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Home Mission Sunday 2018

On the weekend of 15th/16th September, we celebrated Home Mission Sunday - an opportunity to look closer to home as we grow Missionary Parishes and form Missionary Disciples.  Here are a few ideas of activities you might like to consider doing in your parish over the coming weeks:

  • WELCOME those Catholics in your local community who are not active in their faith:
    • Welcome families with children starting school – with a blessing and a coffee morning on the Saturday
    • Invite family members or friends who haven’t been to church for a while, to make a  visit – to a Mass or other liturgy that is particularly welcoming for them - with tea & cake to follow, and parishioners ready to welcome them!
    • For those who can’t get to Sunday Mass because of old age, disability or home commitments -  how can parishioners rally round to help? 
  • REACH OUT to those who may be interested in hearing more about Jesus Christ and his Church:
    • To passers-by - open wide the doors of the Church for the afternoon, with parishioners there to welcome and give information
    • Invite those who are married to a non-Catholic to bring their spouse along to a social on the evening after Mass, where they can share with other couples their thoughts on the importance of faith in their lives.
    • Update the website and Facebook pages with a welcoming message!
  • INSPIRE  parishioners to look more closely at their faith and at new ways to grow in their faith and to evangelise:
    • The Home Mission Team at the Bishops’ Conference for England & Wales has produced a number of resources based around the question ‘Who do you say that I am?’taken from the Gospel of Home Mission Sunday -  
      • ‘Talking Jesus’ booklet – parish teams are encouraged to explore the ‘Talking Jesus’ research which looks at public attitudes to Christian life – which many might find surprising.  
      • ‘Who do you say that I am’ postcards– these can be used as a simple inspirational giveaway or used to gauge where the congregation is with Jesus, so that the evangelisation team have a better idea how to approach evangelisation in the parish.

Packs have been sent to parishes, and more resources are available from https://jumpdp.com/hms2018/

To upload the content for Home Mission Sunday follow the link on the  Catholic News website; http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Home-Mission-Sunday-2018/(language)/eng-GB

 

Of course, you may have your own ideas of how to take forward.  Whatever you decide, I hope that these few ideas and available resources will help to make Home Mission Sunday the start of a new adventure in faith for people in your community.

  Adrian

Deacon Adrian Cullen

Evangelisation Coordinator

Diocese of Westminster

46 Francis Street

London SW1P 1QN

O207 798 9150

adriancullen@rcdow.org.uk

www.rcdow.org.uk