Six Mission Priorities

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Since the Pope’s visit a great deal of reflection and prayer has gone into supporting the legacy, mindful that in his various speeches, homilies and addresses, the Holy Father very clearly presented to us all ‘Some Definite Purpose’, not just for 2011, but for many years ahead. His Holiness’s words collectively spell out our task as Home Missionaries labouring in the footsteps of Blessed Newman, St Bede, St Augustine and others, and all those who have gone before us with the sign of faith:

"The Holy Father has given us new heart for our mission. In our Cathedral he spelt out that task. He said we are to be witnesses to the beauty of holiness, to the splendour of the truth and to the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ."

Archbishop Nichols, Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Westminster, 24 September 2010

Pope Benedict has presented to the Catholic Community and British Society as a whole ‘Some Definite Purpose’ which can be summarised under six headings or what might be called ‘Mission Priorities’.

Six Mission Priorities

1. To know our purpose
2. To grow in confidence
3. To witness to our faith
4. To serve others
5. To seek and engage in dialogue
6. To point to the transcendent

Under each heading you’re invited to consider one way - small or great - you can contribute in the year head to the mission of the Church in England and Wales.

"A sower went out to sow.... some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear."

Matthew 13: 3 - 9

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