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Welcome to another edition of Grapevine.  This issue features an opportunity contribute to the work of Caritas as part of a role of Mission Support Assistant, based at the Curial offices in Nottingham.  You'd play a particular role in our communications and social media, and organising events and courses.  If it's not for you, you're bound to know someone to pass it on to - so please do!

We're also on the lookout for anyone who would like to help us develop the diocese's links with charities working for refugees and asylum seekers. Would you value the support of Caritas in getting involved in the local scene for refugee support?  Read on and find out how we can help each other.

As we continue through the Season of Creation, we have some more resources about how you can share in safeguarding our common home.  And don't forget to book for your local Here: Now: Us workshop coming up this Autumn.
Programme Leader for Social Action, Diocese of Nottingham

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This issue's highlights
  • Vacancy for Mission Support Assistant
  • Could you be a local Caritas refugee link?
  • Here: Now: Us: Derby - 16 October 2021, now booking
It's always worth catching up on the newsletter produced by the Justice and Peace Group at Blessed Sacrament & St Peter's in Leicester.  The last edition focused on the crisis in our wildlife populations, and the call to rewild and replenish our world.
Read the Season of Creation Newsletter
This year's Justice and Peace Conference took the theme 2021: Moment of Truth.  It included several inspiring and challenging speakers.  All are available on the Justice & Peace Network's Youtube Channel.  A good place to start is  Fr Eamonn Mulcahy's ‘Let us Dream Together: Pope Francis’ Gospel Vision for an Integral Humanity' (below):

Work with us!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to the work of Caritas and the other outreach departments of the Diocese.  Could you, or anyone you know, be our 'Mission Support Assistant'?

The postholder will join the diocesan staff to support our mission in spreading the Gospel and reaching the marginalised. You'll work with the Directors of Adult Formation, Mission and Communications and Ongoing Formation of Clergy, and for six hours a week with Caritas Diocese of Nottingham, in promoting and furthering of the diocesan vision for providing encounters with God, forming disciples in Christ, and equipping Spirit-filled missionary disciples.

Click here for details of the job

Concerned about the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants?
These are hard times for people fleeing from war, persecution, violence and poverty - made no easier by increasingly hostile policies here in the UK.  The Church has always defended the dignity of refugees and those seeking sanctuary.  In Caritas we want to be of greater service to them and those who support them.  Can you help us stand along side those the Gospel calls us to welcome?

As we develop our four county-based Hubs, Caritas Diocese of Nottingham is looking for individuals who would like to provide a link with their local refugee support networks.   Here are just a few - there is also likely to be a local support group in your own town or district:
Perhaps you already volunteer for a local project.  If you don't know where to start, get in touch and we can introduce you and support you as you discover what you can do to help.  We can introduce you to others around the diocese so that we become a diocese which truly offers sanctuary to those who need it.  Contact Paul Bodenham by emailing us on the link below.
Get in touch to offer refugees a welcome
The Cry of the Poor:
A morning on Fratelli Tutti

Livestreamed Saturday 2 October, 11.00 a.m. - 12.30

Fr Ashley Beck, expert on Catholic Social Teaching, presents Pope Francis' challenge in his latest encyclical to see the implications of faith in Christ in the face of the widespread xenophobia and discrimination prevalent in our society and in so many parts of the world.

The event is free of charge and no registration is necessary. To access the livestream click the link below, where the previous study day ‘The Cry of Creation’ (exploring Laudato si’) is also available.

Find out more about the study morning
Looking for a way for your parish to spread love, hope and kindness in your community this Christmas? Love Christmas is a national initiative to do just this. It mobilises volunteers through local churches to sponsor and deliver a million Christmas Boxes to the most vulnerable and isolated. By partnering together, you will be joining thousands of churches from across the UK.
It is easy for parishes to take part and it is an effective way to let your neighbourhood know that your parish cares! Join the Love Christmas webinar on Wednesday 6 October, 11am – 12pm to hear more and to find out how to get involved. 
Sign up for the Love Christmas webinar
Saturday 16 October sees the first of four Here: Now: Us workshops in cities round the diocese.  Here: Now: Us: Derby takes place in the newly refurbished facilities at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover.

During the course of the day we will:
  • discover how Catholic Social Teaching helps us build the Common Good 
  • imagine how it can help us transform our parish, neighbourhood and world
  • help each other to discover and claim our unique vocational responsibility 
  • develop a vision for the Church across the city, in collaboration with others.
The day starts with Mass at 9.30 for those who can make it, by kind invitation of Fr Jonathan Whitby-Smith.

We already have bookings from a number of city parishes, but parishioners from St Joseph's, Alvaston and Chellaston, Chaddesden, Oakwood and Borrowash and Mackworth will be especially welcome.
Click here to find out about Here: Now: Us
Book your place here!

Here: Now: Us workshops are taking place in the four cities of the diocese this Autumn, with more to follow in 2022. Each takes place on a Saturday, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.:

  • Derby: 16 October at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover for parishes in the city
  • Lincoln: 23 October at SS Peter and Paul for parishes in the city and wider county
  • Nottingham: 30 October at Our Lady & St Patrick's, The Meadows for parishes in Greater Nottingham
  • Leicester: 13 November at St Joseph's.for parishes in the Leicester conurbation.

Places will be limited to allow safe social distancing, so if you'd like to take part, be sure to book soon!

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