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S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5 Issue No. 316 M a r c h 2 0 1 7 I s s u e N o . 3 3 3 A r c h b i s h o p h o n o u r s r e l i c i m a g e P a g e 3 M a s s f o r m a r r i e d c o u p l e s P a g e 6 T o p j o b f o r F i o n a P a g e 8 F o r t y d a y s o f p e n a n c e P a g e 1 1 T h o r n t o n s e r v e s w i t h a s m i l e T h o r n t o n C o l l e g e g i v e s s o m e t h i n g b a c k t o t h e l o c a l c o m m u n i t y o n S t C l a u ­ d i n e ’ s F e a s t D a y . E v e r y F e b r u a r y , T h o r n t o n C o l l e g e , a l o n g w i t h o t h e r J e s u s a n d M a r y s c h o o l s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d , c e l e b r a t e s S a i n t C l a u d i n e w h o d e d i c a t e d h e r l i f e t o t h e e d u c a t i o n o f y o u n g g i r l s . T o h o n o u r h e r m e m o r y , t h i s y e a r T h o r n t o n t r a n s f o r m e d i t s t r a d i t i o n a l F e a s t D a y i n t o a D a y o f S e r v i c e . D u r i n g a f u l l a n d v a r i e d t i m e t a b l e , s t u d e n t s h a d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o g i v e s o m e t h i n g t a n ­ g i b l e b a c k t o t h e l o c a l c o m m u n i t y . S o m e S e n i o r s t u d e n t s w a s h e d s t a f f c a r s ; o t h e r s a s s i s t e d t h e H o u s e k e e p i n g t e a m i n c l e a n i n g a n d v a c u u m i n g t h e s c h o o l . Y e a r 9 s t u d e n t s , m e a n w h i l e , h o s t e d a g r o u p o f e l d e r l y p e o p l e i n t h e D r a w i n g R o o m o v e r m o r n i n g c o f f e e , c a k e s m u s i c , d r a m a a n d d a n c e . Y e a r 1 1 s a l s o p a i d a v i s i t t o t h e W i n t e r N i g h t S h e l t e r M i l t o n K e y n e s t o t a l k t o t h e v o l u n ­ t e e r s a b o u t t h e w o r k t h e y d o a n d t h e s e r v ­ i c e s t h e y p r o v i d e . I n t a n d e m , P r e ­ P r e p S c h o o l c h i l d r e n e n j o y e d b a k i n g c a r r o t c a k e m u f f i n s t o d o n a t e t o t h e S h e l t e r . A f t e r n o o n M a s s b r o u g h t a l l t h e y e a r g r o u p s t o g e t h e r t o s h a r e t h e i r e x p e r i e n c e s a n d t a l k a b o u t h o w t h e y h a d g i v e n s o m e t h i n g m e a n ­ i n g f u l a n d w o r t h w h i l e t o v a r i o u s c o m m u n i ­ t i e s t o m a k e S t C l a u d i n e ’ s D a y s o s p e c i a l . C l a u d i n e T h é v e n e t w a s b o r n o n M a r c h 3 0 t h 1 7 7 4 a t L y o n i n F r a n c e , t h e s e c o n d c h i l d i n a f a m i l y o f s e v e n . H e r f a m i l y w e r e e x t r e m e l y d e v o u t a n d C l a u d i n e w a s e d u c a t e d b y B e n e ­ d i c t i n e n u n s o f S t . P e t e r ` s A b b e y , i n L y o n . w w w . c o m t e c ­ s e r v i c e s . c o . u k T e l : 0 1 4 6 2 6 7 9 6 5 5 E m a i l : i n f o @ c o m t e c ­ s e r v i c e s . c o . u k C h u r c h s o u n d s y s t e m s , v i d e o s y s t e m s , P . A . s y s t e m s , t a n n o y s y s t e m s , a u d i o , r e c o r d i n g , a u d i o v i s u a l , p r o j e c t i o n , i n d u c t i o n l o o p , s o u n d r e i n f o r c e m e n t , r a d i o m i c r o p h o n e s , l e c t e r n m i c r o p h o n e s , c h u r c h s p e a k e r s , c h u r c h c o l u m n s p e a k e r s . P r o f e s s i o n a l d e s i g n a n d i n s t a l l a t i o n o f y o u r c h u r c h s o u n d s y s t e m b y C o m t e c S e r v i c e s . S y s t e m s t o s u i t a l l r e q u i r e m e n t s a n d b u d g e t s b a c k e d b y f a s t f r i e n d l y s e r v i c e a n d a d v i c e . S o l u t i o n s i n S o u n d , V i s i o n & C o m m u n i c a t i o n s

