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Issue 133 OCTOBER 2015

Inside this issue: Animate’s new members

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contents Welcome I remember going to Mass at St Mary’s, Leyland a couple of years ago. It was early on a Tuesday morning at the beginning of September, a time when summer holidays were drawing to a close and a new term was beginning for our schools. The church was full of pupils from Leyland St Mary’s Catholic High School; it was their Mass at the start of a new school year. ‘Hope’, ‘resolve’ and ‘determination’ were words used during the Mass, but not only in the academic context as placed in front of the altar was a charred wooden cross which had been rescued from the school chapel two days earlier. A symbol of the fire which had raged through the school building the previous Sunday evening. This month we celebrate a new start for the school and their students as they begin life in their new building. We celebrate too their hope, resolve and determination in the past two years. That same September, just four days later, Pope Francis led a vigil in Rome, one of many held worldwide, to pray for peace in Syria. Today we still pray for that peace and more so as we seek to help those fleeing the violence in their homeland.

From the Archbishop’s Desk None of us can fail to be deeply moved by the scenes of migrants and refugees walking through Europe seeking a place to settle and find safety. The media make sure that the plight of victims of war, dictators, poverty and oppression is brought before our eyes and into our everyday lives. The response of the people of our Archdiocese has been open, immediate and generous. ‘Just as you would expect’, I can hear you say. The crisis has however brought to mind those who are already seeking asylum in our country, and those people who work tirelessly on their behalf. There are many people who are in our midst from many places in the world who need our help. Let us also not forget that many of our forebears were immigrants from near and far. There is a passage from the Old Testament relevant to our current situation that keeps coming to mind. It begins with the phrase, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father’ and goes on to talk about oppression and God’s response. The ancient Arameans lived in present day Syria. You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 26. Why not read a few verses from verse 5 onwards if you can find the time? Pray that we will not treat asylum seekers harshly but show them a welcome. Through Jesus we are the spiritual descendants of that wandering Aramean. A few minutes reflection will help us form the right attitude to those who are knocking at our door. Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool

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Main Feature A new chapter starts for St Mary’s

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News From around the Archdiocese

14 Sunday Reflections Liturgy and Life 15 Nugent News Epsom Street Community and Volunteer Service 16 What’s On Whats happening in the Archdiocese 19 Profile Marie-Eve Fontaine Building a house for young Christians in Liverpool 21 Animate Youth Ministry Introducing our new members 25 Cathedral Record Colin Mawby at 80 26 Pic Extras Mums the word News from the KSC 28 Pic Life Innocent victims in ‘reality’ show shambles

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29 Join In Family Fun More Mullarkey 30 Justice and Peace Responding to the refugee crisis

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A new chapter starts for St Mary’s

‘It is like a new home that we are settling into – a family reunited.’ Sam Cullen, Head boy

Rebuilt Leyland school completes recovery from devastating fire By Simon Hart THE start of the new academic year brings excitement, hope and opportunity. This might be said of every school in the Archdiocese of Liverpool but for one in particular, the sense of a fresh start is particularly true. For St Mary’s Catholic High School in Leyland, the first day of the 2015/16 autumn term marked the culmination of a two-year struggle to recover from a quite devastating setback. It was just two years ago that, on the eve of another school year, a large part of the school was severely damaged – and in some places completely destroyed – by a fire. Astonishing pictures and video footage of the burning building appeared in regional television news reports and national newspaper coverage, reflecting the size and impact of a blaze that was tackled at its peak by over 120 fire-fighters, and which sent into the skies an ominous plume of smoke visible from miles around. Many parts of the school building were impacted by fire and smoke damage with some areas, such as the science and technology block, burned to the ground or damaged so severely that demolition was the only option. What happened next was two years spent delivering new and refurbished school 4

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accommodation in very challenging circumstances. The first few months after the fire were spent making the site on Royal Avenue safe while ensuring pupils could continue with their studies. This was a challenging logistical exercise, initially involving the transportation of students to accommodation off-site. By Christmas 2013, they were able to return to a suite of temporary buildings located alongside the site of their former school. Thereafter began the significant task of rebuilding large parts of the school. This meant a 3,530 square-metre project which had to seamlessly incorporate those blocks unaffected by the fire – and be ready to accommodate over 700 children by September 2015. The Archdiocese appointed the Prestonbased architects Cassidy and Ashton to oversee the development while awarding the build contract to John Turner Construction. According to Lawrence McBurney, associate architect at Cassidy and Ashton, the reinstatement project provided an opportunity to reconfigure the lay-out of the school, providing facilities more befitting the requirements of a modern curriculum. ‘The school is nestled in a predominantly residential area and the fire destroyed a three-storey building,

the two-storey science and technology block and some of the sports hall facilities, leaving four isolated buildings,’ he explained. ‘The key principle of our plans was to replace and improve on the teaching facilities destroyed by the fire to provide a more flexible environment. Essentially, we wanted to create a new heart at the centre of the building – a core element that everything could feed from.’ These new sections, replacing those lost in the fire, are the science and technology blocks, specialist teaching spaces, a redesigned and extended dining area and changing rooms. The school building is now more ecologically-focused, with modern and efficient boilers, natural ventilation and external cladding which, while giving the school building a striking visual image, will improve insulation in the original parts of the building that survived the fire. At the heart of the school remains the chapel. This has retained its original location but now boasts a bespoke stained glass window commissioned by the school and delivered alongside the reinstatement project. The chapel now has direct access to external social space, making it accessible by staff and students throughout the school day. As a sign of the resilience and endurance of the community of St Mary’s, visitors are met in the main entrance by the charred


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– but intact – crucifix from the original school buildings, rescued with care by demolition contractors. For the pupils of St Mary’s, the return to their reconstructed school last month was a special occasion. Eleanor DuncanJameson, the head girl, said: ‘It has been an exciting start to the new school year for everyone at St Mary’s due to the new school which I feel has brought us closer together.’ Sam Cullen, the head boy, added: ‘It is like a new home that we are settling into – a family reunited. I feel quite emotional seeing the new building. We have risen like a phoenix from the ashes.’ It is worth adding that the rebuilding of St Mary’s was an impressively collaborative exercise. To establish the design of the new building, the project team held events with parents, pupils and local residents, as well as one-to-one discussions with representatives of the school’s different departmental teams. Some excellent ideas flowed from these sessions: a shared learning resource centre as a hub for the school accommodation, used for lessons as well as independent study; widened corridors to support movement around the building; enhanced access to the chapel to make it a focal point throughout the day, including at lunchtimes; and a seamless link between the new accommodation and original buildings. Chris Williams, Senior Buildings

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Development Officer in the Archdiocesan Schools Department, says ‘the support from across the school community in rebuilding St Mary’s has been magnificent and demonstrates how much the school is valued. I am delighted with the outcome and it reflects the creativity, commitment and endeavour of a great many people over the last couple of years. I am sure that the new accommodation will serve the young people of Leyland for many generations to come. Once the designs had been finalised and the site prepared for redevelopment, there were barely 12 months to complete the building work in time for this September – a task made all the more challenging by the need to provide a safe environment with minimal disruption to the daily life of staff and pupils. Yet it was a task completed, and a triumph of collaboration too with a strong sense of gratitude felt within the St Mary’s family towards the different parties involved. Since the day of the fire, the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Lancashire County Council, Cassidy and Ashton, John Turner Construction and Carefoot Plc have all played their part in delivered a positive outcome. So too representatives from Ampleforth Abbey, who provided support and encouragement as the recovery and reinstatement work progressed. One overriding impression, and one

regularly cited over the last two years by those contractors and officers working with the school, concerns the welcome extended to all visitors by the whole school community, particularly the students and their families. There was a real sense of everybody pulling together to support the school and see it through one of the most challenging chapters in its long history and providing the foundations – literally – to establish the future of this proud and successful school for generations to come. The spirit of community throughout the school and parish has been the defining aspect of the work delivered over the last two years – and is an obvious source of pride for Chris Meldrum, the deputy headteacher. ‘From the devastation of the fire in September 2013, it has been a privilege to be involved with the redevelopment of St Mary’s Catholic High School, working with all aspects of the build process and the organisations supporting the development,’ he said. ‘The architect has developed a building that integrates the old with the new, creating a useable learning space through free-flowing movement and bright, airy classrooms – a learning space for the 21st century. I feel incredibly proud to see the pupils, staff and parents start to enjoy the space that has been created for learning, seeing the building come alive.’


