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Diary Dates Archive 2006

JANUARY 2006

  • January 23rd, "Don't Worry Be Happy Day". Invite your non-Catholic friends and relatives to check out a new resource to help blast away the January Blues. This is an intiative of the Catholic Enquiry Office which is run by CASE.
  • Jan. 27th - 29th, 2006, 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.” 

FEBRUARY 2006

  • 5-8th February, International Symposium: Evangelisation in a Postmodern Age in Rome. Mgr Keith Barltrop is to moderate one of the sessions.
  • 16-17th February, Youth Alpha Conference.  This course will cover everything you need to know about setting up and running a Youth Alpha course, with seminars looking at different aspects of youth ministry.  Plus plenty of time for worship and meeting others passionate about seeing teenagers come to know Jesus. This conference is for anyone with a vision to see teenagers come to faith and get going as Christians.  For more information contact Tel: 020 7052 0445, or Fax: 020 7052 0401.
  • 17th February, Quiz Night: Supporting Evangelisation Through Threatre. FIRST PRIZE £100!!!!!!   See also the poster attached for a new theatre production - "EASTER TALES" - at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Saturday 25th March.  Book now to avoid disappointment!!!! ACTS (Association of Catholics in Theatre and on Screen) Doors 7.30. Quiz 8pm - 10.30pm. Allen Hall, 28 Beaufort Street (off Kings Road) Chelsea. Nearest tube Sloane Square. Entrance fee: £5 per person. Maximum 6 on a team. Come as a team or as an individual and we will put you in a team (a great
    way to meet fellow members of ACTS and the CSG!), or email us beforehand and we will start to make up the teams. Friends and family welcome as always! Click here for a jpeg flier. To reserve a place for the Quiz, please contact Adele, the ACTS communications manager on; 07815 996426 or [email protected]
  • 18th February, Retreat on the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary at 1.30pm in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church , Bayswater, London W2 3JF.  This event will be hosted by Fr Edgardo Arellano’s  (known affectionately to all of us as Fr Bing of EWTN) Team of the Alliance of the Holy Family, a pontifical approved movement comprising of priests, sisters and brothers.  Fr Bing has founded 6 Orders, 4 of which are Religious Orders.  The priests are known as the Oblates of the Two Hearts. Fr John Santos, a Mystic and an amazing Confessor, who is Fr Bing’s  righthand man will lead the Retreat. Don’t miss this powerful preacher truly blest with charisma by the Almighty God, Himself.  There will be no catering on this afternoon so eat before you join us at 1.30pm. For more information please email: [email protected]

  • 19th February, Youth  Retreat  (9yrs to 30yrs strictly) at 9am Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church. Young people from the age of 9yrs to 30yrs are invited to this very Special Day for the Youth.  If you have sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, friends, friends family please urge them to come along. If you know any youth at all through your church or other sources please invite them to come.  They will truly have a wonderful day listening to Fr John and interacting with the Two Hearts Teams of brothers/sisters in the various workshops.  They will also have a lovely day out with other young people of their own age. Food will be provided on the Sunday but not on the Saturday. For more information please email: [email protected]
  • 19th February, Youth Bearing Witness. Theme: The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Venue: Blackfriars, Buckingham Road, Cambridge. Time: 11 - 5pm. Cost: £5   Poster (Word document)
  • 20th - 22nd February, Catholic and Rural; a 24 hour conference on the Catholic Church and rural ministry. Venue: Crowcombe, near Minehead. Mgr Keith Barltrop is to lead a Workshop. Further details please contact Fr Robert Miller on: 01398 324217
  • 24th-26th February, Youth 2000 Retreat, Leeds. For more information click here
  • 27th February - 1st March, Building Prodigal-Friendly Church, an ecumenical conference to explore how we can help people to stay in church, encourage those who've left to come back and much more. For more information please tel. 0870 060 3324      Press Release (Word Document)
  • 28th Feb - 3rd March 2006 - Spiritual Accompaniment Course. In conjunction with Sion Community and the Chemin Neuf Community, this week focusses on the skills necessery to walk with others on their journey to Christ. For more details

MARCH 2006

  • 3rd-5th March: Take Up Your Cross. A retreat for young adults (18-30) at Worth Abbey Benedictine Monastery. A chance to experience the monastic way of life, and to reflect this Lent. For more information please see the events page at: http://www.elmgrovecommunity.co.uk/ 
  • 4th-13th March: The F Word: Images of Forgiveness, an exhibition at Chapel Royal (4th-7th), The Meeting House, Sussex University (8th-12th), The Steam House, Brighton University (13th). For more information please see the events page at: http://www.elmgrovecommunity.co.uk/ 
  • 8th - 10th March, Mission 21 will take place in Sheffield. It is a major ecumenical conference for anyone interested in evangelism, church planting and ‘fresh expressions’. The aim is to bring different interest groups together in a way which has not happened before. The Group for Evangelisation, part of Churches Together in England, is pleased to be one of the sponsors. 350+ people have booked so far and it promises to be a very significant event and an excellent time to network and meet key people. We recommend the conference highly and want to say that it is not too late to book, as space is still available. Do please encourage those who are thinking of coming to come. All the details are at: www.mission21.org.uk
  • 10th - 12th March 2006 - Youth Ministry Training. Led by David and Sarah Beresford (Director's of Youth Ministry and Training at the Sion Community) who bring their extensive experience of Youth Work and Ministry in a number of settings with young people to this course. The course provides opportunities to develop a number of key skills needed for contemporary youth ministry and teaching on some of the current issues and methodologies in youth ministry. The course is taught with specific reference of engaging in youth work from a Christian perspective and is ideal for local and regional workers and people who work in schools. For more details
  • 12th March, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ward, answers: "Which resources can I give to someone who asks me about my Catholic faith?”
  • 16th March, The Da Vinci Code: A Talk. Speaker: Rev. Dr A Emerton. St Augustine's Church, 117 Queen's Gate, London. SW7 5LW. £5 per head including food. Time: 6.30pm . Nearest tube: Gloucester Road or South Kensington.
  • 18th March, 'Journey Inside the Passion of the Christ' happening at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Soho Square, London W1 on Saturday 2006 at 7.15pm. Fr John Bartunek, L.C. – author of the only authorised book on the film ‘The Passion of the Christ’ directed by Mel Gibson - is coming to London to give a talk on his experiences gleaned from many hours on set and serving as theological advisor to Mel Gibson in the making of the film. This event is aimed to provide a pastoral preparation for Easter, to mark the approaching anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, and to help raise funds for the training of priests. Fr John is available for interview. Contact details and further information
  • 18th March, Kingdom Come: The Life of Christ, a one-man show based on the Passion story, will be performed at Lancaster Cathedral on Saturday 18 March (8pm) by Eric Petrossian, a professional actor and committed Christian. Tickets for this play are only £5; children aged 10+ will be admitted free. A Sculpture Workshop (Saturday 25 March; 1.00pm-4.00pm) will provide fun for children of all ages; come and help local artist Jill Johnson create a giant free-standing Cross which will be displayed throughout the Easter Season. Admission is £2 per child; accompanying adults are free. Tickets and further information on these events is available from Caroline Hull, Events Co-ordinator, Cathedral House, Balmoral Road, Lancaster (tel: 01524 384820; email: [email protected])
  • 21st March, Jesuit Refugee Service. Closing date for their JRS Europe Journalism Competition. This competition encourages young people to write an article about the realities affecting refugees and asylum seekers. Website: www.jrseurope.org Email: [email protected]
  • 25 March: 'THE WAY TO NARNIA: Newman, Chesterton and C.S. Lewis'. Colloquium plus reception by the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture. 3.30-7.30 pm, Crolly Room, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Dublin. Free admission. Speakers: Dermot Quinn, Sheridan Gilley, Stratford Caldecott. Information: www.secondspring.co.uk
  • 25th March, Easter Tales: Six Extraordinary People, One Extraordinary Man, Westminster Cathedral Hall on at 7.45pm. Tickets £8. To book phone 07784 260078 or email [email protected] Jpeg flier
  • 31st March, Alpha - The Marriage Conference. Designed to equip people to lead either The Marriage Preparation Course or The Marriage Course in their home, church or community. The courses are based on The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee. For more information contact: [email protected]