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P a g e 2 T h e V i n e M a r c h 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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P a g e 3 T h e V i n e M a r c h 2 0 1 7 ! !!! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!! !!!!! ! ! !!!! ! ! !!! ! !! !!! ! ! !!!!!! !!! ! !! !!!! ! !! ! !! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! !! !! ! ! !!!!!! ! ! !! ! !!! ! !! !!! ! ! ! !!! ! ! ! `THE FINEST SOUNDING BELLS IN THE WORLD` The Bellfoundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR, England Te l : 0 1 5 0 9 2 1 2 2 4 1 F a x : 0 1 5 0 9 2 6 3 3 0 5 Email: office@taylorbells.co.uk See our website: www.taylorbells.co.uk for comprehensive details of all the services we are able to offer to customers FREE INSPECTIONS & REPORTS ON UK MAINLAND TOO MANY CONTRACTORS INVOLVED IN YOUR PROJECT? TAYLORS CAN QUOTE FOR ALL TOWER WORK TAYLOR BELLS & TAYLOR ENGINEERING JOHN TAYLOR & CO., BELLFOUNDERS A t t h e e n d o f a m e m o r a b l e M a s s i n t h e S h r i n e o f O u r L a d y o f G u a d a l u p e i n B e d f o r d o n 1 D e c e m b e r , A r c h b i s h o p B e r n a r d L o n g ­ l e y o f B i r m i n g h a m h a d a h a n d s h a k e a n d a w o r d a t t h e d o o r f o r e a c h o n e o f t h e 3 0 0 g u e s t s a n d p a r i s h c o n g r e g a t i o n w h o h a d a t ­ t e n d e d . I t w a s t h e A r c h b i s h o p ’ s f i r s t v i s i t t o B e d f o r d a n d b y h a p p y c o ­ i n c i d e n c e , w a s 3 5 y e a r s t o t h e d a y s i n c e h e h a d b e e n o r d a i n e d t o t h e p r i e s t h o o d . M o n s i g n o r J o h n A r ­ m i t a g e , R e c t o r o f t h e B a s i l i c a i n W a l s i n g ­ h a m , a n d m a n y p r i e s t s f r o m a w i d e a r e a , j o i n e d t h e A r c h b i s h o p a t t h e c e l e b r a t i T h e M a s s a t t h e S h r i n e o f t h e M i r a c u l o u s R e l i c I m a g e c e l e b r a t e d t h e F e a s t D a y o f O u r L a d y o f G u a d a l u p e . O n e o f h e r t i t l e s i s P a ­ t r o n e s s o f t h e U n b o r n , a n d A r c h b i s h o p L o n g l e y ’ s h o m i l y w a s b a s e d o n t h e s t o r y o f t h e A n n u n c i a t i o n , t h e G o s p e l p a s s a g e o f t h e d a y . H e r e m i n d e d u s t h a t M a r y h a d h a d a l o n g a n d a r d u o u s j o u r n e y t o v i s i t S t E l i z a ­ b e t h a n d c o n n e c t e d t h i s t o t h e M i r a c u l o u s R e l i c I m a g e , w h i c h h a s t r a v e l l e d m o r e t h a n 3 , 0 0 0 m i l e s a r o u n d t h e c o u n t r y t h i s y e a r . I n t u r n , t o n i g h t s o m e p e o p l e h a d t r a v e l l e d f r o m a s f a r a w a y a s S c o t l a n d a n d W a l e s t o a t t e n d t h i s M a s s . G u e s t s i n c l u d e d J o e R o ­ d r i g u e z , D e p u t y S u p r e m e K n i g h t , D i r e c t o r s o f t h e K n i g h t s o f S a i n t C o l u m b a a n d P r o v i n c i a l G r a n d K n i g h t s f o r v a r i o u s P r o v i n c e s o f t h e U n i t e d K i n g d o m . T h e y j o i n e d t h