UK & Ireland

Southwark parish wins International Stewardship Award

l - r: Bishop Donald Francis Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit,  Fr Doug Bull, Teresa Keogh

At the 55th ICSC (International Catholic Stewardship Council) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Fr Doug Bull from Holy Cross, Catford, in the Archdiocese of Southwark, accepted the International Recognition for Christian Stewardship Initiatives Award on behalf of his parishioners. Making the award, the ICSC highlighted high levels of parishioner involvement, creativity and the grounded spirituali...

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The Christian Heritage Centre and St Theodore

Procession on Feast of St Joseph the Worker

St Theodore, whose feast day is celebrated on September 19th , holds a special place in the hearts of Orthodox, Catholics and Anglicans. Born in Syria, he lived between 602 AD and 690 AD and was Archbishop of Canterbury from 668 AD until his death. Derived from both Latin and Greek, the name Theodore means“God’s gift” – and, as St Theodore’s feast day approaches, the truste...

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ACTA Westminster: To close or not to close

A Call to Action (ACTA) Westminster will be holding a meeting and discussion this Wednesday on the subject of: 'To close or not to close - different approaches to the local church in the face of contemporary challenges.

One speaker introduce and reflect on the Partnership Programme in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. Another speaker will introduce and reflect on the 'Church We Want To Be' in...

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Cardinal offers prayers for victims of Parsons Green explosion

Following the terrorist act on a train at Parsons Green Underground Station this morning, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued the following statement:

"I am dismayed at yet another cowardly attack on innocent people, including young children, as they were commuting to work and school this morning. I pray for all who were injured in the blast and in the ensuing st...

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London: Blessing of Horses at St John's, Hyde Park

Vicar arriving - image St John's

St John’s Anglican Church in Hyde Park, central London, will celebrate the 50th Annual Horseman’s Sunday service and blessing of the horses this Sunday, 17th September at 12 noon.

The Festival Eucharist, comprising traditional hymns, prayers, reading and a short homily, is led by the St John’s clergy. They are all on horseback, as are some of the Westminster Council dignitaries who ...

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Pilgrims from universal church gather at Walsingham

Around 3,000 pilgrims, representing the universal Catholic Church, gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Sunday September 10 for the annual Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage. Led by the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, the day of pilgrimage began with a colourful parading and reception of national flags and banners including from Sri Lanka, Trinidad, Ghana, Ind...

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Catholic People’s Weeks: Long weekend on 'divine participation'

21 - 24 October 2017 All age, Fully catered Nene Valley, Northamptonshire

This four-day all ages event – very suitable for families - is one of the final two Catholic People’s Weeks of 2017.

The CPW brochure says: ‘We are all invited – called – to participate with the divine. Over these four days, centred within the Holy Spirit, we wi...

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Caritas welcomes Lords consultation on citizenship and civic engagement

In a response to a House of Lords consultation, Catholic charities have praised their volunteers who build genuine relationships with the marginalised and are inspired to engage with civil society to address the issues which affect them. The evidence, given by members of Caritas Social Action Network, tells of grassroots initiatives which rely on volunteering and foster a sense of co...

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Pope Francis issues Motu Proprio on liturgical translations

Pope Francis issued a Motu Proprio today, 9 September, entitled: 'Magnum principium' which refers to the translation of liturgical texts. In the document Pope Francis writes that, taking into account the experience of the Second Vatican Council with regard to liturgical translations, it seemed opportune that some principles handed on since that time, “should be more clearly reaffir...

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Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham

A Novena prayer booklet, in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham, which marks the start of a national mobilisation of prayer for the Church and for the nations of England (Mary’s Dowry) and Wales, has been republished by the National Catholic Shrine in Walsingham.

The nine-day prayer guide has been updated by Shrine Rector Mgr John Armitage and others and the hope is that through it, the em...

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Centenary Mass marks start of Cause for sainthood of Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire’s children Jeromy and Elizabeth with Bishop Alan Hopes (centre) and Fr James Fyfe.

A Memorial Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Catholic humanitarian and philanthropist Leonard Cheshire took place last night (September 7), in his home village of Cavendish in Suffolk, on the centenary of his birth.

The Mass, which was concelebrated by the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, also marked the start of a campaign by the Diocese of East Anglia to promote his Cause, ...

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Carmelite News - Autumn 2017

The latest issue of Carmelite News is now available online.

The autumn issue has all relevant web links enabled so you can click to go directly to any site mentioned. Each newsletter can be read either as a two-page spread or as a single spread. It is also possible to zoom into each page.

In this edition, the Prior Provincial, Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm writes his first letter to the fr...

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CSAN welcomes report discouraging 'upselling' of food

The Royal Society for Public Health has released a report warning that the public is being encouraged to buy larger portions of unhealthy food. The practice, known as ‘upselling’, involves persuading the customer to buy something additional or more expensive than they otherwise would have bought. The report concluded that every three days we are offered an extra or larger portion of food or...

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JRS demands end to 'culture of abuse' after BBC expose on immigration detention centre

An undercover BBC 1 Panorama investigation into Brook House - one of the nine immigration removal centres in the UK - shown on Monday, showed disturbing footage of abuse of detainees. At one point, one detainee was apparently strangled by an officer; other footage of detainees self-harming in distress was met with derision and further abuse.

JRS UK has a longstanding ministry of outreach ...

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