Events

September 2018

Evolution - Creation - What is a Catholic to think - Celebrating Day of Creation in Reading

Evolution – Creation
What is a Catholic to think
Celebrating Day of Creation in Reading

Programme:

The talk (and discussion) consists of two parts. The first provides an enlightening insight into the emphatic teachings of the Church Fathers, Doctors, Popes, saints and Councils over the past 2000 years on the subject of Creation. While the second presentation looks at what cutting-edge science is now revealing about life on earth. Did Adam and Eve really exist, is genetic mutation and natural selection a credible mechanism for creation and evolving life. Finally, the talks will consider the serious dangers to our Faith and life choices when we adopt a belief system based on human evolution from primitive forms. The presentations are designed for lay people you do not need scientific or Church history knowledge for this talk.

 

Hugh Owen,

Hugh Owen is the convert son of Sir David Owen, a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Secretary General of International Planned Parenthood Federation. Baptised, confirmed and made his first Holy Communion at he age of 18. Hugh married Maria who also made her profession of faith in the Catholic Church. Hugh received a B.A. in honours in history from New York University, and a M.S. in education in supervision and administration from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. He also received a permanent license to be a principal or superintendent of schools in the state of New York. Between 1977 and 1991, Hugh worked as a teacher and administrator of several independent schools and served as a school evaluator for the Middle States Association and as a member of the executive committee of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. For the past 15 years, Hugh has dedicated his life to the service of the Church as a writer, editor, teacher, and lecturer. Hugh has written numerous books and articles on Catholic and secular topics. His books and articles have been published by the Catholic Distance University, Human Life International, Seton Home School, The Apostolate for Family Consecration, Latin Mass Magazine, and many other publications. For thirteen years, Hugh served as the director of religious education for St. John Bosco Parish in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He is currently the director of the John Paul II Institute of Christian Spirituality and the founder and director of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation in Mt. Jackson, Virginia.

 

Greg Clovis,

Greg and his wife Aghi are the parents of 8 boys and two girls and are the grandparents of 13. Aghi born in Iran is a convert from Islam and the author of “My journey into the Light of God’s love” which is her conversion story. One of their sons was ordained to the priesthood in 2017 and another is entering the seminary.

Greg holds an honours degree in Software Engineering with a speciality in Artificial Intelligence and Information systems and has work in this field for over 35 years. He is the Executive Director of Family Life International (FLI) which is a Catholic Pro-Life apostolate that fulfills its mission by promoting and defending the sanctity of life and the dignity of the family around the world through prayer, education and service.

Greg has spoken on radio and television as well as International conferences on range Pro-Life and pro-family topics. Greg and Aghi are a qualified NFP teacher and over the past 20 years has taught several hundred couples to use Natural Family Planning.

 


October 2018

theChurch'sSolutionToTheSexualRevolution

The Church’s Solution to the Sexual Revolution
A celebration of family life on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

 

Programme

9.00 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 9.40 am
9.50 am Welcome and introduction – Fr Stan Gibziński, Parish Priest of OLOP&Bl. Dominic Barberi
10.00 am ‘Why was Humanae Vitae Necessary’ Greg Clovis, Family Life International
10.45 am Coffee break
11.00 am ‘How to talk about the Faith without raising your voice’,
Brenden Thompson, Catholic Voices.
Midday ‘The Angelus’
12.05 pm ‘Defunding life from beginning to natural end’ Sharon Westby, SPUC
1.05 pm Lunch
1.55 pm Workshops addressed to teen, young adults & married couples
Jean Ward, Natural Family Planning; Sharon Westby, SPUC
2.30 pm The Catholic Vision of love and sex (key messages), Brenden Thompson, Catholic Voices
3.00 pm The virtue of Chastity as keeping the Body of Christ pure and ready to His work,
Fr Stan Gibziński, Parish Priest of OLOP&Bl. Dominic Barberi
3.30 pm Holy Mass

 

1) Greg Clovis, Family Life International,
Greg and his wife Aghi are the parents of 8 boys and two girls and are the grandparents of 13. Aghi born in Iran is a convert from Islam and the author of “My journey into the Light of God’s love” which is her conversion story. One of their sons was ordained to the priesthood in 2017 and another is entering the seminary. Greg holds an honours degree in Software Engineering with a speciality in Artificial Intelligence and Information systems and has work in this field for over 35 years. He is the Executive Director of Family Life International (FLI) which is a Catholic Pro-Life apostolate that fulfills its mission by promoting and defending the sanctity of life and the dignity of the family around the world through prayer, education and service. Greg and Aghi are a qualified NFP teacher and over the past 20 years has taught several hundred couples to use Natural Family Planning. Greg has spoken on radio and television as well as International conferences on range Pro-Life and pro-family topics.

2) Brenden Thompson, Catholic Voices
Brenden is a coordinator of Catholic Voices and recently graduated from Oxford University with a masters in Theology, specialising in the theology of John Henry Newman and its implications for the New Evangelisation in the UK. Brenden has been married for 2 years and speaks to thousands of young people and adults across the country about the joy of a life lived to the full in the Catholic Church.

3) Sharon Westby, SPUC
Sharon Westby was a fallen away Catholic but as a mother reconsidered her Faith vowing to not rest until she could prove it was the Truth. Finding the answer has changed her secular view into becoming a defender of Faith and Life.

4) Jean Ward, Natural Family Planning
Jean has been married for 38 years and is a mother four children, grandmother of three. She is a convert to the Catholic Faith, received in 1994. Since then she has trained in the Billings Ovulation Method and assists couples preparing for marriage.

5) Fr Stan Gibzinski
Fr Stan, in priesthood for 22 years. He is a Parish Priest and the Catholic Chaplain to Reading University. He understands his role as a priest is to assist souls to discover and rediscover the treasures entrusted to the Church. He says: Nothing without Our Mother, Mary. He loves St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, likes playing chess, poetry and philosophical reflections. Just a soul searching for Love.

 


 

Sunday
9.00 am, 11.00 am & 5.00pm Holy Mass
Monday
9.30 am Rosary
10.oo am Holy Mass
Tuesday
9.00 am Adoration followed by Rosary
10.00 am Holy Mass
Wednesday
9.30 am Rosary
10.00 am Holy Mass
Thursday No Mass
Friday (except 1st Friday of the month)
10.00am Holy Mass
1st Friday of the month
7.30pm Holy Mass
Saturday No Mass