The God who speaks is an initiative of the Bishop's Conference in England and Wales it makeks the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death.
Locally the Archdiocesan Formation department, Irenaeus and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Associates have been working to to find ways of overcoming physical separation. To this end they are developing a website:
Statement from Churches Together in England:
As our nation faces the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Churches Together in England (CTE) is encouraging Christians across our nations to continue uniting in prayer, praying #PrayersOfHope in their homes at 7pm each Sunday evening.
Following the overwhelming response which the National Call to Prayer and Action received on Mothering Sunday, CTE has prepared a candle poster for those who would like to place a permanent symbol in their front windows of Christ’s light shining in the darkness. Visit www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope
This poster has been made available due to our awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles, particularly on windowsills. We are keen to avoid adding any pressure to our emergency service personnel, particularly at this difficult time.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.' John 1:5
LIFE IN LOCKDOWN
THE PASTORAL FORMATION TEAM HAVE ASKED US TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING:
We would like to share what individuals/parishes/families/schools/groups have been doing in this time of lockdown.
So much good work has been done over the last few weeks, but it can be easy to not know what is happening even in the next door parish.
To help us spread the good news that is happening in the Diocese, and maybe even give you some ideas, we would like either short videos or short sections of text with photos.
Videos should aim to be no more than 30 seconds. They can be very simple ‘selfie’ style clips of someone talking about what they have been doing.
Text should be around 250 words with photos, if possible.
Videos or photos of anyone under 18 must be accompanied by written permission from parents/guardians that the material can be used in Diocesan communications.
COME AND JOIN OUR VIRTUAL CHILDREN’S LITURGY:
ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
NEW PRAYER RESOURCES FROM CAFOD
CAFOD'S webpages have been updated with prayers, liturgies and reflections to support prayer life, there is a series of online talks you can download, and education resources pages packed with great ideas, plus their Lent Calendar.
CAFOD have created a Facebook group so that ' we can gather as an online family and offer our prayers, online talks and isolation activities in one place and support one another'
We are asked to remember CAFOD, their partners and their global brothers and sisters in our prayers.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY TO THE ROYAL AND BROADGREEN
The Catholic Chaplaincy is proud to have 50 dedicated volunteers who usually visit Catholic patients on the wards, offering them a friendly face, a listening ear, and any pastoral, spiritual, emotional and religious support they require. This is an invaluable service for any patients who may be feeling low, anxious, facing difficult decisions, or those who are just really missing Church. We offer these patients a chat, prayer, Holy Communion or opportunity to see a priest.
Due to the current situation we are no longer allowed to send our volunteers on to the wards. Most of our volunteers are over 70 and their safety, and the safety of our patients, is our priority.
However, the chaplaincy staff – Fr Stephen Lee, Natasha Pritchard and Liam Redmond – will be on hand every day to visit any patients on request. We won’t be visiting the wards without a request so please do call us if you need us! Please call us if you are (or a relative or friend is) a patient (religious or not) who is low, anxious, lonely, has no visitors, dying, or in need of a friendly face, Holy Communion or a priest.
Emergency on call priests will be working as normal during this time.
Non-emergency visits: call 0151 706 2828. Leave a message with patient’s name and ward in case we are out visiting someone else when you call.
Emergency: same as usual – call switchboard from the ward and ask to speak to the emergency on call Catholic priest.
Finally, please pray for us and all of our hospital staff!
Fr Stephen, Natasha and Liam
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR MARCH
FOODBANKS & WHITECHAPEL CENTRE
|South Liverpool Foodbank|
|North Liverpool Foodbank|
Or Hugamug foodbank in Gateacre. This is a local foodbank set up by the family of a former SFX pupil and running under the auspices of the Liverpool Council. They accept food donations at particular times and make home deliveries.
Please call 0151 909 3452 or contact for further information.
Page 9 of 9