Wednesday 15th August is the Solemn Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady
This feast is kept as a Holy Day of Obligation so all Catholics are asked to attend Mass on this day if they can.
Masses in our parish will be at
10am in St. Sebastian’s Church and 7pm in St. Oswald’s Church
Altar Servers - 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.
Thank you to those who have donated money to buy new albs for our altar servers. Over £200 has now been received from our parishioners.
Update on the heating at St. Sebastian’s
Following mounting projected costs it has been decided to replace just the boiler for the heating. We had originally been hoping to replace the pipes too but that is no longer possible. We’ve asked that the work be completed by the end of September. You might notice that two blow heaters have been fitted over the doors at the back of church. We have been told that this might reduce the heat loss on cold days.
Special Ministers of Holy Communion - are asked to call into the Sacristy after Mass to collect a couple of papers concerning taking Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in our nursing homes.
If you are a Special Minister of Holy Communion and could take on a weekly visit to someone who is not able to attend Mass please let us know. We have had a few new requests for Holy Communion at home and are finding it difficult to meet this growing need.
Digging at St. Oswald’s - Water leaks
We are still waiting for work to begin replacing the old lead pipes laid from St. Oswald Street to the Presbytery, the Convent and the church. We apologise for the disruption that may happen while these repairs take place. The path alongside the Convent may be closed while the works take place. We have been told that the diggers should be with us soon but these things usually take longer than we are led to expect!
Growing in our Faith
If you 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.
It’s never too late to make your First Holy Communion or to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will be very happy to help you in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can be of any help.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Lillian Anderson, Joseph Powell, Stella Mangan, Paul Dunne,
Maureen Jamieson, Gerard James Cunningham
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
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 Presbytery in September (dates to follow). 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.
We welcome for Baptism at St Sebastian's’s this weekend:
Brooke Kenwright, Carter Holbrook, Finley and Reuben Brennan
and at St Oswald’s:
Oscar James Brady
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
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Our Church Piety shops have a lovely selection of Rosary beads, prayer books and religious statues etc.
Please come and have a look around after Masses this weekend.
The SVP is seeking to recruit a Young Vincentians Programme Manager, and a Mini Vinnies Officer as part of the expansion of our youth programme.
Young Vincentians Programme Manager: £30k pa; full time permanent contract. Closing date: 15:00 on Thursday 23rd August 2018.
Mini Vinnies Officer: £23k pro rata; 2 days/wk; one year contract. Closing date: 10:00 Monday 20th August 2018.
Both roles based at national office.
St Sebastian’s Cake Sale Sunday 19th August after the 11am Mass
Sale of cakes and jams. Tea and coffee will be served.
Please stay and support this event if you can. Donations of cakes are very welcome.
St. Sebastian's Teenagers (14+) we need you
We need extra support on our Little Church Teams at the 11am Sunday Mass. Would you be willing to help once a month? If you would or even if you're not sure and want to know more please speak to Sr. Dorothy at the end of Mass.
School Faith Forms and Job References
Please note that Fr. Mark will be away from the parish from 20th August for just over three weeks. He will be back in the parish by 14th September. If you will require a letter for an application to a High School or a job reference during this time please make sure you talk to Fr. Mark well before 19th August.
During Fr. Mark’s absence we will welcome Fr. Julius to our parishes. He is currently studying theology in Rome and is generously giving up his holiday to supply in our parishes while Fr. Mark is away.
Our Parish Walsingham Pilgrimage 2018
Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place this year
between 3rd and 5th October.
The cost will be approx. £155, 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 (259 2904) or Marti Ennis (228 4266).
Thank you to everyone who has been able to make donations to our local church run Food Banks . The Box at St Oswald’s supports the Food Bank at All Saints Church in Old Swan and the box at St Sebastian’s supports All Saints, Fairfield Food Bank.
During the school holidays there is an unusually high demand for help especially from families with children. If you can help with breakfast cereals, rice, pasta, tinned goods, beans, sausages, tea and coffee etc it would be a great help and much appreciated by our families who need a little more support at this time.
A reminder for our parish volunteers and ministers
A reminder for our parish volunteers and ministers
During the holiday season we ask all our readers, Special Ministers of Holy Communion, Little Church leaders, welcomers etc. to please make sure you let someone know if you are going to be away when you are on the rota to minister. If it’s possible, please arrange to swap your week to serve with another member of your group. At each weekend Mass we are having to find replacements at the last minute and the same people are having to serve a few times every month. It would be a big help if you let us or someone else know when you are going to be away or are unable to be present at Mass. Thank you.
It has been suggested that we set up a “What’s App” group for Eucharistic Ministers and Readers with a smart phones, who attend the 4.30pm Saturday Mass. It will be a trial to see if we can make it a little easier to contact each other if you are unable to attend for your ministry. Please give your mobile number into the parish office if you are happy to join the group. It’s not obligatory but it might be a help to make things run a little more smoothly before our weekend Masses.
Eucharistic pilgrimage and Congress
Liverpool 7 - 9 September 2018
Tickets are available for the Mass at 9.30am in the Cathedral on Sunday 9th September. There is also a programme of many events which will be taking place on the weekend of the Congress around the city including a final procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Liverpool. A copy of this programme can be seen on the notice boards at the back of our churches. There is a self guided walking tour around religious sites in the city, an exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles from around the world, talks and discussions, concerts and many more events. If you would like a ticket to the Mass or more details about the wide range of events taking place please select the following link; www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk
You can find booking forms also for the Youth Congress on 8th September for young people aged 13-20. We would very much like to take a group of young people from our parishes to this event. We have adult volunteers who are willing to support a group but so far no young people! Please mention it to someone in this age-group who you know and see if they might be interested in coming along. Thank you.
Saturday 8th September in The Auditorium, Liverpool “Lost and Found”
Frank Cottrell-Boyce and the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir will retell the story of the Prodigal Son using music from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and much more. Join us at 8pm on the 8th September for a great night out. Tickets are £5 until the 15th August and £10 afterwards. You can book tickets via www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/lost-and-found You can also purchase tickets over the phone by calling the Ticket Quarter Hotline on 0344 8000 410
Thank you for your continued support of our parishes.