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Now to next year
Open Bethlehem on general release

For more information see:

Monday to Friday throughout May, from 6 - 6.45 pm
Wales: Flores de Mayo style at the Poor Clares
If you want to bring a group, or a party of children please let the sisters know in advance. or 01244 531029
Ty Mam Duw Poor Clare Colettines, Hawarden, CH5 3EN (North Wales, midway between Chester and Wrexham.)

Now to Friday 3 June: 9.30-18.30 Mon-Fri and Sat 11-18.30
London: Photography exhibition: Sage Tea and Sunshine - an alternative view of Palestine
at the Travelling Through Bookshop in 131 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7AE.

onday 23 May to Saturday 28 May
London and Kent: Tour of Relics of St Thomas Becket
For more information see:

Friday 27 May - 4 June
Ramsgate: Saint Augustine's Week

Saturday 28 May
Kent: Summer Celebration at National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham

For more information see:


1 - 4 June
London: Spirit in the City

3 - 5 June
Mercy at the Heart of the New Evangelisation - Gary Stevens at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer, Scotland
Evangelii Gaudium challenges every Christian to be actively engaged in evangelisation. Pope Francis teaches that the task of the New Evangelization and mercy needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm, especially during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy. The retreat provides hands on training and formation in Evangelisation. All welcome! (£90) T: +44 (0) 1838 200216 E:

Sunday, 5 June 2016 7.30pm
Carl Bahoshy Piano and organ recital for Iraq
St Michael & All Angels
Victoria Rd

Tuesday 7 June 2016,
Durham: Prof Stephan van Erp (University of Leuven) to speak at Postgraduate Study Day.
'World as Sacrament: The Political Theology of the Church'.
Deadline for booking a place is 15th May 2016.
For more information contact:
or on 0191 334 1656.

Saturday 11 June 2016, 10am - 2pm
Westminster: Retreat Day by Brian Purfield

At Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

Please book your place on line
 or e-mail to If you do not have access to the internet, please call 0207 931 6078 and leave your name, contact phone number and the date(s). Suggested donation £ 4. 
All talks are audio recorded and uploaded on the website

Saturday 11 June
Ealing Abbey: conference on Benedictine Lay Movements and Communities
details to follow

Wednesday 15 June
London: Catholic EU Referendum Debate
For more information see:

Friday 17 June 7pm
Wakefield: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At Wakefield Cathedral

Saturday 18 June, 10.30am-5pm
London: One-day social media workshop for peace campaigners
At Friends House, Euston. hosted by Christian CND, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, Fellowship of Reconciliation and Pax Christi Social media. Even if Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are part of your life, find out how to reach a wider audience with the message of peace that convinces you, with Ian Chamberlain from CND, Ellis Brooks from QPSW and Dan Barron from WMD Awareness Group - bring your smartphones and tablets with you! To register online, go to: or send your name, email and a cheque for £10/£5 concessions to: Christian CND, 162 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DQ. All welcome!

Sunday 19 June
Paisley, Scotland: Relic of St Anthony
St Mirin's Cathedral
T: 0141 889 2404
12noon; 2.30pm (Polish); 6.30pm: Masses
11am; 1-2.30pm; 3.30-6.30pm; 7.15-8pm: Veneration

Saturday 19 June 3pm
Brighouse: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
Brighouse Central Methodist Church

Saturday 19 June 7pm
Bradford: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At Bradford Cathedral

Monday 20 June
Middlesbrough: Relics of St Anthony
St Mary's Cathedral
T: 01642 597750
12noon (Bishop Drainey);
6.30pm: Masses
9am (sung prayer); 1pm
(sermon-Fr Mario); 4.30pm (choral vespers)
9.30-12noon; 1.30-4.30pm;
5-8pm: Veneration

Saturday 29 June 7pm
Beverley: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At Beverley Minster

Sunday 21 June 2.30 pm
Leeds: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At St Chad's Headingley, Leeds

Sunday 21 June 7pm
Leeds: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At St George's Leeds
The visit is supported by the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
Baqoun are a group of Palestinian Christians based in Beit Sahour, a small town close to Bethlehem.