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‘The Joy of the Gospel’ at Durham Cathedral 'The Joy of the Gospel' was the theme of an ecumenical celebration at Durham Cathedral on Sunday 6 September. The Service took the form of a joint

public dialogue between Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and Archbishop John Sentamu, the Archbbishop of York, who discussed the topics of Prayer, Peace and the Poor. Among the other Church

Archbishop Malcolm, Archbishop John Sentamu, Bishop Paul Butler and Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Daughters of St Paul celebrate Archbishop Malcolm celebrated Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King for the Centenary of the Foundation of the Daughters of St Paul and the 60th anniversary of their Foundation in Great Britain. The Sisters, well known in Liverpool for St Paul’s Bookshop in Bold Street, were founded in 1915 by Blessed James Alberione together with the first Daughter of St Paul, the Venerable Tecla Merlo, in Alba in the Piemonte region of Italy. They arrived in England in 1955 and in 1959 came to the Archdiocese at the invitation of Canon John Hayes to work in Widnes. In 1966 they moved to a convent in Mossley Hill and the following year acquired the Philomena Bookshop in Richmond Street. In 1969 they took over the Burns and Oates Bookshop in Manchester Street. In 1973 they relocated to 82 Bold Street. As they celebrated their anniversary the Sisters said, ‘Ours is a memory of gratitude, of grace and of generosity. Many of you who are in the Cathedral this evening celebrating with us are part of this marvellous story of faith, of the small seeds of commitment, dedication and the transforming power of the consecrated life today in our world. ‘Pray for us and with us so that in the spirit of St Paul we can always be faithful to our vocation wherever it may lead us.’ 8

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Leaders present were Bishop Séamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle, and Bishop Paul Butler of Durham The service was inspired by the meeting between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the publication of the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium', and was themed around mission and the importance of evangelisation for the future of the Christian Churches. Members of the congregation were given a specially commissioned card and invited to give it to a neighbour, friend or family member to invite them to explore the life of faith. At the end of the Service Bishop Cunningham and Bishop Butler led a commissioning for all to go out and spread the Good News. Archbishop Malcolm said, 'It is a powerful witness that Catholics, Anglicans and other Christians gathered together in Durham Cathedral to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission. All Christians are called to be evangelisers, to proclaim Jesus Christ in words and action. Just as this magnificent Cathedral speaks to us of the presence of Christ in our world, I hope that this service will help us to recommit ourselves to be that presence, bringing his Gospel of joy, mercy and peace to those whom we meet.' Archbishop Sentamu reflected on the mission of the Saints of the north-east, 'Next to worship, witness is the primary and urgent task of the Church of God. Making disciples and making Christ known to others is at the heart of our shared Christian faith. Like the great Northern Saints, Paulinus, Aidan, Cuthbert, Hilda, Cedd and Chad, let us continue to be inspired and encouraged to live out the joy of the Gospel, and share it with others.'


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Reflecting on the call of God Seminarians from across the country met in Walsingham as pilgrims from throughout the Archdiocese travelled to Ladyewell at the beginning of September; united in reflecting on the call of God and praying for vocations. The archdiocesan pilgrims gathered at the shrine parish of St Mary’s in Preston, for Mass celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm who said in his homily, ‘Every Christian has a specific call: a specific vocation, that is, a call to Holiness of Life’. He went on to explain that the call may be lived in many forms including consecrated religious life, priesthood and married life.

Protestant reformation and other relics of the English Martyrs. This was an especially poignant opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice, ministry and service of priests through the ages. Vocations discerner Joseph, who is living at the Archdiocesan House of Discernment, said, ‘It was a wonderful day

to reflect on vocations and to consider also the Blessed Virgin Mary’s openness to the Word of God’. Monthly days of discernment and prayer for vocation take place at St Charles Borremeo, Aigburth. For further details contact Father James Preston, Tel: 0151 727 2493 or email vocations@rcaolp.co.uk

Sunny weather followed for a procession from the parish of St Mary’s to Ladyewell house and shrine, reflecting on the Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. The procession was led by a statue of Our Lady, carried by the Knights of St Columba, and the Rosary was led by a group of young people considering priesthood and religious life. The shrine, dating at the earliest from 1348/49, is dedicated to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh and the Martyrs. A Reliquary Chapel contains the Burgess Altar, a medieval altar which was passed around recusant Catholic families during the

Archbishop Malcolm with concelebrating clergy at Ladyewell

Embrace Liverpool 2015 Embrace, the Catholic youth conference aimed at young people, is back for its second staging, returning to Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Saturday 21 November The 2015 edition, subtitled ‘Build My Kingdom’, promises a day-long celebration of faith complete with keynote talks and workshops, as well as periods of

prayer and adoration, praise and worship, and time for confession. The day’s activities will culminate in Mass at 4.00 pm celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm together with priests from across the Archdiocese. This year’s conference takes place on National Youth Weekend and the Feast of Christ the King and is targeted at 16 to 30-year-olds though people of all ages

are welcome. Speakers will include David Wells, Father Frankie Mulgrew and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, plus representatives from the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, Living Joyfully Vocations and the Knights of St Columba. The wide range of religious orders in attendance will give an insight into their work and religious life. The full conference programme and details of the workshops can be found on the website embraceliverpool.org.uk. Embrace 2014 – held on 1 November last year – was a resounding success, with the Cathedral filled with more than a thousand young people from across Liverpool and the north-west. Organisers hope the 2015 event will reach even more hearts for the Lord by providing an inspiring day where students can learn more about their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus. With free admission, all are welcome and are invited to register now on the website.

