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I have run the race to the finish. I have kept the faith. James Parker, Catholic 2012 Office | | Canning Town | Anchor House | 81 Barking Road | Canning.

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1 I have run the race to the finish. I have kept the faith. James Parker, Catholic 2012 Office | | Canning Town | Anchor House | 81 Barking Road | Canning Town | London E16 4HB 1 How do we keep the faith in Catholic schools?

2 The Event Catholics in 20122 Olympic Games 27 July-12 August 2012 Paralympic Games 29 August - 09 September 2012

3 Scale of the Games 46 Olympic & Paralympic sports 22,800 Athletes, Coaches & Officials 25,000 Press/media 14 million meals Over 9 million tickets Workforce of up to 250,000

4 Church & Sport? Ancient Olympics: sacred Paul: good news Premier League: parishes 2012: largest global event inspire change 2012 Vision: To use the power of the Games to inspire change Catholic Church: relevant or not?

5 Sport and Catholic Faith John Paul II & Benedict XVI John Paul II & Benedict XVI: Sport at its best can serve as an “instrument for the moral and spiritual elevation of the human person” Paul IV Paul IV: “split between the gospel and culture is without a doubt the drama of our time.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, §20) 5

6 Catholics Anglicans Baptists Methodists Salvation Army URCs Vineyard Elim Pentecostals Black-led churches Seventh Day Adventists … and others Established in 2007

7 Ecumenical Strategy Vision For churches and schools Vision : For churches and schools To reach their community in fresh and ongoing ways in Jesus’ name – To reach their community in fresh and ongoing ways in Jesus’ name To enable UK churches and their schools to engage with the 2012 Games – To enable UK churches and their schools to engage with the 2012 Games outreach/community, hospitality and service – Through outreach/community, hospitality and service 7

8 MTG Programmes Teams Intercession/Pray er Sports Mission (Big Screen) Festivals Paralympics Communications and Media Chaplaincy Sports Resources Creative and Performing Arts Service, Missions and Hospitality Social Justice Torch Relay 8

9 Overview of Initiatives 1. Torch Relay 2. Social Justice: - 100 Days of Peace - Anti-Human Trafficking/ Prostitution/Child Labour 3. (London) Late Leagues 4. City Safe Havens 9

10 Initiatives 1. TORCH RELAY (includes Diamond Jubilee) 70 days in May to July 2012 (includes Diamond Jubilee) 1 hour of 95% of the UK Outreach through (ecumenical) festival Prayer & intercession (50%+ to be 12-24 yr olds) 8,000 Torchbearers (50%+ to be 12-24 yr olds) 10

11 Initiatives 2. SOCIAL JUSTICE Homelessness Fairtrade Environment Anti-human trafficking, sex trade and child labour Olympic Peace Legacy… 11

12 100 Days of Peace 12 776BC 776BC – pause from endless cycle of war and violence Peace Peace - Underlying purpose of original Games 1993 – UN A/RES/48/11 pursue initiatives for peace & reconciliation 1993 – UN A/RES/48/11 “pursue initiatives for peace & reconciliation” ‘abide by the Truce, individually and collectively, and pursue the peaceful settlement of all international conflicts’ Initiatives

13 13 What is 100 Days of Peace 50 days before (June 8 th  ) 50 days after (  October 28 th ) Who resurrected 100 Days of Peace London’s secondary school pupils Sensed instability on streets 3 years ago How can you best engage in Peace? Strengthen what is already being done Use the 100 Days of Peace initiative www.peacelegacy.org.uk Visit www.peacelegacy.org.uk

14 14 PRAY & Resource  Release Peace  Church booklet  Your Journey to Peace Peace Vigil/Event June 9 th : St Martin’s-in-Fields Oct 28 th : Hammersmith Apollo Create your own vigil/concert?

