From Fr Liam's desk
Opening for public worship
We will be able to open Saint Oswald’s Church for Masses and services from Sunday 12th July 2020. At this time, we are not opening Saint Sebastian’s, but we are looking to be able to
open in the very near future. However, we will need some volunteers to help us in opening. If you are not in the ‘At Risk’ category, and would like to volunteer your time, please contact
Our first public service will be the baptism of Shiven & Andrea Rajapaksa, so please keep them in your prayers as we welcome them into our Christian family. It is quite nice to think that our first public act is a baptism, hopefully it will be a sign of things to come!
We have configured Saint Oswald’s to allow 30 people to attend at any time, but if anyone wishes to attend Mass or private prayer, then you MUST wear a mask. Please ensure you bring your mask with you to church, as we do not have the resources to give PPE out to people. In order to attend any of the Masses, it is also essential that you book a place, as you will not be able to just turn up to attend Mass. To book a place at Mass, please phone the office on 0151 228 3327 and speak to Pam or Fr. Liam.
Mass will be slightly different to what we are all used to, but Fr. Liam and the volunteers will be on hand to guide you.
Our first public Mass will be celebrated on Friday 17th July at 10:30am, followed by private prayer between 11:00-2:00.
From Sunday 19th July, Masses will be at the following times:
Sundays – 9:30 am and 11:00 am (after which the church will be closed).
Tuesdays – 10:30am (followed by private prayer)
Fridays – 10:30am (followed by private prayer)
Our streamed Masses online will change slightly as well, in order to facilitate Masses in church. Please check Saint Oswald’s notice board, the parish website, and the parish Facebook page for regular updates. My thanks to all who have agreed to volunteer and help out the cleaning of the church during our recent opening for private prayer, and for the ongoing help and support as we re-open for Mass.
God bless, and stay safe.
CAFOD’s work continues during the COVID19 pandemic and we need your continued support more than ever. We are looking for people to do some small fundraisers and to share them with CAFOD, either by emailing Colette at firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting on social media and tagging us with photos or videos to @CAFODLiverpool on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll see in this month’s Catholic Pictorial, that one volunteer is saving the money she would usually have spent in coffee shops and donating it to CAFOD. We would love to have some more examples of people showing their support! Here are some simple things that people are doing while they haven’t spent their usual way during lockdown:
Baptism Preparation Evenings
Cancelled until further notice.
Are closed for the forseeable future.
Church opening for private prayer
The following three Churches will be permitted to open for private in the near future within our Pastoral Area:
St. Oswald’s: Tuesday and Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm
St. Francis Xavier’s: Monday and Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm
St. Paul’s: Monday to Friday 10:00am – 12:30pm
The opening of these churches is subject to strict guidelines that must be adhered to for the health and safety of all. If you are at risk or have been advised to shield, please do not visit. Your health and safety is more important that a visit to the church.
Saint Oswald’s will have a one-way system for entering and exiting both the grounds and the church, please make sure you use the one-way system properly if you decide that you would like to come and pray. We will only be allowing 25 people in the church at any one time, so please be understanding if you are asked to wait before entering the building. Candlestands have been removed, so the lighting of candles will not be allowed, and we ask that you do not spend too long within the church. We have been given the go ahead to open by health and safety, so we will be opening from Tuesday 23rd June.
Article from the June edition of the Catholic Pictorial
Please select this link for a reflection from the synod team
We remember in our prayers those who have died recently
Marie Carden, James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, David Wails, William Kennedy.
May they rest in peace.
Please pray for those on our prayer list;
James Hunter, Teresa Knowles, Maureen Knowles, Eric Hewitt, Georgina O’Neil, Dolores Craig, Jean Green, May Summers, Alan O’Hara, Georgina Stulberg,
Beth Stevenson, Michaela Hall, Robert Wike, Brenda Wike, Hannah Curfey,
Leon Hands, Linda Platt, Jade Wilson, John Bayliss, Catherine Chan,
Ikechukwu Emmanuel Ogiugo, Terence Dunn, Josephine Darnell, Peter Cox,
Irene Kennedy, Janette Gavan, Rachel Cunningham, Eileen Lemon,
Sonia Anleu de Ugarte, Tony McGrady, Luke Mackrell, Claire Connolly,
Mike and Agnes Mannion, Sheila Kelsey, Rose O’Neill, Maria Perry, John Madden, James Toohey, Pat Rowan, Hilary Pringle, Jean Farrington, Steve Parkinson, Pauline, Doreen Collins, Norah and Bernard Mannion, Maureen Leather,
Ellie Graham, Arthur Bresweth, Monica Bellew, John McCole, Leanda, Gemma,
Julie Walker, Peter Benson, Doreen Navin Snr. Sheila Owens, Jane Murray.
First Holy Communion 2020
Please select this link for Children's activities from the Archdiocese.
This trip has been cancelled. Everyone going on the pilgrimage has been informed. Deposits will be returned, as soon as possible.
A prayer of spiritual communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
I love you, my Jesus:
never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A Prayer in times of danger and illness
God our Father,
Each person is precious to You.
You are the giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time,
as the Coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering,
give strength to those who are aiding the Sick
and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name
of your Son Jesus Christ.