Christmas Mass times in our Parishes
7.00pm St Oswald's 9.00pm St Sebastian's
9.30am St Oswald's 11.00am St Sebastian's
"Baby Jesus Sunday" - A blessing for Christmas
Next weekend 16th and 17th December, you are invited to bring the figure of the Baby Jesus from your crib at home along with you to Church and we will bless them during Mass.
This is something Pope Francis does for families of Rome each year and we have been asked if we can do it here.
it is suggested that once the figures have been blessed you wrap them up and open them as your first gift on Christmas morning placing Him in the crib as a way to mark the most precious gift of Christmas.
Carol Singing at Tesco and Costa Coffee
Volunteers are needed to collect money and sing Carols outside Tesco in Old Swan to raise money for the work of the Salvation Army which does much valuable work for those who are struggling in our community. You can come along for as little or as long as you wish.
Tuesday 12th December 4-7pm, Tuesday 19th December 4 -7pm Friday 22nd December 4 -7pm
If you like to sing somewhere a little warmer or just come along to enjoy the carols, we are going to gather at Costa Coffee in Old Swan with members of other local Christian Churches on Saturday 23rd December 2-3pm. We will sing carols and hold a short service in preparation for Christmas to witness our faith together.
Christmas SVP work
Each year our St Vincent De Paul group work with our parish schools to help some of our families and individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to do something special at Christmas, This year we have again distributed £1000 between our three primary schools. Many thanks to our parishioners who so generously donate throughout the year, and members of the SVP to support our brothers and sisters who need a helping hand. Please let us know if you would like to get involved in the work of our parish SVP.
Donations from St Oswald's red boxes for 2017 amounted to £2,843. Well done to our box-holders for their generosity. Anyone wanting a red box, please contact Terry Mainwaring on 228 4032. Thank you.
Christmas Fair St Oswald’s Church (Pictures)
A very big thank you to all those who used their time and talents to make our Christmas Fayre go so well last weekend. We raised an amazing £1.316 for our parishes. It was great to see so many people visiting our church who might not normally come through our doors. Thank you too to everyone who was able to make a donation or visit during the Fayre. Your support is very much appreciated.
St Oswald and St Sebastian Christmas Raffle
To raise much needed funds for our parishes we are holding a Christmas Raffle. Prizes include £100, a Luxury Hamper of Wine and Christmas treats, a handmade Christmas cake and lots more.
The draw will be made on Thursday 21st December so people can have their prize in 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 even if they don’t come to church very often.
Every book sold is a big help. Books of tickets priced £1 are available from the back of our churches this weekend. Thank you.
St Oswald's Christmas Lunch Club
The next Lunch Club will be Thursday 14th December 12.30 at St Oswald's Presbytery. Unfortunately numbers are restricted to 32 ticket holders only. If anyone has a ticket but cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so it can be reallocated. Thank you,
Marriage Preparation Facilitators
The marriage preparation team is recruiting new facilitators who lead and present our marriage preparation courses. If you would like to become a Facilitator, please contact Frank for more information and to discuss the role.
Contact email@example.com 01515441046
ALTAR SERVERS - We are hoping to hold a Christmas party for all our altar servers in January. All altar servers are asked to pick up a form from the sacristy this weekend if they would like to attend and bring it back completed next weekend. Thank you.
Volunteers needed for Little Church on Sunday mornings
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. We are particularly short of helpers at St. Oswald’s. Please talk to Fr. Mark if you would like to know more about getting involved in our Little Church Teams. Thank you.
St Oswald and St Sebastian Mass Association
We have now begun a Parish Mass Association. 12 Masses will be offered for everyone who is enrolled in the Association, one each month for a year. You may enrol a loved one, living or dead, or for an intention close to your heart: eg. Vocations, the young people of our parish etc. If you wish you can buy one of the Mass Association cards from our parish shops or parish office to give to the person enrolled or to their families. The cards are priced £2 and £3. We suggest an offering of £3-£5 for each enrolment to support the work of our parishes. Enrolment envelopes are at the back of our Churches. A letter giving a fuller explanation of why we have taken this step is available at the back of our Churches. Normal Mass intentions can still be offered in the same way as before and are always welcome.
Parish Piety Shops
Advent and Church Art Calendars for 2018 are now on sale, along with a collection of Christmas cards and gifts, excellent quality and affordable prices. Please visit your Piety Stalls and support our parishes if you can after weekend Masses.
The Parish Lottery is a weekly event raising money for our parish. Half the money raised goes to the parish and the half is for whoever wins. If there is no winner we have a roll-over. Thank you for your continuing support of our parishes.
