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Faith Primary School, the Joint Church Primary School served and supported by Saint Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool has just received the Liverpool Echo Award of ‘Primary School of the Year 2019’This is tremendous news and a great achievement considering the difficult changes and the need of a support network being put into place just a few years ago.There are ten categories for the Echo School Awards, from one for the best class/team of the year and school support staff to head teacher,...
Saint Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool, along with the neighbouring parishes, is delighted to have links with the excellent secondary school in the area, Notre Dame Catholic College. SFX Church pastoral assistant, Debbie Reynolds has the joy of supporting the school chaplaincy team each Wednesday.On Red Wednesday, an initiative held on the 28th November promoted by ACN UK, a class from Year 9 celebrated Mass together remembering those who are being persecuted for their faith. The...
Debbie and Fr Denis in the new SFX memorial garden
The Feast of St Ignatius is always a joyful day in the Jesuit calendar.  Jesuits congratulated their many jubilarians at special masses for friends and alumni at Farm Street Church in London and at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.  Staff in Jesuit ministries held services of thanks and praise, celebrated with special meals and sometimes even a half day’s holiday.Twelve Jesuit priests and brothers were joined by a large congregation at St Francis Xavier’s Liverpool for the annual...
Brian Purfield giving his talk in the church
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...
This year it's the turn of St Francis Xavier parish Liverpool to host our regional North West parishes and alumni for a celebration mass for the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola.At 7pm on Tuesday 31st July folk will be gathering from Preston, Manchester, Stonyhurst and St Beuno's for a concelebrated mass led by Denis Blackledge, with music and choir provided by Maria Hall from Preston.After the mass, weather permitting, we'll baptise our new memorial garden, and, whatever the weather, we'll have a...
The BBC One series Broken wins the 2018 Sandford St Martin Awards, as announced at yesterday’s awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace.Broken was scripted by Jimmy McGovern, a well-known Liverpool writer and alumnus of St Francis Xavier College. Much of the series was filmed in the Jesuit church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool and saw the strict collaboration of Fr Denis Blackledge SJ as religious advisor for Sean Bean in his role of Fr Michael Kerrigan, a parish priest in a northern urban setting...
Animate Youth Ministries is the Catholic Youth Ministry team for the Archdiocese of Liverpool in the north west of England.The team consists of paid employees as well as a group of volunteers taking gap years.  They work with and for around 10,000 young people a year across the Archdiocese between the ages of 11 and 25.   Animate held their annual Advent Service by candlelight at St Francis Xavier's Church on Advent Sunday. The church was full of people and looked...
Fr Denis and the Guild of St Stephen
St Francis Xavier’s Church Liverpool celebrated its patronal feast on Saturday, 2nd December  - the feast day of St Francis Xavier having been liturgically suspended because of the First Sunday of Advent.The Feast was celebrated with ‘Breakfast with Xavier’ and delicious bacon butties were enjoyed by all.Before 12 noon Mass the parish held a time of reflection using the ‘Pray as Go’ podcast issuing from a mobile phone proudly taking place at the lectern alongside the microphone. ...
Two Jesuit parishes came together last week as a group from SFX Church in Liverpool braved the torrential Preston rain to visit the community at St Wilfrid's Church. All received a great welcome at mass, a magnificent three-course lunch and then an informative guided tour of the Harris Museum.  This is a little known gem of Preston, currently hosting paintings from the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, as well as the Cuerdale Hoarde, the second largest discovery of Viking ...
Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan
BBC One viewers are in for a treat when a new six-part drama starring Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan begins on Tuesday 23 May at 9pm.Broken is set in a Catholic community in the north of England and tells the moving stories of its priest and parishioners. The poverty, grief, crime and family troubles that afflict the people of the parish all evoke the compassion of Fr Michael, who seeks to help those around him while he faces his own personal struggles. Writer Jimmy McGovern is in no doubt...

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