e G u a r d i a n s o f O u r L a d y o f G u a d a l u p e i n c e l e b r a t i n g t h e f i f t h a n n i v e r ­ s a r y o f t h e P a r t n e r s h i p a g r e e m e n t i n t h e d e ­ l i v e r y a n d m a n a g e m e n t o f t h e A n n u a l N a t i o n a l P i l g r i m a g e T o u r o f t h e M i r a c u l o u s R e l i c I m a g e . T h e S h r i n e w a s a d o r n e d w i t h r o s e s . T h e S h r i n e M u s i c a l D i r e c t o r , M i c h a e l M o l o n e y , h a d c o m p o s e d m u s i c e s p e c i a l l y f o r t h e M a s s . A l a r g e t e a m o f a l t a r s e r v e r s e f f i ­ c i e n t l y c a r r i e d o u t t h e i r d u t i e s u n d e r t h e d i ­ r e c t i o n o f F r G e r a r d B y r n e , D i o c e s a n / S h r i n e M C . A r e c e p t i o n f o l l o w e d a t n e a r b y S t F r a n c e s C a b r i n i I t a l i a n C h u r c h b e f o r e t h e g u e s t s w e n t j o y f u l l y o n t h e i r s e p ­ a r a t e w a y s . R e c t o r o f t h e S h r i n e C a n o n S e a m u s K e e n a n c o m m e n t e d : “ W e w e r e p r i v i l e g e d t o h a v e t h e A r c h b i s h o p w i t h u s . I t w a s s u c h a g e n u i n e l y s p i r i t u a l a n d u p l i f t ­ i n g o c c a s i o n f o r u s a l l ” B a r b a r a K a y S p i r i t u a l & u p l i f t i n g

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

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

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P a g e 7 T h e V i n e M a r c h 2 0 1 7 P h o t o g r a p h s : P a g e 6 : t o p , t h e c a n t o r : b o t t o m : c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o a v e t e r a n c o u p l e . P a g e 7 : t o p ; t h e h o l y f a m i l y i c o n , w i t h F r A l e s s a n d r o . C e n t r e : r e n e w i n g c o m m i t m e n t : a h u g . B o t t o m : r e c e i v i n g t h e i r c e r t i f i c a t e s .

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O n T u e s d a y 1 7 t h J a n u a r y t h e n e w H e a d t e a c h e r I n d u c t i o n M a s s f o r F i o n a M a y n a r d o f S t E t h e l ­ b e r t ’ s C a t h o l i c P r i m a r y S c h o o l a n d N u r s e r y , p a r t o f t h e n e w l y f o r m e d S t P e t e r C a t h o l i c A c a d e m y T r u s t w a s h e l d . T h e M a s s w a 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 w i t h F r N o e l C o n n e l l y a t H o l y R e d e e m e r c h u r c h i n W e x h a m , w h i c h s h a r e s a s i t e w i t h t h e s c h o o l . M r s M a y n a r d h a s w o r k e d a t t h e s c h o o l f o r t h e p a s t t h r e e y e a r s a s A s s i s t a n t H e a d a n d D e p u t y H e a d . T h e M a s s w a s a t t e n d e d b y p u p i l s a n d f a m i l i e s o f t h e s c h o o l , a n d t h e h e a d ­ t e a c h e r s o f t h e T r u s t ’ s p a r t n e r s c h o o l s , a s w e l l a s t h o s e f r o m t h e S t P e t e r D e a n e r y . H o l y R e ­ d e e m e r ’ s F i l i p i n o c h o i r a d d e d t h e i r u n i q u e t o u c h t o p r o c e e d i n g s a n d M g r K e v i n s p o k e o f t h e h i s ­ t o r y o f C a t h o l i c e d u c a t i o n i n S l o u g h a n d t h e i m ­ p o r t a n c e o f f a i t h a s a n a n c h o r i n o u r s c h o o l s . M r s M a y n a r d s a i d , “ I a m v e r y p r o u d t o b e l e a d i n g t h e S t E t h e l b e r t ’ s t e a m a n d h a v e h i g h a s