A very big ‘thank you’ to all those who used their time and talents to make our Christmas Fair go so well last weekend. It was great to see so many people visiting our church who might not normally come through our doors and to have so many willing volunteers. We raised an amazing £1,547.00 on the day for our parishes. Thank you to everyone who was able to make a donation or visit during the Fair. Your support is very much appreciated.
A Date for your Diary
Carols, readings and prayers in preparation for Christmas
At St. Oswald’s Church, 7pm, Friday 21st December.
Led by members of our parishes.
If you would like to be part of the music group or help with readings and refreshments please let us know. Talk to Fr. Mark or leave your details in the parish office. Thank you.
Sacrament of the Sick
As part of our preparation for Christmas we will celebrate 2 services of the Sacrament of the Sick this Advent following the 4.30pm Mass at St Oswald's om Saturday 15th December and after the 11am Mass on Sunday 16th December.
If you are living with any physical or mental health condition or if perhaps you are feeling the aches and pains of getting a little older you are very welcome to attend to receive this sign of God's healing love at work in our lives.
St Oswald and St Sebastian Christmas Raffle
To raise funds for our parishes we are again holding a Christmas Raffle. Prizes include £100, a Food and Wine Hamper, a handmade Christmas Cake and lots more. The draw will be made on Monday 17th December so prizes are in good time for Christmas. Please buy a book of tickets if you can or take them to sell to family and friends who might like to support our parishes. Every book sold is a big help. Books of tickets £1 available from the back of our churches this weekend. Thank you.
Parish Walsingham Pilgrimage 2019
Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place next year on Wednesday 26th June to Friday 28th June. The cost will be approx £155.00 standard room and £185.00 ensuite (cannot be guaranteed) which includes full board. Coach price still to be confirmed.
If you would like to join us please leave your name, address and contact details with £20 deposit (non refundable) in an envelope marked ‘Walsingham Pilgrimage’ in the parish office.
As you are stocking up for Christmas please remember our support for our local Food Banks if you can. There are boxes at the back of our churches which go to All Saints Fairfield and All Saints Old Swan Food Banks. Perhaps we can help someone who is struggling to feed their family in our community have a moment of celebration at Christmas this year. Thank you.
Each Friday morning a few parishioners gather to put together our Bidding Prayers for our weekend Masses. they read the scripture readings together and then write prayers to respond to the Word of God and reflect the needs of our world and our community. If you would like to be part of this group please let us know in the parish office or talk to Fr Mark.
Help with our church flowers is always welcome in both our churches.
New or experienced flower arrangers are very welcome to join our teams. Please leave your contact details with us through Fr Mark or the parish office.
Lourdes Music Group Carol Service
On Friday 14th December the Lourdes Music Group is holding a Carol Service in Christ the King Parish Church 7.00pm to help us raise funds for those who are travelling to Lourdes with the Lourdes Music Group this year. We hope you can come along and help us raise some money towards the cost of sending these wonderfully gifted and talented young people to Lourdes, to continue the tradition of providing wonderful accompaniment to all the Services that we minister to.
Thank you, The Lourdes Music Group Members.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Brian Riley, Jacqueline Jennings, Shirley Shannon, Patricia Renshaw,
Philip Crawley, Thomas Blackburn, Patricia Blunt, Mary Wright, James Thomas
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
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.
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 in the New Year (dates to follow). Please telephone the Parish Office if you wish your child to be baptised in one of our parishes.
We welcome for Baptism at St Sebastian’s this weekend:
Emerson Randall-Nee, Logan Davies, Tilly-Rose Browne
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
Monthly prayer for those living with Dementia
Thursday 20th December 11.00am St Oswald's Presbytery
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.
Sharing the Message of Christmas - Public Carol Singing during Advent
Salvation Army carolling at Old Swan Tesco (4-6pm): 11th, 19th, 21st Dec. Also 23rd Dec from 1-3pm. They would be very happy for members of our parishes to join them.
Saturday 15th December 1pm Old Swan Churches Together Carol singing at Liverpool Shopping Park—please gather outside Marks and Spencer
Sat 22nd 2-3pm Carol Singing at Costa Coffee in Old Swan
We need singers and help to hand out cards with our Christmas service times at all these events.
Donations from St Oswald's red boxes amounted to £1,009. Well done to our box-holders for their generosity. Anyone wanting a red box, please contact Terry Mainwaring on
228 4032. Thank you.
St. Oswald and St. Sebastian St. Vincent de Paul Society
This week we have distributed £1000 to support families in our parishes to be able to celebrate Christmas with a little extra help. Thanks go to our schools who were able to let us know where our help was needed. Thank you to everyone who has supported our retiring collections through the year. In January we will be looking for new volunteers to help keep our SVP group going, as our current members will be retiring after many years of faithful service. The SVP meet monthly for prayer and business and to consider requests for help. They are available to visit homes in our parishes where help is needed to offer what support they can. Members need to have a current DBS certificate. If you would like to know more about this important work please talk to Fr. Mark. Thank you.
Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service
With Archbishop Malcolm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Friday 14th December 2.00pm. Featuring the students from St Benedicts Netherton and Holy Family Liverpool Catholic Primary Schools, plus 'Songs We Remember" Choir. Refreshments served afterwards in the Gibberd Room, everyone is most welcome.
Thank you to everyone who nominated people from
our parishes to be our members at the Synod in 2020.
It was very generous of those who offered themselves to
do this important work. Our two parish members and our
eight Pastoral Area Members have now been found.
The next stage on our Synod 2020 journey will be the
opening ceremony in the Cathedral on 3rd February 2019.
After that we will be offering different ways for you to share your thoughts and ideas for the future of the Church in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Everyone will have a chance to make sure that their voice is heard. We hope to form a “Synod Team” who will help to organise our listening events. Please talk to Fr. Mark if you would like to help.
Please keep the success of this important event in your prayers so that we will continue to try to be the Church that God is calling us to be.
See www.synod2020.co.uk for more information. You can also follow developments on Facebook and Twitter.
CAFOD Fun Run on Thursday 27 December
Want to do something special after Christmas?!
Please come with family and friends to the 35th CAFOD Fun Run on Thursday 27 December at Wavertree Athletics Centre and Park, Liverpool L15 4LE to run, or walk (or toddle or walk the dog!) for those who need it most. Distances 6km or 3km run or 2km walk.
Registration from 12 noon and the fun starts at 1pm! Details and sponsorship form from Colette and Ged at email@example.com or 0151 228 4028. If you would like to have a stall at the Fun Run this year (set-up at 11am), please contact Mike Dooling. Phone no: 07810 053328 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In return CAFOD would very much appreciate a small donation from the stall-holders for our work overseas.
CAFOD’s World Gifts booklets are available at the back of our churches which offer a chance to buy a Christmas gift with a difference. Make a donation for a project and receive a gift certificate which shows the difference your gift on someone’s behalf has made.
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.
Church Art Calendars are now available from our Piety stalls. Also a collection of Christmas cards and gifts, excellent quality and prices.Please visit your Piety stall and support our parishes after weekend Masses.