I am sure many reading this blog are continuing to pray the Dementia family Ministry prayer.
i would like to share this beautiful story, Simplicity by Deacon Kevin O'Connor. It is ideal for reflection or class discussion.
Below are two events which may be near you:
Tuesday St Annes, Nuneaton Mass at 9.30am
Tuesday 2.00 pm St Benedict's Junior School Atherstone (Holy Spirit MAC) is leading a prayer service, family are invited and they will be offered (Bake & Share) tea and scones afterwards, the proceeds to the Pastoral Care Project.
All donations received during the week of prayer will be used to further develop the HeARTS and Minds Volunteering Programme and the Lesson Plans which are proving to be much sought after by several dioceses.
Dementia Prayer Week may be coming to a close, it is hoped that it has inspired and enriched many people to join in this ongoing ministry of prayer and support for the poor, as so profoundly expressed by Bishop David McGough, "...the poor have many faces, some of whom may have dementia..." Annual Report 17-18.
Our thanks to the many dioceses, and organisations, parishes and schools who have offered specific dates for prayer and supported us, as well as purchasing prayer cards.
We wish to thank Redemptorist Publications for their partnership this year, it truly has been providential - prayer has increased and surely lives have been touched and Gods presence felt , we know our lives have. How has your life been touched? Do let us know!
The monthly 'Gather and Pray' will continue. Do let us know whether you wish to dedicate a regular or begin a prayer time once a month, Adoration, Assembly.
Bishop David McGough will be celebrating his private Mass on Thursday 14th for your intentions and for all those who receive our support or use our resources.
Our intentions include the families today, and everyone over the last 25 years who have supported our mission.
We especially remember the many volunteers from years ago and all that they contributed to this new ministry. We are so grateful to them and pray that they now rest in the peace of the Lord eternally.
Our thanks for the partnership with Redemptorist Publications who have produced the beautiful every day Dementia family Prayer Card. https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
St Patrick & St Bridgets, Ballycastle, N.Ireland Thursday 7.00 am Mass will include the Dementia family Ministry prayer which will be said at all the masses every day until 19th March.
The parish has purchased prayer cards, supported and prayed for our mission for the last nine years , we really appreciate their generous support in helping this initiative to reach far and wide. Watch live
First day of Dementia Prayer Week 12th March
Today a group of small people for they are toddlers, are having a Yellow Day, with lots of activities. The new Dementia family Ministry prayer card will be presented to the adults.
This event has become a tradition for the Toddler Group of Our Lady of the Angels Parish Nuneaton. They led the way with the very first prayer box for the parish to place prayer intentions.
Years later, those first toddlers now in school are taking part in different ways through school liturgy and in class. Several of the children know first hand about dementia as their grandparents lives are affected by it. As a charity we were delighted to have worked with the school http://olstjacademy.co.uk/ in developing a Lesson Plan which has been piloted and used in classes with great results.
Our thanks to the teachers, leaders, parents and grandparents for being so generous with their time, prayer and donating to our work.
They and everyone will be remembered by Bishop David McGough when he offer his private mass on Thursday 14th March 2019.
The Dementia family Ministry prayer card includes a prayer by Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop David McGough which is beautifully produced and available from
Redemptorist Publications https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
This all year round prayer card adds to our resources and will help us greatly every day, in our mission of following the mission of Christ himself in doing his Fathers will.
'Bishops Together' Prayer Event Saturday 9th March
bishops_together.pdf 374 kb PDF
We appreciate very much the longstanding association with Father Stephen Beale, Sons of Divine Providence and Cardinal Heenan House for their generosity in supporting the work of the Pastoral Care Project and promoting it among their networks. Having spoken at their first Day of Prayer many years ago I was deeply touched and inspired by the number of resident and staff who contributed to the day, and the many young people who volunteer with them. The number of young volunteers have increased and benefited from using our HeARTS and Minds Lesson Plan.
The New Dementia family Ministry Prayer cards will be part of the 'Bishops Together ' event.
This year our prayer cards can be purchase direct from .https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
to A special thank you to Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop David McGough for writing the prayers for this new Dementia family Prayer card
We thank you to everyone who has supported and worked with us over the 25 years of the Pastoral Care Project. This prayer card is the perfect way in which everyone can join in and spread the Word.
We invite you to order packs for your parishes, schools or friendship groups, and to take to care homes as well as for the person who lives alone.
The prayer card can be used all year round -one extra to include in your daily prayer time.
Welcome to this the eleventh year of Dementia Prayer Week 12-19th March.
Only today a parishioner phoned me to chat. It is several years since her husband went to the Lord, taken by dementia.
During the conversation she spoke of the importance of Dementia Prayer week, a time for the church to remember those whom society often forgets, or at least it felt that way for her.
On behalf of this lady and every person we thank you, for praying and sending donations for our charitable work.
This year there is tremendous year, with great news to share, please do follow the linkhttps://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
and follow the link to our news and resources page
follow us here and @dementiaaprayer
Let us know what event you are hosting or how your are joining in prayer and we will post to our Whats on and Where page.
This month of February I would like to share a few thoughts of my own with you, on this vigil of the feast of The Presentation in the Temple celebrated tomorrow -2nd February.
We will hear the gospel of Luke 2:22-40, of the events leading up to and on the day itself when Jesus is presented in the temple. Mary and Joseph are welcomed by none other than two elderly people, Anna and Simeon whose deep longing for salvation is fulfilled, and prompted by the Holy Spirit praise God.
