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The project of the Bishops of England and Wales every first Friday of the month

A brief pause in work and activities to remember Jesus and his love for humanity. A short interlude, even if it is preceded by the ringing or vibration of a cell phone, to reflect on what gives meaning to the many daily tasks. The Bishops of England and Wales are launching a new idea with a view to the Year of Faith, now at hand. It is a proposal which refers to the ancient practice of the first Friday of the month and, making the most of the opportunities provided by the new technologies, is part of the rich panoply of projects that intend to give a marked missionary spirit to the Catholic community on the other side of the Channel, with a view to the new evangelization.

The invitation, therefore, is to pause for a moment at 3:00 p.m. on every first Friday of the month in order to pray and to thank God in public, meditating on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross out of love for each one of us. Bishop Kieran Thomas Conry of Arundel and Brighton, in charge of the Department for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, is promoting the initiative. The proposal comes on the eve of Home Mission Sunday, the Sunday dedicated to missions within the society, which will be celebrated this coming 16 September.

After: L'Osservatore Romano, September 15, 2012

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)