Middlesbrough Diocese http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk The Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:31:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Candlelit Prayer Vigil supports #KeepItAlight Campaignhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8400 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8400#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:05:48 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8400 Teessiders are using the power of prayer to support steelworkers and their families. 

Worshippers from across the area will gather for a #KeepItAlight prayer vigil at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Teesville on Thursday October 8 at 7pm.

The candlelit vigil is the inspiration of Veronica Harnett, who was spurred into action by the news that the SSI plant at Redcar is being mothballed.

“It’s impossible not to feel the impact of the end of 170 years of steelmaking on Teesside, with the thousands of job losses that come with it,” said Veronica.

“I work for Redcar & Cleveland Mind and we already support hundreds of people who are out of work, but the scale of this is truly devastating.

“After much personal prayer, I decided to call on the people of Teesside to join together in an evening of prayer and reflection.

“I’ve been moved by the way people from all over the diocese are pulling together after my call for action. We would like as many people as possible to join us.

“We don’t all have a common faith, but we can show our support for the steelworkers, their families and the community by coming together in this way.”

Priests from across Teesside, including Canon Eddie Gubbins, Father Peter Keeling, Father Bill Serplus, and Father Philip Cunnah, have already confirmed they will attend.

For more information about the vigil, email Veronica at v.harnett@randcmind.org

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Help CTS Buy Bibles For Prisonershttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8378 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8378#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:19:05 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8378 The Catholic Truth Society is asking for your help to buy urgently needed Bibles for prisoners in Britain’s jails and young offender institutions.


Since its Prison Appeal was launched, the CTS has raised £12,500 towards its target of £30,000 from members and supporters. Now the society, which promotes the Church’s mission of evangelisation by publishing high-quality Catholic resources at affordable prices, is extending the appeal to dioceses and parishes nationwide.


“As many as one in four prisoners in young offender institutions is held in conditions bordering on solitary confinement, according to the Howard league for Prison Reform,” said CTS Fundraising and Liaison Officer, Moira Forrester.


“Against this background, prayer groups become very difficult to organise, and prisoners are often left to struggle on their own. Roman Catholic prison chaplains are begging for Catholic Bibles and other catechetical resources to support the prisoners in their journey of faith, which can be reawakened by their time inside and away from home. There’s no greater gift we can offer to people who might face all kinds of challenges in their lives. Faith is a big issue behind bars and your support can be of real help to those who wish to become more confident in the truths of our Catholic faith. Prisoners have told us that the Bibles and other books we’ve been able to provide have helped them get their lives back on track. Your money can help us ensure that every Catholic prisoner who wants to is able to have the scriptures at hand, whatever else they’re going through. We’d ask you to give as much as you can towards this appeal and help us to respond to every request we receive from those in prison and their chaplains across the country.”


There are an estimated 15,000 Catholics in prison in England and Wales. The CTS publishes resources for people in all situations and walks of life, supporting priests, teachers and catechists and enabling them to pass on the gift of faith to new generations. The society also reaches out to schools, hospitals, seminaries, missions, the media and those enquiring about the faith.


To donate to the appeal, visit www.ctsbooks.org/prisonappeal, where you will be redirected to the CTS Prison Appeal’s Just Giving page.
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Home Mission Sunday – 20th September 2015http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8381 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8381#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:29:21 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8381 unnamed (1)Supporting the work of evangelisation in England and Wales

Theme: PROCLAIM God’s Mercy

Home Mission Sunday is celebrated today and is themed: PROCLAIM God’s Mercy. On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. Please support the second collection which funds the bishops’ national work of evangelisation and the development of this year’s Proclaim ’15: Building Missionary Parishes initiative. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. It is possible to donate online at: www.catholicnews.org.uk/donations Commemorative prayer cards are available to take away. Please support the work of Home Mission through your prayers and generosity. For more information see:www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms15


The following information about the Proclaim ’15 legacy resources may also be of interest to parishes.

Proclaim ’15: Legacy Resources
There is a substantial Proclaim ’15 web section. Over the summer legacy resources have been added and include film recordings of the keynotes and workshops. This is to complement the audio recordings that Agape ministries is offering:http://www.agapeministries.co.uk There is a full complement of free professional photographs available onwww.flckr.com/catholicism

In time for Home Mission Sunday an inter-diocesan team (Clifton and Plymouth), also including the Redemptorists and Home Mission Desk, is working to complete themed summary sheets offering key insights from the workshops offered on 11 July. In summary the legacy material for Proclaim includes:

  • Free photographs
  • Audio of every workshop and keynote
  • Films of every workshop and keynote
  • Workshop summary sheets (top tips)
  • As well as legacy events in a number of dioceses and the existing prayer and small group resources that are already online.

Please see: www.catholicnews.org.uk/proclaim


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