World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations when we pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life especially in our Archdiocese. We are all asked to consider how we are being called by God to serve Him each day. Let us pray today that our parishes might be fertile grounds for the vocations of the future.
Please take a prayer card from the back of church and include a prayer for Vocations in your prayers each day this week.
Our retiring collection today will be for the Priests Training Fund and Gift Aid/Donation envelopes are available at the back of our churches.
Prayer for Vocations
We give you thanks because you call us all,
to participate in your divine plan for the world;
that all people may find their joy and peace in you.
Bless us with a heart open to you,
and enable us to listen to your Holy Spirit.
Enlighten our minds,
that we may discern the path that we should follow.
Give us courage to live out the life you invite us to;
following more closely the example of Jesus your Son,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
First Holy Communions 2018
First Holy Communion preparation continues
the week beginning April 16th:
St Cuthbert’s School, Monday 23rd at 3.30pm
St Sebastian’s School, Wednesday 25th at 3.30pm
St Oswald’s Church, Wednesday 25th at 6pm
St Oswald’s Church Thursday 26th at 3.30pm
St Oswald’s Church Thursday 26th at 6pm
Any children who have not made their First Reconciliation should contact the parish office or come along to St. Oswald’s Church on Saturday afternoon, 3.45 - 4.15pm when a priest will be available to hear confessions.
The new Gift Aid envelopes for 2018/19
Please remember to collect your new envelopes from the back our churches. If you have any questions about your envelopes, or if you pay tax in the UK and would like to sign up to Gift Aid your weekly offering please contact the parish office.
Gift Aid is a big help to our parish finances. The government pay back the tax paid on any offerings you make to your parish increasing the value of your donation by up to 25 percent.
Mass offerings, Sanctuary Lamp donations and other donations to the parish can all be given using Gift Aid.
Once the Gift Aid envelopes have been collected we will be able to give spare envelopes, so please contact the parish office after Easter.
If you don’t pay tax in the UK you can still give by envelope. If you use one of our envelopes when attending Mass in another local church they will pass your offering back to us.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Margaret Harkin, John Manning, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, Catherine Owen,
Nicola Rooney, Joseph Gillbanks
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Becoming a Roman Catholic and learning more about your 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.
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. We are hoping to hold a Confirmation Mass for adults in May.
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.
Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Liverpool 7 - 9 September
Thank you to all who have completed their application
forms which have been sent to be processed. We have
no more places for Saturday 8th September but we do
have a parish place for a teacher or catechist to attend
the day on Friday 7th September. Please talk to Fr. Mark
if you would like to know more. There will be tickets available for the Masses in the Cathedral on Sunday 9th September. Details will be available nearer the time.
Eucharist is… thanksgiving
When we give thanks at Mass, the past is renewed, the present is transformed, and the future is made already present. In this thanksgiving, hope is generated by recalling past mercies. What we know from the past of the power and love of God gives us confidence in the continued mercy of God despite whatever may be going on in our lives to try us. May our participation in the Mass always deepen our
trust in God’s saving action in our lives.
Our Piety shops have a lovely selection of First Holy Communion Cards and gifts at excellent prices.
Please come and have a look around.
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.
During this time Mass in honour of St Joseph will be held on the following dates, and we are encouraged to attend Mass to pray together for our own needs and the needs of the Church in our part of Liverpool.
Monday 23rd April at 7pm St Matthew’s Church
Tuesday 24th April at 7pm St Paul’s Church
Wednesday 25th April at 7pm St Sebastian’s Church
Thursday 26th April at 7pm St Cecilia’s Church
Friday 27th April at 7pm St Oswald’s Church
Saturday 28th at 10am St Margaret Mary’s Church
Monday 30th April at 7pm St Matthew’s Church
Tuesday 1st May at 7pm St Margaret Mary’s Church
We ask the prayers of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Patron of our Pastoral Area.
Pastoral Area Holy Hour
In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress and Synod 2020 we will be holding four Holy Hours of Prayer over the next few months across the Pastoral Area.
The first of these special times of prayer will be held this week. The dates are as follows;
Friday 4th May 7pm at St Sebastian's Church
Friday 1st June 7pm at St Margaret Mary's Church
Thursday 5th July 7pm at St Matthew's Church
Everyone is warmly invited to support the work of the Church through their prayers at all these Holy Hours.
Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Will recommence on Saturday 26th May after the Pastoral Area Novena and First Holy Communion Masses.
St Sebastian’s Garden of Remembrance
If anyone has a couple of hours to spare now and again to help keep the Garden neat and tidy, your help would be much appreciated.
If you think you are able to help please see Sr Dorothy.
CAFOD Lent Appeal
Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal. Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition - and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet! To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent.
St Oswald’s and St Sebastian’s donations have now been sent to CAFOD Totalling £2,016.30.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Could you help once a month with the children who celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word during the first part of Masses on Sunday morning? You don’t need to lead a group but we need more volunteers who have had a DBS check to be with our children and perhaps work with those who need a bit of extra attention. There are quite often weeks where we are not able to offer this support to our children because of a shortage of volunteers. Please talk to Fr. Mark or to one of our helpers if you would like to know more about getting involved in our Little Church Teams. Thank you.
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.
Thank you to everyone who has been able to make donations to our local church run Food Banks in the boxes at the back of our churches. We are collecting
non-perishable food and toiletries and pass them on to those in need.
The box at St Oswald’s supports the Food Bank at All Saints Church in Old Swan. The box at St Sebastian’s supports All Saints Fairfield Food Bank.
They are also looking for volunteers who could help to welcome visitors and put food parcels together. Please contact the parish office if you think you can help.
Baptism Preparation Evenings
We ask all families who are preparing for the baptism of their child to attend two preparation evenings. Wednesday 25th April 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.
We welcome for Baptism at St Oswald’s this weekend:
Louie Scotton, George Harkin
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
Liverpool Lourdes Pilgrimage Association
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 . There are different ways to volunteer as a helper with the Pilgrimage. Volunteers do need to pay for their travel and accommodation but some help is available if needed. 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. Leaflets are now available at the back of our churches giving more information about becoming a volunteer with the pilgrimage or you can contact the parish office.