"Living Joyfully" - a Vocations Festival @ Liverpool Met. Cathedral, Feb. 6th + 7th

Preparations in our Vocations Network North-West core group  (and larger group of interested volunteers from about 20 different congregations) are stepping up for our 2-day "Living Joyfully" vocations festival event at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

See below 2 posters for the 2 days. The Friday event is aimed at young people aged 14-18 and will provide a useful complement to G.C.S.E. and A-Level R.E. work on vocation, religious commitment, religious life and the priesthood.

Both days will be made up of workshop activities, games, live music, speakers,discussion groups, a question panel, and finish with a final liturgy. On the Saturday this will be the Saturday evening Mass (1st Mass of Sunday) celebrated by Archbishop Malcom McMahon. There will be about 50 Sisters, Brothers, religious order priests and diocesan priests present each day with displays around the Cathedral, as well as members of new ecclesial communities such as Chemin Neuf and Focolare, representing the many and varied forms of consecrated life and priesthood within the Church, all there to celebrate their vocations and share with others the JOY that comes from responding to God's call, whatever it may be. Participants, as well as casual visitors to the cathedral over the 2 days, will be able to meet and chat to these representatives.

Fr. Christopher Jamison osb, former Abbot of Worth Abbey and "star" of the BBC documentary series from 2005 "The Monastery" will be speaking on the Friday. So far we have nearly 200 young people signed up from schools around the Archdiocese for the Friday and we are hoping to have well over 300 in the end.

I will be predominantly involved in leading the Music Ministry on each day. Some of those who will be involved were playing with me this evening at the Mass of the first Redemptorist Youth Ministry evening of 2015.

I would invite anyone reading this to keep us all in your prayers, especially the young people who will be attending the events, that they may each discover the particular calling that God is offering each of them.

Here’s the poster for the Sat. 7th event:

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