APRIL 2006

  • 2nd April, Passionate Prayer for Coventry (ecumenical). Join Christians on a prayer walk around the city beginning at Whitefriars at 2.30pm. The walk will be holding in prayer the success of a major evangelistic event which will be happening at Coventry Cathedral on May 1st. For more information about the walk please tel. 024 7638 4303.
  • 5th April, John Beaumont will deliver a talk entitled “Problems in the Church: Tolkien’s Answers.” In this lecture, the next in the Lancaster Cathedral Lecture Series, John Beaumont will examine a number of J.R. Tolkien’s letters in which Tolkien gives practical advice on certain matters of Catholic faith, advice which is as helpful and thought-provoking today as it was when the letters were written. John Beaumont is a lawyer, and was formerly Head of the Law Department at Leeds Metropolitan University and Associate Dean of the Business Faculty there. Now a legal consultant, lecturer and freelance writer, John has written many articles in Catholic papers and journals. He is the author of a recent book, Converts to Rome (2006, Real View Books). John Beaumont’s lecture will begin at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Social Centre (Balmoral Road, Lancaster). Admission is free.
  • 8th April, Seeker Afternoon: ‘Urban Soul’, Birmingham. A free tailor-made event for people enquiring or interested in Catholic spirituality is being offered in the heart of Birmingham. St. Michael’s Church, Moor Street, is opening wide its doors, from 2 – 5pm, to offer a unique experience. For more information please see: www.life4seekers.co.uk or tel. 0121 643 0940
  • 8th April, Lenten Day of Prayer and Reconciliation. Evangelisation is rooted in a life of prayer - Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. Main Celebrant Fr Iain Matthew, OCD, starting at 11.30am and concluding at approximately 5.00pm. Venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Kensington Church Street, Kensington London, W8 4BB. The event will take place in the Parish Community Centre which is accessed at the rear of the church in Dukes Lane. Please bring your own lunch or there are cafes nearby. Families welcome. For further information please contact Jonathan Stephens, [email protected]
  • 9th April, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Director, Mgr. Keith Barltrop, answers: “Why are fewer people going to Church?”
  • 13th April, LIGHT OF THE WORLD an Easter Art Exhibition. 6:30 – 9.30, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday A solo exhibition of large and smaller scale fine art paintings by Cheshire artist and committed Christian, Dee Rollinson. The exhibition has been several years in it’s making and explores some of the major themes in the bible – the focus is clearly on the importance of Easter. Opening hours: 12 noon - 5pm, Tuesday 18th April 3:00pm - 7:00pm. Venue: The Lounge, St John’s Church Halls, School Lane, Hartford. Cheshire CW8 1NP. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge. All the artwork is for sale. www.expressyourself.me.uk
  • 16 - 22nd April, CELEBRATE – a Christian conference for all the family at John Fowler Holiday Parc, Ilfracombe, Devon. For info and brochure contact Sue Whitehead, Celebrate, Open House, 4 Bulstrode Way, Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL9 7QU. CASE's very own Clare Ford will be leading some workshops. Not to be missed!
  • 18th - 23rd April, Easter People Ecumenical Youth Event, Scarborough. Theme: The Way of the Cross. Cost: £40. (15 - 18yrs) Website: www.sharejesusinternational.com
  • 21st-23rd April, Youth 2000 Retreat, Birmingham . For more information click here
  • 21st - 23rd April, "You know how a stranger feels" - Justice and Peace Retreat. Venue: Worth Abbey, Crawley, West Sussex. A retreat for Christians who work with refugees and asylum seekers. For enquiries please contact Rosemary: 01342 710318. Email: [email protected]
  • 23rd April, 2006 at 2.00 pm at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster. Feast of Divine Mercy. Exposition, Confessions, Chaplet, Veneration of the image, Homily, Rosary 4.00pm, Solemn sung Vespers 4.40pm Refreshments in Social Centre. Parish Mass 6.30pm.
  • April 27-29, Fifth Professional Seminar for Church Communications Office, Rome. Austen Ivereigh who is Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor's Press Secretary, is one of the speakers. For more information please see: csi_seminar06http://www.pusc.it/csi_seminar06/

