"We can’t step away from the world altogether but sometimes, even every day, we need to step back from the world into that space within us where God sits quietly, to see things as they are, to get perspective and to approach the world anew."
Couples from around the diocese are being asked to share via the Marriage & Family Life Facebook page their own inspirations for living out their vocation as spouses and parents in the domestic church.
This year Caritas Brentwood was organising the annual Mass for Migrants on behalf of the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood (picture above from 2017). The Mass honours all those migrant workers who have made such a contribution to our society and is traditionally held near the feast of St Joseph the Worker. It was
In these challenging days we need to support each other and, especially, look after and pray for the vulnerable and elderly... each and every act of kindness, in imitation of our Lord, reminds us that we are truly blessed by God.
The Norbertines at Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford invite you to take part in an online retreat during Holy Week and attend liturgies virtually via their Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChlkkivPXvddwvUOQzd9itA
"I would invite people to watch the videos with the gospel text of John before them, so that in new circumstances we can celebrate the new life of the Risen Jesus which we have received, and which guides and nourishes us even in the most difficult circumstances."
The 'Year of the God who Speaks', inaugurated by Bishop Alan at Gidea Park, aims to encourage greater love of and familiarity with the Bible. Talks will be posted on the revamped What Good News website, adding to its rich archive.
In recent years a wave of prayer that has taken its name from the Our Father, called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, has been spreading around the world with individuals, families and churches of every Christian denomination praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. As part of this movement, on the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday,
Who could you nominate? The awards honour the achievements of young people across the country who make our communities and the world a better place, taking their inspiration from Catholic social teaching.
The Bishops said the document arising from the Youth Synod is "a great invitation from Pope Francis asking all of us to reflect on so many aspects of our world today, a world in which hunger, homelessness, violence, cruelty and exploitation touch and diminish the lives of so many young people".
Thirty five people from our Diocese, including a number from the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service, travelled earlier this year to World Youth Day in Panama and Costa Rica. Here, some young pilgrims tell their stories.
A series of Passion paintings by Andrew White will be on show at Brentwood Cathedral during Lent. Fr Martin Boland will be reflecting on each painting on successive Sundays on BBC Essex. You can listen to his reflections here.
Don't miss the chance to hear Fr Alban McCoy, Dean of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, talk about how Pope Francis has fostered the renewal of the Catholic Church - and ask how that renewal might be sustained.
With a well-known rap artist alongside video input from Jean Vanier and prayerful reflection from a Cardinal and an Archbishop, as well as superb music, drama from RISE theatre, and live art work, there is much to inspire at the fourth Flame Congress for young people in March. Don't miss it.
A new website to draw together and support social justice groups and organisations is under construction in the Diocese - and needs your input by 18 October. Don't miss the opportunity to tell your stories and attract new volunteers.
“The story of a little, poor, ill girl here in 1858 shows us that even those who think themselves weak, excluded, written off, even they – and especially they – can find themselves planted in rich soil.”
The encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu, the 'magna carta' of biblical studies, was published by Pope Pius XII 75 years ago in the middle of WWII. Hungarian scholar Fr Levente Martos Balazs visited the UK recently to mark its anniversary.
There are a few spaces left on this free Reframe workshop in Hornchurch, which aims to enable Catholics to be confident witnesses to their faith, sharing the Church’s teaching in a spirit of understanding.