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'gather and pray'
Welcome to the first ' gather and pray' since shielding; let us draw inspiration from the words in Sundays' reading: Romans; 8:26-27 "The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness".
We are invited to unite in 'gather and pray' this Sunday 19th July, with Father Stephen Beale, as he offers Mass at 10.00.am, in the Community Chapel of the Sons of Divine Providence, Upholland. There isn't the facilities for streaming the Mass, be assured, the Lord hears every prayer, however, wherever we pray.
Lord, may your name be blessed
in the seasons of my life.
In the springtide of my hopes,
sow a seed that never dies.
May the summer of my labours be
as the harvest of your love.
The winter of my days the
sharing of your cross.
With, and in you, may we become that single grain,
falling to the ground and rising to eternal life.
Thank you to Bishop David McGough for this Lent/Easter Prayer
The Pastoral Care Project sadly, has to restrict the charity work in the office until we receive further instructions regarding the Caronavirus.
During this time we continue to join in prayer with everyone in the prayer that Jesus taught us all to say: Our Father....
The Video on the Our Father may offer you encouragement, and hope, along with all of the videos on the link.
Thank you to everyone for joining in this important week, reminding us that each individual who has dementia may have a need to experience the peace and presence of God.
This can be understood more clearly in the Dementia - New Creation video talk by the late Monsignor Paul Watson, Birmingham.
On the dedicated resource page there is a variety of resources, including one for each day
Thank you to everyone for being part of Dementia Prayer Week, there isn't sufficient space to list all the churches, chapels, schools and individuals who have committed to specific prayers during this national week.
Please make us of the Prayer links below, saving to your smart devices. Sharing them especially during the service you are leading which may have a video link to those who are unable to attend church at this time.
Thursday Bishop David McGough will be offering his Mass so please use his Dementia Family Prayer
Friday use the Anointing of the Holy Spirit Prayer by Archbishop Bernard Longley, focusing on the mission of the Pastoral Care Project and the mission of all involved in the bringing the gospel alive in our communities.
Then use them alternate days, thank you.
click to link to the Dementia Prayer Week page to download the official resources.
Welcome to the twelfth annual Dementia Prayer Week 12 - 19 March 2020, which will be launched by Bishop David McGough, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, offering his private Mass, so let us respond to his invitation:
“Let this Prayer Week become your link to the many families struggling with dementia…Prayer is a very powerful way of connecting with all concerned. Let us pray for, and with, those whose lives have been touched by dementia. In this way we become one with them, and with the Lord.”
Bishop David’s ‘Dementia Family Prayer’ and Archbishop Bernard Longley’s ‘Anointing of the Holy Spirit’ prayer can be found in the Dementia family Ministry Prayer card available in small or large packs from Redemptorist Publications online shop www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-5-pack
There are may ways in which to respond to Bishop David’s invitation:
the official resource pack also supports our annual appeal, whether it is as one of your Lent charities or with a donation.
Two videos talks: ‘Dementia – New Creation’ and ‘Our Father’ by Monsignor Paul Watson STL MA (B Ed) Birmingham are an excellent resource whatever the need.
It would be lovely to hear how you are spreading the word and touching hearts and minds email firstname.lastname@example.org or post the completed template poster on our Facebook page or twitter @dementiaaprayer
Your generosity over the years which has had far reaching effect – thank you so much.
United in prayer
This charity is appreciative for the grant from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales ‘Day for Life Fund’ in support of this Week of Prayer resources.
The Presentation in the Temple Luke 2: 22-40 is the revelation of the Fathers’ love.
Listening to the homily on Sunday and hearing Father Simon Hall speak about Simeon, an old man waiting for and recognising the Lord so he could see salvation and die in peace. This touched me deeply, the significance of this in the lives of those we hold dear, and indeed in my own life too.
How do I who was baptised as an infant, prepare to enter door of death to life everlasting.
Death is taboo subject in our society, and often avoided even more so, when a person is suffering from dementia. Whilst they may not be able to communicate verbally no one knows the spiritual communication between an individual and God, especially at this time.
From my experiences of pastoral ministry with the sick, the nearer they are to the holy door, the greater the challenge - the unknowing, for those caring for them - the greater the blessings received.
To assist them prepare for what might be a critical time, the section Pastoral Care of the Sick, and Critical Illness or approaching Death section in the My Funeral Mass Instructions document offers a way of opening up conversations with the family. It may help where the relative may wish to be reconciled to God through the sacraments, even if its been a long time since they went to church.
The My Funeral Mass Instructions document approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales has been recently revised, and includes a Message from Cardinal Nichols. It is available to purchase through Redemptorist Publications, online shop, making it easier for individuals to obtain copies.
It also offers generous discounts for parishes. Consider purchasing copies to include with a healthcare plan and prepaid funeral, this will ensure that the Funeral Mass is recorded for the next of kin, health care professionals, and the clergy.
Purchasing the documents also helps supports the charitable work of this charity.
We wish to thank the people who continue to support 'Gather and Pray' each month which is noted below:
Each Tue 9.00 am - 9.45 am, and Sat 9.45-10.45 am, St Peters Catholic Church Bloxwich. ‘Prayer for Priests’ & Rosary for the Pastoral Care Project, including the many individuals who may have dementia.
this months image: Sanctuary St Peters Bloxwich.
Each Thursday at 6.45 -7.45 pm there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Mount Saint Bernard's Abbey, Coalville
Second Thursday in each month Holy Hour of Adoration by Candlelight - St Augustine's Catholic Church Solihull 6.15 -7.15 pm visit website as time may vary.
19th each month, Mass offered by Fr Stephen Beale, SDP in Cardinal Heenan House, Upholland; united in prayer with the residents, staff and relatives and all who are connected to the charitable work of the Pastoral Care Project.
Third Sunday of each month 3.00 pm Coombe Park Care Home, Coventry service led by the chaplain Rev Pauline Warner for residents and staff; family and friends.
To take part in 'gather and pray' simply commit to include prayer for our work during an existing time of prayer either weekly or monthly or even create a seperate time.
Email email@example.com us the details and we will post it here and share via twitter @pastoralproject @adementiaaprayer or Facebook, This way we spread the Word about how and what is offered in your community.
Welcome to our first blog of 2020, wishing you a Happy New Year, hoping the coming year opens doors of opportunity and fulfillment for all.
One of our New Year Resolutions is that the national annual Dementia Prayer Week 12-19th March will reach more people in 2020. Actually, it has been one of our resolutions for the last eleven years. It has grown year on year as parishes and schools, healthcare settings and individuals use our official pack to join in. Sharing through social media encourages others nationally and overseas.
This year we plan to make better use of streaming services to reach many more individuals especially those who are isolated.
The statistics state that over 800,000 individuals are diagnosed with dementia, the number may be much greater as many do not know how to access help in their struggle with dementia. They may be missing out on spiritual support as well, at this important time in their journey to the fullness of life.
For more information about Dementia Prayer Week 12-19th March and our work click on the link pages on our website. There you will also find a variety of resources used by individuals, healthcare settings, parishes and schools in previous years. A new official pack is being created and uploaded shortly.
Join with us to touch hearts and change their lives!
It would be great to hear from you, together we can discuss ways to promote this important Prayer Week 12-19th March in your area with the time you have available, please get in touch via the contact form or twitter @dementiaaprayer
We value the prayer support of so many, please consider praying for our work by ordering the everyday Dementia family Ministry Prayer Card available from:
https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack larger packs and discounts available. Thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing form you. Frances Molloy