Following on from the World Meeting of Families, this autumn’s Small Communities faith-sharing resource is ‘HOLY FAMILIES: An exploration of Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love’. Over six sessions the beauty, blessings, joys and challenges of marriage and family life are explored with thought-provoking contributions from Pia Matthews - wife, mother and theologian, Bishop John Sherrington and Bishop John Wilson. Catechesis study sessions on Liturgy of the Word for children, Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation are amongst training available for parish catechists in their work with young people. Building on the success of ‘Adoremus’ the National Eucharistic Congress & Pilgrimage, Adult Faith Formation includes a programme for Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Ministers of the Word. Marriage & Family Life present programmes for marriage preparation, enrichment and support. Proclaim offers Scripture Evenings, exploring the written Word in daily practice of faith.
Whether parishioner or part of the parish team there is plenty on offer for you this autumn.
Fr Chris Vipers—Director of Agency for Evangelisation
v Section 1: Evangelisation - Proclaim Westminster
v Section 2: Marriage and Family Life
v Section 2: Catechesis
v Section 3: Adult Faith Formation
v Section 4: Small Groups
Venue / Parish Hall
Mon 8th Oct
7.30pm – 9.15pm
Northwood - St Mathew’s Parish Centre
2 Hallowell Rd, Northwood HA6 1DW
Wed 10th Oct
7.45pm – 9.30pm
Hoddesdon – St Augustine’s Parish Centre
1 Esdaile Ln, Hoddesdon EN11 8DS
Wed 24th Oct
7.30pm – 9.15pm
Westminster – Vaughan House
46 Francis St, Westminster SW1P 1QN
Light refreshments provided
Pope Francis’ calls on us to be ‘Be constantly nourished by the Word of God’. The October Scripture Evenings will help parishioners to actively explore how they can use the Bible to support them in their prayer, home and work life. And through greater familiarity with Scripture, be more confident in sharing their faith with others.
The evenings will be led by Fleur Dorrell who works with the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Bible Society, and who is currently leading a team to take forward ‘2020 Year of the Word – the God who speaks’, a project announced by the Bishops’ Conference in April this year.
In addition to exploring Scripture through discussion and prayer, Fleur will introduce the resource ‘Word on the Go – the Bible for busy Catholics’, an outstanding web-based resource designed to help Catholics to become more familiar with Scripture.
As Pope Francis reminds us of what St Jerome tells us, that ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ’. The Scripture evenings will strengthen parishioners as we respond to the call to be Missionary Disciples.
To register for one of the Scripture Evenings and for more information please e-mail: Warren Brown at email@example.com Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152
Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019
- Building Missionary Parishes, Forming Missionary Disciples
Area / Group
Sat 9th Feb
Bishop Nicholas Hudson
Sat 16th Feb
Bishop Paul McAleenan
Sat 23rd Feb
Bishop Nicholas Hudson
Sat 16th March
Bishop John Wilson
Sat 30th March
Bishop John Sherrington
All days are from 9.30am to 3.00pm
The Proclaim Spring Gatherings provide an opportunity to support the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, to share the local evangelisation work that is already happening across the Diocese, and to learn about and discuss new approaches to the formation of Missionary Disciples and building of Missionary Parishes.
More Information to follow…………..
Marriage & Family Life
Smart Loving, Marriage Preparation, Loving4life, Retrouvaille, Marriage Week, World Meeting of Families
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, encourages all of us, as a Church community, to help married couples and families:
“Parishes, movements, schools and other Church institutions can help in a variety of ways to support families and help them grow… The life of every family is marked by all kinds of crises, yet these are also part of its dramatic beauty. “(Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia)
Catholic Marriage Preparation in the Diocese of Westminster
To find a range of Marriage Preparation Courses and resources see diocesan website:
For further assistance and information contact:
Charlotte McNerlin 020 7931 6064 firstname.lastname@example.org
Loving4Life Marriage Enrichment
6 October 2018 - 7 October 2018
Loving4Life Marriage Enrichment Weekend
Venue:Dowry House, Basilica of Our Lady, 47-49 High Street Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6B
For event enquiries and bookings contact Jane Deegan Coordinator-
Email Jane 07595 724300 https://www.loving4life.co.uk/retreats
Loving4 Life offers weekends to married couples to help them rediscover the joy of marriage drawing on the wisdom of Catholic teaching on Theology of the Body.
- A Lifeline for Troubled Marriages.
Retrouvaille is the name of a programme designed to help, heal and renew marriages.