MAY 2006

  • 1st May 2005, Spirit of Life Spirituality Fair, Coventry Cathedral. This is an ecumenical outreach event aimed at providing an opportunity for those interested in the New Age to connect with Christian Spirituality. This event is for non-Chrisitians. A number of Christian denominations are joining together to offer a variety of events including Christian card reading and a one to one with a spiritual guide. One of the seminar givers is Abbot Christopher Jamison of BBC 2's The Monastery fame. CASE Director, Mgr Keith Barltrop, will also be giving a seminar on "The Purpose of Life." For those interested in getting involved (volunteer helpers are needed) please contact Clare Ward at CASE. Tel. 0770 939 1998 Email: [email protected]  If you are able to support the mission financially, please click here
  • 7th May 2006, Come and witness to Christ on the streets in Huddersfield! You are called to participate in an evangelistic Procession of the Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Huddersfield. This Eucharistic event will be the climax of a Parish Mission and will follow a route in Sheepridge, Huddersfield, after the 11.00am Mass on Sunday 7th May. “Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles” Pope John Paul II. Contact Fr Richard Aladics, Our Lady of Lourdes, 85, Sheepridge Road, Huddersfield HD2 1HF. Tel. 01484 425085
  • 7th May, 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. “...see the scenery ... without having to put your toe in the water.” 
  • 7th May, INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY (Ecumenical). Would your church, and the churches you have contact with, give time in the services on Sunday 7 May 2006 (or the nearest Sunday) to pray for evangelism through the internet and the work of the UK evangelistic website www.rejesus.co.uk and www.life4seekers.co.uk? This particular Sunday has been designated internationally as Internet Evangelism Day to encourage Christians to think about the importance of sharing the Good News of the gospel on the internet and to pray for web evangelism. See www.internetevangelismday.com 
  • 13th May, "Unearth Justice Campaign" Launch. It is a bitter paradox that developing countries that are richest in natural resources such as gold, oil and gas often have the worst records on reducing povery. Find out how you can help change this with CAFOD's new campaign. Venue: Emmanuel Centre, 9 - 23 Marsham Street, London. SW1P 3DW. Tel. 020 7326 5692. Website: www.cafod.org.uk/conference
  • 14th May, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ford, answers: “Evangelisation – how can our parish move from theory to practice?”
  • 14th - 19th May, Leadership Training Course. This intensive week of training run by the Sion Community is aimed at equipping our Church for Leadership, the course is run by Michelle Moran who did her Master's Degree in Management. Website: www.sioncommunity.org.uk
  • 20th May: Theology of the Body Study Day at the Catholic Chaplaincy of Oxford University, organized by the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture (latest in the series 'Unpacking the Legacy of John Paul II'). 10 am to 5 pm. Speakers include Edmund Adamus, Tommy Hughes, Nicole Syed. Young people, teachers, parents, catechists, all welcome. Free admission, no booking necessary. Rose Place, St Aldate's, Oxford. Info: [email protected]
  • 20th May, "Unearth Justice Campaign" Launch. It is a bitter paradox that developing countries that are richest in natural resources such as gold, oil and gas often have the worst records on reducing povery. Find out how you can help change this with CAFOD's new campaign. Venue: Holy Cross Sixth Form College, Manchester Road, Bury. BL9 9BB. Tel. 020 7326 5692. Website: www.cafod.org.uk/conference
  • 20th May, BEING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY. This is the title of a Study Day jointly organised by CAFOD, Catholic Caring Services and the Faith & Justice Commission of Lancaster Diocese. The conference asks, HOW CAN WE OPEN THE DOOR AND RELEASE OTHERS TODAY? Dates and times: Saturday 20th May 2006 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (registration from 9:30 am) LANCASTER UNIVERSITY CHAPLAINCY CENTRE. Cost: waged £12 unwaged £3. The Keynote Speaker will be Fr Daniel O’Leary. To register contact Margaret McSherry, St Bernadette's Parish House, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 4HT tel:01524 383081 email:[email protected]
  • 22nd - 23rd May, International Alpha Conference, Alpha Conferences at Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London. For more information, please go to http://uk.alphacourse.org/runningacourse/conferences/default.asp and scroll down to 'conferences'. To register, please contact the HTB Conferences Office by email on [email protected] or by phone on 020 7052 0440.
  • 25th May, Launch of CASE's brand new Evangelisation Directory. Everything you wanted to know about Catholic Evangelisation but didn’t want to ask! Two years in the making, over 250 entries, 'match making' individuals, parishes, and groups with practical resources and information. "Every Catholic should have a copy" said Bishop McMahon of Nottingham Diocese. For a suggested parish newsletter insert please click here (Word document). To order your copy please email: [email protected] Press release (Word document). To view the on-line Directory click here

JUNE 2006

  • 1st - 5th June, Joint Anglican/Catholic Cathedrals Flower Festival in Norwich. 30 000 visitors expected. For more information please contact Mrs Doris Waymark. Tel. 01953 604879 Entry: £7. (Concessions: £5)
  • 2nd - 4th June, 2006, 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.” Click here for a pdf poster

  • 2nd-4th June: Fire and Living Waters. A weekend for all ages at Worth Abbey to reflect upon Pentecost. Open to all interested in finding out more about the Lay Community of St Benedict and Benedictine wisdom for today. For more information please see the events page at: http://www.elmgrovecommunity.co.uk/ 

  • 2nd-4th June, Northern Catholic Conference (Pentecost weekend). The speakers include; Frances Hogan, Lord David Alton, John Pridmore, Fr Stan Fortuna, Myles Dempsey, Fr Pat Collins, Steve Murray, Jimmy Cricket. Our theme this year will be ‘Seeds of Hope for the Future’ and we do hope you can join us. To register call 0781 206 4746 or 0151 521 4314 or log onto our website www.northerncatholic.co.uk 

  • 3rd June, London's Global Day of Prayer. Join with Christians from all denominations in pray. Unity, Prayer and Transformation are the main themes. The event is designed to capture the spirit of Pentecost when they all gathered united in mind, heart and spirit and were filled with the Holy Spirit. Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm. Venue: Westminster Chapel, Central London. For more information please email: [email protected]

  • 5th – 8th June, Annual College of Preachers’ Conference. Theme: Rock or Sand, Giving Voice to the Word in an Age of Uncertainty. Venue, the Hayes Conference centre, Swanwick, Derbs. For more info. contact Mrs Karen Atkin, Administrator, College of preachers, 14a North Street, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9AB; tel & fax: 01778 422929; [email protected]; www.collegeofpreachers.org.uk

  • 9th - 11th June, Fire and Living Waters reflecting on Pentecost @ Worth Abbey. A weekend for adults, run by young adults and the elm grove community.

    Talks - Reflection - Prayer - Fellowship. Talks from monks of Worth, exploring the theme of new life in the Spirit.

    The weekend – for Lay Community of St Benedict members and newcomers interested in exploring Benedictine spirituality - offers the chance to experience the Benedictine monastic way of life and its wisdom for everyday living. Contact Helen Nolan, Lay Community of St Benedict Administrator, for more information: 0845 4582994, email: [email protected] www.elmgrovecommunity.co.uk, www.worthabbey.net www.laybenedictines.org Flier (jpeg)

  • 11th June, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Fr Philip Knights, answers: “How can we engage with those who are spirituality open but don’t want Church?”

