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I s s u e 2 3 6 J u l y 2 0 1 7 5 0 p S e r v i n g t h e C h u r c h i n t h e S o u t h W e s t C o n f i r m a t i o n s P a g e 5 c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 3 … R u n t o t h e S o n P a g e 8 F o u n d a t i o n i n F a i t h P a g e 1 0

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

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

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

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6 ­ C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J u l y 2 0 1 7 The Latin Mass Society www.lms.org.uk 020 7404 7284 Masses in the Extraordinary Form in Plymouth Diocese : Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE Wednesdays monthly at 10.30am on: Wed. 19th July; Wed Aug. 9th (Sung/Low). S t. Edward the Confessor, Home Park Avenue, Peverell, Plymouth. 4PG PL3 E very Sunday morning at 11.30am (Sung). For special weekday Feasts, contact the LMS Rep (see below). Blessed Sacrament, Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter. EX1 2QJ Every 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm (Sung). St. Cyprian’s Chapel, Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh. TQ13 0AD 4th Sunday of the month at 3pm (Sung). Lanherne Convent, St. Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall. TR8 4ER Sundays and every day 7.30am inclusive. Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Cecilia, White Cliff Mill Street, Blandford Forum. DT11 7BN No Mass in July. Our Lady, Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, Sturminster, Newton. DT10 1JX 12 noon Thursday 10th August (Low). Any questions contact Maurice Quinn (LMS Rep, Devon and Dorset) on either : Email : mq018q1057@blueyonder.co.uk Mob. 07555536579 T o a d v e r t i s e T o a d v e r t i s e P h o n e P h o n e 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 0 7 9 3 1 8 3 6 9 0 7 0 7 9 3 1 8 3 6 9 0 7 ‘ A s t e p u p t h e l a d d e r s o f l i f e … ’ C A T H O L I C C H I L D R E N ’ S S O C I E T Y ( P L Y M O U T H ) A N N U A L A P P E A L 2 0 1 7 M u m w a s s t r u g g l i n g o n a l o w i n c o m e a n d ‘ V i n n i e ’ w a s p e r f o r m i n g b a d l y a t a s c h o o l d u e t o p o o r s l e e p a n d n o u r i s h m e n t . T h e S o c i e t y h e l p e d b y b u y i n g a n e w c o o k e r a n d a b e d a n d l i f e i s v e r y d i f f e r e n t f o r t h e m n o w . L i f e i s g o o d a n d t h e y f e e l t h e y c a n s t a r t a g a i n . Y o u r s u p p o r t h a s g i v e n t h i s l i t t l e b o y a n d h i s m u m a n e w s t a r t i n l i f e b u t t h e r e a r e m a n y m o r e f a m i l i e s l i k e t h e m w h o n e e d h e l p f r o m t h e C a t h o l i c C h i l d r e n ’ s S o c i e t y . T h e s u m m e r h o l i d a y a r e u p o n u s , e v e r y o n e i s e x c i t e d t o f i n i s h s c h o o l , h a v e t i m e o f f w i t h f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y , h a v i n g t r e a t s a n d f u n b u t i s t h i s d o e s n o t r i n g t r u e f o r e v e r y o n e ? T i m e o f f f r o m s c h o o l c a n b e a n e x p e n s i v e t i m e f o r a n y m u m , d a d o r c a r e r , b u t f o r t h o s e l i v i n g ‘ h a n d t o m o u t h ’ t h e r e r e a l l y i s n ’ t t h e m o n e y f o r ‘ e x t r a s ’ , d a y s o u t o r e v e n a n i c e c r e a m o n t h e b e a c h . C h i l d c a r e h a s t o b e p a i d