The Religious in the Cathedral. This weekend virtually all the religious communities of Liverpool Archdiocese are present in the cathedral reminding everyone of how the gift of consecrated life enriches the whole Church. Please pray for the Lord's blessing on this venture.
Confirmation Reminder. I am conscious that in spite of all the efforts of a couple of years ago, there are still a few young people who missed out on the various Confirmation programmes. If you are one of those young people and you wish to be confirmed, please write to me, giving contact details as well as your age and school. Once we know the numbers we will make the necessary arrangements to prepare you for this wonderful sacrament. The closing date for writing to me will be: Friday 20 February. (No one has been in touch yet!)
Proclaim '15. In the coming weeks and months we will all be learning more about this initiative of the Bishops' Conference to help us respond to the call of Popes Benedict and Francis for a new evangelisation. As you know this missionary spirit is dear to the hearts of all Redemptorists, so I will be exploring with you ways in which our parishes can respond. It is probably enough for now if all of us think of how successfully we proclaim the JOY of the Gospel to those around us.
Confirmation. I am conscious that in spite of all the efforts of a couple of years ago, there are still a few young people who missed out on the Confirmation programmes that paved the way for the new With You Always approach. If you are one of those young people and you wish to be confirmed, please write to me giving contact details as well as your age and school. Once we know the numbers we will make the necessary arrangements to prepare you for this wonderful sacrament. The closing date for writing to me will be: Friday 20 February.
Unity Octave: Today we welcome Derek Atherton and Liz Cresswell from St Barnabas to our 11.30am Mass and I will be at All Hallows for their 10.15am Eucharist. The Unity Service this year is at Allerton URC at 4.00pm this afternoon. As usual I do hope we will be well represented.
Unity Octave. Today we begin the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please pray that we may be communities of faith, attentive to the prayer of Jesus, "that we may all be one". May we continue to seek ways of doing all we can to heal the divisions in our world. Next weekend there will be the usual exchange of pulpits. I will be speaking at All Hallows and Derek Atherton and Liz Cresswell from St Barnabas will be with us for the 11.30am Mass.
Parish Evening: Friday 23 January. If you help in any way to keep the parish running smoothly in the church and/or the hall, as well as in the community at large, please do come along for some informal time together. There will be drinks and some light refreshments. It will run between 7.00pm and 10.00pm and people can come and go at their leisure. I think you are getting used to the formula and it is always a delightful evening.
The Redemptorists and the future. Please pray for our Ordinary Provincial Council, which includes Fr Richard, and which will be meeting all the confrères to discuss the future over the coming weeks. It is going to be a busy time and it means that the first chance I will have of a Christmas break is the last week of February! I will try and stay as sane as possible until then.
Redemptorist Provincial Chapter. I write this message at the end of our meeting in Perth and before returning to Liverpool. I was surprised to find myself elected as secretary of the chapter on the opening evening, which meant I had a fair amount of extra work! Fr Ronald McAinsh was re-elected Provincial for the next four years and Fr Richard Reid, our rector, was elected as the Vicar Provincial. I have also been elected to the six man team which constitutes the trusteeship of our province. I mention this simply to forewarn you that I will be summoned to a number of extra meetings from time to time. You will also appreciate that Fr Richard is going to be away a lot in the coming weeks as our Ordinary Provincial Council determines how we are going to proceed and who is going to be appointed to fulfil the various ministries in the different communities. I am sure you join me in congratulating Fr Richard on his election and in assuring him and the council of our prayers.
Once again, on behalf of the Redemptorist Community, I would like to thank you for the wonderfully generous Christmas offering and for showering us with so many gifts and cards. As you know it is our privilege to be able to minister in Bishop Eton and St Mary’s and we will continue to do all we can to serve you well
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