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‘The God who speaks’


2020 is the 10th Anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini (The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’) and is also 1600 years since the death of the great translator and lover of Scripture himself – St Jerome. These two anniversaries have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a pastoral year for Catholics in our countries to focus particularly upon the Bible and ‘The God who speaks’.

For St Jerome and many others, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ presented in the Scriptures is unfolded in the life of the Church; in her teaching; in her Liturgy and in her apostolate of charity. The Church is always at the service of the Bible. At the same time, the Church is charged as the interpreter and curator of the Bible. It was St Augustine of Hippo who insisted that we don’t have a Bible unless the Church gives it to us. The Bible is the ‘Book of the Church’, we read it in the presence of God in the Church.

As this dedicated Year of the Word opens up to us in 2020, we are, as Catholics, invited to allow our God in the Scriptures to renew and inspire, challenge and enliven our families, our parishes and every aspect of our lives as individual disciples of the Lord. Once again, our faith calls to be nourished and fed as we sit at the Lord’s feet and encounter His voice in the Sacred Scriptures.

Do come along to our special course for 2020, held on these dates and times, in the Day Chapel of St John Vianney’s church on Glastonbury Avenue, Blackpool (FY1 6RD). The course uses the Bible Timeline and so the first session in 2020 focuses on the Early World – so please read Genesis chapters 1- 3.

This course is presented by Fr Etienne and is open to all within our Blackpool deanery and beyond. We’d love to see you.

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