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Catholic Church
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Saturday, October 02, 2010
Week of 3rd October 2010
N.b.: Next Saturday is the first ever official feast-day of Blessed John Henry Newman

This is great time make to do one or all of the below:
 firm up your use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
 buy and read one of the booklets on the wall rack near the newspaper stand
 buy and read one of the regular publications on our newspaper stand
 think of signing up for a distance learning course with Maryvale
 join our quality Bible study group
 think of becoming a First Holy Communion or Confirmation catechist
 Ask a question and/or read an answer at or

Why is it a good time for these things? See Pope Benedict’s words below from his Homily for the Mass of the Beatification of John Henry Newman two Sunday’s ago.

Newman’s “insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society, and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education were not only of profound importance for Victorian England, but continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world.

“… Firmly opposed to any reductive or utilitarian approach, he sought to achieve an educational environment in which intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together. … what better goal could teachers of religion set themselves than Blessed John Henry’s famous appeal for an intelligent, well-instructed laity:

‘I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it’ (The Present Position of Catholics in England, ix, 390).

“On this day when the author of those words is raised to the altars, I pray that, through his intercession and example, all who are engaged in the task of teaching and catechesis will be inspired to greater effort by the vision he so clearly sets before us.”

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:57 am