The God Who Speaks
‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’
Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah Nn. 1.2:CCL73, 1-3
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.
2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.
Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word.
Take a look around this section to see how you can get involved.
The ‘Year of the Word’ in England and Wales officially began on the First Sunday of Advent and to help us prepare for the year, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls offers his reflections on a painting of St Jerome in the National Gallery, London.
St Jerome was one of the greatest scripture scholars of all time and 2020 will mark the 1600th anniversary of his death.
The God who Speaks Prayer
you walk alongside us
and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears
and shows us how to live for one another.
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds
so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world.
There are a limited number of free campaign brochures, prayer cards and Matthew’s Gospels available. Please contact the Department for Formation if you would like to collect copies by emailing email@example.com or calling 0161 817 2214.
If you have an resources, events or Good Practice to share about The Year of the Word please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to this page.
Parish & School Resources
The God who Speaks Through Matthew
Monday 20 January, 7.30 to 9.00 pm
St Anne’s Parish Hall, 1537 Ashton Old Road, Higher Openshaw, Manchester M11 1GR
We will be hearing The Gospel according to Matthew at Sunday Mass for much of this coming Year of the Word. Fr Chris Lough will lead an introduction to this great teaching Gospel, outlining some of the main themes and ideas to look out for over the coming weeks and months. There will also be an opportunity to work in a relaxed way with some of the wonderful stories that St Matthew sets before us.
All welcome. Tea & coffee available from 7.00 pm.
There is no charge for the evening (optional donation to Cornerstone Day Centre). Ample parking. Bus 219 stops at the door. Please book to give us some indication of expected numbers.
Music & Liturgy Workshop Day Led by Jo Boyce – including singing the Psalm
Saturday 8th February 2020, 10:00am – 6:30pm
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, Bolton, BL1 4PN
Formation Series: The Word became flesh – Led by Fr Michael Winstanley SDB
Wednesday 8th July 2020, 7:30pm
St Gabriel’s RC High School, Bridge Road, Bury, BL9 0TZ