A message from Bishop Peter
The full text of the Bishop's message as spoken on the video is available to download here.
The Bishop's Homily on the Year of Prayer and Vocation preached on the Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December, may be read here and downloaded here.
The following is excerpted from the DVD shown in parishes on the first weekend of Advent 2017.
"If you were around in the Diocese in 2007, you will remember that I asked everyone to embrace three “Cs”
– Confidence in God and in one another
– Conversation with God and conversation as a graceful way of talking with one another about what is really important
– and Connections to foster a greater sense of belonging to Christ and his Church and to find ways of connecting with wider society.
Confidence, Conversation and Connection are even more important for us today. The source of those three “C’s” remains our friendship with Jesus. That friendship gives hope and joy in our hearts.
Our sense of vocation means that we look beyond ourselves, at how best we serve God and his people. Our congregations have a constantly changing character and in almost all parts of the Diocese there are expanding housing developments. . . . The coming year looks to be an exciting time for the Church both nationally and globally.
. . For that reason, I am launching a Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation, with those two themes woven into the life and worship of our parishes and schools. Then with the power of prayer and with an awareness of our vocation, we can seek to make disciples, to make new friends for Christ, and to do that with the confidence, to have conversations and to make connections. To help us to do that, we are putting a new emphasis on adult formation and the participation of us all.
. . .Please find simple ways to focus on your prayer and your vocation throughout this Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation. To help us, prayer cards and other resources are available today, and more will be made available on the website each month.
I want to end, firstly, by thanking you all for your goodness and your generosity and, secondly, with part of the solemn blessing for Advent:
“As you run the race of this present life, may the almighty and merciful God make you firm in faith, joyful in hope and active in charity. Amen.”
Bishop of Northampton
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