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Issue 163 April 2018
Easter Joy INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Peter Woods appointed High Sheriff
Celebrating marriage and family life
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contents Issue 163 April 2018
Last month I wrote about all the emotions which we encounter during Holy Week, today Easter Day, there is just one: joy. It is an overriding emotion, the culmination of our journey during these last days. It is a joy and happiness that is ours for all eternity, the greatest gift given to us is ours if we accept it. It is not a transient, passing human emotion, the true beauty of it is, as yet, unknown to us but what we do know is that it is literally something beautiful beyond our wildest dreams.
This month, as we celebrate Easter we also reflect on the Mass for Marriage and Family Life which Archbishop Malcolm celebrated last month, especially relevant as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin in August. Our preparations for Synod 2020 and the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage in September also continue. Our congratulations go to Peter Woods, the Chair of the Friends of the Metropolitan Cathedral, on his appointment as High Sheriff of Merseyside. His Installation will take place at the Cathedral on Thursday 19 April.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Peter Woods appointed High Sheriff
Celebrating marriage and family life
Contents A very happy and blessed Easter to all.
From the Archbishop’s Desk Can you really become who you want to be? That is a common question these days and, in many cases, it is possible. As social, financial and class restrictions have diminished, opportunities have increased for my generation and those that follow. But what are the limits to this kind of aspiration? Because of better education many people over the last 100 years have been lifted out of poverty and have careers that would have been reserved for people of a different class. Many of us have become world explorers as we travel the globe on holiday or business experiencing people and cultures which at one time were only available to us through film and literature. Much of what we have achieved is through hard work and the progress of technology. One difficulty for me is that this can exclude God from our understanding of ourselves. Dr Stephen Bullivant’s recent research at St Mary’s Catholic University shows that religion plays no part in the life of many of the younger generations. Could this be because they believe that God played no part in their creation and does not feature in their futures? The resurrection of Jesus puts a very different slant on this modern way of thinking. It reminds us that our ultimate aim is not to satisfy our own ambitions but to be the way God wants us to be. Through the trials of life, we will rise to life, not because of our own efforts but because the Son of Man has drawn all people to himself.
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool
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Celebrating marriage and the family Metropolitan Cathedral hosts Archdiocesan Mass of celebration on Mother’s Day By Eleanor Lally he annual Mass in Celebration of Marriage and Family Life is an important fixture on the Archdiocesan calendar and this year it took place on the most fitting of days – Mothering Sunday.
The 11am Mass on 11 March was the time and date as the Metropolitan Cathedral community welcomed couples,
families and more than a few visiting babies, toddlers and children to a celebration overseen by the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon. The Archbishop remarked that he hoped that every family had delivered breakfast in bed to their mother in honour of the occasion. Moreover, he stressed that Jesus gave the gift of marriage to the Church as a sign of love.
During his homily, Archbishop McMahon also returned to the Lenten themes of the reading from John 3 – and, specifically, how though Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night, Jesus stresses that we must live in the light – and live according to the truth: ‘And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light.’ A highlight of this annual Mass is the handing over of the Bibles. Every year, family Bibles are entrusted to three different families for the next 12 months – and passed on in a ceremony during the Mass. This is symbolic of the importance of scripture in the life of the Catholic family, underlining that each family should treasure the Bible and have one in their home. These illustrated, leather-bound Bibles are inscribed with the names of each family that has had the honour of keeping them in their home for a year. During this year’s Mass, the following handovers took place: • From Andy and Karen Schofield, who had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last year, to Mal and Barbara Jordan. • From Claire and Andrew Sutton, who were married in 2016, to Therese and Michael McGrath who celebrated their 40th anniversary on 11 March. • From Clare McDonnell and family to Jacqui Sellek. After the passing on of the family Bibles, the Archbishop invited all married couples present at the Mass to stand and face each other, holding hands. Together they renewed their promises as husband and wife, and prayed together that God would strengthen the love they share, keeping them true to their pledge to each other. After the profession of faith, fragrant incense bowls were brought forward during the prayer of the faithful – these were symbolic of the people’s prayers for marriage; for couples preparing for marriage; for the spirituality of marriage and family life; and for those facing difficulties in family life. Next was the offertory procession, involving members of the Broekman family. Another feature of the Mass was the splendid music. The choir sang Gregorian chant and traditional music in Latin which enhanced the atmosphere of prayer and reflection. The hymns reflected beautifully the themes of marriage and the blessings
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of family life – including the following lines from ‘God in the Planning’: ‘God, in his planning and purpose of life, Hallowed the union of husband and wife: This we embody where love is displayed, Rings are presented and promises made.’ During the concluding rite, Archbishop McMahon offered a special blessing for those celebrating significant anniversaries this year, inviting couples celebrating any number of years together ‘ending with a five or zero’ to come up for a special and joyous blessing of their union, thanking God for their long and happy marriages, blessing the love of their youth that continues through daily life and through the years. There was also a blessing for all the families present at the Mass. To conclude the celebration, there were refreshments in the Gibberd Room downstairs following Mass, with the Cathedral congregation, families and friends gathering together before heading home. For the Archdiocese’s Department of Marriage and Family Life, this annual Mass is just one day in their year-long ministry, working alongside the Department of Pastoral Formation. The Marriage and Family Life ministry aims to encourage families to grow in the awareness and understanding that God is present in the every-day events of marriage and family life. From the beginning of creation, God created ‘family’ and it is within the experience of family – the joys and the sorrows – that we see the true gospel of love and forgiveness proclaimed.
Patricia and Norman Clarke from St Patrick’s, Southport who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 29 March.
Maureen O’Brien heads up the Marriage and Family Life team with Frank Reppion assisting her. Together they prepare over 400 couples a year for marriage and encourage families to understand that home is a holy place. Maureen has also written colourful picture books about God and faith for Catholic families to read to
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capital was chosen by Pope Francis to host this triennial international event from 21-26 August, following the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. It is an event which brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. This ninth edition will consist of the following events: a national opening of the World Meeting of Families across all the different dioceses of Ireland; a threeday Pastoral Congress with speakers and workshops, including programmes for young people and children; a Festival of Families from all over the world; and a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Final Mass on 26 August. For more information, visit: www.worldmeeting2018.ie
To prepare for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, parishes, families and individuals can pray this prayer: Official family prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018 ‘God, our Father, We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, One family, in the Spirit of your love. Bless us with the joy of love. Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need. Help us to live your forgiveness and peace. Protect all families with your loving care, Especially those for whom we now pray: [We pause and remember family members and others by name]. Increase our faith, Strengthen our hope, Keep us safe in your love, Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share. This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen Mary, mother and guide, pray for us. Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us. Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us. Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.
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Liverpool-based charity VMM International is appealing for local people to help run its charity shops in Wavertree and Bootle –and for donations to help stock them. The stores on Picton Road, Wavertree and Fernhill Road, Bootle create income to fund VMM's mission of recruiting, training and supporting personnel – either experienced professionals or students volunteering on a shorter-term basis – to work among some of the poorest, most marginalised communities in Africa. However, the shops also offer a social service to the local community by providing quality merchandise at affordable prices, and by simply being good places to work. The invitation comes from Van Garber, VMM's UK manager, who encourages local people to join him in sustaining two shops which 'serve as drop-in centres for the community'. Anybody interested in making a difference (or a donation) can contact the charity's HQ at Liverpool Hope University via 0151 291 3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org. With offices in Liverpool, Dublin and Kenya, VMM is an NGO with nearly 50 years' experience in international development; nonetheless it remains a small organisation reliant almost exclusively on local volunteers.
