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DECEMBER 2021

Listening Event

As part of the Westminster Synodal Pathway we are invited to join Bishop Nicholas Hudson at a Listening Event on Wednesday 8th December, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QJ. Pope Francis has invited the worldwide Church to a time of listening – of listening deeply to each other as we walk side by side, sharing our stories of faith. Here in our local Church, our Diocese, this is just what we are doing. This Listening Event is an opportunity to listen, to share, and to dream about the Church we are called to be. All are welcome, and places can be booked by emailing catadmin@rcdow.org.uk.

CARITAS VOLUNTEERING EVENTS

“Rejoice, the Lord is near!”  

An advent event for volunteers in the Diocese with reflection, prayer, music and socialising. 14th December 2021, 4 – 5 pm, on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite or RSVP to cvs@rcdow.org.uk

JANUARY 2022

The New Testament for the Perplexed

A series of 5 online talks by Fr John Deehan as part of the series in ‘The God Who Speaks’, Thursday 13th, 20th, 27th January, 3rd and 10th February, 7 pm. Please book by Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-god-who-speaks-the-new-testament-forthe-perplexed-tickets-221344626737 or contact Anna at annadupelycz@rcdow.org.uk

GENERAL NEWS

Ask your MP to end ‘DIY’ abortion

The abortion lobby are now running a large campaign in the media to put pressure on the Government to make temporary ‘DIY’ abortion schemes permanent before the end of the year. It is therefore vital that as many MPs as possible write to the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, asking the Government to end these dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion schemes.

Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool on its website today which makes it easy for you to send an email to your MP asking them to write to Sajid Javid. Please visit www.righttolife.org.uk/endDIY to contact your MP now. It only takes 30 seconds

Catholic Listeners Telephone Helpline

Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy helping others with their queries? Can you assist with finding basic information about a service or an organisation? Catholic Listeners Helpline Service is staffed by volunteers who are trained and operate with the ethos of compassionate listening. All calls and the caller’s needs are dealt with sensitivity and due diligence. Catholic Listeners is funded by the Cardinal’s Appeal and operates in the Diocese of Westminster. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, email Ade for details at catholiclisteners@gmail.com

LBGT+ Catholics Westminster and Quest

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster, the LGBT+ Catholic Chaplaincy of the Diocese of Westminster, and Quest, a national organisation for LBGT+ Catholics, both give pastoral support and points of contact for people with queries about LBGT+ issues and their faith. www.questlgbti.uk Email: quest@questlgbti.uk Tel: 0300 123 1989.  www.lgbtcatholicswestinoster.org Email: lghtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com In writing: PO Box 24632, London, E9 6XF.n  Masses welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, parents, families and friends are held on 2nd & 4th Sundays 5.30 pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3AH.

CAFOD Responding to Multiple Emergencies Across the World

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.

Online and Remote Volunteers needed 

Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation specialising in relationship support – providing counselling and marriage preparation throughout England and Wales.

We are looking for volunteers who can spare just a few hours a week working from the comfort of their own home to help us support marriage and relationships.

Zoom Support: Are you an expert on Zoom and would you like to use your tech-skills to help us run marriage preparation courses, training or CPD events online?

Remote Secretary: Provide a vital service to counsellors and clients, taking last-minute cancellations calls and communicating changes as necessary.

For more information please visit: www.marriagecare.org.uk or email: volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

Schools volunteers needed

Looking for a new challenge? Could you visit schools in your local area to deliver assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work and encourage young people to take action, fundraise and pray with CAFOD? No experience necessary. Full support, resources and regular training provided. We are especially in need of volunteers happy to visit schools in Hertfordshire, Ealing, Brent, Hounslow and Camden.  

School volunteer coordinator needed (volunteer position)

CAFOD Westminster is looking for a well-organised and friendly person to help coordinate their school visits programme from September. This role would suit someone who is comfortable speaking to other volunteers and schools and also in using spreadsheets and databases.

If you are interested in either of these volunteer roles, please contact Chris Driscoll at westminsterschools@cafod.org.uk or call 07776 493162

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith.

You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

 Centres (in person learning)

http://brs-ccrs.org.uk/index.php/course-centres

 Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)

info@studylifelight.com

01844 351 514

 CCRS Online (online learning)

ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk

0151 291 3055

Stress in Your Marriage? 

Retrouvaille is a programme for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage.  Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship.  Most do not know how to change the situation, or even communicate with their spouse about it.  This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year.  There is no group therapy or group work.  For confidential information about “Retrouvaille”  visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk or call or text +44 7887 296 983 or +44 7973-380-443 or email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com 

Marriage Care Counselling Services

Marriage Care offers support from trained counsellors to couples and families who need help in coping with the pressures of lockdown. Find out more at https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/marriage-andfamily-life/news/marriage-care-at-75—we-are-here-for-you/.

Asylum Seekers in Hotels

Caritas Westminster has been informed that asylum seekers have been housed by the Home Office in 35 hotels across London, but have not been linked up with Local Authorities, schools, GPs, and other support to which they are entitled. If you want more information or are aware of a hotel in the area and you wish to support, please contact caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk for a fact sheet.

Landings ‘Catholic Listeners’

Reaching out to those who have become isolated during the pandemic and are looking at how to reconnect with the Church, Landings is setting up a telephone helpline service. For those who would like to find out more and training as a ‘Catholic Listener’, please contact Ruby Almeida, Project Manager at landingssouth@gmail.com or phone Landings UK on 020 7529 4802.

Sycamore Holy Spirit Pathway Course Sycamore has developed a new faith formation course to be used in the weeks of Eastertide or any time after Pentecost as this is the traditional time of Mystagogy when we enter more deeply into the sacraments and the implications of Christian faith in the word. Find out more at https://www.sycamore.fm/pathways/b-formation-pathways/holy-spirit-pathway-6-weeks/.

Clothes and Toiletry Donations for Homeless

The Companions of the Order of Malta have requested donations for their Help the Homeless donation hub at the Brompton Oratory. Items required include men and women’s clothes and shoes (not children’s clothes), new toiletries, entertainment items e.g. books/crosswords/puzzles/art and craft items. Dropping off times are Tuesday (1.30pm-4pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm by arrangement), Wednesday (2pm-4pm) and Saturday (10am-11am). Please contact Kate MacKenzie at companions.london@orderofmalta.org.uk if you would like to deliver donations.

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