15 CAFOD Many website resources Many website resources - films and stories - for schools / youth groups, sharing experiences of peace building in some of the poorest and most challenging places around the world 'Olympics and Paralympics: sport, development and peace' 15

16 Why use & involve sport? 16 Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President, October 2007: vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world “Sport alone cannot enforce or maintain peace. But it has a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world ”

17 What you can do Peace Games 1. Hold Peace Games, rewarding teamwork and cooperation 2. Peace Walls 2. Peace Walls to commemorate the Games Partner Schools 3. Create Partner Schools from abroad Peace Music Festival 4. Hold a Peace Music Festival Trees or Plants 5. Plant special Trees or Plants 17

18 Peace Project 6. Plan a Peace Project (such as a mural, making a film, service to the elderly) with a school not normally linked with Resource for Newcomers 7. Make a Resource for Newcomers to the school in September 2012. Highlight Peace aspects of the school’s activity make your own Peace Games plan www.peacelegacy.org.uk 8. Or make your own Peace Games plan and send it to the website - www.peacelegacy.org.uk 18

19 Your role Appointed staff member... –Book venues –Use website ( peacelegacy.org.uk ) and Release Peace booklet for ideas –Get creative! 19

20 Initiatives ANTI- TRAFFICKING/PROSTITUTION/ CHILD LABOUR Joint initiative by Catholic women’s, men’s & religious organisations 500 Volunteers 15yrs + Spreading the word of dignity 20

21 3. (LONDON) LATE LEAGUES/ YOUTH CAFES Friday/Saturday evenings 7:00 – 10:00pm (-ish!) Local school / municipal facilities www.cafeinabox.info www.youthcafe.info www.cafeinabox.info and www.youthcafe.info 21 Initiatives

22 4. CITY SAFE HAVENS Public places of safety Public places of safety Jimmy Mizen Foundation Jimmy Mizen Foundation London Citizens / Citizens UK London Citizens / Citizens UK BoJo’s endorsement BoJo’s endorsement 22 Initiatives

23 Into the Future Catholic Church’s Legacy Foundation & Benedict XVI Plans for the future Catholic sporting events Values and virtues Rugby WC 2015 / Cricket WC 2019 23

24 Into the Future - Legacy John Paul II Foundation for Sport John Paul II Foundation for Sport Board is concentrating on: –Values/Spirit of Sport –Sporting Participation & Opportunities –Stewardship (bursaries and finance) –Annual Awards –Research/Think Tank 24

25 Legacy: in practice 1 1 – more research around sport and spirituality 2 2 – formation of sports leaders in John Paul II’s vision in schools and parishes 3 3 – to deliver a new generation of sporting clubs and programmes for schools and parishes 4 4 – engagement of special needs pupils and adults in sport 5 5 – a new vision to enable greater collaboration between school chaplains and heads of PE & RE 25

26 Legacy: in practice 6 6 – Chaplaincy at professional & amateur levels –Undergraduate sports chaplaincy module 7 7 – Spiritual support for upcoming young ‘stars’ 8 8 – Strengthen & introduce diocesan sports office(r)s –Foster more parish sports teams & missions 9 9 – International links: Vatican, Glasgow 2014, Russia 2014 & 2016, Brazil 2013, 2014 & 2016 26

27 A new aspect of Catholic identity? Speaks to the sporting passion and enthusiasm of young and old alike Strengthens values and virtues in sport in fresh and relevant ways Develops new leadership programmes to instil virtues through sport for people of all needs Recognises the strength of healthy body and soul: on-field and off-field benefits inspired by Theology of the Body Equips and supports sports teachers and also club and parish coaches 27

28 Young People Schools’ projects (Salford Diocese) Torch Relay (National) Flame Congress (Wembley, Mar’12) The Joshua Camp (Brentwood) Games Pastors / Chaplaincy Mini Olympics / Festivals Dignity of human person - Disability Get Set programme www.london2012.com/getset

29 Catholic Themes Honouring Christ’s Body –Eucharist, the Church globally Honouring our body/bodies –Sacred, weight, fertility & sexuality Building unity in broken places Standing up for the poor/vulnerable Hidden potential within us all Sport used to build community

30 Legacy of the Papal Visit Some Definite Purpose To know our purpose To grow in confidence To witness to our faith To serve others To seek & engage in dialogue To point to the transcendent

31 get ready to run www.morethangold.org.uk www.catholic2012.com

32 Over to you… Questions and Answers


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