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news diary Crosby singer to join ‘The Priests’ in Jospice concert Just before Liverpool mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas takes to the stage of the Philharmonic Hall at the end of this month for a concert in aid of Jospice, she will look at a photograph of her grandfather Alfred Thomas. It was Alfred who spotted Danielle’s musical talents when she was at primary school and who encouraged her every step of the way towards her singing career. ‘He was my greatest champion,’ says Danielle, now 25. ‘He took me to see Phantom of the Opera when I was nine and I knew then that I wanted to sing for people. If I get nervous before performing I look at granddad’s photo and ask him to help me out.’ Danielle will be appearing at the Philharmonic on Thursday 29 October (7.30pm) alongside The Priests, the trio of classical singers from Northern Ireland with whom she performed on their last visit to Liverpool in 2012 to sing for Jospice at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Danielle’s grandfather died from cancer just before that concert but the Crosby singer’s performance was such that The Priests – a multi-platinum selling group who also happen to be parish priests – have asked her to join them again at the Phil. Danielle was delighted to accept the offer. ‘I have been singing at Jospice’s Light up for Life candle ceremony in Crosby every Christmas since I was 11 and I know the work that Jospice do is unbelievable,’ added the former pupil of Sacred Heart Catholic High School, who is a member of St Peter and Paul’s parish. After her grandfather realised her talents, she began singing lessons and performing at charity concerts until, aged 12, she was spotted by a lecturer from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Today she is the official ‘voice’ of Liverpool City Council, singing at all their major events including a special service in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral to mark the Battle of the Atlantic and the city’s annual Remembrance Service. For tickets for ‘The Priests in Concert for Jospice’, contact the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall box office on 0151 709 3789 or Jospice on 0151 924 3812 (Monday-Friday 9am5pm). 10

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Papal Blessing for Teams

Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican more than 150 couples of Equipes Notre-Dame, or, Teams of Our Lady. This worldwide movement for Christian Married Couples gathered in the Clementine Hall to greet and listen to the Holy Father. Pope Francis expressed his joy at meeting the Leaders, Spiritual Counsellors and Regional Couples from around the world, just a short time before the Synod of Bishops would meet to reflect on the lives of families threatened in these difficult times. He asked for prayers for the Synod. He suggested all couples put into practice and live deeply, with constancy and perseverance, the spirituality followed by Equipes Notre-Dame. He encouraged their ‘Endeavours’, particularly that of ‘Couple and Family Prayer’, which support the hope and faith of Christians, and the ‘Sit Down’, the monthly time of dialogue between the spouses which he asserted was a precious time of thanksgiving, of forgiveness, of mutual respect and attention to the other. Pope Francis also insisted that Equipes Notre-Dame had a missionary role. After receiving so much from Christ and the Church, Christians must witness and transmit what they have received to help others to choose this joyful path. This mission, supported by the charism of Teams, enables couples to radiate their family life to friends and family which speaks of the love of God for all and shows the image of the family as God wills it for the good of the spouses and the education of their children. He invited Teams to help support the faith of young couples before and after their marriages and exhorted Teams also to be close to wounded families and to be instruments of the mercy of Christ and the Church to those whose marriages have failed. More information on Teams: www.teamsgb.org.uk http://www.equipes-notredame.com/en/ http://teams-transatlantic.net/page2.html

Columbans hosting LACE event The Columban missionaries will join Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission at the LACE Conference Centre later this month for a day exploring responses to Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Laudato Si’. The event, titled ‘Faith and Creation: A Call to Mission’, will take place on Saturday 24 October (10am-4pm) and will consider how the Pope’s words act as a reminder to all Christians that care for creation is a core element of our faith. There will be talks from Ellen Teague – who has worked with the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team for 25 years – and from John O'Connor OP, who is Prior and Secretary of Studies at Blackfriars in Oxford. The day will continue with the celebration of Mass by Archbishop Malcolm and an afternoon dedicated to exploring Laudato si’ more deeply towards finding practical ways in which to contribute to the care of our common home and facilitated by James Trewby of Columban Justice and Peace Education, the day is open to anyone interested in taking part and if you would like your organisation to be represented with a stall, contact the booking office. To register to attend, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Helen Dufficy in the Columban Mission Office – telephone 01564 772096 or email helen.dufficy@columbans.co.uk. There is no charge but a voluntary donation of £10 per person is suggested. All attending will receive a welcome pack, with a copy of Laudato si' and lunch.


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news diary The Word of the Lord The second archdiocesan ‘Word of the Lord’ day took place last month with Father Adrian Graffy providing two keynote talks on Luke’s Gospel, the main focus during Ordinary Time next year, writes Veronica Murphy. Archbishop Malcolm led us in Morning Prayer before welcoming Father Graffy. Father Adrian Graffy received the award of Doctor of Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1983, after which he taught for many years at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. In recent years he has worked to promote the knowledge and love of Scripture in the Catholic Church nationally. He is Chair of the National Scripture Working Group, and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. He began his talks by offering one of Luke’s strongest themes: verse 28 of Chapter 11 in which Jesus tells us we must first hear the word of God and then put it into practice in our lives (11:28). He then moved through the whole gospel pointing out the important passages and stories necessary to gain an insight into the Jesus we meet in Luke. The day also offered workshop opportunities: Dr Marian Tolley explored meals in Luke; Father John McLoughlin and Veronica Murphy used images to consider stories that are only to be found in Luke and Father Graffy led a workshop on ‘Take and Read Luke’, a resource for small groups who wish to study the gospel in their parishes. Copies of this are available through our on-line bookshop at www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/formation-shop

Dr Marian Tolley and Father Adrian Graffy with Archbishop Malcolm

Bellerive welcome visitors from Down Under After a summer of Ashes cricket, pupils at Bellerive FCJ College had their own taste of Australian sporting culture in September – when students from their sister school in Melbourne came to visit. The girls from Genazzano FCJ College had already made one successful visit to Bellerive in 2013 and they came back to the Sefton Park school last month for a series of sporting events on the English leg of their tour of fellow FCJ schools in Europe. Bellerive arranged for the Genazzano students, from Years 10 and 11, to take part in a range of activities including a coaching

session with Liverpool FC and a lesson in nutrition advice from Widnes Vikings RLFC. Pupils from both schools also took part in a joint service in the school chapel to celebrate their shared faith. Bellerive’s international co-ordinator, Gary McGrath, said: ‘The Genazzano tour is a fantastic sporting opportunity for everyone involved but it’s also a wonderful cultural experience for students from both schools. Even little things like the differences in how we speak the same language have been a real education. As with previous visits between the schools, the girls have made some firm friends in a very short space of time.’

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pastoral letter Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop of Liverpool read at all Masses celebrated on the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, 20 September 2015 Dear friends in Christ,

of you are working tirelessly in this.

In the Gospel that we have just heard, Jesus teaches us that ‘If anyone wishes to be first, he must be the servant of all’ (Mark 9:35), and to illustrate his point he uses the example of a child (Mark 9:3637):

As you may know already, we are preparing to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary this year, and conclude on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe next year. During this year of grace, we are called by Pope Francis to proclaim the ceaseless mercy of God, acknowledging our need of it ourselves and sharing it with others. As today’s Second Reading, from the Letter of St James, reminds us, this mercy has to be practical: there is no room in the Church for jealousy or ambition, for fighting battles; rather, we are to be kindly, and considerate, full of compassion and doing good, peacemakers and people of prayer, living as the ‘servant of all’ (Mark 9:35) and welcoming everyone.

He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms around him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me.’ By telling us this, Jesus is showing that his disciples have to be different from those around them: we cannot transform the communities, the cities and the countries that we live in by being powerful, but by serving our brothers and sisters; we have to allow ourselves to be transformed by Christian love, so that we can transform the world in which we live by Christian love. Part of this transformation began in our Archdiocese ten years ago, when Archbishop Patrick invited us to leave safe harbours and to prepare ourselves at this particular time to be the Church whom God is calling us to be in Liverpool, West Lancashire and the Isle of Man. The process has been painful for many people, since it is never easy to make important decisions about where we worship and how we build parish communities, and the relatively lower number of priests and smaller congregations to the recent past weighs heavily on all of us. So, I would like to thank all of you who have given so much of your precious time and commitment to this process, which has given us a strong foundation for our future mission. But, even as ‘Leaving Safe Harbours’ comes to an end, the work begun by this project carries on. Today is Home Mission Sunday, and our annual remembrance of the Church’s mission in England and Wales reminds us that we are all called to be missionary disciples; as the dismissal at the end of our celebrations of Mass reminds us, we all leave church to ‘Go in peace, glorifying the Lord’ with our lives, to ‘announce the Gospel of the Lord’ to those around us.

