Posted on the 21st May 2014 in the category News
On Monday 19 May, the Right Reverend Tony Robinson, the Area Bishop for Wakefield, paid an official visit to the Westfield Centre Food Bank at South Elmsall. At the Food Bank he met several members of the committee, representatives from ASDA a valued sponsor, a representative from the South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd and Fr Robert Hart from S Helen's, Hemsworth. He was informed of how the Food Bank operated and was given an insight into the running and storage of the donated foodstuffs at the centre. Bishop Tony gave encouragement to those who were seeking to relieve the plight of those who are most in need, he also shared from his own experiences of other Food Banks in his Episcopal Areas.
After the visit, Bishop Tony, a Bishop of the Society, said, “Food banks have become a familiar part of the life of many of communities providing emergency food supplies to those who are falling into hard times often as a result of cuts in benefits or sanctions imposed by job centre staff. I am very grateful for the many volunteers from our churches who are involved in this very important work caring for the most vulnerable.”
Posted on the 13th May 2014 in the category Events
On Palm Sunday the Society in the Diocese of Sheffield held a Youth Liturgy at St Mary the Virgin, Handsworth. The theme was following Jesus and the Cross. The event started in the church hall with a welcome from the youth coordinator, Ben Otley, and the diocesan chairman, Fr Stokoe, We were then led in some craft activities. These included weaving Crosses, making prayer bead bracelets and making hot Cross buns. Following the crafts we had a procession up to church stopping at various places en-route to pray some of the Stations of the Cross, one young boy wore an alb and carried a wooden Cross on his shoulder to dramatically enact the role as Jesus. Once in church we had a simple penitential liturgy with a sermon on a text from Galatians 6 to remind us that although we have so many distractions and so much to boast of we should boast of nothing except the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. All were invited to place a candle underneath a Cross which had beenhung in the Chancel arch. Towards the end of the liturgy the children were invited to receive the ministries of laying on of hands and Anointing of the Sick, and there was an opportunity to make their Confession. Many took part in this and it was wonderful to see children putting themselves into the hands of Christ. After the service there were hot dogs and cakes and the Hot Cross buns were ready to eat! There was a good turn out with 44 young people plus accompanying adults, helpers and clergy. Youth Coordinator, Ben Otley, said, "I look forward to leading many more of these events around the diocese. I find events like this important as they give the young people a chance to get together and to develop their faith in an informal way."
Posted on the 10th April 2014 in the category Events
Bishops of the Society will be celebrating the following Chrism Masses:
* Diocese of York - At the Archbishop's invitation.
**with renewal of ministerial vows - for all the clergy of the Diocese of Chichester.
Posted on the 4th April 2014 in the category News
The first issue of Together - the new newspaper for the Catholic Movement in the Church of England has been published. Together is published and edited by the Church Union in cooperation with the Additional Curates Society, Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament and Forward in Faith.
To read it click here.
Posted on the 26th March 2014 in the category Statements
As bishops, we have a pastoral and teaching office, as ‘stewards of the mysteries of God’ who are ‘called to serve and care for the flock of Christ’.
We endorse both the statement issued by the College of Bishops of the Church of England in response to the Pilling Report and the House of Bishops’ Statement of Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage.
We rejoice in the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people within the parts of Christ’s flock that are committed to our care. We wish to underline these words of the statement from the College of Bishops: ‘We are united in acknowledging the need for the Church to repent for the homophobic attitudes it has sometimes failed to rebuke and the need to stand firm against homophobia wherever and whenever it is to be found. We are united in seeking to be faithful to the Scriptures and tradition of the Church and in seeking to make a loving, compassionate and respectful response to gay men and women within Church and society.’
We uphold the Christian doctrine of marriage as set out in the liturgy and canons of the Church of England. The Church of England is only ‘part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church’: as such, it would have no right to make fundamental changes to a sacrament that belongs to the whole Church.
We encourage our clergy and people to participate in the conversations about human sexuality that will be facilitated, contributing to them on the basis of catholic moral and pastoral theology, as well as of their own experience. We note that the outcome of the conversations is not predetermined.
As bishops of the Society we shall continue to reflect together on these issues, to pray about them, and to listen to the views of our clergy and people.
On behalf of the Council
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson
Bishop of Pontefract
Chairman of the Council of Bishops
26 March 2014