THE GIFT: Bishop Patrick has warmly invited any members of the Parish to the Diocesan training launch of an exciting new Parish resource produced by CaFE (formally known as Catholic Evangelisation Services – www.faithcafe.org), called “The Gift – A Life in the Spirit Course.”
The six session DVD course is an engaging and joyful exploration of what it means to be spirit-filled Catholics in everyday life. It is presented by Charles Whitehead, Michelle Moran, Jenny Baker and David Payne, with testimonies from clergy and laity from around the country. It is very flexible and easy to run, with discussion questions and times of prayer and reflection. The training launch of the course will be run in the Diocese by CaFE team members over two Saturdays in the Autumn – 22nd October 2016 and 5th November 2016, and so both days need to be attended. The venue is Trinity School, Aspley, Nottingham, NG8 3EZ. Each day will begin at 10:00 am and finish at 3:00 pm, with Mass on the second afternoon at which the Bishop will preside. The cost is £10 per person for both days, to include refreshments and soup and a roll at lunchtime (you may also require a packed lunch). The cost has been kept as low as possible because the Bishop would very much like at least two representatives from each parish to attend these two training days, so that they might be equipped to run this course in their own parishes.
The course recently received an Apostolic Blessing, and the Holy Father is praying for a successful launch in Parishes across the UK, and he has encouraged ‘Life in the Spirit’ courses to be run in every Parish, School and Seminary. Full details can be found at www.thegiftofthespirit.org . This is an exciting opportunity to help prepare our parishes for the work of evangelisation. If you would like to attend please let me know as soon as possible so that places can be booked.