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The following are a few good practicese for the Year of Faith
Handing on Faith by Jane Gonzales (SS Mary & Joseph, Boxmoor)
There’s a lot of concern in the Church about handing on the faith to future generations. As part of the Year of Faith initiatives in our parish, we have decided to create a concrete record to pass on to those whose will inherit the parish from us. This is a venture that we
are undertaking with our sister parishes of St. Mark’s and Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, and we will also be inviting members of the Ordinariate, who are based within our community, to make a contribution.
Parishioners have been invited to write a short account of their own faith journey so far or to express simply and freely what faith means to them in their lives – both past and present and for the future (contributions can be anonymous if the person so desires). On two Sundays out of every four, until the end of the Year of Faith, a ‘Faith Journey’ piece will be on the front of the newsletter, and a copy also on the Year of Faith noticeboard. Space won’t allow us more than around 300 words for the newsletter so longer pieces are welcomed but edited. The unedited version goes on the board.
Eventually, it is hoped that most people in the parish will have given us some evidence of what faith means to them – if not as described above, then by filling in a Faith Card – these will be distributed in the New Year - to individuals and groups. The Faith Card will ask for just a
few words – it is something that the youngest of our parishioners will be able to complete as well! Finally, all contributions, long or short, will be collated and put into scrap books. These, we hope, will provide
tangible evidence of the faith lived out in the early years of the twenty- first century, by ordinary women and men in the pews, for the generations that follow us.
St Monica, Palmers Green
We started with a Mission led by the CAFE team and with various contributors. From this we have developed a ‘Dad’s Breakfast’ group and a ‘Mum’s Breakfast’ group each of which will meet again in
Lent. Small faith- sharing groups are also very strong. We will be participating in ecumenical Lent groups - Fr John Hemer MHM is delivering this year. Also setting up sessions for the
Catholicism (Fr Robert Barron) DVD course. Parenting classes being prepared for after Easter. Regular on-going formation for catechists using diocesan advisers and others. Annual Day of Recollection for
Catechists and Week of Guided Prayer.
Our Lady and St Joseph, Hanwell
Dedicated Notice board in porch constantly updated with anything that can be linked to the Year of Faith, Saint of the Month etc.
Additional push and invite to join the Small Faith Sharing Communities. DVDs on Catholicism and Year of Faith planned.
Our Lady, St Johns Wood
Use of Catholicism DVD series; special monthly Mass/meal sessions; monthly ‘Catholic culture’ outings.
SS Peter and Paul, Northﬁelds
A small group of catechists undergoing the certificate course; making available the printed parish handout each ‘special’ Sunday.
St Edmund, Millwall
All the regular adult catechesis remains in place. In addition, we are publishing each week in the newsletter the summary sections of the Catechism - the whole catechism will be covered over duration of Year of Faith. Producing booklets for the parishioners over the
year: ‘Who was Jesus? What was his ministry?’, ‘The sacraments’,
‘The Nature of Sin’, ‘Christian Morality of Sexuality’.
St Peter-in-Chains, Stroud Green
A family away day and picnic, prayer sponsors, a multi-cultural Mass and a Bring-and-Share meal, helping parishioners and families with their prayer life.
Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Joseph, Ware
Year of Faith pastoral planning group to help to plan the YOF initiatives such as pilgrimages to St Edmund College, Walsingham and Wintershall. Six week preparation course for adults who are not confi rmed. One of initiative for the Year of Faith.
First group is for 16-30 years old and second group is for 30+ years old. Six further ‘bespoke’ sessions on YOF themes. A retired couple in the parish have started sessions on Thursday mornings which aim to break
open the Sunday readings, this will continue past the end of the Year.
Our Lady & St Vincent, Potters Bar
Running the Robert Barron series of DVD’s. Exposition each week. Two pilgrimages to be arranged. Parish social events. Non-Catholic school visits to our church.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Stoke Newington is going to strengthen faith-sharing groups.
St Michael’s, Ashford is planning for Lectio Divina.
All Saints, Kenton is bringing awareness of aims of Year of Faith into sacramental preparation and small group discussion work.
St Ignatius, Stamford Hill has Advent and Lent scripture study, ‘Catholics Celebrating the Bible’ lecture series by Fr Peter Edmonds SJ
St Thomas More, Eastcote is trying to develop youth ministry at present and embedding the parents’ sessions for First Holy Communion.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Uxbridge is using Catholicism DVD (Fr Robert
Barron); has talks; extra times of Eucharistic Adoration to be held
throughout the Year.