As our Lenten season comes to a close and we approach this most sacred time of Holy Week, we begin this month's E-Newsletter with some fantastic resources from members of our clergy to help you during this solemn week.
First is a fascinating insight into the striking Stations of the Cross at the Hidden Gem church in Manchester. Led by our Episcopal Vicar for Formation, Fr Paul Daly, this online series uses reflections written by Emeritus Bishop of Salford, Bishop Brain, to guide us in prayer. It also features a beautiful performance of "At the Cross her Station Keeping" from the Choral Scholars of Salford Cathedral.
Next, we invite you to pray with our Youth Ministry Team along Christ's Journey to the Cross. This seven-day series takes a closer look at some of the key characters from St Luke's Gospel that appear in the final hours of Jesus' life.
We also have updates from Caritas Diocese of Salford on their work to support people affected by the war in Ukraine, in addition to the latest news on the Universal Synod, and our diocesan pilgrimages to Walsingham and Lourdes.
With other news, resources, and key dates for your diary, we hope this month's E-News will be a valuable read!
We wish you a prayerful Holy Week and a very happy Easter!
Online Stations of the Cross from The Hidden Gem
In the days leading up to Easter, the Diocese of Salford will be presenting a digital version of the Stations of the Cross using the striking paintings from The Hidden Gem Church, Mulberry Street, Manchester.
The Stations will give people the opportunity to pray and meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross through the powerful reflections written by Bishop Brain.
A new station is added to our website, Facebook and Instagram pages each day, or you can watch the whole series so far by clicking the link below.
Journey to the Cross: One-minute reflections on characters from Christ's Passion
Follow in the steps of Our Lord this Holy Week as our Youth Ministry team leads us in thoughtful reflections on the final walk of Jesus.
Each minute-long reflection takes a closer look at different characters from St Luke's Gospel - from Peter denying Jesus, to the two criminals that were crucified with Christ - to help immerse us in scripture this Holy Week.
As the war in Ukraine continues, our diocesan social action charity Caritas Diocese of Salford is working hard to provide vital support to those in need.
Through its partnership with Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, and Bulgaria, as well as associated organisations such as CAFOD and the DEC Appeal, Caritas Salford has helped to direct critical aid to people in Ukraine and those displaced across Europe.
Now, as the UK prepares to welcome refugees, the charity is busily preparing to provide accommodation and additional care and support packages for people arriving in our own diocese.
To find out more about how you can support those affected by the war both at home and across Europe, please click the link below.
Walk for Creation: A Reflective Walk for Parish Groups
Following on from its successful Climate Walk ahead of COP26, the Diocese of Salford has created a helpful guide to help more parish groups carry out their own walk to reflect on caring for our common home.
Plans are also in place for the return of our Diocesan Climate Walk on Sunday 2 October. We’d love to see you there!
We'd like to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone who has taken part in the first stage of the Universal Synod. We received a fantastic total of more than 1500 responses from people of all ages and backgrounds from right across our diocese. We greatly value your input and care for the future of our Church.
The responses have been examined and compiled into a diocesan report, which Bishop John will now send on to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, who will then discern on the responses from all dioceses in England and Wales. Another report will then be created and sent on to the Vatican's Synod Office.
Our diocesan response will be available to read in the near future. Please check the Synod page on our website for any updates and we look forward to working with you again on the next stage of our journey.
We are delighted to announce that our annual pilgrimages to Walsingham and Lourdes will be returning in 2022.
Bishop John will be leading our annual pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in England on Saturday 7th May 2022, and will then be returning with us to Lourdes between Friday 29th July and Thursday 4th August 2022.
Details and booking forms are now available for both pilgrimages and we are asking people who would like to join us to register their interest now.
Please click here for more information on our Walsingham pilgrimage.
Please click here to find out more about joining us in Lourdes.
As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, 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:
Formation Series: Fr Gerard Kelly - Personal Encounter with Jesus Wednesday 27th April 2022, 7:30pm – 9:00pm Cathedral Centre, Salford, M3 6DP and via Zoom.
Throughout Stage Four of our Hope in the Future journey, we will have several opportunities to explore our faith and role as missionary disciples through our formation series. On Wednesday 27 April 2022, Fr Gerard Kelly will lead a reflection about having a Personal Encounter with Jesus.
Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:00pm. Following the talk there will be chance to ask questions.
Divine Renovation UK Open House: Salford Cathedral Centre (3 Ford Street, Salford, England, M3 6DP) Saturday, 14th May 2022, 9:30am - 5pm
Divine Renovation UK will be leading a session to help you explore ideas on how to breathe new life into your parish with this day-long event. Connect with other parishes that have come alive by pursuing mission, hear inspiring stories, and be encouraged to start renewing your parish.
Cost: £35 per person, including lunch and refreshments. Discount available for parish teams of 4 or more (including parish priest) by using the code PARISH4 at checkout.
SVP Manchester Central Council Annual Festival – “True North” Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton Sunday 24th April, 2pm
Bishop John will celebrate Mass in the chapel at Thornleigh, followed by refreshments and a short meeting and discussion in the adjoining hall.
It will be our first meeting of this kind for a couple of years and it would be lovely to see as many friends as possible alongside SVP members. All are welcome.
It will be a chance to catch up with each other, to meet our two new Membership Support Officers, and to look at how we take forward our ambition for a dynamic, growing Society, as we emerge from Covid restrictions.