Another Question of Faith Evening at Our Lady & All Saints, Basildon

Having hosted a very successful Question of Faith event late 2012, Our Lady & All Saints, Basildon have invited us again for Tuesday, 19 May, 2015. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 start and the evening will finish at 9pm.

The panel will offer their views on your questions so join us and bring your questions about living the Catholic faith. The questions can be on a wide variety of subjects:

Moral Issues and Catholic Social Teaching

Theology and Scripture

The Church and its history

The Church in today’s world

The event takes place at the Catholic Parish of Our Lady & All Saints, the Most Holy Trinity Church Hall, Wickhay, Basildon SS15 5AD. The Commission for Evangelisation and Formation will supply drinks and nibbles.  Everyone is welcome to Question of Faith: from the Parish, from the South Essex Deanery and from the Diocese beyond! Booking is not required, just come and bring your questions about the Catholic faith.

For further details contact CEF or the parish:

CEF – cef [at] dioceseofbrentwood [dot] org – 01277 265289

Parish – 01268 281732

Or write to CEF, Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT

Read about more Question of Faith Events at www.whatgoodnews.org.

The Holy Land and its People

The Commission for Evangelisation and Formation offered two related Ecumenical Study Days when Sr Margaret Shepherd presented Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations in October of last year and Della Shenton DHS portrayed Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World this March. Both speakers shared their great passion and invited their respective audiences to reflect on these subjects in relationship with our Christian faith.

In October Sr Margaret, who is Secretary to the Committee for Catholic Jewish Relations for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, illustrated the growth and development of the dialogue between the Jewish and Catholic faiths.   Quoting the resources compiled by the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department she pointed to the many encouraging encounters between Jews and Catholics since the end of the Second World War and to the emerging cooperation since Vatican II.   In the light of this true progress, she did not ignore the difficult times that preceded it or the challenges and responsibilities interfaith dialogue still faces. Crucially she reminded her audience that they too must embrace those challenges.

More recently Della Shenton also talked of shared responsibilities when she considered how we can move from three faiths in conflict to an “open door of prayer beyond the smoke of bombs and war”. (Pope Francis, August 2014) Describing herself as an “experienced pilgrim”, Della shared her extensive knowledge and experience of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. She spoke movingly about this very special part of the world and divided her talk into three parts: the Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage of Jerusalem, through which she portrayed several thousand years of the Holy Land’s history.

Both speakers highlighted the significant roles played by recent Popes in promoting peace and understanding. While Sr Margaret showcased the historic visit by Pope Saint John Paul II to Israel in 2000 during which he prayed at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, Della finished her talk with Pope Francis’ joint prayer for peace which was said in the Vatican garden with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents after his visit to the Holy Land in 2014.

Listen to both these talks by clicking on the links below.

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 1

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 2

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 3

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 1

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 2

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 3

The Commission for Evangelization and Formation in the Diocese of Brentwood is pleased to offer these Ecumenical Study Days. Read more about the study days and listen to more podcasts taken from them at What Good News Ecumenical Study Days.

Della Shenton – Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World – Pt 3

Della Shenton – Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World – Pt 2

Della Shenton – Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World – Pt 1

Question of Faith Evening at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead

30 April 2015 from 19:30 until 21:00
Our Lady of Lourdes, Cambridge Park, Wanstead, E11 2PR

The next Question of Faith event will take place on Thursday, 30 April at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Wanstead.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 start and the evening will finish at 9pm.

The panel will offer their views on your questions on living the Catholic faith. Join us and bring your questions about:

Moral Issues and Catholic Social Teaching

Theology and Scripture

The Church and its history

The Church in today’s world

to Our Lady of Lourdes, Parish Pastoral Centre, Cambridge Park, Wanstead, LONDON  E11 2PR. The Commission for Evangelisation and Formation will supply drinks and nibbles.  Booking is not required, just come and bring your questions about the Catholic faith.

For further details contact CEF or the parish:

CEF – cef [at] dioceseofbrentwood [dot] org – 01277 265289

Parish contact – Roderick Sime – 020 8530 8474

Or write to CEF, Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT