Is God Calling You?
If you have questions about the Christian life and are seeking to know more about faith, make time to ask God for guidance.
Prayer is speaking and listening to God, it doesn't have to take a long time - 5 minutes is fine but the key thing is to try to do it every day. As you walk along, drive in your car or go about your daily life, God is always ready to listen. If you feel better able to pray in a church, St Osmund’s Church is open every day of the year from 8am until 6pm and is a place of tranquil stillness in the midst of our city. You are very welcome to step inside and spend time there.
Explore the Why Catholic section of this website – there is plenty to read and watch that may answer some of the questions that you have. If what you read speaks to your heart and you would like to explore further, contact us or take one or more of the steps listed below.
Come to Mass.
For Catholics, the Mass is the source and the summit of our common life in Christ. You may find it confusing to begin with but over time you will understand better what is going on.
Come along for coffee
Which is served after the 09:00 Mass at St Osmund’s and the 09:00 Mass at St Gregory’s on Sundays. We also have coffee during the week after the Tuesday morning Mass at St Osmund’s and the Wednesday morning Mass at Holy Redeemer. You can take the opportunity to introduce yourself to some of the people there and perhaps ask some of the questions that are puzzling you.
We have an assortment of booklets relating to the Catholic faith in our churches. In particular you might find the Simple Prayer Book helpful, both for private prayer and for the prayers in the Mass. Please contact the parish office if you would like assistance to find helpful material.
Read the Bible.
Concentrate initially on Part Two (the New Testament) and read one of the gospels. The Gospel of St Mark is the shortest. This will help you to get to know more about Jesus. But it is important to remember that the Jesus who walked the roads of Galilee two thousand years ago is a living person now, God the Son, who we can talk to every day in our prayers and who will help us in our lives now, if we want him to. If you feel you would like to explore further, you are welcome to attend our Journey in Faith/RCIA programme or join an Alpha group and meet other people who are asking many of the same questions you are asking.
Journey in Faith/RCIA*
Journey in Faith/RCIA is a programme for adults wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith. The group usually meets in St Osmund’s Presbytery during term time the preliminary meeting for the coming year will be on the 11 October following the 18:00 Mass ( please see the newsletter) It normally runs from September each year to the following Easter when any members who have decided to join the Catholic church receive the Sacraments of initiation during our Easter services. From Easter to the end of the summer term, the group meets on an ad hoc basis as decided by the members of the group. People come from many different backgrounds, Christians and non-Christians, baptised and not baptised. Please note: some people come along for some or all of the programme but decide they do not want to become a Catholic. This is fine and there is absolutely no pressure and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in joining , please contact Fr Anthony by email [email protected] or ring 01722 33581.
Catholics who may have been away from church for a long time often find our programmes helpful both as a 'refresher', but also to get to know people in the parish. You are most welcome to come along and find out more. You don't need to wait until the start of the next programme – contact us at any time.
For more information please contact Fr Anthony on 01722 333581 or email [email protected]
*Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults