Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean
and St. Patrick's, Woodingdean
Godly Play: Godly Play is a creative and engaging way of praying with children, young people and even adults! Telling stories helps us explore God’s story,
Bible stories, our own story, and where we fit in to it all. Are you involved with, or interested in Godly Play?
Join members of the Diocesan Formation Team on Zoom, on Saturday 21st November at 10.30am. Please contact [email protected] for booking information.
Young Adults of the Diocese 20-30yrs old
Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings)
Before the current restrictions, our Youth and Young Adults’ Advisor had plenty of big plans for helping you get to know other Catholics of a similar age, to form communities where you are free to be yourself, to explore your faith, to grow in friendship, and to be a safe place for you to realise your Catholic identity.
However, this has all had to go on hold. We cannot have a Prosecco and Praise night and remain Covid secure! What we would like to do is invite anyone who is interested to join a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs.
If this sounds like a project you would like to be a part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary Rosie at [email protected] or 01293 651161
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.