A reward for faithful service Two faithful Altar Servers at St Paul’s and St Timothy's church, West Derby have received their 10 year Silver Guild of St Stephen award. The young ladies concerned, Alice Kelly and Beth Smout, both attend St Edward’s College and serve every week at Mass in St Paul's Church West Derby with love, dedication and commitment to serving God in the parish community. Both Alice and Beth were honoured to receive their special service medals. They are pictured with Father John Meehan and Deacon Joe McGunigle who has overseen their training and service and commends them for their continued service to the parish.
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From understanding to action Judith Ley, from the Isle of Man, writes about a simple thing your parish could do to mark Dementia Awareness Week, 21-27 May 2018. Every 66 seconds, someone, somewhere, develops Alzheimer’s Disease, so why do most people who are diagnosed with any form of dementia, and those who love and care for them, feel as though they are alone? Think about that for a moment and we can be shocked, saddened, frightened or even feel real despair. Or we could be like a Parish Priest in the Isle of Man who heard about the Dementia Friends information session and instantly made a connection between the availability of wellresearched information and a growing number of his parishioners either living with dementia or caring for a friend or relative who has this illness. I was the Dementia Champion privileged to deliver a Dementia Friends information session at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Maughold in Ramsey, at the invitation of that Parish Priest, Father Brian O’Mahony. Father Brian was unsure how many would respond to his invitation from the pulpit and in the weekly bulletin. He hoped that perhaps 10 or 12 people would be there. On the night, well over 30 parishioners came, a mixed group of men and women, all ages and from very different life circumstances. What unified them was an awareness of dementia, and a desire for knowledge. They understood that dementia is a terminal illness for which there is no cure, but equally quickly grasped the uplifting fact that there can be many years when, with understanding and appropriate support, the person with dementia and their carers can be loved and valued and have a true purpose in our community. Through little quizzes (there are no wrong answers), stories and short explanations, the presentation
provides a basic understanding of dementia and some invaluable insights into how everyday life can look to a person with the illness. It’s a starting point for any group to meet again and discuss how they can apply what they have learned to their own church/community
group/shop/place of work…there is no group, organisation or workplace which cannot benefit from this presentation! Having some knowledge of dementia gives us the power to help a person with the condition to live positively and comfortably with the illness for as long as possible. Isn’t this preferable to both the carer and the person living with dementia feeling they must step away from the people and places they love? And in Ramsey? Having the enthusiastic support of the Parish Priest was a great blessing. Father Brian already had a good supply of the Archdiocesan leaflet (10 Top Tips for supporting people with dementia) to give to the group and sufficient copies for them to take extras to give away outside the church community. I showed the group the excellent book by Professor June Andrews (‘Dementia, The One-Stop Guide’) and I’m told that Father Brian went on to buy it in bulk as everyone in the group wanted their own copy. I am also told the Parish Council has subsequently met and discussed how they might implement dementia awareness more fully in the church. Any parish or community can take this small but important step towards being a more loving and welcoming place for people with dementia and their carers. To find out more or request a Dementia Friends Information Session, contact Maureen Knight Tel: 0151 522 1046 or email email@example.com
Obituary of Deacon Frederick Warriner Deacon Fred Warriner who served in Blessed Sacrament parish, Aintree, died peacefully on 3 March 2018, just a few days after celebrating his 95th birthday. Frederick George Warriner was born on 22 February 1923 and baptised in St Michael’s, West Derby Road. He attended St Elizabeth’s Central School and served in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II. He trained as a teacher at Daneshill Training College in Nottingham and later received a Diploma in Theology. He married Dorothy Disbury in St Cecilia’s Church in Tuebrook and together they brought up four sons and six daughters. After a distinguished career in teaching, culminating in the headship of St Bernard’s Primary School in Toxteth, Fred was ordained deacon in 1986 and served in Blessed Sacrament parish, Aintree, and in the prison chaplaincy team at HMP Liverpool. He was also an invaluable assistant to Monsignor Hunt in the administration of the Diaconate and served for some years as the coordinator of training for Special Ministers of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese. Fred retired from regular duties as a deacon in 1997 but continued to minister in Blessed Sacrament on occasions as his health permitted until he moved to Worcester where he lived with one of his daughters. His body was received into St George’s Church in Worcester, where he was much loved by many of the parishioners, and then his Funeral Mass was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament, Aintree, on Thursday 22 March.
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news diary FSSP Servers’ training at St Mary’s By Józef Łopuszyński A very successful Altar Servers training weekend was held at St Mary’s Shrine Church, Warrington. The course was attended by people from across the country wishing to learn to serve the traditional Roman Mass, especially the Low Mass. The students worked hard practising how to assist the Priest at the Altar during Holy Mass and Benediction and meals were provided by Choir Member, Kirsty. One of the younger servers said, ‘I thought the training I received was first class. Superior, Father de Malleray, was very clear on what he wanted us to do: what to carry, directions to walk around the altar, etc. It was very enjoyable, and I consistently prayed to St Stephen to make a success of the training.’ St Mary's Shrine Church Master of Ceremonies with two of the servers.
Obituary of Deacon Terry Alcock Deacon Terence Alcock, who served the parish of St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Sutton Manor for almost thirty years died on 1 March 2018 aged 73. Terence Joseph Alcock, known as Terry, was born on 2 April 1944 and baptised in St Elizabeth’s, Litherland. His family moved to Huyton and he attended St Dominic’s Primary School and Cardinal Godfrey Secondary School. He was confirmed at St Dominic’s and then married there to Maureen Williams and had two children. Terry’s working life was spent as a funeral director and embalmer. He was ordained deacon in 1988, after the death of his wife Maureen in 1986, and served the parish of St Theresa, Sutton Manor until his recent illness. He was also a Governor of St Cuthbert’s High School for many years. His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Theresa’s, Sutton Manor, St Helens, on Tuesday 13 March. 10
St Oswald’s Holy Hour
During Lent pupils from Year 4,Year 5 and Year 6 at St Oswald's Catholic Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield attended Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith Church. Deacon Paul Blinston led a childfriendly service which included prayers, a mimed Gospel and hymns.
