Posted on the 26th Mar 2015 in the category News



Fr Darren Smith responds to the latest statistics.

 

I was very interested to read the current statistics produced by the Church of England’s Ministry Division, which celebrates the fact that under 30s now make up a quarter of all people accepted for training for Church of England ministry.  Encouragingly, the 2014 figures show that 116 under the age of 30 were accepted for training, the highest number for the last 25 years.  A Church that for so long seems to have undervalued the contribution that young vocations can bring to priestly ministry, not least in terms of enthusiasm, new vision and energy, has sought to address this with the appointment of a young vocations advisor in the person of the Revd Liz Boughton.   Min Div have come up with a number of new and imaginative schemes, such as Mission Apprentices and Young Vocations Champions in each diocese, in an attempt to target resources to this particular age group.

 

As Anglican Catholics, young vocations has actually been one of our areas of strength. Although we haven’t got exact figures, I think you only have to look at the age profile of Saint Stephen’s House to realise that this is something that we are achieving even with our limited resources and lack of Vocations Champions.  Certainly the Here I Am Vocations Initiative, which has been running now for just under a year, has attempted to connect with this group.  The overall age profile of our videos and advertising literature seeks to promote vocations to both the younger candidate and ethnically diverse candidate.  When I was speaking to a church group on vocations recently a comment was made about the age profile of that particular congregation being perhaps higher than anybody would want.   The person who made the comment also pointed out that many of our parishes seem to be in a similar position.  I sometimes ask myself how is it that we are able to attract younger candidates if that is the case.  I Indeed we can be proud of the fact that currently the youngest serving incumbent in the Church of England is a traditionalist (Fr Richard Norman).  Surely this is something to do with the fact that we talk about a priestly way of life, the giving of the whole of oneself, and our young people are welcomed into the sanctuary. The majority of vocations are encouraged through the inspirational ministry of a particular parish priest.  The beauty of our worship and the whole mystique of the Mass makes connections that are so very different from the trendy culture of Messy Church. 

 

But let’s not get complacent, because the reality for all of the Church is that we constantly need to find new and imaginative ways of challenging people to think about their call to the priestly way of life.  Our ministry should reflect a whole range of age profiles, and unless we continue to put all our energies into nurturing priestly vocations then we are bound to find not only a constant strain to fill vacant parishes but also little opportunity to take up the General Synod’s current encouragement in the Five Principles to flourish and grow. 

 

The next Catholic Societies Vocations Conference is to be at Saint Stephen’s House, Oxford, on 28th-30th August.  Further details can be found at www.here-i-am.org.uk or from the Additional Curates Society: info@additionalcurates.co.uk, Mrs Ann Babington (0121 382 5533).



Posted on the 24th Mar 2015 in the category News



Unfortunately this event is cancelled

 

 

Youth Mass

The Society of Mary North West Ward of Our Lady of Victories

Saturday 2nd May
10.30am to 4.20pm
Haydock

Lunch Included


Inspired by the nationally acclaimed Youth Pilgrimage which happens each year at Walsingham in Norfolk, we are organising a Youth Mass at the church of St James the Great, Haydock.

 

Is this for you?


If you are between the ages of 11 and 25, and if you are looking for a more exciting way to worship God, then chances are

 

It is!


Perhaps a church near you is bringing a group to Haydock - why don't you hook up and come?

 

More Details

Website

0151 364 9144

fr.danielhoward@gmail.com



Posted on the 17th Mar 2015 in the category Events



Youth Day on Saturday 18th April at St Stephen's, Lewisham

 

The first Fulham Youth Day is aimed at young people in the 11 - 16 age group and will take place at St Stephen's, Lewisham on Saturday 18th April.  Here is an outline of the day:

 

11.00am   Registration, quiz/treasure hunt and prepare for Mass.

12 noon  Mass with Homily

12.45pm  BBQ

1.45pm    Activities to include Bible Study, and Games (including bouncy castle!)

3.30pm    Benediction (using some items made during the activities.)

4.00pm    Depart

 

Please encourage your young people to sign up for the day by registering by the 11th April deadline via fastforwardevents@hotmail.com.   Further information from Fr Clive Jones SSC on 020 8311 6307.

 

Youth Day on Saturday 18th April at St Stephen's, Lewisham

 

The first Fulham Youth Day is aimed at young people in the 11 - 16 age group and will take place at St Stephen's, Lewisham on Saturday 18th April.  Here is an outline of the day:

 

11.00am   Registration, quiz/treasure hunt and prepare for Mass.

12 noon  Mass with Homily

12.45pm  BBQ

1.45pm    Activities to include Bible Study, and Games (including bouncy castle!)

3.30pm    Benediction (using some items made during the activities.)

4.00pm    Depart

 

Please encourage your young people to sign up for the day by registering by the 11th April deadline via fastforwardevents@hotmail.com.   Further information from Fr Clive Jones SSC on 020 8311 6307.

- See more at: http://www.bishopoffulham.org.uk/fullposts.php?id=92#sthash.FLqusIgC.dpuf



Posted on the 6th Mar 2015 in the category Events



Bishops of the Society will be celebrating the following Chrism Masses:

 

 

Richborough

Wednesday 25 March

7.30pm

S Hugh, Ayres Monsell,  Leicester

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Ebbsfleet

Saturday 28th March

12.00noon

S Michael and All Angels, Heavitree, Exeter

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Richborough

Saturday 28th March

11.00am

Guildford Cathedral

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Beverley

Sunday 29th March

6.00pm

S Aidan, Grangetown, Sunderland

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Pontefract

Sunday 29th March

6.00pm

Ss John & Barnabas, Belle Isle 

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Beverley

Monday 30th March

12.00noon

S Hilda, Grangetown, Middlesbrough

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Richborough

Monday 30th March

12.00noon

Chelmsford Cathedral

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Beverley

Tuesday 31st March

11.30am

Manchester Cathedral

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Burnley

Tuesday 31st March

11.00am

S Andrew, Burnley

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Chichester

Tuesday 31st March

10.30am

Chichester Cathedral*

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Ebbsfleet

Tuesday 31st March

11.30am

Worcester Cathedral

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Fulham

Tuesday 31st March

11.30am

S Augustine, Kilburn

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Richborough

Tuesday 31st March

12.00noon

Canterbury Cathedral

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Beverley

Wednesday 1st April

12.00noon

Ss John & Mary Magdalene, Goldthorpe

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Ebbsfleet

Wednesday 1st April

11.00am

Lichfield Cathedral

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Richborough

Wednesday 1st April

12.00noon

Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

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*with renewal of ministerial vows - for all the clergy of the Diocese of Chichester.



 

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