News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool

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by Debbie Reynolds, Pastoral Assistant at SFX


Following a grant from the archdiocesan lay formation fund parishioners from Saint Francis Xavier’s church took part in a Retreat at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Tremeirchion on ‘The Psychology of Flourishing: Life before Death’, we arranged for different groups within the spiritual and social life of the parish to make time to visit and reflect on their own faith journey and their future having been part of the listening and discernment groups for Synod 2020.


A minibus took parishioners to Stonyhurst, Clitheroe enjoying a short visit to the newly refurbished museum before celebrating the feast of St Ignatius Loyola and the ‘Monday Crew’ visited Father Graeme Dunne formerly Parish Priest at St Sylvester’s for a reflective afternoon over a shared table of delicious treats.


The Christian Life Community (CLC) is a network of lay people who gather in small groups to understand and follow Ignatian Spirituality in their everyday lives.  The CLC group from the parish organised their annual Day of Reflection at St Beuno’s.


A few that regularly meet at SFX were welcomed for a full day retreat guided by Brother Alan Harrison SJ in a meditative presentation on ‘Consolation and desolation’.  The illustrated talk suggested inspirational words and images that would have helped each one to consider their future commitment with CLC and the way of gathering in an Ignatian way.  His presentation reminded everyone that our relationship with God through Jesus can bring strength and assurance when there is fear and anxiety.


Without funding from the archdiocesan lay formation fund we would not have been able to provide transport at reduced costings for all those who took part in the summer events. For more information about any aspect of the fund, please contact the Pastoral Formation Department Tel: 0151 522 1040.

Formation Fund grant for SFX

The illustrated talk suggested inspirational words and images