With You Always
Confirmation & First Holy Communion
A big welcome to all our families preparing for their celebration of Confirmation and First Holy Communion next year. If your child is in Year 4 but you have not registered or returned your form please call the Parish Office on 228 3327 as soon as possible. We will be delighted to hear from you.
Next events St Oswald's Church,
Tuesday 21st October 3.30pm
Wednesday 22nd October 6.00pm Thursday 23rd October 6.00pm.
St Sebastian's School 3.30pm Wednesday 22nd October
Family Mass Sunday 26th October
9.30am St Oswald's
11.00am St Sebastian's
We are praying especially for families and you are all very much in our prayers.
Our Evangelizing Community
In case you were not able to join us for the retreat day with Archbishop Malcolm here is another passage from Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel". Following today's Gospel Pope Francis talks about the fruit an evangelizing parish community can produce for God. There's lots here to think about and to take with us into the future.
The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Lord gets involved and he involves his own, as he kneels to wash their feet. He tells his disciples: “You will be blessed if you do this” (Jn 13:17).
An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice.
An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be. It is familiar with patient expectation and apostolic endurance. Evangelization consists mostly of patience and disregard for constraints of time.
Faithful to the Lord’s gift, it also bears fruit. An evangelizing community is always concerned with fruit, because the Lord wants her to be fruitful. It cares for the grain and does not grow impatient at the weeds. The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. He or she finds a way to let the word take flesh in a particular situation and bear fruits of new life, however imperfect or incomplete these may appear. The disciple is ready to put his or her whole life on the line, even to accepting martyrdom, in bearing witness to Jesus Christ, yet the goal is not to make enemies but to see God’s word accepted and its capacity for liberation and renewal revealed.
Finally an evangelizing community is filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always. It celebrates every small victory, every step forward in the work of evangelization. Evangelization with joy becomes beauty in the liturgy, as part of our daily concern to spread goodness. The Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangelization and the source of her renewed self-giving.
EMBRACE: Liverpool 2014
On 1st November in the Cathedral.
Youth Day Conference for age 16+
Speakers—music—prayer—workshops– youth Mass
Lots of good speakers and a chance to meet with other Catholics of your own age. We are organising a group to go from our parishes. See the poster at the back of church. Visit www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk. Talk to Fr. Mark or Sr. Moira or ring the parish office to join our group.
Sirenian Choir Celebration Concert - in aid of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
Saturday, 18th October, 7.30pm at St. Oswald’s Church
The Internationally renowned singing group together with the Maghull Wind Orchestra will be performing in this charity concert.
Tickets are now on sale in the Parish Office for £7.50
(Children under 16 admitted free with a paying adult.)
It should also be possible to pay on the door.It promises to be a great evening and in aid of a good local cause. www.sireniansingers.org
St. Sebastian’s Coffee Morning
The next coffee morning, Thursday 6th November after the 10.00am Mass at 18, Lilley Road. Raffle, sale of cakes, jam and cards and a chance to meet some fellow parishioners.
We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Lunch Club - at St Oswald's Presbytery
Our Lunch Club meets again on Thursday 13th November at 12.30pm. Please come along to meet and catch up with fellow parishioners and enjoy some delicious soup and cakes. We look forward to seeing you then. Imelda, Agnes and Monica.
Walsingham Pilgrimage 2014
All our parishioners were remembered in prayer at Our Lady's shrine during our parish pilgrimage this week and Mass was offered for all your intentions. A big thank you to Marti and Margaret for doing such a great job of organizing the pilgrimage for us again this year.
Little Church / Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Would you like to help once a month with our youngsters who pray and learn together during our Sunday morning Masses? We have spaces for new helpers on some of our teams and we would be delighted to hear from you. You don’t have to lead the group, just help us take good care of the children while they are learning and praying. Please let us know if you can get involved.
St. Oswald and St. Sebastian Summer Day out (pictures updated 6/8/2014)
The trip to Pantasaph and Llandudno on Monday was a great success and blessed with sunshine. It’s been suggested that we might offer a day of retreat at Pantasaph as some people wanted to spend more time there. If you are interested please tell Fr. Mark and if enough people respond we can arrange a day of prayer there.
St Sebastian’s Summer BBQ (pictures updated 6/8/2014)
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our special parish summer events over the past couple of weeks. With matched funding from two of our parishioners the total raised by our BBQ has reached £4000. A tremendous effort and a great help to parish funds.
