God 'determined to call together in the holy Church those who believe in Christ'

Lumen Gentium

The New Evangelisation

Programme of Formation 2017-2018

The diocesan approach to the NEW EVANGELISATION is to see it both as a Reaching in, to the deep roots of the Faith and a Reaching out to Others.

As followers of the Lord in the Catholic household of the faith, we are all invited to explore those roots of that faith both for ourselves and for others. Doing so will surely nourish our love of the faith and encourage us to live it fully.

It will also ‘push us’ to find new ways to share that faith with those around us in our daily lives. As the Lord in his great ‘missionary’ discourse said: You have received freely; give freely (Matthew 10:8).

It is hoped that in this exploration and in your desire for others to come to know the Lord, you will find the material offered in 2017/8 helpful to you both spiritually and doctrinally.

Barbara Davies

The Diocesan Pastoral and Catechetical theme for 2018 is:


In preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress will will be held in Liverpool in September, the theme of this Diocesan Formation Programme for 2018 is the Eucharist.

In the very first document of the Vatican Council (SC #10), we read: 

“The liturgy is the summit toward which
the activity of the Church is directed… the font from which all her power flows”

The Eucharist is at the heart of the liturgy and can truly be, for each one of us, both the summit and the source of everything we do not, only in our personal lives but also in our parish and in reaching out to others.

To help us rediscover this, Bishop Mark has designated the pastoral and catechetical theme for the year as:

The Eucharistic Heart of the Parish

All of the activities offered by the diocese will, therefore, reflect this theme. They will hopefully help us prepare for the Pilgrimage and Congress, even if we are not able to attend it in Liverpool. 

The information given below is also available in a leaflet format .




“Eucharist: Food for our Joy”
Please access content of talks given by the speakers by clicking on their names below.

Speakers: Deacon Tony Crisp and Miss Barbara Davies
Saturday 7 October 2017
Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, CH65 7AQ

“Sharing Best Practice”

Covering Baptism, First Holy Communion,
Confirmation, Marriage, RCIA, Bereavement

Moderator: Miss Caroline Farey
Saturday 13 January  2018
Our Lady’s, 2a Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 8BY
Mass will be at noon with the parish.


Further Dates

Saturday 7 July 2018
theme and venue to be confirmed

All events are from 10:00am -1:00pm (registration from 9:30am)  unless otherwise specified




“Living a Sacramental Life”

Leaflet: Living a Sacramental Life

Speakers:  Fr Jonathan Brandon, Miss Barbara Davies, Frs Edmund Montgomery and Oliver Traenor

Wednesdays – April 11, 18, 25 & May 2
Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port, CH65 8BY
(7:00pm for) 7:30pm-9:00pm

Saturdays –  April 14, 21, 28 & May 5
Shrewsbury Cathedral, Parish Room, SY1 1TE
(10:00am for) 10:30am—12:30pm

For the third year running, the Department will be offering a series of talks. The theme in 2018 will be the Sacraments, with particular emphasis  on the Eucharist. They will have a rich content, but will be accessible to all.


The Eucharist: Maelstrom of Love

Speaker: Fr Oliver Treanor of the Diocese of Down and Connor

Saturday 9 June 2018
venue to be confirmed
(9:30am for) 10:00am—3:00pm (Please bring lunch – tea and coffee provided)

Sunday 10 June 2018
Parish Room, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1 TE
(12:30pm for) 1:00 – 4:00pm (please bring lunch or visit the Orchard Cafe; tea and coffee provided) 


Book – Fr Oliver Treanor Maelstrom of Love: The Eucharist – Source and Centre of the Sacramental Life (published 15 Sep 2014)



“Fruitful Disciples”

Saturday 12 May 2018
St Ambrose College, College Hale Road, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE

Mrs Sherry Weddell,  international author and speaker, is giving a talk for the general public.

Sherry Weddell is an inspiring speaker. She will help us discover what it is to be a committed disciple of the Lord in our personal life, parish and in reaching out to others. More details to follow.

Book – Mrs Sherry Weddell 
Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World  (published 5 Jun 2017)

You Tube


7-9 September 2018

This is a unique gathering of laity, clergy and religious coming together to celebrate the life and mission of the Church through the Eucharist. Friday’s sessions at Hope University are designed for Parish Catechists, RE Teachers, Chaplains, EMHC and Musicians. Saturday is at the Echo Arena, and features keynote speakers; celebration of Mass; a drama piece; and Adoration. Sunday closes with a street procession and pilgrimage Masses.  Details available in your parish or online.


Eucharistic Congress

Previous Events

Adult Formation 2015-2016

Enquiries Barbara Davies
0151 648 7286/07730 526 821

Registration: Helen Jones
0151 652 9855