This is a letter from the parish priests and assistant priests of our pastoral area
We, the priests of the pastoral area are taking this opportunity on the Solemnity of the Epiphany to write to all Catholics in the parishes of St Christopher, St Ambrose, St Mary, St John Vianney, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Our Lady of the Assumption and Christ the King and Our Lady. The purpose of this letter is to invite you to pray, to discern together and take practical steps towards becoming a more collaborative pastoral area in serving the mission of Christ.
As you know, a Eucharistic Congress is to be held in Liverpool in September this year. Ten thousand delegates from England and Wales will take part, including delegates from our own parishes. Then, in 2020, there will be an Archdiocesan Synod. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Synod will set out priorities for being a missionary church, - as a Diocese, as a pastoral area, and as parish communities.
The wise men left their homes and their countries because of a belief. They believed that the star they had seen rising was no ordinary star. It was a sign: a sign of a birth: of a new born king of the Jews. And on the strength of their belief they set out on a journey. They couldn’t rest until they had followed the star and found the child and paid homage to him. Their belief led them on. We, too, believe in this child. Like the wise men we see in this birth a turning point for the human race.
The wise men returned to their country by a different way. But also with changed hearts and minds; with a new understanding of themselves and of the world. Our belief in the Christ child gives us a new perspective too.
The Eucharistic Congress is entitled ‘Adoremus’, - Let us Adore. As we worship and honour our God as Catholics in this pastoral our hope is that we can change our direction of travel to become the Church God wants us to be.
This move in a new direction is marked by small but significant steps. We, your priests, are already working together to serve Christ and his people more effectively in this pastoral area. We have been away twice during the past year to pray together and to reflect on our mission. We have established a monthly gathering at Hope University and invited parishioners to join us in prayer. We have met with our deacons to discuss with them how they see their ministry being shaped in today’s world.
Looking forward, - between now and the beginning of Lent we will be inviting parishioners, young people, priests and religious to be delegates to the Eucharistic Congress. Once they are appointed they will establish a Pastoral Area Forum to examine how the Catholic community in this pastoral area can become more focussed on its mission. These ideas will feed into the Synod in 2020.
To demonstrate a deepening of our collaboration in ministry each priest will visit each of the churches of our Pastoral Area in turn and celebrate Sunday Mass .
And finally, on Thursday 12th April the Archbishop will lead a joint Pastoral Area Holy Hour, together with all the parishes of South Liverpool. We invite you to take part in this important time of prayer. More details of this event will be available shortly.
As we embark on this new path with you we ask you to pray, to share your expertise, energy and commitment so that together we can be true disciples of Jesus Christ in this place.
Yours in Christ
And the letter is signed by the parish priests and assistant priests of the pastoral area, including Fr Tim and Fr Charles.
Prayer in preparation for Eucharistic Congress
In September 2018 a Eucharistic Congress will be held in Liverpool. In preparation for this we are being asked to pray a special prayer - which will be available in all our churches. If you haven't managed to pick up a copy you can download it from the Archdiocesan website. Simply click here to access it.
A CHRISTMAS GREETING:
With Fr Rector, Andrew Burns, and all the Redemptorists, I wish you a very happy Christmas and the joy and peace that God offers us in the gift of Jesus. The excitement and sense of wonder in the children has brought home to me this year that the message of Christmas is ever new. It is a message that the world in every age needs to hear again and again. Everyone who was able to join us last Monday for the carols and readings commented on the wonderful atmosphere that is generated as we reflect on everything that is going on in our community, represented by the baubles which we place on the tree. Someone said to me afterwards: “You must be very proud of what is going on.” Well, I am very proud of and thankful for you, because so many new initiatives are being taken and are clearly bearing fruit. May the Lord continue to bless all our efforts.
A very happy Christmas to you all… Tim Buckley, C.Ss.R
Parish Celebration of Carols 2017
This year the intention was to include the With You Alawys children more in the service. This was achieved wonderfully. Some of the children read reflections after the readings whilst others took part in a Nativity Tableau They shook their precussion instruments to 'It was on a starry night' and led us in a rendition of the calypso Carol. Thank you to all those who helped them prepare for the night and supported them on the evening.
Allerton Brass were as usual on great form, with pre and post service music, as well as the Little Drummer boy and Joy to the World during the Service.
Below is a slide show recording the evening.
The combined talents of the music groups from 10am and 6pm Masses (plus a couple of guests) provided us with beautiful music. Highlights included a rendition of Born on a New Day, and an instrumental version of Oh Holy Night
Fr. Tim thanked all those who took part and gave a Christmas blessing, which was followed by Allerton Brass playing some rousing music as the congregatipn headed to the Fisher-More Hall for mince pies and mulled wine
Message from Archbishop Malcolm in support of Catholic Education: The Government is about to make a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents new faith schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend their own schools. While the Prime Minister acknowledges that it is discriminatory, the Secretary of State needs convincing. If you wish to make your voice heard, please visit: //catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for Catholic Education. Thank you.
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