Family theme for Catholic Mission 2018 in Spalding
Catholics in Spalding are preparing for their most ambitious project in 21 years which starts next week.
Mission 2018, organised by St Norbert’s Church in Spalding, will see schoolchildren, teachers, families and church leaders take part in a range of activities over a three-week period designed to focus on their faith.
The mission starts at St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School on Monday, June 11, where children, staff and governors will be involved in workshops, services and projects throughout the week.
With its theme “One Family in Christ”, the mission will then spread across Spalding itself on Saturday, June 16, when a team from the Sion Community will spend a week visiting homes in Spalding and South Holland.
The mission’s climax starts on Saturday, June 23, with a series of evening services at St Norbert’s Church before a closing Mission Mass with the Bishop of Nottingham, the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, on Sunday, July 1, at 11am.
Father James Burke, parish priest of St Norbert’s, said: “The Catholic community in Spalding is preparing for a parish mission, 21 years since the last mission took place.
“A lot has happened since the last mission, not least the construction of a new church complex completed in 2004 and the departure of the Norbertine Fathers in 2008, having served Spalding since 1784.
“The parish has required some major repairs and in 2013 we saw the creation of a parish office and the complete refitting of the vestry.
“We’ve had to pay so much for the upkeep of the fabric of the building so it is time we invested in the spiritual welfare of the parish of St Norbert’s.”
Father Burke, the first priest to serve both Spalding and Holbeach parishes, confirmed that Mission 2018 would be a celebration of the rich cultures that make up St Norbert’s.
He said: “A parish mission is intended to encourage people to take time out of our everyday lives and stop to ponder where we are in relationship to God and the church.
“We are blessed that our parishioners come from many different countries of the world, such as Poland and Lithuania.”