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The Bishopric of the Forces Annual Chrism Mass - Tue 23 Mar at 1200

21 Mar 2021

The Bishopric of the Forces annual Chrism Mass will take place at 1200 on Tue 23 Mar at the Cathedral of St Michael, and St George, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot.  Holy Mass will include a renewal of the promises made by the priests and deacons of the Forces diocese at their ordinations, as well as the blessing of the oils. This is one of the most solemn occasions in the Bishopric's calendar.
 
For those local to Aldershot, and able to travel, you are warmly invited to attend in person.  For those who can't attend, the service will be streamed through Zoom with details below:
 
 

Unlocking The Mystery of The Bible - On-line Course Starting 22 Apr

17 Mar 2021

Have you ever tried to read The Bible, especially the Old Testament, and found it too difficult or overwhelming to comprehend?  Do you want to know and work towards a better understanding of the story, and how it relates to the life of Jesus Christ, and to your own life?

 

If so, sign up the the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible course taking place on Zoom over 8 sessions starting on Thursday 22 April at 1930.  The sessions, open to all members of the Whole Force Community regardless of faith background, will be led by RAF Chaplains.

 

Places are limited so please express interest by Fri 16 April to rafprccpastoralassistant457@outlook.com. Please see the adjacent flyer for further details.

Spiritual Resilience: Praying Through the Storm

 Online Course took place Sat 13 Mar 21 for RAF Whole Force

14 March 2021
The on-line group guided session on the theme of Spiritual Resilience: Praying Through the Storm took place on Saturday 13 Mar.  Organised by the RAF Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain and facilitated by 3 Friars from the Order of Discalced Carmelites, the event was open to members of the RAF Whole Force Community.
Meditating on Mark 4:35-41, the story of Jesus calming the storm, Fr Kelvin Ekhoegbe led a reflection on the role that prayer and being in the presence of God can have in helping us meet life's challenges.  Frs Tony Parsons and Liam Finnerty also contributed to break-out groups where individuals' experiences and reflections were shared.
Feedback from participants has been universally positive. The RAF RC Community hopes to arrange similar courses with the Carmelites in the future.

Bishopric Retreat Series 2021 

4 March 2021
The Bishopric of the Forces has arranged a series of Retreats over many years.  In 2021 four Retreats were planned but, regrettably, those planned to take place at Douai Abbey from 9 to 12 March and at Belmont Abbey from 21 to 24 June have had to be cancelled due to the continuing pandemic restrictions. 
It is hoped that the 2 Retreats planned for later in the year will still proceed.​
  • Worth Abbey 4 - 7 October
  • Ampleforth Abbey 29 November - 2 December
For more information or to express an interest to take part please refer to the Defence Instruction and Notices (DIN) Reference 2020DIN01-124.

Deacon Dave Skillen baptises baby Alex at the Station church of Ss Geroge & Michael, RAF Odiham

October 10th 2020
We pray for baby Alex and his family as together they continue to grow together in faith.
We ask the Lord's blessing on all their family and friends. 

New Pastoral Administrative Assistant Role for RAF

7 September 2020
Wg Cdr (Rtd) Jem Wynne started today in the new role of Pastoral Administrative Assistant to the Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain of the RAF.  Click on the image above to read more about Jem and the new role.

New Catholic Chaplain for

the Royal Navy

September 5th 2020
Admiral Tim, speaking after the Passing Out Parade, said “I was delighted to welcome Father Tom into the Royal Navy at his Passing Out. Having known Fr Tom as our assistant parish priest for the last 3 years it is very exciting that he has chosen the RN for the next phase of his vocation.”
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