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Bishops' Messages of Support

Many of the Bishops of England and Wales have offered messages of support to encourage non-Churchgoing Catholics back towards playing an active part in the life of the Church. Here you will find a selection of these messages.

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Arundel & Brighton

"It's always wonderful to receive an invitation from someone, especially from a person who is close to us or someone we respect and admire. The invitation is...Read more

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Birmingham

"In this 'Year of Faith', Catholics have become more aware that the Church needs every parishioner to reach out with a word or gesture of welcome to the stra...Read more

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Brentwood

"Part of the heritage of the 'Year of Faith' will be our ongoing awareness of the need for evangelisation and especially in reaching out to those who no long...Read more

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Cardiff

"It is too hard for many to revisit the past. ‘Crossing the Threshold’ may be too big a step to take alone. That is why the invitation, friendship and suppor...Read more

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Clifton

"Jesus teaches that the love and mercy of God are available to everyone. If you’ve not been to Mass for a while, I’d like you to know that you’d be very welc...Read more

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East Anglia

"I would want to encourage those who no longer practice their faith to respond to those glimmers of light and take the first step, for this truly is a moment...Read more

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Hallam

"'The Catholic community is opening wide its doors and, at your own pace and in your own time, would be happy to welcome you. For all of us, our faith journe...Read more

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Hexham & Newcastle

"Pope Francis recently said he preferred a Church that made mistakes to a Church that was safe and closed and self-sufficient because such a Church was sick...Read more

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Lancaster

"I would suggest that this reservoir of our lives and ministry, when it comes especially to the New Evangelisation, must first be filled with the spirit of i...Read more

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Leeds

"We've all probably heard the saying 'once a Catholic, always a Catholic.' When we happen to mention something connected to our own Catholic faith, it's amaz...Read more

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Menevia

"I ask you to do something difficult - difficult, because if it was easy you might have done it already. Ask yourself: does Church mean anything to me? Would...Read more

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Middlesbrough

"First of all we need to allow Jesus to warm our hearts; we need to listen to him as he walks with us on our way. Then we need to have the courage, like the...Read more

Homily

Northampton

"Disconnected from the Church and wondering about a fresh start? Here is an opportunity to explore where you are and where the Church is."Read more

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Nottingham

"Don't hold back; use the resources that are being provided to support your efforts. There may well be non-churchgoing Catholics in your family and friendshi...Read more

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Plymouth

"Reasons why people cease to talk with us are complex and any contact with them needs to be sensitive. Use the challenge of Home Mission Sunday this year to...Read more

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Portsmouth

"As individuals, families and parishes, take seriously the call to joyfully and respectfully share your faith. Please consider responding especially to the '...Read more

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Shrewsbury

"Home Mission Sunday reminds us how we have a mission that must literally “come home” to our families, friends, colleagues and the communities in which we li...Read more

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Southwark

"We are all a pilgrim people and have different stories of faith to share. These are important and as a Catholic community we’d like to listen to yours and w...Read more

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Westminster

"Announcing the good news in deed and word is the task of each of us as followers of Jesus. We do so, even in the midst of our daily tasks, whenever we behav...Read more

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Wrexham

"We all know someone who needs our faith to light their path, to guide their steps back to their rightful place in the community of faith. With courage, repe...Read more