The Maryvale Institute A Catholic distance learning centre based in Birmingham. Maryvale lies at the centre of the ancient settlement of Oscott, about five miles from Birmingham City Centre. With its charming buildings, in which Christian values and prayer are almost tangible, its long and interesting history and peaceful grounds, Maryvale is spiritual ‘home’ to many. It has been the aim of the Maryvale Institute from its inception to provide opportunities for lay people, clergy and religious to achieve a deeper understanding of the faith and to appreciate more clearly its joyful message for the lives of individuals and communities. Maryvale stands within the Catholic theological tradition, whose riches it seeks to explore, and draws from that tradition an insistence, not only on the foundational importance of faith for theological reasoning, but also on the place of reason in the response of faith. In pursuance of this the Institute provides opportunities for Catholic formation and education through courses across a wide range of subjects and levels. Further information can be found on the Maryvale website: https://www.maryvale.ac.uk/
Recent courses are below, keep an eye on the newsletter and Facebook page for future courses:
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in an open, informal, friendly environment. The Alpha Course meets once a week for 8 weeks, with each week focusing on a different question. Each Alpha session follows the same format; we begin with a meal, followed by a video and table discussion. Everyone and every viewpoint is welcome- no background knowledge of (or belief in) Christianity is assumed. At Alpha there is no pressure, no follow-up, and no charge. You’re invited to explore! Is there more to life than this? Is there a God? Why am I here? Where am I going? No question is out of bounds. No question is considered hostile or too simple to be considered.
Our spring Alpha Course begins Thursday 1st February and runs for 8 weeks. 6:30 - 8:30pm. The Course includes a Day Away at Castlerigg Manor in Keswick on Saturday 10th March, and concludes on Thursday 22nd March.
There is no cost to attend although we do invite voluntary donations towards refreshments. We ask you to register if you wish to attend the course (so we know how much food to prepare!), you can do this by calling 07734 445207, or the Priory on 01946 810324, alternatively you can complete an online registration form here:
Recent course - Strength to Strength, details below:
Lent Course A six session DVD series designed to give practical help to those wishing to pray more in their daily lives. Inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Four evening sessions followed by a day away to the beautiful Castlerigg Manor in Keswick. Starts Thursday 9th March 7:00 pm - 8:15pm in the parish rooms. The cost of the day away will be around £15:00 this will include a midday meal, refreshments and resources for the day.
9/3/17 - Prayer for the day 16/3/17 - Food for thought 23/3/17 - The life of prayer 30/3/17 - Pray before you speak Saturday 1/4/17 Day away at Castlerigg Manor, Keswick Lord teach us to pray Give us this day
DAVID PAYNEis the Director of CaFE helping people to get more out of their faith. He is an inspiring speaker, author of four books and regularly leads parish missions & retreats.
GIOVANNA PAYNEis a wife and mother of three teenage children, teacher of RE and Philosophy and a popular conference speaker. Her passion is to equip people to walk in freedom and joy through the Word of God.
FR EMMANUEL MANSFORD CFR is a Friar of the Renewal currently based in New York City. He is a much sought after speaker and spiritual director featured in the Café series 'Saints- helping us today.'
Today's world is a world of scientific and technological progress but for all that, people ask the same questions today as they always have: Who are we? Where do we come from?And perhaps most importantly, why are we here?The Why? Course is a three part DVD introduction to the basics of the Catholic Faith. You are warmly invited to come along and explore the answers to some of these big questions in an exciting, intriguing and enjoyable way. Starts Thursday 12th January 2017 for three weeks. 7:00-8:15 pm In the Parish Rooms, St Mary's, Cleator. Telephone 01946 440282 for further details.
Saints Helping Us Today
35 parishioners recently attended the six part Saints Helping Us Today course. We had the opportunity to find out about the lives of the saints and see how they can inspire us in our lives today.