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Pastoral Letter: Sunday 1 October 2017

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Archbishop Malcolm's Pastoral Letter

for Sunday 1 October 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Archbishop's tribute

Archbishop Malcolm has paid tribute to the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

Sunday's Gospel

Matthew's Gospel makes clear we cannot give to Caesar that which belongs to God.

Bishops engagements

Lourdes, London, Glasgow and the Isle of Man feature on our bishops' itineraries.

Rev Gerald Hurst

Father Hurst, a long-time parish priest at St Mary's, Castletown, has died aged 88.

From the Archbishop's desk: October

A recent trip to Portugal got Archbishop Malcolm thinking about the importance of the saints, as he explains in his October column in the Catholic Pictorial:

"These heroes of our faith are our friends and have an active role in heaven of interceding for us," he writes.

On a liturgical note

October sees the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, who watch carefully over our lives.

Risk following Him

To follow Jesus means letting go of our desires and needs – and, crucially, of our egos.

Sunday thoughts

This month a special Novena is taking place on the Isle of Man to Mary, Untier of Knots.

Black History Month

How to read about Liverpool's black community in back issues of the Catholic Pictorial.

Mozart's Requiem

The Cathedral hosts a special performance of Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece.

CD celebrates Jubilee

'Angels, Saints and Nations Sing' is the Cathedral Choir's new CD marking the Jubilee.

Faith in Action

Sign up as the national Faith in Action scheme starts a second year in our diocese.

Register for Embrace

The Embrace Liverpool Catholic Youth Conference takes place on 25 November.

Volunteer for Cafod

Volunteer to sustain the only charity shop in the country that raises money for Cafod.

Our seminarians

This year the Archdiocese of Liverpool has 12 students studying for the priesthood.

Catholic school direct

Wigan & West Lancs Catholic School Direct prepares student teachers to impart the faith.

Pastoral ministry

A new Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is being made available to northern dioceses.

Syrian refugees

Read a Justice & Peace progress report on an initiative to welcome Syrian refugees.

Cafod fun run

Volunteers are being sought in preparation for the annual Cafod Liverpool Fun Run.

Jospice fundraiser

A special Ball marked the 55th anniversary of the founding of St Joseph's Hospice.

Shutting out gossip

Proverbs 26:20: "Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip, a quarrel dies down."

Is God calling you?


vocation to the priesthood or religious life is an 'exodus' giving new joy and meaning.

Sunday reflection

Take time to read our special weekly reflection for every Sunday of the liturgical year.

The Word of the Lord

Listen to this Sunday's Gospel reading by visiting the website

Safeguarding e-learning

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to create an e-learning package that raises awareness throughout the Catholic Community.

It is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available for free.

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