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Liverpool Catholic appointed High Sheriff of Merseyside Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Peter David Martin Woods to be the next High Sheriff of Merseyside. He will be the 45th High Sheriff since the County of Merseyside was established in April 1974. His installation will take place at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Thursday 19 April. Peter Woods was born in Carlingford, Ireland and educated to secondary level in Ireland. He then moved to Liverpool where both his parents were born and where they maintained family and business links. Peter spent time working with a bank and an accountancy firm in the city, a year as a student teacher in Kirkby before, in 1970, establishing RyanWood Antiques in Seel Street with Francis Ryan. He has lived in the city for 45 years and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2010. A daily worshipper at the Metropolitan Cathedral he is currently the Chair of the
Peter Woods at the Hillsborough Memorial in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
Friends of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral and serves on the Historic Churches Committee serving the dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury. He has always been involved with voluntary work, in particular with the Simon Community, Sue Ryder, Lodge Lane Credit Union, the Little Sisters of the Poor Homes for the Elderly and has served as Chair of the Friends of the Tate and Chair of the Homebaked
Community Land Trust in Anfield, He is currently Merseyside Chair of The Art Fund and a Board member of Merseyside Building Preservation Trust, and the Bluecoat Display Centre. Peter sees many opportunities to continue the sterling work of his predecessors, and positively utilise the experiences gained by living and working on Merseyside, and his involvement with many voluntary organisations.
Electric Charge Points at LACE The Conference Centre at LACE now has two electric vehicle charge points after Centre Manager, Nicola Hitchen
secured funding and Archdiocesan Surveyor, Kevin Harvey, managed the ground work and installation.
Nicola and Kevin are pictured with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon as Father Philip Inch becomes one of the first to charge his car. The Conference Centre recently gained a Green Tourism Award for their commitment to the environment and the EV charge points were part of this initiative. Nicola says, ‘As more people invest in electric vehicles and as the subsequent demand for charging points increase, we wanted to be proactive and introduce the infrastructure as early as possible, so that our delegates and staff have the opportunity to take full advantage of the financial and environmental benefits of a greener method of transportation, whilst cutting down on carbon emissions and making the planet a healthier place.’
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news diary Interned, but in tune by Neil Sayer, Archdiocesan Archivist The men in the group accompanying the Catholic priests in this photograph do not appear dangerous. They were nevertheless among some 20,000 men of fighting age rounded up by the government during the First World War and interned on the Isle of Man. As foreign nationals they were deemed a threat to Britain’s security and, with the consent of the Manx government, spent the war in secure camps on the island that has been part of our diocese since its formation in 1850. On the outbreak of war in August 1914, men identified as having been born in Germany or the Austro-Hungarian empire were taken away – from German pork butchers to Viennese pastry cooks to merchant seamen detained in port when war was declared. As this photo of the band indicates, there were some concessions by the authorities towards making life more bearable. The camps were established on farmland outside Peel, with wooden huts erected to accommodate the sudden addition to the Manx population. Many hundreds of these men were Catholics, so Canon Thomas Crookall, of St Mary’s in Douglas, arranged
with the authorities to have a Catholic chapel erected at Knockaloe Camp no.4 and it seems that a priest was recalled from Rome to help out: Rev Dr Walter Traynor had been studying there, but was sent to the Isle of Man in 1915 as chaplain to the internees. The photograph, dating from about 1916 and now in the Archdiocesan Archives,
shows Father Traynor in the centre of the group of priests. Rev Francis Carr is on the left, with a walking stick, and the third priest is Rev Charles McCabe. Both Rev Traynor and Rev McCabe returned to England after the war and the latter was parish priest of St Brigid’s in Liverpool when German bombers destroyed the church in the Second World War.
Ashton Catholics celebrate St Patrick’s Day Ashton-in-Makerfield’s Irish community were out in force for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebration. Some 200 people attended the annual Brian Boru parade named after the 11th century King of Ireland. After congregating at Market Place, they paraded through the town to the Brian Boru Club for Mass, celebrated in Irish and English by Canon Pat MacNally, the former dean of Wigan. In his homily at the Mass, Fr MacNally said: ‘The greatest legacy of Patrick is a legacy of faith and that faith has stood the test for 1,586 years. St Patrick’s Day above everything else is a day for valuing the faith and the best way to value the faith is to live it, from one St Patrick’s Day to the next.’ A collection was taken during Mass for the Mary’s Meals charity. 12
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sunday reflections On a liturgical note ‘Truth on my tongue, his way to guide my walking – and I shall live, not I but Christ in me.’ Those of us of a certain age may recognise these words as being part of the hymn specially composed for the National Pastoral Congress hosted by the Archdiocese in 1980, and they sum up well the attitude of an Easter People whose song today and in this great 50-day season of Eastertide is ‘Alleluia’. The reason the Church’s liturgy ‘fasts’ from the use of this familiar word during the Lenten days is precisely so that when it does make its return at the proclamation of the Resurrection in the great Vigil and First Mass of Easter Day it has all the more impact. The singing of the great triple Alleluia of Easter Day allows the church to burst into song almost as Christs bursts into the upper room with the words ‘ Peace be with you’ – the Alleluia (the ‘praise God’) of the Church on Easter Day is as if we are saying to the
Sunday thoughts Holy Week was a special time in the mountains of Peru. Celebrations centred on a folding figure of Jesus – like a giant action man or puppet. On Palm Sunday he sat astride a real donkey for the procession into church. On Wednesday in Holy Week the kneeling Christ figure was carried in a clockwise direction around the main square. His grieving Mother, dressed in black, was carried aloft in an anti-clockwise direction. They met in the middle where the masked bearers bobbed their statues up and down in recognition to each other. On Good Friday this same figure was nailed with arms outstretched to a massive cross. Later in the day masked bearers took Jesus down from the cross, folded his arms by his side, and laid him in a glass sided casket. This in turn was paraded through the streets before being displayed in a niche in a side chapel of the church. There it
Canon Philip Gillespie
world ‘you can be assured, be at peace, be confident that even that which is most feared, that which is most perturbing, that which is seemingly the final end to all your hopes and expectations is itself conquered by the One who has died and is now Risen – Jesus.’ The Paschal Candle which now stands in your church next to the Lectern, the place of the Proclamation of the Word of God in the liturgy, enlightens not only our hearing and understanding of the Scriptures but also the reality of our own stories – our own every-day experiences and lives. It is literally ‘in the light of Christ’ that we are brought to understand and appreciate the working of God’s Holy Spirit in our world, in our parish, in our family and community. May the Light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
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remained for veneration until the following year. During my first Holy Week I was disappointed that only three or four people attended the Easter Vigil – in sharp contrast to the throng participating on Good Friday. After the Vigil I found an old lady kneeling at the tomb of the dead Christ. She was weeping. I was about to scold her for not appreciating the reality of the Resurrection that we had just celebrated. But I stopped myself. This lady bore the scars of poverty and oppression – a typical story of early marriage, an abusive husband and an endless string of children dying in infancy. It dawned on me that her suffering Christ was a familiar friend. Theirs was a bond I could never share in my comfortable life. I rushed to get Good Friday over with, she identified in a more authentic way with the victory of the Crucified One.
