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Watch Bishop Séamus’ video greeting from the recent vicariate meetings.

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Exploring the Way with Our Neighbours

At the very heart of Forward Together in Hope is the invitation to every Catholic in the diocese to think again about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Last year our worshipping communities consulted about, and then completed, a detailed Parish Questionnaire - providing the opportunity to look carefully at themselves and think about how best the community might flourish into the future. All parishes have recently received observations on their questionnaire response along with a range of other resources. These include summaries of the surveys undertaken with young people, clergy and individuals which make for interesting and challenging reading. A document called 'Some Food for Thought' offers a selection of interesting ideas and practical activities from parishes around the diocese.

'Exploring the Way with Our Neighbours' sets out the next steps of our journey towards establishing extended partnerships and a document entitled 'From Parish to Partnership' provides details of what these partnerships could look like. The work of developing partnerships is an invitation for us all to use our imagination. If we start from the premise that the only boundary in our diocese that cannot be moved is our Diocesan Boundary – the North Sea, the Pennines and the two rivers, the Tweed and the Tees – how can we arrange ourselves in future with fewer priests and fewer people? Please have a look at the documents and consider what part you can play in the next stage of our Forward Together in Hope journey.

Our Forward Together in Hope Prayer

Glory be to the Father – in whom we live and move and have our being.

Glory be to the Son – whose name we bear and who calls each of us to be his disciples; to build his Kingdom and to go out into the world and bear its fruit.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit – pouring out grace and guidance, forming us and renewing us.

Inspire us all in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to live the Gospel, to be open to change and to move forward together in hope.

Our Partnership Proposals Template

The template document for presenting the details of proposed partnerships of parishes is now available. Completed versions (one per proposed partnership) are required by mid-day on Sunday 27 November at the latest. The document and associated prayer resources are available here.

New Resources Now Available

A wide range of new resources are now available. 'Exploring the Way with Our Neighbours' provides the overview – so it might be best to read that one first. Have a look at them all here.

Praying for Our Parishes

The names of several parishes in our diocesan family will be posted each day on the Spirituality Facebook page. Why not check in, click ‘like’ to show that you have prayed for those communities?

The work of Forward Together in Hope is fully funded by grants from external organisations; we are very grateful for their generous support.