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Cardiff Event

St Illtyd’s Catholic High School, Rumney, Cardiff, 23 June 2012

At the final Crossing the Threshold resource day of 2012 in Cardiff, the Most Rev George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, has spoken of the importance of embracing the call to engage in the New Evangelisation:

"This Crossing the Threshold day is a very significant moment in the life of the Church in this country. It will encourage Catholics to respond to the call to engage in the New Evangelisation – a new missionary impetus in the life of the Church. It is also an important part of the legacy of Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK and encourages us to integrate his message in our lives. The day also serves our preparations for the Year of Faith, affirming and equipping us to play our part in the mission of the Church. Days such as these give us a new confidence to share our faith with other members of the Body of Christ, especially those who are baptised but are distant from parish life."
 
The Rt Rev Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough, gave the keynote speech at St Illtyd’s Catholic High School in Rumney, near Cardiff and said:

"It is also important that we value and recognise what a treasure we have in our faith. Sometimes we can take it so much for granted or undervalue it... It is in the family of the Church to which we belong that we experience our faith as living and true. Here we find a place to celebrate our joys, mourn losses, serve others, we are provided with support and receive strength for our daily lives. If this is how we live our lives then even without saying a word we will be preaching an eloquent sermon. Others will be attracted to our way of living... And we will have become a way, a means for them to begin crossing the threshold, returning to full participation in the life of the Church."

The Rt Rev Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, presided at the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist. In his homily, he said:

"...sometimes, perhaps a bit like Elizabeth and Zechariah, we have been the right people, we have done the right things, but all the results seem to be a barren world, all our efforts seem to have gone to nothing and yet the Gospel is a proclamation of hope because where we thought there was barrenness there comes life, there comes new life and unexpected life in places where we thought it could never happen and never be... The invitation to us is to be a faithful people and if we are a faithful people God will work in unexpected ways... The people that we meet in our daily lives, they are God’s gift to us. We belong together, it’s not a matter of them and us, it is a matter of we together. We are gift to one another. Those Catholics who may be 'resting', may be the very gift that we need in our lives in order for us to grow, in order for us to continue our journey of faith... and then we leave everything in the hands of God, as a people of trust, a people of hope."

Workshops

Six workshops were offered on the day:

  • What is the basic Gospel message?
  • Making the most of our encounters with non churchgoing Catholics
  • How to welcome people and provide the appropriate space in a small group meeting
  • How to signpost people to the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Building bridges with non churchgoers through a shared involvement in social action
  • Using RCIA as a tool to support non-churchgoers to return to parish life

Attendees came from parishes and groups across the region. The insights and feedback received from attendees will be used to write a national resource for parishes to be made available in 2013.

Images

Images for the Cardiff event can be found on our Flickr photostream.

Links

Archdiocese of Cardiff
Diocese of Clifton
Diocese of Middlesbrough

MP3

Bishop Drainey: Crossing the Threshold

The Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Rt Rev Terence Drainey, gave the keynote speech at the 'Crossing the Threshold' resource day in Cardiff on 23 June 2012.   ctt-cardiff-bp-drainey.mp3 14.85 MB