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Welcome back to our monthly E-Newsletter!

Happy New Year! As January gets under way, 2022 is shaping up to be a busy year in our diocese. The Synod remains a key focus for us both as a diocese and a universal Church, and Bishop John invites people across the length and breadth of our diocese to take part in the process, to help us better understand what kind of Church God is calling us to be. 

We are also delighted to announce the return of events such as our annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, and have also opened registrations for young people in our diocese to join our Youth Ministry Team in travelling to Lisbon for World Youth Day 2023. 

This month, we are also pleased to share a lovely story from one of our parishes, which has just celebrated 25 years of dedicated service from one of its altar servers. 

We love hearing news from your parishes, so if you have any exciting events or projects going on please
let us know!

Bishop John Invites us to join In with the Synod

As 2022 begins, we look ahead, with our thoughts and prayers focused on our future and that of the church. The Synod, called by Pope Francis in 2021, is a prime opportunity for us to hear what God wants for the Church as it goes forward.

Bishop John is eager to invite us all to take part in the synodal process and has provided us with a short breakdown of the aims of the synod within the Diocese of Salford and the wider world.

Click the button below to read more from Bishop John and to find out more about how you can get involved. 

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Registration opens for World Youth Day 2023
World Youth Day 2023 is set to take place between 1-6 August 2023 in Lisbon.

Young adults aged between 16 and 30 years of age (by June 2023) are invited to join the Salford Diocesan Youth team in Portugal to greet our Pope and celebrate with like-minded young adults.

You can register your interest now by clicking the button below.
Register now!
Caritas Sunday
Each year in our diocese, the final weekend of January is usually designated Caritas Sunday, and is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work of Caritas Diocese of Salford, as our diocesan social action agency.

Through campaigns such as Caritas Sunday, vital funds can be raised to help support people across our diocese by helping people out of homelessness; giving families advice on tenancies, household bills, and benefits; supporting people into education, training, and employment; ensuring older people receive a befriending service and support to attend medical appointments, activities, or events to prevent isolation and ill health; and supporting children and young people with their difficulties. 

Click the button below to find out more about Caritas Sunday and how you can make a difference.
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and finally...Congratulations on 25 Years' Service!
We are delighted to congratulate one of our altar servers, who has reached a significant milestone in his service.

Luke, from Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella parish in Lostock Hall, has been serving as a much-valued altar server for 25 years at St Gerard's. 

On 26th December - the day we usually celebrate the Feast of St Stephen, the Patron Saint of Altar Servers - Fr Joe Gee presented Luke with a specially-commissioned memorial to thank him for his continued service. 

We would like to join Fr Joe and the parishioners of Our Lady and St Gerard's in thanking Luke and all our altar servers and volunteers for their dedication. 
Top Tips for a Greener 2022

As the hubbub of the Christmas season subsides and we all begin to look towards the year ahead, it’s the perfect time take stock and contemplate some of the changes we’d like to make to our daily lives.

With COP26 and the G7 last year, the environment was the word on everybody’s lips, but as 2022 dawns, now is the time for action.

Whatever small step you can take is a step in the right direction and there are plenty of ways you can make a difference to our planet without it costing the earth.

Click here for top tips!
Upcoming events

As we head into a new year, we're delighted to welcome you back to in-person events, as well as maintaining a virtual offer for people preferring to join via Zoom. Find out more about upcoming events below:


Synodality in the Universal Church with Sr Nathalie Becquart
Online event (Zoom)
Wednesday 19th January, 7.30pm

Join us for an online talk with Sr Nathalie Becquart. Sr Nathalie is the Undersecretary of the Vatican Synod Office, coordinating the Universal Synod 2021-2023. As part of our Formation Series on Synodality, we will be hearing from Sr Nathalie as she shares her experience of Synodality across the Universal Church.

Click here for more information. 
 



“Luke – A Companion on our Journey” with Fr Chris Lough
Online event (Zoom)
Thursday 27th January, 7pm

As we will be hearing The Gospel according to Luke at Sunday Mass for much of the coming year, Fr Chris Lough is going to lead an introduction to this beautiful Gospel and its companion volume, the Acts of the Apostles, outlining some of the main themes and ideas to look out for over the coming weeks and months. There will also be an opportunity to work in a relaxed way with some of the wonderful stories that St Luke sets before us.

Click
here to register. 

 


 
The local reality of the Church in the Diocese of Salford; Blessings and Challenges
Conference Room 1, Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP and online
Wednesday 9 February, 7pm

Throughout Stage Four of our Hope in the Future journey, we will have a number of opportunities for you to explore our faith and role as missionary disciples through our formation series. Our next event welcomes Bishop John Arnold, who will be leading a session called The local reality of the Church in the Diocese of Salford; Blessings and Challenges.

This event will also be available to attend online. 

Click here to find out more and register now.
 



In Preparation for Lent: Young Adults Retreat
Theodore House, Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, BB7 9PZ
26 - 27 February 2022

Join other young adults from across our diocese with a weekend of prayer and reflection to help us better prepare for Lent.

The cost of the retreat is £40 (this has been partially subsidised) and will include bed, breakfast, lunch, and evening meal.

To find out more and register your interest, please email salfordyoungadults@vol.dioceseofsalford.org.uk or click here to download a poster.

Do you have some good news to share?

We are always looking to hear news from our parishes.
How have you been making Hope in the Future a reality in your parish?

Prayer groups?
Charity work?
Events like Alpha or Nightfever?
Holding deanery gatherings?
Shared leadership teams?

Let us know what you've been doing by emailing: communications@dioceseofsalford.org.uk 
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