4th January, monthly prayer evening for young adults entitled, "Jesus the fullness of life ... the prayer continues". See: www.jesusthefullnessoflife.org which provides details about the event. From the website you can download posters (press info). Young musicians are welcome. The basic foundation for the evening is as follows: an hour's prayer, a chance to sample the Christian spirituality through simple chanting, moments of silent reflection, beautiful music and meditations from the Bible, an 'agape' (a chance to eat something and meet others searching for meaning, peace and healing in their lives).
8th - 10th January, House of the Open Door, Mission Gathering. This event is open to anybody who is involved in mission work with young people. The Ezekiel Project team from the Diocese of Northampton will be spending 48 hours at the House of the Open Door (near Evesham in Worcestershire) to recharge our batteries, and we’d like to invite you to come and join us. Over the two days, we hope to take some time together to receive some spiritual input, to share stories from our ministry, to get some good social and relaxation time, and to encourage one another to feel fired up for the year ahead! There’ll be a chance to spend some time praying together and listening to where we feel God is leading us, as well as engaging in worship and interceding for the year ahead. On top of all of this, there will (of course) be the obligatory good food and excellent retreat space at HOD. The price for the 2 days is £68, which reduces if you can only come for part of the time. To book, please contact Klara at HOD on [email protected] or call her on 01386 852084. If you’ve got any questions about arrangements, please feel free to contact me directly on 01844 273337 or [email protected]
14th January, Peace Sunday. Theme: “The Human Person: The Heart of Peace”. See: www.paxchristi.org.uk
14th January, In Concert Together, Westminster Cathedral Hall. 6 PM for violin and piano by Mozart, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ian Wilson, and Franck. Adults: £12 Children and Students: £8 For tickets call 0208 764 0341 Children: 16 and under Or email [email protected] All Proceeds to Benefit Continuity in the British Isles.
16th January - 30th March, 3 Months discipleship course
“Cycle A” offered by The Chemin Neuf Community. The aim of this discipleship course is to experience Community life and have a chance to make a personal spiritual journey and to reflect on the fundamental choices in our own life, whether we feel we are at a crossroad, or we just want to reassess
our aims. It is always a good time for discernment. Each week has a theme with teaching sessions morning and afternoon each day; the programme includes weeks of different nature: studying books of the Bible, weeks of spiritual experience (silent retreat, fraternal life, life in the Spirit and if needed inner healing), weeks on theological topics (the councils of
the early Church, an Ecumenical topic...). For more information please contact: The Chemin Neuf Community,
St Gildas Christian Centre, The Hill, Langport, Somerset. TA10 9QF. Email: [email protected]
18th – 25th January, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
19th - 21st January, Lumos: Simply Jesus - a January weekend away for young people at Kings Park Centre, Northampton. There will be sports, activities, games and music with prayer, Mass and group time. The event will be looking at who Jesus is and why that makes a different in our everyday lives. For more information please contact: [email protected] Tel. 01844 273337
19th January, Launch of a Year of Prayer for London. (Ecumenical initiative).
20th January, A Peaceful and Prayerful Procession, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Begins with 9am Mass. For further information tel: 020 8252 3109. E-mail: [email protected]
21st January, Farm Street Talks: The Demise of Democracy and Great Political Thinkers by Fr James Campbell SJ. Venue: 114 Mount Street, London. W1K 3AH.
22nd January, Don't Worry Be Happy Day (an outreach initiative of the Catholic Enquiry Office). See: http://www.life4seekers.co.uk/ourplaceinthisworld/meaning-of-life/DontWorryBeHappy.html
27th January, Miles Jesu Vocation Seminar for Men.3-6 PM, Westminster Cathedral, Hinsley Room. The seminar will cover:-Theology of Vocation, Vocation and Holy Scripture, Marriage as a vocation, Priesthood and Consecrated life. For more information contact 0208 764 0341 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.vocationinfo.com
26th - 28th January, 2007, Catholic Experience Weekend. Everyone is welcome! A weekend for people who are searching / interested in Catholicism. Do invite a friend of family member to come along. Res/Non res (Donation only) Franciscan Friary, Pantasaph, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 8PE Tel. 01352 711053 Email: [email protected] “...see the scenery ... without having to put your toe in the water.”
26th - 28th January, Post Cursillo Weekend, Carmelite Priory Boars Hill, Oxford. Visit the Website: www.cursillo.org.uk for more information and application forms.
