Gospel of Life Adult Faith Dev. Programme
The Gospel of Life is a four by 1.5 hour session adult faith development programme being piloted in Elphin and a number of other dioceses in partnership with the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
The main aim of the programme is to allow participants some time and space to explore what it means to develop ‘a consistent ethic of solidarity’ for their lives.
The underlining principle of the Gospel for Life programme is that our value and our identity come from God; not from what we can do, who we know, what we earn or what we have or have not achieved.
At the level of input the programme draws quite significantly from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical ‘Evangelium Vitae’ published in 1995. Here Pope John Paul II suggests “social activity and commitment in the political field, as a way of defending and promoting the value of life in our ever more complex and pluralistic societies is now essential”. He tells us that we “have a responsibility for shaping society and developing cultural, economic, political and legislative projects which, with respect for all and in keeping with democratic principles, will contribute to the building of a society in which the dignity of each person is recognised and protected and the lives of all are defended and enhanced.
The Gospel for Life programme also draws upon the subsequent writings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and draws upon Pope Francis’ reiteration of the Church’s teaching that all creatures have an “intrinsic value independent of their usefulness”.
THE FOUR SESSIONS
Each session is exploratory in nature, blending prayer, short inputs and opportunities for reflection and discussion.
The focus of each is as follows:
(1) Introduction & Homelessness
(2) The Life Question
(3) Rights of Migrants & Refugees
(4) Care of the Earth
VENUE, DATES & TIMES
Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon
Wednesdays Oct. 25th, Nov. 1st, 8th & 15th
8 – 9.30 pm
All programme costs are being met by the diocese.
Small donation toward the cost of tea / coffee by those who avail would be appreciated.
Please contact Justin by text (087 6171526) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by way of expressing interest in participating.
This will assist us ensure sufficient places.