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Year of Mission - We can begin to tell we are drawing towards the end of the Church’s year as our readings begin to draw us to
consider the last things and the last times. What characterizes the disciple as we await the coming of the Lord? Alertness, that sense of having
one’s eyes open to seeing where the Lord is near, where he is here with us. We do not know when the Lord will come again – all we know is that
he will come for he is faithful to his word. When we look around we can see something of the ‘distress’ that the prophet Daniel speaks of. It is
into the distress of those around us that we can speak of God’s presence. We are called to be the nearness of God, the closeness of God, through
the way we allow God’s word of peace to touch the lives of others. Maybe that’s our mission this week: to speak of God’s closeness and bring peace
where there is distress and dis-ease.
(Fr Christopher Whitehead)
On Tuesday 27th November at 7pm in our Cathedral, Bishop Declan invites our parishes and communities to join him at a celebration of Evening Prayer during which he will present to each parish, community and school the resources for the Year of Prayer starting the following weekend.
New Liturgy Course for 2019 - to accompany and complement our Diocesan Year of Prayer, the Liturgy Office is hosting a new course entitled ‘Understanding and Praying the Liturgy’. It will seek to enable us to enter more deeply into our understanding of the Mass both as an encounter with the Risen Christ and as prayer itself. Beginning with Bishop Declan we will be guided through the course by a number of excellent speakers, both from within and outside the diocese. Full details can be found by phoning Richard Williams or Doreen Wyatt on 01179 025595 or by visiting the diocesan website.