Saturday, 12 January 2013

Join SPUC in opposing Cameron's anti Catholic drive

A large proportion (25%) of our priests have stepped up to the mark with today's letter in The Daily Telegraph and many of the laity have signed the petition against Gay "Marriage" and now we can all take one step further by attending one of SPUC's many sessions around the country (even in Wales).

Here are the details as sent from John Smeaton (via GM)

"I am writing to you ask for your support for a series of meetings that SPUC are holding in the coming weeks. I would be delighted if you could both attend one of these meetings yourself and encourage others to do so too – particularly, but not exclusively, the clergy.

SPUC are hosting information days all around the country as part of our campaign to oppose the government's plans to redefine marriage. We have organised the meetings such that there is at least one in every diocese and have sent personal invitations to all clergy in England and Wales. The events are being held between Monday 21 January and Thursday 21 February. Most are taking place during the day, but some are in the evening. A light meal will be provided at all events. To book a place at one of the events please contact Paul Smeaton on 020 7820 3126, or email him at  

Of necessity these meetings have been organised at short notice, due to the government unexpectedly announcing in December that they plan to try to push through legislation early this year.

Given the short notice of these meetings, the response to our invitations have thus far been quite small. But, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate, the need to mount opposition to the proposed legislation is very urgent. Please remind your priests that SPUC have written to them about these important meetings and ask them to attend one of the events.

It is very important for our organisational arrangements that all those wishing to attend a meeting, whether clergy or laity, book a place as soon as possible".

Monday 21 January, 11.30am - 3.15pm, St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3 Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ

Tuesday 22 January, 11.30am - 3.15pm, St Peter's Pastoral Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8RY

Wednesday 23 January, 11am - 2.30pm, British Legion Hall, 58 Fishers Lane, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9HR

Wednesday 23 January, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Saint Alban’s Catholic High School, Digby Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 3NJ

Thursday 24 January, 11.30am - 3.15pm, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QH

Friday 25 January, 11am - 2.30pm, Holy Ghost Fathers, 6 Woodlands Road, Bickley, BR1 2AF

Friday 25 January, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Saint Gregory’s Catholic Church, 22 Park Avenue North, Northampton, NN3 2HS

Thursday 31 January, 11am - 2.30pm, Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6EU

Thursday 31 January, 6.30pm – 9.15pm, Holy Trinity Community Centre, London Road, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1LQ

Friday 1 February, Chigwell Convent, 803 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8AU

Monday 4 February, 11am - 2.30pm, St. Wilfred’s, Witton Street, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5NP

Monday 4 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Centre for Evangelisation, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 1AA

Tuesday 5 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Schoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton BL4 8QQ

Tuesday 5 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Lancaster Cathedral House, Balmoral Road, Lancaster, LA1 3BT

Wednesday 6 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, St Andrew's Catholic Church, 1 Bondfield Road, Teesville, Middlesbrough, TS6 9BA

Thursday 7 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Saint Robert's, 151 Cedar Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9PH

Thursday 7 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU

Friday 8 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 280 Southcoates Lane, Hull, HU9 3AP

Friday 8 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Rosmini Centre House of Prayer, 433 Fosse Way, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake, Leicestershire, LE7 4SJ

Monday 11 February, 11.30am – 3.15pm, The Conference Centre at St Cuthberts, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TG11 0EG

Thursday 14 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Sacred Heart Parish, School Road, Morriston, Swansea. SA6 6HZ

Thursday 14 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm, Pastoral Resources Centre, 910 Newport Road, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 4LL

Friday 15 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Downside Abbey Pastoral Centre and Bookshop, Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock, Bath, BA3 4RH

Friday 15 February, 6.30pm - 9.15pm in Oxford

Tuesday 19 February, 11.30am - 3.15pm,Wrexham Cathedral Clergy House, 47 Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RB

Thursday 21 February, 11am - 2.30pm, Wheeler Hall, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE

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