Pax Christi Annual General Meeting and Conference
Wednesday 21 May 2016 11am - 4.30pm
Leeds: Pax Christi Annual General Meeting and Conference
Oxford Place Centre, Leeds LS1 3AX from

Tuesday - Wednesday 21-21 June
Manchester: Relics of St Anthony
St John's Cathedral
T: 0161-817-2210
Tuesday: 12.10pm: Mass;
Veneration all day from 11am;
Wednesday: 10am: Mass
9-10.0am; 10.45am-12.10pm;
1pm till late afternoon: Veneration

Wednesday 22 June 7pm
Kettlewell: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At: Scargill House, Kettlewell

Wednesday 22 June 2016 7.30pm
Ealing Abbey: Virtus Lecture with Padraig O Tuama
Padraig O Tuama and colleagues from the Corrymeela Community will be speaking about the relationship between mercy and conflict resolution, in the Abbey Church. There will be time to meet Padraig following the talk. There is no admission
charge and all are welcome. For further information please about Padraig:
If you wish to register for a ticket then please click here:

Thursday 23 June 7-9pm
London: An evening with Mary McAleese in conversation with Clifford Longley
At Westminster Cathedral Hall. This evening will explore the vision of the Church which Pope Francis is urging us to embrace.
RSVP to ACTA Southwark, A donation of £10 on the day will be welcome. The hall is behind the Cathedral. The front entrance is in Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QH.

Thursday 23 June
Rome An academic symposium, Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith.
For more information and how to book see: or by calling Cristina Gangemi on
01883372114 or contact

Thursday 23 June
Sheffield: Relics of St Anthony
Cathedral of St Marie
T: 0114-272-2522
12.45pm; 5.30pm: Masses
10.15-11.15am; 1.30-5pm;6.15- 7pm: Veneration
11.30-12.30 (Holy Hour); 12.30-12.45pm (Prayer)

Thursday 23 June 7pm
Harrogate: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At Christ Church, Harrogate

Friday 24 June
Shrewsbury: Relics of St Anthony
Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians
T: 01743.364.256
Veneration from 11am to 7.30pm
Masses: 12.15pm; 7.30pm

Weekend 24-26 June
Rome: Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith: A Celebration
A creative and vibrant conference, including a differentiated, parallel programme for people who have been intellectually disabled, enabling them to celebrate and promote their vital place within the Body of Christ
For more information and how to book see: or by calling Cristina Gangemi on
01883372114 or contact

Friday - Monday 24- 27 June 2016
Living Theology at Ammerdown (near Bath)
Among several Living Theology courses planned for the summer is the residential long weekend at Ammerdown conference centre, a welcoming and delightful setting in rural Somerset. Fr Gerard J Hughes SJ will give the plenary lecture 'What is a moral dilemma?' and two courses will be offered: 'What do we do now? Ethics for Christians in the 21st century' by Fr John Moffatt SJ and 'Searching for peace in the Holy Lands: a spirituality of hope and steadfastness' by Professor Mary Grey. Full details and how to book a place can be found at

Saturday 25 June
Birmingham: Relics of St Anthony
St Chad's Cathedral
T: 0121 236 5535
Mass 10am; 4.30pm Vigil Mass for Sunday
Veneration all day until 8pm

Saturday 25 June 7pm
London: Baqoun Dancers from Bethlehem
At St John's Waterloo, London

Sunday - Tuesday 26-28 June
London: Relics of St Anthony
St Anthony's Parish
56 St Anthony's Road
Forest Gate
T: 020 8472 0433
Sunday: 12noon: Mass
1-8pm: Veneration
Monday: 7.45am;10am: Masses
Veneration all day
Tuesday: To be finalized

Wednesday 29 June 9am - 4pm
Seminar on meditation in schools
Registration from 8.15 am Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN. For enquiries please call 020 7278 2070 ; 07980 581351 or email: See:


Wednesday - Saturday 6 - 9 July
Durham: Exploring the Glory of God conference
For more information see:

