Middlesbrough Diocese http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk The Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bishop welcomes Laudato Sii encyclicalhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8285 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8285#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:00:55 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8285 Bishop of Middlesbrough Terence Patrick Drainey today welcomed the Papal Encyclical on the environment by inviting people to share responsibility for the world around us.

Speaking as Pope Francis’ long awaited document was made public, Bishop Terry said we can all make a difference by taking care of the planet and the places where we live.

“Today the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has published an Encyclical Letter entitled Laudato Sii, On the Care of Our Common Home,” Bishop Terry said.

“By means of this letter, addressed to all people of goodwill, he invites us to renew our attention to situations of environmental degradation, but also to the possibility of recovery in everyone’s own areas.

“In it, he prays that all will receive the message and grow in responsibility towards the common home that God has entrusted to us all.

“Very clearly, we see highlighted the link between climate change and the condition of those affected by poverty. In fact, it is the poorest people on our planet who will be most adversely affected by environmental degradation and climate change.

“Pope Francis has on a number of occasions highlighted that the chief cause of poverty is an economic culture that puts money and profit before people.

“We need a whole shift in our attitudes to how we produce and distribute the goods of the earth. In light of this there are a couple of old sayings we can draw upon: ‘Live simply so that others may simply live’ and ‘Think globally, act locally’.

“Pope Francis continues to challenge our present consumerist approach to economic development and challenges us not to link profit with ecological initiatives.

“He may point out that economic development is important, but this shouldn’t put the environment and the wellbeing of people at risk, or trade them off with a kind of utilitarian philosophy or ideology.

“Locally, we see some good initiatives which give some hope and encouragement. While I accept that not everyone will like them, they are at least trying to move in the right direction of creating renewable sources of energy.

“For example, we see wind farms springing up in many places and solar panels on people’s roofs.

“Two of our most recent convents have been built to very strict eco-friendly standards – the Monastery at Wass and Thicket Priory. Many local councils have now adopted the practice of recycling household and garden waste.

“These are only small things, but they are good.”

The timing of the encyclical is significant, with a number of important international events due to take place this year.

“Next month nations will gather for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September, Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly, as world leaders meet to agree on a new set of sustainable development goals running until 2030 (the successors to the Millennium Development Goals).

He will then become the first Pope to address the United States Congress. In December, the international community, under the remit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will negotiate a new international agreement on slowing and reducing the impacts of climate change in Paris.

Pope Francis has said it is important that there is “time between the issuing of the encyclical and the meeting in Paris, so that it can make a contribution.”

The title of the encyclical, or papal letter, is taken from Saint Francis of Assisi’s famous prayer, ‘The Canticle of Creation.’

The Catholic Church has always emphasised the importance of its teaching on social matters. Since 1967, through five papacies, there have been at least 20 major statements made on climate change and ecology.

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New Opera’s Middlesbrough Premierehttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8289 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8289#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:07:56 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8289 News Release - New Opera's Middlesbrough Premiere - Photograph 1

 

This Saturday (June 20th) at 7pm, a spectacular new opera, especially written to commemorate the 800th anniversary of King John’s sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, will be performed at Sain t Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough.

In an historic and exciting collaboration between the cathedrals of Middlesbrough and Durham, The Great Charter, which has been devised and composed by Timothy Craig Harrison, Director of Music for the Diocese of Middlesbrough, and librettist PG Hodgson, explores humanity’s continuing struggle for social justice, both under King John in the 13th Century and in a futuristic totalitarian state controlled by The Protector.

The huge cast and orchestra includes professional singers and musicians along with students from Durham University, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and choristers from Middlesbrough Cathedral.

Pupils from St Edward’s, St Augustine’s and St Bernadette’s Catholic primary schools in Middlesbrough are also taking part.

The Durham Singers will begin the evening with a performance Great is the Lord, by Elgar, and The King and the Robin, Philip Moore’s setting of an Andrew Motion poem written for St Edward’s millennium celebration in 2005.

Librettist, PG Hodgson explained: “Any tale of oppression and injustice remains relevant for all time and Timothy and I felt that a double narrative would increase the immediacy of the issues being put on stage. The Great Charter is not just about the Magna Carta and the conflict between King John and the Barons, there is a parallel futuristic story told in alternate scenes about a totalitarian state run by The Protector.”

Composer Timothy Craig Harrison said: “It was important that this opera should be able to reach out and include as many people as possible. The Great Charter is an opera for everyone; adults and children. We wanted everyone to enjoy being part of it either as an actor, singer, orchestral musician or member of the audience. Judging by the ecstatic reception the opera received from a packed audience at its premiere in Durham Cathedral last week, we have clearly succeeded.”News Release - New Opera's Middlesbrough Premiere - Photograph 2

Following the Durham premiere last week, Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham commented: “The Great Charter is a wonderful tribute to Magna Carta and hard-won freedoms. Powerful, inspiring, funny, beautiful, moving. A marvellous achievement by so many.”

The leading young British composer Thomas Hyde said: “The Great Charter is, quite simply, the best new composition I have heard for a long time. Brilliantly inventive, superb in bringing so many different groups together (professional and amateur) and full of wonderful tunes superbly orchestrated. Bravo to all involved.”

 

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions, under-16s free) and are available from the Gala Theatre Box Office in Durham at www.galadurham.co.uk, by calling 03000 266600 and on the door.

 

 

Photos: John Attle of Durham Photographic Society.

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Father Frankie Tops Variety Billhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8267 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8267#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:13:30 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8267 News Release - Father Frankie makes comedy comeback for charity - Photograph 1A former comedian who became a priest is helping to raise funds for the Diocese of Middlesbrough Lourdes Fund.

Father Frankie Mulgrew, son of top Irish comic Jimmy Cricket, studied theology at Ushaw College and Durham University before being ordained a priest in Manchester.

Father Frankie once joked that the performing gene is so strong in his family, if he hadn’t gone into the priesthood he’d have probably ended up in Riverdance.

He’s just one of the performers from across the Diocese of Middlesbrough starring in Summertime Special, a night of magic, music and laughter in aid of the Diocese of Middlesbrough Lourdes Fund.

2015 Fr FrankieThe popular variety show, which began life as Rocking in the Aisles before being rebranded five years ago, is returning after a short break.

Money raised will help people to take part in the annual pilgrimage who wouldn’t otherwise be able to for financial reasons.

“It’s a fantastic cause,” said pilgrimage executive director, Keith Tillotson. “We’ve recently returned from our 62nd pilgrimage and we all enjoyed a fantastic week.

“We hope as many current and past pilgrims and supporters as possible will join us for what should be a memorable night.

“We’ve got some really exciting acts lined up, including some old favourites and some new surprises as well.

“There’ll also be the chance to catch up with old and new friends in the adjoining Theatre Club afterwards.”

Summertime Special is on Saturday July 11 from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and family tickets of two adults and two children at £30.

They are available from Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Coulby Newham, and Middlesbrough Theatre Box Office. Alternatively, contact Chris Tillotson on 01642 324043.

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