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For September 2006 Release

Cardinal endorses national evangelisation campaign -

themed “Dying to live…”

As part of a national evangelisation campaign, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has called the Catholic community to daily share and proclaim their faith. 

His comments came in the run up to Home Mission Sunday (September 17th ), which is the day in the year when the Church is invited to pray for and support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales.  The Cardinal said:  “This year’s Home Mission Sunday is a reminder to us all of our duty to publicly witness to, share and celebrate the joy of our Catholic faith.  Jesus Christ was not afraid to proclaim who He was and share His message in a loving and respectful way with all those that He met, even if it led to suffering, rejection and death.  In these times as a Catholic community, we too must, in our own and very different ways, do the same.  In a spiritual sense we must all be ready to joyfully ‘die to live’ so that the message of the Gospel can be heard afresh in England and Wales.” 

These sentiments were echoed by team members at the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE), who are resourcing this year’s Home Mission Sunday.  The theme of this year’s Sunday is “Dying to live…”  CASE Director, Mgr Keith Barltrop explained: “The Paschal mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection lies at the very heart of the evangelising message we have to give the world.  Jesus teaches us that all the baptised are called to live and proclaim His life of sacrificial love and that through that new life will spring forth in our hearts and communities.  Each one of us is called, on a daily basis and as an urgent priority, to spiritually die to ourselves so as to live.  In this way God can do His evangelising work in and through us.  This is true evangelisation and Home Mission Sunday provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on how we respond to and practically support this reality.”

“Dying to live… ” resource packs have been sent to every parish and religious house.  They contain a poster, children’s liturgy materials, an evangelisation resources catalogue and much more.  One of the most significant items being offered is a ground breaking Evangelisation Directory which is available online and in a printed format.  It contains over 250 entries with eleven sections covering diocese, welcoming back returners to the faith, materials for young people, web links, and much more.

CASE is an agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and works to support all tiers of the Church in the task of evangelisation through offering an expanding portfolio of resources and training. It also runs the Catholic Enquiry Office which offers a unique service to non-Catholic enquirers.  During the last year the office has been involved in a number of high-profile initiatives linked to such media productions as Narnia, The Da Vinci Code and The Convent, all of which have attracted enormous interest among non-Catholics. CASE relies heavily on the annual collection taken on Home Mission Sunday; much of its work relies on donations.

For more information please contact:

CASE, 114 West Heath Road, London
NW3 7TX.

Tel. 20 8458 3316 
Email: [email protected] 
Website: www.caseresources.org.uk  
For non-Catholic enquirers: www.life4seekers.co.uk

 

Editors/Journalists

For more information please contact Clare Ward.

Tel: 020 8458 3316                          Mobile: 0770 939 1998       

Email: [email protected]

 


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