Hope in the Future: Forming Missionary Disciples | Building Missionary Parishes
In October 2017 Bishop John launched our Diocesan pastoral renewal programme, Hope in the Future. Hope in the Future is an invitation to every parish in the Diocese to recognise and develop their missionary identity and their call to evangelise.
First and foremost this process needs to be rooted in prayer and sustained by prayer which is why we are encouraged to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is a particular novena as a resource to help us do this.
Hope in the Future, builds on Faith in the Future. The theme of Hope which is key to the catechesis of Pope Francis.
On Tuesday 26th June 2018, Hope in the Future was launched in all of our Diocesan Schools and Colleges at a event which Celebrated the Gifts and Talents of Children and Young People. The day finished with a ‘Liturgy of Mission’ led by Bishop John where each school received a blessed San Damiano Cross and prayer cards. On returning to school the Chaplaincy Teams launched Hope in the Future in their School Communities and started looking at ways to work more closely with their parish.
Some suggested resources including readings, paper encyclicals and other useful resources.
As part of the Hope In the Future programme a number of formation days were held throughout 2018. The aim of the days were to provide an opportunity to meet together and reflect on what it is to be missionary and what we mean by discipleship.
This week the final resources for Stage 1 of the Hope in the Future Journey have been distributed to parishes. You can find a copy of all the resources online. If you haven't got involved with Hope in the Future yet here are 5 simple ways you can! 1.