Faith and Formation
Catholicism is the most ancient and enduring Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles under the authority of St Peter to go and proclaim his love to the world. Today the Catholic Church continues this same mission guided by the Bishops, who are the successors of the Apostles, and under the leadership of the Pope, who is the successor of St Peter.
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The Catholic Church believes that Jesus becomes truly present in Holy Communion and that we encounter God in a special way in the sacraments of the Church. At Clifton Diocese, we live this Catholic faith and invite you to come and experience our joy in the Lord Jesus.
For Catholics, “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Through the words of Consecration spoken by the Priest, Catholics believe that our Lord Jesus becomes truly present in the Eucharistic or Holy Communion. The Bread and Wine become Christ’s Body and Blood. Why do we believe this? Because Jesus tells us in John 6:55: “… my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,”
The Mass is the most important prayer for Catholics. Within Clifton Diocese, there are daily Masses and the opportunity to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. It won’t cost you anything, but this most profound gift from God is available, whenever you come to Mass.
‘Ongoing formation is not merely in-service training. It is all that will help priests and deacons to grow and mature emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and to care for themselves physically. It is also all that will help them develop and improve those personal and professional skills which are necessary for the successful exercise of their ministry’.
The Ongoing Formation of the Clergy – Committee for Ministerial Formation, 1994
The diocese commits itself to supporting our priests in their ministry, nurturing them spiritually, academically, pastorally and, of course, as a human being.
Each year, our priests are given an array of opportunity to allow them to participate in something that will support them in their priestly ministry, draw them together fraternally with other priests working in the diocese, and send them away (hopefully) nourished for the ministry that draws on their gifts and their service.
OGF invites our priests to participate in days of study, in days of recollection, in opportunities to meet socially with brother priests, to celebrate the Prayer of the Church and the Sacraments together, moments of pilgrimage and retreat, and moments to celebrate and reflect upon priesthood.