St Francis Xavier's Liverpool

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...
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...
On Tuesday 30 May, the BBC will air the first episode of its new drama Broken. Set in a Catholic community in the north of England, it tells the moving stories of its priest, played by Sean Bean, and parishioners. Much of the series was filmed in the Jesuit Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool, known locally as SFX, and Parish Priest Fr Denis Blackledge SJ was on hand throughout the filming to act as a religious advisor.In honour of the show’s debut airing, we explore the SFX...
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...