News from around the Archdiocee of Liverpool


Our front cover this month shows Sunday Mass celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family in Gaza.  The Mass was celebrated as part of the visit by Bishops from Europe, North America and South Africa for the annual meeting of the Holy Land Coordination.  Each year the group expresses solidarity with the people of the region on behalf of us all.  This year their emphasis was on young people and in their final statement they paid tribute saying, ‘throughout the West Bank, Gaza and Israel the youth are keeping hope alive through their resilience and courage’.


The crucifix at the forefront of the cover serves as a timely reminder that we are about to begin the season of Lent.  Our time of preparation for the great feast of Easter begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February.  Our reflections recall the life-giving events of Easter and serve as a reminder that we should remember the people of that Holy Land today.


The main feature this month looks at the work of the recently established Vicariate for Clergy in the archdiocese, part of their mission statement reads, ‘We aim to encourage and inspire priests, so that they may continue to support, encourage and inspire others’.  Let us remember our priests in prayer.

Welcome from the Editor

The beginning of our time of preparation for the Feast of Christmas

Peter H