ADOREMUS: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress

ADOREMUS: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress.

7-9th Sept in Liverpool.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.

Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Tickets are available on the Diocesan Website. Fri 7 (Sold Out), Sat 8 (£40), Sun 9 (no fee).


The SVP Annual Pilgrimage 2018

This year’s SVP Annual Pilgrimage, will be to Our Lady of Walsingham and will take place on Sunday 1st July. There will be a list placed on the table at the back of the Church from this weekend onwards, for anyone interested in attending this annual event. If you are in tending to attend this pilgrimage, please add your name, address and contact details to the list. The coach will depart from outside St. Raphael’s Church at 7:00am on the day and return approximately 7:00pm and cost £20.00 per adult and £10.00 for children under 16 years old. Please bring a picnic lunch with you on the day. Please note that places will be allocated on a 1st come basis.

Further details will be provided over the coming weeks.


Mary’s Meals Visiting our Parish on 17th June

Mary’s Meals is a work of love, and because it can reach children in many places who cry for want of food – it simply must.  Finding ways to keep serving these daily meals to children might seem impossible at times, when children are living in villages cut off by war in South Sudan, or amidst the rubble strewn streets of Syria or the desperately arid and remote lands of Turkana in Kenya.  But this work of love has a persistence about it that cannot be overcome.

Your love and support allows thousands of volunteers to put on the blue Mary’s Meals attire and serve food to hungry children in places of education. Day-by-day, your love for our work and the volunteers love and commitment to the cause, even amidst challenging circumstances, is making something new and wonderful for each child receiving Mary’s Meals. Thank you! – Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Founder of Mary’s Meals


St. Raphael’s Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima 2017

In this hundredth anniversary year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, forty-one pilgrims from our parish travelled to Fatima to pray at the shrine of Our Lady. The weather was perfect and it remained sunny and hot throughout.

Fatima was still very busy with many pilgrims still coming to pray at the shrine. Our stay at the convent of the Dominican sisters was comfortable. During our stay we visited St. Stephen’s church, site of a 13th century Eucharistic miracle. Fr John celebrated mass for our group at St. Stephen’s. We also attended daily mass at the chapel of the apparitions – groups from the United States, Ireland and Nigeria lead us in prayer. In the evening we attended with hundreds of people the recitation of the Rosary and the Procession around the piazza. The stations of the cross was one of the many highlights during the week – It was very humbling and a great experience.. Fatima is a privileged place of Marian presence. But most of all, it was an affirmation of the reality of our faith, and a wonderful opportunity to see the depth and breadth of our faith, as well as to be able to share it with fellow Catholics. May Our Lady of Fatima bless us all.