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The Word becomes flesh
After two years of public health restrictions, parish communities around the Diocese are beginning to step out in mission once again.  From what we see in Caritas, it seems the Church is stirring. 

Not that the last two years were wasted - for instance one story in this bulletin, from Project St Thomas in Spalding, builds on work that was ongoing in the parish through lockdown.  It's an inspiring illustration of the kind of thing that's possible now. 

Often our work will be with fellow Christians from other churches, and we're delighted to be partners with Lincoln Cathedral in their 'Common Good Project' for the city and county, announced in this bulletin.

You're still welcome to join us in Journey in Hope, the series of online Tuesday evening gatherings to reflect on the pandemic in your parish, and listen for where God calls you now. 

As the cost of living places growing pressure on low-income households, an important way to give hope is to demonstrate that we as a Church pay a Real Living Wage.  Find out in this issue how your parish can help the Diocese gain accreditation as a Real Living Wage employer.

Finally bookings are open for a fascinating day on 21 May to gain insight into life in prison.  Join us in Nottingham to discover what how we can support prisoners and their families. 

As Jesus says in Matthew 25, it is precisely among the those we push to the margins that we will encounter him.  That's what it means to witness the Incarnation today; it's on the edges that the Word becomes flesh.
-- Paul and Helen
for Caritas Diocese of Nottingham

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In this issue
  • Saturday 21 May in Nottingham: "I was in prison...."
  • Paying a Real Living Wage
  • After Typhoon Rai: An offering to Filipino neighbours
  • Catholic and Anglican social theology at Lincoln Cathedral
  • Hub In Hub Out: an initiative of Project St Thomas in Spalding
  • Book for your local Springboard workshop this summer.

“I was in prison…”

Saturday 21st May 
10.30 am – 4.00 pm in Nottingham

Book today!

How do we respond to Jesus’ call to ‘visit’ those in prison, helping to overcome the isolation, stigma, stress and exclusion which wound the lives of prisoners, their families and our whole society?

I Was In Prison is an opportunity to find out simple ways people of faith can support prisoners and their families in the diocese. It is organised by Pact, the Prison Advice and Care Trust, in collaboration with Caritas Diocese of Nottingham.  Join us to:
  • Listen to the lived experience of prisoners, their families and those who work alongside them
  • Find out about the local work of Pact, prison chaplaincies, the Welcome Directory, Caritas and others
  • Explore with ecumenical friends how Catholic social teaching calls us to walk alongside those affected by the criminal justice system
  • Discover opportunities to support prisoners and their families in the East Midlands
The day will be opened by Bishop Patrick McKinney, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham, and feature contributions from Pact, Catholic prison chaplains, the Welcome Directory (which helps faith communities welcome people leaving prison), and Caritas (the diocese’s agency for social action).  Lunch will be provided.
Click here to book your place at "I was in prison..."
Paying a Real Living Wage

Bishop Patrick joins Cardinal in video message

As the cost of living crisis bites, more people are struggling to make ends meet, even those working long hours and multiple jobs. The problem is especially acute in Nottingham Diocese where average pay is already lower than the national average.  Bishop Patrick has contributed to a video message from Citizens UK expressing his support for the campaign for a Real Living Wage.
Care workers in the independent sector receive particularly poor pay, despite working at the front line of vital, life-saving services.  A recent study found that 73% of care workers were paid less than the Real Living Wage, and a similar number struggle to afford essentials like food and bills.

Now rising household bills will only exacerbate the stress facing care staff.  Citizens UK, supported by churches, are pressing for social care workers to be paid the Real Living Wage 

The Real Living Wage (currently £9.90 outside London) is calculated independently by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect what people actually need to get by – unlike the government’s National Living Wage (currently £9.50, or £8.36 under 23). 
For its part the Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees are seeking accreditation as a Real Living Wage employer.  Parishes have been asked to send details of contracts to Christa Wardle, so that we can demonstrate that we are not ‘outsourcing’ low pay to our contractors for cleaning, grounds maintenance and other services.

In support of the campaign for a Living Wage, especially for care workers, Caritas has prepared the prayers which follow, which can be used at Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful.
Prayers for a just living wage and for low-paid workers in social care

Let us pray for all who work, and those who are seeking work.
May all people discover the dignity of sharing in God’s work of creation.
Let us pray for employers and those who engage contractors. 
May they bear witness to the dignity of work in the wages and conditions they offer.
Let us pray for all who are poorly paid, especially those employed in social care. 
May they receive a just reward and a true living wage for their labours.
Alay Kapwa

"An offering of oneself to one's neighbours"

In December 2021, the Philippines were hit by Super Typhoon Odette, better known here as Typhoon Rai.  Five months on, the country is still in recovery.  A programme from Caritas Philippines called Alay Kapwa ('offering of oneself to one’s neighbour') aims to provide shelter, livelihoods and training to more than 10,000 families from eleven affected dioceses on the islands.
Why are we telling you about this in a Caritas Nottingham bulletin?  Many of our fellow parishioners have roots in the Philippines and relatives and friends still impacted by the typhoon. Leicester's Santo Nino community are raising funds for Caritas Philippines' Alay Kapwa campaign to rebuild homes for 5,000 families who lost their homes and livelihoods in the catastrophe. 

Santo Nino, also known as the Divine Infant of Prague, is a devotion to the Child Jesus, both fully human and fully divine, which originated in the city of Cebu.  In devotion to Santo Nino, Leicester's Filipino community gathers for prayer in each other's homes each month.  Through the Alay Kapwa they have been reaching out with gifts of prayer and money to devastated communities in the Philippines.  In solidarity with them, and with our sister Caritas agency in the Philippines, we in Caritas Diocese of Nottingham invite you to make a contribution.
Find out more about Santo Nino and their Alay Kapwa
Donate to their appeal for Caritas Philippines
According to the World Meteorological Organization, weather-related disasters have increased fivefold in the last 50 years owing to global heating.  The Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change because of warming seas and a growing population. 

