The next Ablaze Mass will be held at St Laurence Church, Milton Road, Cambridge at 6pm.
All welcome for Mass, worship and great music.
It may well have passed you by, but the bishops of England and Wales issued a second questionnaire related to the two back-to-back Synods on marriage and family life. St Laurence parish organised some awareness-raising and hosted a discussion group to collect useful feedback to pass to the bishops regarding their consultation document.
The responses from all dioceses were all returned to the Bishops’ Conference at Pentecost, and they have spent the intervening time pondering what we, the Body of Christ, had to say.
Before they head to the Synod in Rome (4th-25th October), the bishops have kindly published a summary of the responses they received. It makes for sobering reading, and one hopes that the bishops will take careful note of the voices raised in response to their questions.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will be active at the Synod and that God’s divine will be done in his church.
This is the wording of the joint statement signed and released by the French and British bishops – Anglican and Catholic who attended the solidarity event in Calais last weekend.
We leaders of churches alongside the English Channel have joined in solidarity with this Day of Action in Calais and repeat our calls for people to respond to the growing crisis by showing generosity to those who are exiled from their homeland. These vulnerable men, women and childrenshare in our common humanity and everyone can help them to live in dignity and contribute to civil society.
People of all faiths and none can assist by providing financial and material support, time and skills, shelter and accommodation. Above all, we can pray and gather information to support pleas for better treatment in our nations and across the European Union. We wish to counter the myths that lead to prejudice and fear and urge politicians to envisage new policies that go beyond merely closing frontiers and employing increased numbers of security staff.
We resolve to work together to encourage residents to create a climate of welcome for strangers and we trust that we will be joined in this by all who gather in places of worship along the frontiers of European nations.
The bishops of England and Wales are asking us to contact our MP (that will be Heidi Allen for most of us) to ask them to oppose the Assisted Dying Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.
See Catholic News’s website here.
Today, we wait.
After the roller-coaster ride of Holy Week, we finally get a chance to stop for a moment.
It is the Jewish day of rest: the Sabbath.
We do well to take this sacred rest, for Jesus is shortly to give us a whole lot of work to do, and we’ll need to gather our strength.
We are delighted to welcome Claire and Christy to the Cambourne Catholic Church Committee: they were elected unopposed during Mass this evening.
We also say goodbye with grateful hearts to Mel, Lori and Tony who have worked so hard over the last year to get everything established.
Patrick Brannagan stepped down as chair. He will remain on the committee for the next year to advise the new chair, who will be selected at the committee’s first meeting.