Pastoral Formation Department

The Pastoral Formation Department exists to promote, support, and develop adult and clergy continuing development and formation in the ways of faith.

This work is done in a variety of ways by members of the department to best accommodate those involved in catechetical work and also those involved in planning catechetical training in the parishes and pastoral areas of the archdiocese.
“In his HAND are the depths of the earth;
the heights are the mountains are his,
to him belongs the sea for he made it,
and the dry land shaped by his HANDS
...and we…
the flock that is led by his HAND.”
Psalm 94(95)


BAPTISM - a new resource for parishes

BAPTISM:  Everything you need for life

A new adult catechesis resource preparing parents for the baptism of their children
This resource has been widely piloted and used throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool to engage parents at the baptism of their children.  It is available in a pack that contains:

A catechist guide, training DVD, 5 sets of cue cards for catechists and 5 sets of parents prayer.  Additional prayer cards are available from Gemini Print in Wigan.  The pack costs £35 plus postage and packing

For information and to order a pack please contact Eleanor Lalley, or 0151 522 1047/Julie Cassidy, or 0151 522 1040
Please see order form for prayer cards here

Justice and Peace Commission's Annual Memorial Lecture 2013

All are welcome to attend the Archdiocese of Liverpool's Justice and Peace Annual Memorial Lecture 2013 led by Christine Anderson FCJ (Founder of The Craighead Institute and Faith Praxis fcj) at LACE, Sunday, 20th January 2013,  2pm to 4pm (Refreshments served from 1.30pm) For more information please contact Steve Atherton on Tel: 0151 522 1081/ or Maria Hardacre on Tel: 0151 5221081/ are very welcome!
See poster here

A New Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

This new course will replace the existing Diploma in Pastoral Leadership and has been developed
following a review of the Foundation Degree which has been available in the Archdiocese for the last 7 years,
producing more than 100 graduates in Pastoral Leadership

 · The new diploma will focus on developing confident, skilled and reflective practitioners across the  range of pastoral needs identified in the local community.
 ·  It will enhance your theological knowledge including both Scripture and the Teaching of the Church.

Read More Here and see the Picture of Students who Graduated 2012

Please contact Julie cassidy for further information on / Tel: 0151 522 1040

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Christ in Scripture and Tradition

Christ in Scripture and Tradition is the sixth module in the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership offered by the Archdiocese in association with Liverpool Hope University. The module aims to enable participants to:

• more deeply reflect on the key question Jesus asks, "Who do you say I am?"
• enable participants to trace the development of Christology in the New Testament and early Church
• explore a variety of images of Christ throughout history and including contemporary culture
• develop skills in leading prayer and reflection

Read More Here

It is open to anyone irrespective of whether or not they are registered for the Diploma!
Cost is £50 for Non-Diploma Students
To make further enquiries please contact Julie Cassidy on / Tel: 0151 522 1040

Planning a Catholic Funeral

107090345_bereavament.jpg A new leaflet provides guidance about the different ways Catholics can celebrate the three main parts of the funeral rites – the Vigil, the Funeral and the Committal, and how family members can be involved in preparing and participating in these rites. Read more...

Bereavement Care Training

A basic training course is available to help parishes set up bereavement care teams. In two sessions the course covers the stages of grief, listening skills and how to get started, and teams will be offered continuing support.

To find out more about this course or about ongoing support for existing bereavement care teams, please contact:

Mrs. Maureen Knight, Coordinator
LACE Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AA

Tel: 0151 522 1046 email:

Order Banners

Order your own set of Sacraments of Initiation banners for your parish.  

Use colour and design to communicate the changes in the Sacraments.

All banners are the 'roll up' and portable type and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer here.

Family Catechesis podcast

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Integrating Life and Faith

Would you welcome an opportunity to deepen your appreciation of God’s presence in your everyday life: at home, at work, in your neighbourhood?

Then Integrating Life and Faith may be right for you.

At the heart of this course is the belief that God is as much to be found in our relationships, our families, our homes, our places of work and the events of everyday life as in prayer, in Scripture and in the Sacraments. Developing lay people for today’s society involves building on this faith reality, to discover the God who is as much with us in the everyday of our Mondays to Saturdays 

Craighead Northwest is delighted to be able to offer this course over four weekends in 2012:

April: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22nd 9.30 – 5.00
Module One – Trust Building & Communication Skills
June: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24th 9.30 – 5.00
Module Two: Christianity and Social Concern
September: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9th 9.30 – 5.00
Module Three - The Word of God in Scripture, Life and Community
November: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18th 9.30 – 5.00
Module Four - Ignatian Prayer, Discernment, Action

The venue for all four modules of the course is Loyola Hall, Prescot, Merseyside (easily accessible from M62).

For further details and registration forms, contact either Steve Atherton (0151 522 1081 or Veronica Murphy (0151 522 1048)

Using Everybody's Welcome in your parish

181486082_stannes5.JPG Everybody's Welcome Training Resource Available

Everybody's Welcome supports parish communities in becoming friendlier, more family sensitive and more welcoming of all. This is absolutely crucial to the flourishing of the most effective form of pastoral care for marriage and family life. A range of practical tools are available to help parishes meet the Everybody's Welcome objectives. Workshops can be provided in individual parishes and/or Pastoral Areas. For more information see formation opportunities on the right hand menu.

Date: This can be decided by the parish/pastoral area
Time: Full day 10am - 3pm or two half days 10am - 12:30pm or evenings 7 - 9:30 pm
Please contact Maureen O'Brien, Marriage and Family Life on 0151.522-1044

Leaflets to print out in the parish

259055062_baptismpilot7.jpg Below are PDF leaflets produced by the Pastoral Formation Department to print out in the parish covering the topics of:

Explore the ministry of consolation - Bereavement support and Bereavement support2
Keeping our churches places of welcome - How to be a welcoming parish
Explore concern for the environment - Support for the environment
Praying with the scriptures in our daily lives

Contact Us

Department of Pastoral Formation,
Liverpool Centre For Evangelisation,
Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AA
0044 (0)151 522 1040
Fax: 0044 (0)151 522 1060
Mrs Julie Cassidy
Fr John McLoughlin (Ep. Vic.)
Mrs Veronica Murphy
Mrs Maureen Knight
Mrs Eleanor Lalley
Mrs Maureen O'Brien
Mr Steve Atherton
Mrs Maria Hardacre

Tel: 0151 522 1040
Tel: 0151 522 1041
Tel: 0151 522 1048
Tel: 0151 522 1046
Tel: 0151 522 1047
Tel: 0151 522 1044
Tel: 0151 522 1080
Tel: 0151 522 1081