Red APF Mission Boxes
Terry Mainwaring will be at St Oswald’s 9.30am Mass on Sunday 3rd March to collect the Mission Boxes.
Welcome - Syrian family
This week we received the great news that through the hard work of the churches in our community a family from Syria will be able to leave their refugee camp after several years living there, and start a new life in a house in our area. Thank you to all those who have supported this important project. Housing has been found now so we will be looking for everything the family will need to start a new home. There is a list of items needed, large and small, on our parish notice boards now. If you think you can help or if you are able to make a donation of money, please let us know in the parish office or speak to Fr. Mark. We will put you in touch with the people who are keeping the list of what is needed to make sure we don’t get too many of one thing and not enough of another. Thank you.
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 be on Monday 11th and 18th March
7pm at St Oswald’s Presbytery.
Please telephone the Parish Office if you wish your child to be baptised in one of our parishes.
We welcome for Baptism this weekend at St Oswald’s:
Please keep Lucia and her family in your prayers.
Catholic Miracle Rally (North)
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th March 2019, Our Lady’s Catholic High School, St Anthony’s Drive, Preston PR2 3SQ.
Speakers Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Fr Chis Thomas, Damian Stayne,
Fr Joseph Edattu VC, Maria Rodrigues. Booking forms and more information are available at the back of church. www.coretlumenchristi.org or call 07588 159341.
From the Archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Department.
The course is for any person who is going through, or has gone through, a relationship breakdown. Topics will cover: Facing the effects of what’s happened; Communication and Conflict Resolution;
Letting Go; Managing other relationships; Legal matters; and Being single and moving forward.
For further details see the poster on the notice board or contact: Maureen 07967753371 or Jacqui 07793825815.
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. He was ordained a priest in Preston in 1994. A few parishioners are hoping to organise a celebration for him in both our parishes. The 11am Sunday Mass at St. Sebastian’s will be part of our celebration before our annual parish BBQ on 14th July. We hope to have another Mass and a reception one evening of that week in St. Oswald’s. 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 in the coming week or two so we can call a meeting and get preparations underway. Any suggestions for how we can mark this milestone for our parish priest are very welcome.
We remember in our prayers those who have died recently: Sarah Moore, Alan Dearden. Annie Doyle,Michael Quinn, Thomas McLoughlin,
Beryl Messenger, Mary McCarthy, Kathleen Green, Alex Fyfe, Margaret Ainsworth
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.
Cards and gifts, excellent quality and prices.Please visit your Piety stall and support our parishes after weekend Masses.
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.
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.
We hope to form a parish"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.
Parish Walsingham Pilgrimage 2019
Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham this year is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on a reserve list in case of any cancellations, please let the Parish Office have your name, address and contact details as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on 6th March. Ideas are welcome for ways we can mark this holy season in our parishes. Holy Hours, a simple fasting lunch raising money for CAFOD, a Café course on Friday mornings? Bible study? A weekday evening Mass? There are lots of things we could do. Please let Fr. Mark know what you would like to see happen (if you would be prepared to come yourself!) and we will see what can be offered this Lent.
A question for our parish community
For many years our parishes have supported families and individuals going through a hard time through the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Their work is very generously supported through the retiring collections after weekend Masses. Our parish group is now folding up. We have one member left and he has decided to hand over this important work to younger members of the parish after many years of faithful service. Can we continue to be a church at the service of the most needy in our community? If we do, should we try to keep the S.V.P. going, or is it time to start a new group with similar aims?
If this is something you would like to be involved with please talk to Fr. Mark. If there is a group of people who are interested we can call a meeting to look at our options for the way ahead. Thank you.
First Holy Communion in 2019
First Communion Catechists and Helpers
We need a few more helpers to support our children and their families. Meetings are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm and 6pm. We run each class four times. Helpers set up the room and tidy away and are on hand to support parents and their children with their work. We have three classes before Easter and three classes after Easter. Helpers are also available to help at our First Reconciliation services and First Holy Communion Masses. If you would like to know more about what’s involved please talk to Fr. Mark. Thank you.
Our preparation sessions for children making their First Holy Communion in 2019 will begin soon. If you have a child in Year 4 or older who does not attend one of our parish schools who would like to make their First Holy Communion please contact our parish office so that we can tell you when the preparation sessions begin. The best way to prepare your child to receive this wonderful sacrament is of course to bring them each week to Mass in their church.
If you didn’t receive the letter this week with the dates of our classes and celebrations of First Confession and First Holy Communion please pick one up from the Sacristy after Mass. Thank you.
All children making their First Holy Communion this year are asked to attend any Mass on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd March.
Classes will begin in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation / First Confession on Wednesday and Thursday 6th and 7th March.
Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 19th—26th July, 2019
By air from Liverpool. Full board £749—£849 depending on choice of hotel. £10 reduction booking online.
Some years there is a small group travelling from our parishes. Please let us know in the parish office if you are intending to join the pilgrimage. There is some financial help from our parish Lourdes fund for people travelling to Lourdes as assisted pilgrims. Please talk to Fr. Mark if you would like to know more about this. A medical team travels with us to Lourdes and there is help from Liverpool Youth to attend all the services and other events during the pilgrimage. The main agent for the pilgrimage is Joe Walsh Tours. 0151 9092871 www.joewalshtours.co.uk.
If you would like to travel as a helper as a young person or as an adult member of the Hospitalite Team please talk to Fr. Mark who will put you in touch with the organisers of our pilgrimage. See www.liverpool-lourdes.org.uk.
Interdenominational Youth Gathering!
Are you a young adult 18-35 who would like to meet with youth from denominations across Merseyside?
Come and get to know others in an informal setting to reflect on and discuss life as a Christian today? We have had an amazing first meeting and would like to invite others to join the group. When? Mon 11 March 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Soft drinks and nibbles included, event is free of charge! To book a place please contact: Elisabeth/Veronica by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0151 709 0125. When booking please let us know your name, age, denomination by Sunday, March 10th. Feel free to bring your friends.
Where? Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool ONE 3BT