I wish you all the joy and peace that Easter can bring. The Easter candles we light at our Masses this weekend are a little symbol of something wonderful. There is no darkness we can go through where God is not present alongside us. On Easter morning the tomb was empty. The darkness of the cross which we witnessed on Good Friday didn’t lead to failure and defeat but to life, the fullness of life, eternal life.
My prayer for all of us is that Easter will be a gift that we carry with us not just today, but every day. Whatever darkness or worries life may bring us, we pray that the light and hope of Easter Day will always be a spring of peace and trust in our hearts. God is faithful. His word is true. We are safe in His loving hands.
It is a real pleasure to me to be able to thank the many people who make the life of our parishes possible. Our sacristans, flower arrangers, cleaners, readers, children’s team, catechists, welcomers, piety stall helpers, parish Sisters, altar servers, special ministers and so many others, all give so generously of their time and talents and they deserve our thanks, not only this weekend but all through the year. A special word of thanks is due also to our music group who have helped to make our celebrations of Holy Week so prayerful and beautiful. Let’s pray that God will send us more generous volunteers in our parishes so that this good and important work will continue.
I will keep you and your families in my prayers through this Easter season.
God bless you.
Many thanks to the very generous support for CAFOD’s Appeal last weekend which raised £1372.00 towards relief for those suffering the devastation of the cyclone in Southern Africa. Any further donations we received will be passed on directly to CAFOD. Please mark your envelope “CAFOD emergency appeal”. Thank you.
With You Always
First Holy Communion Classes will continue after Easter from 8th and 9th May. Parents are asked to bring their children to Mass each weekend which is the best way for them to prepare for the celebration of their First Holy Communion in June.
We remember in our prayers those who have died recently:
Beverley Martin, Joseph Chandler, Patricia Jones, Elizabeth Carter, Kathleen Lee, Mary Woodward, Bob O’Neill, Krystyna Gil
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.
Silver Jubilee Celebration
Our Parish Priest, Fr. Mark, will be celebrating his Silver Jubilee of Ordination as a priest on 16th July this year, 2019. On Sunday 14th July the 11am Sunday Mass will be a Mass of Thanksgiving before our annual parish BBQ which this year will also be a ‘Silver Jubilee Party’. A Mass of thanksgiving will also be celebrated at 7pm in St. Oswald’s Church on Tuesday, 16th July, followed by refreshments in the school hall. We hope many of our parishioners will be able to join us at one or both of these celebrations. It will take quite a bit of organising so we are looking for volunteers. If you would like to get involved in any capacity please let Pam in the parish office have your name and contact details.
Become a Roman Catholic
If you would like to become a Roman Catholic please contact Fr. Mark through the parish office or talk to him after any Mass.
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. Some adults may like to make their First Holy Communion or to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Have a chat to Fr. Mark after Mass or telephone the parish office and we will try to help you in whatever way we can.
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt for children after our Easter Sunday Masses
St. Oswald and St. Sebastian Mass Association
12 Masses will be offered for the people or intentions enrolled in the Mass Association. A selection of cards is available in our parish shops or from the parish office which show that someone has been enrolled in our Mass Association. £2.00 for the small cards and £3.00 for the large cards. There is no charge to be enrolled in the Masses but a suggested offering of £3-£5 would be a big help to our parish finances. Other Mass intentions may be requested using the Mass offering envelopes at the back of Church. The suggested offering is £5.
Red APF Mission Boxes
The total collected recently, amounts to £1019.00. Many thanks to all box holders. Anyone requiring a box please contact Terry Mainwaring.
Thank you for your continued support of our parishes.
Each year our parish lottery raises around £10,000 for parish funds and pays out the same amount in prize money.
Our lottery team could do with a few more volunteers, so if you could spare a couple of hours on a Friday morning, your help would be much appreciated. Please speak to fr Mark or Terry Mainwaring.
Over the next few months across the Archdiocese
of Liverpool we will be listening to each other as we
reflect on the future of the Church in our part of the
world. Our listening will lead to the topics and
proposals that will be voted on at our Synod in 2020.
Parish and Pastoral Area meetings will be held after
Easter but you can already give your views on the on-line survey if you have access to a computer. It doesn’t take long to complete. There are four questions to answer in your own words.
If you would like to take part visit www.synod2020.org.uk and follow the links to Synod Questions. There are two sets of questions, one for under-18’s and one for adults. If you haven’t got access to a computer please let Fr. Mark know. We can arrange a session at the presbytery for people to be able to use our computers to complete the survey. Thank you.
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.
Our next Baptism Course will be Wednesday 8th and 15th May.
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.
A selection of greeting cards are available from our Piety Stalls including Mass and Prayer Books for First Holy Communion aged children.