By: Ellen Teague
For more than 70 years, Catholic People's Weeks (CPW) has been providing "holidays that make a difference", where you'll find food for thought, faith and friends. All the events offer engaging talks and activities, prayer and socialising, in a community setting. Some are for people of all ages, and others for those aged 18 and over.
In 2018, CPW has organised nine events, on a range of themes. The following are details of the two Winter/Spring events:
Sharing Gospel Joy
16-18 February 2018 (Fri-Sun)
18+ Fully catered
'Sharing Gospel Joy' is the theme of this year's centenary of the Columban Missionary Society. Mission is about co-operating with God's transforming and liberating activity in our world. By virtue of our baptism, we are called to be a missionary community in service of the Kingdom of God.
The weekend will use stories of people who have crossed boundaries to share Gospel joy. We will reflect on our own mission, led by our team of speakers. Columban Father Jim Fleming has expertise on interreligious dialogue, having worked in Pakistan and in outreach to asylum seekers in Birmingham. Ellen Teague and Julia Corcoran, of the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team, will look at responding to the plea of Pope Francis in Laudato Si to heed "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor". Virginia Moffat has recently edited 'Reclaiming the Common Good: How Christians can rebuild our broken world'. Chris Cole is founder of Drone Wars UK and a peace activist.
Chair: Ellen Teague
Chaplain: Fr Jim Fleming SSC
Organiser: Ted Monks
Boars Hill is a Carmelite Priory just outside Oxford, within easy reach of the A34 and M40. Its peaceful setting has pleasant walks from its doorstep and fantastic views over the nearby city of Oxford. It provides good accommodation in single and twin rooms with good wheelchair access and is a venue that will appeal to adults of all ages.
Information and Bookings: Ted MonksBHW2018@catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk
Boundaries, borders and identity
16 - 18 March 2018 (Fri - Sun)
18+ Partial self-help
This winter weekend hopes to draw out the experience of the 'resident alien' - someone who belongs yet doesn't belong to wherever they find themselves. Refugees are an obvious case but our experience today is that populations are increasingly mixed and lots of people have multiple identities.
How do we help people understand this, live with each other and create a harmonious existence? Using stories drawn from the Bible and from everyday life we will look at who we are and whose we are: God's children and therefore siblings in God with heaven as our common home.
Chair: Barbara Wilson Chaplain: Fr Tim RedmondOrganiser: Breideen Murtagh
The tranquil Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning with its picturesque setting, simple chapel and welcoming Bernadine Cistercian nuns is a favourite venue for CPW. It is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Lancashire, near Carnforth. Accommodation is in single and twin-bedded rooms. Lift and full wheelchair access.
Information and Bookings: Breideen Murtagh HS2018@catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk
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