News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool



Cath Pic Jubilee Issue-1 February

Advent and Christmas at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King


The Advent Sequence service of readings and choral music and the other Advent Choral Services and a series of short Advent Reflections by Father Chris McCoy are all available online on the Cathedral Website.

Tickets (available from ‘Eventbrite’ or via the link on the Cathedral website) are required for ALL the public services and Masses below as there is a limit of 300 people per service.


Saturday 19 December and Sunday 20 December

6.00 pm (each evening) ‘Carols from the Met’


Christmas Eve – Thursday 24 December

6.00 pmVigil Mass of Christmas


Christmas Day – Friday 25 December

12.00 midnight Midnight Mass of Christmas

Celebrant: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass

 9.00 am Christmas Morning Mass

11.00 am Christmas Morning Mass


Prepare the Future: Advent Reflections in the light of Fratelli Tutti – given by Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr

Following on from our Prepare the Future series given by Christine Allen - Director of Cafod, Father Diarmuid O’Murchu and Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, we are delighted that once again Cardinal Michael will join us and give four reflections as part of an opportunity for Advent prayer and contemplation.

Cardinal Michael will be looking at four aspects of Advent in the light of Fratelli Tutti: Stay awake; Prepare a way for the Lord; Bearing Witness; ‘Get on with it, lass”’; and inspiring us to encounter the Advent Christ in this time of uncertainty whilst heeding the call of Pope Francis to ‘Prepare the Future’.

You are invited to join us for one or more ‘live’ on Zoom on Mondays at 7.00 pm to 7:30pm on 30 November, 7 December, 14 December, 21 December for a time of reflective prayer.  The prayer and reflections will also be available on YouTube LiverpoolJ&P and Facebook.  To receive the Zoom link please register via the Facebook Page jpliverpooljp or online at the J&P website www.jp.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk .


Compass in Advent …preparing for Christmas

Our lives are being turned upside down at the moment due to Covid-19.  Join us to reflect on some of the characters in the Christmas story whose lives were also radically changed.  How is God speaking to us through these stories today?

Each Friday we will focus on one set of characters.  The meeting will also include a sharing of a contemporary story of vocation/call.  There will be time for sharing, questions and discussion.

Who? – Young adults 18-35

When? Fridays - 4, 11, 18 December

Time? 7.00 pm for one hour

Zoom link: email us on [email protected] for the link and for any other information.

Facebook event: https://bit.ly/CompassInAdvent

Compass is a project of CVP (Catholic Vocations Project). CVP is supported by a group of religious women and men in the UK who are interested in promoting a culture of vocation in our Church.


Cafod Virtual Fun Run

On the 27 December, 37 years ago, the first Cafod Fun Run was held in Liverpool.  Over the years, everyone has had the opportunity to run, walk or toddle off their Christmas dinners at these Cafod Fun Runs.  However, this year due to Coronavirus, we are taking our run online, and inviting people around the country to join us on Sunday 27 December.  It will be a 'Fun Run like no other'.  We're asking you to take to the streets in your local area to run, walk or toddle 5k, or whatever distance you wish (it's the taking part that counts), to help raise vital funds for Cafod.

There is no entry fee, we're asking you to participate and kindly raise sponsorship or make a donation for you and your family. And please don't forget to add gift aid if possible.  Please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafods-christmas-fun-run-tickets-129021764571 to sign up.

£12 can pay for an emergency food package for a family in isolation and £135 can install one community handwashing point and train 25 villagers in safe handwashing?

Donations and sponsorship are so vital at the moment as we help our sisters and brothers around the world to rebuild their lives.  make a donation to the Cafod just giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/funrunlikenoother  You can simply click the orange 'Start Fundraising' button, to set up a page linked to this event.  Please share this page with people who would usually sponsor you and ask them to make donations too.  As this is a virtual event, anyone can take part anywhere in the world, so please do spread the word.  If you get to £100 of sponsorship, then we will send you a Cafod running vest.

We'd love to see photos of you joining in the fun, and don't forget snaps of your pets as well as those in prams and fancy dress, it is a fun run after all!  Please do take photos and share them on social media tagging @CAFODLiverpool or #CAFODFunRun.

Join us at our virtual start line to kick off the day at 10.00 am.  Simply find us on social media.  As it’s a virtual event, you can do your run, walk or toddle at any point in the day.  The Facebook event can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/724924291700948 

Thank you so much for your kind support for Cafod, we hope you enjoy this year’s virtual Fun Run and look forward to seeing you altogether hopefully next year.


Advent Zoom events at Irenaeus

‘The people who walked in darkness.’  Advent Reflections on the Prophet Isaiah.  Thursday 3 December and Thursday 10 December from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.  (Link will open at 10.00 am).  Bookings email: [email protected]  No charge but donations gratefully received.

Carol Service by Zoom.  Monday 21 December from 7.00 pm.  (Link will open at 6.30 pm.)  Bookings email: [email protected]  No charge but donations gratefully received.


Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst

The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst series of online talks, ‘Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters’, exploring some of the great figures of Western spirituality with well-known experts continues this December.  The series is free.

‘The Saviour of Europe: St Benedict and Benedictine spirituality’ with Father Cassian Folsom OSB.  Thursday 3 December at 7.30 pm.

‘God and the Crib: Francis and Greccio’ with Father Gabriel Kyte CFR.  Thursday 10 December at 7.30 pm.

Register to receive a link, online at https://christianheritagecentre.com/event/saints-scholars-spiritual-masters/ or email [email protected]

What’s On - December