Faith Matters


When he left his apostles, Jesus assured them of his living presence: "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the complete truth" (John 16:30).

Saint of The week

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

The more I follow Him without fear, the more He will protect me.

The more I do His will, the more He will prove His love for me.

Facts about St. Marguerite Bourgeoys


From 18th – 25th January the Church observes 8 days’ prayer for Christian Unity

The search for full Christian unity remains a priority for the Catholic Church and it is one of the Pope’s principle daily concerns. That was the message that Pope Francis shared on Thursday with members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity who are taking part in a plenary session in the Vatican this week. The meeting includes a public commemoration at the Gregorian University on Friday of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II decree ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’. That document marked the start of a new era in the Catholic Church’s relations with Christians of all different denominations. 

McDonald's near Vatican to give free meals to the poor VATICAN CITY (CNS) -

- While the controversial opening of a McDonald's near the Vatican may not have all local residents singing, "I'm lovin' it," the popular fast food chain is trying to do its part in the neighborhood by helping the poor and the hungry. "Medicina Solidale" ("Solidarity Medicine") announced Jan. 12 that it is joining forces with McDonald's and the papal almoner's office, which gives the pope's charitable aid to the homeless around the Vatican, to distribute 1,000 meals to poor men and women who often find shelter in and around St. Peter's Basilica. Starting Jan. 16, volunteers from the charitable organization will distribute a specially prepared menu for the poor; it includes a double cheeseburger, fresh apple slices and a bottle of water. Lucia Ercoli, director of "Medicina Solidale," said that the organization plans to distribute 100 meals a week for 10 consecutive Mondays. The program, she added, is "the beginning of a dialogue" with McDonald's to expand in the future. "It is truly a small drop in an ocean of things being done by so many other associations, by so many people who spend their time helping others.” "With these meals, we'll make a significant leap in providing so many women and men who live on the street in this neighborhood the possibility of a meal that will guarantee a suitable intake of proteins and vitamins for them," she said.



Cafod sign

Harvest Fast Day is approaching

Harvest 2015 prayer

Lord, all good things come from you.

You are so loving and generous,

you fill our world with wonders.

Inspire us to open our hearts

and share your gifts, so that

those who are hungry may flourish.

Through your grace, we pray

all may celebrate fullness of life.

Help us to be more compassionate,

to be aware of your love in each person,

and to live as children of one family.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


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Southwark Catholic Youth Service, or ‘SCYS’, is an agency of the Archdiocese of Southwark which
covers London boroughs south of the Thames, Kent and the Medway Towns. The Youth Service is based in St Vincent’s Centre which is the Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre found in the beautiful seaside town of Whitstable.

The Centre offers residential retreat programmes to schools and parish groups for young people aged 11-18. The programme staff and volunteer team lead these retreats, working alongside visiting
chaplains, catechists, teachers and youth workers.

A retreat at St Vincent’s Centre provides young people with time-out from the routine pressures of
everyday life and gives them an opportunity to reflect on their lives and to encounter Christ within the context of a Christian community.

The retreats are a unique opportunity for our young people to build community, to grow in their faith and to experience the joy and energy of a youthful Church.

The team and staff at St Vincent’s live as a Christian community, providing a strong and prayerful
setting into which groups are welcomed.

“The trip was not what I expected. It was even better! I had a great time and I have built on my faith.” Young Person, Bonus Pastor.

The team at St Vincent’s use drama, art, games, music and films to engage with young people, and fun and creative ways whilst exploring issues relevant to our young people today: including personal, social, spiritual and global.

“This trip was great and you made me feel so welcomed. I’m never going to forget this place, thanks a lot!” Young Person,
Bonus Pastor.

You can find out more about the work of St Vincent’s and the Youth Service at and find them on most social media platforms. Information, films and downloads, including fundraising ideas!