'In Joyful Hope'
expectantes beatam spem
Home of Blessed Nicholas Postgate
‘The Moorland Martyr’
Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world in 2015.
The people of the Diocese of Middlesbrough are being urged to respond to the call of Pope Francis to help the Church embark on ‘a new chapter of evangelisation’.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have launched the Proclaim’15 initiative, which is designed to equip every parish with the support and resources they need to spread the Good News of the Gospel throughout their families and communities.
The ‘Proclaim’15, Building Missionary Parishes’ plan has five key strands, including a major national conference in Birmingham on Saturday July 11, the first of its kind in a generation. That night it is hoped parishes will unite to create a network of prayer vigils to ask God for the success of the mission to spread his word.
Proclaim ’15 involves…
Parish small group sessions – three evangelisation-themed sessions are now available to download.
A network of prayer vigils – parishes are invited to host a simultaneous, nationwide evening of prayer on July 11.
National Catholic Evangelisation Conference on July 11.
Local events – templates will be provided online to enable dioceses, deaneries and parishes to have their own Proclaim ’15 gatherings this autumn.
New Evangelisation resources developed out of the National Conference will be made available to parishes in autumn 2015.
You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,
that we might believe in him and have eternal life.
May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim” our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel by our words and actions.
Help our parishes to become more welcoming and missionary,
so that you may be known and loved by all people.
We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever, Amen.
Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation, pray for us.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.
Blessed Nicholas Postgate, pray for us.
Will you be going on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this year?
Please keep preparations for the pilgrimage in your prayers.
‘Would you do me the kindness of coming here?’
The words addressed to Bernadette are also an invitation to us.
‘Drink at the spring and wash there’
A place of healing and consolation.
‘Tell the people to come here in procession’
From all parts of the world we go, seeking to come closer to God.
Days until the Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015