Grow in the Gospel – Meet up, seek God, reach out

Let’s recreate opportunities online to meet together, feed the heart, soul and mind, and put the gospel into practice. Interactive communications media enable people to take an active part in, for instance, scripture study, daily prayer or decision making.

The Adult Formation Department and Justice and Peace Commission are collaborating on a joint newsletter during the pandemic. Grapevine will keep you up-to-date to nourish your faith and discipleship, and signpost new material we are publishing on the website. Read past editions, and sign up for your own regular copy.

You can find out about the technological options on our Networked Parish page. We would be pleased to offer parishes a demonstration of Zoom (a facility for video and audio conferencing) and Whypay (a free telephone conferencing service). Feel free to contact us to find out how they work.

  • Join one of our series of interactive webinars, advertised below. They take place at different time each week to suit everyone's routine. We'll meet to make sense of Covid-19, and how it's challenging us to rethink pastoral care, outreach and mission.
  • The Justice and Peace Commission has an interactive Facebook Group which you are very welcome to join. There are Zoom discussions which brings Christians together to learn from the pandemic, such as Radical Presence. Soon we hope to offer Calling people of goodwill with Together for the Common Good.
  • Holy Cross parish in Leicester have prepared a Covid-19 pastoral plan which explains how the parish uses technology to ‘bring the faithful together in prayer groups’.They are developing a ‘programme of catechesis and faith formation using interactive platforms, in the hope of offering a range of options for faith development’.

Lockdown won't quench the gospel; we’re still called to the adventure of missionary discipleship, even while confined to our homes. So tell us, what would help you grow in gospel life? Even better, help us get something going online across the diocese. Click here to find out how you can help and get involved.

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You are warmly invited to Heal the World, an exploration of faith, prayer and action, based on talks Pope Francis' about what it means to live the gospel right now, and to prepare a future beyond the pandemic.

We'll meet twice a week in October, Mondays at 5.00 p.m. and Fridays at 6.30 a.m. We'll pray Morning or Evening Prayer, and have time to reflect in small groups on Pope Francis' message.

You don’t have to attend them all – come to whichever you can manage. You can join by Zoom or by telephone. For more details click here.