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It is only when we ourselves are challenged and transformed by the Lord, whom we receive in Word and Sacrament, that we can challenge and transform those around us. To do this, Pope Francis has called all our parishes to be missionary parishes, strong and confident in faith, and welcoming and inviting in love. He describes the parish as a ‘community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach’ (Evangelii Gaudium 28). To help us to become missionary disciples and to help our parishes to become missionary parishes, it is my intention to appoint an evangelisation fieldworker, who will travel around the Archdiocese to support and encourage parishes to fulfil this essential part of their role. And this role is not something that is extra or merely desirable – the Church’s evangelising mission, and our call to be missionary disciples, is essential. In Blessed Paul VI’s words, some forty years ago (Evangelii Nuntiandi 14): ‘Evangelising all people is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present day society make all the more urgent. Evangelising is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists to evangelise.’ We already do this wonderfully in our family catechesis. Families are discovering the joy of sharing the Gospel with their children and in their family life, and many

If we are to be authentic witnesses to Christ, we have to be evangelising parishes – parishes with a mission, that are centred on the Lord, always seeking his face and following his call to proclaim his Good News. For this reason, I hope that we will all open our hearts anew to Christ, so that we may all revitalise our parishes, chaplaincies and schools, forming each to be a ‘community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach’ (Evangelii Gaudium 28). That is the challenge the Holy Father has set before us; this is why we left safe harbours and why, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we can and must proclaim the mercy of God in thought, words, deeds and example, so that more people can be inspired by the joy of the Gospel, which sets us free ‘from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness’ (EG 1). Proclaiming this Gospel belongs to all of us. With my prayers and every good wish for you and your families,

Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool


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sunday reflections On a liturgical note Greetings from Rome! All went well with the journey and the unpacking did not take as long as feared because eventually that pile of ‘to be taken’ was deliberately kept small. I won’t say I necessarily travelled light but I have what I need – and at the end of the day that is what matters. At the beginning of this month of October, the Liturgy keeps the memory of the Saint whom Italy has as its patron, Francis from Assisi, that great figure of our Catholic heritage who calls us to a tender respect and love for the whole of God’s Creation. Pope Francis, in his recent Encyclical Letter, refers to the whole of creation as ‘our common home’: ‘LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore – ‘Praise be to you, my Lord.’ In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. ‘Praise be to

Sunday thoughts One argument for church schools is that they give children a ‘good moral grounding’. This factor, coupled with impressive GCSE results, make them attractive to many parents who have no religious affiliation. Who can argue with ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’? It’s a handy principle for a happy life. But Christianity is more than a self-improvement programme. And this is exactly where the rich man in Mark’s Gospel reading for 11 October comes unstuck. Let’s not be too hard on him. James and John, those closest to Jesus, also don’t get it. They expect a seat in the shadow cabinet (18 Oct). They assume Jesus is much too busy dealing with influential people to have time for unclean blind beggars (25 Oct) and cheeky children (4 Oct). Or is he? We take for granted that Jesus is reading from the same script as we are. He isn’t. The rich man, like the rest of us, has

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you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.’ The Harvest Festival celebrations which you may well be holding in your own parishes or attending elsewhere in these next days, are a good opportunity to renew our thankfulness for the ‘fruit of the earth and work of human hands’. However, the task of honouring the Creator of all that is good is not simply in one service each year. The style of living which we embrace, the sensitivity which we show to each other every day, the respect and care which we have for the world around us – all of these are caught up in the Christian understanding of Eucharist, thankfulness. Come ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home…

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to become a little child. His reserves of material and spiritual capital are worthless in the Kingdom that Jesus represents. ‘In that case who can be saved?’ bleats Peter. The children and the blind Bartimaeus have a head start on the road to the Kingdom. They already have nothing. We have to unlearn and offload in order to catch up with them: ‘Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant’ (18 Oct). Even this, however, could be another self-improvement exercise, albeit played by different rules. Our focus must be Christ himself. He not only leads the way but it is through his cross and resurrection that we are set free. We drink devoutly from the Lord’s cup at Mass. Do we realise the consequences?

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Life comes through death I was recently speaking at a day for men and during the coffee break one of the men came to me and started to cry. He told me that his life was falling apart. His wife had left him for another man and taken their children. He had started to drink and lost his house. He was living at his mother's, sleeping on the sofa. He did not know how he was going to get through. As he cried he kept saying to me, ‘I’m sorry, I’ll pull myself together’ and I was trying to say to him, ‘You don’t need to do that, feel what you have to feel.’ The Franciscan priest and ecumenical teacher Richard Rohr says that you must allow your pain to be transformed or you will transmit it to others, and part of the process of transforming pain is to feel it and accept it rather than try to control it. Henri Nouwen, the great Jesuit author, often laid himself bare in order encourage us to find life. In one of his journals he wrote: ‘The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your wounds to your head or your heart.’ Life comes through death. That is at the heart of the Gospel message. Sometimes the deaths we experience are the deaths of our hopes, dreams, self-confidence. I think the invitation the Gospel gives us is to trust the Jesus cycle of life, death and resurrection. We are to face our pain and take it on and somehow, in the doing of that, transform it into life. The hardest times in my life have also been the most life-giving times as I have tried to discover what my pain was telling me. You have got to let yourself be vulnerable. You have got to let yourself be weak. You have got to let yourself be touched and broken in order to really find an authentic life. We all have pain in our lives. Rather than see it as the enemy, let it teach us the Gospel truth that life comes through death, that Easter Day always follows Good Friday, and that we have within us the power of the spirit to transform pain into life. Fr Chris Thomas


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nugent news Epsom Street Community and Volunteer Service for families. The city of Liverpool has become one of As well as engaging in outdoor games such the most appealing and cultured since as football and rounders to encourage being the City of Culture in 2008 and it positive competitiveness, the children have continues to thrive and grow. But also learned about healthy eating with amongst all the tourists and glamour it’s lessons at the centre to inspire them to easy to forget that many surrounding broaden their horizons. These culinary areas remain as some of the most classes have taken the children as far as deprived in Europe. Mexico with enchilada and chilli recipes and Vauxhall in the ward of Kirkdale is one of a little closer to home learning how to rustle those areas and nestled in the heart of the up the perfect scouse. community is the newest member of the The healthy and wellbeing ideas flow Nugent Care family, Liverpool’s Epsom through the family as mums, dads and Street Community and Volunteer Service. grandparents take part in exercise classes, Unlike the bright lights of the city, life complimentary therapy and stress surrounding the newly-acquired Epsom management. Recently a group of parents Project can be tough, with life expectancy undertook NVQs in various subjects and the ten years less than the national average, functional skills classes have proven their ongoing urban gang culture and frequent worth. domestic abuse reports. Typically, people in The centre also played host to a joint the local communities have fewer partnership ‘Health Awareness Day’ event in opportunities academically and August in conjunction with Merseyside Fire unemployment levels are high. and Rescue, United Utilities and Age At the start of 2015 it was announced that Concern. The day provided access to a the Epsom Project would no longer be range of services which ordinarily local funded by Liverpool City Council, removing people might not regard as a priority for a one of the positive and safe places from the long and healthy future. local area. But the community had their say and after consultation it was announced that At not even a year old Epsom Project has already proved its worth and will continue to Nugent Care would take on the centre to not only provide a platform for conversation help meet the need to provide families with with the local community but also for the somewhere to go with an inspiring and local community and their needs to be vibrant atmosphere focused on their needs. heard. The service works with and for all groups of the local community, including children, young people and families. It provides creative and challenging opportunities within an inclusive and physically safe play environment. Opening in February 2015 the project supports the wellbeing and exercise of family units via a variety of actions and activities. In the last few months alone the project has provided over 150 local people with engaging activities and events that promote wellbeing and health to help provide a brighter and better future Health Awareness Day at Epsom Street

