This coming academic year the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2019 - 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks - A Year of the Word’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. In keeping with the Church’s three year cycle, there will also be a specific focus on St. Matthew’s Gospel.
The aim of The God Who Speaks - A Year of the Word is ‘Celebrating, Living and Sharing God‘s Word.’ It will be an opportunity for us at St John XXIII to enrich current scripture practices and to develop and explore new ways of responding to the Bible. Throughout the year, we will have events, activities and use creative resources which will help our students engage meaningfully with the Bible. . The Diocese has asked that the year begins in Autumn term but as school we will Launch this in January 2020 by showing the children a commissioned video filmed at the National Gallery in which Cardinal Nichols will officially launch this special year using a painting of St. Jerome.