OF YOUR CHARITY please pray for:

the sick in mind or body and those who care for them;all who are struggling spiritually, emotionally and materially as a result of  the pandemic;
for those who mourn:
for the Faithful Departed; 
and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
may they rest in peace. Amen


PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PARISH FINANCIALLY AT THIS TIME (link)


Donations to Mary’s Meals

The government has promised to match donations to Mary’s Meals, up to the value of £2m, made before 31st January 2021. Mary’s Meals is a very cost effective charitythat provides  a daily meal at school for children in some of the poorest areas of the world.

To donate visit 
www.marysmeals.org.uk/donate


Ethical concerns about vaccination

the link below will open a document from the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales that provides clarity and assurances to people about Church teaching and moral issues regarding vaccination.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/the-catholic-position-on-vaccination

 

A Change to the Conclusion of the Collect (opening prayer) at Mass

Earlier in the year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote to the English speaking Episcopal Conferences regarding a change in the conclusion to the Collects used at Mass. They typically end:

"Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever."

The Congregation’s Prefect, Robert Cardinal Sarah,  points out that the word “one” is problematic in relation to the Latin text “Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum” and it can be interpreted negatively.

So the final words of the Collects will be changed to: “…God, forever and ever”.

This change commences today, the First Sunday of Advent.

SAFEGUARDING - What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

If  you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the Police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.  For all other concerns, past or present then please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator Marie O’Donnelly by email: modonnelly@hallam-diocese.com.  This will ensure that all concerns are dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner.

For all other safeguarding queries then please contact Jo Pearson: jpearson@hallam-diocese.com 


Bishops’ Conference Statement on Safeguarding  -  November 20th

The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God.

We have reflected on our need to reach out afresh to those who bear the wounds of permanent damage caused by this abuse. We commit ourselves to listen more intently to those who have been abused so as to learn from them and benefit from their wisdom. It is through learning from their testimony that hearts are changed.

We are grateful to those survivors who have come forward, not only to lay before us their experience of abuse, but to help us understand the depth of their pain. We invite anyone who has experienced abuse to come forward, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. We undertake to listen carefully to them with open heart and mind and support them on a journey of healing.

We have carefully considered the recommendations of the IICSA Report and formally accepted them. We have already begun work towards their implementation.

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Personal Statement on Safeguarding

Immediately preceding a virtual press conference on Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Bishops’ Conference President, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, read out a personal statement.
 

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Independent Review of Safeguarding Structures

In October 2019, the Bishops commissioned an independent review of the Catholic Church's Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in England and Wales. The "Elliott" report was published today, 20 November 2020.
 

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Statement on the Publication of the IICSA Report

The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
 

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COVID-19 Support: During these challenging times it can feel overwhelming, and you may wonder how you are going to look after yourself in the months ahead. It can be difficult to maintain our mental health and wellbeing when coping with so much uncertainty and turmoil at home and at work. To support your mental health and wellbeing Caritas Hallam are offering free counselling to anyone within the Diocese. For confidential counselling please contact Bernie Ware on 07980 406198 or email bware@hallam-diocese.com

Mary’s Meals: Resources for Children 

This great charity are delighted to share an activity pack for children based on excerpts from Magnus’ best-selling book The Shed That Fed A Million Children. Through these stories, children can travel from the Highlands of Scotland to the heart of Africa, where they will meet some of the people who inspired our work to feed hungry children in schools. This is most suitable for children in upper primary and lower secondary stages. https://d1345tgcm1bzpm.cloudfront.net/assets/global/The_Shed_That_Fed_school_activity_book.pdf