27th - 28th January, The Universal Call to Holiness at The Britannia Hotel, Coventry. This conference will explore the theology of vocation, interdependence and the role of women in the Church. Speakers: Fr Paul Emberry (Director, National Office for Vocation), Sr Helen Costigane (Heythrop College) and many others. All are welcome. Organised by the Joint Dialogue Group of the Bishops' Conference and the National Board of Catholic Women. E-mail: [email protected] Tel. 020 7733 0045
28th January, Homelessness Sunday: No Home No Justice. Themed materials are available. Please contact Ellen Byrne on 020 7723 7273. E-mail: [email protected]
31st January, “The Joy of God’s Plan – Natural Fertility Awareness In the Church’s Teaching”. A new DVD & guidebookWestminster Cathedral Hall, 6-7.30pm. Hosted by
Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark. To book a place contact: Catherine MacGillivray, Dept for Pastoral Affairs
[email protected] Tel. 020 7798 9363 / 020 7931 6064.
31st January, "WORLD OF LIGHT" The Metaphysical Poets.Their Lives revisited and their Poems read. Talks with readings at St Giles in the Fields, Holborn "The Poets' Church" 6.15 pm; Entrance Free. This is the second in a series of talks/readings this winter, covering the 17th Century Metaphysical Poets. The religious and spiritual aspects of the poets will be covered in depth. The overall theme is how through all the religious changes, the language managed to convey Christian thought and feeling that can speak to all Christians now, as the common property and support of all. All the poets share in a "sacramental" view of nature and life. The talks/readings will last approx 1 hour and St Giles in the Fields is close to Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. The readers are Edmund Matyjaszek, Poet & Trustee of the Poetry Society; & Lance Pierson, Professional Poetry Performer.Details 020 7736 0350 or [email protected]k
10th February, HEAR OUR SILENCE. This one day workshop will help you discover the power of silent prayer. It takes its name and inspiration from the silence of the Cathusian prayer, where it is the seeker who journeys into the silent desert of the heart, in order to encounter God. As John Skinner says, “In the silence of Self we may encounter an Other far greater than the I of me.” If you find that silence can be intimidating, then come and discover that it can also invite! Time: 9.30 for 10am to 4pm. Includes coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Day leaders: John and Judith Skinner both came to silence, but by different routes. John wrote a book ‘Hear our Silence’ which told of his encounter with the Carthusians, an Order of hermit monks dedicated to silent prayer. Judith, who has worked for over 25 years as a psychotherapist, firmly believes that the psychotherapeutic process of silence is a spiritual exercise of healing power. Cost: £45. Venue: The Ammerdown Centre (an ecumenical foundation), Ammerdown Park, Radstock BA3 5SW. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on email: [email protected] or tel: 01761 433709.
12th February, Catholic and Rural Conference. Venue: Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, Bowgreave Drive, Garstang, Near Preston. PR3 1YE. For full details contact Fr Robert Miller. Tel. 01398 324217.
17th February, Celebrating 40 years of Charismatic Renewal, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds. For more information please contact: Good News Magazine. Tel: 020 7352 5298. E-mail: [email protected]
18th February, Poverty Action Sunday. See: www.church-poverty.org.uk
21st February, Thirst for Life, the 40 day challenge to go alcohol free. This initiative is to promote thought about the binge drinking epidemic that the UK is suffering from. This is an ecumenical initiative. www.thirtforlife.org
The event is taking place in St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate. There will be a mix of talks, workshops, time for quiet prayer, socialising and the sacraments. For more information click here
24th February, Northampton Diocesan Youth Leaders Lent Retreat, 10 – 4pm. Contact: Pam Lewis. E-mail: [email protected]
1st March, HIV/AIDS: The Expanding Ethical Challenge.
A lecture by Fr Jim Keenan SJ, Imperial College, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The London lecture is the first in Fr Keenan’s UK tour; he will be also be visiting Durham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and then finishing in Liverpool on 8th March. There will be refreshments before and after the lecture and all are welcome. For more information contact: [email protected]
2nd March, Women’s World Day of Prayer
16th - 17th March, PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES TO HOLD EUROPEAN ANNUAL CONGRESS IN DURHAM. The Pontifical Mission Societies in England and Wales are hosting the annual European meeting of National Directors in Durham. The theme for this year’s congress is: The challenge of worldwide mission in a changing Europe. It will be held at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, the seminary for the north of England. Speakers will include, Professor James Dunn, an expert on the New Testament and a former Lightfoot professor of Divinity from the University of Durham, Chris Bain of Cafod, Maggie Roux, senior Media lecturer at Trinity and All Saints’ College, Leeds, and Clare Openshaw from Leeds University.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, SAC, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples will also attend.
