World Mission Sunday
World Mission Sunday is your chance to support missionaries and our church in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope's official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can, and if possible use the Gift Aid Envelopes if you are a U.K. taxpayer.
November - Month of the Holy Souls
In November we remember especially 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 envelopes which are available at the back of our churches, then hand the envelope in to the parish office or to the 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 or 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 the 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 in November.
The families who have celebrated a funeral in our parishes over the past year will receive their invitation soon. 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
Monthly prayer for those living with Dementia
We are hoping to start a monthly time of prayer at St Oswald's for people living with dementia, and for those who support them. The way of prayer will be planted to allow everyone to join in as they can. If you know someone who lives with dementia please ask them if they would like to come along and give it a try. Please let us have their contact details through the parish office and we will let you know when the group is going to begin meeting. Please mention this to friends and family who may be interested but might not read our newsletter.
CTMR Youth Gathering
On Saturday 3rd November Churches Together in the Merseyside Region are hosting a conversation between young people from Merseyside and their regional Church Leaders. Young adults from all denominations 18+, will have the opportunity to meet their own Church Leaders and Church Leaders of other denominations with an opportunity to ask questions. It is from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Animate Youth Ministries, Lowe House, 99 Crab Street, St Helen's, WA10 2 BE. Contace Elizabeth Hachmoeller Tel: 01517090125 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 26 October.
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 7pm on Wednesday 7th and 14th November.
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 at St Oswald’s this weekend: Georgia Wilkinson,
Luen and Lucen Crockett, Connor McCaffery, Joseph Ryan
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
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.
o cover the costs of the cards they have a fixed price, £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
£3.00 - £5.00 would be a big help to our parish finances.
Normal Mass intentions may be requested using the Mass offering envelopes at the back of Church. The suggested offering is £5.
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.
Altar Servers - 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.
SYNOD 2020 for more information select this link
As we will hear in Mass this weekend, in October 2020 the Archdiocese of Liverpool will hold a gathering called a Synod to make decisions about what God might be asking of us as His Church.
Over the next 2 years we are going to be listening to as many people as possible, to hear their hopes and their dreams of how our part of the Church might change to better serve our people and the communities in which we live. We are all asked to keep this in our prayers and to join in the events which will be held to give each of us a chance to share our thoughts.
By next Autumn what we have said will be formed into 'themes' which we will be asked to reflect further on and to come up with specific proposals for decisions our Church might take. These will then be formed into questions to be voted on by members of the Synod in the Autumn of 2020. If this is going to be a fruitful process we need everyone to share their experiences of our Church and their ideas for the future.
You might notice feet around our churches this weekend. They have been made by the children of our three primary schools and represent the path God is asking each of us to walk. The footprints lead to the altar and then back out into the world. This is the challenge we are given every time we are privileged to attend Mass. As we receive Christ in our hearts we are called to take his love wherever we go. You might like to pray for our young people during Mass this weekend. What will the Church be like for them in 20 or 30 years time? What do we need to do now to make sure that they will be able to find their place in God's Church?
If you would like to know more about all this please read the leaflet you will be given as you leave church this weekend. You can also look at the Synod website which was launched last week. Synod2020.co.uk You will find details of open meetings which are being held around the Archdiocese to present our Synod in more detail and to hear your questions. If you are going to one of these meetings by car please think about offering a lift to a fellow parishioner.
More information about parish events will be given in our newsletter and on this website in the coming weeks. Please think about getting involved in our Synod journey in whatever way you can.
Parishioners Remembrance Day Tea Party Friday 16th November 1.30pm
You are invited to join the children of St Oswald's Primary School in the infant school Hall for coffee, cakes, songs and poetry.
For catering purposes, please sign up on the forms at the back of our Churches if you would like to attend this very special afternoon.
Lourdes with the Archdiocesan Youth Service
If you know a teenager, 16 years or older from our parishes, who would like to know more about travelling to Lourdes with the Archdiocesan Youth Service next July please ask them to talk to
Fr. Mark or to go on the Animate website for more information. Registration is now open so we need to get our applications in before all the places run out. There’s more information about all this on www.animateyouth.org
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.
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.
Holy Communion at Home
As part of our annual statistical report to the Archdiocese we have been asked to provide the number of people receiving Holy Communion in their home or in a place of care. Can our Special Ministers please let us know in the parish office how many people they take Holy Communion to so that we can update our records.
If you or someone you know would like to receive Communion at home please let us know and we will do our best to meet your request.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
John Joseph Owens, Joseph Bernard Lewis, Aleks Wieczorek, Martin Denson, Joseph Allen, Jean McGuinness, Henry Annett, Mary Moutray, Molly Buchanan, Deborah Kelly, Brenda Mellio
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.
Each year our parish lottery raises around £10,000 for parish funds and pays out the same amount in prize money.