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Invited Season II launches after Easter during Eastertide – the weeks between Easter and Pentecost, with the first of 6 episodes premiered on our website on Monday 18 April. Season II, ‘Growing in Faith’ is all about day-to-day experiences, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows – Join us, as we explore what it really means to be a follower, or disciple of Jesus.

A new episode will be released on the Diocesan Invited webpage every Monday during the Easter Season enabling you to watch great speakers, hear wonderful testimony, and engage in a time of prayer and reflection. Each film will be followed by an in person parish group or an online diocesan wide online conversation on Thursday evenings – beginning 21 April. To find out more please visit the Invited webpage where you can also watch a short Season II teaser.

Resources for Invited Season 2: Growing in Faith

An Invited Novena and Consecration to the Holy Spirit 27th May – 4th June 2022 

Invited Booklet Season 1: Moving Forward in Mission

The first season of Invited brought people across our Diocese together, while exploring God’s great love for us and journeying in faith with one another saw many friendships formed. The mission doesn’t end there, and our Formation Team look forward to meeting many of you again online or in person over the coming months.  This booklet highlights the many ways you can get involved in the Church both locally and across our Diocese. We hope that you will be engaged and inspired by the wide range of opportunities available, continuing our shared work and mission. Contact details are provided with each entry and we welcome people getting in touch, even it’s just to find out more!

Season 1 of Invited continues with five new ‘deep dive’ films

 

Invited Monthy Reflection February 2022

Invited Monthly Reflection January 2022

Invited Monthly Reflection December 2021

Invited Monthly Reflection November 2021

Invited Monthly Reflection October 2021

Invited Monthly Reflection September 2021

Invited Monthly Reflection August 2021

Invited Monthly Reflection July 2021

Social Action Commission Annual Report 2022

Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of human traffickers, becoming unpaid modern-day slaves in their own countries and abroad. Our Diocese is committed to combatting modern slavery in all its guises and has set up a Steering Group attached to our Social Action Commission which aims to:

Facilitate and co-ordinate public awareness of Modern Slavery and its abolition.
Support the practical needs of the victims of modern slavery in conjunction with relevant organisations and groups – including the provision of safe accommodation for those rescued from slavery.
Assist the Police in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The Diocese has been working jointly with Sussex and Surrey Police to provide safe, supervised accommodation for victims of trafficking and exploitation. The fully furnished ‘safe house’ will provide an important haven for survivors pending a decision to enter the National Referral Mechanism.

Join this important movement for change, to find out more:

Fighting Modern Slavery Issue 1 November 2020

Fighting Modern Slavery Issue 2

Fighting Modern Slavery Issue 3 May 2021

Fighting Modern Slavery Issue 4 August 2021

Fighting Modern Slavery Issue 5 November 2021

Visit the modern slavery section of the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan website.

Pope Francis has regularly spoken out against slavery and human trafficking. You can read more here.

MODERN SLAVERY ABOLITION GROUP – LOOKING FOR AMBASSADORS! 

Our Diocesan Group is working on a joint enterprise with Together in Sussex to raise awareness of modern slavery. Together we would like to recruit ‘Ambassadors’ who would be willing to be involved in the process. Briefly, they are a point of contact, trained in anti-slavery issues and will generally be part of our campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery. For more information, to express a non-obligation interest, please email Tessa.Ricketts@abdiocese.org.uk

 

The Diocesan Ministry of Consolation: Do you have a good ear for listening? Are you able to support people who are going through a difficult time? Do you feel you are able to journey with those who are experiencing the loss of someone important in their life? If the answer is yes to these questions, you might be interested in joining the Diocesan Ministry of Consolation team of Bereavement Befrienders?

If you would like to find out more details, please email simon.south@abdiocese.org.uk for more information.

The Diocese’s Refugee Crisis Fund was established by Bishop Richard in 2015. Since its inception, the resources generously donated to the Fund have helped people in need of all ages and backgrounds, across our community. By donating financially, giving of your time as volunteers and offering your prayers and intentions, our many parishes have helped to promote the important mission of the Church and make the lives of refugees and asylum seekers living in our Diocese more hopeful.

Each year, the Diocese take more than 700 pilgrims to Lourdes to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. The group includes 130 pilgrims who are sick, disabled, frail or elderly and need our help to make the journey. Our pilgrimage is ‘Love In Action’, we journey to Lourdes to serve each other and to renew our commitment to walk with Jesus Christ with the help of Our Lady and St Bernadette.

The Lourdes Office are very pleased to announce that online applications for the 2022 diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, 29 July – 4 August, are now open. Online applications can be made by visiting their website. Paper application forms for those who require assistance can be accessed through the Lourdes Office. Please click here to email your name and address to our team, or call 01403 740110.

The Catholic Bishops of Arundel and Brighton 1965-2020 by Dr Paul Severn is published by the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society, price £4.00. Find out more here.

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