Fr Denis Blackledge SJ

When I celebrated mass publicly for the first time in almost four months on Tuesday 7th July, which happened to be my 47th anniversary of priesthood, I did something for the very first time at mass in those 47 years of priesting – wore a visor to give out communion.Liverpool Archdiocese has been meticulous in laying down practical rules and regulations to enable mass to be celebrated during the covid-19 era. The aim is to provide as secure a situation as possible to maintain high standards of...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ on the altar of St Francis Xavier's
On Tuesday 2nd October, St Francis Xavier's church in Liverpool celebrated its first Mass dedicated to remembering all victims of abuse. This was seen as an opportunity to raise awareness, as well as offering support and comfort.In August, Pope Francis had published a Letter to the People of God in which he unequivocally condemned both the abuse of minors and the failure to hold perpetrators to account.The Holy Father invited the Church to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting: “...