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In Liverpool Archdiocese:- 

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Bishops’ Conference has requested that on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday 3rd June 2012, each parish will celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During this Mass, the first reading is replaced by 1 Kings 3:11–14 and the Prayer for the Queen, which has been approved by the Bishops, is used after the Post- Communion Prayer and before the Final Blessing. 

Congratulations to the following:

Jonathan Brown, ordination to the diaconate: Thursday 31st May at the Metropolitan Cathedral at 7.30 p.m. This will also be the Mass for new Catholics
Ged Callacher, ordination to the priesthood: Friday 22nd June at St Monica’s, Bootle, at 7.00 p.m. 
Paul Grady, ordination to the priesthood: Friday 6th July at St Mary’s, Wigan, at 6.30 p.m. 
Liam Collister, ordination to the priesthood: Sunday 8th July at St Matthew’s, Clubmoor, at 3.00 p.m. 
Joseph Kendall, ordination to the priesthood: Friday 13th July at St Edmund’s, Waterloo, at 6.00 p.m. 

Friday 6th July the Relic of Saint John Mary Vianney will be at the Metropolitan Cathedral. The programme for the day, besides adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and veneration of the relic, includes: 10.00 Arrival; 10.30 Morning Prayer; 12.00 Noon Mass; 3.30 Evening Prayer; 5.00 Departure.


Six seminarians were ordained as deacons in our parish Church. Their ordination as Priests will be later this year. It was inspiring to see them as they were an international group, two from India, one from Uganda, one from Peru and two from Asia. The training they have already received is very impressive and two were continuing to train for religious dialogue. May they continue their mission for the Church wherever they will be and we keep them in prayer.

A few weeks ago Wembley stadium hosted a large crowd of young people who were not there to watch football but to share and pray together and to enjoy the day. It was a little like the visit of the Pope to Hyde Park as they had a time of prayer in silence that spoke volumes for all present. Approximately 8000 youth were there, happy to be together and to make new friends. Sadly this did not appear in any of the daily papers but was a witness that young people can be happy to be together and are willing to share their lives, and also to pray and sing.


Update on Eucharistic Congress:

 Preparations continue for the Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin, 10-17 June 2012.  Final Pastoral preparations are under way in parishes across Ireland.  The Congress Bell has visited many parishes where people gathered to pray and reflect.  Thousands have already booked for the Congress from home and from abroad and the numbers are increasing daily.  Numerous events are organised to be held throughout this special week in June which is anticipated will be a great spiritual uplift for our Country and for our guests from overseas.


Thought for the day: `Blessed are they who hope in the Lord'

The way of the advertising and consumerism teach us that we don't have enough and we're entitled to more. So we can never be satisfied.

Yet God has gifted us with this wonderful world. He has surrounded us with beauty. He longs for us to be satisfied.

We often look to God with our problems and difficulties and forget to be grateful for all that He has given us.

We need to praise and thank God more often for the wonders of the World He has created and remember to care for it and rest trustingly on Him.