Faith Development

In our statement of aspirations, we say that we want our parish to be a place ‘where all can explore, develop and deepen their faith’. This is what we mean by faith development. In addition to our own programmes, we make use of opportunities from the Diocese and beyond. There are many excellent online resources and we intend to highlight some of them here.

New discussion group

A new discussion group for those wishing to know and understand more about their faith started in March. Monthly meetings take place on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, usually in the Chatterton Room. Meetings are introduced by Fr Stephen, who attends to help with more challenging issues.

Check the parish newsletter or the event calendar at the bottom of the home page for the date of the next session and details of the discussion topic.

All are welcome. For further information contact Chris Timmins (chris@thetimminsfamily.co.uk).

RCIA – becoming a Catholic

At the Easter Vigil, we were able to celebrate and welcome the members of the 2023-24 RCIA Group into full communion with the Catholic Church. Eight of the Group, Victoria Lee, Hillson Lam, Vinnie Lam, Amy Ng, Hayes Lam, Hung Yeun Shui, Junyan Luo and Rebecca Blackman were baptised and, along with four others, Byron Fung, Gavin Bolton, Sarah Patel and Elio Bolas, also received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Our new RCIA Group will be starting in September. This programme is widely used in many parishes throughout the Diocese and across the country. There are approximately seven sessions before Christmas and eight after. Currently meetings are on Wednesday evenings. The meetings are relaxed and informal. There is normally a presentation and discussion on some aspect of the Catholic Faith, with references from the New and Old Testaments to support the discussion. There are also refreshments and a time for prayer.

If you are considering becoming a Catholic and wish to join, or simply find out more, please contact the Parish Office, speak to one of our priests or email david34edr@virginmedia.com for more information.

Landings

A safe harbour or landing place for returning Catholics to explore and share their faith with 8 or 9 attending Catholics.

LANDINGS is based on the belief:

  • that is is possible to speak openly about what we believe, to share our faith and learn from one another;
  • that this can be achieved by working in small groups made up of both active Catholics and those who wish to return to the Church;
  • that the road to reconciliation is worth taking and, for many, is most rewarding when journeyed with other travellers.

LANDINGS means listening and being listened to. It offers time and space to explore afresh where God has been in your life and in the lives of other Catholics. LANDINGS works – because it is straightforward, unthreatening and honest.

LANDINGS is not

  • the ‘saved’ welcoming the ‘sinner’;
  • people pressurising others to return;
  • full of answers to teach the unenlightened;
  • blind to the hurt the Church may have caused someone.

LANDINGS is an opportunity to come and be reconciled. The group meets for an hour and a half weekly for about eight weeks concluding with a day or half day of reflection, reconciliation and celebration.