Webinar with Lord Deben on 23 March 2021 at 6.30pm

“CLIMATE CHANGE – THE GOSPEL IMPERATIVE”

A Webinar with Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) on the subject of  “Climate Change – The Gospel Imperative” will take place on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 6.30pm on Zoom.

The Zoom link will be circulated to those on the Catholic Union mailing list the day before the event.

Lord Deben is a former Secretary of State for the Environment and is currently Chairman of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change.

A recording of the talk can be found here.

The Craigmyle Lecture – Sir James MacMillan 24 November 2020 at 7pm

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is honoured to announce that the Craigmyle Lecture 2020 will be given by Sir James MacMillan CBE on Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 7pm on the subject of “Music, Faith and Politics“.

Sir James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation and the composer of numerous acclaimed choral and orchestral works, many of which draw on his Catholic faith and political influences. His high profile works include the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (1992) and his recent Fifth Symphony “Le Grand Inconnu” (a French term for the Holy Spirit), premiered in 2019. He also wrote a Mass setting and a setting of Tu Es Petrus for the 2010 visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK.

The Craigmyle Lecture is named after Lord Craigmyle (1923-98), a former President of the Catholic Union and will take place online on Zoom this year.  Attendance is free but limited to 100 people.  The Lecture will be recorded and will be available afterwards on the Catholic Union YouTube channel and this website.  Please click on the button below to register and to be sent the Zoom link.

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Catholic Young Writer Award 2020

Catholic Young Writer Award 2020

The winners of the 2020 Catholic Young Writer Award – presented annually by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust – are:

Elizabeth McAllister of Mayfield School, East Sussex

and

Vyvyan Ogenna Okoro of Our Lady and St Chad Academy, Wolverhampton

They share a joint cash prize of £50 (£25 each) plus book prizes and commemorative cups.

The Award was launched over twenty years ago by the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales and as the numbers of schools involved expanded, it was taken over by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. This year, participants were invited to write about the importance of attending Sunday Mass. They were expected to show evidence of having studied the relevant Scriptures and sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“The number of entries was obviously small this year because of the schools closing – said Award organiser Joanna Bogle “But we had some entries of a good standard and Vyvyan and Elizabeth produced really fine work. Some runner-up prizes have been awarded as well and have been posted to various schools.”

Our thanks go to Joanna Bogle for her hard work on this valuable project.

Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Catholic Union of Great Britain

Holy Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols at 6pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Farm St Church (postal address 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH).  This Mass will mark the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Union of Great Britain and will be followed by a Reception kindly sponsored by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust.  All welcome.

Please register for the Reception with the office (020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk) or on Eventbrite here.

Talk on Interreligious Dialogue CANCELLED

The CUCT Talk by Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald on Interreligious Dialogue scheduled for 27 March at the University of Notre Dame in London has with regret been cancelled by the venue in accordance with their policy on gatherings in respect of the coronavirus.

The CUCT hope that the Talk might be rescheduled at a later date and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Review of Christian Persecution: 7 November 2019 at 7pm

Thursday 7 November at 7pm – Christian Persecution: Problems and Progress
Bishop Philip Mounstephen of Truro, author of the Independent Review of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, and Rehman Chishti MP, Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, discuss the persecution of Christians four months after publication of the Truro Review.
Doors at 6.30pm. Followed by a Drinks Reception.

 Venue: St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS (not wheelchair accessible).

Please register at info@cuct.org or 020 8749 1321 or at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/catholic-union-charitable-trust-13493819133

Craigmyle Lecture – Lord Glasman – Thursday 10 October 2019

Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm – The Craigmyle Lecture

“Catholic Social Thought and the Economics of the Common Good”.

This year’s Craigmyle Lecture will be given by Lord Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer, political theorist and best known as a founder of “Blue Labour”. All welcome.

Followed by a Drinks Reception.

Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.

 

Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church – Friday 25 October 2019

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust and Farm Street Church will host a talk by Fr James Hanvey SJ on:

“Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church” 

on Friday 25 October 2019 at 7pm in the Church Hall, Farm St Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception), 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.  Mass in the Church is at 6pm.

Free entry.  All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception.