The Diocese of Westminster gives priority to the support and promotion of small faith-sharing groups. Such groups meet to share the Bible, share experiences and discuss the needs of the wider community, often undertaking common projects in response to local needs.
The Agency for Evangelisation works to support existing communities through the production of the exploring faith resources and provision of pastoral support and training throughout the year. The Agency also seeks to aid parishes wishing to form new groups that become a regular part of parish life.
'According to Thy Word'
Faith-Sharing for Autumn 2020
Six sessions based on Titles of Our Lady
Mother of God
Mother of the Church
Spouse of the Holy Spirit
Queen of Peace
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Protectress of her Dower of England
To download a PDF version of 'According to Thy Word' click here
The theme for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018 was, 'The Gospel of the Family means Joy for the World'. This new faith-sharing resource for small communities, 'Holy Families: The Joy of Love, an exploration of Amoris Laetitia', is a proclamation of this same truth. Exploring themes from the Holy Father’s 2016 Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, this resource seeks to explore the beauty and blessing, the joys and challenges of marriage and family life over six sessions. The sessions have been written by theologian Pia Matthews, Bishop John Sherrington and Bishop John Wilson.
To download a PDF version of 'Holy Families', click here.
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
Listen to the audio here:
To order booklets of this resource, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
'We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You': The Gift of the Holy Eucharist
A resource for Lent 2018 has been produced with September’s National Eucharistic Congress in mind and could be a wonderful parish preparation for this milestone event in the life of the Church in England and Wales and of the Church in Westminster. Our immense gratitude goes to Fr Stephen Wang for preparing the material, despite his huge workload as Senior University Chaplain here in London. He is a teacher at heart, and this shines through his reflections, as does his deep love of the Holy Eucharist.
The resource is divided into six thematic sessions. You may wish to begin in your parish in the week of Ash Wednesday, and finish in the fifth week of Lent. Alternatively, you could meet for the five full weeks of Lent and finish in Holy Week, or for the five weeks of Lent with the sixth session after Easter. The scripture readings are not taken from the Sunday Mass readings so you are not tied to the liturgical week in this way, and indeed the sessions can be run at any time during the year.
By finding out about the resource at this stage we hope our parishes will have enough time to plan for faith-sharing programme this Lent and to think about the groups which could meet around the parish and who they might want to join and lead them. Parishes may very well want to start planning for those groups now, perhaps using the tried and tested formula: who, where and when? Some parishes have well-established small communities and faith-sharing groups, others do not. This Lent, and particularly as we look towards the Eucharistic Congress in September, could be a real opportunity for a fresh look at adult faith formation and deepening discipleship in the parish, and to extend the invitation wide. The New Evangelisation has a way of opening new doors.
Many parishes ordered faith sharing booklets for Lent 2018 well in advance and they are arriving next week. However, if someone would like to use an electronic format, please follow the links to our recent resources.
To download a PDF version of 'We adore you', click here.
To download a PDF version of 'Love. Say it with your life', click here.