Many relatives and friends may make a similar or unplanned, journey to church. To present to God, their loved one whose earthly life may have suddenly ended. The Vigil celebrates this offering so beautifully leading into the funeral Mass the following day. So often, this is misunderstood and so opt out, as indeed can the Funeral Mass.
I am certain you will have though about your own funeral mass? Have you made your wishes known?
Perhaps the image here of Instructions for my Funeral Mass document may capture your attention in a similar way to that of Anna or Simeon. You may wish to look forward and plan ahead . One way is by asking your parish for a copy of Instructions for My Funeral Mass. You may wish to ask for help with filling the document in to make sure that you can have the Vigil and Funeral Mass that is the right as a Catholic.
Talking through any concerns or help with filling in the form is an important and great act of charity - might this be something you could contemplate, and be willing to do this for your parish?
'gather and pray' February
We are told in the Luke 2:22-40 that Anna served God night and day through fasting and prayer. Prayer can be difficult for all of us, perhaps other people seem to pray better, or maybe there is a lack of concentration, dryness, busyness or even darkness. Simeon, prompted by the Spirit welcomed Jesus , Mary and Joseph, and praised God...the light to enlighten the gentiles...
Below is the list of those who commit to 'gather and pray' each month for the charitable work of the Pastoral Care Project. These times of prayer and mass each month may well help visitors to the website find comfort and hope when they need it most. It can be a light in their darkness.
We would like to hear from more churches, schools, care homes and organisations wishing to commit to regular prayer so that there is more traditions taking part.
Every Thursday Mount St Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville, Leics. Adoration 6.15-7.15 pm
Every Friday 9.00 - 9.45 Adoration St Peter's Catholic Church Bloxwich, and every Saturday Rosary 9.00 -9.45 am and Adoration 9.45- 10.45 am
Sunday 17th Coombe Park Care Home, Coventry Sunday 3.00 pm service led by the chaplain Rev Pauline Warner for residents and staff; family and friends.
Tuesday 19th Cardinal Heenan House Care Home, Upholland. 6.00 pm Mass will be offered for the work of the Pastoral Care Project by Father Stephen Beale SDP.
Thursday 27th St Augustines Catholic Church Solihull Adoration by Candlelight. 6.15-7.15
Please share this link with those you know who may find comfort knowing that they are being remembered during the above days. You may use twitter @dementiaaprayer or social media.
Should you consider including a prayer in your regular event or setting up an event contact the office email@example.com or
...where two are more are gathered ....
This month we remember the many people who are sick, at home or in health care settings, their relatives and their friends. We also remember the medical staff those who provide specialist care for the dying. The recently departed, the bereaved, and those who minister to them in their time of need will be prayed for too.
Every Friday St Peter's Catholic Church Bloxwich. Adoration and Rosary 9.00 -9.45 am and Saturday 9.45- 10.45 am
Thursday 24th and every Thursday Mount St Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville, Leics. Adoration 6.15-7.15 pm
Thank you to the religious communities who include your and our intentions in their daily prayer, and to the schools who pray each week during term time and to the mentioned this month.
Monday 21st January Cardinal Heenan House, Upholland. 6.00 pm Mass offered by Father Stephen Beale SDP is for the work of the Pastoral Care Project. Particularly to seek the Lords guidance in attracting new trustees in helping serve the poor as noted in the words from Bishop David McGough.
‘gather and pray’ is very important to the Pastoral Care Project, and we thank you for supporting us in our mission, and sharing together in the mission of Christ. (Luke 4:18-19)
Catholic Church of St Augustine, Solihull. Holy Hour Friday 18th 5.15 -6.15pm
Sunday 20th Coombe Park Care Home, Coventry Sunday 3.00 pm service led by the chaplain Rev Pauline Warner for residents and staff; family and friends.
Please contact the office via firstname.lastname@example.org or through twitter @dementiaaprayer about ways of joining in ;gather and pray'.
Please share this link with those you know who may find comfort knowing that they are being remembered in prayer.
Joy to the World!
Bishop David McGough will offer his own Mass on Christmas morning at 9.30 am for all associated with the charitable work of the Pastoral Care Project, praying especially for the gift of peace for all who suffer with dementia and those who care for them. You may wish to view the Christmas card, (105KB) perhaps, print off and present to a health care setting, church or someone you know.
Welcome to our Advent 'gather and pray' and also our Christmas Appeal:
'gather and pray'
Thursday 15th Catholic Church of St Augustine, Solihull.
Adoration by Candlelight 6.16.-7.15 pm
Every Thursday Mount St Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville, Leics.
Adoration 6.15-7.15 pm
Every Friday St Peter's Catholic Church Bloxwich. Adoration and Rosary 9.00 -9.45 am and Saturday 9.45- 10.45 am
Sunday 16th Coombe Park Care Home, Coventry Sunday 3.00 pm
Service led by the chaplain Rev Pauline Warner for residents and staff; family and friends.
Wednesday 19th Cardinal Heenan House Care Home, Upholland.
6.00 pm Mass for the work of the Pastoral Care Project by Father Stephen Beale SDP.
Christmas Day Bishop David McGough
will offer his private Mass for all connected to the Pastoral Care Project. We thank Bishop David for his charity and his prayers and support throughout the year.
Christmas Appeal resources for school, parish group and home:
We hope you have fun with the resources, and should you wish to send a donation we would send you a Certificate.