Make yours a missionary parish

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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 the grant from the Charles Plater Trust, which enables us to bring Here: Now: Us to the Diocese of Nottingham.

Photo: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk

Here: Now: Us is a programme to help parishes grow as confident, outward-looking communities and invest in the leadership of lay people. It comes at a timely moment as we emerge from the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and seek to reconnect with each other and the wider world.

The Diocese of Nottingham has teamed up with the national charity Together for the Common Good (T4CG) and three other dioceses. T4CG specialises in helping people bring Catholic social teaching alive in their community – they call it ‘common good thinking’.

Thanks to a grant frm the Plater Trust, we can offer 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.

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.

The programme includes:

  • 'Open evenings' on Zoom where you can find out more, ask questions and see if it's for you - book here.
  • The Word and the Common Good - see a preview some of the material here.
  • A Saturday parish workshop for between 12 and 20 parishioners when Covid restrictions allow - it's not too early to start planning
  • Support for your parish's mission and outreach in a post-Covid world.

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.