The four themes of the Synod will give us all the opportunity to listen some ore, reflect and then make proposals for action to the Synod, which will be voted on and guide the Archbishop in writing a Pastoral Plan for the archdiocese to work towards in the coming years.
The four themes are:
All called and gifted by God
Sharing the mission of Jesus
How we pray together
Building community, nurturing and belonging
For each theme we will hold meetings in the parish for people to come together and share their ideas. The proposals we come up with will be sent to the Synod Office.
Each parish is allowed to send in five proposals based on the responses we hear from you over the coming four weeks. We will let you know what proposals we send in.
There is now a place of prayer and reflection in each of our churches where you can read about the theme, spend some time in prayer and make a proposal yourself. Proposals can also be made individually from this weekend by parishioners through the Synod website at www.synod2020.co.uk.
We are now reflecting on
Theme one: All are called and gifted by God
You will receive a leaflet in church which tells you the areas of the life of our Church we are considering under this theme.Please spend some time asking how we might do things better in our parishes and across the Archdiocese.
It is ok to just say what concerns or worries you have on this theme even if you aren't sure what we can do about it. Our Synod members will get an indication of what areas of Church life we should be making proposals about. If many people share the same concern we can make a proposal that this should be taken forward at the Synod.
Please remember to support this process in your prayers. Prayer cards are available at the back of our churches for you to take home with you. we ask that through our Synod journey God will help us to become the Church He is calling us to be to better respond to the challenges or our times. Thank you for any way you choose to be involved in our prayer and reflection in the coming months.
Annual Novena to Our Blessed Lady at St John's Kirkdale
The Novena runs for 9 Wednesdays ending on 4th December. Rosary begins at 7.00pm followed by 7.30pm Mass
Training for Leaders of Children's Liturgy
Sunday 3rd November 2.00pm at LACE, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool L17 2AA
the afternoon will be led by Linda Pennington and includes, the principles of children's liturgy, preparation for Advent, ideas for breaking open the Word with children, prayer time.
To book your place contact the Pastoral formation Department 0151 222 1040.
The cost of the training will be met by the parish. Please let us know if you book onto this event.
Liverpool Archdiocese Youth Pilgrimage
Be part of something special
Ages 15 (or in year 10) - 22 years old
Thursday 23rd July 2020 to Saturday 1st August 2020
Cost £530.00 (some help towards costs are available through the parish and through fundraising.)
the application form is now available from animateyouth.org
For more information call Animate on 01744740461, or email email@example.com
Last year 2 young people from our parish joined the youth pilgrimage. We hope a few more will be able to go this year.
CAFOD Faith in Action Day Love is Civic and Political
At Sandymount House of Prayer. Saturday 9th November 10am to 4pm
A day to explore the links between faith and politics reflecting on Scripture and Church teaching. Our Church has a proud history of encouraging Catholics political reflection with amazing results.
Asylum Link Merseyside
(Offering practical support and friendship to refugees and asylum seekers) Invites you to join us in celebration.
One World Musical Festivities
St Anne's Overbury Street L7 3HJ Friday 25th October 7.00pm
Tickets £5 are available from St Anne's Parish office and also on the night.
Nugent have some brilliant volunteering activities that might interest you. We share in the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and promote charity and justice. The residents in one of our care homes in south Liverpool are very keen to learn new skills and meet new people. We are recruiting volunteers who would be willing to share their talents around arts and crafts, play chess or board games, support someine to fill in the answers to crosswords or who could occasionally accompany one of our gentleman to an Everton home game. Contact Marie Reynolds on 0151 2612000 or mariereynolds
A selection of greeting cards and gifts are available from our Piety Stalls .
World Mission Sunday
The Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his charity for world mission. Please support Missio in helping missionaries who work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Join in on this special day, that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer and celebration of our Church's mission to God's love with all creation - 'Together we are Mission'. You will be able to Gift Aid your donations by using envelopes provided by Missio.
Red APF Mission Boxes
Terry Mainwaring will be at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 27th october to collect the Red APF Mission Boxes.
Faith in Action Award for young people in Year 6+
Encouraging young people to live out their faith in service and reflection connecting faith and life in a tangible way. If any young people in our parish are interested in finding out more about this opportunity to volunteer and live their faith please contact the parish office or talk to Fr Mark. We have a few volunteers already and more would be very welcome. You can also stay for a short meeting after the 11.00am Mass this Sunday to find out more.
First Holy Communion 2020
Our First Holy Communion classes will start in the New year. Parents of a child in year 4 or above who wishes to make their First holy Communion but who does not attend one of or parish schools, (St Cuthbert's, St Oswald's or St Sebastian's) are asked to contact the parish office and provide your contact details. All parents of children making their first Holy Communion next year are reminded to bring their children to mass each week. this is the very best way to prepare your child for this important event in their lives.
Our annual Masses for those who have died in our parishes this year will be offered in November
Thursday 7th November 7.00pm at St Sebastian's
Monday 11th November 7.00pm at St Oswald's
The families who have celebrated a funeral in our parishes over the past year will receive their invitation soon. During the Mass all those present will be invited to come forward to light a candle in memory of their loved one. Please come along and support those who are living with a painful loss with your prayers, or to commend to God's mercy someone you know who has died. Refreshments will be served following the Masses. Everyone is very welcome to attend.
Eternal rest grant to them O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them.May they rest in peace. Amen.
Journey in Faith at St Oswald's and St Sebastian's
We are starting a Journey in Faith group in our parishes. 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.
There is no obligation to make any commitment, this period is for people to make enquiries. If you prefer to email then please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will get back to you.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Ireneaus are leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 9th and 18th June 2020. The initial deposits of £200 are due very soon. The total cost is £1800, which includes everything except your spends and money for lunch.
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.
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.
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 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
Ayda Pitt and Maximus Roberts
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Fr Tim Cullen, Christopher Ambrose, Monica Nugent, Maria Nolan,
James Barry Fitzsimons, Edith Florence Sanders, Anne Joan Smith,
Eternal rest grant to them O Lord