Alpha Weekend In 5

Here in Richmond, we have been running an Alpha course pilot with about 20 of our parishioners. We are looking at ways in which we can use it as an evangelisation tool in our parish and community, and this weekend held our first “Alpha Weekend”. Here are a few of my quick takes and lots…

From The Desire To Be Retweeted…

I first got involved in new media back in 2011 thanks to the encouragement of Pope Benedict, who encouraged my generation to become apostles of the digital continent. I learned how to blog for WYD Madrid, a year later I bounced onto Twitter, then a blog on Pope Benedict went viral and I’ve dabbled in…

March For Life UK 2016

What a privilege it was to be involved in March for Life UK 2016 last weekend. I remember with great affection the early days of the March and I’m just amazed how it continues to grow and witness in new ways to the Gospel of Life. As it grows, it is also presenting a direct…

Living Lent in Richmond

How on earth is Ash Wednesday here already? We seem to have only just entered into Ordinary Time and now we find this penitential season upon us. It is a wonderful opportunity to step back and reflect on our lives and our spiritual journey. Some questions that might be of help for reflection: As I…

Catholic Richmond

So I have been in Richmond a week now and even though I haven’t got round to changing the blog name, I’m posting anyway otherwise it will never get done. It’s been quite a week here in London. Not a day has passed without me saying how I can’t believe I’m here. There was so…

Compare and Despair

So as some of my readers might already know, I will be relocating to London in the new year and though many of the details are still to confirmed, my notices went in before Christmas and I began my packing yesterday.┬áMy primary reason for moving is to get stuck into a parish with friends, and…

The Surprising Gift of Mercy

  So it’s been an interesting few days and I want to share a few little encounters I’ve had along the way. 4 in particular- 3 with people and 1 in confession. 3 weeks into the Year of Mercy, I have no “plan” for the year but I think I’m trying to let mercy be…

Saints With Sass!

“As a young woman I suffered under the misconception that to pursue a life of holiness meant to lead a boring life filled with long periods of contemplation and silence. I longed to find role model who matched my own approach to life- saints with boisterous laughs, and quick tongues that sometimes got them into…

Just Another Catholic Woman

Just organising and leading a parish prayer group. Just heading up a local parish SVP circle. Just bringing Holy Communion to the sick in her spare time. Just trying to be a good wife and mother. Just serving Jesus generously through the single life. Just founding and coordinating a charitable project for asylum seekers. Just…

Periscoping the Gospel

Those who know me will know that I’m a bit of a new media junkie. I run a few different accounts – facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress- under the Catholic Birmingham banner. I had set these up because the diocese had no official media pages and I wanted to share what Jesus was doing here…

Women on a Mission

Just a quick invitation and a request that you forward this onto any ladies who might be interested. For a while now, myself and a friend have been praying and thinking about ways in which we can support women in leadership and ministry across the diocese. We continue to meet so many amazing women, doing…