Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Special Offer for the Year of Faith

The Catholic Printing Company of Farnworth have recently sent me an email with news of a very generous offer. To mark the Year of Faith and the centenary of their service to the Church they are offering to print up to 250 copies of the Order of Service and 500 commemorative cards free of charge for anyone being ordained in England, Scotland and Wales this year. Further copies can be purchased at a discounted rate. I saw the Order of Service they prepared for Bishop Philip Egan and it is excellent! The Catholic Printing Company of Farnworth also printed for me earlier this year the Transitions book that has proved so popular with Confirmation groups.

The email announcing this offer is impressive in its own way as it speaks of service to the Church and a desire to support vocations. It also asks for prayers for the new Bishop of Portsmouth. I get the feeling this is no publicity stunt but a genuine act of goodwill from a company that deserves the description "Catholic". Here's the text of the email for you to judge for yourself:

In welcoming the Year of Faith and celebrating our own Centenary of service to the Church in the publication of liturgical documents, The Catholic Printing Company of Farnworth has decided to offer to print, without charge,* Ordination Cards and Services of Ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood of any candidates in England, Scotland and Wales. We are also making the same offer to Religious who make their Final Profession. We look upon this as our way of playing a part in encouraging and welcoming those who respond to their vocation at a time which is perhaps more challenging than ever before. If you think this initiative would be welcomed by ordinands in your diocese, then we would ask that you let them know that we would be pleased to hear from them to discuss how we may be of help in the preparation and celebration of these special occasions. We were pleased to be able to print the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in September and ask that he be remembered in your prayers. If you think The Catholic Printing Company of Farnworth can be of help in any other way in nurturing and encouraging vocations, then we would be pleased to hear from you. Yours sincerely,James C Edwards

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