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.