In his Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte, at the close of the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul II set the parameters for the work of the pastoral office when he wrote:
It is in the local churches that the specific features of a detailed pastoral plan can be identified — goals and methods, formation and enrichment of the people involved, the search for the necessary resources — which will enable the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture."
To this end, the Pastoral Office develops resources for Parish Pastoral Councils and supports them in making this vision a reality at local level. We also offer practical support to the various Commissions operating in the Diocese helping to integrate their vision with that of the Church.
Ecumenism - Working with other churches for Christian Unity
Church Leaders, process into St Mungo's Cathedral for the St Mungo Day Vespers, 13th January 2008, led by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti and Rev Laurence Whitley, Minister of St Mungo's Cathedral.
The historic event held in St Mungo's Cathedral at which Archbishop Conti was invited to preach by Rev Dr. Laurence Whitely, brought together representatives of Glasgow Churches Together.
The Evening Service was attended by representatives of all the churches which make up Glasgow Churches Together, by the Lord Provost of Glasgow and members of Glasgow City Council, Members of Parliament from Holyrood and Westminster and the Universities. The music for the service was led by the Archdiocesan Choir, the St Mungo Singers with the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, Piper, Harpist and children from various schools.
(Photograph by Paul McSherry)
At the invitation of Archbishop Conti, Right Rev Sheilagh Kesting, accompanied by Rev David Cameron joined the Canons of the Cathedral Chapter for Evening Prayer on Friday, 14th March 2008.
In his welcome, the Archbishop highlighted Mrs Kesting's long-held commitment to dialogue and work together among Christians.
Extracts from Mrs Kestings' Sermon:
"In this city alone the cooperation that is now taking place in the tackling of poverty and its attendant problems has proved to be the catalyst for wider cooperation with people of other faiths and with public and private sector bodies.
Churches working together as instruments of God's love and deep concern for the city. Supporting initiatives that nurture self-worth and open up opportunities for fullness of life within communities where these are too often in short supply.
We are called not to play God, but to allow God to work in us and through us as the community of Christ in the world today"
Convenor: Rev Paul Milarvie
Secretary: Liz Taite
Archdiocesan Ecumenical Committee
196 Clyde Street
Tel: 0141 226 5898
Fax: 0141 225 2600
In the words of Archbishop Conti, December 2005:
'Our work in the ecumenical movement, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is a priority for the Archdiocese and our response to Christ's prayer:
"May they all be one, Father, may they all be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you so that the world me believe it was you who sent me"
Both at a universal level and at a diocesan level, the Catholic Church regards Ecumenism as integral to its work and life. In practical terms, whenever we plan for the future, this means asking the Ecumenical question: ‘What are the implications of this for ecumenism?’
As Catholics, in our work at the parish, deanery and archdiocesan levels, we should all be asking what might we be able to do together with our neighbouring churches. Ecumenism means ‘Doing what we can do – together’.
The Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission is available to advise.
At present there are 53 parishes with Ecumenical Representatives, covering all Deaneries of the Archdiocese.
At a local level there are a number of ecumenical activities carried out, for example:
For further information please contact the Ecumenical Commission
Websites you may find useful:
Glasgow Churches Together : www.glasgowchurches.org.uk
Action of Churches Together : www.acts-scotland.org
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland : www.ctbi.org.uk
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