Weekly Reflections are on the Archdiocesan website at www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/reflection
Where does your faith lie? I recently went to a conference to listen to a couple whose son had been murdered some years back. Barry and Margaret Mizen lost their son Jimmy on the day after his 16th birthday. Barry told of three visits in the days following his son’s murder. One was from a former parish priest. Barry said, ‘He came to our house and he just stood and cried. No pious words. He just stood there and cried with me.’ Another was from a religious Sister. She said: ‘Do you feel a little bit of joy in your heart?’ And Barry said there was a little glimmer of joy. She said: ‘That’s Jimmy. That’s God.’ A Muslim man who lived and worked locally also visited the Mizens. Barry said: ‘We didn’t say anything. We just hugged: two dads sharing their grief.’ It was a story of courage and bravery, brokenness, vulnerability and ultimately of forgiveness and new life. It is a story that is replicated in the lives of millions of people in our own countries – in Syria and Palestine, in Yemen and in Africa – I have to say it's when I hear stories like this, and the visits of people standing together in common humanity, that I know Jesus is alive. The challenge of Easter for all of us is to ask where our faith lies. Is our faith in the bald facts of the story we’re told about the resurrection of Jesus? Is it in the words of the Bible? Or in the Church who gave us the Bible? Or is our faith in a living Lord who is bigger than Church and Bible, a Lord who is with us and whose presence gives our lives an energy and a dynamism that we wouldn’t have without him? I came across this from the Canadian oblate priest Ronald Rolheiser: ‘The resurrection of Christ challenges us to new life – to believe, precisely, that there are surprises hidden at the heart of death: that every scream, tear and cry is redeemed, and that God’s laughter is stronger than death. Ultimately, belief in the resurrection asks us to believe that, despite a strong experience to the contrary, reality is gracious, light does triumph over darkness, love over self-interest, justice over oppression, peace over chaos, fulfilment over hunger. Faith in the resurrection is the trust that, in the end, everything is good.’ Let us pray in this Easter season for the courage to look beyond and to believe that God can be trusted, and let us look at what can be, at times, a very troubled, broken world for glimpses of the risen Lord so that our faith in him will not be overcome. Father Chris Thomas
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Get involved and make a difference Raising vital funds through our events allows us to build on the excellent care our staff provide, and gives individuals and businesses an opportunity to come together, enjoy a great night out or a day of golf and meet likeminded people who really do share our values and want to help us help those less fortunate than themselves. Our events include the Phil Thompson’ Golf Classic and ‘Strictly Nugent’. These are our flagship events and have provided an opportunity for us to meet so many great people, we are always overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and generosity not only by donating but by giving up their time. The Golf Classic is led by our Patron, Phil Thompson, who is the perfect host, meeting every player as they arrive and spending time with people throughout the day. The 20 teams were joined by former Liverpool players, Terry McDermott and David Johnson on the course, and had the unique opportunity to meet LFC Legend Steven Gerrard after the evening dinner. Our other big event, now in its 3rd year, is of course, ‘Strictly Nugent’. A spectacular dance event, featuring 14 first time dancers and 14
professionals dancing different ballroom classics. The dancing has been exemplary both years, with the dance couples showing amazing commitment and going to great lengths to bring style, pazzaz and professionalism to their performances. With the help of our participants, sponsors, donors and supporters at these events we have been able to raise almost £200,000 across the last three years, which has helped us provide care and support directly to over 6,000 people in need. So many people have been so generous giving up their time and energy to help us support the most vulnerable people in our communities, with some having been moved to continue their support after the events. So why not get involved, either by taking part in the Golf Classic, buying tickets for ‘Strictly Nugent’ or sponsoring participants, you can help make the difference. This year’s Golf Classic takes place on Thursday 17 May with ‘Strictly Nugent 2018’ taking place in Liverpool’s iconic St Georges Hall on Saturday 27 October. Find out more about how you can get involved at www.wearenugent.org or call our fundraising team Tel: 0151 261 2000.
The team from Barclays meet Steven Gerrard at the Golf Classic
New to Nugent Alison Gilbody Head of Strategic Relationships and Major Giving Nugent As one of Nugent’s newest recruits, I’ve been asked to put pen to paper and share my thoughts on my first few weeks in post. I’m Head of Strategic Relationships and Major Giving, based at Nugent’s central office on Edge Lane, Liverpool. I have a background in marketing, communications and fundraising and whilst my new role involves both of these disciplines, I’m also responsible for liaising with commissioners and overseeing the referrals process across children’s services. This is a new, uncharted, but exciting area of work for me and is a crucial part of my role. Developing these key relationships and raising our profile, by telling everyone about the fantastic work that we do, will definitely be top of my agenda. I’m also very passionate about fundraising, so will be exploring ways that we can grow our supporter base and income, by reminding people that we’re a charity and highlighting where we need the support. I’m now in my fourth week and as part of my induction, I’ve been out and about visiting Nugent’s schools, children’s residential and adult care homes. I’ve been amazed at the breadth and complexity of the services that we provide. This week I’ve been to Nugent House School and watched two boys quietly playing chess, seen a music lesson and visited the woodworking classroom, which incidentally has been held up as a gold standard by Ofsted. Today, I’ve watched some of our residents who are living with dementia at James Nugent Court, taking part in a ukulele session. Visiting these services first-hand and seeing the positive outcomes that we have for our children, young people and adults alike, is really inspiring I’m particularly struck by the warmth, dedication and professionalism shown by all our staff and volunteers. The care and compassion that our teams show to those in our care is second to none. It’s all in a day’s work for many of our front-line staff and I know they’re often modest, or don’t think they’re doing anything out of the ordinary, but it’s these small, sometimes inconsequential things, that really count. If I can play a part in showcasing some of this fantastic work, by telling stories and reminding people that we support over 6,000 people a year, then it will be a job well done!
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what’s on Easter Sunday 1 April Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King 8.30 am Mass (Blessed Sacrament Chapel) 10.00 am Family Mass (Crypt) 11.00 am Solemn Mass of Easter Day 3.00 pm Solemn Baptismal Choral Evening Prayer 7.00 pm Mass (Crypt) Sunday 8 April Barn Dance/Ceili. 2.00 pm-5.30 pm at St Michaels Irish Centre, 6 Boundary Lane, L6 5JG. Featuring Michael Coyne, Accordionist, Singer and Dance caller. To raise funds to take assisted pilgrims to the Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor, Banneux Notre Dame, Belgium. Full licenced bar and refreshments available. Admission £6 Children £3. A coach will be leaving from St. Helens Crosby (book in advance). Tickets and coach bookings contact: Sister Catherine Tel: 07486 131930 or 07703 769903. Divine Mercy Sunday. 3.00 pm Exposition, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, individual Confessions and Rosary. 3.45 pm Mass at Sacred Heart, Brooke Street, Chorley. PR6 ONG. Tuesday 10 April Time Out on Tuesdays. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. An opportunity for quiet time, away from the daily rush of life. Offering £10 per person (bring your own lunch). For further details contact: Sister Winifred. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday 15 April Liverpool Bach Collective. Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 145: ‘Auf, mein Herz, des Herren Tag’ (‘Arise, my soul, the day of the Lord is here.’) 6.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church. Church Road, Wavertree L15 9EQ. Singers and Players directed by Philip Duffy. www.liverpoolbach.com Email: email@example.com Wednesday 18 April ‘Songs we Remember.’ Singing and enjoyment for anyone who likes to sing but particularly geared towards those living with dementia and their carers. 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Irenaeus Tel: 0151 949 1199. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk Thursday 19 April Newman Circle Talk: ‘A Day in the Life of a Hospital Chaplain.’ Speaker: Natasha Pritchard. 7.30 pm at St Helen's Parish Centre, Alexandra Road, Crosby, L23 7TQ. Details: John Potts Tel: 07889 841096 Saturday 21 April UCM AGM. 12.00 noon-1.00 pm Lunch. 1.003.00 pm Meeting in the Gibberd Room of the Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by Mass at 4.00 pm. Sunday 22 April World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Monday 23 April Solemnity of St George, Patron of England.
