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Synod on the Family. Boston College (USA) has recently republished part of an article I wrote over 17 years ago. It is entitled: Second Marriage: An opportunity for Spiritual Growth? They are kindly making a large number of copies available to me, so they will be available once they have crossed the Atlantic. Furthermore, we must look for ways of responding to the new phase of consultation in preparation for the second session of the Synod next autumn.

Comings and Goings. This week both Fr Richard and I will be in London for a Provincial Council Meeting on Wednesday and I will be away for the inside of the day on Friday. The father of a close school friend of mine has died and the funeral is in Newark (Nottinghamshire). I am very grateful to Fr Pat O'Brien and Fr Stephen Pritchard for their help in covering Masses and a funeral this week.

Fr Barrie O'Toole. This Thursday Fr Barrie is back in hospital for the reversal of his original operation. All being well he should only be in for a couple of days, but it will certainly take him a while to recover fully. I know he can count on your prayers again that all will go well and that he will make a complete and speedy recovery. Unfortunately, Fr Jimmy Smale has also been unwell recently and is undergoing tests. Please keep him in your prayers too. With Fr Richard away during the coming weeks, undoubtedly we are going to be under pressure to maintain the present timetable. Therefore, please be prepared for the fact that we may have to adjust it accordingly.

Rite of Christian Initiation. This Sunday afternoon those who have been taking part in our ‘Journey of Faith’ will be presented to the Archbishop at the Rite of Election and Enrolment of Names in the cathedral. Please pray for them and their families as they prepare for baptism or reception into the Church at Easter.

Christmas Break! I leave this Sunday afternoon for a few days in London to try and recharge my batteries. I thank Fr Richard for organising his diary to make this possible.

Last call for 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 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. So far we have two young people who have been in touch. Please note that the closing date for applications is this Friday, 20 February.

Visit of the Redemptorist Provincial Council. The visit of Fr McAinsh and his council was a good and affirming experience for all the members of the community. I think it is fair to report that they offered us a great deal of encouragement and they were particularly pleased with the tremendous support we receive from the wonderful team who work in the monastery as well as the army of you who do so much to help our two parishes flourish. We should be in a position to inform you of any personnel changes in a month or so.

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.

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