South Benfleet Flower Festival
Posted on the 17th August 2014 in the category Latest News
Bishop Norman was the preacher and celebrant at the Morning Mass at S. Mary's South Benfleet during the church Flower Festival. Fr Leslie Drake introduced the hymns at the afternoon Assumptiontide 'Songs of Praise'. Ten of the congregation's favourite hymns were sung starting with Great is Thy faithfulness! and finishing withThe Spirit lives to set us free.
Posted on the 22nd July 2014 in the category Latest News
Bishop Norman presided at Mass at West Tofts church, Norfolk. The Mass was held in the churchyard as the church is still undergoing repairs and restoration. The church, with its famous Pugin interior, is in a restricted military training zone and only has two services each year, in the summer and a Christmas carol service.
A new initiative aimed at encouraging vocations to ministry in the Church of England is launched
Posted on the 27th June 2014 in the category Latest News
The Bishops of The Society are delighted to support the launch of the Here I Am initiative. Bishop Tony Robinson, the Chairman of the Council of Bishops said, "We are very aware that the Church constantly needs more people called to serve the sacred priesthood. We hope this new campaign using up to date digital media will encourage more vocations."
Here I Am is the title of the campaign which has the backing of the catholic societies of the Church of England with the full support of the Additional Curates Society. Those responsible have embraced digital media to encourage people to explore a vocation to priesthood alongside other kinds of ministry in the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
A new You Tube channel features specially commissioned films looking at how people are called to ministry, what the selection process involves as well as examining the kind of people who are called to follow a path to priesthood.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has backed the initiative: “I am delighted to see the Catholic Societies working together in order to promote and encourage more vocations to the sacred priesthood under this new and exciting banner of Here I Am”.
Fr Darren Smith, spokesman for Here I Am, said that vocations were emerging across the church in a variety of ways:
“People looking at the material we have carefully produced will quickly discover that there is no single mould, shape or pattern for the priestly vocation.”
He adds: “Browsers to our website will find details of courses, what happens if they want to take it to the next step and what the work of a priest in the Church of England today involves.”
A new Twitter account @hereiamvocation will be launched at the same time. Organisers hope that people will follow the initiative and join in a wave of prayer for vocations. Bishops and priests representing the catholic societies are already working in every part of England and Wales and it was felt that material that had served them well previously was ready for an upgrade to reflect where the digital audience can now be found. “We are excited and expectant about the future of ministry and mission in anglican catholic churches and communities,” Fr. Smith explained.
The next Vocations Conference is at St Stephen’s House from 29 - 31 August
For full details and booking form contact
Additional Curates Society
Gordon Browning House
Unit 7, Spitfire Rd
Birmingham B24 9PB
tel 0121 382 5533
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Posted on the 16th June 2014 in the category Latest News
Bishop Norman preached the sermon at the first Mass celebrated by Fr Chris Johnson on 16th June the Pickering parish church.
Palm Sunday Holy Cross
Posted on the 13th April 2014 in the category Latest News
Bishop Norman presided at the Palm Sunday service at Holy Cross church which started with the blessing of the plams and procession from nearby playing fields. (Photo Brendan Owen)