Dear Parishioners

A couple of months ago Archbishop Malcolm wrote to the deans of the pastoral areas and asked them to share with their parishioners and fellow priests his letter which you will find below. I shall be reporting back to the archbishop but would welcome any comments that you may have to pass on to him. As a Benedictine parish it is the abbot of Douai who has the direct responsibility for our two parishes but we work very closely with the archbishop and what he says about the archdiocese applies equally to our own community at Douai. Who is going to replace Boniface and myself?

Godric Timney OSB

Dear Father,

I am writing to you to ask for your guidance and help.

You will be aware that one of the main tasks that I have as your Archbishop is the appointment of priests to the parishes. In many ways it is one of the most important and sacred tasks of a bishop. It is also one of the most difficult.

As you know we have fewer priests and people at Mass than we had in recent times. There is also a number clergy preparing to retire from active ministry after a lifetime of service to the Church. So I need your advice. I am asking you, clergy and people together, to look carefully at your Pastoral Area and to see how we can best serve the mission of the Church in your part of the Diocese. I want to best use the resources of priests, people and buildings that we have. I would be very grateful if you could share with me your ideas of how we can go forward with fewer priests and perhaps fewer buildings too.

I have asked your Dean to call clergy and people together to help me in the forward planning that we need to embark upon. I know that many of you took part in the Leaving Safe Harbours process and we have been able to put in place some of the recommendations that came from Pastoral Area plans, I thank you for that. You may wish to revisit the planning that you did then. I ask you to share with me in this present task, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be the Church that God has called us to be.

Yours in sincerely in Christ,
The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP KC*HS
Archbishop of Liverpool

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Ormskirk Catenians Annual Clergy Night

Ormskirk Catenians hosted their ever popular annual Clergy night at Hurlston Hall. Attracting 30 local Priests and 35 Ormskirk Circle members. Bishop John Rawsthorne was the Principal Guest speaker, John originally from Crosby studied at St Josephs Collage in Upholland and was ordained in June 1962. John was appointed the Bishop of Hallam( Sheffield) Diocese in 1977. on his 75th birthday in 2011 in accordance with canon law John offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVl but was refused and remained in office until official retirement in 2014.

(picture from left to right: Ormskirk President Tony Charnock, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ormskirk St Anne's Priest Father Godric, Ormskirk Vice President John Gannon)


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