Advent Sacrament 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 4.30pm Mass at St Oswald's on Saturday 16th December and after the 11.00am Mass at St Sebastian's on Sunday 17th 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.
Christmas Prayer Tree
During this Christmas season remember your loved ones.
Next weekend we will have our Christmas Prayer Trees at the back of our churches. Write the names of those you wish to be remembered on a star and place on the tree,
If you would like to help make the stars for our trees and have an hour to spare, please come to St Oswald's Presbytery at 10.00am on Monday 11th December. Thank you.
School Celebrations in Advent
Monday 11th December at 11.00am in St Oswald's Church
Joint Carol Service led by children from our three parish primary schools, St Cuthbert's. St Oswald's and St Sebastian's. We're sorry but it is going to take some time to bring the children to the service so we are not able to have our usual 10.00am Mass on Monday this week.
School Masses for Advent
Parishioners are very welcome to join our children in their school halls for celebrations of Mass when we will reflect on the meaning of Advent.
St Oswald's - Tuesday 12th December 2.00pm
St Oswald's - Thursday 14th December 11.00am
St Cuthbert's - Friday 15th December 2.00pm
St Sebastian's - Monday 18th December 2.00pm
Charity Coffee Morning and Coffee Afternoon
At St Cuthbert's School, 11th December at 2.00pm
At St Sebastian's School 18th December at 9.00am
Nugent care and L'Arche will be selling crafts and Christmas cards etc.
Children will be singing Christmas songs. Mince pies and a hot drink will be served.
Everyone is very welcome to attend and support these events. Please come along if you can.
Pastoral Area Celebration of Reconciliation Saturday 16th December
Priests will be available for individual confessions
St. Margaret Mary’s 10.30am - 11.30am
St. Paul’s 12.30pm - 1.30pm
St. Oswald’s 3.15pm - 4.15pm
St. Matthew’s 5.00pm - 6.00pm
For those unable to attend our Reconciliation Day a priest will be available so you can make your confession at St Sebastian's Church on Saturday 23rd December, 12 noon to 12.30 and at St Oswald's as usual 3.45 - 4.15pm.
Making your confession is a great way to prepare a way for the Lord in preparation for Christmas. If it is a while, or even many years, since you last came to confession please don’t worry about it. Just come along. The priest is there to guide you and to help you know what to say. Listen to the call of the Lord, “Come back to me with all your heart.”
Preparation for the Eucharistic Congress 2018 and for Synod 2020
A few weeks ago we listened to a Pastoral letter from Archbishop Malcolm calling us to a time of prayer and reflection on the opportunities and challenges that we will face in the Archdiocese of Liverpool in coming years. Next year Liverpool will host thousands of Pilgrims attending a National Eucharistic Congress. In the year 2020 there will be an Archdiocesan Synod to discern the steps we will need to take to ensure that we continue to minister well to our people with fewer priests and fewer people attending our churches. We have been asked during Advent to pray for God's help in this process at each Mass. Prayer cards are available now for you to take and use at home. Each week we will print this prayer in our parish newsletter so you can say this prayer at our celebrations of Mass.
We thank you Father for the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus your Son.
Keep us grateful each day for the blessings that surround us.
As we are fed by you, so now send us out to share,
what we have received with our hungry brothers and sisters.
We humbly ask your help to become the Church that you are calling us to be:
a community that listens, that trusts,
that lives with courage and that puts out its nets into new waters.
May the gentle presence of Christ in our hearts be a source of healing,
of new life and of a deeper trust in you.
We ask this in faith through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
First Holy Communions 2018
Our preparation sessions for children making their First Holy Communion in 2018 will begin in the New Year with the celebrations taking place in May. Children who are in Year 4 in one of our parish Primary Schools will receive information through school.
If you have a child in Year 4 or above who does not attend one of our parish schools who would like to make their First Holy Communion please contact our parish office so that we can tell you when the preparation sessions begin.
The best way to prepare your child to receive this wonderful sacrament is of course to bring them each week to Mass in their church. Children who attend primary school are invited to go out to Little Church when they come to Mass on Sunday morning and they join us again for the second half of the Mass.
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
Joseph Bedson, Joseph Roberts, Gerard Bell
Baby Matthew Robert Young, Gerard Francis Mannion, Alphonsus Roche,
Gerard Bell, Joseph Davidson, Bridget Hobbs
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.
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 course will be Monday 22nd and 29th January 2018, dates to follow soon.
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.