Young adults gathered at Bethnal Green with the Assumptionists for our mini retreat titled ‘Step Forward’ in line with the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exultate: ‘On the call to holiness in today’s world’ by Pope Francis, on Saturday 23rd October.
Pope Francis on ‘your own call to holiness’:
14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest, or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.
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The end of October is commonly attributed to horror movies and carved pumpkins in the lead up to Halloween. For Catholics, we will never forget that this day is dedicated to the ‘hallow’ or the ‘holy’. It is a day to remember all holy people who have showed us that being holy is about being who we are. We do not need to wear a mask to be holy, we just need to be ourselves.
Assumption was blessed to be given a new venue for our monthly mini retreat in Bethnal Green by the Assumptionists. We started with mass in Our Lady of the Assumption led by Fr. Antigon, followed by lunch next door at the Priory and dined together at a very large table with generous bowls of fruit!
We then made our way to the hall to listen and reflect on the inspirations of the Assumption sisters through St. Marie Eugenie and the Augustinians of the Assumptions through the Bulgarian Martyrs. We then invited our young adults to take some time to reflect on the extracts of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exultate and asked how they may respond on their own call to holiness.
We ended the day with evening prayers in the chapel where we prayed for the souls who have passed away, by lighting a candle and presenting them at the altar. We hope that our young adults continue to think of their connectedness to past saints and find inspiration in their stories of God’s faithfulness.
SAVE THE DATE! With Christmas just around the corner, we are excited to announce that our Advent Retreat, a day filled with an array of activities and festivities, will be on Saturday 4th December at Milleret House (Kensington). Posts to follow!
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As we prepare to enter the Advent season, we would like to invite you for a day of reflection. Please join the Kensington community for a day in Milleret House on 30th November.
Assumption participated in an international effort in a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil to save our Common Home as we, “Hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” – Pope Francis
A new book about the story of the Hengrave Ecumenical Community of Reconciliation is now published.
Celebrated in Paris on 9th November in 1839.