  • 14th June, BBC 2, 9pm The Convent. Invite Your Neighbours And Friends To A ‘Convent’ Night! Remember BBC 2’s The Monastery? Thousands of people enquired about Catholic life and beliefs in the wake of the programmes. They presented every parish with a wonderful evangelisation opportunity… and now the Sisters are joining in! Each programme presents the Catholic and Christian community with a chance to share the richness of our faith with neighbours and friends. Why not invite people round to watch the programmes with you? CASE has created some free “The Convent” materials for non-Catholic enquirers. For more information please contact: CASE, 114 West Heath Road, London. NW3 7TX. Tel. 020 8458 3316. Email: [email protected] Website: www.life4seekers.co.uk/TheConvent.htm

  • 15th June, eminent literary scholar, Professor Michael Wheeler, visiting professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton will speak on ‘The Da Vinci Code: fiction for our time?’ Professor Wheeler’s lecture will begin at 7.30pm on Thursday June 15th, and tickets cost £7.50. A 2-course supper in the college’s refectory will be available at £6.30pm, at £10 per person. For bookings, please contact Hospitality at Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury or telephone 01722 424800. Press release (Word Doc.)

  • 16th-18th June, Youth 2000 Retreat, London. For more information click here .

  • 16th – 18th June, Seeker Retreat, Crewe.  A donation only tailor-made event for people enquiring or interested in Catholic spirituality is being offered. A team from St Michael’s Church, Moor Street, is organising a unique experience. For more information please see: www.life4seekers.co.uk or tel. 0121 643 0940.

  • 16th - 18th June, Rediscovering Fatherhood: a weekend residential conference to explore issues of fatherhood in the context of theology, sociology, spirituality and personal experience. A FLAME event.

  • 21st June, BBC 2, 9pm The Convent. Invite Your Neighbours And Friends To A ‘Convent’ Night! Remember BBC 2’s The Monastery? Thousands of people enquired about Catholic life and beliefs in the wake of the programmes. They presented every parish with a wonderful evangelisation opportunity… and now the Sisters are joining in! Each programme presents the Catholic and Christian community with a chance to share the richness of our faith with neighbours and friends. Why not invite people round to watch the programmes with you? CASE has created some free “The Convent” materials for non-Catholic enquirers. For more information please contact: CASE, 114 West Heath Road, London. NW3 7TX. Tel. 020 8458 3316. Email: [email protected] Website: www.life4seekers.co.uk/TheConvent.htm

  • 23rd June - Feast of the Sacred Heart - Evening Vigil of Prayer for Young People from 8pm to 11pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation at the RC National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The theme will be the Love and Mercy of God.   The programme will include the following: Praise and Worship (Michael Coughlan), Scriptural Reflections, Mimes by Steve Murray (Mime Artist), Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Talk on Confession by Fr. Michael Rear, Testimonies from Young People, Sharing Groups for Young People, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Mass.   All are welcome to join this Vigil of Prayer, the programme of which is presented with the needs & intentions of Young People as the main focus.
  • 27th June - 2nd July, The Life of Christ: An Open Air Play in Three Acts. This production is designed for all ages and brings to life the remarkable events surrounding the life of Christ. It is a multi-sensory experience which has something to offer everyone irrespective of their own beliefs. Email: [email protected] Website: www.wintershall-estate.com

  • 28th June, BBC 2, 9pm The Convent. Invite Your Neighbours And Friends To A ‘Convent’ Night! Remember BBC 2’s The Monastery? Thousands of people enquired about Catholic life and beliefs in the wake of the programmes. They presented every parish with a wonderful evangelisation opportunity… and now the Sisters are joining in! Each programme presents the Catholic and Christian community with a chance to share the richness of our faith with neighbours and friends. Why not invite people round to watch the programmes with you? CASE has created some free “The Convent” materials for non-Catholic enquirers. For more information please contact: CASE, 114 West Heath Road, London. NW3 7TX. Tel. 020 8458 3316. Email: [email protected] Website: www.life4seekers.co.uk/TheConvent.htm

  • 30th June-2nd July: Beyond Belief. A weekend for young adults (16-30) at Worth Abbey. A chance to question, explore, discover. For more information please see the events page at: http://www.elmgrovecommunity.co.uk/ 