w h e n p a r e n t s w o r k a n d m e a l s f o u n d w h e r e n o r m a l l y a c h i l d w o u l d r e c e i v e f r e e s c h o o l m e a l s . I t i s a d i f f i c u l t t i m e a n d t h e n t h e r e i s t h e r e t u r n t o s c h o o l . N e w u n i f o r m s , n e w s h o e s , n e w s p o r t s k i t s . P e n s p e n c i l s a n d f o l d e r s , y e t a n o t h e r w o r r y t o t h e f a m i l y b a r e l y g e t t i n g b y d a y t o d a y . T h a n k s t o t h e g e n e r o u s d o n a t i o n s o f t h e C a t h o l i c c o m m u n i t y a c r o s s D o r s e t , D e v o n a n d C o r n w a l l t h o u g h , t h e C C S P i s a b l e t o h e l p t h e s e c h a l l e n g e d f a m i l i e s . W h e n a S y r i a n f a m i l y a r r i v e d i n D e v o n s e e k i n g a s y l u m w i t h o n l y t h e c l o t h e s t h e y w e r e w e a r i n g t h e C C S P w e r e a b l e t o s t e p i n a n d h e l p w i t h t h r e e c o m p l e t e u n i f o r m s a n d t h e t h r e e c h i l d r e n w e r e a b l e t o g o t o s c h o o l a n d s t a r t t h e i r n e w l i f e d r e s s e d l i k e a l l t h e o t h e r b o y s a n d g i r l s i n s c h o o l . A n d s i m i l a r l y c h i l d r e n p r o g r e s s i n g f r o m p r i m a r y s c h o o l t o s e c o n d a r y s c h o o l a r e m o v i n g u p t h e l a d d e r . M o s t a r e e x c i t e d a n d l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o t h e c h a n g e b u t f o r s o m e i t i s v e r y w o r r y i n g a n d t h e y a r e a n x i o u s a b o u t m a k i n g n e w f r i e n d s a n d c o p i n g w i t h t h e i r n e w e n v i r o n m e n t . I t i s a v e r y v u l n e r a b l e t i m e o f t h e i r l i v e s a n d s t r e s s e s c h i l d r e n a n d p a r e n t s a l i k e . T o s u p p o r t p a r e n t s t h r o u g h t h i s c h a l l e n g i n g t i m e , t h e C C S P o f f e r s t h e p a r e n t i n g p r o g r a m m e ‘ P a r e n t i n g t h r o u g h t h e T e e n a g e Y e a r s ’ , w h e r e p a r e n t s c a n h a v e t i m e t o c o n s i d e r h o w t h e i r t e e n a g e r f e e l s , r e f l e c t o n t h e i r p a r e n t i n g s t y l e a n d l e a r n h o w t o c o m m u n i c a t e b e t t e r a n d m a n a g e c o n f l i c t m o r e e f f e c t i v e l y . M a k i n g t h e c l i m b t h a t b i t e a s i e r . O n B a n k H o l i d a y w e e k e n d , 2 6 / 2 7 A u g u s t , t h e A n n u a l A p p e a l f o r t h e C a t h o l i c C h i l d r e n ’ s S o c i e t y ( P l y m o u t h ) w i l l b e h e l d a c r o s s t h e D i o c e s e . A s c a n b e s e e n i n t h e f i n a n c i a l ‘ s n a p s h o t ’ b e l o w t h e m a j o r i t y o f o u r f u n d i n g ( 3 6 % ) c o m e s f r o m t h e g e n e r o u s c o l l e c t i o n s m a d e b y o u r c o n g r e g a t i o n s a c r o s s t h e D i o c e s e a n d t h e k i n d d o n a t i o n s o f i n d i v i d u a l s ( 3 6 % ) . W e c o u l d n o t c o n t i n u e w i t h o u t t h i s s u p p o r t a n d e v e r y s i n g l e d o n a t i o n i s v a l u e d e n o r m o u s l y . P l e a s e s u p p o r t t h e a p p e a l a s m u c h a s y o u c a n b u t i f t h i s i s d i f f i c u l t p e r h a p s c o n s i d e r h e l p i n g i n o t h e r w a y s , w e a r e a l w a y s l o o k i n g f o r h e l p . C a l l 0 1 3 6 4 6 4 5 4 2 0 f o r m o r e d e t a i l s o r v i s i t w w w . c c s p l y m o u t h . o r g . u k . T h a n k y o u s o m u c h .

