Belle Isle Consultation – URGENT INFORMATION

Presumably not in attempt to scupper a worthwhile attendance at the LEEDS consultation, the authorities have taken it into their heads to renumber various roads and motorway junctions around the city. This is as a result of the completion of the new link road, south of Leeds, between the M1 and the A1.

What this means is that numbers of you have received tickets from us, bearing a map showing the location of S.Barnabas, Belle Isle, which is no longer as helpful as was intended! We have in Faith House a sheet detailing these changes, which we will be happy to send out to anyone who needs it. If you are planning on travelling to Belle Isle by car and are not already familiar with these changes, we recommend that you give us a call or drop us a line, asking for a copy of this sheet.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage – a Correction

Last month’s article by Chris Verity contained an error – the contact ‘phone number for the Pilgrimage, shown at the end of the article should have read: 01225 446670

372 Days or One Year and One Week!

Elsewhere in New Directions you will find details of the Christ our Future celebration next year on 10 June. Have you booked your ticket yet? The London Arena Box Office tell us that ticket sales are hotting up, probably as a result of our four-page Advertising Supplement in The Church Times at the end of last month. Enormous interest is now being generated but the organisers have one fear. We keep talking to people who tell us that they will be there, but who then admit that they have yet to purchase their tickets. Our fear – and it is a real one – is that some of those people will almost certainly NOT be there because, by the time they get round to buying their tickets, there will be none left. Make no mistake, it is going to sell out. So, if you are one of those who has yet to deal with this, please don’t put it off.

Years ago, the magazine Punch ran a competition in which readers were invited to invent a new word to enter the English language; one of the winners was the marvellous invention “Hodiate”.

The lucky few readers who were taught Latin at school or, rather, the lucky fewer readers who can remember any Latin they were taught at school, might be able to work it out: it is defined as the opposite of “procrastinate” – to put off until tomorrow what one could do today, from the Latin for “tomorrow” – “cras”. The Latin for “today” is “hodie” – and so to “hodiate” is to do today what one can do today. And so the simple message, as far as tickets for the London Arena are concerned is: DON’T JUST SIT THERE! HODIATE!

A New Regional Dean

Fr Robin Ellis, Regional Dean for Tamar – the dioceses of Exeter and Truro – and Archdeacon of Plymouth has decided that it is time he stood down as Regional Dean and, accordingly, he is setting in motion the necessary process of discernment in those two dioceses, in order that his successor can be commissioned in October. He assures us that relinquishing the post will enable him to devote much of his time to other Forward in Faith matters and in return we assure him that we will be finding lots of new jobs for him to do!

Please pray for those whose task it is to appoint a new Regional Dean and give thanks for the faithful and inspiring ministry Fr Robin has exercised amongst us. It is hoped that Fr Robin’s successor will be commissioned at the Forward in Faith Assembly in London on 29/30 October.


FF2000 is an International Festival, running from Sunday 23rd July to Sunday 30th July, 2000, for all young people who will then be aged 13 or above. (Yes, it’s even further away than Christ our Future!) It will provide a marvellous opportunity for our young people to meet some of their brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world in the lovely setting of St Gabriel’s, at the Community of All Hallows, at Ditchingham.

Activities will include Swimming, Tennis, Hockey, Football, Table Tennis, Wide Games and Treasure Hunts, Folk Dancing and a Disco!

There will be Workshops on Art, Drama, Poetry, Printing, Performing Arts, Calligraphy and Pottery and Excursions during the week will include trips to Norwich and to Walsingham. Details: 0171 976 0727

Sacred Synod

The Provincial Episcopal Visitors and the Bishop of Fulham are calling a Sacred Synod for all the priests of our integrity, which take place in London on 27 – 29 October. By now, all priest members of Forward in Faith should have received their invitations, but if any have not, they can contact the Synod Office on 0171 976 7976.

The Novena for Christ our Future

From Ascension Day next year until Pentecost, churches, religious communities, all the Catholic Societies and individuals from all over our land will be linked in prayer in preparation for the Christ our Future Celebration at the London Arena.

Each day, there will be special services to mark the Novena. Each diocese will mark one day as special to their area and this programme is shown below. This does not mean that things in your area can’t happen on other days, but we would ask you to let us know what is planned

We are setting these particular days aside in the year 2000AD as we enter the third millennium for the Christian Church to seek God’s blessing on the Eve of Pentecost’s Christ our Future celebration, to pray for those who have deserted their faith or who have never known it, to pray that the catholic faith may continue to grow and flourish in our church and that our own faith may be deepened so that we may bring others to see his glory and know his love.

Thursday, 1st June, 2000
Exeter, Truro, Scotland & Wales

Friday, 2nd June, 2000
Carlisle, Durham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Coventry & Lichfield

Saturday, 3rd June, 2000
Bradford, Ripon, York, Bath & Wells, Bristol & Salisbury

Sunday, 4th June, 2000
Sheffield, Southwell, Wakefield, Guildford, Portsmouth & Winchester

Monday, 5th June, 2000
Blackburn, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Sodor & Man, Europe & Chichester

Tuesday, 6th June, 2000
Derby, Leicester, Lincoln & Oxford

Wednesday, 7th June, 2000
Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Peterborough & St Albans

Thursday, 8th June 2000
Canterbury, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Norwich, Ely, Chelmsford & Rochester

Friday, 9th June, 2000
London & Southwark