Clergy appointments:  Vicar General Canon Paul Embery (this will be in addition to Canon Dunstan Cooper). Vicar for Clergy Father Andrew Allman. Vicar for Formation (including Education) Father Michael Docherty. Canon Luiz continues as Head of Diocesan Education Service pro tem (this means for now but not for too long!) These appointments will be effective from Thursday 18 April 2019.

Pray for Stephen Talbutt in preparation for his forthcoming Priestly Ordination for the Diocese of Lancaster on Saturday 6 July 2019 at 11.30am in the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Lancaster

MARCH FOR LIFE SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019, LONDON: The day starts at 9.30am – 13.30 with an indoor festival LifeFest19. For more information, please follow the link: https://www.marchforlife.co.uk Over recent months there has been growing concern over the increasing incidents of knife crime. Surely, in a sense the innocent babies aborted are in some way also victims of a form of ‘knife crime’.

Finally, do please pray for the Church in France, particularly for Archbishop Aupetit and those who are directly affected by the tragic fire at Notre Dame, Paris. I have written personal letters to him and the Ambassador, offering prayers and support, promising to keep them in our prayers during the forthcoming Liturgies of the Triduum and Easter (the letters to the Archbishop and the French Ambassador will be on the Diocesan website). Regarding financial contributions to the work of restoration, my personal feeling is that we should contribute directly to a National Appeal, which is likely to be made. With my prayers and blessings for Holy Week and Easter, Bp Paul Swarbrick.