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Welcome to Grapevine

In these strange times, it's more important than ever to stay in touch.  That's why we're joining forces to bring you a regular newsletter which combines the best of the news from the Adult Formation Department and Justice & Peace Commission.  It's the essential bulletin for missionary disciples in Nottingham Diocese.

Whilst we can't meet in our parishes, or at deanery or diocesan events, we are still the Church.  We've chosen the name Grapevine because even if we're socially-distanced, in Jesus the true vine we are still nourished by the same soil and ripened by the same sun.

This is our first edition, so we won't be surprised if there are a few teething problems.  By the time the pandemic's over, we may have got the hang of it, and may even carry on!  Please let us know how you find your first issue of Grapevine and what kinds of news you're looking for, and we'll endeavour to meet your needs.

God bless and stay safe,
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
Diane (Adult Formation Administrator)

In this issue
  1. Introducing the Nottingham Diocesan Internet Café
  2. Networked Parishes: ideas for pastoral care
  3. Caritas: join a webinar to develop parish social action
  4. The God who Speaks: photo challenge
  5. Mary's month at Good Shepherd, Arnold
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The Diocesan Internet Café

The Nottingham Diocesan Internet Café is a one-stop shop for you and your parish during the Covid-19 pandemic. Help your parish to thrive, and your own discipleship to flourish, during lockdown and beyond.

New items are being added to the menu all the time, but already you'll find a wide range of advice and support:

Networked Parishes

Parishes in our diocese are finding creative ways to care for the vulnerable and help parishioners keep in touch with each other - both online and offline.  We've collected some of them together in this four-page guide.  There are a wealth of ideas, including the sample illustrated above.  See what might work for your parish.  And if you are doing something others could try let us know and we’ll pass it on.

Caritas - love and justice for a wounded world

Join a webinar on Monday 18 May at 2.00 p.m.

Nottingham Diocese is joining the worldwide Caritas network. Soon we’ll be part of one of the biggest humanitarian organisations in the world. Find out about plans for Caritas in Nottingham.

Our prospectus lays out six ‘ministries’ which we can help you develop in your parish, all of which will be ever more necessary after lockdown:

  • Building communities of missionary disciples
  • Environment and global responsibility
  • Poverty and dignity
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Tackling social isolation.

Want to find out more? Sign up for an interactive webinar on 18 May where you can help to shape Catholic social action in our parishes after the pandemic. It will take place on Zoom, but you can also join with a simple landline telephone.

The God Who Speaks

One initiative for The Year of The Word involves people taking a photograph of what they see from their window, door or on their walk and match it to a verse in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the God Who Speaks in our everyday lives. Take a look around at the beauty and share it with us all. So, get that phone out and take a photo of what inspires you and send it to Diane, along with your Bible passage, your area and name (if it is to be published) for it to be uploaded onto the website for us all to view.

Cheryl Broodryk of Good Shepherd parish, Arnold, writes: In honour of Our Lady for her month of May, we have established a Prayer Tree in The Lady Chapel at the Good Shepherd Church. We are encouraging anyone who would like to post  or email their prayer requests.  They will be transcribed and hung upon the prayer tree on their behalf. It was chosen as a tremendous opportunity to constantly build and maintain the church community spirit that binds us altogether in the Divine family. Stay safe and God Bless.

What is your parish is doing for Mary's month, or during lockdown? 
Contact us and we'll showcase a selection here.
Diane Williams Diane Williams
Paul Bodenham Paul Bodenham
Diocesan Internet Café Diocesan Internet Café
Adult Formation Adult Formation
Justice & Peace Justice & Peace
Justice & Peace Justice & Peace
J&P and Caritas J&P and Caritas
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