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Liverpool archdiocese to launch evangelisation drive

By on Monday, 30 January 2012

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Mazur/

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Mazur/

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has announced that it will launch a major evangelisation drive in Lent along with 11 other metropolitan dioceses in Europe.

The drive is part of a continent-wide pilot scheme promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation in preparation for the October Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation in Rome.

The scheme, known as Missio Metropolis, is the Pontifical Council’s first big project since it was created in 2010.

During Lent parishes in the Archdiocese of Liverpool will hold talks, reflections, services and devotions, including early morning Masses at least once a week, with some starting at 6:30am.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King will promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation, with extra times of Eucharistic Adoration between 4pm and 5pm on Saturday afternoons.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool will preside at Solemn Mass and choral evening prayer at the cathedral on each of the Sundays of Lent.

On Saturday evenings in Lent, the archbishop will offer a reflection on the Gospel during a vigil service of sung Office of Readings. This will take place at the Shrine of Blessed Dominic Barberi in Sutton, St Helens.

On Friday evenings the archbishop will lead reflections at St Ambrose Barlow church, Astley.

On Saturday March 31, the eve of Palm Sunday, the archbishop will give a reflection at a performance of Liszt’s Via Crucis.

The other European dioceses participating in the pilot scheme are Barcelona, Budapest, Brussels, Dublin, Cologne, Lisbon, Paris, Turin, Vienna and Warsaw.

  • Christopher J Moore

    Yes! Let us hope this initiative spreads through England & Wales. The New Evangelisation Team (NET) in the Deanery of Herefordshire has been active in small ways since the Spring of 2010. See for details of forthcoming events.

  • Kennyinliverpool

    I have been involved in ‘evangelism’ in Liverpool – good times! If the laity were enabled to do morning and evening prayer together the church would be better …
    - Chemin Neuf is also a cool movemen in he church at the moment …

  • Scyptical Chymist

    This very good news.

  • Margaret

    That so called Liverpool Cathedral looks more like an Aztec Temple. Part of the failure of 1960′s style of architecture is “identity confusion”. Who are we as a religion? How can you convert someone if you aren’t even clear what you are converting them to? This monstrosity of a building should be sold off as office space and a real Catholic church constructed instead.

  • Margiemrgn

    Sorry but it doesnt matter what it looks like its a temple of prayer and if you dont like it dont go there .you can pray anywher it does not have to be in church and seen as your so matter of bfact well why dont you build one.As far as selling it for office space it would be better to take care ofb the sick and children than build more churches or Cathederals  especially with there being to many Catholic Churches and not enough priests to run them just shows what the Catholic religoen is coming to 

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