Olive Wood carvings from the Holy Land
Next weekend at all Masses 24th/25th February we welcome the Sisters from the Good Shepherd Company who will be selling Olive Wood carvings from the Holy Land.
"We are the Good Shepherd Company from the Holy Land (Bethlehem)' which is based in Nottingham and works alongside the St. Vincent De Paul society for orphans and elderly in the Holy Land. Our goal is to support the Christian families in the Holy Land to stay at work as olive wood carvers. This is one of the most important sources of income for them, as 90% of the Christians rely on this sale. So by selling their produce here from the olive wood (rosaries, crosses, cribs and religious statues) on their behalf, this will prevent the Christians having to leave the country in search of better work opportunities.
Meeting for welcoming Syrian Refugees in our community
Since 2011 over 5 million Syrians have had to flee their country in search of a safe place to live for themselves and their families.
Churches Together in Old Swan are hoping to take part in a scheme to support a refugee family from Syria with friendship and practical help. There will be a meeting to see if this is possible at The Salvation Army on Prescot Road and Ashton Street L13 3BT on Wednesday 28th February 6.30pm – 8pm. Nadine Daniel, the Church of England’s Refugee Welcome Coordinator will be speaking of the opportunity the government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme offers. We already have a few volunteers hoping to get involved but more would be welcome. Come along to the meeting if you would like know more. Contact details are on the poster at the back of church. Or for more information email: email@example.com
Annual Celebration of Marriage and Family Life
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon invites you to join him in celebrating the Annual Marriage and Family Life Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday 11th March at 11.00am. All are welcome to attend. The Mass will include a special blessing for those celebrating significant anniversaries.
On Friday 23rd March at 7pm St. Oswald’s will be hosting our
Lenten Pastoral Area Service of Reconciliation
We will be joined by people from neighbouring parishes to pray together and those who wish can make their confession to one of the priests who will be present. Even if you havn’t made a confession for a long time please think about coming along. You might mention this too to friends and family who might be looking to come back to Church after some time away. Everyone is welcome.
Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place this year between 3rd and 5th October. The cost will be approx £155 pounds, all meals and travel included. If you would like to join us on this pilgrimage please leave your name and contact details with £20 deposit in an envelope marked Walsingham Pilgrimage in the parish office or alternatively at St Sebastian's with Margaret Wike or Marti Ennis.
Becoming a Roman Catholic and learning more about your faith
If you or someone you know 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. We are already helping several family members who have a child being baptised or making their First Holy Communion this year.
We hope to hold a celebration for the Confirmation of Adults soon.
if you would like to be Confirmed please let us know. Have a chat to fr Mark and we can try to help you in whatever way we can.
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.
Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Liverpool 7 - 9 September
Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist.
The Echo Arena in Liverpool will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on Saturday 8th September, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.
On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession - open to all. This pilgrimage will bring people together from across the Dioceses of England and Wales and will aim to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. If you would like to attend the Eucharistic Congress for the Saturday or the Mass on Sunday please let us know in the parish office by phone, e-mail or in person.
Those who have already said they would like to attend are asked to pick up their booking forms from the sacristy or parish office.
Parish Piety Shops
A collection of cards and gifts, excellent quality and affordable prices. Please visit your Piety Stalls and support our parishes if you can after weekend Masses.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Rita Darlington, Vincent Hughes, Peter Kent, Bobby Taylor, Patricia Killey, Annette Jobe, Daniel Quinn, John McKenna, Richard (Richie) Woods
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
CAFOD Family Fast Day Retiring Collection at all Masses this Weekend
CAFOD's Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters who don't have enough to eat. On Friday 23rd February we were asked to give up a meal, or eat a simple meal, in solidarity. With malnutrition still killing almost three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and donations will ensure more of God's children have enough good food to eat.
And this Lent, your donation will make double the difference. For every pound you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound, up to a total of £5 million, meaning twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. Please return (or collect) your Fast Day envelope to church this week and give as generously as you can. Thank you.
First Holy Communions 2018
Thank you to all the parents who came to register their children for the First Holy Communion preparation classes. If you would like your child to make their First Holy Communion this year please telephone our parish office as soon as you can. Older children are welcome too.
This week only children from St Cuthbert's school are asked to attend one of the other sessions in church.
Our classes the week of the 26th February
Monday 26th February 3.30pm St Cuthbert's School
Wednesday 28th February 3.30pm St Sebastian's School
Wednesday 28th February 6.00pm St Oswald's Church
Thursday 1st March 3.30pm St Oswald's Church
Thursday 1st March 6.00pm St Oswald's Church
If you are interested in helping with our First Holy Communion classes please talk to Fr Mark
We still need a few new volunteers to help set up tables and chairs, welcome our families , hand out materials for the classes and tidy up afterwards. You won't be asked to lead a group, just be around to help and give friendly support to our young people and their families. Thank you.
Baptism Preparation Evenings
We ask all families who are preparing for the baptism of their child to attend two preparation evenings. Our March Course will be Monday 12th and Monday 26th 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. All courses are open to families from both our parishes.
Responding to the Call: Vocation Discernment Group
To support those exploring Vocations to the Priesthood in our diocese, a monthly day of recollection has been organised for the first Saturday of each month. These days will help men who feel called to ordained ministry to discover more about diocesan priesthood and meet others discerning a call to priesthood. There will be an opportunity to talk with and hear from priests who minister in the diocese, and also a time for prayer and discussion.
The next day of recollection will take place on Saturday 3rd March at St. Charles’ Presbytery, 224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool.
For further information, please contact Fr James Preston,
Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0151 727 2493. Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page: Archdiocese of Liverpool Vocations.
Liverpool Lourdes Pilgrimage Association
The Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Malcolm last weekend asked for new volunteers to help our annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes continue in the coming years. The date of the Pilgrimage this year is 20th to 27th July.
We now have forms in the parish office for those wishing to travel to Lourdes as ordinary pilgrims. We aren't running a parish group this year but pilgrims from our parishes can stay in the same hotel and join in the services and activities together.
There are different ways to volunteer as a helper with the Pilgrimage. Volunteers do need to pay for their travel and accommodation. If there is anyone who would like to travel as an assisted pilgrim with medical staff on hand to support you, please talk to Fr. Mark. There is some financial help available in our parishes for anyone who is sick and for their helper to enable you to go to Lourdes. Please let us know if you are interested. Leaflets are now available at the back of our churches giving more information about becoming a volunteer with the pilgrimage or you contact the parish office. Thank you.
Thank you for your continued support of our parishes.
New volunteers to help with our weekly lottery are always welcome, selling tickets or counting up and checking for winners on Friday mornings. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved. Thank you.
Nugent Care Charity Shop in Allerton Rd is in urgent need of stock consisting of clothing, books, bric-a-brac, shoes and handbags. Items can be dropped off at 73 Allerton Rd, L18 2DH from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Thank you.