Saturday, 2 November 2013
Holy Mass(es) for the souls in purgatory. A privilege for a priest. Our prayers (and especially our Masses) really really really make a difference. At Mass heaven is joined to earth and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus makes a difference for the dead (and the living!). Those in purgatory cannot pray for themselves - so let's pray for them! One day, please God, others will do it for us ... What a great and loving act of charity.
Don't forget that the whole month of November is given to us to pray for the dead. Try to offer little sacrifices and mortifications for their eternal rest ...
Thursday, 31 October 2013
You are invited to…
The Return of the King
Young Adults (18‐35) Advent Retreat
Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December
@ Worth Abbey Benedictine Monastery, Sussex
Talks - Space & Stillness - Prayer - Friendship
A retreat to enter more deeply into the themes of Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
The weekend will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with talks from the monks, space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (The Divine Office), Lectio Divina, walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and time for building community and friendships (… plus mulled wine and minced pies!)
Main Speakers: Abbot Luke Jolly (newly elected Abbot of Worth) and Br David Jarmy OSB.
Cost: £65 for students/unwaged and £95 for waged... bargain!
For more information please contact email@example.com or call 07731777615
Booking Deadline: 21st November – but please book ASAP as places are limited!
Hope to see you there!
Jess Smith and Wellspring Team
Monday, 28 October 2013
Our retreat took place this last weekend at Worth Abbey. 20+ young people came together to explore the concept of vocation and to take time out to pray.
We enjoyed being part of the methodical monastic rhythm of prayer provided by the monks of Worth. It's easy to forget (at least in this diocese) what a strong praying presence the monks are; quietly getting on with the business of praising God and praying for the world.
We were blessed with fine speakers: two Missionaries of Charity (pictured above), Sr Cathy Jones form the National Office of Vocation and Br Nicholas Crowe OP. Each brought widow and insight into the complex questions that many young people are asking about God's plan for their lives.
We were also glad to welcome Phil Carroll form Wonersh seminary who bravely shared the story of his one conversion and vocation.
All in all, a good few days.
As ever, none of it would have been possible without Jo Gilbert's remarkable, energy, organisational skills, wisdom and networking ...
THANK YOU to all.
Please pray for this who gave up a precious weekend to consider what really matters.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Arrive any time between 09.30am and 10.00am. Lifts available from Guildford station (call 01483 892217 on arrival at Guildford). It is always a happy and worthwhile event. Oh yes ... You need to bring a PACKED LUNCH too, please.
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Young Adults Retreat (18-35)
Every human person has a unique vocation. God is calling you by name!
The Called By Name retreat offers an opportunity for you to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel.
The weekend will include talks from a range of speakers from different walks of life, spiritual accompaniment, and space for prayer and reflection. The programme will follow the monastic rhythm of prayer, participating in the liturgy of the Benedictine monastic community at Worth. Participants will be able to benefit from the sanctuary of Worth Abbey: it's Church and beautiful grounds, and the atmosphere of peace and prayer.
The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ. The content of the weekend will include exploring different states of life (marriage, religious life, priesthood, etc), the personal vocation (who you are!), and the work/mission/task of your vocation (what you do!), as well as tools for discernment.
Cost: £65 for students/unwaged and £95 for waged... bargain!
For more info and/
Saturday, 5 October 2013
|New seminarians at the Royal English College, Valladolid|
Clare Kent writes powerfully about supporting her son Tom on his discernment journey:
Called to the Priesthood: A plea to Parents
This year our Diocese has 3 new seminarians setting out on their journey to the priesthood; there are only 3 other young men currently in training. We need many more if we hope to keep our churches open for frequent Masses in the decades to come.
It is vital for the future of our faith that we do all we can to foster vocations in our young men; prayer is of the utmost importance but we also need to be open to the idea that God might be calling our own sons to the priesthood and do all we can to encourage them in responding to that call.
This month my own son, Tom, set off for his first year of seminary. Yes, it was heartbreaking to see him go - and there have been times over the past two years of exploration when I have shed tears - but I can honestly say that I have never experienced quite such joy and closeness to God since I accepted that my son is devoting his life to Him.
It saddens me when people tell me that he is too young yet to know his mind, that he should first experience the world, through attending university or working in a secular job, that it is so dreadful that he is committing himself to a life of celibacy, of loneliness. To these people, who I know mean well and think they have his best interests at heart, I would ask, “What will you and your own children do when there are not enough priests, when there is no one to offer you the sacraments, when you will have to travel miles to attend Mass or go without for half the year as happens in some countries?”
If we are truly Catholic, truly following Christ in the world today, then how can we envision a greater vocation for our children than the priesthood? The priest is Christ’s representative; he devotes his life to his parish, to us, unencumbered by family ties ; he is there to bless us, to hear our confessions, to administer the last rites, most importantly to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to make possible the transformation of bread into the real presence of Christ. How humbling, how amazing, that our child should have such a calling.
My plea to parents is to be open to the possibility that their son might be aware of a calling to the priesthood. Listen to them, share your own faith with them, and pray with them. Do not discourage them or pour cold water on the idea. Be open yourselves to the wonderful possibility that your child might be called to be a Priest.
Christ called those simple fishermen by the seashore and “immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Should we not be doing the same?
(Note: Discovering Priesthood Day Wonersh Sat 2 Nov 10-5
For those discerning a possible vocation, consider joining the St John Vianney Group in Crawley and /or contact Fr Terry Martin, the Vocations Director: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am very excited that we shall be re-starting the St John Vianney group on Sunday (tomorrow). It seems a long time since we had a 'regular' meeting! That having been said, our summer excursions were ... well ... amazing!! Anyway, as ever, we follow the usual pattern:
5pm Holy Mass
7pm Input and discussion
8pm Adoration and Confessions
8.45pm Pudding and home ...
This week, we will be welcoming Matthew Bayes to share with us some of his experiences of working with a parish priest in Slovakia.
I look forward to seeing you very very much indeed!