The annual Diocesan Novena of Prayer for the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi begins on Wednesday March 20 and concludes on Friday March 29.
O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal and made him a powerful minister of your mercy, listen to our humble request.
We pray that you will, in your goodness, grant a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Dominic, so that the Church may further honour him on earth and that many more people will come to know and to invoke the help of this faithful servant of the Church.
The year 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have motivated the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to make 2020 a year of focus on The God Who Speaks.
In 2020 we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new initiative. It will be an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to The God who Speaks.
Throughout the year, there will be a range of events, activities and creative resources to participate in all around the country. The public launch of The God who Speaks will be 30th September 2019.
In the meantime please spare a few moments to complete a short survey on The Bible and You here
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, goes to Rome today to take part in the meeting called by Pope Francis to address the protection of minors within the Catholic Church worldwide in the light of the abuse suffered by them within the communities of the Church.
The meeting runs from 21-24 February. You can find details, and background here.
The broad themes of the meeting are those of responsibility – knowing what is to be done; accountability – the ways in which we are responsible to each other; and transparency – the determination that there be no hiding places in these matters. These are the virtues, the qualities of our life together, that need to be renewed and strengthened.
Please pray for Cardinal Vincent and the other participants, and for the positive outcome of this meeting.
And, of course, please pray for all survivors of such abuse who will perhaps be grateful that the Meeting is taking place, but will also find these days difficult as so much public attention is given to what has caused, and still causes, such hurt and damage to them.
As well as offering our own personal prayers we will be praying as a parish.
Each Friday after the 7pm Mass we have some time of exposition and we pray for the victims of abuse. Perhaps you can join the parish at this prayer this week.
Our Saturday evening Mass coincides with a Penitential Liturgy for those taking part in the Meeting in Rome. We will be joining our prayer with theirs.
And on Sunday morrning too, as the Meeting in Rome concludes with Mass, we will pray at Mass for all those who have taken part, for victms, and for the Lord’s blessings on the work accomplished and for the challenges ahead.