Current vacancies at Alton Castle
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Lay Chaplaincy Vacancies
Three Lay Chaplain's posts are being advertised in schools in the Diocese at the moment: Blessed William Howard in Stafford, St. John Fisher in Newcastle under Lyme and St. Thomas More in Nuneaton.
Click on the adverts below to go through to the post on the schools' own websites.
Happy Ss. Cyril and Methodius day! Erm, isn’t this a post about St. Valentine? Well, it is, but we’ve got to begin by saying that it’s not actually St. Valentine’s feast day today! What? Wait a minute! Is this one of those weird Mandela Effect things?!
Well no. You see, we used to celebrate St. Valentine’s day on the 14th February, before the Second Vatican Council.
But we don’t know a great deal about St. Valentine, which is perhaps why the feast became a local, rather than a universal, feast. In fact there are not one, but two, third Century and martyrs called Valentine: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Both of these early saints were buried on the Via Flaminia in Rome. To make things more confusing, there is a third Valentine, martyred somewhere in Africa, who is mentioned in some texts, and he is also remembered on the 14th February!
And we can’t be sure about much more than that! The stories that later were later passed down about the Valentines depict brave men who challenged the hegemony of the pagan Roman Empire in order to tell people about Jesus.
There are lots of churches dedicated to St. Valentine, and lots of places that venerate relics of St. Valentine.
But did you know that one of those places is the Birmingham Oratory?!
When Blessed John Henry Newman founded the Oratory, the Pope gave Newman the remains of St. Valentine. Blessed John Henry Newman had some difficulty getting the relics through customs. Officials in Verona thought he should pay a duty! They recorded the remains as ‘a mummy’ and they are now enshrined at a side altar near the pulpit in the Oratory. The pope, Blessed Pius IX, also gave permission for the Oratory to celebrate St. Valentine’s feast on 21st February.
So folks, wish your loved ones a happy Ss. Cryil and Methodius Day today: You’ve actually got until this time next week to get a St. Valentine’s Day card. And why not take a moment to remember the real meaning of St. Valentine’s day? Although we know very little about those early martyrs, they gave their lives to tell the world of a love divine, all loves excelling.
On 22nd - 23rd June, It's a Knockout takes places, encouraging parishes and schools to enter teams of young people for friendly competition in a series of challenging and crazy games!
It enables parishes to come together and celebrate their faith!
Fun, Camping, Bonfire, BBQ, Mass, Trophies, Prayer, Music and Laughter.
A highlight in many youth group and school chaplaincy calendars! Perhaps this event could be a catalyst for beginning youth ministry in your parish or a chance for existing groups to invite their friends
Teams must be a minimum of six young people. There is no maximum number per team.
Each team must be supervised by a DBS CHECKED youth leader.
Tents can be put up Friday evening or prior to registration on Saturday.
10:00 First game begins
16:45 Games finish
This will be followed by Mass Awards, BBQ and Bonfire Entertainments
Night Prayer 10pm
09:00 Sunday Morning Prayer
10:00 Players take part in a variety of team & Individually scored games covering the site using skill, ability and brain power. Big Money prizes!
12:00 The site will be cleared and departures set
What is the Cost?
Camping £28 per person
Saturday day event only £22 per person
This year at an additional cost Pods are available to hire! £55 per Pod (raised floor, carpeted and insulated) Sleep 4-6 Book a pod early so you do not miss out!
How do we book a Team?
You will then be able to download your booking form, consent form and info pack.
How do we pay
A £50 deposit payment for each team is required to book a team
Please send all payment to Maria Bracken, Don Bosco House, Coventry Road, Coleshill B46 3EA.
Cheques should be made payable to the ‘Kenelm Youth Trust’
The balance can be paid on the day.
What do we need to bring?
- All teams need to provide their own tents
- You will need parental consent forms
- Packed Lunch for Saturday
(BBQ, breakfast, snacks and drinks are all included)
- Pocket money for tuck shop
- Ensure your group all have plates, forks and mugs for the weekend
(Your group are responsible for washing up their own eating utensils)
• Timetables are given out at registration • There will be a qualified first aider on site • The referees decision is final. In the event of a tie, youth group leaders will decide whether their team plays in a play off or whether the winners share the trophy. • Ensure group leaders have all consent forms, players have any medication and Maria Bracken has been notified of all dietary requirements no later than Friday June7th (07980253565) • Groups need to organise their own transport
Download Booking/Consent Form