NB: Fr. Brian Gowans is now former Chaplains Adviser to the Scottish Prison Service
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph, Leigh on Sea, is a new start up Landings group. In June 2019 a Landings training day was organised by Adele Angel of the Vicariate for Evangelisation for Brentwood Diocese. From that group Marian Long returned to her parish in Leigh on Sea, and with the support of her parish priest set up a small Landings Team. In less than six months the Leigh on Sea Landings Team, with support from the Landings Facilitator, Ruby Almeida, have just started their first Landings programme. We wish them well as they shine a beacon for those searching a way back to their faith. https://lourdesleigh.org/returning
Our colleagues in Scotland have recently launched their fantastic new website. This initiative will serve and promote their wonderful work in their regions. We look forward to mutually supporting each other’s work for Landings and its returnees
Landings Celebrates its 40th Year!!!
Landings celebrates 40 years of welcoming returning Catholics globally.
Take a look back through 40 years of Landings history.
Best wishes to all the lay women and men from around the world
who have welcomed Returning Catholics back to the Table of the Lord.
May God bless us all, still returning…
Rev. Thomas A. Kane, CSP
Landings Third Annual Lecture April 2019
Dr. Gemma Simmonds ‘Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’
The talk by Dr. Simmonds was fascinating and challenging with many questions being asked of us and our faith practice. The focus of the talk was about the role of women in the Church and the myriad of reasons why women find it hard to stay in the Church, and though many do leave, yet many do say on. There were many instances throughout the talk that were easily relatable to those whom Landings reaches out to, i.e those who had distanced themselves from the Church and yet yearn to find a way back to their faith. Dr. Simmonds engaging talk certainly left us with much food for thought.
Our team – L to R
Janet Connor, Landingsuknorth, Margaret Johnston Landingsuknorth coordinator, Ellis McNorthey-Gibbs, our new LandingsUK administrator, Ruby Almeida, LandingsUK south coordinator, our speaker: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Newnham College, Cambridge – and Fr. Dominic Robinson SJ, LandingsUK director.
Some comments on the day:
“To try to stem the tide, especially of women, who are leaving the faith community, Sr Gemma described components of a truly authentic welcome of those who want to return – or whom are on the cusp of leaving – with characteristic earthy passion.”
“The photos of the team…showed real joy!”
“This is such a fascinating subject…”
“I know someone who would be very interested in the setup of this ministry elsewhere…”
Dr Gemma Simmonds, CJ, Newnham College Cambridge, will address the subject:
‘Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’
Thursday April 11th at 7:00pm in Farm Street Church Hall, 114 Mount St, London W1K 3AH
Mass in the church at 6:00pm; buffet reception to follow. Suggested donation: £10
All most welcome – to book e-mail email@example.com or ‘phone Fr Dominic Robinson SJ on (020)-7529-4802
The first Landings 2 Programme is running at Farm Street Church. This new programme follows on from the successful Landings 1 programme that has been running for the past few years. Landings 2 is a natural progression from Landings 1 and centres on the gifts that previous participants, i.e. Returnees have that they can share with their faith community. Contact Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about Landings 2
Landings programme in St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Beckenham begins next Tuesday 5th March. If you are interested in participating then please contact Andrew Baker at email@example.com
LANDINGS LECTURE 2019
FARM STREET CHURCH HALL, 114 MOUNT St, LONDON W1K 3AH
THURSDAY APRIL 11TH – 7:00PM
The third annual Landings Lecture will be given by Dr Gemma Simmonds, CJ, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Newnham College, Cambridge on ‘Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’.
All welcome. £10 donation.
To book a place please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: (020)-7529-4802.