Hope in the Future Stage Three Spotlight

Monday 17th February 2020

Since the launch of Stage Three of Hope in the Future – Living the Sunday Eucharist – parishes around the diocese have been contributing to the pastoral renewal programme. Here, we highlight just a few of the great things going on in our diocese.

St Mary and St Philip Neri, Radcliffe
The parish of St Mary and St Philip Neri made a display exploring the reflection questions on the first Pastoral Message & Worksheet on Meeting Jesus in our Welcome encouraging the assembly to think about the Introductory Rites of Mass.

Training & Formation Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
On Saturday 18th January over 120 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from parishes across the diocese attended a training and formation day led by the Irenaeus Project. Fr Chris Thomas and Sr Moira Meeghan explored the themes of Baptism and Vocation, the vision of the Church, practical sessions, dementia awareness and safeguarding guidance.

St Mary, Bamber Bridge
The mission team at St Mary’s in Bamber Bridge asked parishioners to complete a questionnaire in response to the first pastoral message and worksheet on how we Meet Jesus in our Welcome. The responses were compiled and shared with the rest of the parish to help with planning to improve the paris’s welcome. A similar process will be arranged for the other three pastoral messages.

St John Fisher, Denton
As a way of improving the parish welcome, St John Fisher, Denton, purchased high chairs to allow some of their youngest Mass-goers to enjoy mid-morning snacks in the parish hall whilst parents have a cup of tea and a chat; a lovely welcome.

Strung Sung Supper Deanery Celebration
150 parishioners from the Deanery of St John Vianney in Burnley came together for an evening of music and fellowship.  On the evening, there was an eclectic range of popular and folk songs professionally accompanied by seminarian, Luke Bradbury, Fr David Featherstone and a number of other musicians – but the audience helped to sustain the singing!  Those present had an opportunity to meet with other parishioners and priests of the deanery and the funds they raised at the event were donated to two local causes and to a school in Kenya.

These are all great examples of parishes and deaneries coming together to illustrate their contribution to Hope in the Future.  We always love to hear what you’re doing in your parishes, so let us know by emailing communications@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

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