Silver Jubilee Celebration
The celebrations at St Sebastian's and St Oswald's to mark my Silver Jubilee of Ordination were very moving and uplifting. I have been touched by so many kind messages, cards and gifts. You have been very generous. A special thanks goes to the group who have been organising these events for some time and have even fundraising to make them happen. I very much appreciate the work that has been put in. Thank you.
Thank you also to our three parish primary schools. Their celebrations with me were fantastic. We are blessed to have so many talented teachers and children in our community.
I will keep you all in my prayers through the summer and I look forward to being home again in September. My sincere thanks again to you all.
If Anyone would be willing to give Fr Julius a lift to or from Mass between St Oswald’s and St Sebastian’s on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, would you please contact the parish office with your name and phone number. It would be good if we had enough people to make a rota. Many Thanks.
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 in September.
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.
Baptisms this week St Oswald’s
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers
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.
In October we will hear what themes have emerged from this time of listening and we will spend time in our parishes reflecting on these themes and coming up with our own practical suggestions and concrete proposals for our Church to implement. These suggestions might be considered at the Synod next year. The decisions taken at the Synod will become part of the Pastoral Plan for the coming years in our Archdiocese. Perhaps there will be new priorities for how we use our resources in the Archdiocese and in our parishes.
Please keep this process in your prayers and look out for further chances to contribute in the Autumn. The voice of each one of us matters as we try to become the Church that God is calling us to be.
Are there any young people in our parishes attending High School who would like to be part of a parish youth group? If you are a member of our parish attending High School let Fr. Mark know if you would come to a meeting to start something up in the parish for 11-18 year olds, either social or spiritual or both. One person has got in touch so far: a couple more and we can start our group! Please spread the word to any teenagers in your family. Thank you.
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.
If you could spare a couple of hours on a Friday morning to help us check through all the tickets and also on a Saturday at the 4.30pm Mass helping to sell tickets, your help will be much appreciated. Please speak to Fr Mark or Terry Mainwaring.
A selection of greeting cards and gifts are available from our Piety Stalls .
A message from Irenaeus.
Don't forget to book your places for our 'COME AND SEE' conference which is being held on Saturday 12th -13th October 2019 at Christ the king school, Stamford Rd, Southport. For further information on this or any of the other topics please contact us here at Irenaeus on 0151 949 1199.
We remember in our prayers those who have died recently:
Irene Lappin, Gertrude McLoughlin, Patricia Smith
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.
ALTAR SERVERS - 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.