Faith in Action Award for young people in Year 6+
The young people have collected an amazing amount of scarves, hats, gloves and socks, which have been collected by Nugent.
Many thanks to all our parishioners and the young people for your tremendous effort and we will see you all again in the New Year.
8th December - anointing of the sick
As part of our preparation for Christmas we will celebrate two services of the Sacrament of the Sick this Advent following the 11.00am Mass at St Sebastian's on Sunday 8th 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.
An evening of Carols and Bible readings at St Oswald's
We are holding a time of prayer with carols and readings led by our Christmas Music Group at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th December for all our parishioners and friends with refreshments to follow.
A chance to say goodbye to St Cuthbert's Church
In January the staff and pupils at St Cuthbert's school will be moving into their great new school building. Before the Christmas holiday the keys of the old school and Church in Aviemore Road (L13 3BB) will be handed over to the demolition company. there will be an opportunity to look round the old school and visit the Church where many people will remember celebrating their First Holy Communion, their wedding, or the baptism of a family member.
You are welcome to visit the school on Friday 13th December (limited access to classrooms) 9am to 4pm and on Saturday 14th December (all areas open to walk round). A full timetable of events during these days is on the noticeboards at the back of our churches. To view the history of St Cuthbert's Church and school visit sites.google.com/view/stcuthbertaviemorer/home
Thanks to everyone who was able to come to one of our parish meetings, or put their proposals in the boxes in our Churches, or who submitted a proposal on-line. We have received some great ideas. Each of our parishes will now submit 5 proposals to be considered and to be voted on at our Synod in October 2020.
The proposals include;
We have now started our period of exploration of our second Synod Theme. Sharing the Mission of Jesus. You are invited once again to share your Proposals for action on this Theme via the Synod website, in our proposals boxes at the back of our churches or at one of our parish meetings which will be held in January.
In this Synod theme we reflect on how we are sent out into the world to proclaim the Good News to the whole of creation. In becoming the Church that God is calling us to be:
How do we more effectively evangelise and lead people in to a deeper relationship with Jesus? How do we show the compassionate love of Jesus in our work for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation, in our acts of charity and our works of mercy? How can the parish rise to the challenge of sharing the mission of Jesus? How can we equip people to be the presence of Jesus at work, at home and in the street?
Please keep the Synod in your prayers as we continue to discern how we can become the Church god is calling us to be.
Red APF Mission Boxes
The amount recently collected from the Red APF Mission Boxes £759.00. Many thanks to all our box holders for your generosity. Anybody who wants a red box, please contact Terry Mainwaring
Children's gifts needed
Next Sunday 15th December at the 11.00am Mass at St Sebastian's, our children will be wrapping Christmas gifts for children in our city who might not be getting a present this Christmas. We would be grateful for any donations of gifts and for toys suitable for children up to 16 years old. You can bring them to the 11.00am Mass next Sunday or hand them in during the week to the parish office.
Pastoral Area Services of Reconciliation
You are invited to attend our Pastoral Area Services of Reconciliation, when we will pray together and there will be opportunity to make an individual confession from one of our priests and use this wonderful sacrament as part of our preparation to welcome Christ again this Christmas.
Monday 16th December 7pm St Micheal's Church West Derby Road
Thursday 19th December 7pm St Margaret Mary's Church Pilch Lane
St Oswald and St Sebastian Christmas Raffle
To raise funds for our parishes we are again holding a Christmas Raffle. Prizes include £100, drinks hamper, a handmade cake and lots more.
The draw will be made on 16th 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. Thank you.
St Oswald's and St Sebastian's SVP - would like to thank everyone for all the winter coats and hygiene products that were donated during their appeal. The response was amazing. Thank you for such wonderful support. They are being handed on to people who really need our help. We have also been able to help some families in our parishes to give them a little extra support this Christmas. Thank you for all your support at our collections through the year and we wish you all a spiritual and peaceful Christmas.
Coffee Morning at St Oswald's for anyone who has been bereaved
A small group met to share experiences of bereavement over a cuppa.We shared times of grief and extreme sadness, but also enjoyed much laughter together. If you feel this may help you, we are meeting again on Thursday 19th December at 11.00am. You will be very welcome.
Journey in Faith at St Oswald's and St Sebastian's
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about our Catholic faith, then please get in touch with either Fr Mark, Sr Dorothy or John Power. Maybe you have been Baptised and received First Holy Communion but not Confirmation. If you prefer to email then please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will get back to you.
We have a couple of adults who will be confirmed next February when Bishop Tom Williams will be visiting the parish.
Baptism Preparation Evenings
We ask all families who are preparing for the baptism of their child to attend two evenings when we will look at what a great gift baptism is and how we can pass on our faith to our children.
Our next Baptism Course will be Wednesday 22nd and 29th January 2020, 7.00pm 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.
Baptisms this week
We welcome for Baptism this week at St Oswald's Church
Please keep this family in your prayers.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Irene Halligan, Harold Wilson, Philip Rubin, Colette Fairclough,
Mgr. Peter Cookson, Margaret Horner, Annie Smart, Karl Anthony Southern, Walter Shepherd, John Hayes, Karl Southern, Sr Agnes
Eternal rest grant to them O Lord
A selection of Christmas cards and gifts are available from our Piety Stalls .
If you could spare a couple of hours on a Friday morning to help us check through all the tickets and also on a Saturday at the 4.30pm Mass helping to sell tickets, your help will be much appreciated. Please speak to Fr Mark or Terry Mainwaring.