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.