For Spiritual Development within the parish, we have activities to help us all – adults and children – to develop our faith within the Catholic Community.
The Evangelisation Team seeks to broaden the scope and deepen the understanding of our faith. The team leads St Benet’s Discussion Group, which is a “Faith for Life” activity helping us to explore our religion and its message. Normally meeting on the last Thursday of the month, participation involves reading, listening, discussing, debating – and even disagreeing! – as we learn.
The Waveney Inter-Faith Group, including representatives of St Benet’s, helps to build bridges between people of different faiths and stimulates our understanding of their beliefs and practices
The parish Catechists help our young people – and adults – to prepare for Communion and/or Confirmation.
For youngsters, preparation for First Holy Communion usually involves a number of group sessions over a period of about a year. In due course, the Catechists hold further group sessions to prepare young parishioners for Confirmation.
Note that individual programmes for adults can be arranged with the Priest.
The development of our children’s faith is also part of the role of the School-teachers at St Benet’s Primary School, and they integrate the children’s beliefs into their daily lives.
Linked to the development of our young people is the need to protect them – and indeed any other vulnerable parishioners. To this end we have a Parish Safeguarding Officer who is available, in confidence, if there are any concerns.
The Knights of St Columba at Lowestoft have extended a very warm welcome to any of our male parishioners to help them to “Support the Mission and Doctrine of the Catholic Church” through the principles of Charity, Unity & Fraternity.
Our Parish Prayer Group usually meets on the presbytery on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and is followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St Benet’s. The Group helps to stimulate our thinking and make our regular prayer more meaningful. We hope you join us!
The members of the Parish Pastoral Council co-ordinate many of these activities and they welcome suggestions from parishioners. Newcomers can often stimulate our thinking, with fresh ideas from their previous parish!