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How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines

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How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines

How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines. A homily by Fr Stephen Wang to encourage students during these last few weeks of the academic year.

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Nuns on the Rise

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Nuns on the Rise

In case you missed this on Thursday: The number of women entering convents in England and Wales has hit a 25 year high.  From a low point of 7 in 2004, the numbers have steadily […]

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

Wake up, World! Sitting all day is killing you. That’s why I switched to a standing desk, and you should, too. I’m paraphrasing Tom O’Donnell, who began his piece, “Wake up, America!” He switched recently, […]

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A special kind of retreat

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A special kind of retreat

A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the Sion Community, Brentwood from Sunday 12 July (6pm) – Saturday 18 July (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, and the […]

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A retreat for young people this weekend, 24-26 April, Cardiff

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A retreat for young people this weekend, 24-26 April, Cardiff

This is from the Youth 2000 website and Facebook event: Join us in Cardiff for our Youth 2000 Cardiff Retreat – We Have Come. Our retreats are for Young adults age 15-35. To pre-book you […]

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Is God calling fewer people?

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Is God calling fewer people?

In a Pastoral Letter to be read in all the churches of the Diocese on the weekend of 25/26 April, the Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, challenges all in the Diocese to promote […]

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Vocation discernment weekend for Catholic women

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Vocation discernment weekend for Catholic women

This is from the Society of the Sacred Heart: For single Catholic women. Weekends of prayer, discussion, reflection, community…  a time to ask questions, find out more… a time to be with others on a […]

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Natural family planning with FEMM: A new fertility management programme

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Natural family planning with FEMM: A new fertility management programme

This new fertility management programme comes recommended by one of our readers: FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management) is a women’s health program that teaches the link between hormones and health, and how to monitor observable […]

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Falling in love is not enough: the true meaning of marriage

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Falling in love is not enough: the true meaning of marriage

I want you to imagine that you are on the top of Mount Nebo. This is where Moses is standing in the First Reading of the Mass today, surveying the Land that has been promised […]

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Dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness: the meaning of Easter

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Dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness: the meaning of Easter

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope your celebration of the Triduum was blessed… For me, I was back for a few days at Fisher House – the university chaplaincy in Cambridge, and for three years, my second […]

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Muslims up, Christians steady, Unaffiliated down: 2010 to 2050

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Muslims up, Christians steady, Unaffiliated down: 2010 to 2050

A recent report from the respected Pew Research Center has this title: “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the […]

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Brentwood Stations of the Cross: BBC Meditation

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Brentwood Stations of the Cross: BBC Meditation

This Good Friday Meditation was broadcast on BBC Essex to as part of the Brentwood Stations of the Cross Programme. It includes reflections by Fr Martin Boland and others associated with the project; scripture meditations; […]

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Good Works, staying true at work: explore the new website

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Good Works, staying true at work: explore the new website

Take a look at the relaunched website from Good Works. If you don’t know about the project, see their “About Us” page, copied below: Good works makes it easier to help each other create a […]

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New Forum for Catechists

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New Forum for Catechists

One of the requests from the Transformed in Christ day in Kensington was for a discussion forum for catechists using Transformed in Christ. I’m pleased to let you know you can now join the new TIC […]

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St Margaret Clitherow

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St Margaret Clitherow

[St Margaret’s feast tends to get forgotten because it falls on 25th March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. So this piece is being posted today instead.] Like many Yorkshire women, Margaret Clitherow was not afraid […]

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Can catechesis get in the way of making disciples? (Part 2)

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Can catechesis get in the way of making disciples? (Part 2)

(You can find Part 1 of this post here.) In the last post, I suggested there are two ways that catechesis can get in the way of making disciples. First, I wrote about how catechesis can […]

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One day conference on “Tools for evangelisation: communicating the faith”

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One day conference on “Tools for evangelisation: communicating the faith”

A one day conference that will provide you with the tools to Communicate the Faith effectively to others. See the image above for full details: Saturday 25 April 10 am Registration – 4pm finish Downside […]

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“Faith in Film” Competition

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“Faith in Film” Competition

With the theme of “The Truth is Out There. Have Faith”, this year’s Insight Student Filmmaker Award challenges the UK’s best student filmmakers to turn their creativity and their passion to exploring what faith and […]

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Thinking about death

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Thinking about death

It’s often said that in our Western culture we hide from the reality of death. The more puzzling and worrying thing is that we seem so uninterested in what awaits us beyond death. A homily […]

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From high fashion to a meditation on mortality and transcendence: the Alexander McQueen retrospective

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From high fashion to a meditation on mortality and transcendence: the Alexander McQueen retrospective

It is easy to mock the world of high-end fashion for its preening, Zoolander excesses. With every passing Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter collection, the business of fashion can be dismissed as a superficial enterprise, an ephemeral exercise […]

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