Countries throughout the global South face greater risks from climate change even than the UK.  In preparations for the COP27 summit in Cairo in November, a geopolitical rift is opening up over 'loss and damage' - the financial liability of rich countries to recompense poorer nations for climate disasters, for which rich nations' carbon emissions are largely responsible.  It is time the cry of developing nations was heard.

In the Diocese of Nottingham, we want to help people from around the world to add their voices - starting with our own parishes.  With funding from CAFOD and help from the University of Nottingham, we are inviting Catholics from ethnic minority backgrounds to join a series of online conversations called Local Lives Global Stories.  Three conversations will take place on Zoom this summer, and a small fee will be paid for taking part.

Are you interested, or do you know parishioners from a Black, Asian or other minority background who might like to take part?  If so, click below to download the flyer, or email us for details.
Does your parish have a group which was active before the Covid-19 pandemic hit?  Would you like to regroup and reconceive your purpose for the challenges now emerging?  If so Journey in Hope is for you - and it's not too late to join up for the remaining sessions.
  • 17 May: From fear to trust
  • 24 May: From inertia to creativity
  • 31 May: From introspection to adventure
  • 7 June: From here to the future.
Click here to book for 'Journey in Hope'
We are delighted to be partners with Lincoln Cathedral in a series of lectures over 2022 and 2023 on the theme of social theology - how God calls us to engage with the world, in terms of the economy, work, nature, freedom, social peace, politics and civic life.

The lectures will draw on Catholic Social Teaching and Anglican Social Theology to explore how the Christian tradition can be a blessing to public life and discourse. The series will form a part of Lincoln Cathedral's Common Good Project, shaping the cathedral’s civic and social engagement over the coming years. 

Bookings are now open for the first four lectures, which take place at the Cathedral from 6.30 - 8.00 p.m., and we'd like to tell you about the first one.
7 June: Jenny Sinclair, founder director of Together for the Common Good: 
JUST RESPONSIBILITY? How can social theology help us play our part in spiritual and civic renewal?

Jenny Sinclair and her work will be known to many of us in the Diocese.  She was keynote speaker at the 2019 Justice and Peace Assembly in Leicester.  Her charity developed the Here: Now: Us workshops which some 90 people have taken part in around the diocese.  

Together for the Common Good partners across the churches and draws inspiration from Catholic Social Teaching.  The charity calls and resources people to fulfil their civic vocation by putting "common good" principles into practice.  Come to Lincoln Cathedral on 7 June to hear her launch the series.

Book here for Social Theology at Lincoln Cathedral
Further speakers in the series include:

12 July: Lord Glasman, Labour Peer and Professor of Politics at St Mary's University
JUST VOTING? On political participation and civic life.

27 September 2022: Edward Hadas, Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and author of Counsels of Imperfection: Thinking Through Catholic Social Teaching
JUST BEING? On the dignity and divine calling of the human person. Can people be who they truly are in the modern world?

18 October: Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, and Visiting Professor in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Winchester
JUST CHURCH? How does Catholic Social Teaching fit into the mission of the Church of England? What is the Anglican legacy for the common good and how might it become a church for England?
Project St Thomas
Feeding body and soul in Spalding

Project St Thomas is an exciting pastoral initiative of the parish of the Immaculate Conception and St Norbert's in Spalding.  On 1 May they launched 'Hub In Hub Out' to support those most in need in the community. The team have designed the outreach programme with financial support from local Councillor Jack McLean.  The grant has enabled the parish to buy a soup tureen, electrical leads, folding table, disposable cups, and sanitising equipment.

Hub In Hub Out will be delivered by community volunteers using facilities and venues provided by partners with a social mission. Together the volunteers will take hot soup and a sandwich to those most in need. They will ask for a small donation on a “what you can afford” basis. For those who cannot afford a donation, food will be provided free of charge. They aim to take time to talk and befriend people helping to break down barriers that divide the community.

Thanks to a very generous donation from late parishioner Peter Borst, the parish were able to purchase the former St. Thomas’ Road Methodist Chapel, which sits next door to the Catholic church complex, separated only by the car park. Project St. Thomas and ‘Hub in Hub out’ are dedicated to Peter's memory.
Fr Jim Burke introduces the project in a short video
Find out more about Project St Thomas
local Caritas workshops this summer

Booking now open

What does mission mean for us now?  Come to Springboard, at a venue near you, and we'll find out together! 

Following the Synod consultations and Here: Now: Us workshops last Autumn, and as we enter a time of reorganisation, it's a time of change and possibility.  At Springboard we'll celebrate the potential of our communities, make plans for the future, and build the infrastructure that will help turn our plans into reality. We will:
  • Catch up on ideas emerging from Here: Now: Us and the Synod, and on parish reorganisation, and explore how to turn them into mission
  • Lay foundations for a Hub in each county to lead and foster social outreach close to home
  • Develop listening skills which will help us hear God's call, value each other's gifts and stories, draw alongside the vulnerable, understand their needs and speak up with them.
Each workshop will run from 10.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
  • Lincolnshire: Saturday 18 June at St Hugh's Lincoln
  • Leicestershire and Rutland: Saturday 25 June at St Joseph's, Leicester
  • Derbyshire, High Peak and Burton: Saturday 9 July at Our Lady's, Mickleover
  • Nottinghamshire: Saturday 10 September at the Cathedral
Book here for your local Springboard day
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