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CONFIRMATION 2018 Application forms for the sacrament which will be given early in July. Anyone in Year 10 or above who would like to be confirmed is invited to apply. The applications will be processed in the new year and our preparatory gatherings planned.
Confirmation date 7th July at the 6.30pm Mass.
Journey in Faith 2017 – 18
Encounter Jesus Christ.
Come and learn about the Catholic faith.
This process is for people who are considering becoming Catholics.
It aims to help people deepen their knowledge of Jesus and relationship with Him; it takes people through the key teachings of the Catholic Church and looks at the issues facing Catholics in today’s world. For those who decide to become Catholics, it will include preparation for the sacraments.
It may be that you’ve been coming to Mass for some time with family members and are now thinking about becoming a Catholic yourself. Or perhaps you know someone who’s expressed an interest in finding out more about the Catholic faith.
For anyone who is interested, please come along on a Thursday evening at 7.45pm and talk to the team.
For more information please use the contact form or speak to Father Paul. We will get back to you.
I kep’ six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know).
Their names are what and why and when
And how and where and who. Rudyard Kipling
Come to the Parish Centre at 10.30am next Saturday 17th for brainstorming and reflection on how to make the Eucharist central at Holy Cross – kicking off perhaps with Kipling’s words. (Special Ministers, catechists + anyone else welcome)
LIFE North and East Surrey Group will hold its AGM at St Elphege’s, Saturday 24th February, 7.15pm. Refreshments. All welcome.
Women’s World Day of Prayer Friday 2nd March, 10.30am St Elphege’s, Wallington;
Friday 2nd March, 7.30pm, Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, a service of prayer for Suriname.
Sutton Deanery day of reflection and prayer for Lent Led by Fr John Farrell O.P. On ‘Living the Eucharist’. Begins with Mass at 9.30am and finishes at 1pm. Holy Family Church, Sutton Green, Saturday March 3rd.
Love heals body, mind and spirit ministry 7-day retreat, 10th – 16th May or 13th – 19th September at Mem Soares, Castelo de Vide, Portugal. Fuller details on notice board.
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Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress “Adoremus” – Liverpool 2018
7 – 9 September 2018
The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year.
Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.
Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
On the first day of the Congress, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers.
The sessions will focus on:
Eucharistic Language and Catechesis
Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration
The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the second day of the Congress, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.
On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession – open to all.
In his Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Westminster for the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Nichols wrote:
“We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society.”
Every diocese in England and Wales will take part in the Congress and the Cardinal encourages people to make the pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Congress.
Each Diocesan Bishop has nominated a representative whose task is to disseminate information to parishes, groups, religious communities about the Pilgrimage and Congress.
Ahead of the Eucharistic Congress in Genoa in 2016, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to visit the Blessed Sacrament, if possible, every day:
“Moreover, I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day – especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and His mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.”
The Eucharistic Congress has been given the title Adoremus (let us adore).
This pilgrimage will bring people together from across the dioceses and further the service of the poor and marginalised in our midst. It will also aim to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Please see in the porch for more details
Please check under ‘Courses’ for more Educational days etc.