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CALLED AND GIFTED
The Called and Gifted programme is an opportunity
to start to recognise your charisms (spiritual
gifts) and begin to discern God’s call.
discover these charisms during a two-day live
presentation which includes teaching on the laity
and lay apostolate, the nature of charisms,
and vocation and how to undertake the process of
The Weekend 5-6 February in Our
Lady's Abingdon will teach you:
The signs and
characteristics of 24 of the most common charisms of
the Holy Spirit.
How discerning your charisms can
change the world and help spread the Gospel, not
only in your parish but throughout your everyday
How discerning and using our charisms
together can help transform and renew our parishes.
The Called and Gifted programme is firmly rooted in
Catholic theology and ecclesiology. Bishop Philip is
keen for as many people as possible to have the
opportunity to start discovering their gifts.
What people are saying: The Teaching Weekend …"
Absolutely LOVED the Weekend!!!" "Felt called (to
come) … great to be “fed” spiritually in my Catholic
The One-to-One Gifts Conversation … "My
discussion took place in a very relaxed manner which
meant we were both at ease immediately"
with an energised purpose to follow and discern my
5th Feb 7-9pm and 6th Feb 9-4pm Book
St John Paul II Prayer Group at Didcot
This new prayer group has been formed by
parishioners to pray for the sick. They meet
monthly in the church, and welcome new people.
For more details please contact the parish office at
Didcot on 01235 812338.
Holy Year of Mercy
In the bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus (MV),
Pope Francis decreed that the Holy Year would begin
on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015, with the
opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St.
Peter at the Vatican. On the following Sunday,
December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the opening
of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome, the
Basilica of St. John Lateran, took place. After
that, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas
opened. Moreover, the Holy Father decreed that on
the same Sunday, “in every local church, at the
cathedral — the mother church of the faithful in any
particular area —, a Door of Mercy would opened for
the duration of the Holy Year.
At the discretion
of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened
at any shrine frequented by large groups of
pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so
often grace-filled moments as people discover a path
to conversion” (MV, 3).
Philip opened a Door of Mercy at St John’s
Cathedral, Portsmouth on Sunday 13 December 2015 at
Noon. He then celebrated Mass. On the same day a
similar Door of Mercy opened at Our Lady & St Edmund
of Abingdon Church, Abingdon. Throughout the year,
the faithful are encouraged to go on pilgrimage to
either or both churches.
To arrange a
pilgrimage to the Holy Door at Abingdon, please
contact the parish office on 01235 520375 in good
Bishop Philip's latest Pastoral Letter
Lectio Divina has been used by
the church for centuries as a tool for deepening
prayer life. Meaning 'Spiritual Reading' it is
a way of reading the bible, making your reading a
prayer. It helps you to see how the Holy
Spirit , speaking to you through the bible, has
something to say about your life.
Click here for guide to Lectio Divina for
and here for guide for leaders
Find out more about the
Catholic Church in England and Wales here.