This is my last column in the Catholic Pictorial as I retire from Nugent Care at the end of the year and welcome Normandie Wragg into the role of Chief Executive. I have greatly appreciated the support over the years that I have received from so many people and feel confident that Normandie too will welcome that support and feel nurtured by it. It is thanks to your support that all the staff and volunteers achieve so much at Nugent Care which we are able to showcase on this page. This month we are showcasing our Epsom Street Community and Volunteer Centre. Whilst the Council own this building Nugent Care are responsible for the services which the local community with us are developing into a centre of excellence for volunteering and activities for young people. This is a great initiative and I hope you enjoy reading about it. Nugent Care will celebrate its 135th anniversary next year and I still well remember the events and joy of our 130th anniversary. I hope many of you will be able to celebrate with Nugent Care and help to ensure we offer support to people in need for the next 135 years. Those needs will change over time but this great charity, Nugent Care, the welfare arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, will endeavour with your help to always be here to assist people to reach their full potential and enjoy the best quality of life. I wish you all every joy and happiness in the future, and great peace in the joy of God’s love for each and every one of us.

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what’s on Saturday 3 October ‘Responding to the Call.’ A Day of Recollection to support those exploring vocations to the Priesthood. Discover more about diocesan priesthood; talk with and hear from priests of the archdiocese and spend time in prayer and discussion. 10.00 am at St Charles’ Presbytery, 224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool, L17 9PG. Further information from Father James Preston Tel: 0151 727 2493 or email: frjamespreston@gmail.com. Also on Facebook at /liverpoolvocations and on Twitter @LVocations Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila. ‘The butterfly takes flight– Teresa of Avila’s fifth dwelling place. The interior castle?’ Day Retreat led by Gillian Coxhead at Sandymount Retreat Centre, 16 Burbo Bank Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 6TH. Details at www.sandymountretreats.org.uk Tel: 0151 924 4850 Email: info@sandymountretreats.org.uk Friends of the Holy Land Regional Gathering Hear how our fellow Christians in the Holy Land are being helped by friends of the Holy Land. 10.30 am at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, 7 Liverpool Road, Warrington, WA5 1AE. Details and booking Tel: 01926 512980. Email friendsoftheholyland@btconnect.com Mass of Thanksgiving for Father Ignatius Spencer CP 2.00 pm at St Anne and Blessed Dominic, Monastery Road, Sutton, St Helens, WA9 3ZD. Celebrant: Father Tom Neylon.

Sunday 4 October Sunday 4 October Rosary Sunday. Day of Prayer for Nugent Care 55th Annual St. Helens Family Rosary Procession 3.00 pm from the Town Centre to St Mary's Lowe House concluding with Benediction. Led by Bishop John Rawsthorne with Father Tom Gagie Rosary Procession in honour of Our Lady 3.00 pm at Christ the King, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6YQ. Tuesday 6 October Jospice Open Day 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm at St Joseph's Hospice, Thornton, Liverpool, L23 4UE. Wednesday 7 October Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help 7.15 pm at St Edmund of Canterbury, Waterloo, L22 8QF. Preacher : Father Bob Douglas SMM.

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Saturday 10 October Car Boot Sale 8.00 am onwards in the Cathedral Car Park. Pitches £10. Details from Claire Hanlon 0151 709 9222, Ext. 201 or c.hanlon@metcatherdal.org.uk The Mysteries Of The Rosary – Displayed To celebrate the month of the Rosary there will be a presentation of the mysteries of the Rosary at Christ the King, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6YQ from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. All 20 mysteries will be depicted in a variety of ways with the Rosary being recited at various times. Monies raised for Nugent Care. ‘Mozart Plus’ Concert with the Cathedral Orchestra Conductor: Stephen Pratt. 7.30 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Tickets and details Tel: 0151 707 3525 or www.cathedralconcerts.org.uk Sunday 11 October Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their families. Cappella Fede Concert: ‘Armada to Armageddon Sounds of Recusant Britain 1588-1688.’ 5.00 pm in the Great Barn, Crosby Hall, Back Lane, Little Crosby, Liverpool, L23 4UA. Tickets £20 (Hotpot Supper £10) Tel: 0151 924 9099 www.chetcentre.co.uk

Friday 16 October to Sunday 18 October ‘We are your servants and will do anything you say’ Reflections on the Book of Kings. Scripture Weekend led by Father Chris Thomas at Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Tel 0151 949 1199 or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk Saturday 17 October Christian Meditation led by Father Tony Slingo A day to learn or learn afresh meditation for silent prayer. 10.00 am at Sandymount Retreat Centre, 16 Burbo Bank Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 6TH. Details at www.sandymountretreats.org.uk Tel: 0151 924 4850 Email: info@sandymountretreats.org.uk The Mysteries Of The Rosary – Displayed To celebrate the month of the Rosary there will be a presentation of the mysteries of the Rosary at Christ the King, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6YQ from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. All 20 mysteries will be depicted in a variety of ways with the Rosary being recited at various times. Monies raised for Nugent Care. Sunday 18 October World Mission Day

Monday 12 October Quiet Day led by Gillian Coxhead 10.30 am at Sandymount Retreat Centre, 16 Burbo Bank Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 6TH. Details at www.sandymountretreats.org.uk Tel: 0151 924 4850 Email: info@sandymountretreats.org.uk Tuesday 13 October Ministry Day 10.00 am at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. A day for anyone involved in ministry or the service of others, with time for silence and personal reflection. Offering £10 per person. For further details contact: Sister Winnie Morley. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: winniecenacle@mail.com ‘Receiving Vatican II.’ A series of talks reflecting on 50 years of receiving Vatican II. ‘Faith in the public square.’ Monsignor John Devine OBE, former Churches’ Officer for the North West. 7.00 pm in the Gibberd Room of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Admission free – retiring collection. Wednesday 14 October Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help 7.15 pm at St Edmund of Canterbury, Waterloo, L22 8QF. Preacher : Father John Cullen. Aid to the Church in Need North West Annual Reflection 7.30 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Speakers: the Most Rev. JeanClément Jeanbart, Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria; Timothy Cho, a witness to religious persecution in North Korea, and Neville KyrkeSmith, National Director of ACN UK. Concludes with the Office of Compline. Entrance free; retiring collection for ACN’s work with persecuted Christians.

Various dates Liverpool Bach Collective Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 146: ‘Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal’ (‘We must suffer many hardships to enter the kingdom of God’) 6.30 pm at Christ Church, Crosby Road South, Waterloo, L22 1RJ. Singers and Players directed by Philip Duffy. Tuesday 20 October ‘Receiving Vatican II.’ A series of talks reflecting on 50 years of receiving Vatican II. ‘Active participation: unpacking a disputed concept.’ Rev Peter McGrail, Associate Professor of Theology, Liverpool Hope University. 7.00 pm in the Gibberd Room of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Admission free – retiring collection. Saturday 24 October Quiet Day 10.00 am at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. Time to be quiet, reflect and pray. Offering £10 per person. For further details contact: Sister Winnie Morley. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: winniecenacle@mail.com ‘John’s Gospel – the woman at the well’ with Donna Worthington Day Retreat at Sandymount Retreat Centre, 16


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october from Merseyside.’ Dr Alana Harris, Teaching Fellow in History, king’s College, London. 7.00 pm in the Gibberd Room of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Admission free – retiring collection.

