The Word Who is Life
Vision for Mission looking to 2030
The Word who is Life—looking to 2030
As you know, after more than a year of consultation and reflection, the Bishop’s pastoral plan was launched at the end of last year. Some of the elements of the plan are initiatives that have already begun in the parish, such as the Growing Up Catholic programme for First Holy Communion and the Parish Family Groups.
One significant change for us is the move to Guildford deanery and the plan to work more closely with Cranleigh and Bramley parish. The deanery as a whole will become a more significant part of parish life, as that will be the focal point for many of the developments.
One area the Bishop is keen to encourage is formation and school chaplaincy. All of us need to grow in our faith, and taking formation opportunities is a great way of doing this. I would like to draw your attention to the CCRS course and School Chaplaincy Taste and See Sessions mentioned below.
Full details of the plan can be found on the diocesan website at www.dabnet.org
This is a 10 year plan, but we need to start now. Above all keep praying, and I encourage all to continue to use the prayer on the prayer cards and the leaflet.
The Church receives the mission of proclaiming and establishing among all peoples the kingdom of Christ and of God, and she is, on earth, the seed and the beginning of that Kingdom.
When he was inducted as your parish priest, Fr. Tony dedicated himself “to serve the people of this parish in such a way that they become true followers of Christ”. You in your turn committed yourselves to be “fellow workers labouring in the vineyard of the Lord, each one according to his or her ability, so that the Church may be a sign of Christ’s presence among us”.
CCRS Course in the Diocese: In support of Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Plan, the Diocese are planning a CCRS course, starting in September 2019. The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies has been established since 1991 and aims to provide an introduction to Catholic theology and give an understanding of the central truths of our Faith. It will be open to teachers working in Catholic schools, Catechists, people involved in pastoral and liturgical work and other interested adults.
Full details can be found here. For more information and to express an interest in attending the course, please contact Jon Harman, Adviser for Formation and Spirituality, at the St Philip Howard Centre: 01293 651157 or email