Let’s make a journey together!
The motif of the journey is a thread that runs throughout the Bible. Think of Abraham who was called by God to journey to an unknown land, but the call had a great promise attached; or think of Moses who lead the people of Israel on a journey from slavery in Egypt towards the freedom of the promised land; or of Joseph and Mary making their way to Bethlehem – not a journey of their choosing, and with Our Lady pregnant. Think of Jesus, who on his journeys taught and healed, and who, after the resurrection accompanied the disciples on the road to Emmaus. We remember, too, that Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to accompany and guide the community of the Church as it sets out on mission.
The key features of these journeys can be found, to some degree or other, reflected in our own personal journeys of faith, or we see them in our experience of the last year or so, and they can be seen also in the journey we will continue to make as we come out of lockdown and the restrictions on our personal lives, and our parish life are lifted.
So we’d like to invite you to come on a journey as, together, we reflect on what it means to be followers of Jesus in this part of the world, and at this, post-pandemic, time. Let’s make this journey into the immediate future with hope, knowing that in all the Bible journeys, God was present, guiding and providing, and as he will for us.
This invitation to journey is also opportune for another reason. Speaking to the Parish Leadership Team, Bishop Richard would like to invite all parishioners to reflect on what the mission of the parish looks like, and the participation of each person in it, when, as from the autumn of 2022, the parish will be served by one priest.
So each and every member of the parish is invited to come together to make a journey of hope into the future. We plan – initially – to meet on three Saturdays: 18th September, 23rd October, 13th November, at St Philip Howard School, from 11am to 1pm. There will be a chance to meet each other, chat over a cup of coffee and cake, listen, share, and of course, pray.
Please contact the parish office if you require transport to and from the school. For those who can’t make these meetings, there will be an opportunity to share in the journey with resources for use at home.
Fr Chris Bergin, Fr Victor Onwukeme, Margaret Fraher, Caroline Philips , David Beresford, and Bethan Townsend
Parish Leadership Team
Catholic parish of Bognor Regis & Slindon
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