O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and our own most gentle Queen and Mother,
look down in mercy upon England,
thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly
hope and trust in thee.

Through thee it was that Jesus our Saviour
and our Hope was given unto the world;
and he hath given thee to us that we
might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou
didst receive and accept at the foot
of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.
Intercede for our separated brethren,
that they may be united with
us in the one true Fold. Pray for us all,
dear Mother,that by faith fruitful in good
works, we may all deserve to see and
praise God together with thee in our
heavenly home.

Conference Theme - 2018

The theme of this year's Northern Catholic Conference is "......I am with you always; Yes, to the end of time." (Matthew 28:20) These words of Jesus spoken to His disciples just before His ascension into heaven forms part of what is known as the Great Commission. Having told them to go and make disciples of all the nations, to baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe all the commands that He gave them, He then assured them that He would be spiritually with them in all their endeavours undertaken in His name. Nine days later on Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit descended upon those in the Upper Room in Jerusalem and the Mystical Body, the Church, was born. From that day to this, the mandate upon every Christian is to witness to and spread the Good News of the Gospel. Equipped with the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit through baptism, we are called to witness to the joy of the Gospel in an increasingly secular age. As ambassadors for Christ and His Church how about taking upon ourselves the task of inviting family members, friends, colleagues, fellow employees and parishioners to this year's NCC conference so that they may experience the depth and beauty of the Catholic faith through the inspiring talks, liturgies, worship music and fellowship so as to follow Christ more deeply.

God bless you all,
Fr. Pat Deegan,
Spiritual Director Northern Catholic Conference

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families…...
One might ask: does the Gospel continue to be a joy for the world? And also: does the family continue to be good news for today’s world? I am sure the answer is yes! And this “yes” is firmly based on God’s plan. The love of God is His “yes” to all creation and at the heart of this latter is man. It is God’s “yes” to the union between man and woman, in openness and service to life in all its phases; it is God’s “yes” and His commitment to a humanity that is often wounded, mistreated and dominated by a lack of love. The family, therefore, is the “yes” of God as Love. Only starting from love can the family manifest, spread and regenerate God’s love in the world. Without love, we cannot live as children of God, as couples, parents and brothers.
(Pope Francis 25th March 2017)

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