Crossing the Threshold

National Core Group

A national core group exists to explore how ministry and outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics might be developed. Group members draw from their own experiences of working with non-churchgoing Catholics to assist the ongoing work of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis.

The Group is coordinated by the Bishops’ Home Mission Desk. The following are members of the group:

Alpha for Catholics 

Alpha first ran in a Catholic context after Cardinal Basil Hume invited Alpha pioneers Nicky Gumbel and Sandy Millar to a lead an Alpha conference in 1996 at Westminster Cathedral. In the years following this conference, Alpha was launched globally in the Catholic Church and is now running in thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world.

Centre for Catholic Formation
Archdiocese of Southwark

The CCF, for over forty years, has held talks, courses and events to serve the ongoing formation of the lay people in the Archdiocese of Southwark.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. We are a family of social action charities collectively known as the Caritas network which is supported by the CSAN team.

Catholic Evangelisation Services (CaFE)

Since 1996, with encouragement from the Vatican, we at CaFE have been producing a wide variety of modern and attractive DVD resources for Catholics. We now run a range of missions, retreats and events from around the UK, and our CaFE resources are also available in many other English-speaking countries.

Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

The Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis assists the Bishops’ Conference to help Catholics know and share their faith. A particular focus of the Department’s work is to support the ‘New Evangelisation’; a term that was used by both Blessed Pope John Paul II and subsequently Pope Benedict XVI to encourage a new missionary impetus in the life of the Church.

Evangelisation Team
Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

The Diocesan Evangelisation Team meet each month for prayer, discernment and planning, and give a structure and importance to the work of evangelisation in the Diocese. The people who form the group come from different walks of life and ministries and are all working in or have had experience of direct evangelisation.

Department for the New Evangelisation
Diocese of Portsmouth

“I dream of a ‘missionary option’, that is a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation” (Evangelii Gaudium, 27).

Home Mission Desk
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – Secretariat

The Home Mission Desk sits within the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and acts as a point of reference for evangelisation in dioceses, movements and Catholic organisations in England and Wales. It also helps to develop and produce catechetical resources for the formation of adult faith and coordinates additional projects as instructed by the Department. The Desk is also responsible for responding to enquiries that come in to the Catholic Faith Enquiry Office. Home Mission - Background

Keeping In Touch (KIT)

KIT aims to reach out to, welcome and keep in touch with all local Catholics, whether or not they go to church, through home visiting and small group meetings.

Landings UK

A typical parish Landings group meets for one and a half hours per week over an eight to ten week period, and consist of parishioners who have been trained in this ministry - some of whom have themselves been away and have 'returned' - and inactive Catholics who are exploring the possibility of returning.

Maryvale Institute

Maryvale is both a place of worship and a specialist Institute, providing distance learning opportunities in Catholic Theology, Evangelisation, Catechesis, Philosophy, Ministry and Religious Education at every level from short, informal courses to BAs, MAs and research degrees. The range of levels offered enables students from all backgrounds to develop their full potential and obtain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW)

A consultative body to the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales consisting of representatives from 32 major organisations and 22 Dioceses. It serves as a forum in which Catholic Women are enabled to exchange experiences, express their hopes and concerns and make recommendations.

National RCIA Network

The RCIA Network is made up of people who have leadership roles in the RCIA process in Dioceses and parishes, and exists to support them in their work and to promote an authentic understanding of the Church’s teaching about the Rite.