p i r a t i o n s f o r o u r p u p i l s ’ s p i r i t u a l , m o r a l a n d a c a d e m i c d e ­ v e l o p m e n t . I ’ m v e r y m u c h 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 t h e o t h e r C a t h o l i c s c h o o l s i n t h e T r u s t a n d t h e D e a n e r y t o s t r e n g t h e n o u r p r o v i ­ s i o n i n S l o u g h . ” P a g e 8 T h e V i n e M a r c h 2 0 1 7 JOE WALSH TOURS PILGRIMAGES L OURDES DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & D INNER 7 JULY | 6 NIGHTS From Leeds­Bradford £ 679 pp f rom £ 10 JULY | 5 NIGHTS From East Midlands £ 649 pp from £ £ 7 29 p p from £ 21 JULY | 7 NIGHTS From Liverpool £ 6 99 pp from £ 2 8 JULY | 6 NIGHTS From Manchester WE OFFER » Direct Flights to Tarbes ­ Lourdes Airport » Full religious programme led by Spiritual Director » Return airport transfers in Lourdes » Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner » Full assistance o f p r o f e s s i o n a l g u i d e s & representatives throughout » B onded & licensed for

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

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L e n t i s a s o l e m n r e l i g i o u s o b s e r v a n c e i n t h e l i t u r g i c a l c a l e n d a r t h a t b e g i n s o n A s h W e d n e s d a y a n d e n d s a p p r o x i m a t e l y s i x w e e k s l a t e r , b e f o r e E a s t e r S u n d a y . T h e p u r p o s e o f L e n t i s t h e p r e p a r a t i o n o f t h e b e l i e v e r t h r o u g h p r a y e r , d o i n g p e n a n c e , r e ­ p e n t a n c e o f s i n s , a l m s g i v i n g , a t o n e m e n t , a n d s e l f ­ d e n i a l . I t s i n s t i t u t i o n a l p u r p o s e i s h e i g h t e n e d i n t h e a n n u a l c o m m e m o r a t i o n o f H o l y W e e k , m a r k i n g t h e d e a t h , b u r i a l , a n d r e s u r r e c t i o n o f J e s u s , w h i c h r e c a l l s t h e t r a d i t i o n a n d e v e n t s o f t h e N e w T e s t a m e n t b e g i n n i n g o n F r i d a y o f S o r r o w s , f u r t h e r c l i ­ m a x i n g o n J e s u s ` c r u c i f i x i o n o n G o o d F r i ­ d a y , w h i c h u l t i m a t e l y c u l m i n a t e s i n t h e j o y f u l c e l e b r a t i o n o n E a s t e r S u n d a y o f t h e R e s u r r e c t i o n o f J e s u s C h r i s t . I n L e n t , m a n y C h r i s t i a n s c o m m i t t o f a s t i n g o r g i v i n g u p c e r t a i n t y p e s o f l u x u r i e s a s a f o r m o f p e n a n c e . M a n y C h r i s t i a n s a l s o a d d a L e n t e n s p i r i t u a l d i s c i p l i n e , s u c h a s r e a d i n g a d a i l y d e v o t i o n a l o r p r a y i n g t h r o u g h a L e n t e n c a l ­ e n d a r , t o d r a w t h e m s e l v e s n e a r t o G o d . [ 6 ] [ 7 ] T h e S t a t i o n s o f t h e C r o s s , a d e ­ v o t i o n a l c o m m e m o r a t i o n o f C h r i s t ` s c a r r y ­ i n g t h e C r o s s a n d o f h i s e x e c u t i o n , a r e o f t e n o b s e r v e d . M a n y R o m a n C a t h o l i c a n d s o m e P r o t e s t a n t c h u r c h e s r e m o v e f l o w e r s f r o m t h e i r a l t a r s , w h i l e c r u c i f i x e s , r e l i g i o u s s t a t ­ u e s , a n d o t h e r e l a b o r a t e r e l i g i o u s s y m b o l s a r e o f t e n v e i l e d i n v i o l e t f a b r i c s i n s o l e m n o b s e r v a n c e o f t h e e v e n t . T h r o u g h o u t C h r i s ­ t e n d