Thursday 29 October Burbo Bank Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 6TH. Details at www.sandymountretreats.org.uk Tel: 0151 924 4850 Email: info@sandymountretreats.org.uk The Mysteries Of The Rosary – Displayed To celebrate the month of the Rosary there will be a presentation of the mysteries of the Rosary at Christ the King, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6YQ from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. All 20 mysteries will be depicted in a variety of ways with the Rosary being recited at various times. Monies raised for Nugent Care. Tuesday 27 October ‘Receiving Vatican II.’ A series of talks reflecting on 50 years of receiving Vatican II. ‘Interrogating the Council

Thursday 29 October ‘His banner over me is Love’ Reflections on the Song of Songs. Scripture Morning led by Father Chris Thomas. 10.30 am at Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Tel 0151 949 1199 or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk The Priests in Concert for Jospice 7.30 pm at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Tickets from £15 available from Jospice Tel: 0151 924 3812 or direct from the Philharmonic at www.liverpoolphil.com or Tel: 0151 709 3789. Saturday 31 October The Mysteries Of The Rosary – Displayed To celebrate the month of the Rosary there will be a presentation of the mysteries of the Rosary at Christ the King, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6YQ from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. All 20 mysteries will be depicted in a variety of ways with the Rosary being recited at various times. Monies raised for Nugent Care. Nightfever with Animate Youth Ministries 5.40 pm Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Dawson Street, Liverpool, L1 1LE. 7.00 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Open to all for a time of prayer and reflection.

Looking ahead: November 2015 Sunday 1 November Solemnity of All saints LAMP Sunday Tuesday 3 November ‘Before the ending of the day: The Letters of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.’ A series of conducted meditations led by Canon Rod Garner, Canon Theologian, Diocese of Liverpool. 7.30 pm at Sandymount Retreat Centre, 16 Burbo Bank Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 6TH. Details at www.sandymountretreats.org.uk Tel: 0151 924 4850 Email: info@sandymountretreats.org.uk Wednesday 4 November UCM Bi-monthly Mass 7.30 pm at Our Lady of Walsingham, Stand Park Avenue, Netherton, L30 3SA. Thursday 5 November ‘His banner over me is Love’ Reflections on the Song of Songs. Scripture Morning led by Father Chris Thomas. 10.30 am at Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Tel 0151 949 1199 or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk Life and Soul 7.00 pm at Animate Youth Ministries, Lowe House, St Helens, WA10 2BE. An evening of prayer, praise, worship and sharing with each other for young adults. Saturday 7 November ‘Responding to the Call.’ A Day of Recollection to support those exploring vocations to the Priesthood. Discover more about diocesan priesthood; talk with and hear from priests of the archdiocese and spend time in prayer and discussion. 10.00 am at St Charles’ Presbytery, 224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool, L17 9PG. Further information from Father James Preston Tel: 0151 727 2493 or email: frjamespreston@gmail.com. Also on Facebook at /liverpoolvocations and on Twitter @LVocations

Sunday 8 November Remembrance Sunday Evening Prayer and Merchant Navy Service 3.00 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Liverpool Bach Collective Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 33: ‘Allein zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ.’ (‘Alone in thee, O Jesus Christ.’) 6.30 pm at St Margaret of Antioch, Princes Road Liverpool, L8 1TG. Singers and Players directed by Philip Duffy. Monday 9 November Lourdes 2016 forms will be available to download from www.animateyouth.org from 9.00am. Tuesday 10 November Ministry Day 10.00 am at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. A day for anyone involved in ministry or the service of others, with time for silence and personal reflection. Offering £10 per person. For further details contact: Sister Winnie Morley. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: winniecenacle@mail.com

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Marie-Eve Fontaine Building a house for young Christians in Liverpool by Patrick Hart It is entirely in keeping with the charism of the Chemin Neuf Community that its first mission on Merseyside should have been based in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral – and its second now stands at the foot of the Metropolitan. When Reverend Tim Watson, Anglican curate at our neighbouring cathedral, and his wife Kate, who had worked with Liverpool Hope University’s Roman Catholic chaplaincy, left Liverpool this summer after four years engaging ecumenically with religious life in the city, the Chemin Neuf crossed quickly to the other end of Hope Street at the request of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. The Community’s new assignment is to establish a residence for young adults, aged 18-35, at the Cathedral Convent which, until 2014, had been occupied by the Daughters of Charity. Marie-Eve Fontaine, the Chemin Neuf lay member tasked with setting up the ‘Christ the King Student House’, takes up the story. ‘Archbishop Malcolm wanted the community to be in Liverpool and he gave us this place knowing that we were looking for a student house in the city,’ she says. ‘We are proposing to share an ecumenical experience with

young people – this will be a place from where young adults can go about their daily lives, be it working or studying, while enjoying a fraternal atmosphere and growing in faith. We can welcome 10 people of any Christian denomination.’ Marie-Eve, from Osny in northern France, was chosen for this project by Father Laurent Fabre, the Jesuit priest who in Lyon in 1973 helped to found the Chemin Neuf – which translates as ‘new way’ – as a Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation. If ‘surprise’ was her immediate reaction, Marie-Eve accepted the posting after a time of prayer with the hope that ‘this can be an open place for sharing and dialogue’. The 34-year-old had been working full time in youth ministry since 2008, most recently as pastoral assistant for youth for the diocese of Bordeaux the past four years. ‘We can’t speak to the youth without speaking about unity,’ she says. However, her connection with the Chemin Neuf – an organisation rooted in both the Ignatian tradition and the experience of the Charismatic Renewal – dates back much further. ‘It began in 1997 during a retreat – I experienced what you might call a second

conversion. I then committed to the community 15 years later and renewed this commitment this summer. The community helped me, first as a student, to trust in God in my daily life. I also discovered that God wanted a personal relationship with me through both common and personal prayer.’ During that process, modern languages graduate Marie-Eve studied for a master’s degree in international business in Spain and the United States. With Liverpool her latest port of call, she already feels ‘really welcome as part of the Archdiocese’. A location that she describes as ‘ideal’ is facilitating her mission too. ‘We are in the centre of the university campus, Hope Street is a very symbolic place for us to be, and the Cathedral is also a big symbol.’ She also perceives a significant prayerful legacy from the old tenants of the newly branded ‘Christ the King Student House’. ‘There is a sense of grace here, from the fact that the Sisters prayed here, and hopefully we can continue this while working for Christian unity.’ For more information, email liverpool@chemin-neuf.org or call 0151 708 6775.

