Picnic in the Park – Volunteers needed!
On Saturday 7th July several local churches are coming together to celebrate our place in our local community. Set around the Bandstand in Newsham Park, off Prescot Road, there will be refreshments and entertainment from 1pm to 4pm and each church community present will have a stand.
It would be great if we could have a stand for our parish too. We could set up a gazebo with information about our parishes and how people can join us if they would like to, and we could hand out prayer cards and little gifts for the children. We need some volunteers to set up and to look after the stall. If you would like to get involved please leave your name and contact number and we will get back to you soon. If you can only spare an hour, or just help us to set up the stall that would be great too. We will need to let the organisers know if we are able to take part some time this week. Thank you.
Our Parish BBQ will be held at St Sebastian's Presbytery on Sunday 15th July Midday to 3pm.
Admission by ticket Adults £2 children under 16 accompanied by an adult £1, tickets include burger and soft drink and are on sale from the parish office or from our church piety stalls.
We are going to need lots of volunteers to look after stalls, cooking, setting up and tidying away.
Any new ideas for stalls or attractions are very welcome.
If you think you can give an hour or two on the day to volunteer, help set up or tidy away, or help look after a stall, please leave your name and phone number on the sign up sheets at the back of our churches. Someone will give you a ring and we'll find a job that suits you.
Contributions will be needed for our raffle prizes, cake stall, plant stall, nearly new, teddy bears and cuddly toys, bottle stall, toys and games etc.
We aren't having a grocery stall this year, but any food donations will be passed to our local food banks.
If you have any unwanted gifts that you might not have a use for please bring them in and we can find a home for them.
A big part of the fund-raising to help our BBQ total is the raffle. Tickets are available at the back of church or from the parish office. Please have a go at selling some raffle tickets to family and friends if you can. If you can't sell them just bring them back to church and someone else can have a go. Tickets stubs and money can be handed into the parish office or to the parish piety stalls. Thanks to anyone who is able to help.
A National Youth Event for 1000 young people will take place during the Congress on Saturday 8th September for young people aged 13-20. 10:30am to 5.30pm at the Echo Arena.
Details are on the poster at the back of church.
It looks like it will be a great event.
We would like to take a group of young people from our parishes to this event and two adults have offered to lead the group.Talk to Fr. Mark if you would like to attend.
Pastoral Area Holy Hour
In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress and Synod 2020 we will be holding four Holy Hours of Prayer over the next few months across the Pastoral Area.
The final Holy Hour will be held on
Thursday 5th July at St Matthew’s Church, Clubmoor.
Archbishop Malcolm will be with us to lead us in prayer for our final Holy Hour.
Everyone is warmly invited to support the work of the Church through their prayers at this Holy Hour.
Growing in our Faith
If you would like to become a Roman Catholic please contact Fr. Mark through the parish office or talk to him after any Mass.
Please mention this to any family member or friends who you think might like to know what is involved in becoming a Catholic.
It might be that you are a Catholic already but would like to come back to attending Mass after some time away or would like to learn more about making your confession or about your faith.
It’s never too late to make your First Holy Communion or to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We will be very happy to help you in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can be of any help.
Our Church Piety shops have a lovely selection of Rosary beads, prayer books and religious statues etc.
Please come and have a look around after Masses this weekend.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Gary Swift, Jean Fell, Baby Gabriel Whelan, Kathleen Roberts,
Alice Broadhurst, Robert Irving, Frances Jensen
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Thank you for your continued support of our parishes.
New volunteers to help with our weekly lottery are always welcome, selling tickets or counting up and checking for winners on Friday mornings. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved. Thank you.
Solemn Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
On Friday 29th June we celebrate the Solemn Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. We thank God for their witness to Christ and to all those who have helped us to know and love Jesus. We pray that their work of making Christ known and loved in the world today will continue through the ministry of the Church and in our own parishes. This Feast is a Holy Day of Obligation when all Catholics are asked to attend Mass. Masses in our parishes are as follows:
St. Oswald’s 9:30am
St. Sebastian’s 11am
St. Oswald’s 7pm
At the morning Masses we will be joined by children from our parish primary schools.
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
Next Saturday, 30th June, we will be hosting a training session for new Special Ministers of Holy Communion from the parishes of our Pastoral Area: 11am -2.30pm in St. Oswald’s Presbytery. Can those who have said they are attending please confirm that they are able to come along with the parish office in the next day or two. If you are a weekly Mass goer and feel called to serve in this important ministry, particularly to take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, please talk to Fr. Mark and find out what is involved. Thank you.
Red APF Mission Boxes
Terry Mainwaring will be at St Oswald’s 9.30am Mass on Sunday 1st July to collect the Mission Boxes. Many thanks.
Parish Safeguarding Audit
The Archdiocese have advised us that a large number of our volunteers need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) re-check. Please see the lists at the back of our churches and if you are still in active ministry collect your forms from the Sacristy.
If you wish to complete your declaration on-line please let us have your email address as well.
If you have any questions please speak to
Betty and Eddie Jones 228 3327 (St Oswalds)
Linda Hengler 739 4834 (St Sebastian’s)
Our parish can’t serve so many people in the way it does without the hard work of many people who give their time and share their talents in our community. We are all very grateful for the generosity of all our volunteers. Each year people have to step down from their voluntary roles for different reasons. We are always in need of more Readers at Mass, Special Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and others who can visit the housebound, helpers with our Sunday Morning Children’s Liturgy, Welcomers at weekend Masses, First Holy Communion catechists etc. Our St. Vincent de Paul group which serves local people in financial difficulty also urgently needs new helpers if it is to continue its work. Not all voluntary roles in the parish need a DBS check. Volunteer handymen and handy women who have a particular skill that they can offer are also always welcome. If you think you would like to help please talk to Fr. Mark who would be delighted to hear from you.
Thank you to all our young people who generously help us by serving at Masses each weekend.
If you are in year 4 or older and would like to be a server please talk to Fr Mark after any Mass and he will let you know how to get involved. It’s a great way to serve God and to learn more about the Mass. Children who have now made their First Holy Communion are very welcome to join our servers team.
Baptism Preparation Evenings
We ask all families who are preparing for the baptism of their child to attend two preparation evenings when we get a chance to reflect on what baptism means and what a great gift it is for your child.
Our next Course will take place at St. Oswald’s Presbytery on Wednesday 18th July and Wednesday 25th July at 7pm. Please telephone the Parish Office if you wish your child to be baptised in one of our parishes. All courses are open to families from both our parishes.
We welcome for Baptism this weekend at St Oswald’s: Connie Evason and Luke Williams
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
An invitation to our Parishioners
On 7th July at 1pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral Archbishop Malcolm will ordain Philip Carr, Anthony Kelly and Carl Mugan as Priests to serve in our Archdiocese. We have received six tickets for any of our parishioners who would like to attend the Ordination Mass and support these men with their prayer. Please pick up a ticket from the parish office if you would like to attend.
Our Parish Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018
Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place this year
between 3rd and 5th October.
The cost will be approx. £155, all meals and travel included.
If you would like to join us on this pilgrimage please leave your name and contact details with £20 deposit in an envelope marked ‘Walsingham Pilgrimage’ in the parish office or alternatively at St Sebastian’s with Margaret Wike (259 2904) or Marti Ennis (228 4266).