Goodbye and hello
This week Fr Mark will be leaving to take on a new appointment in the parishes of St Bede’s and St Chad’s near Chorley. He will be leaving us after Masses on Ash Wednesday, 26th February.
After Masses this weekend please stay for a cup of tea if you can, when we will wish Fr Mark every blessing in his new appointment.
We look forward to welcoming our new Parish Priest,
Fr Liam Collister who will be with us from the weekend of 29th February. Please keep Fr Mark and Fr Liam in your prayers and the people they are called to serve.
We now have a booking for 8th to 10th July 2020. Places are limited so if you haven’t put your name down on the list at the back of church, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.
Faith in Action
Our next meeting will be Thursday 27th February 6.30pm at St Oswald’s Presbytery.
Our young people will be selling Fair Trade goods after 9.30am and 11am Masses Sunday 1st March.
If you are interested in joining our group and are in year 6 or above, please come along. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.
Red APF Mission Boxes
Terry Mainwaring will be at St Oswald’s 4.30pm and 9.30am Masses on Sunday, 1st March to collect the Mission Boxes. Thank you.
With You Always 2020
Preparation for the celebration of First Confession and First Holy Communion will begin in our parishes in the first week of March.
Children who are in Year 4 or above who do not attend one of our parish schools, but who would like to make their First Holy Communion this year, are asked to contact the Parish office for more information.
The dates and times of preparation classes will be given out in our parish schools this week. There will be three classes in March to prepare for First Confession and three classes after Easter to prepare for the celebration of First Holy Communion.
The First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated on:
Saturday 13th June St. Oswald’s children 10.30am and 1pm
Saturday 20th June St. Oswald’s and St. Cuthbert’s children 10.30am
St. Sebastian’s children in St Sebastian’s Church 1pm
Please keep all the children making their First Holy Communion this year, and their families, in your prayers..
Journey of 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 be interested. They are very welcome to come for a chat to find out 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 our faith. Please talk to Fr. Mark and we will try to help you in whatever way we can.
Scriptural Retreat Days at Irenaeus Saturday 29th February
'A star shall come out of Jacob/ A look at The book of Numbers.'
All sessions commences at 9.30am to 5pm and will be held at Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD.Contact Irenaeus on 0151 949 1199 or email Jenny@irenaeus.co.uk
Our Churches always look clean and well cared for thanks to our wonderful church cleaning teams. They could do with a bit more help on Thursday mornings: at Oswald’s from 9am and St Sebastian’s from 10.30am. If you can spare an hour or two each Thursday in either of our churches it would be a great help. Please ask at the parish office if you would like to know more or just come along and offer your help. Thank you
Altar Servers Needed
If you are in Year 4 or above and would like to know more about being part of our altar servers team at one of our Sunday morning Masses, please talk to Fr Mark after Mass and find out how to get involved in this important service. Thank you.
Old Swan SEN Support Group
First meeting 25th February, 2020
Meeting on Tuesday mornings during school term time 9.30am—11am
A new support group to give you the opportunity to meet other partents, share your experiences or concerns and find out more about Special Educational needs. Refreshments provided.
Meeting at All Saints Church, Broadgreen Road, Old Swan, Liverpool. L13 5SH. For more information contact Sarah:07749785441 or Howard 0151 228 3581.
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.
marking the beginning of Lent, falls on 26th February this year.
Masses for Ash Wednesday will be:
9.30am St Oswald’s
11am St Sebastian’s
7pm St Oswald’s
At the morning Masses we will be joined by children from our parish schools.
Stations of the Cross in Lent
Beginning next Saturday we will pray the Stations of the Cross each week of Lent.
Each Saturday at 10am.
After the 10am Mass each Tuesday morning.
Please join us if you can to walk with Jesus in our prayer as He lays down His life for us.
Dear Parishioners Saint Oswald and Saint Sebastian’s SVP conference would welcome your input. If you know of any deserving people in our community who require support or assistance please contact the parish office or a member of our SVP group.
This is your SVP and we want to make a difference in the community. Thank you for your wonderful ongoing support. If you would like to make a difference, we would welcome new members with open arms.
SYNOD THEME FOUR:
BUILDING COMMUNITY, NURTURING BELONGING
Our fourth Synod Theme asks us to reflect on how our parish communities can deepen the welcome and support we offer to those who we come into contact with.
Building community, helping people to know they are valued members of our parish, is an important part of the role of the Church today.
This is what you said (taken from the Synod Listening)
· Children should feel safe and loved in our Church.
· Divisions leave people feeling marginalised
and pushed to the fringes.
· Young people should feel fully part of the community.
· Parishes are important for building community
in a fractured society.
· The Church is vital in welcoming and valuing
the weak and the vulnerable.
· Find better ways of handing on the faith.
· The housebound or inﬁrm should still feel part of our communities.
Questions to help you prepare proposals
· In Becoming the Church that God is calling us to be:
· How do we ensure our parishes are inclusive and welcoming?
· How do we hand on our faith? Can you think of ways to do this better?
· How can we encourage and support the work of our Catholic schools?
· How can we support and strengthen the home, school, parish partnership?
· How do we reach out to those who feel excluded, on the margins, weak, or vulnerable?
· How do our parishes grow in love for God and service of our neighbour? ·
· How can parishes work better together?
· What will the parish of the future be like—given a realistic look at the numbers of priests and people we have?
These are only a few suggestions - you may have many others.
We hope to hold meetings soon after our Sunday Masses to put together our parish proposals. In the meantime your ideas and suggestions for the Synod, to be held in October, can be written on the Synod website (www.synod2020.co.uk) or put in the Synod Boxes at the prayer station in the back of church. Please keep our Synod in your prayers. Thank you.
Field of Dreams Community Day Nursery
(linked to St Sebastian’s School), have free Nursery places available for 2, 3 and 4years old. The Nursery has Outstanding Oftsted Inspection. For more information please contact the Nursery Manager Nina on 0151 264 8945.
A selection of cards and gifts are available from our Piety Stalls .
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 11 & 25th March 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
Please keep these families in your prayers.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Maureen Greaves, Michael Guy, Muriel Kirby, Pamela Mary Carson
Alice Mary Collins, Walter Paul Routledge, Mary Grant, Catherine Douthart
Anne Margaret Connor, James Dykstra, Edward Janowski, Joan Speed
Eternal rest grant to them O Lord