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Catholic faith courses for adults

‘BEING A MISSIONARY DISCIPLE’: After the great success of Bishop Patrick’s Lent Talks on Discipleship, the Formation for Mission Team are offering two talks on Zoom in May on ‘Being a Missionary Disciple.’ The first talk ‘The Ascension & the Great Commission’ will be given by Canon Christopher Thomas (General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales) on Thursday 13th May 2021 at 7:00 pm. This talk will explore the importance of the Ascension and how we can live Jesus final instructions to us. The second talk ‘Pentecost & Mission’ will be given by Pippa Baker (A Catholic Missionary, Speaker & Musician) on Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 7:00 pm. This talk will examine the significance of Pentecost for us and how the Holy Spirit equips us for mission in our everyday lives. To register visit:

There are a number of courses normally available in our parish; however with the current situation these have been on hold on for some time, but now planning is taking place to find new ways of presenting them.

The Why? course and the Grow In Faith! course are still postponed. However the Alpha course is regularly scheduled, on a virtual (Zoom) basis.

These courses are for
  • adults who want to find out more about Catholic faith and life
  • adults who want to become a Catholic
  • adults who are already Catholic and want to make their first holy communion or be confirmed
  • adults who are already Catholic and want to reflect on their faith.

The Why? course

It all starts with the Why? course, meeting for an hour at 11am on three Saturdays.
  • Why God? 
  • Why Christ? 
  • Why the Church? 
The Why? Course was made for people who know little or nothing about the Catholic Faith, and looks at some of the most important and intriguing questions human beings have ever asked.

In three engaging, thought provoking and enjoyable hour long sessions, it explores three vital questions: Why God? Why Christ? And why the Church?

Each session begins with a short video containing interviews, explanations and answers and ends with half an hour for discussion and questions. There is a beautiful and informative book to take home with you to explore the topics in greater depth at your own pace.

So that people can confidently make arrangements for child care if they need to, the sessions will end on time -- even if we're carried away in deep discussion when the time comes!

A sample of what to expect from the Why? course videos

The Grow in Faith! course

Then, after a short break, the Grow in Faith! course begins, again on Saturdays, from 11am to 12.30pm – a list of dates is usually given out at the Why? course. No booking is required for the Why? course, and each autumn a form is available to book a place on the Grow in Faith! course.