FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN THE PASTORAL AREA & DEANERY
'BORN FOR THIS'
A MOVING PORTRAYAL OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Through drama and music the people of Avon Stour pastoral area bring the Easter story to life, detailing the final hours of Jesus Christ.
Please join us this Lent for a poignant and moving liturgy during Palm Sunday weekend.
3.00pm either Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th March
St Joseph's Church, 67, Purewell, Christchurch BH23 1EH
FREE ADMISSION - ALL ARE WELCOME!
Some scenes from the rehearsals:
Musician and choir practice:
KNOWING AND USING THE BIBLE
There are three opportunities to deepen your knowledge of the Bible across the Pastoral Area:
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible - This excellent 8-week DVD course is being run at Sacred Heart, Ringwood, and anyone from the Pastoral Area is invited. The course, which gives an excellent overview of the bible and how it relates to everyday life, is on Wednesday mornings at 10.45am (following morning Mass), and repeated on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm, beginning on 21st/22nd February. There will be four sessions prior to Holy week and Easter, then four more beginning 11th/12th April. For more information contact Terry Mee on 01425 479597 or email@example.com.
Highcliffe Bible Study Group - Meets every Wednesday from 7.15pm in the Annexe at Holy Redeemer Church, Highcliffe (15 Kilmington Way BH23 5BL) led by John Murphy.
NOTE: This group will be moving to Thursday evenings after Easter
Christchurch Parish Home Scripture Group - Meets every Wednesday from 7.30pm in Mudeford, led by Moira Whelan
(01425 279467 or 07722 170117)
Dipping your toe into the Bible - for busy people...
The Bible Society has a great new resource specifically to help Catholics get started on reading the Bible, even if they are busy people! Visit this website for tips to get started and a short video story. www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/word-on-the-go/
Other Dates for your Diary…
1.Alpha - meeting for anyone potentially interested in helping to get another Alpha Course going: Tue 24th April, 7pm for 7.30-9pm St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Christchurch
2.C2F Youth Come to the Feast – Fridays evenings 27 April, 11 May, 8 June 7-8.30pm at St Joseph’s
3.Welcome to Worship – next one will be Tue 15th May, 7-9pm (just before Pentecost) at St Joseph’s, Christchurch. Theme: The Holy Spirit
4.Day for Readers – An important day for all those who read the Scripture in church: Sat 16th June, probably at St Bede’s, Basingstoke. More details in due course
5.Day for Catechists – An important day for all those involved in a teaching ministry, e.g. Sacramental Preparation & Children’s Liturgy: Sat 20th October, 10am-4pm at Portsmouth Cathedral. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/formation/
COME TO THE FEAST
What is the Mass really about and why do Catholics say it is so important?
How do you answer when someone asks you: “Why do you do…?” or “Why do you say…?” How can we deepen our understanding and experience of coming to Mass?
Throughout November 2017, the whole Pastoral Area is invited to explore the Mass together – broken down into 5 sections
** Special focus at all Sunday Masses **
** Local ‘house groups’ to go deeper **
** Youth Events **
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION
The Avon and Stour branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association, meets at St Joseph’s parish centre on the 4th Tuesday of the month, except July, August and December. The next meeting will be at 10.00am on Tuesday 24th October. All are welcome to pray with us for our families and those around the world. Contacts:- Ann-Marie on 01202 463488 and Jane on 01202 020375.
Preparing for next Sunday…
The Diocese Formation for Mission team have organised weekly ‘webinars’ to help adults get to grips with the Mass readings for the following weekend. They are every Wednesday 7-8pm, and you do not have to participate every week, just whenever you would like to. You can also view past webinars at any time. Details at http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/formation/webinar/
Who is Jesus...?
ALPHA coming Lent-Pentecost 2017
Did you know we have a Pastoral Area Facebook group? If you use Facebook, you are invited to join – search for “Avon Stour Pastoral Area” and then click on “Join”. It serves as a forum for us to share information about Pastoral Area matters or of particular interest to Pastoral Area members. Currently we have 55 members and it is a Closed Group, which means the posts are not viewable by the general public. The more members we have, the more useful this group will become. Here is a link to this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/985692274837818/
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