Make yours a missionary parish

Join us on the adventure of discipleship, with this opportunity to help your parish renew its mission and outreach.

"This initiative comes at an exciting time for our diocese, as we listen afresh to the Gospel’s invitation to encounter Christ, grow as disciples, and step out in mission... Every parish that takes up the invitation of ‘Here: Now: Us’ won’t just make an impact at home; it will be joining the universal Church in making Christ’s love known on earth.

- Bishop Patrick McKinney

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols congratulates the team from Together for the Common Good on their grant from the Charles Plater Trust

Photo: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk

The Diocese of Nottingham is sharing in a £50,000 grant to help parishes grow as confident, outward-looking communities. Over the next year we can offer five parishes, or groups of parishes, help in reaching out to the wider world and investing in the leadership of lay people. Let us tell you more – and if you’re interested, get in touch.

As a diocese we have teamed up with the national charity Together for the Common Good (T4CG) to deliver a year’s programme of leadership development for social action. T4CG specialises in helping people bring Catholic social teaching alive in their community – they call it ‘common good thinking’.

Now T4CG have been awarded £50,000 by the Charles Plater Trust to work with us, and in three other dioceses, Brentwood, Shrewsbury and Liverpool, and in the City of London. With them we will use T4CG’s Common Good workshop Here: Now: Us in lay formation, community development and pastoral planning. We’re hoping to reach 100 people in five places here in the diocese of Nottingham over the coming year.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols handed over the grant to T4CG at a ceremony on 20 February 2020. He said:

“Together for the Common Good is exploring some of the most important themes in our society today: how do we build a more resilient sense of shared endeavour? What will bring about a common effort across our society? These challenges are so important as we face deep-seated changes in our way of life, in new relations with Europe, and with the created world. I am delighted that this work will be strengthened by this award from the Plater Trust.”

Underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching, the programme inspires and equips lay people to fulfil their vocational responsibility by putting Common Good principles into practice and by working with others of different opinions and backgrounds. Through building local relationships, participants will tackle the breakdown in social trust within their communities.

Jenny Sinclair, Founder Director of T4CG, said:

“We’re excited to be working with five fantastic partners. The Here: Now: Us programme makes explicit the connection between faith and action. It acts as a catalyst to inspire lay people to play their part, from the grassroots to the boardroom. In this era of social fragmentation, developing Common Good lay leadership is a gift the Church can bring to help strengthen our communities and contribute to national renewal.”

Bishop Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham, was delighted to hear the news:

“I warmly congratulate T4CG on their success. This initiative comes at an exciting time for our diocese, as we listen afresh to the Gospel’s invitation to encounter Christ, grow as disciples, and step out in mission. Soon we will be able to answer that call yet more faithfully as members of Caritas, the Church’s worldwide ministry of charity. Every parish that takes up the invitation of ‘Here: Now: Us’ won’t just make an impact at home; it will be joining the universal Church in making Christ’s love known on earth.”

The toolkit will help Catholic parishes engage with local communities and cultivate leadership, drawing on the riches of Catholic Social Teaching. It is also well suited to working ecumenically with other local churches.It helps people to articulate why they do what they do, and guard against mission drift.

Here in Nottingham, the programme will help all of us, parishes and individuals, to grow into a ‘Caritas diocese’, one that is confident, generous and outward-looking. By investing in the faith, commitment and know-how of layfolk, it will help them play their full part in the mission of the Church and share the joy of the Gospel in a world in need.

If you or your parish would be interested to know more about taking part, email Paul Bodenham, Programme Leader for Social Action, or call 07470 907656, and we’ll gladly tell you more.