…to our parish’s lay Ministers of Holy Communion.
Thank you for their regular service of the people of the parish – at Mass and in taking Holy Communion to those who are presently not able to come to Mass.
And thank you to them for coming to the time of reflection and prayer this afternoon, planning for future developments in this parish ministry.
Do please pray for our ministers, thanking God for their generosity and the care they take in what they do.
Exposition. Basilica of Pius X; Lourdes (c) 2016, Allen Morris
Tomorrow is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.
It is a day that we are asked to keep as a day of fasting and abstinence in solidarity with those who struggle to support themselves and their families, especially in the Developing World.
Why not share with others the time you fast from a meal, reflect on the experience, and offer the prayer below together.
You are invited to make a donation to CAFOD which you can do either through the second collection on Sunday (Gift Aid envelopes are available) or direct through the CAFOD website.
The Kairos Forum – a UK-based organisation that responds proactively to the spiritual and religious needs of people with disabilities – is partnering with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization to run a global conference in Rome to help people with disabilities fully engage in the life of the Catholic Church.
The conference runs from 20 – 22 October at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and takes the theme “Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church”.
Pope Francis has granted a private audience to those attending the conference.
Speaking to the EWTN network Monsignor Geno Sylva from the Pontifical Council talks about the motivation for the conference:
“What we’re hoping to do, first of all, is to bring together all the resources out there for the catechesis of people with disabilities that maybe people around the world don’t know even exist.
“We’re exploring how, by bringing experts together to share best practices, they can inspire each other to move forward with this essential mission of the Church.”
The two-day conference will be attended by 450 people from around the world and features a host of expert speakers tackling a variety of challenging subjects.
Baroness Sheila Hollins, serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, will address delegates on the vital need to protect people with disabilities. Pia Matthews, a lecturer at St. Mary’s University, London, will speak alongside Stefano Toschi, Association ‘Beati noi’, on “Life in Christ: The person made in the image of God”.
Much time will be given to Christian prayer – both religious and experiential dimensions. Cristina Gangemi, Director of The Kairos Forum and an expert in the field of disability will offer her insights as part of a panel.
Other key interventions will be made on the Sacraments as precious occasions for catechesis and a wider discussion on experiences of catechesis.
This unique programme is grounded in prayer and delegates will be led in prayer by people with autism, the European Deaf Community and the Fede e Luce Community.
Mgr Sylva stresses that helping people with disabilities fully engage with the Gospel is at the heart of the Church’s mission:
“It’s important to remember that the departure point for all the presentations will be the Catechism of the Catholic Church itself – how each person is made in the image and likeness of God and how we understand Christian sacraments in prayer.
“The Church has a responsibility to take into account the special needs of each person. Every woman and man, no matter what disability they may have, is made in the image and likeness of God and so we’re looking at how we can create catachetical tools and instruments that can help bring the Word of God – the teachings of the faith – to people with disabilities and help them have an encounter with the one who is loved – Jesus Christ.”
Watch Mgr Geno Sylva’s interview with EWTN on the conference.
You can download the transcript of this interview in large print (16pt font size):
Mgr Sylva 250817 26.00 kB
You can also download the full programme for the conference:
Conference Programme EN 371.58 kB