Parish Practice

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01 March 2018 | by Esther Butler

Welcome to Wales

It takes commitment and planning, but small ecumenical groups of Christians can put their faith into action by supporting resettled refugees across the UK

The Alpha Course aims to help those who take part to an understanding of what it means to be a Christian. A Catholic priest found his congregation wanted to take part and were happy afterwards that they did.

A priest is necessarily a hands-on pastor … but he must be an ‘enabler’ of the laity, chosen according to their gifts, to take part in this role

01 November 2017 | by Sean Wales

Grassroots theology

A monthly study group established to discuss Scripture and Vatican documents proved enormously successful, and its exploration of Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia was particularly fruitful

04 October 2017 | by Bernard Cotter

Seize the special day

Baptisms, weddings and funerals are typically occasions when many people who don’t normally set foot in a church are present. These are precious times when evangelisation by priest and parishioners is possible

30 August 2017 | by Rachel Walker

The blessings of ageing

The impression we often get from the media is that older people are a burden on society. Parishes can highlight how their wisdom, experience and prayers can help us all to appreciate the gift of life

The evangelical mission of the parish is sometimes on the periphery of its activities. In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis urges us to let the missionary impulse enrich parish life. Here are some ways that it can

The title of a July Catholic People’s Week at a Lancashire Monastery next week is “Bringing Francis into the parish”. Since becoming Pope, Francis has issued Evangelii Gaudium (the “Joy of the Gospel”) and Laudato Si’ (“On the Care For Our Common Home”). He says: “An authentic faith, which is never comfortable or completely personal, always involves a deep desire to change the world” (EG183).The Catholic People’s Week will explore how this is realised in parishes.

28 June 2017 | by Peter Michael Scott

Responding to disaster

In the early hours of 14 June, as news of the Grenfell Tower fire spread, and emergency services responded, so too did local faith communities. A Catholic chaplain explains the measures parishes should have in place

18 June 2017 | by Catherine Vale

Fear of the news

Sharing bad news is, sometimes, unavoidable. The recent terror attacks in London Bridge and Manchester Arena have dominated headlines and much of the general election campaign narrative over the past month.


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