Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Sun: CCEE Presidents; Meeting (day 2), 11.00am. Returns from Luxembourg, 3.00pm. Tue: Catholic Children’s Society Carol Service, Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London, SW1P 1LT, 2.00pm. Wed: Meeting with Bishops’ Conference Staff, London, SW1P 1QJ, 10.00am. Travels to Rome, 4.00pm. Thu: Meetings in Rome, 9.00am. Returns from Rome, 7.00pm. Fri: Archbishop’s Council Meeting, SW1P 1QJ, 9.30am.

Archbishop Longley (Birmingham) Tue: Father Hudson’s Care Trustees’ Meeting, Coleshill, 4.30pm. Thu: Birmingham City University Carol Service, Birmingham Cathedral, 3.00pm. Fri: St Chad’s Sanctuary Religious Literacy Group, Archbishop’s House, Birmingham, 2.00pm. City of Coventry Circle Catenian Association Dinner, 7.00pm. Sat: Mass, Aston Hall, Staffordshire, 11.00am. Advent Carol Service, St Mary’s College, Oscott, 6.00pm.

Archbishop McMahon (Liverpool) Sun: Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, 11.00am. North West Cancer Research ‘Concert for a Cure’, Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Liverpool, 3.00pm. Tue: Ushaw College Trustees Meeting, Hinsley Hall, Leeds, 11.00am. NSPCC ‘Carols by Candlelight’ Service, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, 7.30pm. Thu: Archbishop’s Council, Archbishop’s House, Liverpool, 10.15am. SAMM Merseyside Annual Remembrance Service, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, 7.30pm. Fri: Celebrates Mass, St Wilfrid, Garston, 9.30am. Bellerive FCJ Catholic College Prizegiving, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, 1.00pm.

Archbishop Smith (Southwark) Sun: Mass, Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, 2.30pm. Wed: Mass and meeting with OGF Overseas Group, Croydon West, 12 noon. Thu: Meeting, Archbishop’s House, 10.00am.

Bishop Arnold (Salford) Sun: Attends a Festival in celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Longsight. Mon: Celebration of Mass with anointing of the Sick, Nazareth House Care Home, 11.00am. Private meetings. Tue: CAFOD Trustees meeting, Romero House, 9.30am. Wed: Private engagements, Wardley Hall. Thu: Council of Deans, Wardley Hall, 11.00am. Attends a Christmas Concert, St Joseph and St Bede’s Primary School, Bury, 2.00pm. Fri: Private meetings, Wardley Hall. Visit to St Ambrose Primary School, Chorlton, 2.00pm. Celebration of Mass for 60th Anniversary of the church, St Catherine’s, Didsbury, 7.30pm.

Bishop Byrne (Birmingham) Sun: Parish Visitation-Our Lady of the Rosary & St Therese of Lisieux, Saltley. Mon: Provincial Bishop’s Gathering, Clifton. Tue: Meeting with Birmingham vocation Director, 3.30pm. Wed: Visit to Rosary School, Saltley. Christmas celebration at Aston Hall, Staffs, 12 noon. Sat: SVP Christmas Lunch, St George’s Hub, Newtown, Birmingham, 2.00pm. Advent Carol Service, Oscott College, 6.00pm.

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