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

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T h e c o u r s e i s h e l p i n g m e g r e a t l y w i t h t h i s – b a s e d u p o n f o u r p i l l a r s o f o u r f a i t h : T h e C r e e d , S a c r a m e n t s , C o m m a n d m e n t s a n d P r a y e r – i t i s s l o w l y b u t s u r e l y e n r i c h i n g m y k n o w l e d g e , m y f a i t h a n d m y c o n f i d e n c e t o e v a n g e l i s e . T h e s t r u c t u r e o f t h e c o u r s e s u i t s m y l e a r n i n g s t y l e p e r f e c t l y . O v e r t w o y e a r s i t i s a m i x o f s i x l e a r n i n g d a y s a t B u c k f a s t w i t h m y 1 6 o r s o f e l l o w s t u d e n t s , a l o n g s i d e e x c e l l e n t s t u d y h a n d b o o k s t o s u p p o r t d i s t a n c e l e a r n i n g a n d t h e e l e c t r o n i c s u b m i s s i o n o f t a s k s o n w h i c h I r e c e i v e p o s i t i v e e n c o u r a g e m e n t a n d c r i t i c a l f r i e n d f e e d b a c k f r o m t h e w o n d e r f u l t u t o r s . A l l o f t h i s i s k n o w l e d g e a n d g u i d a n c e i s h e l p i n g c h a l l e n g e a n d i n s p i r e m y f a i t h . I t i s e a r l y d a y s a n d I a m j u s t c o m i n g t o t h e e n d o f t h e f i r s t o f t h e f o u r u n i t s a n d c o m p l e t i n g a t a s k w h i c h a s k s m e t o s u m m a r i s e i n 3 0 0 w o r d s h o w I w o u l d r e s p o n d t o t h e f o l l o w i n g ‘ I m a g i n e s o m e o n e s a w y o u w e a r i n g a c r u c i f i x a n d a s k e d y o u : “ W h y i s t h e r e a l i t t l e m a n o n y o u r c r o s s ? ” F o r t u n a t e l y I w r o t e m y r e s p o n s e w h i l s t b e i n g o n a R e a d i n g W e e k i n A s s i s i w i t h m y p a r i s h s t a y i n g a t t h e c o n v e n t o f t h e m o s t h u m b l e , w e l c o m i n g a n d s p i r i t u a l l y b e a u t i f u l F r a n c i s c a n S i s t e r s a t t h e S u o r e F r a n c e s c a n e A l c a n t a r i n e c o n v e n t . W h i l s t t h e r e w h a t a t a n h o n o u r i t w a s t o h a v e o u r s h e p h e r d , F r P h i l i p A u s t i n , c o ­ c e l e b r a t e m a s s a t t h e 1 0 t h c e n t u r y , S a n t a M a r i a M a g g i o r e w i t h 2 0 p l u s p r i e s t s t o m a r k t h e i n a u g u r a t i o n o f a s h r i n e a t t h e p l a c e w h e r e S t F r a n c i s o f A s s i s i t h r e w o f f a l l h i s w o r l d l y p o s s e s s i o n s . T h i s g a v e m e t h e i n s p i r a t i o n t o t h e m e m y a s s i g n m e n t r e s p o n s e w i t h a p o w e r f u l a n d s i m p l e m e s s a g e a b o u t w h y I w e a r m y c r u c i f i x : i t i s i n m y o w n l i t t l e w a y t o f o l l o w S t F r a n c i s a n d o u r P o p e ’ s e x a m p l e a n d m e s s a g e ‘ r e ­ c l o t h e o u r s e l v e s i n C h r i s t ’ . T h e w o r l d c a n b e a c o m p l e x p l a c e a n d s t u d y i n g 2 , 0 0 0 y e a r s o f t h e C h u r c h ’ s ‘ D e p o s i t o f F a i t h ’ c a n l i k e w i s e b e t a x i n g a n d c h a l l e n g i n g . W h e n I s t r u g g l e w i t h t h e l e a r n i n g , w h i c h a n y o n e o n a c o u r s e i n e v i t a b l y w i l l , I r e m i n d m y s e l f o f t h e s i m p l i c i t y t h a t s i t s b e n e a t h a l l o f m y s t u d y a n d m y f a i t h a n d w h a t c a n b e a c h i e v e d w h e n e a c h o f u s e v a n g e l i s e s . T h a t m e s s a g e w a s b e a u t i f u l l y a n d p l a i n l y s u m m a r i s e d i n B i s h o p M a r k ’ s r e c e n t l e t t e r t o u s a l l ‘ R e m e m b e r t h a t J e s u s i s y o u r f r i e n d , m a k e a n e w f r i e n d , i n t r o d u c e y o u r f r i e n d t o J e s u s ’ . J a n e C h e y n e , E x m o u t h

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