Among its responsibilities the Agency numbers the support and promotion of ongoing faith formation; the key to our being the formators and evangelisers we are called to be. We are working to help parishes nurture the faith formation of adults, affording all an understanding of what the Church teaches and a vocabulary with which to explain their faith and reach out to others. We support adult faith formation by helping parishes develop their own pastoral plan and by organising talks and events around the diocese which parishes can tap into.
There are many successful adult faith formation programmes to choose from. Each of them has something to offer and can play a valuable part in the development of a comprehensive parish plan.
In the following sections you will find descriptions of a number of programmes and initiatives developed by the Agency for Evangelisation and opportunties for formation for effective parish ministries.
Formation for Liturgical Ministries
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Ministers of the Word
Ongoing formation is essential to the continued exercise of every Lay Ministry. Ministers already commissioned or appointed in their parishes are invited to take part in two days' training and the Day of Prayer and Reflection.
Speakers: Sister Anne Walsh OP and Sister Karen Marguerite d’Artois OP are Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Catherine of Siena of Newcastle, Natal based at Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire.
Training starts in October. This programme will be run in 2 central locations. For full information on dates, times and locations, please visit https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/liturgicalministries or e-mail to email@example.com
Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
‘What is the point of praying?’
A series of evenings on a healing power of prayer with Fr Keith Barltrop - Monday 29th October and Thursday 8th November 2018 (7pm to 8pm), Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN.
"Your life is not about you." How can prayer and meditation help us live those challenging words of Bishop Robert Barron at the recent National Eucharistic Congress? Today many people seek to escape the prison of the ego by recourse to Eastern methods of meditation or New Age techniques, but what does our own Christian tradition of prayer have to offer us? These two sessions will include times of prayer led by the speaker.
Suggested donation £5. Registration is required at email@example.com or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
Lectio Divina: ruminating on the Scriptures–Retreat day with Sister Anne Walsh OP. Saturday, 3rd November 2018 (9.30 for 10.00 am until 3.00 pm) Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, Watford, Herts, WD23 4EE. Suggested donation £14. Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
Advent Day of Reflection – Thursday, 6th December 2018 (9.30 for 10.00 am until 3.00 pm; closing with Holy Mass) Speaker to be announced. Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, Watford, Herts, WD23 4EE. Suggested donation £14. Registration is required at email@example.com or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
Scripture from Scratch:
Why do we need the Old Testament?
Marcion, a heretical 2nd century bishop, suggested that Christians should dispense with the Old Testament, that it was rendered void by the New. Some people today might agree. The Church, however, vigorously refutes this idea. The Church has always venerated the Old Testament. Vatican II affirmed this and this is reflected in our Lectionary.
The Old Testament is the true Word of God. It was given (and belongs) to the community of Ancient Israel. We share with our Jewish brothers and sisters our efforts to understand it. “We read it in communities that stand in the Presence of God in the deeply troubling challenges of our own time” (W. Brueggemann).
This course will offer insights into understanding and living these complex writings. Participants may attend individual sessions.
4th October—Creation—What kind of Writing? Our concern for the beginning of things and what this means in the present.
18th October—The Exodus—What kind of History? Imaginative Remembering.
8th November—God of the Hebrew Scriptures: the unknown? God seen through the eyes of an ancient people. God involved in human life. The God of the Psalms.
22nd November—The Prophets What is good government? Who decides? Kings, Priests, Prophets? The State, the Church, the Prophets?
Location: Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, Watford, Herts, WD23 4EE. Time: 7.30 – 9.00. Suggested donation £5. Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
Faith Sharing resource for your own reflection and for sharing your faith in your Parish
The theme for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August was The Gospel of the Family means Joy for the World. This new faith-sharing resource HOLY FAMILIES: The Joy of Love for small communities is a proclamation of this same truth. Exploring themes from the Holy Father’s 2016 Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, it seeks over six sessions to explore the beauty and blessing, the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. The sessions have been written by Pia Matthews – wife, mother, theologian, and Bishop John Sherrington and Bishop John Wilson.