Caritas Summer Holiday Club
27-30 August 2019.
Supporting those families in need. We are running a Holiday Club at St Bede’s Primary School for those children who will not have a holiday this year, we are now taking applications for children aged 5-11. If you are fortunate enough to be able to help us financially or if you would like more information or an application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07719 012955.
Welcoming and helping our Neighbour – Next Meeting: 7pm 12th September
Following on from the talk from Rosie Lennon at both Masses at the end of April. We are looking to come together as a Pastoral area to help one family from the many tens of thousands who have no home, no life, no country to call their own, without hope or joy in their lives.
There are many different ways you could volunteer your talents to help e.g. find suitable housing, take family members to surgery, dentist or hospital; help with form filling, help them to learn English, show them the local shops; at all levels there are so many opportunities to show kindness and compassion to fellow humans who are living at barely subsistence level. The refugee “Community Sponsorship” program is Home Office approved and is based on a well-established process already proven in Canada. In our Diocese it will be overseen by Caritas, the social action agency of the Catholic Church.
*Update* There will be another get together for the group of parishioners who expressed support for the project to help house a displaced refugee family in Basingstoke. The meeting will take place at 7 pm on 12th September at St Bede’s Church, Popley way, Basingstoke We will update you on progress and also outline some of the practical ways that you could help get ready for the family’s arrival. Hope to see you there .
If you would like to get involved and were not at the meeting, please email your contact details to caritas_NWHPA@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk to be added to our database of contacts.
Full article – here.
CAFOD Update Meeting
You are invited to a CAFOD update meeting on Saturday 7th September from 10:30 am to 1 pm at St. Bede’s Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. Elouise Hobbs our regional news officer will be talking about her recent trip to refugee camps in Lebanon and how your donations are making a difference to people’s lives. Please book your place so that we have an idea of how many people are coming by emailing: email@example.com or phone 01252 329385.
RCIA—Journey in Faith
Each year we provide the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is for those adults living in our parish who wish to become full members of the Catholic Church. This includes both those seeking baptism for the first time and those who were baptised in another Christian Community and who now seek to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
For more information please contact the Parish Office ( 01256 577007)
The next meeting date will be shared soon so watch this space.
Pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Miracles & the Special Saints of Italy
~Exciting news – following on from their successful trip last year to Eastern Europe – Poland, Lithuania & Ukraine, this year Father Marcin Drabik from the Southsea Parish is inviting all from Sacred Heart, Hook to their annual Pilgrimage to Italy. They will leave on the 16th September and return on the 26th September 2019. During this time they will visit the various sites where the Eucharistic Miracles have taken place.
They will also visit other places of interest where our blessed Saints are buried. You can find all the details (with short videos and short extracts about the places to be visited) on their website
St. Joseph’s is running Alpha from 19 September on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St. Joseph’s Foyer .
What is Alpha? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Who is Alpha for? Alpha is for anyone who’s curious.
The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.
How does it work? Alpha consists of eight sessions with a day away in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s relaxed and you can ask anything you like. Is it for Catholics? Yes. Alpha is a tool for evangelisation that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha is also run by churches of many other denominations to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. This has led to more than 24 million people around the world experiencing Alpha. In particular, it is attracting many young people who are asking the question, ‘Is there more to life than this?’
See http://www.alpha.org/catholic-context/home for more details. Why not come along? Why not bring a friend?
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