April Tuesday 24 April ‘A Day of Reflection for the Easter Season’ led by the Right Reverend John Arnold, Bishop of Salford. 10.30 am - 3.30 pm at St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Blundell Avenue, Freshfield, Formby, L37 1PH. Lunch included, donations welcome. Bookings: Tel: 01704 875850. Mobile: 07712 178670. Email: email@example.com www.stjosephsprayercentre.com Animate Youth Ministries ‘Life and Soul’: An evening of praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament with opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. 7.00 pm at St Julie’s, Howards Lane, St Helens WA10 5HJ.
Saturday 28 April Quiet Day. 10.30 am to 4.00 pm at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. Time to be quiet, reflect and pray. Offering £10 per person (bring your own lunch). No booking required. For further details contact: Sister Winifred. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead - MAY Wednesday 2 May ‘Songs we Remember.’ Singing and enjoyment for anyone who likes to sing but particularly geared towards those living with dementia and their carers. 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Irenaeus Tel: 0151 949 1199. Email: email@example.com Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk Saturday 5 May ‘A Song of Thanksgiving’ Concert with the Metropolitan Cathedral Orchestra, Conductor: Stephen Pratt and the Cathedral Cantata Choir, Director: James Luxton. 7.30 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Concert Room. Tickets and details Tel: 0151 707 3525 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cathedralconcerts.org.uk Tuesday 8 May Time Out on Tuesdays. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW. An opportunity for quiet time, away from the daily rush of life. Offering £10 per person (bring your own lunch). For further details contact: Sister Winifred. Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: email@example.com Wednesday 9 May UCM bi-monthly Mass. 7.30 pm at St Richard, Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 8BX. Thursday 10 May to Sunday 13 May Cursillo three day Weekend at St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Blundell Avenue, Freshfield, Formby, L37 1PH. A catholic residential short course in Christianity. Details: Tel: 07947 271037 www.liverpool-cursillo.co.uk All welcome at the celebration closing Mass at 3.00 pm on Sunday 13 May 2018. Saturday 12 May Two Cathedrals ‘Messiah’. 7.30 pm at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Tuesday 15 May Animate Youth Ministries ‘Life and Soul’: An evening of praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament with opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. 7.00 pm at St Bede’s, Appleton Village, Widnes WA8 6EL. Wednesday 16 May ‘Songs we Remember.’ Singing and enjoyment for anyone who likes to sing but particularly geared towards those living with dementia and their carers. 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD. Details: Irenaeus Tel: 0151 949 1199. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk
Friday 1 June The Priests in Concert. 7.30 pm at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in aid of Nugent and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Fathers Martin O’Hagan, Eugene O’Hagan and David Delargy joined by Liverpool mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas and the Liverpool Signing Choir. Tickets starting at £16 from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall box office Tel: 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com or from the shop at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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Cursillo Ultreya. 7.30 pm Mass followed by a social at St Michael and All Angels church, Westvale, Kirkby, L32 0TP.
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Real Presence In preparation for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage, Father Joe Kendall is offering a series of reflections on Eucharistic themes. In the Order of Christian Funerals there is an intercession that I often pray at a graveside or crematorium chapel. There was, though, a time when I felt quite uncomfortable with it. The prayer implores the Lord to ‘lighten [the mourners’] loss.’ ‘Why should their sense of loss be lightened?’ I thought, ‘They’re entitled to feel any way they do at this time.’ The prayer only makes sense when it is completed. ‘Lighten their sense of loss with your presence’ is how it reads in full. A mourner’s loss will not be lessened by cheerful words but by nothing short of God’s presence, something that we encounter in a powerful reality, in happy times and in sad times, whenever we celebrate the Eucharist. At Mass or when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for our adoration, Jesus Christ is present with us because he told us he would be. His presence shows the truth of his words recorded right at the end of Saint Matthew’s Gospel when he told us
to know he is with us always. Jesus is present, but that presence demands something of us too: our presence. At Mass we are present at the Last Supper. We are witnesses to the self-giving of Good Friday. God is here. In fact, God is always here. Everything else may change but not this. No matter what our response may be to his love for us and his command for us to love one another, God still loves us and is faithfully present with us always. Sadly it is true that people have come to disagree so very often on the understanding of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist. Swinging from one extreme position to another has led to division and discord when that same Christ calls us to be one. The Eucharist is real without being crudely realistic and symbolic without being unreal. Acknowledging that about how Christ is really present to us in the Eucharist ought to be both a comfort and a challenge to be present with Jesus
at his time of suffering. Perhaps Pope Francis explains this best: to take part in the Mass ‘is to live once again the redemptive Passion and Death of the Lord. It’s a theophany: the Lord makes Himself present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world.’ (Homily in the Holy Mass, Saint Martha’s Residence, 10 February, 2014).
A BOB Box for Archbishop Malcolm Children from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Huyton, have made a BOB (Bat or Bird) Box for Archbishop McMahon to put up in the grounds of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. The Cathedral is the latest venue to install one of these boxes, which are currently placed in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, 10 Downing Street, Chequers and Kew Gardens among many other places. This school-based project (winner of the Observer Ethical Award in 2011) is a response to Pope Francis’ call to all of humanity to care for our common home in his letter entitled ‘Laudato Si’. It was embraced by the whole of St Joseph’s community; with pupils, staff, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles involved in making a box for a bat or a bird. Following training, led by Stephen Burrowes from Cafod and BOB Box’s inventor, family members were invited to come into school and construct a BOB Box with their child for £10. From the money raised, 25% went straight back to Cafod to maintain the BOB Box initiative. The remaining 75% was retained by the school to invest in items from the Cafod
World Gifts Catalogue. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the children and the generosity of their families, St Joseph’s School raised £1,060. The children in Year 6 were then given the task of calculating how much money the school could reinvest and which gifts they could buy to help people in under-developed communities overseas.
Archbishop Malcolm was delighted to be part of the school’s response to ‘Laudato Si’ and said, ‘Pope Francis calls the earth our common home. The children at St Joseph’s have certainly got that message, they care for all creatures, great and small. The BOB Box which I received has been placed in the garden of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.’