The next Programme commences with a residential weekend on 14th - 16th Sept 2018 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
The 2nd stage of the programme will be on 4 Saturdays:
22nd Sept, 6th Oct, 20th Oct and 3rd Nov 2018.
Saturdays are non-residential , 9.30am - 4.30pm.
For bookings and further information please visit the Retrouvaille website. http://www.retrouvaille.org.uk/
The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World
A Day on Marriage Preparation: How to help us build Marriage Preparation in our diocese.
Marriage & Family Ministrywarmly invite you to a day on Marriage Preparation. (Two days same programme)
Venue 1: Focolare Centre for Unity - Sat 27th Oct
Venue 2: Vaughan House – Sat 1st Dec
Time:12:00pm - 3:30pm
Introducing Roger Carr-Jones - Marriage & Family Coordinator with Guest Speakers
For more information and to register please contact:
Charlotte McNerlin on 020 7931 6064 or email@example.com
WORLD MEETING of FAMILIES DUBLIN 2018 Final Update
'The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church' by Bishop Nicholas Hudson https://rcdow.org.uk/news/the-joy-of-love-experienced-by-families-is-also-the-joy-of-the-church/
Keynote Address given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols at World Meeting of Families in Dublin on 23rd August 2018. https://rcdow.org.uk/cardinal/addresses/support-and-preparation-for-marriage-in-light-of-amoris-laetitia/
You can access all the speeches and the closing Mass homily of Pope Francis in Ireland on the WMOF website follow link https://rcdow.org.uk/cardinal/addresses/support-and-preparation-for-marriage-in-light-of-amoris-laetitia/
Love needs to keep dancing towards the future with immense hope – Amoris Laetitia
Here you will find information about the opportunities for catechetical formation offered by the Diocese as it strives to respond to the spiritual, pastoral, educational and catechetical needs of the people of Westminster.
Resources: We hope you will avail yourself of the resources, events and services provided by the Church in Westminster. These resources are an important way in which the vibrancy of our Catholic faith makes itself manifest. May they serve to enrich you in the practice of your faith.
Catechetical Training for Parish Catechists: Sessions are organised at the request of the named parishes but are open to all catechists of the Diocese.
FOR ALL EVENTS Please book via the website: http://rcdow.org.uk/faith/catechesis/training/
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 779 8 9152
External Training Courses
The diocese is working with external institutions to provide recognised training programmes for catechists and anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of the faith. For more information, please email: email@example.com
FORMATION and TRAINING for CATECHISTS
The Agency for Evangelisation offers a variety of basic formation for catechists. If you would like to host one of these courses, which we would open to the Diocese, please do get in touch.
THESE COURSES ARE EITHER ONE OR TWO 90 MINUTE SESSIONS, OR 3HRS ON A SATURDAY
(If there is any theme or topic other than those included here, please do ask.)
An Introduction to Catechesis. A simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis: what is catechesis and how do you do it? What is the role of the Catechist?
Preparing Parents for Infant Baptism – an Introduction. How do catechists prepare parents for the baptism of their infants? The Rite of Baptism – explaining all the signs and symbols used.
The RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - A course for new and experienced catechists; the dynamics of the different stages and steps; what lies at the heart of the Rite; planning and resources.
Preparing Children for First Reconciliation – an Introduction. Preparing children in the parish; role of the catechist; methods and resources available; a shared understanding with children.
Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction. Preparing children in the parish; methods, resources and First Communion programmes; adapted to particular programmes.
The Liturgy of the Word with Children. a look at Guidelines; principles of liturgy; ways to share Scripture with children, using ideas and resources.
Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – an Introduction. How do catechists work with teenagers to prepare them to be confirmed? Guidelines, methods and resources
R.E. for Children in the Parish who are not Attending Catholic Schools – an Introduction. Introduction to resources; how to develop a programme; reaching children at different ages.
An Introduction to Scripture for Catechists. The structure of Old and New Testaments; links between Old and New; how best to use scripture in your catechetical programmes.
Using Scripture with Children. The cycle of the Church’s year and the Lectionary; how best to use scripture catechetical programmes; practical ideas on opening up scripture to children.
Helping Children to Pray. In the catechesis of children the deepening of their relationship with God is central. These sessions aim to: help catechists to reflect on their own understanding of prayer; look at what the Church teaches about prayer; consider how we might help children to grow in prayer
A Look at Liturgy. Understanding of liturgical principles using the liturgical documents of the Church; the cycle of the liturgical year, and to consider issues of liturgical catechesis.
