SYNOD ON FAMILY LIFE SEEKS YOUR THOUGHTS!

For the first time since the end of the Second Vatican Council, Catholics are being surveyed by the Vatican.  This far reaching survey is in preparation for a Synod in October 2014. A Synod is a gathering called by the Pope to reflect upon and discuss certain issues. Synods usually discuss how the Church is to respond to an issue using its tradition and contemporary expertise.  The survey is open to everyone and can be completed by clicking on this link: http://www.cbcew.org.uk/CBCEW-Home/Departments/Christian-Responsibility-and-Citizenship/Marriage-and-Family-Life/Synod-of-Bishops-on-the-Family-2014/Questionnaire

EXCITING NEW PROJECT 'VISION DAYS FOR YOU' OPENING IN SAFE

Vision Days for you is a Day Service with person centred care; at the core of our values and vision!

Gorton Sacred Heart Church Centre is the epicentre of community spirit, is empowering and enables caring in the community, in a way which is truly amazing. For the last few years the centre has grown massively! It has people from all walks of life involved.

The site has a community café, BBQ area, chickens, allotments, green house, summer house, and is currently having a sound studio built.

We want Vision Days for you, not just to be a day service but to integrate our service users in the growing community and; to feel secure safe and included in the exciting place that is Sacred Heart.

Here are a couple of examples of the services to be provided : -


* Taking the gentleman with a mobility vehicle, who has never accessed the bus; to go to the local shops and buy the BBQ food to have a garden party. We want him included learning new skills and pushing himself to new limits.


* Life skills to support the lady who has always been cared for; to make homemade soup for her and her friends, to have a ladies lunch after a morning of pampering each other with their newly found love of manicures.


* We want the art skills, music skills, dance and drama to let people see the personality of the guys that have never before had a voice to show you who they actually are!

If you would love to be a part of our exciting opportunity or would like further information please give the team a call on 0161 359 3342

Pope Francis Closes Year of Faith

The Feast of Christ the King saw the closure of the Year of Faith. The year of renewal and reform was initiated by Pope Benedict XVI. None of us knew what an extraordinary year it would be! The Pope abdicated and Francis was elected the first none European in centuries and the first Jesuit. His impact has been remarkable. His warmth and humanity obvious both in his manner and his words. Pictured here at the Mass in St Peter's Square that saw relics of St Peter displayed for the first time in public.

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An amazing fund and friend raising night at Lloyd's

The Ambition Music project performed to a packed Old Library in the heart of the iconic contemporary Lloyd's building in the city of London. The event was organized and sponsored by Barbara Merry; Inga Beale and Barbara Schonhofer all CEOs of Insurance based firms in the city. Barbara Schonhofer met Fr Andrew in August 2012 on a flight and the two have collaborated since to raise the profile of the work that SAFE is doing. As we write this brief report of the evening the event has raised over £6000. More importantly the young people involved had the time of their lives and wowed executives from across London. Guest of honour Sir Gerald Kaufman MP said the even was "A great success that made me proud. I loved that there's no competition between the young people, they supported each other throughout"

The night was a testament to the hard work of Allan Donoghue and Leonore Wheatley who have raised the standards of performance to professional levels. The young people are full of confidence and joy that touches the audience. "There's an honesty in the performance that you can't help but be moved by" said Leonore.

The 2 hour event began with drinks and canapés as guests mingled with the hosts and then an hour long set brought the audience to its feet. At the end of the show the young people were treated to a pizza in a nearby restaurant by Debbie Pippin.

It's a night to remember and already there's a call to make this an annual event. During the evening there were approaches made for future collaborations and performances so this really was worthwhile in so many ways.

The young people returned home today in the mini bus they arrived in driven by Damian O'Reilly. Last night will be one if those we all treasure.

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A brief visit from Fr Mark Butlin OSB

Mark Butlin of Ampleforth Abbey visited the parish on his way home from Rome this week. Fr Mark is a Benedictine Monk with special responsibilities world wide. Fr Mark visits and advises monasteries throughout English Speaking Africa and Asia. He visited the Jesuit community of Holy Name, Manchester with Fr Andrew for dinner during his stay and Fr Tim Byron SJ gave them a tour of the beautiful Church.

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SUNDAY HOMILIES NOW IN VIDEO FORMAT ON OUR WEBSITE

Rather than just read a text you can now hear the homilies and see them being preached in a pre-recorded format. If you can't get to Mass or just want to reflect further or if you're from outside the parish you can now have access to these reflections on the Sunday readings. Please pray for the preacher.

Understanding our parish logo

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Our parish is an amalgamation of two parishes: St Francis of Assisi and The Sacred Heart. We wanted to show both in our parish logo.  We were able to take an image of the Sacred Heart and the Franciscan logo and combine them.  The message is a powerul one: at the heart of the Christ is the cross, love and and sacrifice.  At the heart of Francis' life was the cross and a deep devotion to Christ so much so that he bore the wounds of Christ as portrayed in the hands showing the stigmata.  In a sense our parish logo shows us that all parishes can be united because they share the same mission to preach Christ crucified. 

SAFE receives Grant from Charitable Fund

We heard on Thursday that we have been awarded a Grant of £10,000 by a charitable fund set up by an individual based in London.  The money will be used to fund a part time music teacher and vocal coach who will develop the music project further reaching out to more young people on the margins.  The money will also help us to carry out work on our electrics which is going to require a major overhaul.  Fr Andrew Co-Founder of SAFE said "This is an incredibly generous donation from an individual who heard about us through friends. I met with her in the summer to explain what we are about and she has been really inspired and wants to support us. I think what impresses people most about SAFE is we are not just talking about something we might do, we are doing it and it's changing young people's lives. Pope Francis recently spoke about giving young people hope: well this is our attempt to do just that!"

Our young people on stage at the recent Ambition concert. This grant helps to develop the work we are doing. 

Our young people on stage at the recent Ambition concert. This grant helps to develop the work we are doing.