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Emily McIndoe Young campaigner urging us to ‘Share the Journey’ with refugees and migrants By Simon Hart Emily McIndoe is pondering the question of whether her generation is more politically engaged than previous ones. ‘I see it a lot,’ she replies, ‘though I don’t see it as much as I’d like to see it.’ That she would wish to see more engagement is hardly a surprise given the 22-year-old’s own activities and interests. An MA student of 20th century history at the University of Liverpool, she has been a volunteer co-ordinator for Cafod since April last year, liaising with volunteers in parishes and the universities – and is currently busy promoting the charity’s ‘Share the Journey: Walk around the world’ campaign. ‘”Share the Journey” was launched by Pope Francis in September,’ she explains, ‘and it’s about standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are on the move – refugees, migrants, people who make difficult journeys. ‘We’re asking people to join us in a walk around the world. We’re aiming to walk 24,900 miles which is the distance around the world – we want people to organise walks and logs their miles. We’re not asking for money. ‘There’s a week of action which is 16-24
June and that’s when we’d like people to get involved. Across Liverpool we’re focusing on a “Walk to Church Sunday” that week – when parishioners ditch the car, walk to church and tell a volunteer at the back of church, “I walked to church today and this is how far I walked”.’ In tandem with the ‘Walk around the world’ campaign, Cafod is also asking people to sign a petition on its website urging Prime Minister Theresa May to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees. ‘There are two UN resolutions coming up – one in September, one in December – and they’ll look at migrants and refugees respectively and will determine how the UN directs countries’ attitudes towards refugees, so they’re really important,’ adds Emily, originally from St Peter’s parish in Lytham St Anne’s. Her wish to play her part does not end with her Cafod work. She is also a constituency campaigner for Oxfam (‘you write to your MP about issues’) and is involved with the Music For Hope charity, which provides music lessons to youngsters in rural areas of El Salvador. ‘It’s to try to keep them out of trouble
because there’s a lot of gang violence in El Salvador,’ says Emily, whose MA supervisor at Liverpool University, Dr Andrew Redden, is a trustee of the charity. ‘International aid in El Salvador’ is the subject of the PhD she hopes to embark on next autumn, having gained funding from the Economic Social Research Council. First things first, though: the not-so-small matter of completing her MA, not to forget her efforts for Cafod. ‘We’ve strengthened the links with the university’s CathSoc and Father Neil Ritchie, who’s been fantastic,’ she says. ‘It’s focusing not necessarily on fundraising but more on social action and getting people involved, I’ve really enjoyed it.’ And the perfect opportunity for involvement is ‘Walk for the World’, already highlighted in her calendar for June. ‘It’s a show of solidarity – like a step of defiance,’ she stresses. ‘We’ll stand by our brothers and sisters. What Cafod is asking Theresa May is to stand up at the very least for the human dignity of these vulnerable people who are on the move.’ For more information, visit: www.cafod.org.uk
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The power of the empty tomb By Ciara Hanley from Animate Youth Ministries Ever since I was 15 years old, I have been going on pilgrimage to Lourdes each summer, volunteering as a member of the annual Liverpool Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage. And, although I have plenty of memories that I cherish from each year’s visit to Lourdes, my fondest memories (and the times that I’ve felt closest to God) have always been while doing the Stations of the Cross. There’s something particularly moving about travelling along Jesus’ journey, experiencing the emotion at each station and reflecting beneath each life-sized statue – all the while walking up the mountainside – that is so unbelievably powerful. How great Jesus’ love must be for each of us that He took the punishment – which was meant for us – upon Himself. During Holy Week, we are able to revisit the story of Christ’s crucifixion and experience the immensity of Jesus’ love for us all over again. This is a time in which we gratefully remember the sacrifice Christ made
for each of us, and we should think about how we can keep the message of Easter in our hearts and in our lives for longer than the time it takes for the chocolate eggs to get eaten. After all, Jesus died and rose again so that our relationship with God could be restored and we could live in eternity with the Lord. Therefore, it’s our duty to live our lives accordingly, keeping our faith at the centre of all we do. The image of the final station in Lourdes is truly breath-taking. The huge stone rolled across, revealing the opening of the tomb and symbolising a look into the future; a future of living hope and a union with Christ. Each year in Lourdes, we come to this station at the end of the night when it’s beginning to get dark, and we use candles and torches to light our way, emphasising the beauty and sheer magnitude of our surroundings as well as the scene which we reflect upon. After a long journey, remembering the pain and suffering that Jesus underwent for our sake, I
always feel overwhelmed with emotion at this point as I can finally celebrate in the fact that Jesus defeated death. Romans 6:8 reads: ‘As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him.’ Each of us died with Christ and therefore, in his resurrection, each of us will live with Him also. Death is something which we need not fear as Jesus has already overcome it, and because of this we can instead live our lives without restrictions, spreading the truth of the scriptures which Christ’s resurrection proved to be true. So this Easter, like every other, rejoice in the joy of the empty tomb and celebrate the restoration of our relationship with God. But also, ask yourself what it is that you can do in the weeks and months beyond this time to keep the joy of Easter in your life in order to remind yourself, and others surrounding you, of the unending love the Lord has for each of us. Upcoming events Life and Soul: An evening of praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament with the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation • Tuesday 24 April at St Julie’s Church, Howards Lane, St Helens, WA10 5HJ • Tuesday 15 May at St Bede’s Church, Appleton Village, Widnes, WA8 6EL • Tuesday 12 June at St Margaret Mary’s Church, Pilch Lane, Liverpool, L14 0JG
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FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY Sunday 8th April 2018 Our Lord asked Saint Faustina to promote the Devotion to His mercy saying: “The soul that will go to Confession (within the octave of the feast) and receive Holy Communion on the Feast day, shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” St Faustina confirms Our Lord’s command to her: “If I cannot show mercy, by deeds or words, I can always do so, by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there, where I cannot reach out physically.” Archdiocese venues celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy - start time St Leos, Lickers Lane, Whiston 1.30pm Confession, Devotions, Mass 4pm (Peter - Divine Mercy shop and visitor Fr Peter Prusakiewicy CSMA) St Clares, Arundel Avenue, Liverpool 3.00pm Devotions, Exposition, Confessions Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eaton, Lpool 4.30pm Blessing of Image Rosary, Devotions, Mass 6.00pm St Francis of Assisi, Garston, Liverpool 2.30pm Confession, Devotions, St Aloysius, Huyton, Liverpool 2.00pm Devotions, Confession, Mass 5.00pm St Elizabeth of Hungary, Litherland 2.00pm Confessions, 3pm Devotions, Mass 3.15pm Holy Spirit, Ford 3.00pm Devotions, Confessions, Exposition St Edmund of Canterbury, Waterloo 2.00pm Confessions, Ven of Image, Devotions and Mass St Patrick, Clinkham Wood, St Helens 2.15pm Confession, 3pm Devotions St Mary’s, Broadfield Drive, Leyland 3.00pm Devotions, Confessions, Healing Service, Mass 5.00pm Sacred Heart, Brooke Street, Chorley 3.00pm Exposition, Confessions, Devotions, Mass 4.00pm St Mary’s, Standishgate, Wigan 3.00pm Devotions, Confessions, Mass at St John’s Church 4.30pm Holy Family, New Springs, Wigan 3.00pm Devotions Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ramsey, Isle of Man 2.30pm Confessions, Devotions