JULY 2006

  • 1st July - 23rd September 2006 - Discipleship Training School Click here for more details
  • 1st July - 24th Sept, 'Finding Christ, Finding Life’ Art Exhibition by Elizabeth Wang. At the French Church, 5 Leicester Place, Leicester Sq, London WC2H 7BX. Just off Leicester Square, near the main Häagen-Dazs, entrance free. Church open daily 9:30am – 7:30pm. Exhibition closed during services. See www.radiantlight.org.uk
  • 1st - 8th July, Fifth World Meeting of Families, Valencia.
  • 1st July 2006, The Monastery of Vallechiara cordially invites you to... a cookery demonstration & organic market stall at Patridges Sloane Square, 2-5 Duke of York Square, Sloane Square, London SW3. This Monastic Community believes passionately in caring for the environment and using food as a tool of evangelisation. Their own organic tomatoes will be used in the demonstration at 11.30am and 2.00pm. For further details please contact Dom Peter or Leo Smith
  • 5th July , BBC 2, 9pm The Convent. Invite Your Neighbours And Friends To A ‘Convent’ Night! Remember BBC 2’s The Monastery? Thousands of people enquired about Catholic life and beliefs in the wake of the programmes. They presented every parish with a wonderful evangelisation opportunity… and now the Sisters are joining in! Each programme presents the Catholic and Christian community with a chance to share the richness of our faith with neighbours and friends. Why not invite people round to watch the programmes with you? CASE has created some free “The Convent” materials for non-Catholic enquirers. For more information please contact: CASE, 114 West Heath Road, London. NW3 7TX. Tel. 020 8458 3316. Email: [email protected] Website: www.life4seekers.co.uk/TheConvent.htm
  • 7th - 16th July, C.S. Lewis Summer Institute. Faculty and speakers include Tom Howard, Joseph Pearce, Armand Nicholi, Jim Como, James Emery White, Nigel Goodwin, Jeanne Murray Walker, Malcolm Guite, Karen Mulder, Dick Staub, and Ben Patterson, among many others. http://www.cslewis.org/programs/institute/summer2006.htm
  • 7th - 9th July, Breakout Ecumenical Youth Event, Blackpool Winter Gardens. Theme: Passion. Run by the Methodist Church. Price: £50. Website: www.mayc.info
  • 7th - 10th July, Bright Lights Festival at SPEC, Westminster Diocese. Theme: "Beautiful". Speakers include Fr Stan Fortuna CFR and Timothy Radcliffe OP. This is a great event for young adults. For details tel. 01727 829209. Email: [email protected] Website: www.brightlightsfestival.co.uk
  • 9th July, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ward, answers: “Why are we so afraid of evangelising?”
  • 9th July, Day of Celebration: Sharing in the Gifts of People with Special Needs at Aylesford Priory, 12 - 4pm. For more information please email: [email protected]
  • 14th – 16th July, “The Little Portion” Prayer Festival, North Wales. Join us at this unique festival! Inspiring speakers, story telling and great music. Venue: Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph, Flintshire. For more information please tel. 01352 - 711 053.
  • July 15th,   Pilgrimages of Reparation & Consecration Saturday,  1.30pm to 5.30pm, Walsingham. Humana Vitae - Human Life Sacred from the Moment of Conception to Natural Death.   The Pilgrimages this year will focus upon praying for healing of the victims of the Culture of Death  with reflections upon the teachings of boh Pope Paul V1 and Pope John Paul II.  
  • 15th - 16th July LIFE IS FOR JOY at Wintershall Family Conference at Wintershall Estate. Speakers David Wells and others. Details: Wintershall Estate Office, Bramley, GU5 0LR Tel 01483 892167 www.wintershall-estate.com
  • 13th-17th July: John Paul II Pilgrimage for the New Evangelisation of England - walking pilgrimage between Ely and Walsingham for young people organised by the Dominican Sisters of St.Joseph. Contact Sister Hyacinthe at [email protected]
  • 21st - 23rd July, Justice and Peace Conference. Theme: The Desert will Bloom - Scattering the Seeds of Hope. Venue: Hayes Conference Centre, Swanick in Derbyshire. For more information and bookings: 020 7901 4864
  • 21st - 30th July, A Silent Retreat led by the Verbum Dei Community. Contact: Verbum Dei Retreat Centre, Rosary Cottage, Nunnery Lane, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. PO30 1YT. Tel. 01983 529554
  • 22nd July, OPENING THE DOOR TO JUSTICE, Lancaster Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission is organising a training day for people from the Diocese involved in social justice activities both inside and outside their parishes. The theme: “OPENING THE DOOR TO JUSTICE -IN OUR PARISHES AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES.” The day will be facilitated by Peter Richardson who is the Faith and Justice Worker from Salford Diocese and is from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm St Martins College, Ambleside, Cumbria, on Saturday 22nd July 2006 Cost: £6.00 or £3.00 for low income and to bring your own pack lunch. To register, contact the office 01524 383081 or email: [email protected]
  • 22nd - 26th July, Spirit of Truth Family and Youth Camp organised by the Spirit of Truth Community. Led by Fr David Kenir and Nicola Hurley. Families only. £150 (including food). Family day visitors welcome. Details: Cranebrook Lane, Hilton (Nr Lichfield), Staffs. WS14 0HA. Tel. 01543 483221.
  • 23rd - 26th July, Theology of the Body short course in Oxford. To be taught by Jonathan Rowland. Some bursaries may be available to reduce the cost further for those students who want to come but cannot at present afford it. Day attendance is also possible for those who live locally. This will cost £40 for students, including meals. Please note that you have to register in advance. Click here for a flier Web sites: www.ressource.co.uk www.secondspring.co.uk
  • 24th - 29th July, Mariapolis in Norwich run by the Focolare Movement. Meet movement members and explore its spirituality. For more details contact Mariapolis, 35 The Cloisters, Welynn Garden City, Herts. AL8 6DU. Tel. 01707 332950.
  • 27th July to 3rd August: SHAKESPEARE'S SECRET: The Catholic Imagination in Elizabethan England. A residential summer school with Clare Asquith (author of 'Shadowplay') and Peter Milward SJ, with excursion to RSC production of 'The Tempest' in Stratford. At St Benet's Hall, Oxford. Prices and other details from [email protected] or www.secondspring.co.uk
  • 29th July - 2nd August, Sion Summer Camp for young people in school year 10 and above. Venue: SENT in Brentwood, Essex. For more details write to: Summer Camp, Sion Community, Holy Cross Convent, Gold Hill East, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrard Cross. SL9 9DW. Tel. 01753 888322.
  • 29th July - 5th August, Soul In The City, bringing together local churches, young people and local authorities to transform communities through community projects. This is a vibrant ecumenical initiative.
  • 31st July-4th August, NEW DAWN, WALSINGHAM. Info: New Dawn, Prince of Peace Community, St Emilies, Oakhill Park, Liverpool L13 4BP Tel 0151 228 0724
  • 31st July - 4th August, Faith Movement Conference, Theme: Reasons for Believing. Venue: Woldingham School in Surrey. 5 day conference for young adults. Contact Ann McCallio, 9 Herma Street, Caddeer, Glasgow. G23 5AP. Tel. 0141 945 0393. Email: [email protected]

AUGUST 2006

  • 4th - 6th August, Creation Fest. Ecumenical event at Woolacombe, North Devon. Website: www.creationfest.org.uk
  • 5th August, Soul in the City (ecumenical) . It has finally been confirmed…SOULINTHECITY has managed to secure Carling Academy Brixton for a MASSIVE urban youth celebration and evangelistic event on 5th August! This will be a fantastic finale to SOUL WEEK 2006 and is the opportunity to bring along all the young people who worked so hard during SOUL WEEK and to bring those it touched. Awesome appearances from the nation’s top performers and worship leaders are currently being finalized, as well as excellent performances from London’s home-grown talent! We will let you know the names as soon as they are confirmed. Put this date in your diaries, tell your churches and youth groups and plan to be there! It is not to be missed! We will keep you informed as things develop….For more information please see: www.soulinthecity.co.uk
  • 6th August , The Miracles of Jesus, BBC 1 at 6.35pm. The second programme in an extraordinary new series about the historicity, meaning and current relevance of the miracles of Christ.  Mgr Keith Barltrop, Directory of CASE said: “Pope John Paul II repeatedly called for Catholics to seek new and dynamic ways of communicating and celebrating their faith so as to be of relevance to people living in these times. The BBC series has the potential to serve in precisely this way as a powerful tool of  contemporary evangelisation.  I encourage Catholic individuals, groups and parishes to invite non-Catholic friends, family members and neighbours to watch the programmes. Your invitation could change someone’s life.” See our themed page for enquirers at: www.life4seekers.co.uk
  • 12th - 16th August, Living Water Festival (Ecumenical), Norfolk Showground. For young people. Theme: Belonging. Website: www.living-water.org.uk
  • 13th August, The Miracles of Jesus, BBC 1 at 6.35pm. The last programme in an extraordinary new series about the historicity, meaning and current relevance of the miracles of Christ.  Mgr Keith Barltrop, Directory of CASE said:“Pope John Paul II repeatedly called for Catholics to seek new and dynamic ways of communicating and celebrating their faith so as to be of relevance to people living in these times. The BBC series has the potential to serve in precisely this way as a powerful tool of  contemporary evangelisation.  I encourage Catholic individuals, groups and parishes to invite non-Catholic friends, family members and neighbours to watch the programmes. Your invitation could change someone’s life.” See our themed page for enquirers at: www.life4seekers.co.uk
  • 13th August, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ford, answers: “What can we do with our young people who won’t come to Church?”
  • 21st - 25th August. 'The Lord of the Rings: Sources of Inspiration'. The first Oxford Tolkien Conference, at Exeter College. International speakers and special guests. All details at www.tolkiensoxford.com
  • 24th-28th August, Youth 2000 International Festival of Evangelisation and Prayer. For more information click here
  • 25th - 28th August, Greenbelt Ecumenical Festival, Cheltenham. Theme: Redemption Songs. Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk
  • 26th August, Street Party at St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road. London. W2 5DJ. The Carnival Mass at 6pm. Party until late!

SEPTEMBER 2006

  • 5-9th September, International Young and Emerging Leaders Network. Open to those inspired by, and open to, the insights of Catholic Social Teaching. Venue: Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, Centre of Faith in Society. For further information e-mail [email protected]
  • 6th - 8th September, The Spiritual Journey of the RCIA with Susie and Philip Sheldrake. Venue: Digby Stuart College, London. Cost: £185. This Conference is being offered by RCIA Network. For more information and bookings please see: www.rcia.org.uk
  • 9th Sept, Sat, 2pm – 3:30pm, at 'Finding Christ, Finding Life’ Art Exhibition by Elizabeth Wang: a time of prayer and reflection to go with the exhibition theme, in the church; includes talks by Mgr. Keith Barltrop (Director of CASE), Sr. Amadeus Bulger CJ, and Elizabeth Wang. At the French Church, 5 Leicester Place, Leicester Sq, London WC2H 7BX. Just off Leicester Square, near the main Häagen-Dazs. All welcome, info at www.radiantlight.org.uk
  • 10th September, 10th Anniversary Celebrations - Mothers' Prayers. Celebration at Aylesford Priory, Kent. Starts at 10.30am. Mass at 12 noon.
  • 10th September, Racial Justice Sunday. Contact tel. 020 8802 8080
  • 14th September, Theology of the Body. A seminar for people of all ages. 6 - 8pm. Speaker: Anastair Northrop. Venue: Westminster Cathedral Hall. For information please call 020 7931 6064
  • 16th September, A Day of Prayer and Reconciliation: Exploring Holiness. Speakers: Fr Damian Cassidy, Fr Angelus CFR , Fr Iain Matthew OCD and Deacon Gareth Leyshon. Venue: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Kensington Church Street, Kensington. London. W8 4BB. Time: 11.15am for 11.30am concluding at approx. 5pm. Please bring your own lunch. Families are welcome. For further information please contact: Jonathan Stephens, [email protected]
  • 17th September, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Director, Mgr. Keith Barltrop, answers: “How can we use our Church buildings to evangelise?”
  • 17th September, Home Mission Sunday - a day of prayer for the spread of the Gospel in England and Wales. A collection will be taken to support the work of CASE, the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation which the bishops launched in April 2004 to support and resource individuals, parishes and communities to share the Good News of God’s love. Click here for more information 
  • 22nd September, Alpha - The Marriage Conference. Designed to equip people to lead either The Marriage Preparation Course or The Marriage Course in their home, church or community. The courses are based on The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee. For more information contact: [email protected]
  • 30th September, SEMINAR for YOUNG PEOPLE (ages 10yrs to 35yrs). Springboard for the First Ever Eucharistic Congress for Youth to be held in 2007 on Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st Oct 2006 at 9.30am sharp in The Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG. (Turn left out of Station, walk to lights, turn right into Woburn Place, hotel on left). With Spiritual Director, Rev Fr John Santos.

