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Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December

‘Women who wrestle with God.’

A weekend of prayer for women led by Sister Moira Meeghan at lrenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.  Suggested donations: residential £85; non-residential with meals £60; non-residential self catering £20.  Details  Tel: 0151 949 1199.  Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk


Sunday 3 December

Day of Prayer for Migrants.


Rosary for vocations to the priesthood and for our seminarians

8.30 am at Sacred Heart, Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4HD  led by the Legion of Mary, our Lady, Queen of All Angels, Presiduum.


Liverpool Bach Collective

Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 115: ‘Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit.’  (‘Make yourself ready, my spirit.’)  6.30 pm at St Clare’s, Arundel Avenue, Liverpool, L17 2AU.  Singers and Players directed by Philip Duffy.


Wednesday 6 December

Annual Novena in Honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary offered for Peace

‘The Lady of the Miraculous Medal who gathers the nations into prayer.’  Presider: Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly.  7.00 pm at St John the Evangelist, Fountains Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool L4 1QL.


Thursday 7 December

‘The Lord is my Saviour.’

A journey through the Book of Exodus.  Scripture Morning led by Father Chris Thomas.  10.30 am at lrenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.  Details Tel: 0151 949 1199.  Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk


Oasis: a listening ear and a cuppa

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at St Thomas of Canterbury church, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.  Details: Tel 0151 949 1199 or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk


Legion of Mary Ashton Curia December reunion

Sacred Heart church, Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4HD.  7.00 pm Rosary.  7.30 pm Mass followed by refreshments (£3.50) in the Parish Centre.


Saturday 9 December

Car Boot Sale

8.00 am onwards in the Cathedral Car Park.  Pitches £10 booked in advance Tel: 0151 709 9222  Email: enquiries@metcatherdal.org.uk


Sunday 10 December

Bible Sunday.


St Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) ‘Light up a Life’ remembrance and carol service

4.00 pm at St Joseph’s Hospice, Ince Road, Thornton, Liverpool, L23 4UE.  Details Tel: 0151 932 6044  Email: events@jospice.org.uk


Tuesday 12 December

Time Out on Tuesdays

10.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW.  Open to all who are involved in any form of ministry or service to others, giving time for silence and personal reflection.  Offering £10 per person (bring your own lunch).  For further details contact: Sister Winifred.  Tel: 0151 722 2271, Email: winniecenacle@mail.com


Wednesday 13 December

‘Songs we Remember.’

Singing and enjoyment for anyone who likes to sing but particularly geared towards those living with dementia and their carers.  2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.  Details: Irenaeus  Tel: 0151 949 1199.  Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk


Thursday 14 December

‘The Lord is my Saviour.’

A journey through the Book of Exodus.  Scripture Morning led by Father Chris Thomas.  10.30 am at lrenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.  Details Tel: 0151 949 1199.  Website: www.irenaeus.co.uk


Cafod Carol Concert

7.30 pm at St Theresa’s Church, College Road, Upholland, WN8 0PY, followed by mince pies and wine.  All welcome, proceeds to support Cafod’s work overseas.


Sunday 17 December

Joint Carol Service for Our Lady’s and St Mary’s Parish Church, Prescot

6.30 pm in St Mary’s Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot, L34 3LA.


Thursday 21 December

Bethlehem Peace Light Service

6.30 pm at St. Mary's Lowe House, St Helens, WA10 2BE.  The Bethlehem Peace Light ecumenical service was started by scouts and involves carrying a light taken from the light at Bethlehem around the world into churches and homes to promote peace.   Lamps can be bought on the evening or bring your own.  Details Tel: 07592 061699.


Wednesday 27 December

Cafod Fun Run

12.00 noon registration.  1.00 pm start at Wavertree Athletics Centre, Wellington Road, Liverpool, L15 4LE.  There is a choice of three distances this year: 2km, 4km or 8km for you to run, walk or toddle, and feel free to bring the dog.  £7 to register as an individual or £15 for a family.   Details: Cafod Liverpool Office Tel: 0151 228 4028.



Advent and Christmas at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King


Sunday 3 December

5.00pm Advent Sequence

Seasonal music sung by the Cathedral Choir to mark the

beginning of Advent, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.


Wednesday 6 December

1.30 pm Schools Advent Service


Thursday 7 December

1.30 pmSchools Advent Service


Friday 8 December

7.30 pm BBC Radio Merseyside Christmas Carol Service

Tickets from the BBC Radio Merseyside, Hanover Street, Liverpool. The Carol Service will be recorded for broadcast on Christmas Eve.


Saturday 9 December

7.30pm Concert Society Christmas Celebration Concert

Traditional Carols for choirs and audience.  Taking part are the Cathedral Cantata Choir, Carleton House School Choir, English Martyrs RC Primary School Choir and the Cathedral Orchestra.  A concert of festive seasonal music and old favourites.  Tickets available from the Cathedral Gift Shop 0151 707 3525.


Sunday 10 December

3.00 pm Choral Evening Prayer with Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’

3.00 pm North-West Cancer Research ‘Concert for a Cure’.  (Crypt Concert Room)

5.00 pm Marie Curie ‘Lights to Remember’ Service.  Details Tel: 0151 801 1412

Tuesday 12 December

7.00 pm‘ Carols by Candlelight’ in aid of the NSPCC.  Details Tel: 0113 887 1120.  Email: northappeals@nspcc.org.uk

Wednesday 13 December

12.30pmN ugent ‘Light up a Life Service’ with Bishop Tom Williams

Dedicate a light to celebrate the life of a loved one, past or present.  Details Tel: 0151 261 2000  www.wearenugent.org


Thursday 14 December

7.30 pm SAMM Annual Remembrance Service

(Support after Murder and Manslaughter)


Saturday 16 December

7.00 pm A Dickensian Christmas Carol Concert

presented by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips

An evening of readings, familiar carols and seasonal music.  Tickets are £5 or £10 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children).  Tickets from www.lpoolmetmusic.ticketsource.co.uk

or the Cathedral Gift Shop.  Tel: 0151 707 3525.


Sunday 17 December

5.00 pm Festival of Carols

A mix of seasonal music and readings and congregational carols. Refreshments will be served after the Service.


Tuesday 19 December

5.30 pm St Edward’s College Carol Service

7.00 pm Liverpool Cursillo Christmas Ultreya

Mass followed by a Christmas Celebration in the Gibberd Room.  Details: www.liverpool-cursillo.co.uk


Wednesday 20 December

2.00 pm Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP.  

Featuring the Children from All Saints’ Primary school, Bootle; St Margaret Mary’s Junior School, Huyton plus the ‘Songs we Remember’ Choir.  Refreshments afterwards in the Gibberd Room.  Details: Pastoral Formation Department Tel: 0151 522 1046.  Email m.knight@rcaol.co.uk


Christmas Eve: Sunday 24 December

Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 8.30 am (Blessed Sacrament Chapel);

10.00 am (Family Mass - Crypt) and 11.00 am (Solemn Mass - Cathedral)

3.00 pmFirst Vespers of Christmas and Blessing of the Crib

11.30 pmMidnight Mass of Christmas broadcast live by BBC Radio 4

Celebrant: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Please be seated by 11.00 pm.  Mass will begin at 11.30 pm.


Christmas Day: Monday 25 December

8.30 am Mass (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

10.00 am Family Mass (Crypt)

11.00 amSolemn Mass (Cathedral)

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