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The recent SYNOD process, which included our own input, has resulted in the preparation and presentation of the Pastoral Plan. Check out our Pastoral Plan page. It includes links to the plan, to read or to download the plan for reading later. There is a lot of new information on this page and links to some MUST READ documentation for all parishioners.
Pastoral Development Bulletin
Each month, the Archdiocese communications team sends out a Pastoral Development Bulletin with information and links to events within the Archdiocese and beyond.
Please find the link to the current version of the PD Bulletin on our Pastoral Plan Page here.
to be read at all Masses on
the First Sunday of Advent
26 and 27 November 2022
My dear friends,
The Advent season begins with words of invitation. We are invited to “come up to the mountain of the Lord”; we are encouraged to be “filled with joy as we go to God’s house” in the psalm. St Paul writing to the Romans invites us to live as “people of the light” and in the Gospel Jesus asks us to “stay awake” – be ready.
These words set the theme until our celebration of the birth of the Lord at Christmas. So, I invite you to enter this time with joy. How can we do that amid so much hardship and turmoil? We can do it because of our confidence that our incarnate God walks with us. We are not on our own.
This weekend marks the first anniversary of our Pastoral Plan which was the fruit of our Synod journey. As we have come to understand that a Synod is not a one-off event so neitheris a pastoral plan. It is an invitation to discover what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church – an invitation to become the church that God is calling us to be.
This fact is echoed in the document published last month for the Vatican Synod of Bishops. It is the continental stage of the worldwide Synod, and the title of the document is: “enlarge the space of your tent.” This quote from the prophet Isaiah is a reminder to us that our Synod asked us to look outward – to be welcoming – to be inclusive, to enlarge our tent. This is not easy. One of the great gifts of the Vatican document is that it does not shy from difficultconversations and issues. If it were easy, we would have implemented everything from our Synod by now – we haven’t. We are learning what it means to be a synodal church, a synodaldiocese. The Vatican document says that we must learn to allow synodality to change the way we work at every level. This is not easy for any of us.
In the twelve months since the Pastoral Plan was launched, we have taken some important steps. Deanery Synodal Councils are meeting. Their main task is to set up Families of Parishes, where we can work together to share the mission of Christ. In the Autumn next year, we hope to have the first meeting of our Diocesan Synodal Council. We are learning new ways of listening. I have changed my main advisory body so that it can now include the voice of women and lay men. I have been delighted in the way we as a diocese have reached out to the local church in Ukraine and how we are now responding to the need for people to be warm and safe this winter. Our priests have been reflecting together on what it means to be a priest now and, in the years, to come. This has been done because you said in the Synod that you wanted us to find new ways of supporting our priests and deacons. We are exploring new ways of working and formation that will help us face a very challenging future. Next month we hope to employ a youth and young adult minister to help us shape our work with young people and young adults into the future.
On Monday I will be meeting with members of our Deanery Synodal Councils so that we can reflect together on the Vatican document. I want to listen to them before I make the response asked of me as your bishop. This way of working fills me with great hope – a church of co-responsibility, where the baptismal vocation of everyone is recognised and valued, where the voice of everyone is heard as we discern the way ahead.
In the weeks to come, as you prepare for Christmas, allow John the Baptist to re-ignite the flame of your baptism, to reflect on what it means for you to be a disciple of Christ. As you accompany your family, friends, colleagues, and parishioners towards the feast be aware of the needs of those around you and of our sisters and brothers across the world.
Thank you for hearing again the words of invitation – take them with you today, share them with others; then our hearts, our Diocese, will be more ready than ever to welcome the Christ child, the God who lives amongst us.
May God bless you and your families,
Archbishop of Liverpool
Warm and Cozy Update 8th November 2022
Thank you to everyone who has supported the warm and cosy hubs and well done to all parishes who have set up their own initiatives- they have been a huge success across the archdiocese.
They are a great opportunity for local people to keep warm and create new friendships in a safe environment.
Above is a snapshot of the first warm and cosy gathering at St Mary's parish centre in Billinge last week.
Parishes can also upload their details to this national website to raise further awareness of their hub: Register your Space — Warm Spaces
A generic volunteer role description will be circulated, together with associated risk assessments, to assist parishes who are setting up warm spaces. The role description will be assessed by Safeguarding colleagues to confirm that DBS will not be required for this activity.
Warm and Cozy Centres
At the beginning of October, the trustees approved for our parish centres across the archdiocese to be used as warm and cosy centres during the winter months.
The centres will welcome people with free tea and coffee, and use of TV and WiFi in a safe and friendly space.
Opening days will vary between parishes and a full list is available from the archdiocese website. However, the centres available in the Warrington and Widnes deanery are shown in the graphic alongside. Please be advise that times may change to reflect local timetables and issues.
The idea has already received press attention and was featured on the BBC website this weekend:
Suzanne Garswood, manager of St Jude’s, Wigan spoke to the Wigan Post about warm and cosy, you can watch the video here.