A&B Diocese

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Take part in Guildford Parishes' Fearless or Fusion programmes

this August 

The Catholic Parish of Guildford is formed of four very active and diverse church communities: St Joseph's, St Mary's, St Pius X and St Edward the Confessor. Aseel Gilbert, Guildford's Children, Youth & Families Coordinator and her team have created a whole month's worth of activities for primary and secondary aged children starting tomorrow (1st) which they would like to share. These fantastic programmes can be undertaken at home and encourage children and young people to engage with their faith through gentle learning, creativity and enjoyment.

Their 'Fearless, 31 days of Summer' programme is aimed at children in school years 3-6 and can be found here.

The 'Fusion' programme for secondary school students in years 7-9 can be accessed here.

Do you have youth activities or youth events you'd like us to share? Please contact our Communications Officer here with details.

Young Children and the Bible

Very young children enjoy investigating the world around them and can be very visual. The God Who Speaks team have created another 'Top 10' list exploring animals in the Bible, with the under five age group very much in mind. Visit their website to find out more.

Fleur Dorrell reviews her favourite novels with sacred themes

Many of us have had to change our plans this summer. Those who are going away on holiday may find the experience very different this year, with those who are staying at home perhaps enjoying the weather more locally in parks and - if we have them - gardens. August offers us an opportunity to socialise safely, explore our local area and perhaps find time to pick up a book.

It has recently been announced that The God Who Speaks initiative established by the Bishop's Conference and the Bible Society to nurture a deeper engagement with the Scriptures will continue into 2021. This is wonderful news, providing us with further opportunities to make use of the many resources and programmes they offer, including summer reading suggestions from Fleur Dorrell their Catholic Scripture Engagement Manager. Are you looking for a book with a sacred theme?  Click here to discover Fleur's top ten reading suggestions.

Caritas urges action against human trafficking

Yesterday (30th) was 'World Day Against Trafficking in Persons'. The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people's lives in many ways, with increasing numbers of vulnerable people at risk from human traffickers.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking and exploitation today. An already critical situation which the current health crisis has aggravated due to lack of housing and job insecurity, resulting from government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Speaking about the crisis Caritas Internationalis’ Secretary General, Aloysius John, said:

'At this moment of COVID-19, focused attention [on] the pandemic must not prevent us from taking care of the people most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation... This is what local Caritas and COATNET member organisations are doing all over the world, along with other civil society organisations, providing much-needed safety nets for victims of trafficking and exploitation, even during the pandemic...[accompanying] them in their difficulties, offering material, medical, legal and psychological help.'

You can find out more about Caritas' work to end human trafficking here.

Our Diocese is part of the Caritas network, Caritas is the helping hand of the Church reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.

© Caritas.org

Ordination of Deacon Thomas Kent

Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Thomas Kent, Saturday 11th July 2020 at 3pm in Arundel Cathedral.

  • Watch it live-streamed on the Arundel Cathedral YouTube Channel from 3pm.

Listen to the newly ordained Fr Thomas Kent speaking on BBC Surrey & Sussex on Sunday morning 5th July at 8.30am