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Introducing our new members nimate’s new Gap Year Team members are now settled in at Lowe House where they are slowly but surely getting used to life in a Christian community. Their year of working with young people has begun – already they have worked with pupils from St Edward’s College, Hope Academy, St John Fisher, Bellerive FCJ, St Mary’s College and All Hallows – and they are finding their feet too in a house where our responsibilities include cooking and cleaning for seven others! Alongside our three new members are some familiar faces who have returned. Father Simon Gore remains as director, Sarah Beatty as team leader, and Chris Jones and James Lawry as team co-ordinators, while Tom Hallsworth is back for a second year on the Gap Year Team. To learn more about our new colleagues, read on…

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Jacinta Bollard I am from: North Wales My birthday is: 19 November and I am 18. Favourite piece of Scripture: Colossians 3:12 When I have time to myself, I like

to: Chill, take my dog for walks and spend time with family/friends. An interesting fact about me: My party trick is being able to do a pig noise (it’s more complex than it sounds, trust me!). I joined Animate because: I want to spend a year working and meeting new people, having fun as well as learning more about my faith and evangelising in youth ministry. Lauren Lynch I am from: Fleetwood My birthday is: 22 February and I am 19. Favourite piece of Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 When I have time to myself I like to: Feast (on mostly takeaway if I’m being honest!), sleep, pray…and watch Netflix. An interesting fact about me is: I will try to play any instrument that has strings – guitar, ukulele, mandolin… I love instruments! I joined Animate because: I have had a great year working with young

people within the Lancaster Diocese, so I look forward to joining another great team of youth workers and getting to know others within the Liverpool Diocese. Gemma Smith I am from: Near Ormskirk My birthday is: 20 December and I am 18 My favourite piece of scripture is: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 When I have time to myself, I like to: Listen to music, catch up on a TV show or read a book. An interesting fact about me: I was one of 264 people this summer who broke the world record for the largest number of stand-up paddle boarders paddling a mile in one area. I joined the Animate team because: I’m looking forward to working with young people and to helping give them the confidence to develop their faith and relationship with God. Please keep the new team and the work that they will do together in your prayers. Thank you. Dates for the diary: 5 November – Life & Soul Our new venture for 2015/16 is called Life & Soul and starts at Lowe House at 7pm. It is an evening of prayer, praise and worship, and sharing with each other for young adults. 7 November – Nightfever Join us for Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street, Liverpool at 5:40pm, then pop downstairs for a cup of tea and a biscuit before Nightfever starts at 7pm with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It is open to all so please come along for a time of prayer and reflection. 9 November – Lourdes 2016 forms will be available to download from www.animateyouth.org from 9am. • Please note the deadline for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 forms is 16 November.

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Colin Mawby at 80 By Christopher McElroy

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Shortly to celebrate his 80th birthday, the English musician Colin Mawby (a former Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral) has made a significant contribution to the musical life of the Catholic Church in the British Isles and further afield, a fact recognised in 2006 when he was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI ‘in gratitude for past and continuing services to church music.’ In early October the Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be recording a CD in the Cathedral of the Music of Colin Mawby. Included on the CD will be the Gloria from the Liverpool Mass (sung each year at the Chrism Mass) and his ever popular Ave Verum Corpus. Watch this space for details of the release of the CD in the future. September was a busy month for our girl choristers. On 6 September they travelled to Birmingham to sing at the Solemn Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral followed by a trip to Cadbury World in Bournville. The ‘no chocolate’ rule for choristers was relaxed on the journey home to allow for consumption of the chocolate hoards accumulated during the afternoon. Then over the weekend of 19-21 September the girl choristers travelled to Dublin. A packed weekend included singing at a special Convention liturgy for the Christian Brothers, Vigil Mass in the ProCathedral and a lunchtime concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Somehow the girls

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Canon Anthony O’Brien – Cathedral Dean This month we welcome the Catholic Deans of England and Wales to our Cathedral for their Annual Conference from 12th October: a blend of hospitality, meetings and sharing of good practice.

also found time to do some shopping and visit Waterford as well. We are delighted to welcome eleven new probationer choristers to the choir drawn from parishes and schools across the archdiocese. Being a chorister is an unparalleled opportunity for a child to experience the church's liturgy on a daily basis and to sing some of the most beautiful music ever written in our amazing Cathedral. We are very grateful particularly to our choir families who give of their time to ensure that their children are able to so richly enhance our liturgies on a daily basis here at the Cathedral. In all we are fortunate to have over 75 young people singing at the Cathedral in our various choirs each week, with plans in future to extend opportunities even wider.

The theme this year is on evangelisation, focussing on the unique opportunities that Cathedrals have to welcome visitors and pilgrims and to look at ways in which we can help some deepen their faith and ‘awaken faith’ in others. No doubt there will also be a sharing of ideas regarding the forthcoming Holy Year which begins in December. I will be interested to find out what other Dioceses are doing with regard to establishing a Holy Door as a pilgrim entrance. Just in case you see me wheeling a trolley full of wine at Tesco during the course of next week it is all part of essential preparations in extending a warm welcome of the Deans to Liverpool. The series of talks entitled ‘ Vatican 2 Fifty years on’ continue on Tuesdays 13th (Mgr John Devine); 20th (Rev Dr Peter McGrail) and 27th October (Dr Alan Harris) all are at 7.00 pm in the Gibberd Room. All are welcome and admission is free. On Sunday 18th October Archbishop McMahon will preside at the 11.00 am Solemn Mass at the Cathedral as we welcome pupils, students and staff from St Edwards College for their annual visit to the Cathedral on the Sunday following the Feast of their Patron, St Edward the Confessor. The Chapter of Canons meet in the Cathedral on 20th October and we conclude the month with a day in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, organised by the Association of Our Lady, on Saturday 24th October, starting at 11.00 am and including Mass at 2.00 pm.

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Mums the Word On Wednesday 8 September we celebrated Our Lady’s birthday with a wonderful Mass at St Benet’s, Netherton. The Altar was beautifully decorated and the Mass was celebrated by Father David Potter, our Diocesan spiritual advisor, and Father Sean O’Connor. We wished Fr Sean, who has been a staunch UCM supporter for many years, a long and happy retirement after 50 years in the priesthood. In his homily, Father Potter reminded us that only three birthdays are celebrated in the Liturgical Year – Our Lord’s on Christmas Day, Mary Our Mother’s on 8 September, and St John the Baptist’s on 24 June. He said: ‘Each of them plays such a pivotal part in God’s plan of salvation that their very birth is a blessing for humanity and a reason for the Church to rejoice and give thanks. Motherhood is exalted in a high degree; small wonder that Our Lady’s birthday is so dear to the heart of the UCM.’ We all said a heartfelt Amen to that. • Thanks to the members of our St Gregory the Great foundation for the afternoon tea party they organised for members who can no longer attend evening meetings. It was a wonderful success, a chance for the ladies to share memories of years gone by. Their foundation secretary, Pauline Turton, totted up the accumulated years of membership and it came to the staggering total of 600 – what an achievement! • The publication of a recent report on the discussions held at the National Council last May on ‘The Way Forward’ led me to think whether we appreciate the many and varied activities that our national officers do on our behalf. They represent us on bodies such as the National Board of Catholic Women, which reports to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, putting our views forward. We also have members on the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations. We can see, therefore, that opinions expressed at foundation level are transmitted to the hierarchy and beyond, so do keep them coming. • The deadline for election to the post of diocesan secretary has been extended to 27 November. There are lots of members out there who would do a marvellous job, so please come forward, ladies. Madelaine McDonald, Media Officer 26

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News from the Liverpool Province of the Knights of St Columba

Knights ready for role in Embrace

The Knights of St Columba will again be supporting the Embrace Youth Conference at the Metropolitan Cathedral next month. The event takes place on Saturday 21 November and will include Mass, praise and worship, adoration and reconciliation, along with keynote speeches and workshops. The theme of the conference is Build My Kingdom and the KSC will have their own stall in the Cathedral where members of the Order will be in attendance to answer enquiries and let visitors know more about the work that we do. Admission to the conference is free and further information can be

obtained by email at info@embraceliverpool.org.uk or telephone 07944 287 690. • The Order has launched a new publicity poster and brochure on the theme ‘Sharing the Joy of Christ’s Message’. The brochure contains details about the KSC and our work and includes an extract of the address to the 2014 Supreme Conference by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, our spiritual advisor. For more information or a copy of the brochure, please contact us via the email address below. Websites: www.ksc.org.uk www.kscprov02.weebly.com