Reflecting on the Eucharist – a single 90minute session with the opportunity for further development if desired. Understanding the sacrament of the Eucharist theologically, scripturally and historically; to share that knowledge and understanding with those to be catechised.
A Look At The Sacrament Of Reconciliation – a single 90 minute session. Aims to help catechists understand more deeply the sacrament and reflect on their own experience; history of the Sacrament of Reconciliation; sharing their understanding with those being catechised.
The Liturgical Year and Catechesis – a single 90 minute session. the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar as a resource; understanding more fully the mystery of Jesus Christ; the Church’s Liturgical Calendar as an ever-deepening immersion into the mystery; the liturgical year to the Christian faith journey.
Practical Skills for Catechists. This session will provide tools to help catechists with the tasks of catechesis: preparing the learning environment; ideas on sharing scripture and prayer; how to maintain their enthusiasm; the role of discipline; how to evaluate catechetical programmes.
Adoremus: National Eucharistic Congress & Pilgrimage
The largest gathering of Catholics in England since the 2010 papal visit took place in Liverpool from 7 to 9 September. We united in worship of Our Lord truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, with the aim of promoting Eucharistic Adoration, where so many people have experienced the love and presence of Jesus.
For audio recordings of key events, links to photos and videos fromthe Congress: http://catholicnews.org.uk/adoremus2018
Diocesan Catechetical Training
for Parish Catechists Sep - Dec 2018
Session are organised at the request of the named parishes but are open to all catechists of the Diocese. Booking required:
Website booking: http://rcdow.org.uk/faith/catechesis/training/
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 7798 9152
22nd September 2018
An Introduction to Catechesis
Venue: Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners & St Catherine of Siena, 177 Bow Road, E3 2SG
Course Description A simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis: • What is catechesis and how do you do it? • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable? • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist? • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist? • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment, • Help catechists understand the role of discipline. Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes.
1st October 2018
An Introduction to Catechesis –Practical Skills
Time: 7.30-9pm (1 session)
Venue: Holy Trinity, 41 Brook Green, Hammersmith, W6 7BL (Parish Centre to left of church)
Course Description This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering: • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC)• Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment ● Understanding the role of discipline • Planning and preparation.
2nd & 9th October 2018
Liturgy of the Word with Children
Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City W12 7QR (in Parish Centre)
Course Description This two session course looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children and considers variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using new ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th October 2018
An Introduction to Catechesis
Venue: Most Sacred Heart, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN
Course Description: This 2 session course offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis: • What is catechesis and how do you do it? • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable? • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist? • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist? • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment • Help catechists understand the role of discipline • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
16th October 2018
Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – A Short Introduction
Venue: Our Lady & St Vincent, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 1EG
Course Description This session considers how catechists work with teenagers preparing for confirmation, looking at • The guidelines the Church gives us • What should be included in the programme • Consideration of methods and resources
17th October 2018
The Spirituality of the Catechist- an Introduction
Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, W10 5DJ, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ (entrance to Parish centre in Bosworth Road)
Course Description In his address to catechists in 2013 Pope Francis said “ ‘being’ a catechist, this is the vocation, not ‘working’ as a catechist. Be careful: I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.” This session reflects on how as catechists, through developing our own spirituality, we may guide people to that encounter that Pope Francis speaks of.
20th October 2018
An Introduction to Catechesis
Venue: St Margaret Clitherow, Everglade Strand, Grahame Park, NW9 5PX
Course Description This session offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis: • What is catechesis and how do you do it? • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable? • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist? • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist? • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment • Help catechists understand the role of discipline • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
7th & 14th November 2018
The Spirituality of the Catechist
Venue: Week 1: English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW
Week 2: All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL (Parish Centre entrance at end of car park)
Course Description: In his address to catechists in 2013 Pope Francis said “ ‘being’ a catechist, this is the vocation, not ‘working’ as a catechist. Be careful: I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.” This two session course reflects on how as catechists, through developing our own spirituality, we may guide people to that encounter that Pope Francis speaks of.
10th November 2018
Practical Skills for Catechists
Venue: St Edmund of Canterbury, St Edmund’s Lane, Whitton, TW2 7BB
Course Description: This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering: • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC) • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment Planning a session. • Practical ideas on sharing scripture and prayer • Help catechists understand the role of discipline • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
5th December 2018
Helping Children to Pray
Venue: Venue: Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN
In the catechesis of children the deepening of their relationship with God is central. This session aim to
• help catechists to reflect on their own understanding of prayer
• look at what the Church teaches about prayer
• consider how we might help children to grow in prayer
Adult Faith Formation
The Agency works 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.