For further details, please contact Fr John Dale at the Pontifical Mission Societies on: 020 7821 9755
17th March, Faith, Social Inclusion, Citizenship and the Future of Education: A Study Day at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. This event is open to all – especially those working and volunteering in schools, colleges, local authorities, parishes justice and peace groups and faith communities. Speakers include: Professor James Arthur (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Paul Woolley (Director of THEOS). For more information contact: [email protected]Poster (Word doc.)
The bi-centenary of the Act abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire is to be marked in the anniversary month of March 2007. It will begin at 12.15 in Whitehall Place (close to the Embankment) and conclude with an act of worship in Kennington Park (close to the Oval cricket ground) beginning around 2.15 pm. Further details from telephone 0870 321 2005 to register yourself or your group.
24th March, Prayer and Life Drawing at St Patrick’s School, Dundee St, Wapping, E1W 2PH (Nearest tube Tower Bridge or Wapping; Bus: 100 from Liverpool St; Free parking). In a wonderful studio setting. Starting with prayer (9:15am) and then drawing from the model (10.15am - 4pm with lunch break). £10 day, £5 morning or afternoon. For more information contact: [email protected]
28th March, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor to give
30th Thomas Corbishley Memorial Lecture
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will give the Thirtieth Thomas Corbishley Memorial Lecture on “The Kingdom of God and this World: the Church in Public Life” on Wednesday, 28 March 2007 at 18.30 in Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1. The lecture series is organized by the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust. Tickets cost £15 which covers admission to the Lecture, a reception afterwards and a copy of the lecture report. More...
13th April - 1st May, Two Little sisters of Jesus present: A Puppet Show-Meditation Brother Charles of Jesus Charles de Foucauld based on letters to his school friend Gabriel Tourdes. Portraits of the different stages of his life: Difficult childhood, Playboy, Explorer, Monk, Universal Brother and Friend. Suitable for university age yound people and above. All are welcome. For information about dates and venues please contact: Little Sisters of Jesus, 148 Fellows Court, Weymouth Terrace, London E2 8LW Tel: 02077293605 [email protected] All are welcome.
18th April, The Good Book?...How the Bible can be used creatively in urban mission (ecumenical). Free one day workshop , 9:45am-3:30pm, Shaftesbury Christian Centre, Battersea. Lunch provided, £3 please. Booking essential. Traditional approaches to Bible study can be alienating for people in urban areas affected by deprivation, who tend not to use books as their preferred way of learning. Unlock has developed creative approaches to Bible study, specifically designed for urban contexts, where text based approaches can be a barrier to exploring personal faith. For more info or to book contact Jill Clark on 0208 239 5546 or mailto:[email protected]
21st April, Leicester Dynamic Prayer in the local Church, organised by Alpha. Tel. 0116 262 3222. E-mail: [email protected]
21st April, Fr Jonathon Stewart adresses artists at St Patrick’s School, Dundee St, Wapping, E1W 2PH (Nearest tube Tower Bridge or Wapping; Bus: 100 from Liverpool St; Free parking). Fr Jonathon Stewart will be talking from Pope John Paul II’s letter to Artists. For more information contact: [email protected]
And don't forget, Infusion will be last Thurs of each month (except May when it will be 24th, with Br Martin of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal speaking). For more info. contact Jo on 07916341927 or got to www.deepwaters.org.uk
27th April, VOCATIONS GROUP, 'Single for Life', a talk by Ms Rosamund Connor. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm (preceded by evening prayer at 7.15pm). Venue: HINSLEY ROOM, half way down MORPETH TERRACE by WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL No need to book, just turn up! For more details please visit www.vocationsgroup.org.uk Tel: 01277 373848 (Home) 07931795769 (Mobile) E-mail: [email protected]
29th April, 44th World Day of Prayer for Vocations Sunday. The National Office for Vocation have produced some colourful ‘manga-style’ posters and a microsite raising awareness of the call to religious life and the priesthood today. See: http://www.ukvocation.org/vocationsunday.html and www.calledtoday.com
29th April, Seeker Afternoon: Exploring Christian Faith, North Wales. A free tailor-made event for people enquiring or interested in Catholic spirituality is being offered in one of the most picturesque parts of North Wales. The Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph, Flintshire, is opening wide its doors to offer a unique experience. For more information please see: www.life4seekers.co.uk or phone the Friary on 01352 - 711 053. Everyone is welcome. This event ideally suits pre-RCIA candidates.
