Which guests will you bring to the Holy Doors this month?

Each day from the 19th to 24th September, the Diocesan Evangelisation Team will be at one of the Holy Door Churches, inviting parishioners to bring non-churchgoing friends to a meal and an invitation to step through the door of mercy.

Monday 19th September – Belmont Abbey, Ruckhall Lane, Hereford
11.00 a.m. Mass in support of the day
11.30 a.m. Hour of Adoration in support of the day
1.00 p.m. Lunch at the Door of Mercy
4.00 p.m. Invitation to tea for local evangelisation volunteers – an informal gathering with the diocesan team to look at future possibilities (venue to be confirmed)
6.30 p.m. Supper at the Door of Mercy

Tuesday 20th September – St Aloysius, Chestnut Way, Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil
Although the Merthyr Holy Door is at St Mary’s, the main events take place using the facilities at St Aloysius, with a shuttle bus taking guests to the Holy Door at the end of the meal.
10.00 a.m. Mass in support of the day
10.30 a.m. Hour of Adoration in support of the day
12.15 p.m. Lunch at the Door of Mercy
4.00 p.m. Tea at the Door of Mercy
7.00 p.m. Supper at the Door of Mercy

Wednesday 21st September – St Mary’s, Stow Hill, Newport
2.00 p.m. Hour of Adoration in support of the day
3.00 p.m. Mass in support of the day
4.00 p.m. Tea at the Door of Mercy
7.00 p.m. Supper at the Door of Mercy

Thursday 22nd September – St Mary’s, Ewenny Road, Bridgend
2.00 p.m. Hour of Adoration in support of the day
3.00 p.m. Mass in support of the day
4.00 p.m. Tea at the Door of Mercy
7.00 p.m. Supper at the Door of Mercy

Friday 23rd September – St David’s Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff
12.45 p.m. Mass in support of the day
1.30 p.m. Lunch at the Door of Mercy
3.00 p.m. Divine Mercy devotions and Hour of Adoration in support of the day
5.00 p.m. Tea at the Door of Mercy
7.30 p.m. Supper at the Door of Mercy

So how can you help and who will you invite?

Which members of your family are Catholic, but not active in church?

Who among your friends and colleagues has expressed interest in your Catholic faith, or admiration for Pope Frances or, this weekend, St Teresa of Calcutta?

•Invite someone!

The Diocesan team and the local Holy Door teams have put a huge amount of work into preparing for this mission. All this work depends on getting the invitation out to the right guests. Remember, this invitation is not for you to come on your own as a spectator. You are welcome to come, bringing a guest with you, or to come and volunteer for the local support team. We have made it as easy as possible to invite guests – it is as simple as saying, “Will you come with me for a meal at our local church?” – and when your friend asks why, say, “Because Pope Francis has opened a door for you there.” You don’t need to say more – answers will be provided on the day!

•Encourage someone!

Next weekend, a Pastoral Message from Archbishop George will be read out in every church across the Diocese. He will say: “the invitation to each parishioner is to invite one other person to attend”. Many of our churchgoers will find this somewhat daunting. Be ready, at the end of Mass, to speak to some of your fellow churchgoers and reassure them that they can do this. If you’ve already invited someone yourself, how much more powerful will your reassurance be!

•Join us in prayer!

At the end of this email you will find the full schedule of what is happening that week. Some of the activities are prayer activities in support of the mission – including this coming Monday’s Day of Intercession at St Philip Evans Church. You are welcome to come to the Masses and Holy Hours at any Holy Door venue to join us in prayer; and if you cannot physically join us, please unite your prayers with ours on those days.

•Volunteer!

We still need help with the practical tasks to be done at each venue, and in particular at the Cathedral on Friday 23rd September, where we may need a larger team than at other venues. At the end of this email you will find a contact name for each venue, so you can offer to help with catering, welcoming or by reading something at the short prayer service at the Holy Door. Don’t delay – it is an act of mercy to your co-ordinators to volunteer as early as possible rather than at the last minute!

If you wish to help please contact Fr Gareth Leyshon on 029 2073 2514

Please do whatever you can, through prayer and practical help, to support the Cardiff ArchDiocesan Evangelisation Team.

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