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 celebratingliving 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

Living God,

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.

Amen

 

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 formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk  or calling 0161 817 2214.

If you have an resources, events or Good Practice to share about The Year of the Word please email formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk and we will add them to this page.

Parish & School Resources

The God who speaks Campaign Brochure
The Bible in a Year App 
The Bible Timeline
The Big Picture
Westminster School Resources 

Events

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
Register Here

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
Register Here

The God Who Speaks: Moses
Wednesday 19th February 2020, 2pm and Thursday 20th February, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks: Hannah
Wednesday 18th March, 2pm and Thursday 19th March, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God who speaks in Dialogue
A talk by Sr Teresa Brittain
Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks: Ruth
Wednesday 20th May 2020, 2pm and Thursday 21st May, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks to his People
A talk by Dr Jessie Rogers
Wednesday 27th May 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester, M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks: Jeremiah
Wednesday 17th June 2020, 2pm and Thursday 18th June, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks in a Time and Place- The Importance of Understanding Biblical Cultures
A talk by John Healey
Wednesday 24th June 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester, M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks: Esther
Wednesday 15th July 2020, 2pm and Thursday 16th July, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks in Art
A talk by Bishop Terrence Brain
Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester, M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks About Creation
A talk by Sr Margaret Atkins
Wednesday 26th August 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester, M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks: John
Wednesday 16th September 2020, 2pm and Thursday 17th September, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks at Mass
A talk by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy CSSp
Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, (The Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks in the City series: The God Who Speaks in Letters
A talk by Fr James Crampsey SJ
Wednesday 7th October 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, (The Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN

The God Who Speaks: Mary
Wednesday 14th October 2020, 2pm and Thursday 15th October, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks to Us Today: Contemporary Challenges through a Biblical Lens
Wednesday 28th October 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry Street, Manchester, M2 6LM

The God Who Speaks: Paul
Wednesday 18th November 2020, 2pm and Thursday 19th November, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.

The God Who Speaks in the Gospel of John
Wednesday 25th November 2020, 7pm
St Mary’s Church (Hidden Gem), 17 Mulberry Street, Manchester, M2 6LM

The God Who Speaks: Lydia
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 2pm and Thursday 17th December, 7pm
Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, M7  4WL
Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.