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cathedral Celebrating Easter at the Cathedral by Dr Christopher McElroy Director of Music, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
The Easter season lasts not for one day, or even a week, but for fifty days concluding with the great feast of Pentecost. Musically we keep the joy of the Easter season running through all we do. At Evening Prayer each day we conclude with the Eastertide antiphon to Mary: ‘Regina Caeli, Laetare, Alleluia!’ To help celebrate the season we will, for the first time, be holding our annual Two Cathedrals’ Messiah during the Easter season (previously this took place in Advent.) The Messiah oratorio is a celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This story is told through some of the most captivating choruses and solo movements ever written, from ‘And the glory of the Lord’ to the beautiful soprano solo ‘I know my redeemer liveth’ and the famous ‘Hallelujah.’ The concert will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Anglican Cathedral, beginning at 7.30 pm. All are very welcome. Easter symbolises new life, and it is in the Summer term that our thoughts turn towards recruitment. The life cycle of a boy or girl chorister is usually around six years: the first two spent learning the
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir
ropes, the middle two getting a grip on the repertoire, the final two leading everyone else and singing solos. As boys and girls move on (boys usually around 13/14 as their voice changes, girls at 16 to focus on GCSEs) they need to be replaced at the bottom to ensure that the cycle continues. There are two main elements to our chorister recruitment. Firstly, our ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ events (boys 6 May/ girls 24 June) which give children and their parents the opportunity to come and experience chorister life ‘from the inside.’ During the day they get to sing with the choristers, rehearse with them, try on cassocks and attend Mass and Evening Prayer. The second element of our recruitment is the ‘Voice Trials.’ These are the auditions (think of X Factor, but without Simon Cowell) where individual aspirants are put through their paces in singing songs, tests etc. At this stage we look for potential, rather than fully formed musicians. As we are fortunate to get good numbers applying each year, entry to the choirs is competitive, but for those that are successful, the chance of a lifetime awaits. If you know of a boy (in year 2/3) or a girl (in year 5) who might be interested, please encourage them to find out more. Further details can be found on the Cathedral website: http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.u k/music/joining-the-choirs/
Cathedral Record Canon Anthony O’Brien – Cathedral Dean With Lent over we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord and throughout this month and beyond rejoice that the Lord has risen and has triumphed over sin and death. If like me you managed to shed a few pounds during the Lenten season the challenge will be to avoid celebrating to excess and replace the weight that has been shed and end up back to how we were before, but I suppose that challenge applies to the whole of our spiritual endeavours. Having presided at all the Solemn Feasts of Holy Week Archbishop Malcolm will preside at the Family Mass in the Crypt Chapel at 10.00 am on Easter Sunday morning for a change and leave the Cathedral priests to celebrate the Solemn Mass at 11.00 am and the Choral Baptismal Evening Prayer at 3.00 pm. We welcome a visiting choir from Southern Ireland, Tuam Cathedral, who will sing at the Solemn Mass and Evening Prayer on Low Sunday, 8 April. On 15 April the Commemoration Service for the Anniversary of the Hillsborough Football Tragedy will be held in our Cathedral at 2.45pm: Bishop Williams will lead the service. Over the years of my time as Dean I thought I had experienced most things that could take place in our Cathedral however I will be welcoming invited guests to the Installation of a High Sheriff of Merseyside here on 19 April, which is not something I have witnessed before. The venue was chosen because the newly appointed person is a parishioner of the Cathedral, Mr Peter Woods, and he wanted it to take place here in the Crypt. Apparently it is a very ancient and formal ceremony and I will need to perform my duties correctly as the sheriff receives a sword and I wouldn’t want to be the first person he wields it on. I wish you all a very Happy Easter
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Pic extras Mums the Word Pope Francis's encyclical Laudate Si' was the focus of our recent study evening – an opportunity for us to reflect on the Pontiff’s message that he wants to bring the whole human family together in a new dialogue about how we shape the future of our planet, and that this should include everyone since the challenges we face affect us all. Pope Francis's appeal is to protect our common home, to seek sustainable and integral development. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home which we share and the worldwide ecological movement has made considerable progress, with numerous organisations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Kathy Buck, Margaret Kerbey and Margaret McDonald gave a presentation on ‘Ecology, Environment and Pollution’ in which we heard some arresting statistics: 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded; 16 of the hottest years on record have come in this century; there has been a 73% increase in droughts and floods. The list goes on: global warming, rising sea levels, extreme weather, melting of the polar icecaps. Everything we buy has a footprint. Unfortunately – if perhaps appropriately – we were forced to abandon the meeting due to adverse weather, but those who attended were enthralled. We hope to organise a repeat in the spring. • The first Friday in March was Women's World Day of Prayer and this year’s theme was ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ – a theme chosen by the Christian women of Suriname. Situated on the north-east coast of South America, Suriname is made up mainly of rainforests, mountains and rivers, and is rich with animals and vegetation, providing much food for all. The Women's World Day of Prayer was set up by an ecumenical group in 1953 and is now celebrated in some 170 countries, its message translated into 60 languages. The day’s readings were chosen from the book of Genesis 1:1-31. ‘We come with our gifts representing the country, the culture and ethnic diversity of its people. We thank God for the rich natural world He has created and which he has entrusted to our care.’ Response: All God's creation is very good. • Notices: 21 April – AGM: 1.00-3.00 pm Meeting in the Gibberd Room of the Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by Mass at 4.00 pm 28 April – National Presidents’ Triennial Mass at St Anne's, Rock Ferry. Wishing you every joy and blessing of Easter, Maria Bruns, Archdiocesan president
News from the Liverpool Province of the Knights of St Columba
Province celebrates annual dinner
The Liverpool Knights held their annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 16 February, welcoming guests from all parts of the province and further afield. A very warm welcome was extended to Brother Bertie Grogan, recently elected supreme knight of the order, and his wife Pauline. Also present for the first time was our new provincial chaplain – Father Dunstan Harrington, parish priest of St Mary’s Little Crosby and St William of York. It was also the last occasion on which Pat Foley would attend as provincial grand knight having almost completed his three-year term of office. Additional names of note on the guest list were: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, who is national spiritual adviser to the order; the KSC’s supreme director, Harry Welch, and his wife Patricia; Anne Foley, wife of Pat, the provincial grand knight; and provincial social secretary John Church and his wife Patricia.
