l s c a t t e r e d c h u r c h e s i n v i l l a g e s f u l l o f s e c o n d h o m e ­ o w n e r s , a d i m i n i s h i n g n u m b e r o f r e s i ­ d e n t s a n d f e w a v a i l a b l e c l e r g y ? T w o F r e n c h s p e a k e r s t o l d a r e c e n t N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e f o r R u r a l C a t h o l i c s h o w t h e d i o c e s e o f P o i t i e r s h a d o r g a n i s e d r u r a l p a r i s h e s i n t o g r o u p s . T h e m o t o r c a r a l ­ l o w s t h i s t o b e f e a s i b l e . U s u a l l y , a l t h o u g h t h e r e m a y b e t e n , f i f t e e n , t w e n t y r u r a l c h u r c h e s i n a g r o u p , c l e r i c a l i s o l a t i o n i s a v o i d e d b y p l a c i n g c l e r g y i n p a i r s . P o i t i e r s w e n t f u r t h e r , t r a i n i n g t e a m s o f l a y v o l u n t e e r s t o f i l l c a t e c h e t i c a l r o l e s , t a k e f u ­ n e r a l s , a n d p e r f o r m o t h e r d u t i e s . T h e C h u r c h o f E n g l a n d h a s d o n e s o m e t h i n g s i m i l a r i n m a n y o f i t s r u r a l p a r i s h e s s e r v e d b y v a r i o u s c o m b i n a t i o n s o f c l e r g y . I t h a s p r o d u c e d a n i n t e r e s t i n g r e p o r t ( R e l e a s e d f o r M i s s i o n ) o n t h e o u t c o m e s . • A N o r w e g i a n s p e a k e r t o l d a s u b s e q u e n t • C o n f e r e n c e h o w h i s c o u n t r y , n o t t r a d i t i o n ­ a l l y C a t h o l i c , h a s s e e n a n i n f l u x o f m i ­ g r a n t s , t h e m a n y C a t h o l i c s a m o n g t h e m d o u b l i n g i t s C a t h o l i c p o p u l a t i o n , m o s t l y t o r u r a l a r e a s t o f i l l t h e j o b s u n f i l l e d b y N o r ­ w e g i a n s . H e o u t l i n e d a s c h e m e b e i n g c o n ­ s i d e r e d w h i c h w o u l d p l a c e t h e f e w c l e r g y s t r a t e g i c a l l y ( i . e . b y n e e d ) r a t h e r t h a n h i s ­ t o r i c a l l y ( i . e . b y p a r i s h b o u n d a r i e s ) , s o t h a t n o C a t h o l i c i n N o r w a y w o u l d b e m o r e t h a n 5 0 k m ( c 3 0 m i l e s ) f r o m a M a s s ; a n i m ­ p r o v e m e n t . • T h i n g s a r e n o t v e r y d i f f e r e n t i n o u r o w n • c o u n t r y . B i s h o p s a r e h a v i n g t o w e i g h u r b a n s t a f f i n g a g a i n s t r u r a l s t a f f i n g , n u m ­ b e r s a g a i n s t d i s t a n c e . I n F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 7 , i n S a l i s b u r y , t h e B i s h o p o f P o r t s m o u t h w i l l s p e a k t o t h e N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e f o r R u r a l C a t h o l i c s o n ` T h e B i s h o p s , R u r a l P a r i s h e s a n d C l e r g y N u m b e r s ` . t h e f u l l p r o g r a m m e c o n t a c t m e : r w h m 2 7 4 @ b t i n ­ t e r n e t . c o m ; 0 1 7 4 7 8 7 0 2 2 8 o r T r e l l i s H o u s e , S t a t i o n R o a d , T i s b u r y , S P 3 6 J R • F r R o b e r t M i l l e r • C B C E W N a t i o n a l R u r a l O f f i c e r . • •

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P a g e 1 2 T h e V i n e J a n b u a r y 2 0 1 7 “ Blessing is 5. If we do nothing, Blessing will be blind for the rest of his life.” Dr Aliraki Lisbon, Ophthalmologist at Mengo Hospital, Uganda. Dear The Vine Reader, A s a fellow Christian, I wanted to share with you how incredibly powerful it is to witness a child seeing for the first time, after eye surgery. As I carry out my work with Christian Blind Mission in East Africa, I am constantly moved by t he astonishment and wonder on the faces of children when the bandages are removed and they get their first clear look at their smiling loved ones. Five year old Blessing was born with cataracts. He has been barely able to see. But his doctor said that his sight can be restored through a simple 45­minute procedure. Just think, in under an hour his entire life could be transformed. Instead of living with darkness, frustration and exclusion he could have light, colour and a future filled with opportunity. He could do well at school and find a way out of poverty. The cataract removal surgery costs £95, but his family can barely afford even basic necessities, so I am turning to you in the hope that you can help. If you could send a gift of £95 today, you could pay for a child like Blessing’s surgery. You could open his eyes to the beauty of God’s creation. And we’ll send you an update on how Blessing’s surgery goes. God bless you, Laura Gore Programme Manager CBM UK Christian Blind Mission is a huge inspiration to me. It works in more than 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest communities, to restore sight, mobility and independence to people living with disability. It’s putting Christ’s love into action for the most marginalised people. Will you join Christian Blind Mission by supporting this amazing work? Diane Louise Jordan B lessing’s cataracts mean he has been living in darkness. He can hardly see objects more than 50cm away. Your gift could open a child’s eyes and transform a life. “ Open my eyes, that I may see wonderful things.” ­ Psalm 119:18 R e g i s t e r e d i n E n g l a n d a n d W a l e s u n d e r 1 0 5 8 1 6 2 a n d S c o t l a n d u n d e r S C 0 4 1 1 0 1 A 1 6 1 1 P R E ­ E C S H 1 4 We like to contact our supporters with updates from the projects we support. If you do not want to receive such messages from us in the future, tick here: Please return this fo rm to: Freepost Plus RSKK­HXAX­CYGZ, CBM, Oakington Business Park, Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridge CB24 3DQ We will send you an update on how Blessing’s surgery goes. Yes, I will give £95 to make a blind child see the wonder of God’s creation. I will give: £95 My choice amount of: ___________ Title: First Name: Surname: Address: Postcode: If you are a UK taxpayer and if you tick the Gift Aid box when you make a donation, HMRC will add an extra 25p for every pound you donate. I want to Gift Aid my donation and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to Christian Blind Mission. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax or Capitals Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. We will need your name and address to claim the additional 25% of your donation from Gift Aid. Increase the value of your gift by 25% I enclose a cheque/postal order/CAF voucher made out to CBM or Please debit my Visa/Mastercard/Maestro Card/CAF Card Card holder’s name: Card number: Expiry date: M M / Y Y security number: signature: Date: / / 3­digit Cardholder’s Call 01223 484700 to make your donation today. THANK YOU.

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