Ad Clerum :
3ydd o Orffennaf 2012 July 3rd
Apostol Tomos / Thomas Apostle
Take hold of the life that is truly life (cf. 1 Timothy 6.19)
Gafaelwch yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd (1 Timotheus 6.19)
In this Ad Clerum…
• Hwyl a Helo
• Education Octave
It was good to see so many of you at the Ordination last Saturday. For me, the ordination is always one of the high points of the year, and a good time to express our collegiality as we support our new deacons and priests. When we gather in this way, the Church seems strong and we can be hopeful for the future.
I am positive about the future. The Planning for the Future strategy documents which are with you in the deaneries at the moment are designed to generate deanery input in shaping the ministry provision of the future, and I hope that this will help deaneries to take responsibility for their mission and their future. In July as well the Church in Wales Review will be published, and that will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of the Church in Wales as a whole.
So we live in a time of change, but change which I hope can be embraced in a positive way. I am grateful for all that you do. Change can be difficult, and being responsible for parishes at a time of change is no easy task, which is why the fact that as clergy we can stand together and support one another becomes so important.
Hwyl a Helo
Vittoria Hancock has indicated that she intends to take a year out of public ministry as a break to reenergise her creative work. We thank Vittoria for all that she has contributed to the diocese, especially in liturgy and evangelism, and trust that she will stay in contact. This move will not be made public until next Sunday, 8th July, so you are asked to keep it confidential until then.
Phil Atack has accepted my invitation to become Area Dean of the combined Area Deaneries of Rhos and Llanrwst. I look forward to commissioning him in this role when the new Deanery celebrates its inauguration on 30th September.
I am sure we welcome the news that Monsignor Peter Brignall, the Dean of Wrexham Cathedral, has been appointed by the Pope as Bishop Edwin Regan’s successor in the Diocese of Wrexham. We welcome Peter to this new role, and wish Bishop Edwin every happiness as he lays down the burden of office, and takes up parish ministry in Dolgellau.
A reminder that the Church in Wales now keeps the Octave following the Feast of St. Cyprian (13th September) as an Education Octave. This is the opportunity for all parishes to make contact with all the schools in their parish. It may not be more than sending a card to say that the parish is praying for them that week as they start a new school year, but the intention is that every school – whether a Church school or not – will be reminded that their parish cares for the work that they do. Indeed, for some of our parishes the octave is an opportunity to invite the school to the Church for a visit or Service, or for the parish to visit the school and build links. The more creative the idea, the better!
I attach a notice from the Director of Exploring Faith about this new course in the diocese. Can you think about resourcing a group? For further information and resources please visit the Exploring Faith website.
Dates for the Diary
10 July 1900hr : Becoming A Generous People. The Provincial roadshow arrives in St Margaret’s Church Hall, Chester Road, Wrexham LL11 2SH. Please encourage as many lay people as possible to attend these events.
16 July 1900hr: Licensing of Godfrey Chigumira as Team Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Rhos Cystennin and the Rededication of St. Michael’s Church, Llandudno Junction at St. Michael’s Church.
5 Septr 1800hr: Festal Evensong in the Cathedral to celebrate the visit of the International Commission for Anglican – Orthodox Theological Dialogue. A reminder that lovers of all things Orthodox should come to this event …
8 Septr We welcome the Cursillo Movement in Great Britain to the Cathedral for their National Ultreya. Further details of this major event can be obtained from Hugh Burgess.
10 Septr 1900hr The Induction of Peter Pike as Vicar of Berriew at St Beuno’s Church, Berriew.
16 Septr Confirmation in the Church of SS Tysilio and Mary, Meifod at 1500hr.
17 Septr 1030hr: Becoming a Generous People arrives at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown SY16 3PW
25 Septr CMD Day. The focus of the day will be Christian Initiation, and will cover approaches to Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. There are a number of pastoral, liturgical and theological aspects to wrestle with on all these topics, and Bishop Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor & Man, will be leading us through the intricacies, and setting out some signposts to most effective practice. The day will begin at 1000hr and finish by 1530hr as usual, and include a synodical session in the last hour.
25 Septr The final chance for folk to attend Becoming a Generous People in the diocese at St Peter’s Church, Rosehill, Holywell CH8 7TL at 1900hr
01 Oct 1800hr The Installation of the Reverend Dr Peter Pike as Archdeacon of Montgomery during Choral Evensong at the Cathedral.
6 Octr Diocesan Conference, in the Llangollen Eisteddfod Pavilion.
The Petertide Ordination in 2013 is scheduled to take place on the Feast of SS Peter and Paul, 29th June at 1000hr in the morning. Please put this date in your diary now.
Notes and Queries
The Archbishop’s Fund for Children
Please find attached information from Mike Williams reminding us of the important work that is undertaken through the Archbishop’s Fund.
Parish Website Scheme
Many of our parishes have already availed themselves of the facility which the Church in Wales website provides to provide a home for parish contacts under the Parish website scheme. However, there’s no reason why every parish shouldn’t avail themselves of the chance to advertise their life on the website. For further information, please visit www.churchinwales.org.uk/parishwebsite or contact Phil Topham at the Diocesan Office.
Year of Pilgrimage
Meg Mullock is collating information about any known holy wells, sacred sites or places of pilgrimage from around the Diocese in preparation for our Year of Pilgrimage. Meg is producing a map to highlight all these sites to encourage people to visit them, as well as producing written information about each parish that can be shared across the Diocese. If your parish hasn’t responded yet to her request for information, it would be much appreciated if direct contact can be made with Meg as soon as possible – firstname.lastname@example.org is her email address.
The Umeed Partnership
The Umeed Partnership is a charity which has been brought to my attention as one worthy of commendation. Several clergy within the diocese support it, and the charity provides opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in Pakistan through education and vocational training projects. Umeed is the Urdu word for Hope.
It works in the tribal region of Baluchistan; in slum districts of Lahore & Bahawalpur; and in low-caste Hindu communities in the Cholistan Desert in southern Punjab. It is multi-faith: Christian, Hindu, Muslim; and is a registered charity based in north Wales, with supporters across the UK.
The Umeed Partnership
• has 22 education centres offering basic education, tailoring and embroidery to girls & women;
• offers a support system for women, helping widows and victims of domestic violence & disease;
• and runs primary schools providing education for children in low-caste ‘dalit’ communities;
For further information please contact John Perkins – tel 01248 712389 / 07547 730 495.
With my warmest regards for your ongoing ministry and service,