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PIC Life Consider the innocent victims in ‘reality’ show shambles By Moira Billinge Even if you have not watched a popular morning ‘reality’ programme on television, you can surely not have escaped seeing at least a few of the trailers for the ‘show’ prior to its transmission. I would normally avoid such programmes, but while looking for another channel I happened upon it, and was so horrified that I was riveted by what I was seeing and hearing. The programme is supposed to be a vehicle in which people are encouraged to air their grievances and sort out their problems, a vehicle for reconciling an across-the-board variety of individuals entangled in the most complex situations imaginable. Yet in the tension of the studio, the atmosphere is obviously so tinder-box volatile, that if you lit a match within a mile of the studio, the whole set would go up in flames. The screaming and shouting, the swearing and finger-pointing, the attempts by participants to throttle or punch each other – these were just the tip of the iceberg. Accusations from every corner of the set, including the audience, rained down amid feeble attempts – by shaven-headed, bemused-looking, muscle-pumped security guards – to control the individuals and stop them from injuring each other during their 15 minutes of ‘fame’. The more unruly the show became, the better the theatre for the audience. The multiple cameras relayed – with highdigital clarity – the full gruesome scenario as it unfolded around the hapless, obviously drug and alcoholfuelled participants… some of whom had not quite acclimatised themselves to being up before lunchtime.

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I watched as people broke down in tears on stage but there weren’t any conveniently placed tissues around. Instead, a ‘Good Samaritan’ was beckoned forward by the host and a box was delivered with a ceremonial flourish of beneficence to the grateful recipients. As horrible as all this is, my concern was reserved for the battle over the custody and paternity of wholly innocent and unsuspecting babies and children being aired in the centre of this TV ‘war-zone’. Frequent camera shots in the direction of these little ones provided the required ‘ahh’ factor – and confirmed that they were, mercifully, in another room, beyond earshot and out of sight of the fracas taking place on stage. In this day and age, though, the recording of each programme will be available for those children to access at some point, enabling them to witness the dreadful behaviour of their parents and families. So while they may be oblivious to it now, it is only for the short term; the footage can be watched across the world by anyone at the press of a button. Until recently, most of us could look back to our earliest years and leaf through photo albums charting our growing up, but sadly we have now facilitated the very real possibility of some potentially vulnerable individuals being confronted with unedifying scenarios from their past. Their privacy is totally violated as their family’s ‘dirty washing’ is aired in public, and all in the name of entertainment. I would like to ask why no-one seems to be flagging this up and can only conclude that the revenue received by the television and advertising companies is sufficiently lucrative, in their opinion, to justify the discomfiture of the parties involved. It is cruel and unfair, and for the youngsters involved it is an abuse lying in wait for their future.

Prayer for Peace to St Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen The Feast of Saint Francis is October 4

Worth a visit

Book your flight to a beautiful town dedicated to Our Lady, writes Lucy Oliver. Candelaria lies on the eastern coast of Tenerife and is famed in the Canary Islands for its basilica dedicated to the Virgen de Candelaria. The picturesque town lies in an area surrounded by prehistoric caves where mummified remains of the island’s ancient rulers, the Guanches, have been found. It is said that at the end of the 14th century in Candelaria, two guanche shepherds were greeted by a lady and her child blocking the path of their herd. Each tried in vain to move her on: one threw a stone and found his arm locked in place, and the other wounded himself with his own knife. After the story became known, the visitation was declared a holy one and Our Lady became the patron saint of the islands. Today you can visit the beautiful white stone basilica in her honour and the cave believed to be the site of the apparition. There are also quaint shops to explore and views to enjoy across the black-sanded beach. Book your stay for the Fiestas of Our Lady of Candelaria on 2 February or 14 August, when pilgrims flock to the town and celebrate in the streets.


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Father Mullarkey and the young curate were watching a TV programme about troublesome pupils in school. ‘Did you ever get the cane at school?’ asked the YC. ‘Many a time,’ said the auld fella. ‘What for?’ ‘All sorts of things – being late, not paying attention, fighting in the playground.’ ‘They must have been surprised when you became a priest.’ ‘Not as surprised as me,’ said Father Mullarkey. ‘I thought I was joinin’ the army!’

Audio copy of the Pic out now An audio version of the ‘Catholic Pictorial’ is available free of charge, compiled by students, technicians and Chaplain, Helen Molyneux, at All Hallows RC High School, Penwortham Anyone interested in receiving the audio copy should contact Kevin Lonergan Tel: 01772 744148 or 01772 655433 (home).

There is a lovely selection of cards at the Carmelite Monastery Shop, Maryton Grange, Allerton Road, Liverpool L25 3NU. Cards for all occasions of high quality and very well priced are on sale, phone the card shop 0151 724 7102 or email: marytoncards@outlook.com or visit the shop personally if you prefer. Christmas cards available from Carmel this month

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justice & peace

Responding to the refugee crisis By Steve Atherton, Justice and Peace fieldworker When Pope Francis gave a recent Angelus reflection on our duty of compassion towards refugees, he unleashed a surge of energy that reached across the Catholic world and into every parish. In case you did not hear his message, this is part of what he said: ‘Faced with the tragedy of thousands of refugees fleeing from death from war or hunger, heading for the hope of a life, the Gospel is calling us and asking us to be ‘neighbours’ to the littlest ones, the most abandoned ones. To give them real hope. Not just to say, ‘Be strong, be patient...!’ Christian hope fights with the tenacity of someone aiming for a definite goal. ‘I am appealing to the parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines of the whole of Europe to show how real the Gospel is by welcoming a family of refugees… Every parish, every religious community, every monastery and every sanctuary in Europe ought to host a family.’ The ‘definite goal’ he means, is to give real help to real people. We must be practical. It is not enough only to feel sorry or just to say prayers. The Bishops of England and Wales responded to the Pope by asking each diocese to get organised to welcome some of the

200,000 refugees that the government said it would accept over five years. There has been a very generous response in our diocese with priests and people alike asking for ways in which they can help to ease the suffering. There have been offers of presbyteries, of access to social housing, of translation skills, of legal advice, of clothing, of food, of money, of friendship. After the first flush of enthusiastic relief that our Church is doing something coordinated to respond to this humanitarian crisis, the inconsistencies start to gnaw at me and basic questions re-emerged: Whom are we being invited to help? Are we creating a distinction between two categories of refugees: ‘Good refugees’ and ‘Bad refugees’? We are being encouraged by the government to prepare to offer shelter to a certain group of refugees, namely

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people who are chosen and vetted by government agencies before being brought from refugee camps on the borders of Syria. Are we saying that the ones who left earlier in search of peace and security are the wrong sort of refugee? Are refugees already in the UK or in the squalor of Calais to get no sympathy? I hope you are able to attend one of the series of meetings in different areas of the diocese to hear what people have to say, to find out what people have to offer, to listen to plans and to acknowledge worries. The most important question is: ‘How we can be the face of Christ to our brothers and sisters?’ We are responding to Pope Francis’ restatement of the Gospel not to the limited vision of the Prime Minister. If you want to learn more or to get involved in the effort, please ring 0151 522 1080 or email s.atherton@rcaol.co.uk.


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