The Christian Life Community is a way of life inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius.
At local level, small communities commit themselves to meet regularly in order to support each other in their lives of prayer and service.
In our Parish there are currently three CLC groups
Our aim is to be committed Christians, bearing witness to those human and gospel values within the Church and society which affect the dignity of the person, the welfare of the family, and the integrity of creation.
Our community is made up of Christians: men and women, adults and young people, of all social conditions, who want to follow Christ more closely and work with him for the building of the Kingdom, having recognised the Christian Life Community as their particular vocation within the Church.
In particular we recognise the urgent need to work for justice by trying to see our world through the eyes of the weak, the oppressed and the poor and by seeking a simple lifestyle which expresses our freedom and solidarity with those in need.
The spirituality of our Community is centred on Jesus Christ and on participation in his life, passion, death and resurrection. It is helped by the scriptures, the liturgy, the doctrinal development of the Church, and the revelation of God's will through the events of our time.
We especially treasure the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius as the specific source and the characteristic instrument of our spirituality.
We are called to be open to whatever God wishes in each concrete situation of our daily lives. So we need prayer and discernment, both personal and communal, a daily ‘Review of the Day’*, and spiritual guidance in order to seek and find God in all things.
We have an Introductory Leaflet that you can view here
Resources for prayer and reflection
Reflections on Sunday readings; can also be received by email or printed. Sign up for emails on contact form
Users are guided through a ten-minute session of prayer centred on one of the Mass readings of the day.
Reflections/ commentaries on daily and Sunday Mass readings, written
10-15 minute meditation/reflection on one of the daily Mass readings, spoken
Lectio365 this app helps you engage with Scripture to inspire prayer and shape your life.
New virtual Zoom CLC group(s) for the region in 2021
There will be an information event at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th January 2021 on Zoom after which it is hoped that new groups can be set up, initially meeting virtually. We are starting to advertise widely. I attach a newsletter entry [click here] for you to please ask your parish priest to include it for all weeks up to 10th January. We have a small planning team and if anyone wishes to join us please let me know: [Reply email here]
MIDLANDS REGION NEWS
18th November 2020
Hope you are coping with the four-week shutdown. A feeling of hope is now growing with the promising vaccines. Just heard that a coronavirus Mega Testing Lab, the only one in England, is to open next year in Leamington.
The Ignatian Spirituality Centre Glasgow has provided a resource for us:- Advent Prayer Calendar - A Personal Online Calendar.
Feel free to take part and perhaps use it in your group during Advent as a break from your current prayer material. See website: https://www.iscglasgow.co.uk/adventintro.html In recent years the groups in the Leamington area had an Advent liturgy and I was thinking that this year we could extend it to the Midlands Region. Further information to follow.
Regional Day Saturday 7th November
Br. Alan took us through further enlightening reflections from the 2018 CLC World Assembly when we met by Zoom. Thank you for those who have sent an evaluation; these will be of great use when planning future virtual meetings. I was pleased that two joined us by phone link and I wish to encourage this way to keep in contact. Eddie Langton from NE England joined us by phone link; his reflection will be in the FOCUS. newsletter I attach the handout [click here] with the questions, for those who were not present.
The Jesuit House has been booked for 30th May to 6th June and I think it looks more promising that we will be able to go this time. See FOCUS.
CLC St Beuno’s Retreat 9th – 18th August 2021
To book please see FOCUS. At the last National Team meeting it was agreed that, for paid-up CLC members, subsidies will be available.
Next year there will be four big changes. Regional Reps for the Midlands and North West and Jackie Gill our president all reach the end of their four-year term. Mark Trombley Regional Rep for the south East is likely to go back to the USA.
At the last meeting on 19th September by Zoom, apart from normal business, we made good progress on thinking about our vision and mission for CLC in England and Wales. If anyone would like to see the minutes they can be emailed.
Next meeting is over weekend of 15th /16th January 2021.
Your Regional Reps will be having their twice yearly meeting tomorrow.
Thank you to Malcolm Monkhouse from St Peter’s group for his interesting article on ‘Some thoughts on post-lockdown services’ in the last issue. Offerings to write a short article always welcomed.
Could group contacts please pass on this information to those who are not on email.
Reply email here
Members from the Region at the World CLC Day last year.
Contact the churches
St Peter's & Our Lady's: 01926 423824
St Joseph's: 01926 772712
St Peter | Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
Our Lady | Valley Rd, Lillington, Leamington Spa, CV32 7SJ
St Joseph | 47 Murcott Rd East, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, CV31 2JJ