OCTOBER 2006

  • 5th October, a new monthly prayer evening is being launched for young adults entitled, "Jesus the fullness of life ... the prayer continues". This will take place at 7.30pm on the first thursday of every month. The first prayer is at St Andrew's, Holborn Viaduct, London, on 5th October.   A new website is currently being set up  (www.jesusthefullnessoflife.org) which will provide details about what will be taking place. From the web site you can download posters (press info). Young musicians are welcome. The basic foundation for the evening will be 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). For a pdf poster click here
  • 6th CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. Tel. 020 7733 7900
  • 6th - 8th October, LANCASTER DIOCESAN FAMILY CONFERENCE. Families and young people are invited to a family conference that is being organised by the Marriage and Family Life Commission for the Diocese. The aim of this conference is to draw families together from across
    the diocese to pray together and to support one another. There will be some talks and workshops, a time for relaxation, sport and activities, a healing and reconciliation service, and Mass will be celebrated with the bishop. The conference is providing a residential programme for teenagers of 14-17 year-olds at £30 per head; everyone else is invited to come along and bring with them packed lunches to share. We hope that as many families as possible will be able to come along. For further information and booking forms, please contact Sean McMahon, Diocesan Family Conference, Pastoral Centre, Balmoral Rd, Lancaster LA1 3BT or 01524 596063.  LANCASTER DIOCESE: “A Family Thing”.
  • 8th October, The World Apostolate of Fatima  in England and Wales. Worldwide Day of Prayer. Through its members present in over 50 nations, the international office of our Apostolate is organising the second Worldwide Day of Prayer on Sunday 8th October. The prayer intention remains the same: To uphold the Sacredness of Human Life, from conception until natural death, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of the Life Within”. For more information please see: www.worldfatima.com/english/home.html
    Or email: [email protected]
    Fax on: 00 351 249 539 864. UK contact: [email protected]
  • 8th October, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ward, answers: “What can I do at work to share my faith without coming across as a Bible basher?”
  • 10th October, "167 Hours" (Catholic Play), Islington - at 8pm, St John the Evangelist RC Church, 39 Duncan Terrace, N1 8AL. (nearest tube - Angel). Free (donations welcome). Ten Ten Productions are putting on three preview performances of the play in London.  Synopsis: Nicola Devlin is 25-years-old.  She's a cradle Catholic who still goes to Mass for an hour every Sunday, and lives a whirlwind life for the other 167 hours of the week: everything is ticking along fine, thank  you very much.  Nicola has experienced tough times in the past: both of her parents died of cancer within ten months of each other.  But that was three years ago; these days she burns the candle at both ends and lives life to full.  However, things are about to change.  Her brother Brian is the biggest slacker in the world and makes her life at home almost unbearable.  Her boyfriend Rob wants her to take their relationship a bit more seriously than she has so far.  Her best mate, Cassie, has some challenging news, and desperately needs her help.  And to top it all off, her 77-year-old Nana is unexpectedly coming to live with her for a week.  Nicola finds that she has to make some critical decisions about her actions, her life, and her faith. 
  • 11th October, "167 Hours" (Catholic Play), Isleworth - at 8pm, Our Lady's RC Church, 112 Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6DL . £5  (phone for tkts: 07793 744038)
  • 11th October, "167 Hours" (Catholic Play), Enfield - at 8pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church, 45 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. £5 (Limited availability.  Phone for tkts: 020 8363 2569)
  • 12th - 15th October, Cursillo Weekends at Whirlow Grace in Sheffield and Loyola Hall in Rainhill. For more details please contact Judy and Stephen Fox. Tel. 01491 681646. Website: www.cursillo.org.uk
  • 27th October, Theology of the Body Course at St Patrick's Church, Soho, London. Course enrolment evening. For further information contact either Edmund Adamus, Dept for Pastoral Affairs – [email protected] 020 7798 9363 or Course coordinator – Rachel Mueller  -020-7437-2010  [email protected] 
  • 14th - 15th October, "Find it, Own it, Live it". One of the biggest ever gathering for Catholic 18 - 30s. Worship and inspirational speakers. At the NIA Birmingham. Organised by the Catholic Youth Services. Come and hear CASE's workshop titled: "Find it, Own it, Live it... Share it!" For more information and tickets see: www.oct06.org.uk  Email: [email protected]
  • 14th October, Mothers' Prayers Day Celebration at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London. SW1P 1QJ. For more information please tel. 01959 532505
  • 14th October, London Media March to raise awareness of the need for taste and decency on television. Starts at 1.30pm at Tothill Street, SW1. March to Trafalgar Square. Details: 020 8467 6452
  • 15th October, An Afternoon for Spiritual Seekers.  Everyone is welcome!  An afternoon for people who are searching / interested in Catholicism. Do invite a friend of family member to come along. (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.”   Click here for a pdf poster
  • 19th -20th October, Future Church Conference. The theme is Becoming Learning Commmunities.  This is open to Christians of all denominations. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]
  • 20th - 22nd October, International Symposium on Marital and Family Spirituality. Ushaw College, Durham.
  • 20th- 22nd October    Seeker Retreat, Crewe. A donation only tailor-made event for people enquiring or interested in Catholic spirituality is being offered. A team from St Michael’s Church, Moor Street, is organising a unique experience.  For more information please see: www.life4seekers.co.uk or tel. 0121 643 0940.
  • 27th -29th October 2006, D Weekend. Retreat for Yrs 7-9, (run by Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism). Fun, Faith and Friendship! in Brentwood, Essex. For more info email: [email protected] Or see website: www. sioncommunity.org.uk/ydt_d.htm
  • 22nd - 29th October, Week of Prayer for World Peace. Tel. 01666 825249.
  • 24th October, Day Seminar for Church Leaders. Theme: Make the Leap: Growing Your Church To The Next Stage. This is an ecumenical event. Time: 10 - 4pm. Cost: £20. Address: Rowheath Pavillion, Heath Road. Bournville, Birmingham. B30 1HH. For more information please email: [email protected]
  • 27th October, Theology of the Body Course at St Patrick's Church, Soho, London. Speakers: Edmund Adamus/ Fr Sherbrooke, “Serving the Communion of Persons”. For further information contact either Edmund Adamus, Dept for Pastoral Affairs – [email protected] 020 7798 9363 or Course coordinator – Rachel Mueller  -020-7437-2010  [email protected]  
  • 27th - 29th october 2006, The Network Gathering, House of the Open Door. Come and experience the call of Christ at ‘deeper/wider’, the Network Gathering 2006. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll be opening up in new ways to the deeper move of God in our hearts - through prayer and praise,
    through input and Mass - and to the widening of his vision in us - through relationship building and discernment, seminars and sharing stories... ‘deeper/wider’ is a coming together of young people and adults - as individuals, groups, communities and families - who seek to live their lives at the service of
    the Gospel, particularly within the context of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a chance to meet and share with others as we live out our common calling to this ministry. Venue:
    House of the Open Door, Childswickham House, Childswickham
    Nr Broadway, Worcs, WR12 7HH. Contact Cathy on 01234 881554 / [email protected]
  • 29th October - 5th November, International Congress for the New Evangelisation (ICNE), Brussels. Join the CASE Team and delegates from across England and Wales at this exciting event. You are sure to come home buzzing with ideas and inspiration. Speakers from across Europe will share their reflections about the New Evangelisation. For more information about joining the English and Welsh group please email: [email protected]  To book your place at the Congress please go to: http://www.bruxelles-toussaint2006.be/contents-EN/participate.php
  • 31st October, Night of Light. Provide an alternative to Halloween and honour the saints of the Church. Organised by the Cor et Lumen Christi Community. See: www.nightoflight.org

 

NOVEMBER 2006

  • 10th November, Pope Paul VI 2006 Lecture delivered by Sister Teresa Okure SHCJ. Title: "Impoverished by wealth: Mama Africa and her experience of poverty." Chaired by Edward Stourton. Venue: The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster. For tickets tel. 020 7095 5568. Email: [email protected]
  • 10th November, Theology of the Body Course at St Patrick's Church, Soho, London. Speaker: Francis Etheridge: “In the Beginning” (General audience. Sept. 5th 1979). For further information contact either Edmund Adamus, Dept for Pastoral Affairs – [email protected] 020 7798 9363 or Course coordinator – Rachel Mueller  -020-7437-2010  [email protected]  
  • 11th November, Under Construction: Building the Kingdom. The Northampton Diocesan Youth Ministry Conference, Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton. Bishop Peter will be present with music from CJM. The event will include workshops, resources, stalls, an information marketplace and much more. Tickets: £10 (Concessions: £5). For more information please tel. 01844 273337. Website: www.nymo.org/underconstruction
  • 12th November, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Team Member, Clare Ford, answers: “How can we evangelise our own families?”
  • 14th November, "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 first 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]
  • 17th November, Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, will speak on ‘Faith, Hope and Celebrity’ at 7:30pm in Lancaster Cathedral. Tickets (£5) are selling quickly so please contact Cathedral House if you would like to come. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Cathedral Organ Fund and a wine and cheese reception afterward in the Cathedral Social Centre.

  • 17th - 18th November 2006, The Woman Behind 'Dead Man Walking'. Meet Sr Helen Prejean at this national conference. Venue: Newcastle City Hall. See: www.sisterhelen.co.uk
  • 18th November 2006, 7 pm , Taize Evening. Evening prayer and vigil (till 9) in Westminster Abbey with Archbishop Rowan Williams    Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and brother Alois, prior of the Taizé Community . Doors open for SONG PRACTICE at 6:15 pm. Poster (pdf) Information sheet (Word doc.)
  • 20th - 21st November, European Alpha Conference, Alpha Conferences at Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London. The Alpha Conference offers complete training in how to run the Alpha course in your community - covering everything from how to start and advertise your course to how to integrate guests into church life after Alpha, including 7 top tips to run a successful course and 15 ways to increase the number of guests on your course.  Come as a team to be inspired and trained together to use Alpha as a tool to see your area impacted by the gospel.  For more information, please go to here and scroll down to 'conferences'. To register, please contact the HTB Conferences Office by email on [email protected] or by phone on 020 7052 0440.
  • 24th November, Theology of the Body Course at St Patrick's Church, Soho, London. Speaker: Francis Etheridge: “Personhood” (General Audience-Oct. 24th 1979). For further information contact either Edmund Adamus, Dept for Pastoral Affairs – [email protected] 020 7798 9363 or Course coordinator – Rachel Mueller  -020-7437-2010  [email protected]  
  • 25th November, 2006, Alpha in the Workplace Conference. A training day designed to help you bring Alpha into your workplace. For more information please contact: [email protected]
  • 25th - 26th November, Eucharistic Adoration Retreat with the Community of St. John of France, St. Patrick’s Church, Upper Room , 21a Soho Square, W1, Tottenham Ct Rd Tube Station. Tel. 020 7437 2010, [email protected] For more information (Word doc.)
  • 26th November, National Youth Sunday. Don't miss the 'Live Simply' packs. See: www.catholicyouthservices.org.uk
  • 28th November, "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]

DECEMBER 2006

  • 2nd December, Youth Leader Advent Retreat, Northampton Diocese. A chance for yough leaders, parents and priests to spend a day reflecting on the themes of Advent together with others involved in youth ministry. Speaker and venue tbc. For more information please contact:[email protected]  Tel. 01844 273337
  • 2nd - 3rd December, Dominican Vocation Weekend in London. Speakers: Fr Timothy Radcliffe O.P. and members of the Dominican Fraternity. For more information see here
  • 4th - 9th December, Dowry of Mary Week, held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Blackfen. Praying Holy Hours throughout the week, with talks from some of England’s most passionate Catholics, the Dowry of Mary Week seeks out to inspire Catholics to renew their own Faith as well as to reclaim England as Mary’s own.  Speakers will discuss their own personal conversions to Catholicism, as well as the historical circumstances that surrounded the great fissure in Christianity. Each night’s event will begin at 7:30 P.M. with a Holy Hour followed by a conference from one of our speakers, ending at about 9:00 P.M. On Saturday, there will be the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass at 10:30 A.M. followed by a Holy Hour and a concluding lunch.  All are welcome! Contact: Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church , 330a Burnt Oak Lane Blackfen, Kent. DA15 8LW Directions: www.rosary.freeuk.com Sponsored by Continuity – Miles Jesu – Path to Rome Phone: 020-8764-0341  E-mail: [email protected]  Flier (Word document)
  • 7th December, Jesus The Fullness of Life Prayer Meeting. Theme: "Emmanuel, God with Us" at 7.30PM at St. Andrew's Church (nearest tube - Chancery Lane). There will be a choir rehearsal on Thursday 7th December from 6.00pm - 7.15pm. Please come and join us! (if you would like the music beforehand please just let us know via email). For map please visit: http://www.standrewholborn.org.uk/images/big_map.jpg Further Details... please contact [email protected]
  • 8th December, All Night Eucharistic Vigil to be held at the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Friday December 8th/Saturday December 9th 10pm to 6am. It is to be led by Mgr Keith Barltrop of C.A.S.E. - the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelism - to work and pray for the re-evangelisation and conversion of our Country and peoples.  For those who are unable to come please consider joining us in a union of prayer either in your own homes or parishes. For more information email: [email protected]
  • 8th December, Theology of the Body Course at St Patrick's Church, Soho, London. Speaker: Anna holgate: “Man & Woman, A mutual gift to each other.” (GA Feb 6th 1980). For further information contact either Edmund Adamus, Dept for Pastoral Affairs – [email protected] 020 7798 9363 or Course coordinator – Rachel Mueller  -020-7437-2010  [email protected]    
  • 9th December, Come and Share The True Message and Joy of Christmas. Join to the following outreach opportunity:

    Live Nativity Scene / Photo-shoot and Evangelisation

    with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Upton Park – Our Lady of Compassion Church. You can be part of the scene, or the choir; evangelise, pray, help with security, serve…

    Come to the preparation meeting to the Friary at Canning Town on Monday 20th and 27th  November 7.30pm;

    for more info contact: Brother Martin at 020 7474 0766

  • 9th December, Caribbean Christmas, Douai Abbey, Reading, Berkshire. Time: 7.45pm. For information and tickets tel: 0149 476 3518

  • 10th December, Caribbean Christmas, Emmanuel Evangelical Church, London. Time: 6pm. For information and tickets tel: 0149 476 3518

  • 10th December, 1.30pm, Christmas Concert at the 606 Club: this year Tracey Campbell and the St.Patrick's Gospel Choir will sing Advent songs in the first set, The Many Rivers Choir will perform Christmas classics in the second, and both choirs will combine at the end to sing Quincy Jones's fabulous rearrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus!   The 606 Club is at 90 Lots Road, SW10, near Chelsea Harbour. Make sure you make a reservation on 020-7352-5953. If you show up on spec there may not be room for you. Kids of all ages are thoroughly welcome.
  • 10th December, CASE Feature Article in The Universe newspaper. CASE Director, Mgr. Keith Barltrop, answers: “How can we share the true meaning of Christmas?”
  • 11th December, The Tablet Annual Lecture. The speaker is James Alison, provocative author of three of the most widely-discussed DLT books of recent years:   Faith beyond Resentment, On Being Liked and Undergoing God. James makes a refreshingly different contribution to the burgeoning public debate about the place of religion in society, asking, 'Is Secularity Really The Enemy?' The lecture is being held at The Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1 (The Jeffrey Hall), and will be followed by a reception. Admission is by advance ticket only at a cost of £8 (£6 concessions).

    For tickets, please call 020 8748 8484 or e-mail: [email protected] tablet.co.uk

  • 15th December, Vocations Group, 'Ignatian Discernment'

    a talk by Sr Ruth Cassey FcJ, 7.30pm - 9pm (preceded by evening prayer at 7.15pm). Join us also for some mulled wine and mince pies at the beginning and at the end of the evening. 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)
    Email: [email protected]

  • 16th December, Advent Mission @ the West End

    from 12-9pm in Soho & Leicester Square. Prayer – Teaching – Street Evangelisation – Share Gifts. Invite People to Soho's Bethlehem – Adoration – Carol Singing. Join the team at St. Patrick's for the day programme, Mass at 6pm, followed by 'Walk of Witness' to Leicester Sq, where we will have the Night Outreach on the street, Celebration with the Taize Prayer group at the French Church. For details call Anna on 020 7434 9965 or email: [email protected]

    or Anne Marie at [email protected]
  • 17th December, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, BBC ONE, 10.00am to 11.00am. This programme includes a 10 minute illustrated sermon by Abbot Christopher Jamison of Worth Abbey, about Finding Sanctuary.

  • 25th December, The Birth Of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. How are you going to share with others the peace and joy that He brings? For ideas please see here