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Fr. Denis with Martha & Peter - Fr. Denis is wearing the traditional Mongolian Music hat
On Saturday, 24th February at the 12 noon Mass, St Francis Xavier Church Liverpool welcomed and blessed all those living their everyday lives in Christ's love, especially prayerfully supporting couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage this coming year.All were reminded of the words of Pope Francis from The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia): "The Lord's presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their daily troubles and struggles, joys and hopes". Family life... "if that...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ and Rev Henry Corbett led an assembly at Faith Primary School in Liverpool to coincide with the Autumn Harvest Festival on the theme of ‘Who is my neighbour?’  The school is a joint Catholic and Church of England school based on the values of the gospel and is supported by the Jesuit parish SFX and the neighbouring Anglican church of St Peter’s.  The school is located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, according to an analysis by the Department for...
An hour of  Evening Prayer and Bach Cantata at SFX on Sunday 14 May.  This is one of a series of similar events organised by Phillip Duffy, ex Master of Music at the Cathedral, and Friend of SFX Church.  Come along and enjoy a peaceful end to your weekend with some excellent music.Es ist euch gut, das ich hingeheIt is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108)A Cantata in preparation for the feast of The Ascension. Christ tells the disciples that he is soon to leave them; but...
Liverpool city centre Credit Geograph.org.uk
A series of eight talks by guest historians will take place across the weekend, giving an insight to a variety of local subjects. More than 50 groups and societies will be exhibiting throughout the weekend including the Friends of St Francis Xavier.We'd be delighted to see you at our stall in St Georges Hall during the Big History Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 29/30 April.  There will be a great selection of stalls and exhibitions for visitors to enjoy throughout the two days.Friends...
A time of Reconciliation and Adoration
Jesuit parishes, schools and other communities throughout Britain are responding to the Pope's call for the universal Church to set aside a period of '24 Hours for the Lord', by opening their doors for 24 hours this weekend. Pope Francis is inviting parishes around the world to provide a special welcome to visitors and worshippers tomorrow and Saturday, so that they might encounter Jesus Christ anew in the sacrament of Penance and Eucharistic Adoration.The theme chosen for this year's event is...
Prayers, readings and music at the Pause for Hope service at St Chad's Cathedral
An initiative to support those affected by cancer that started at St Francis Xavier's Church in Liverpool (SFX) almost 20 years ago extended to Birmingham at the weekend. The Pause for Hope service was led by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and Bishop Anne Hollinghurst, the Suffragan Bishop of Aston in the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham.It was back in 1998 that Professor Ray Donnelly, a Liverpool cancer surgeon, was exploring ways in which to respond to the spiritual needs of those...
Parish priest, Denis Blackledge SJ (back centre) with the three SFX parishioners and their supporters at Liverpool Cathedral
Three parishioners of St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool (SFX) have made a significant step on their journey as Catholics, which will culminate on Easter Sunday with their full reception in the Catholic Church.At the Rite of Election at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Dawn Kelly and Natalie Ford (who are both catechumens) and Dot Jones – a Candidate – joined the many from across the Archdiocese who were welcomed by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP. Earlier, the three had been...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ & Debbie Reynolds with Drew Pritchard (left) in SFX
St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) has played host to a team of antique dealers for a recording of a television programme which searches the length and breadth of the UK in search of weird and wonderful artifacts.Salvage Hunters is broadcast on Quest, operated by Discovery Networks Northern Europe, which provides factual, lifestyle and entertainment programmes, as well as other imported material. The programme is hosted by Drew Pritchard who is described as a modern day...
Sean Bean will play Fr Michael Kerrigan in the BBC drama 'Broken': flickr/Public Domain
Filming has begun on a new BBC drama series entitled Broken, which has been written by Jesuit alumnus, Jimmy McGovern, and stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel. Centred around a Catholic priest in a Northern urban parish, the Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool is being used as a location for the six-part series which is due to be shown on BBC One after Christmas.Jimmy McGovern was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and...
A long heritage alongside the poorJesuits had a mission in the Liverpool area from the 17th Century. In 1712 they built the first Catholic chapel since the Reformation. A second larger chapel was built in 1736 only to be demolished by an anti-Catholic mob in 1738. It was rebuilt in the following year disguised as a warehouse. Much of the hard work which led to the opening of St Francis Xavier's Church in 1848 was done by the Society of St Francis Xavier, a group of lay people some of whom...

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