13 July 2016 7.30pm
Ealing Abbey: Virtus Lecture with Ann Wideecombe
Ann Widdecombe. She will be speaking about the relationship between mercy and politics in the Abbey Church. There will be time to meet Ann following the talk. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. For further information please about Ann:

15-17 July 2016
Annual Justice & Peace Conference

For more information and to book, see:

Saturday 16 July
London Study day on Laudato Sì and Religious Life: Possibilities and Limits
with Professor Celia Deane-Drummond
Religious Life Institute, Heythrop College
Take a look at the full programme at:

18 -24 July
Scotland: 1st Step - Married Couples Retreats from the Love & Life Programme with Fr Jay Szymczak
at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer, Scotland
"Look, the courageous ones!' Because you need courage to love each other as Christ loves the church," Pope Francis
Come with your children who will be looked after for part of each day to allow you to attend talks & workshops. This is the 1st Step of the program devised by the Family Support Foundation to equip couples with the knowledge and to live out the beautiful vocation of marriage. (Adults £250, 11-16s £80, <11s donation) T: +44 (0) 1838 200216 E:

Thursday 21 July 2016 at 7.30pm
London: JCFL Prayer Vigil
(Song Practice at 6.30pm)
For more information see:

24-27 July
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Summer School
Details of registration are here

25 - 29 July
Scotland: Icon of Christ Pantocrator - Basia Mindewicz, Edinburgh School of Icon Painting
At Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer, Scotland
Five days of intensive icon painting/writing workshops. We will focus on icon painting as a spiritual practice not only a form of art and allow the technique and tradition of iconography to lead us into prayer. Basia is an experienced icon painter and teacher who was trained in Poland and has been teaching in Poland and Scotland since 2008. (£200) T: +44 (0) 1838 200216 E:

26 - 31 July
Krakow: Brothers of the Taizé Community at World Youth Day
Prayer with the songs of Taizé will be led by the brothers in Kraków, in the St. Szczepan Church, ul. Henryka

Here is the detailed schedule day by day:

* Monday 25: 6.30pm 8pm
* Tuesday 26: 10am, 12am, 2pm
* Wednesday 27: 2pm, 4pm, 6.30pm, 8pm, 9.30
* Thursday 28: 2pm, 8pm, 9.30
* Friday 29: 2pm, 8pm, 9.3030

27 - 31 July
Krakow, Poland: World Youth Day
For more details see:

29 - 31 July
Scotland: Peace, Justice, Preservation of Creation & the Mystery of Christ - Fr Lawrence CFR
"Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!" Psalm 150. Fr Lawrence, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, will lead us in a reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical,' Laudato Si - on Care for Our Common Home' (£90)
T: +44 (0) 1838 200216 E:


August 6 & 9
Worldwide commemoration of the first atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

​3-17 ​August​ ​
Oxford: Second Spring ​Centre for Faith & Culture summer school
The Quality of Mercy: English Catholic Culture from Reformation to Revival
Spend an unforgettable two weeks in the beautiful and historic city of Oxford, visiting world famous sites and studying with local experts. Explore the context, writings, and haunts of your favourite English writers such as More, Campion, Shakespeare, Newman, Hopkins, Chesterton, Tolkien, and Lewis. For more information see:

15 - 21 August
Scotland: The Fundamental Retreat - Foyer De Charité Team led by Mgr Keith Barltrop
at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer, Scotland
"Silence is really the 'cloud' that covers the mystery of our relationship with the Lord, our holiness and our sins. We cannot explain this mystery, but where there is no silence in our lives, the mystery is lost, it goes away. Guard the mystery with silence!" Pope Francis This five day silent retreat is a chance to spend time with Jesus and return to our daily lives enriched and enlightened by Him.(£280) T: +44 (0) 1838 200216 E: or see:



Thursday 20 October 2016 at 7.30pm
London: JCFL Prayer Vigil
(Song Practice at 6.30pm)
For more information see:


Friday 28 April - Monday 1 May 2017 for 16-35s
Birmingham: Taize youth gathering - Hidden Treasure Inner life and Solidarity
For more information see:

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