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You are invited to two SUMMER RETREAT DAYS organised by The Catholic Pictorial and both being led by Father Peter Morgan at the Shrine of Our Lady at Ladyewell near Preston on Wednesday the 5th of June or at Pantasaph Monastery in North Wales on Wednesday the 3rd of July.

For more information or to book a place please ring the Catholic Pictorial on 0151 733 5492. (Transport from Liverpool is provided on each day).

The FCJ Sisters (Faithful Companions of Jesus) invite WOMEN IN THEIR 20s AND 30s TO JOIN THEM ON A VOCATION DISCERNMENT WEEKEND taking place at their house in Liverpool from the 24th to the 26th of May. They write: “There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God. If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.” More information from Sister Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit www.fcjsisters.org

The Prince of Peace Community invite you and your family to join them for their 33RD ANNUAL CATHOLIC FAMILY PILGRIMAGE CONFERENCE on the theme of New Dawn in the Church taking place at Walsingham on Norfolk from Monday the 5th to Friday the 9th of August. New Dawn is attended by around 2,000 people each year, many of whom stay on the Family Camp next to the conference field, but there is also accommodation available in the village of Walsingham and the surrounding area. The celebration of Mass is the central focus of each day. There are daily talks by English and international speakers, a choice of workshop sessions each afternoon, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry. Separate sessions are organised for children and young people. For more information and registration please visit www.newdawn.og.uk or call the Prince of Peace Community in Liverpool on 0151 228 0724.

The Parish Council of St Charles and St Thomas More in Liverpool have arranged a SERIES OF THEOLOGICAL TALKS ON THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH as part of their local preparations for Synod 2020. They extend an invitation to the whole Archdiocese to join them as they listen and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. All of the talks begin at 7.00pm in the Church (224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool L17 9PG) and will be followed by light refreshments in the Parish Hall. The subjects covered on each of the evenings will be:

Tuesday 21 May – Going out to the Peripheries
By Mary Ebbasi, Catholic Chaplain at HM Prison Pentonville

Tuesday 28 May – The Church as Leaven in our Culture
By Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, former Official at the Pontifical Council for Culture

On Tuesday 12th of February, Pope Francis cleared the way for the CANONISATION OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN. Following the announcement, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, issued the following statement: "This is wonderful news which will be greeted with thanks to God by people across the world. Newman’s exploration of faith, depth of personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity make him a deeply admired follower of Christ. He brings together so many of the best of Catholic traditions shared well beyond the Catholic Church. His canonisation wIll be welcomed especially in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion. For me the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint. During his life the people of Birmingham recognised his holiness and lined the streets at the time of his burial. I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint." Cardinal John Henry Newman was beatified - declared a 'Blessed' - by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his historic state visit to the UK in September 2010. The date for his canonisation ceremony has not yet been decided.


Reverend Alec Parkinson, Curate at Saint John's, Pemberton, is planning to lead a group to attend the PASSION PLAY AT OBERAMMERGAU for the 2020 performance, combined with holiday time in Austria, from the 13th to the 20th of May 2020.

The cost will be £1,715 per person, including flights from Manchester, luggage, breakfast and dinner each day, and all gratuities. (supplement for single rooms £235).

For more details please contact Revd. Alec Parkinson at 28 Townfields, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9LJ or telephone him on 01942 272838 or email karenmp28@hotmail.co.uk.


The Family Life Department of the Archdiocese of Liverpool offers a series of informal meetings twice a year, in February and September, to support anyone, DIVORCED OR SEPARATED, finding it hard going through a relationship breakdown, either recently or in the past. The meetings are in small groups and are free, confidential, informative and affirming.

Topics will cover: Facing the effects of what’s happened; Communication and conflict resolution; Letting go; Managing other relationships; Legal matters; an being single and moving forward.

For details of times and venues please contact Maureen O’Brien on 07967 753 371 or Jacqui Selleck on 07793 825 815.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help run a support group for female asylum seekers and refugees which meets every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12 noon. If you can help please email emma@swapwigan.org or telephone 01942 51657. The group meets at SWAP, Pension St, Wigan, WNI 2LP.


CALLED TO SERVE

Congratulations to Pearse McDonagh from Holy Family Parish who was recently accepted by Archbishop Malcolm to begin the process of discernment and formation with a view to serving in the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a Permanent Deacon. The process begins with a year of discernment and introduction to study (which Pearse will enter into from September) followed by a three-year course of academic, pastoral and spiritual formation. During this time the candidate is formally admitted as a Candidate for Ordination and will receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, before eventual ordination and service as a Deacon. Please hold Pearse, his wife Nicola, and their two boys, in your prayers.