o m , s o m e a d h e r e n t s m a r k t h e s e a s o n w i t h t h e t r a d i t i o n a l a b s t e n t i o n f r o m t h e c o n s u m p t i o n o f m e a t , m o s t n o t a b l y a m o n ­ g R o m a n C a t h o l i c s . [ 8 ] L e n t i s t r a d i t i o n a l l y d e s c r i b e d a s l a s t i n g f o r f o r t y d a y s , i n c o m ­ m e m o r a t i o n o f t h e f o r t y d a y s J e s u s s p e n t f a s t i n g i n t h e d e s e r t , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e G o s p e l s o f M a t t h e w , M a r k a n d L u k e , b e f o r e b e g i n n i n g h i s p u b l i c m i n i s t r y , a f t e r w h i c h h e e n d u r e d t e m p t a t i o n b y S a t a n . T h e n u m ­ b e r 4 0 h a s m a n y B i b l i c a l r e f e r e n c e s : M o s e s s p e n t 4 0 d a y s o n M o u n t S i n a i w i t h G o d ( E x o d u s 2 4 : 1 8 ) E l i j a h s p e n t 4 0 d a y s a n d n i g h t s w a l k i n g t o M o u n t H o r e b ( 1 K i n g s 1 9 : 8 ) G o d s e n t 4 0 d a y s a n d n i g h t s o f r a i n i n t h e g r e a t f l o o d o f N o a h ( G e n e s i s 7 : 4 ) t h e H e b r e w p e o p l e w a n d e r e d 4 0 y e a r s i n t h e d e s e r t w h i l e t r a v e l i n g t o t h e P r o m i s e d L a n d ( N u m b e r s 1 4 : 3 3 ) J o n a h ` s p r o p h e c y o f j u d g ­ m e n t g a v e 4 0 d a y s t o t h e c i t y o f N i n e v e h i n w h i c h t o r e p e n t o r b e d e s t r o y e d ( J o n a h 3 : 4 ) . J e s u s r e t r e a t e d i n t o t h e w i l d e r n e s s , w h e r e H e f a s t e d f o r 4 0 d a y s , a n d w a s t e m p t e d b y t h e d e v i l ( M a t t h e w 4 : 1 – 2 , M a r k 1 : 1 2 – 1 3 , L u k e 4 : 1 – 2 ) . H e o v e r c a m e a l l t h r e e o f S a t a n ` s t e m p t a t i o n s b y c i t i n g s c r i p t u r e t o t h e d e v i l , a t w h i c h p o i n t t h e d e v i l l e f t h i m , a n g e l s m i n i s t e r e d t o J e s u s , a n d H e b e g a n H i s m i n i s t r y . J e s u s f u r t h e r s a i d t h a t H i s d i s c i p l e s s h o u l d f a s t " w h e n t h e b r i d e g • b r i d e g r o o m s h a l l b e t a k e n f r o m t h e m " ( M a t t h e w 9 : 1 5 ) , a r e f e r e n c e t o h i s P a s s i o n . • S i n c e , p r e s u m a b l y , t h e A p o s t l e s f a s t e d a s t h e y m o u r n e d t h e d e a t h o f J e s u s , C h r i s t i a n s h a v e t r a d i t i o n a l l y f a s t e d d u r i n g t h e a n n u a l c o m m e m o r a t i o n o f h i s b u r i a l . • I t i s t h e t r a d i t i o n a l b e l i e f t h a t J e s u s l a i d f o r 4 0 h o u r s i n t h e t o m b , [ 1 9 ] w h i c h l e d t o t h e 4 0 h o u r s o f t o t a l f a s t i n g t h a t p r e c e d e d t h e E a s t e r c e l e b r a t i o n i n t h e e a r l y C h u r c h [ 2 9 ] ( t h e b i b l i c a l r e f e r e n c e t o ` t h r e e d a y s i n t h e t o m b ` i s u n d e r s t o o d b y t h e m a s s p a n n i n g t h r e e d a y s , f r o m F r i d a y a f t e r n o o n t o e a r l y S u n d a y m o r n i n g , r a t h e r t h a n t h r e e 2 4 ­ h o u r p e r i o d s o f t i m e ) . S o m e C h r i s t i a n d e n o m i n a t i o n s , s u c h a s T h e W a y I n t e r n a ­ t i o n a l a n d L o g o s A p o s t o l i c C h u r c h o f G o d , [ 3 0 ] a s w e l l a s A n g l i c a n s c h o l a r E . W . B u l l i n g e r i n T h e C o m p a n i o n B i b l e , b e l i e v e C h r i s t w a