LifeFest 21 took place today from 10:00 until 13:00 inside the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. The event included testimonies, live Q&As, and workshops from leading pro-life speakers as well as short films, music, and much more.
The march itself began from behind The Emmanuel Centre at 13:30 and finished in Parliament Square, where there was a stage set up for public speeches and testimonies. Please keep the pro-life movement, which is across faiths and none, in your prayers.
This week's Bulletin is now ready on the home page.
If you get a chance please watch this excellent edition of Songs of Praise. It is filmed in our local Catholic Heritage site, Boscobel House and the Robinson family give a wonderful witness to their Catholic Faith, as does Frank Skinner!
Click the link below to watch the program. Although it says BBC1, it was moved to BBC Two because of the Olympics.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Rosary will not be online this evening (3rd June). It is hoped that it will take place next Thursday instead.
EWTN are showing a film about Blessed Carlo Acutus. You can watch it for free if you do so before the end of May. Follow the link below to access their website.
Further to the Cardinal's video below, the bishops of England and Wales have prepared a prayer leaflet with prayers for each day of the Novena. Click the button below to download.
Please watch the video below from the Cardinal about the Pentecost Novena which starts after the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday.
A message from Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am very happy to announce to you that the annual Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians will take place on the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Sunday, 9th May 2021), with the participation of Christians from all over Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and India.
This Day of Prayer – promoted by the French charitable organization, L’Oeuvre d’Orient and its UK counterpart, Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) in partnership with the Congregation for Oriental Churches – will offer Eastern and Western Christians an opportunity to be united in prayer during the time of Easter.
It will offer us in the West an opportunity to think of the Eastern Churches and to give thanks to God for all that we owe them: the first preaching of the Gospel, the origins of the monastic tradition, the early Church Fathers, and above all the witness of the Eastern Christians down the centuries, which has been, and still is, an inspiration to our faith. This Day could also be an occasion to give thanks for the recent pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Iraq and to draw inspiration from its message of solidarity, fraternity and hope.
Today, the Eastern Christians, many of whom are suffering from the effects of war and from discrimination, now face the added crisis of the Covid epidemic, with its threat to their livelihood, health and well-being. This is a crisis within an already existing crisis! They deserve our prayerful support.
In commending this Day of Prayer to you, may I suggest that you bring it to the attention of your family and friends, perhaps sharing with them the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, we pray today for peace in the world, especially in the Middle East. By your heavenly grace, strengthen the faith and hope of Eastern Christians. May they be blessed with peace and prosperity in their countries. May we be inspired by their devotion and witness to the Gospel, by their love and compassion for all in their communities, and by their courage, their endurance and self-sacrifice. Through their charity, tolerance and friendship, bring peace and reconciliation to those troubled lands, where Christianity was born and first spread. This we ask of you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I trust that this Day of Prayer, despite the restrictions caused by the current pandemic, will bring comfort and assurance to Eastern Christians. In our solidarity and communion, may we all be renewed by the hope we place in the Risen Christ.
With the assurance of my prayers and with my warmest wishes for a joyful celebration of Easter,
Yours in Christ
Michael Cardinal Fitzgerald M.Afr
If you would like to join each shrine online, go to the link of Vatican YouTube Channel below.
The bulletin is now ready to download from the Online Activities and Bulletin page
The Holy Father has asked us all to prayer the Rosary to plead for an end to the pandemic. He is doing this by focussing on a different Marian Shrine around the world each day. We are very privileged in England that he has chose Walsingham for his prayers on May 1st. Unfortunately, this news reached us only yesterday and was too late for our bulletin last Sunday but if you do read this, please join the community of Walsingham in the praying rosary at 5.00pm tomorrow, May 1st. IF you wish, you can also join them virtually by clicking Feast of St Joseph the Worker - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady (walsingham.org.uk)
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