EVANGELII GAUDIUM – THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
Pope Francis writes, at the start of his letter to the Church, “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.” He invites all Christians everywhere to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them.
In our Parish we have made a start responding to Pope Francis by arranging six meetings to examine our Faith through this document. So far we have had two gatherings before Christmas, each lasting one hour. Groups of around eight parishioners read and discuss the message in an atmosphere of welcoming friendship.
Here are some comments from parishioners who attended;
“I really enjoy these groups—meeting with others and talking about our Faith”
“Another excellent and thought provoking session”
“Very friendly group, it was easy to participate for someone who finds it difficult to open up”
We have arranged four more sessions leading up to Easter and invite ALL parishioners to come and experience these groups. The meetings start at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre with refreshments served from 7.15pm. They end at 8.30pm but those who wish may stay on to discuss some issues in greater depth. What a great thing to do for Lent! Please come and join us.
The dates for your diary are 3rd February, 17th February, 2nd March and 9th March.
Parishioners will be available to explain more to anyone interested after all Masses next weekend, 30th/31st January.
We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd February.