s i n t h e g r a v e f o r a t o t a l o f 7 2 h o u r s , r e f l e c t i n g t h e t y p e o f J o n a h i n t h e b e l l y o f t h e w h a l e . [ 3 1 ] O n e o f t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t c e r e m o n i e s a t E a s t e r i s t h e b a p t i s m o f t h e i n i t i a t e s o n E a s t e r E v e . T h e f a s t w a s i n i t i a l l y u n d e r ­ t a k e n b y t h e c a t e c h u m e n s t o p r e p a r e t h e m f o r t h e r e c e p t i o n o f t h i s s a c r a m e n t . L a t e r , t h e p e r i o d o f f a s t i n g f r o m G o o d F r i d a y u n t i l E a s t e r D a y w a s e x t e n d e d t o s i x d a y s , t o c o r r e s p o n d w i t h t h e s i x w e e k s o f t r a i n i n g n e c e s s a r y t o g i v e t h e f i n a l i n s t r u c t i o n t o t h o s e c o n v e r t s w h o w e r e t o b e b a p t i z e d . [ c i ­ t a t i o n n e e d e d ] C o n v e r t s t o C a t h o l i c i s m f o l l o w e d a s t r i c t c a t e c h u m e n a t e o r p e r i o d o f i n s t r u c t i o n a n d d i s c i p l i n e p r i o r t o b a p t i s m . I n J e r u s a l e m n e a r t h e c l o s e o f t h e f o u r t h c e n t u r y , c l a s s e s w e r e h e l d t h r o u g h o u t L e n t f o r t h r e e h o u r s e a c h d a y . W i t h t h e l e g a l i z a t i o n o f C h r i s t i a n ­ i t y ( b y t h e E d i c t o f M i l a n ) a n d i t s l a t e r i m ­ p o s i t i o n a s t h e s t a t e r e l i g i o n o f t h e R o m a n E m p i r e , i t s c h a r a c t e r w a s e n d a n g e r e d b y t h e g r e a t i n f l u x o f n e w m e m b e r s . I n r e ­ s p o n s e , t h e L e n t e n f a s t a n d p r a c t i c e s o f s e l f ­ r e n u n c i a t i o n w e r e r e q u i r e d a n n u a l l y o f a l l C h r i s t i a n s , b o t h t o s h o w s o l i d a r i t y w i t h t h e c a t e c h u m e n s , a n d f o r t h e i r o w n s p i r i t u a l b e n e f i t T h e V i n e M a r c h 2 0 1 7 P a g e 1 1 N E T I M E A S ‘ D O N O T B E A F R A I D ’ L U K E 1 : 3 0 A new Catholic Institute of Higher Education at Buckfast Abbey 2017 courses! 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P a g e 1 2 T h e V i n e M a r c h 2 0 1 7 I n 1 7 8 9 , t h e F r e n c h R e v o l u t i o n b r o k e o u t . T w o o f C l a u d i n e ’ s b r o t h e r s j o i n e d t h e a n t i ­ R e v o l u t i o n a r y f o r c e s . T h e r e v o l u t i o n a r y g o v e r n m e n t i n P a r i s o r d e r e d a b r u t a l r e ­ p r e s s i o n i n L y o n a s a n e x a m p l e , i n w h i c h t h o s e w h o h a d f o u g h t a g a i n s t t h e r e v o l u t i o n w e r e t o b e e x e c u t e d . C l a u d i n e w i t n e s s e d h e r b r o t h e r s e x e c u t i o n . T h e i r l a s t w o r d s t o h e r w e r e : ‘ F o r g i v e , a s w e f o r g i v e . ’ C l a u d i n e b e g a n t o c a r e f o r o r p h a n s a n d a b a n d o n e d c h i l d r e n i n L y o n a t t h e r e q u e s t o f h e r p a r i s h p r i e s t . I n 1 8 1 6 s h e f o r m e d a g r o u p t h a t w o u l d b e c o m e t h e R e l i g i o u s o f J e s u s & M a r y a t L y o n i n 1 8 1 8 . S h e w a s b e a t i f i e d o n O c t o b e r 4 t h 1 9 8 1 b y P o p e J o h n P a u l I I , a n d d e c l a r e d b y h i m t o b e a s a i n t o n M a r c h 2 1 s t 1 9 9 3 . c o n t i n u e d f r o m p a g e 1

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