World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: 1st September
"The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity
to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as
well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."
• Pray that politicians and all who make decisions that affect the future of
the earth may they safeguard the planet for future generations.
• If you haven’t already read it, read Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter
Laudato Si' .
Sometimes when things don’t go quite as planned, a gap year is the best decision you could make. Whatever your age, if you want to
carry out work that will make a lasting difference, whether abroad or in this country …. if you want to challenge yourself, meet like-minded people …. if you are passionately concerned about
the world and issues facing it, a gap year might be for you.
Here are some starting points:-
Most of us come back with a pocketful of foreign coins which will sit on a shelf somewhere for a couple of years gathering dust. It
probably seems neither here nor there, but if you can imagine every other home coming holiday maker in the country doing exactly the same thing, you can easily see how that kind of money adds up.
Most big name charity shops now accept donations of foreign coins, so find out which ones and pay them a call.
Spring clean your Marriage
August is traditionally the month for weddings, but it’s also a good time for us all to give our relationships a ‘spring
Marriage Care UK tell us families are often physically together but they are not really focused or paying attention to each other.
Research in recent years has shown that the average person can spend up to 8 hours and 41 minutes on electronic devices and that we spend more time with our phones than our partners! The August
‘Marriage Care’ challenge is to leave the mobile devices at home and go out for the weekend.
Visit www.marriagecare.org.uk for ideas
The Annual Publication of the Retreat Association
Going on a retreat is a must for anyone who feels they need to find new energy and focus. Getting away from it all can bring a
different perspective to your life and encourage you to make time for the things you love. The Retreat Handbook amongst other things contains information and programmes for over 230 Christian retreat
centres in the UK and beyond. For more information click the button below.
Volunteer for Masstimes.org
It's at this time of year that Catholics on holiday look to the internet for local churches and Mass times, only to find there isn't one definitive site.
Masstimes.org aims to be that definitive resource, hosting and sharing the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence.
Dioceses, parishes, and many volunteers help keep the database current, but the site is always looking for more volunteers.
You could consider adopting a city a diocese or even a country! If you are able to spend a few hours a month researching and updating church and worship time
information for a country, or a diocese the Mass Times Trust would like to hear from you. They are particularly in need of more volunteers with language skills other than English. Instructions and
advice will be provided as needed.
If you are interested, email the firstname.lastname@example.org saying which territory you are interested in and which language skills you