A message from Fr John

Posted on: 12/11/2020

Dear Friends
Good morning - I hope you’re keeping well and safe
Two items today: 
The first concerns the celebration of Diwali by our Hindu community:

The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all [people] they may at length have life."

Diwali is a five day festival, of which Diwali Day is the third. It falls, this year, on 14th November. Different days of the festival centre on different stories  such as the return of Lord Krishna from exile (his way marked by oil lamps, diyas, which give the festival its name), and the welcoming of the goddess of fortune, Laksmi, into homes. These are, respectively, marked with fireworks, and the drawing of rangoli, traditional patterns. The overarching theme of Diwali is the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil - fitting for the times we find ourselves in. 

Like all festivals, this, too, will be shaped by the restrictions due to COVID 19. Just as we are unable at the present to gather together for Mass, our Hindu and Sikh sisters and brothers are unable to join in worship or in extended home gatherings. Let us keep them in prayer.

The second is an invitation take up new skills during this lockdown and beyond:

No Obligation Info Sessions: Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

Once again this year the Diocese, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Wrexham Diocese, are offering a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership. The Diploma is a combination of Online Learning and a series of leadership workshops, leading to a Loyola University Chicago Certificate and a series of Liverpool Hope CPD Awards.

The course starts in January 2021 and ends in December 2023. The full Diploma costs £2500, which is payable over three instalments - some bursaries are available. Funding, up to a third of each year’s fees, is available for a limited number of candidates with the support of their parish priest. 

More information can be found on the website below. Here you will find testimonies from past students, information booklets on the modules, application forms and an online form to book on one of the Zoom information Webinars www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/diploma
The Zoom information Webinar is at the following date and time:

  • Tuesday 17 November: 7. 00pm – 8. 30pm

Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Paul Daly paul.daly@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or John Griffin john.griffin@dioceseofsalford.org.uk for further information.

St Joseph, guardian of the parish during these times, pray for us
Every blessing
Fr John

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