The Holy Icons express silently through the beauty of their shapes and colours, what the Gospel teaches us. Participants will take back home their finished and blessed Icon. On this initial course, the Icon written will be that of the image of Christ. DAY TIMETABLE: 8:00 – 8.30 Morning prayer, 8:30 Breakfast, 9:00 - 12.30 Lessons, 13:00 Lunch, 15:00 - 18:00 Lessons, 19:00 - 21.00 Evening prayer, 21:00 Supper. N.B. At weekends there will be a slight variation in the timetable. COURSE FEE: £680 per person. This includes high-quality teaching from monks & nuns, all materials (including boards, paints, brushes etc,), full board (bedroom with 2 single beds, bathroom with shower) and healthy organic home produce. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL KATIE ON 01268 710021 or 07860368613. EMAIL: [email protected]
Final date for booking with deposit of £300: 31/03/2007.
The course will run with a minimum of 12 participants.
In his message for the 41st World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI challenges us to make use of the media and new technology in the formation of the next generation: “Training in the proper use of the media is essential for the cultural, moral, spiritual development of children”. Flier (pdf)
25th May, Vocations Group: 'Am I looking for God or is God looking for me?', a talk by Fr David Stanley, Parish Priest. Events in London for young adults searching for their path in life. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm (preceded by evening prayer at 7.15pm). Please note change of venue for this meeting:
In the CRYPT of WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL entrance via car park half way down Ambrosden Avenue and before Cathedral Hall. No need to book, just turn up! For more details please visit www.vocationsgroup.org.uk Tel: 01277 373848 (Home) 07931795769 (Mobile) E-mail: [email protected]
26th May, A Pentecost vigil of readings and psalms, asking God to renew His Spirit within us. Based on the Divine Office, the vigil will be a quiet, reflective way to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. It takes place at Lancaster Cathedral, 8:30pm (until about 10pm). Everyone is welcome.
27th May, Songs of Praise from Coventry Cathedral. BBC listing: 5:10 pm - 5:45 pm for Pentecost Sunday. Diane Louise Jordan visits Coventry Cathedral where special guest Graham Kendrick leads the congregation in some of his most popular hymns including Meekness and Majesty and For This I Have Jesus. Plus Diane investigates a unique mind, body and spirituality fair and meets local songwriter Rob Halligan whose understanding of fatherhood was changed forever by the events of 9/11. (CASE was represented at this Spirituality Fair. Keep a look out for our 'Pet Blessing and Franciscan Spirituality' stall and Rosary Beads area.)
8th - 10th June, Catholic Experience Weekend, North Wales. A donation only tailor-made event for people enquiring or interested in Catholic spirituality is being offered in one of the most picturesque parts of North Wales. The Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph, Flintshire, is opening wide its doors to offer a unique experience. For more information please see: www.life4seekers.co.uk or phone the Friary on 01352 - 711 053. Everyone is welcome. For a booking form please click here (Word doc.) This event ideally suits pre-RCIA candidates.
Please let Anne Marie know if you will be able to attend, or contact her for more information: 020 7025 1596 or [email protected]
6th – 11th September, Jesus Youth, European Convention. For more information contact: Good News Magazine. Tel: 020 7352 5298. E-mail: [email protected]
6th September, Jesus Christ The Fulness Of Life: "God so loved the world". 7.30pm. Venue: St. Andrew's, Holborn, London. Nearest tube - Chancery Lane Come and sing! If you are free, please come and learn the chants & songs before the prayer from 6pm - 7pm. Additional music rehearsal for choir and musicians on Monday 3rd September 6.30-8pm at St. Andrew's Street Why not bring a praish / youth group? www.jcfl.org.uk
8th - 9th September, Come and See, Floral Hall, Southport. Speaker: Jean Vanier. For bookings: [email protected]