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Learn about creating a missionary parish

Creating Missionary Parishes is a day to help those across the Diocese of East Anglia who need a practical framework to create or refresh a parish mission team, explains Rebecca Bretherton.

We will joined for the day on Saturday January 13 at Newmarket parish centre by members of the Diocese of Plymouth New Evangelisation team. Their inspiring but very practical presentations will explain how their successful programme has created over 38 parish mission teams in their diocese. They use Sherry Weddell’s influential book Forming Intentional Disciples to bring small parish groups to an understanding of what is possible in their own lives.

Across Cornwall, Dorset and Devon, more than 400 parishioners have taken part with great effect and extraordinary results. The programme takes people on a personal journey of exploration into their own faith, seeking to give a fuller sense of personal discipleship and to equip them to discern ways of evangelising with a wiser and deeper empathy for the person they encounter and where they may be in their spiritual journey. Two groups in East Anglia are already using the programme to support their local missionary work.  

We are delighted to be hosting this opportunity for Catholics in East Anglia. The day will include Mass and an opportunity for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Please speak to your parish priest if you are interested in attending the event. For further information, please email me on