This Monday on Zoom: Making Prayer Work

We all know prayer isn't easy, but we also know it's necessary.  What is a fruitful way to approach it?

Sr Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, invites you to take part in a Zoom session titled Life of Faith: Where does Prayer fit in?

The 45 minute talk will give you tips on improving your prayer life to help you draw closer to God, and will be followed by a Q&A. To make it as accessible as possible, she will host a session for parishioners in each deanery.  See below for the dates for your area.

Her podcast, Scripture and the Spiritual Life, has hundreds of followers and can be downloaded onto your smart phone, or listened to here.

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She said: “I wanted to offer a session for each deanery so that as many people as possible can take part and to keep it local. The purpose of these Zoom sessions is to help people in their prayer life, to find meaning and purpose through the habit of prayer."

Sr Anna Marie, a Religious Sister of Mercy, is working in catechesis and faith formation for the Archdiocese. She grew up near Chicago and entered the religious life in 2003. She has a licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

The event is part of the Commission for Catechetics programme for 2020/21, led by Fr Daniel Doherty, Vicar Episcopal for Catechetics. He said: "We're delighted to have Sr Anna Marie on board to offer a wide range of online talks over the coming months. I know many Catholics in our Archdiocese are keen to grow in prayer. So our commission wanted to respond by offering accessible faith formation for adults."

Sr Anna Marie will host more talks in 2021, covering baptism/confirmation, reconciliation/eucharist and Holy Mass.

To register for the first event only (Fife Deanery, Mon 26th Oct), please email SrAnna.Marie@staned.org.uk, stating which session you want to take part in, 2pm or 7pm. Registration details for the other deanery events will be published in due course.

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Prayer and pizza for young adults during Advent in Edinburgh

Young adults in Edinburgh are being encouraged to get together this weekend for prayer…and pizza.

Archbishop Leo Cushley hosts the second of his Advent talks on the theme ‘The Real Jesus’.

On Sunday, those aged between 16-30 gathered at the Gillis Centre to hear the first of his talks, before Eucharistic Adoration and a chance for confession in the adjoining St Margaret’s Chapel, followed by pizza and refreshments.

Archbishop Cushley said: “It was a pleasure to see both new and familiar faces at the event.

“While the content of the talks is useful it’s just as important to be with each other and make friends, because encouraging each other in the faith is a positive and uplifting experience.

“Come along over the next two Sundays to learn more about your Catholic Faith and to prepare to mark the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.”

This weekend’s talk is at 5pm at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road. The event is free and no booking is required.

Main image: Benedicta Yi Xin Lin