After many years of staging this event at the Adelphi, this was the first year at the Crowne Plaza. It is always an opportunity to take stock and also look ahead – particularly pertinent this year as we celebrate the first 100 years of the KSC and look forward with confidence to another century of continuing to support the work of the Church. • On Sunday 18 February at St John the Evangelist parish church, Kirkdale 3 members of the order were elevated to full knighthood in a ceremony during the 11.15am Mass. We thank Father Roy Cooper, parish priest, for saying the Mass and for allowing us to hold the ceremony. We also thank the ladies of the parish who provided refreshments after Mass and congratulate Brothers Mathew Analogbie, Kevin Jones and Justin Malewesi on their admission to higher office. Websites: www.ksc.org.uk and www.kscprov02.weebly.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PIC Life Don’t dwell on the past at the expense of the present By Moira Billinge It was my own fault. My loathing of being late had exceeded common sense and, as a result, my long stay in the waiting room had nothing to do with an over-stretched NHS but more to do with me. I couldn’t blame anyone else for my boredom, or my frustration with a weak phone signal and having nothing to read. I suppose I could have used the time constructively by focusing on all the urgent intentions on my prayer list – but that was easier said than done amid the distractions of a busy surgery. Naturally, the devil finds work for idle hands – and also for idle minds – so I started thinking ... ‘What would I change if I had the chance to live my life all over again? What different choices would I make? What career would I have pursued? What would I have said and not said, done or not done? Who were my most positive influences and who left a trail of unhappiness in their wake?’ Later, however, reflecting on my meanderings, I realised the uselessness of wasting precious time on what ifs and if onlys. As an anonymous sage remarked, ‘What’s done is done and can never be undone.’ What can be changed, however, is the degree to which we allow the negative events of the past to cripple the present. The past is past, it is spent, it is gone. The future is yet to come. All we have is now and the reality and grace of the present moment, together with the positive lessons that we have learned along the way. The old Penny Catechism asked, ‘Why did God make me?’ The ‘answer’ was, ‘God made me to know Him, love Him 28
and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next.’ But, God loves us so much that it stands to reason that He wants us to be happy in this world, also; to be joy-full in our service of him and of each other. He doesn’t want us to be sad, wringing our hands about the past and worrying about the future. As Padre Pio aptly wrote: ‘My Past, O Lord, to your mercy; my present, to your love; my future to your providence.’ Only the devil wants to chain us to the vicious circle of regret and memories of past unhappiness and misfortune. He has no interest in the many thankful memories of our life’s most blessed episodes. He is far more attracted by doom, gloom and soul-draining negativity and despondency. He would rather we forget that Good Friday led to Easter Sunday. The Easter Triduum is about God, through Jesus, releasing us from whatever shackles us to the past, holds us back and prevents us from discovering who and what we are: so very dearly loved and valued that Calvary was worth the cost. Easter is about being realistic about ourselves, exploring the areas where we might be able to improve – with God’s help – but it is also about recognising and acknowledging where we may actually be getting things beautifully right in our lives. Peter let Jesus down. He must have carried that painful memory for the rest of his life but it acted as the catalyst for a complete change in his commitments, priorities, lifestyle – and his death. Good Friday is the proof of God’s love. Easter Sunday is its celebration. Happy Easter!
Greeting Cards from Carmel
There is a lovely sellection of greeting cards for all occasions on sale at Maryton Carmel, call to the shop or contact the Sisters at Maryton Grange, Allerton Road, L18 3NU. Telephone the card office on 0151 724 7102 or Email the Sisters at email@example.com
Worth a visit
Take a visit north to visit a village famous for its role in the industrial revolution and social reform, writes Lucy Oliver. New Lanark, in the picturesque Clyde Valley southeast of Glasgow, is a restored cotton mill village and World Heritage Site. Founded in the 1800s by entrepreneur David Dale and surrounded by the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, visitors can tread in the footsteps of Welsh philanthropist and social reformer Robert Owen who managed the site of the mills at New Lanark. Owen, a trained draper, is remembered for his efforts to improve working conditions for factory workers, his support for child labour laws and schools, and his promotion of socialistic communities. His legacy continues in the living community at Lanark today, where visitors can reflect on what we owe to these values – and reforms needed in our society today. At the visitor centre, a guided tour through the story of a mill worker and the restored workers’ houses from the 1820s are informative and entertaining. Until 29 April, a special exhibition is open daily tracing the history of 20th century art and textiles, with prints from Matisse to Picasso, Dali and Warhol on display. An additional entrance fee applies.
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Minsteracres, courtesy of Maureen Shalklady
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justice & peace Letter from Rome By Joshua Dixon
Why we must hear the voice of the poor
‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’ (Jn. 10:10)
By Steve Atherton, Justice and Peace fieldworker
This month we will live together a series of liturgical dramas. As our 40 days of Lent draw to an end, our minds turn to Holy Week, those crucial events in the life of the Lord which have become so familiar. Familiar, yet relentlessly interesting and thought-provoking. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem; the institution of the Eucharist with the disciples at the Passover; the shocking betrayal of Judas with a kiss – a sign of intimacy and affection; and, finally, the trial, scourging, crucifixion and burial.
When the first celebration of the life of Oscar Romero was held in the Metropolitan Cathedral in 1980, just after his martyrdom, the person giving the homily ended with the words: ‘Oscar Romero, Saint of the Americas, Pray for us.’
The Church invites us to reflect upon and relive, through the liturgy and in our spiritual consciousness, the cosmic significance of these events. We do this by entering into the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus in our hearts, by opening ourselves to the Word of God and allowing Him to speak to us in our interior lives. Whatever individual message we may hear, they will all be variations on the same theme: that is to say, life and life to the full! The darkness of Good Friday is scattered by the light of Christ. The power of death is broken and everlasting life in Christ becomes available to all. The purpose of Lent is to give the Lord space to purify and work within us so that we can become more alive, more fully our true and noble selves. Each one of us is an infinitely loveable person. Each one of us is called to an everlasting union with God, but this journey begins in the here and now. The Lord comes to set us free from those inner forces of sin which stifle our being fully alive. He imparts His life-giving love in diverse modes: in the Eucharist; through Confession; and through those lasting and vital bonds of love in our lives. The Church, the mystical body of Christ, opens us up to a communion of love, primarily the free and unconditional love of God the Father. God loves us as we are while also calling us to that which He knows we can become. He wants us to develop the gifts and talents He gave us so that He may be glorified in us and we in Him. Let us open our hearts to the bonds of love and life this Easter, trusting in the Lord whose resurrection defeated all that oppresses us – even the last enemy, namely death. Let us never forget that ours is a God of life, a God of hope, a God of Love!
In response, Archbishop Derek Worlock exclaimed, ‘Steady on!’ yet it turns out that the speaker got it right. Blessed Oscar Romero is to be canonised this year. Oscar Romero was one of the most significant Church figures of the 20th century and one of the spiritual fathers of Pope Francis. Obviously, they are both South American bishops, they both pray constantly, they both have a very traditional spirituality, they both prioritise the view from the margins of society, they both put the Church at the service of the poor, they both hold in tension different ways of being Church and they have both understood that opinions only change when people listen to each other. Romero was a good listener. He struggled with the changes brought about by Vatican ll until he took to heart the opening words of ‘Gaudium et spes’: ‘The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.’ He held a secretarial role during the conferences of Latin American bishops at Medellin and Puebla where their insistence on the centrality of the experience of the poor became the recognisable voice of Latin American theology, later
better known as Liberation Theology. This was the start of Romero’s ‘conversion’. When he was a bishop he allowed himself to be evangelised by the poor. You can imagine the surprise he caused when, as Archbishop of San Salvador, he would go to a village and knock on doors. After he had visited a few houses, the word spread around and he would go to the church to talk with people for the rest of the day. He took their concerns to heart and called himself ‘the voice of those who have no voice of their own’. I think that Romero has been such an important figure in the Church in England because he identified which issues of the day were important, and because of his insistence on prayer and his vision of the Church as a place of safety in the midst of a troubled world. Romero’s significance for us lies in the way that although he was not a politician, his reading the Gospel compelled him to recognise that, ultimately, only political pressure can protect the weak and the vulnerable.
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