Posted on: 12/11/2020
The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all [people] they may at length have life."
Diwali is a five day festival, of which Diwali Day is the third. It falls, this year, on 14th November. Different days of the festival centre on different stories such as the return of Lord Krishna from exile (his way marked by oil lamps, diyas, which give the festival its name), and the welcoming of the goddess of fortune, Laksmi, into homes. These are, respectively, marked with fireworks, and the drawing of rangoli, traditional patterns. The overarching theme of Diwali is the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil - fitting for the times we find ourselves in.
Like all festivals, this, too, will be shaped by the restrictions due to COVID 19. Just as we are unable at the present to gather together for Mass, our Hindu and Sikh sisters and brothers are unable to join in worship or in extended home gatherings. Let us keep them in prayer.
No Obligation Info Sessions: Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
Once again this year the Diocese, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Wrexham Diocese, are offering a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership. The Diploma is a combination of Online Learning and a series of leadership workshops, leading to a Loyola University Chicago Certificate and a series of Liverpool Hope CPD Awards.
The course starts in January 2021 and ends in December 2023. The full Diploma costs £2500, which is payable over three instalments - some bursaries are available. Funding, up to a third of each year’s fees, is available for a limited number of candidates with the support of their parish priest.
More information can be found on the website below. Here you will find testimonies from past students, information booklets on the modules, application forms and an online form to book on one of the Zoom information Webinars www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/diploma
The Zoom information Webinar is at the following date and time:
Tuesday 17 November: 7. 00pm – 8. 30pm
Posted: 24 November 2020
Continuing our preparation for Advent, there’s a couple of little teachings from the Desert Fathers, the monks (and nuns) of the third and fourth centuries who strove to give up the luxuries of life in order to be closer to God and to each other in community.
Posted: 23 November 2020
After Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter, I though we might reflect on what love means in the light of the Gospel.
Posted: 22 November 2020
Did you enjoy yesterday’s rainbow - fleeting as it was. A sign of hope and new life, please God.