the Sunday Gospel to families through primary schools
and enriching the Home, School & Parish partnership.
The Wednesday Word
is a not-for-profit collaborative Charitable Trust based
at St Austin’s Catholic Church, Wakefield, West
This 21st Century mission
to families is under the patronage of St Joseph, Patron
Saint of Families and Protector of the Church.
The Trust seeks to
spread the Gospel nationally, initially through primary
schools, into family homes.
The Trust seeks to
promote a 21st Century, weekly, Christ centred Family
Time custom for families to come together around
the Word of God and in the love of Christ.
The Trustees are all
committed Catholics and consist of a Catholic headteacher,
a Benedictine Monk, three priests and two Catholic parents,
one of whom is a Catholic school foundation governor with
children who attend Catholic primary and high schools.
The Trustees endeavour
to further the mission of the Catholic Church. They seek
to serve our Bishops by working in partnership with headteachers,
priests and school governors to strengthen the Home, School
and Parish partnership through the distribution of The
Wednesday Word leaflet.
- The primary school version of The Wednesday Word
is written and produced by Fr Timothy Swinglehurst, Fr
Henry Wansbrough and Dannie Firth. Fr Henry, was for ten
years, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission
and is a world renowned biblical scholar. Fr Henry contributes
to the primary school version and also writes a weekly
Gospel commentary and reflections on the first and second
readings for the parish version of The Wednesday Word.
Fr Swinglehurst is St Austin's Parish Priest and has a
licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical
Institute in Rome. Dannie Firth is a Foundation Governor
& Parent of 3 children who attend Catholic primary
and high schools. He is a practising Catholic and he and
his family have experienced the many benefits of The
Wednesday Word Family Time prayer custom over the
past 7 years.
- All Wednesday Word material carries an imprimatur
and so is declared free from any moral or doctrinal error.
Endorsements have been received from the Vatican and also
from various departments of the Bishops’ Conference
of England and Wales.
- Consultants to the Trustees include: RE coordinators,
representatives from Catholic religious orders, Catholic
priests, headteachers, school parents, school governors,
parishioners and various experts from around the country.
a sower going out to
sow. Some seeds
fell on rich soil
and produced their crop,
some a hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty."
13:3 & 8