As school starts up again, the Parish also swings into its educative cycle. But we speak of ‘catechesis’, rather than teaching. They are close, but should not be confused. RE is teaching and learning about religion – a subject which doesn’t necessarily demand belief from teacher, or pupil. But Catechesis, such as preparing for the sacraments, or the children’s liturgy of the Word, is something very different: It is faith talking to faith. The faith of the catechist speaks to and stirs up the faith of the children, young people, or adults they work with (and often the other way too). In this way, we are all called to be Catechists for one another in the Parish, and to be Catechised. This is what we will enjoy with Elliot (our seminarian who joins us this year); this is what parents are called to at home; This is what we work at in sacramental preparation; this is the ‘added on’ that our teachers give in our ‘faith schools’; and this is the life of our Parish. Where and how do you share faith now (you might be surprised!)? Where and how could you, or would you like to do more?
St Helen’s would like to extend a warm welcome to Elliot Hanson, seminarian, who comes to spend his fourth year of formation for ministerial priesthood with us. We look forward to what he will bring us of youth, energy, and new thinking, and willingly offer him the experience and joy of Parish life. Please note we are all asked to take part in this ‘formation’: Priesthood is not a job, but a way of life, so Elliot is not learning, we are not teaching – together we are sharing and growing in a way of life and faith. You can read a little more about Elliot’s faith journey on the Archdiocese website.
The Cardinal Newman High School 50th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in our church at 6.30pm this Friday, 8th September. All past and present pupils and their families are invited. The School has been a most important agency and formative influence for our Parish, and we are honoured to be asked to host this celebration. We will continue the celebration in the Community Hall after Mass.
Thank you and congratulations to the Family Groups who trecked to England to join in the ‘First National Family Groups Mass’ in Northampton. Gloria Moruzzi received a candle from Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton on behalf of our group: The candle is
on display this weekend and will be used in future Family Group events. The Group also brought back copies of the Order of Service, which are available in the porch.
Adults who wish to explore becoming a Catholic, or who simply wish to find out more about the Catholic faith, are welcome to ‘come and see’, as Jesus invited his first followers. The Looking Into The Faith group is aimed at those who would like to become Catholics or who would just like to know more about the faith. We should hasten to add that the group is also made up of people from the parish who come along to learn and to support those who may enter into the church. Our meetings are very informal and take place every Thursday – we’ll even make you a cup of tea and offer you some biscuits! Father John is always there (except when he attends meetings) as we explore the faith through a course called Evangelium (and the excellent Catholicism series), which offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. This course is delivered through a PowerPoint presentation and covers many of the questions you have about the Catholic faith.
If you’d like to know more, visit our Looking Into the Faith page on this website. And please let your friends and family know about this group.
We’d like to share one of our Facebook posts that shows some pictures from the outdoor mass which we held on the lawn of the presbytery on Sunday. It was a lovely event and enjoyed by all who attended. Please follow us on Facebook for more updates like this (just click on the link below and follow when on Facebook).