Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Discovering Priesthood Day

On Saturday 2nd November the annual Discovering Priesthood Day will take place at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. It starts at 10.00am and ends at 5.00pm and is a wonderful way of introducing the seminary to men considering a priestly vocation. 
For more information please contact Fr Terry martin, the Vocations Director for the diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Daniel Brudney - Requiescat in Pace

Today at the Vocations Centre we celebrated a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Dr Daniel Brudney, a member of the Youth 2000 Leadership Team, who was known to many of us. Apart from Youth 2000 festivals, I used to see Daniel in Balham when he came for the planning meetings. Most recently three of us here were with him when he arrived at Walsingham to join the set-up team. Fiona Mansford from the Youth 2000 office has sent round the following email:

Dear Youth 2000 Friends,
It is with sad hearts that we share the news of Daniel Brudney's death on Friday night. He died tragically in a car accident, on his way home from work. Daniel had been involved in Youth 2000 for many years, and became a member of the Leadership Team in 2008.

Daniel was a living witness and example of faith and love in action... particularly at the Walsingham Prayer Festivals, where Doctor Daniel, a Consultant Microbiologist, would be seen often with his sleeves rolled up, a smile on his face, and a mop and bucket in hand, ready to serve wherever needed.

Please join us in thanking God for the great gift of Daniel. He was, and remains to be a gift to Youth 2000, and a faithful and fun-loving friend to many. We will always remember the joy, commitment, and care that God brought us and hundreds of others, through him. He was a passionate and generous man, dedicated to the work of Youth 2000 and to the mission of the Church. At this time your prayers are asked in particular for his parents and extended family.

'We want you to be quite certain about those who have fallen asleep, to make sure that you do not grieve for them, as others do who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that in the same way God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus'. 1 Thes 4:13-14

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Our Lady of Walsingham - pray for us.

Please remember Daniel in your prayers and also his family and friends.

Friday, September 13, 2013

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New Team in Whitstable

The Mission Team pictured at St Dunstan's Church, Canterbury, before the tomb of St Thomas More

Since Sunday 1st September the Vocations Centre has been home to our new Vocations Mission Team, photographed above with Gregory Treloar, one of last year's residents.
During September the team is undergoing an induction month before it begins a programme of visiting schools and parishes to speak to other young people about the demands of Christian discipleship. The programme at the Vocations Centre consists of formation form mission at various different levels.. If you would like members of the team to come to speak at your parish or school please email the Vocations Office

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Invocation: Face-2-Face

On Saturday 12th October there will be a one day Invocation event at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham. Guest speakers include Fr Glen Sudano, one of the founders of the Franciscans of the Renewal, and Fr Dermot Donnelly.

The event is open to all young people aged between 16 and 30 - BUT you MUST register beforehand. It will be a great day so don't leave registration to the last minute. You can register online or by text message. The web address is: invocation.org.uk.

The suggested donation for the day is £15 which includes a great lunch.

If you've been to an Invocation event before you will know that it will be a great day and one not to be missed. If you haven't then take my word for it!

For those of you who joined us for the Invocation pilgrimage to Rome in July there will be a special reunion the night before at Oscott College. We will go from there to the Cathedral on the Saturday morning. Do get in touch for more details.

Please help us by putting the word out on the social media: if you can blog, tweet or post to Facebook please do. We need to reach as many young people as possible. Please mention it to anyone you know who went to World Youth Day or Youth 2000 - they will probably need a spiritual shot in the arm by then! Mention it also to your university friends: people start flagging in their faith after "Freshers' Fair" and Face-2-Face might well be just what they need to confirm their Catholic identity.