Journeying Together April 2014

A newsletter for catechists in the Diocese of Nottingham

Issue 8

Rite of Election—9th March 2014

In this issue:

Thank you to all those who attended and helped out at the Rite of Election, the last one with Bishop Malcolm as Bishop of Nottingham. The theme this year was “Receive as a gift, Give as a Gift” with each person receiving a prayer card from Bishop Malcolm and a lighted candle. Thirty five parishes were represented and 148 catechumens and candidates signed the Book of Elect. Bishop Malcolm, in his Pastoral Letter of 22/23 March 2014, stated: “In this beautiful liturgy, those who wish to join us in the practice of the faith are ‘elected’ or ‘called’ to place their trust in God in a new and deeper way. I met them individually, and they signed the ‘Book of the Elect’. This was an important moment for me, as I got to meet all those who will receive the Sacraments of initiation at Easter………..As the baptised People of God, we are all called to be ‘the flame of Christ’, burning brightly, bringing his light to the world, giving of ourselves to glorify the Lord in our daily lives. The symbolism of the Rite of Election took on a new meaning for me this year, because the next day I was told by the Apostolic Nuncio that our Holy Father Pope Francis had chosen me to be the new Archbishop of Liverpool. Just as those who gathered in the Cathedral were ‘elected’ to share in the life of the Church in a new way, so I am now also ‘called’ to do the same.”

support he has given us over the last 13 years. We wish him well in his new position as Archbishop of Liverpool.



22.11.14 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis

Rite of Election

Neophyte Mass

RCIA Conference

Alpha for Catholics

Ongoing Formation for Catechists

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< THANK YOU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We would like to express our thanks to Bishop Malcolm for all the

Resource Day





22nd NOVEMBER 2014 GUEST SPEAKER: BISHOP JOHN SHERRINGTON, AUXILIARY BISHOP OF WESTMINSTER Workshops include: Building Family Groups, Passing on the Faith to Children, Ministry to Older Youth, Supporting Marriage, School, Parish and Home Link, Family Catechesis for Sacramental Preparation, Supporting Families in Loss & Bereavement. For booking form email: [email protected] tel: 0115 9539841 or visit website:

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) A Course of Catholic Formation



A new CCRS course will be starting in Nottingham on 4th October 2014. This is a two year course; 8 modules of 10 hours each (6 core modules & 2 specialist modules). Each module is assessed by an assignment of 1500 words. It examines the themes of the Catholic faith and explores gifts for NEW TESTAMENT ministry. It is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales and supports professional development for teaching in Catholic schools. JESUS CHRIST The course is based at: Our Lady & St Patrick Church Hall, Launder Street, The Meadows Nottingham, NG2 1JQ. THE CHURCH

There are excellent transport links with the new tram stop close by. It is also not far from Nottingham Train Station with plenty of parking. Sessions are from 10 am-3.30 pm. SACRAMENTS Cost: £55 per module or £360 for the whole course. Concessions available. We also offer the opportunity of a Living Ministry Certificate which is for those who would like to participate on the course but write no assignment. A CHRISTIAN MORALITY 500 word Reflective log is required.


4th and 18th October 2014 8th and 29th November 2014 14th and 28th February 2015 14th and 28th March 2015 9th and 23rd May 2015 13th and 27th June 2015

A one-off session costs £25 with no assignment/log to write—contact Diane to book a place.

Neophyte Mass—Sunday 1st June 3 pm A Mass for all the newly received candidates and catechumens, along with their families, friends and sponsors will be held at St Barnabas Cathedral. Confession promotion – a new resource section was created for Lent: There was coverage on Radio 4 and Bishop Conry did interviews on over 10 local BBC radio stations. A six-week testimony series also ran in The Universe newspaper featuring Bishop Conry and Bishop-Elect Fr Robert Byrne.

Free Television Screenings of the Canonisation

available from Damaris, who also resource film clubs:

[email protected]

Omniverse Vision in partnership with Nexo Digital and Sky 3D is excited to announce that the double canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK & Ireland in 3D live from Vatican City BIBLE NEWS Information-Resources on Sunday The Bible Society provides a 27th April. Visit: regular e-news resource to offer the latest information about its work. The Society is represented on the Bishops’ Conference National canonisation-3d.html Scripture Working Group and works in support Canonisation of Pope John Paul II of developing resources for Catholics. Please Mark Nash from Southwark Diocese has see: produced a Factfile to share about Pope John Paul II ahead of the Canonisation. If anyone would like to receive it please ECUMENICAL - FILM RESOURCES FROM DAMARIS email Mark at: Discussion materials for the film “Noah" are


‘BISHOP’S CERTIFICATE IN CATECHESIS’ COURSES Two new courses are commencing in Autumn 2014 at St Philip Neri Parish Centre, 3 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG19 7AB and at St Winefride’s Annexe, 50 Charnwood Road, Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 9QF. Cost £75. Application form available from the website. The dates are: MANSFIELD



8th October 2014

1 . What Is Catechist?

