“All about the Eucharist” SFX prepares for Adoremus

Brian Purfield giving his talk in the church
Brian Purfield

In little over a month the bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, called Adoremus - in Liverpool, 6-9 September 2018.

This national event will welcome delegates from all dioceses and aims to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

St Francis Xavier’s Jesuit parish in Liverpool is hosting one of the events as part of the Archdiocese of Liverpool parallel programmes.  An episode of the award winning BBC1 drama Broken, which was filmed at SFX, is to be screened at the church on 7 and 8 September at 1.30pm and followed by a Q & A session with writer Jimmy McGovern and parish priest Fr Denis Blackledge SJ.  Jimmy had previously declared that his series, which starred Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan, was “all about the Eucharist”. 

Ahead of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, LOYOLA-metro, the Jesuit spirituality outreach programme in Merseyside, held a weekend of Living Theology entitled Food for Thought — Reflections around the Eucharist for a group of 35 participants at Saint Francis Xavier’s Church and Hope University Creative Campus, Liverpool last weekend.

Brian Purfield from the Mount Street Jesuit Centre in London, led the main sessions by reflecting on the different aspects of the mass, particularly on some of the responses that we make during the celebration of the Eucharist.  Additional sessions were led by Michael Smith SJ on ‘Practical Theology’ and Peter Edmonds SJ on ‘Living Theologians’.

LOYOLA-metro organiser and SFX pastoral assistant Debbie Reynolds said “The talks helped  everyone to deepen and appreciate full participation in the Eucharist as well as giving time to reflect on what we hear in the Gospels and examine our own understanding of God, and the ways in which that affects the world.”

Participant, Pat Daly agreed “An excellent weekend with lots to think about – thanks to everyone”.