Some of you will have seen last year’s powerful six-part BBC Drama Broken, starring Sean Bean as an inner-city Catholic priest facing ethical, social, spiritual and personal crises. It won the Sandford St Martin Award for Best Religious Programme of 2018, although it is a long way from traditional Songs of Praise broadcasting!
Following its success – and the discussion its subject matter generates – the Diocese of Birmingham’s Theologian Paula Gooder produced a simple study guide for group discussion, following the watching of the programme. It provides a great way for a group to get into the issues raised by the story of Fr Michael Kerrigan and his parishioners. And it is to form the study material for our Lent Course in 2019, which we will be sharing once more with our Catholic friends from Sacred Heart, Trott Street.
Because the drama is an hour long, the sessions will be running a little longer than usual, about 1 hour 45 minutes, and the existing home group leaders are planning how best to manage this within the timeframes available to each group. So, with the finer details to be arranged – and the possibility that another group may well form if demand requires – here are the days and approximate times the groups will run:
Sunday Morning from 10th March to 14th April (Led by Sunday Morning Group Leaders)
(between 8.30am and 11am service – timings to be finalised)
Sunday Evening from 3rd March to 7th April (Led by Clergy)
(starts a week earlier to accommodate Palm Sunday Concert and replaces Evening Prayer at 6pm)
Tuesday Evening from 12th March to 16th April (Led by Tuesday Evening Group Leaders)
(probably about 7.30pm in a parishioner’s home)
Thursday Afternoon from 7th March to 11th April (Led by Leslie Spatt & Thursday Study Group)
If you would like to register with any of these groups (or if you would like another group to form at another time/day), please sign up in the back of church or email Simon Butler directly ([email protected]).