November - Month of the Holy Souls
In November we remember in our prayers those who have died.
Masses will be offered for all those whose names have been included on our "pious list". If you wish someone who has died to be prayed for in these Masses, please write their names on a piece of paper and use one of the Pious List envelopes which will be available at the back of our churches, then hand the envelope in to the parish office or sacristy after any Mass. A donation can also be placed in this envelope or in a gift aid envelope if you are a UK taxpayer.
Leaflets with prayers for those who have died will be available at the back of our churches throughout November which include the prayers for the blessing of a grave. If you will be visiting the grave of a loved one you might like to take a leaflet and some Holy Water with you and bless the grave with the Holy Water.
Our annual Masses for those who have died in our parishes this year will be offered at St. Sebastian’s on 2nd November at 7.00pm
and at St. Oswald’s on Monday 6th November at 7.00pm.
The families who have celebrated a funeral in our parishes will receive their invitation later this month. During the Mass all those present will be invited to come forward to light a candle in memory of their loved one. Please come along and support those who are living with a painful loss with your prayers, or to commend to God's mercy someone you know who has died. Refreshments will be served following the Masses. Everyone is very welcome to attend.
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thank you to everyone who responded to the question about times of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes. We will start next Saturday at 3.45pm until 4.15pm, during Confessions in St Oswald's Church. People are asked to respect the wishes of those who come for a time of quiet prayer, by keeping noise to a minimum while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. We hope to start a time of Adoration at St Sebastian's too. Please let Fr Mark know if you would be willing to take part.
Church Cleaning Teams
We all owe our thanks to the generosity of our teams of Church Cleaners who keep our churches so clean and dignified. Both our cleaning teams come to church on Thursday mornings for an hour or two for vacuuming, polishing, mopping and dusting. We need more women and men to help with this important but unseen service to our parishes. We would all soon notice if they were not there. Please ring the parish office if you would like to volunteer to help. Thank you.
Thank you to our parishioners who regularly come along to Funeral Masses held in our churches. It is a valuable ministry to support grieving parishioners with your prayers and joining in with the hymns and responses of the Mass when often those attending a funeral are not able to do so. Those parishioners who are able to offer this support are much appreciated by our grieving families and by the priests celebrating the funeral Mass. Thank you for offering this important Ministry of Consolation.
Becoming a Roman Catholic
If you attend Mass in one of our parishes and would like to become a Roman Catholic please contact Fr. Mark through the parish office or talk to him after any Mass. We are starting our preparation for new Catholics again in September. Please mention this to any family member or friends who you think might be interested. They are very welcome to come for a chat to find out what is involved in becoming a Catholic.
Thank you to everyone who has been able to make donations to our local church run Food Banks in the boxes at the back of our churches. Over the past few years many local families have been helped through your generosity.
The box at St Oswald’s supports the Food Bank at All Saints Church in Old Swan. The box at St Sebastian’s supports All Saints Fairfield Food Bank. All donations are welcome but particularly soup, tinned fruit jam, fruit juice/squash, sugar and coffee are requested. They are trying to ensure a mixture of non-perishable donated items from different supporters. Other items will of course be welcome also.
They are also looking for volunteers who could help to welcome visitors and put food parcels together.
Please contact the parish office if you think you can help.
The Old Swan Ecumenical Group is looking for people who are interested in being part of a project to welcome refugees from the war in Syria living in our community. Volunteers would befriend families or individuals housed in our area and offer help with finding a doctor, enrolling in a school or college, filling in forms etc. and generally finding their way around. If there are enough people who are interested in supporting this venture we will call a meeting and explore what it is possible for us to offer. Please leave your name and contact details in the Parish Office if you would like to know more and we can contact you when the first meeting has been arranged.
Next Sunday is “World Mission Sunday”
Donations are collected after Masses across the world and they go, in their entirety, to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. It is our chance to show love and solidarity to our brothers and sisters overseas who share our faith. In offering our prayers, we join with missionaries everywhere in communion and compassion to support them in spreading the Good News, and by giving a donation we respond to Christ's call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. The collection provides new, young or poor dioceses with the essential support they need on their journey to becoming self-sufficient. Working through local bishops, churches and missionary congregations it ensures that resources are distributed fairly – on the basis of need. The money goes directly from England and Wales to the bishops in the mission territories - local church directly helping local church!
At St Sebastian’s, after the 11.00am Mass Sunday, 29th October
If you bake please bring a few cakes for us to sell raising money to support
St. Sebastian’s Parish. Tea and coffee will be served.
First Holy Communions 2018
Our preparation sessions for children making their First Holy Communion in 2018 will begin in the New Year with the celebrations taking place in May. Children who are in Year 4 in one of our parish Primary Schools will receive information through school.
If you have a child in Year 4 or above who does not attend one of our parish schools who would like to make their First Holy Communion please contact our parish office so that we can tell you when the preparation sessions begin.
The best way to prepare your child to receive this wonderful sacrament is of course to bring them each week to Mass in their church. Children who attend primary school are invited to go out to Little Church when they come to Mass on Sunday morning and they join us again for the second half of the Mass.
Salvation Army Bicycle project “Recycles.”
A bicycle repair course is open to anyone who is looking for something to do during the day and would like to gain skills in bicycle maintenance. It is aimed at people who might be unemployed or perhaps have difficulty learning new skills but everyone is welcome to come along to learn.
If you have an old bike you don’t need please let us know. They need old bikes to repair on the course and to raise funds to keep the project going. They also offer a service of a full bike check-up for £20 + any parts. For more information contact Sam or Jenni on 0151 259 3958.
Baptism Preparation Evenings
We ask all families who are preparing for the baptism of their child to attend two evenings when we will look at what a great gift baptism is and how we can pass on our faith to our children.
The next course will be in November.
Please telephone the Parish Office and we can let you know how you register to be part of the baptism preparation group. All courses are open to families from both our parishes.
Altar Servers needed
It would be great to have a few more altar servers at any of our weekend Masses. If you are in Year 4 or older and would like to be a server please talk to Fr. Mark after 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. We are particularly hoping that some of our First Holy Communion children will become altar servers this year. A big thank you to those children who have already asked to join our altar server team.
Parish Piety Shops
A lovely selection of greeting cards and gifts are available for special events for all ages in both our churches. Come and have a look around. Very competitive prices.
The Parish Lottery is a weekly event raising money for our parish. Half the money raised goes to the parish and the half is for whoever wins. If there is no winner we have a roll-over. Thank you for your continuing support of our parishes.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Rita Formby, Catherine Coverdale, Maureen Welsh, Deborah Sanderson, Stephen Allen, Winifreda Spry, Anne Casey, Doreen Joyce, Irene Turner, Patrick Mangan, Edward O'Keefe
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.