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Parishes staying connected

Churches might be closed but parish teams have been busier than ever trying to stay connected with their communities through a range of initiatives from live streaming Masses to phoning parishioners and dropping bulletins in their letter boxes.

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Hospitality – the basic liturgical ministry

In the past 50 years lay people have taken on many liturgical ministries, from extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and readers, to visitors to the sick and collection counters. For many parishes the ministry of hospitality holds a special place because hospitality is – or ought to be – the hallmark of every Christian. We might think that hospitality at Mass is limited to providing a warm greeting as parishioners and visitors arrive, or handing out parish bulletins, but in fact it is much more than this: it is the ministry of the whole community.


Extraordinary gifts of ordinary people

From cleaning the church and maintenance work, to leadership roles and faith formation, the recipients of the 2017 Archbishop’s Awards for service to parish life demonstrate the myriad of gifts that people bring to our Catholic community.


In memory of the unborn

Brighton parish has heeded the call of Pope Francis to “develop the attitude of the Good Samaritan” by establishing a memorial dedicated to the memories of unborn children and celebrating a special Mass for families who have lost children on All Souls Day next month.