Listed below are a number of programmes and initiatives developed by the Agency for Evangelisation, and opportunities for formation for effective parish ministries.
'formation and enrichment of all members of the Church will enable 'the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture.' Pope St John-Paul II
Formation for Parish Ministry
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 Sessions 1 and 2 and the Day of Prayer and Reflection. The two ‘Taster’ sessions are designed for those who feel called or have been invited to exercise one of the Ministries, and/or who want to learn more about Lay Ministry. The Day of Prayer and Reflection is open to everyone.
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.
- at Vaughan House,
46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN
‘TASTER‘ I: THE CALL OF THE LAITY TO
MINISTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST
Monday, 15 October 2018, 7.00 - 8.30 pm OR
Monday, 25 February, 2019, 7.00 - 8.30 pm
WORKSHOP I : THE WONDER OF THE EUCHARIST Saturday, 10 November, 2018, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
WORKSHOP II: THE CELERATION OF THE EUCHARIST THROUGH THE AGES
Saturday, 30 March, 2018, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
‘TASTER‘ I : MINISTRY OF THE LAITY AND THE WORD
Monday, 22 October 2018, 7.00 - 8.30 pm OR
Thursday, 21 February, 2019, 7.00 - 8.30 pm
WORKSHOP I : UNDERSTANDING THE WORD WE PROCLAIM
Saturday, 24 November, 2018, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
WORKSHOP II : UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF THE WORD
Saturday, 9 March, 2019, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
PRAYING AND LIVING THE WORD AND EUCHARIST
Saturday, 15 June, 2019
- at Niland Conference Centre,
93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE
WORKSHOP I : THE WONDER OF THE EUCHARIST
Saturday, 20 October, 2018, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
WORKSHOP II : THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST THROUGH THE AGES
Saturday, 6 April, 2018 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
WORKSHOP I : UNDERSTANDING THEWORD WE PROCLAIM
Saturday, 27 October, 2018. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
WORKSHOP II : UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF THE WORD
Saturday, 23 February, 2019, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
PRAYING AND LIVING THE WORD AND EUCHARIST
Saturday, 8 June, 2019
SUGGESTED DONATIONS: 1.5 HOUR ‘TASTER’ SESSIONS £5/SESSION. SESSIONS 1 & 2 AND A DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION £15/PERSON PER DAY
Scripture from Scratch: Why do we need the Old Testament? with Sister Anne Walsh OP. Thursdays, 4th & 18th October; 8th & 22nd November. 7.30 – 9.00 pm (refreshments from 7.00 pm). Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, Watford, Herts, WD23 4EE. Suggested donation £5 per session.
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 email@example.com 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 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. Suggested donation £5. Registration is required at email@example.com or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
To view other Faith Formation Events for the Autumn, please go to: https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/adult-formation/welcome/
Registration is required for all events. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078.
Small Groups – Autumn 2018
Holy Families - the Joy of Love
an exploration of Amoris Laetitia
The Agency for Evangelisation works to support Small Groups who meet throughout the year, particularly in Lent and the autumn, to explore Scripture, the teaching of the Church, and their experiences, gaining new insights into their role as Missionary Disciples.
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 for small communities is a proclamation of this same truth. Exploring themes from the Holy Father’s 2016 Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia - The Joy of Love, 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.
SESSION 1 – The Journey – love at the heart of the family
SESSION 2 – Love is – the fruitfulness of married love
SESSION 3 – I Will – the experiences and challenges of families today
SESSION 4 – I Do – discovering the beauty and dignity of marriage
SESSION 5 – A Family of Families – accompaniment and discernment
SESSION 6 – Home is a Holy Place – family of prayer, hospitality and reaching out
For ordering of booklets, please see below:
Holy Families - the Joy of Love an exploration of Amoris Laetitia
Order Form- you may post it to:
the Agency for Evangelisation, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
or e-mail to email@example.com
Please indicate the number of booklets required
Cost per booklet
Total cost of booklets ordered
Packaging and postage will be added to your order and your parish will be charged directly by BAC.
Orders to return it to us at the Agency asap to ensure that the booklets get to you in good time
Holy Families - the Joy of Love, an exploration of Amoris Laetitia
is also available for download from the Westminster Diocese Website
Agency for Evangelisation Prospectus is also available
on the Diocesan website http://rcdow.org.uk/faith/