News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
by Pat and Tony Banks
TEAMS Warrington 3
In November several hundred members of Equipes Notre-Dame – Teams, gathered at Westminster Cathedral to celebrate sixty years since the first meeting of Teams in Britain.
Teams, which began in Paris 80 years ago, is a movement in support of Marriage and was established in Cheltenham by Harry and Clotilde Meigh after experiencing Teams in Paris. It soon spread throughout England and Scotland.
The Celebrant was Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and Chair of the Committee for Marriage and Family Life along with Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces, and Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. Bishops Paul and Nicholas are both sons of Teams couples. Ten Priest Spiritual counsellors also concelebrated the Mass.
The homily, given by Canon John Udris, Spiritual Director of Oscott College, spoke movingly of the effect on his life and vocation as Spiritual counsellor to a Team and the intention of its founder, Father Henri Caffarel, that Teams was there to help couples to strive after holiness in their married vocation. (The full text can be found under ‘Literature – Newsletter’, latest issue at www.teamsgb.org.uk )
At the Offertory, a patchwork altar frontal containing squares from 70 of the British Teams, was carried forward. The squares revealed both the towns of Teams members and links to industry, wildlife (swans and sheep), events (Wimbledon’s tennis balls) and iconic buildings (Warrington 3’s Town Hall Gates underneath Christ the King Cathedral).
There was also a display of many National Flags representing the nationalities of the Team’s couples. Wirral’s Team included the British, Trinadian and Dominican Flags. Very poignantly, squares, such as the square from the Formby Team, had embroidered words that expressed the gifts they had received by their membership of Teams.
One highlight of the day was the Commitment Ceremony for two new Teams from the Central Region. As the young couples, with their children and babies, came forward to the Altar, another new generation was beginning its journey in Teams.
The day concluded with a buffet in Westminster Hall, where we heard a message from the International Leading Couple and from the daughter of Harry and Clotilde, on growing up in a Teams Family.