23rd September 2014

22nd October

2. Who Is Catechist?

14th October

12th November

3. Scripture & Catechesis

4th November

26th November

4. Jesus And The Trinity

18th November

11th February 2015

5. The Church And Mary

20th January 2015

25th February

6. Living The Faith

3rd February

11th March

7. Sacraments & Liturgy

3rd March

25th March


24th March

22nd April

9. Baptism

14th April

6th May

10. Eucharist, 1st Communion

5th May

20th May

11. Children’s Liturgy

19th May

10th June

12. Catechesis & Young People

2nd June

Ongoing Formation for Catechists Our next theme is: “What does it mean to be a Welcoming Parish?” There will be four regional meetings in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln and Matlock—dates to be confirmed. Please also invite those who are already undertaking this important Ministry.

MISSED A SESSION? If anybody would like to attend a session they have missed, just let us know. Or would anyone like to know more on a particular subject as a oneoff session— cost £7?

The contacts are: Nottingham—Liz Doona: [email protected] Lincoln— Mary Wilford: [email protected] Matlock—Christine Hulley: [email protected] Leicester—Jo Bradbury: [email protected]

Alpha in a Catholic Context This project involves: As part of our commitment to evangelisation and mission in the  A two-day training programme for Diocese of Nottingham, parishes are a parish team (provided free of invited to be part of an Alpha-Catholic charge by Alpha-Catholic Context Context pilot project. Alpha is a tool UK) for evangelisation that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in  Putting together a parish plan to run an over seventy countries. Alpha course using Alpha explains the basics of the resources provided Christian faith, which can then be by Alpha followed by more specific catechesis as part of the Rite of Christian  Implementation of the plan with the help of Michael Roche from Initiation of Adults. Alpha-Catholic Context UK.

Further training will be provided when required. At least six parishes will be needed to take part in the initial pilot project, and the training will be provided as locally as possible. If you a r e interested, please contact Julia Palmer, Director of Adult Formation ( e m a i l : [email protected]; telephone 0115 953 9806). Please do make the most of this opportunity.


RCIA Conference 2014: Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 July 2014…

The Team In Formation High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG A regular topic that is requested in feedback at Network Conferences is help with the RCIA team. Requests include recruiting members, working together, developing knowledge and skills. A good team can help RCIA flourish in a parish. As the Tour de France will be racing past on its British leg image of the Peloton – the cycling group that supports each other– is being used to describe the fostering of an RCIA team, and the different ways in which the gifts of team players are used in resourcing the ministry of accompanying those 'on the ride' of conversion to Christ! The Conference will look at three main areas: working in a team, teams and RCIA, putting it into practice. The theme will be further explored through group work, workshops led by experienced practitioners from the RCIA Network, and prayer — cycling is optional! Visit:

Recommended Books from CTS - visit their website: or telephone: 020 7640 0042 From 2014 to 2018, the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War– the war to end all wars. The death toll would amount to 16 million, with the wounded numbering 20 million. Yet alongside these horrifying numbers stand countless stories of bravery and acts of great courage, faith and forgiveness. This booklet is a unique and moving collection of testimonies from the Catholics of the time and their experiences in the Great War, drawn from CTS archives. In a world still rife with conflict and war, what service or insights can we learn from the past? This is the amazing story of Willie Doyle SJ, who died in the trenches at Passchendaele in 1917, serving the soldiers under his care. A brave and popular Catholic chaplain, Willie lived a life of great courage, adventure and personal holiness. He offers great hope to displaced generations of today.

For catechist, parishes and priests: Focussed on helping children understand the Mass and encouraging them to participate more fully, this beautiful blue leather volume contains: Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children (I, II and III with options for use inside and outside Easter time) . Simpler language and more frequent acclamations set to music. The Communion Rite, Gilt edged pages, 2 ribbons.


Clear Voices 2014 - Festival of Theology 27-29th June - Buckfast Abbey, Devon This is a three day, “build your own” festival of Catholic religious thought and expression. The Festival sets out to engage the heart and the mind. Over 40 speakers will address us on matters as diverse as the Theology of Hope, The Book of Revelation, How to Read a Graveyard, or Forgiveness. With 9 million visitors holidaying in Devon in the summer, some of you are going to be Catholics who might be interested in tagging a festival onto their holiday. Visit:

Contact Details: Adult Formation, Willson House, 25 Derby Road, Nottingham. NG1 5AW Visit: Email: Julia Palmer, Director of adult formation—[email protected] Telephone: 0115 9539806 Email: Diane Williams, Administrator—[email protected] Telephone: 0115 9539841 IV

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