Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) 

PRE was started by Fr Brian Green in 1978 to allow those involved in pastoral work to exchange ideas, personal experiences and information. Fr Brian taught at Ushaw College from 1969 -77 and developed a Pastoral Theology course. He then moved to Dinnington to become parish priest of St Joseph’s in 1977. PRE is receivedContinue reading “Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) “

Synod: Quo Vadimus?

The Plymouth Diocese held a pre-synodal meeting of Parish representatives last week, and is now in the process of preparing the Diocesan ‘synthesis’ to go forward for discernment by the Conference of Bishops. Guidance from the Vatican suggests that the synthesis should indicate “how the Holy Spirit’s call to the Church has been understood inContinue reading “Synod: Quo Vadimus?”

Christian Aid film attracts broad audience

Last Thursday, an ecumenical crowd, with strong support from parishioners of Our Lady of the Portal, gathered at the newly opened Moresk Centre to watch “Thank you for the Rain”, a moving documentary hosted by Christian Aid’s Katrina Musgrave. Canon Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral, open the discussion after the film, which all thoughtContinue reading “Christian Aid film attracts broad audience”

Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers

This year’s celebration of the liturgy Sunday of the Word of God (23 January in St Peter’s Basilica included some very special moments, when Pope Francis formally installed lay men and women from various parts of the world in the ministries of Lector and Catechist, using recently prepared rites for this purpose.In most countries, womenContinue reading “Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers”

Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat

Some retreatants with Fr Abbot David and Bro Prior Daniel  The annual Truro Men’s Retreat at Buckfast Abbey was finally held last weekend at the start of Advent. Although in its twelfth year, the 2020 Retreat was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was only able to take place this year for a limitedContinue reading “Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat”

First Holy Communion Group

The children in our First Holy Communion group (16 children!) decorated these Advent candles last week. They used sheets of coloured wax (wax appliqué) to cut out 4 Advent symbols and fix them onto the candle. The children are placing an Advent prayer card in front of the candle and will say  the Advent PrayerContinue reading “First Holy Communion Group”

Synod: a short overview

With Truro and no doubt other parishes around the county gearing up to start local consultations, we thought that readers might like to be reminded that the why’s and wherefore’s of the synod are contained in the Vatican’s Preparatory Document, which you can find on the official Synod website and also in our Synod resourcesContinue reading “Synod: a short overview”

“Behind the Global Synod”

Tuesday 16 November, 7pm Austen Ivereigh will deliver a talk entitled “Behind the global synod: why Pope Francis wants you to speak boldly and listen carefully.” on Tuesday 16th November at 7.00 pm. The talk, with discussion, is a free Plymouth Diocesan online event to which all are invited, in preparation for our participation inContinue reading ““Behind the Global Synod””

A Precious Place, revisited

At last week’s Synod briefing the Vicar General Fr John Deeny echoed Bishop Mark’s pastoral message that A Precious Place continues to be “a key point of reference” for us.  Fr John spoke of A Precious Place as an ongoing journey, and explained that the synodal process dovetails with the Diocesan initiative, each feeding intoContinue reading “A Precious Place, revisited”

A Decisive Time for the Church

by Tony Barber Pope Francis has set us on a two year synodal journey, culminating in the final Bishops’ synod in October 2023.  Before then we, the whole church including the laity, are invited to participate in that journey. Bishop Mark in his inaugural address in the Cathedral on 17th October was careful to pointContinue reading “A Decisive Time for the Church”