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, - 10.00 am every Saturday at St. Oswald's. Everyone very welcome.
Events for young people in our parishes
(pictures from this group)
Craft and Story group, for year 3 and above,
Thursday 16th October 6.00pm St Oswald's Presbytery.
We look forward to seeing you!
You can follow our events for young people on Twitter. StSebStOswYouth
If you are at High School or College and want to be part of events for young people in our parish please talk to Fr. Mark. We are not quite sure what to offer next and your suggestions would be a big help. Times of prayer? A trip somewhere? A social time?
You are a really important part of our parish so talk to us and let’s see what we can do!
November is the Month of the Holy Souls
This is a time to pray particularly for all who have died. Most of our Masses in November are offered for our Pious List or November List. You are invited to write the names of anyone who has died and who you wish to be remembered in our Masses on a piece of paper and hand it in to either church. You can also include a donation to support our Parishes. Please remember that during November we are not able to offer Masses for particular intentions. these will resume in December.
All readers please note - A date for your diaries - for all 'Proclaimers of God's Word' Saturday 1st November 2014. 11am to 4pm at St. Oswald's
A Pastoral Area training day has been organised for all involved in this sacred ministry and we have been very fortunate in gaining the services of Marian Tolley to lead us on the day. Marian is passionate about the Proclamation of God's Word and will be giving us positive guidance on all aspects, practical and spiritual, of this ministry and how to do it well. She is a renowned Speaker and Trainer and with her vast expertise will enable us to improve our skills in this important ministry.
Beavers, cubs and scouts
Did you know that we have 2 groups of beavers, cubs and scouts in our parishes? One group meets in St. Cuthbert's school in Aviemoor Road and the other in St Sebastian's Holly Road. They take young people from aged six. If you want to know more you can phone the parish office for contact details and times.
Fanning the Flame
A Catholic Mission for 10—20 year olds.
FAITH + FUN + FELLOWSHIP
Sunday 26th October 2.30-9pm
Monday 27th October 10am-9pm
Tuesday 28th October 10am-9pm
At Christ the King Church on Queens Drive
In the evenings parents and other family members can join the group from 7-9pm when the young people will lead the session passing on their faith with what they have learned that day. Cost £25 covering meals and refreshments.
E-mail: email@example.com or telephone Sr. Maria Natella on 01590 681874 and she send you a booking form.
Session 1 of 4 Breathing Spaces Sessions will be held in St Oswald’s Presbytery on Monday 27th October, Monday 24th November and Monday 15th December from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. The Sessions will provide an opportunity for people to experience the process of exploring and sharing their faith journey in a confidential, safe environment led by Br David from St Timothy’s / St Paul’s Parish.
Singers and Musicians—Don’t hide your talents!
We need more singers and people who can play a musical instrument at the 9.30am Sunday Mass in St. Oswald’s and at the 11am Sunday Mass at St. Sebastian’s. Chat to a member of the group after Mass one Sunday and see what’s involved. We will be really happy for you to get involved.
S.V.P. St. Oswald and St. Sebastian
Our SVP volunteers have outlined some of the help and support given on behalf of our parishes this year:
Supported families in our schools on the recommendation of school staff.
Financial support to our two scout groups and two young parishioners on a charitable project in Peru.
Financial help given to members of our parish to visit Lourdes through HCPT. Financial and practical assistance given to local food-banks.
Visits to individuals and families to offer support. Help through Parish Priest given to individuals in need.
Our group is twinned with an SVP group in Munnangi, India. With our help they have sponsored three students to attend school, distributed blankets, clothing, medicines and food to families of their parish.
Thank you for your great generosity with the collections after weekend Masses which allow us to do all this in your name.
Baptism Preparation Course (Baptism forms can be downloaded here)
We ask any family who wishes to have their child baptised to first attend two preparation evenings to learn a bit more about the Catholic faith and what a great gift baptism is for your child.
The next Course for St Sebastian’s will be in November at St Sebastian’s Presbytery, 18 Lilly Rd.
The next Course for St Oswald’s will be Wednesday 15th October, at St Oswald's Presbytery (next to the Church). Please telephone the Parish Office to reserve your place. We will be delighted to hear from you.
All courses are open to families from either parish.
St. Oswald’s Feast Day on 5th August (pictures updated 6/8/2014)
Praying With Scripture ‘Individual Guidance’
If you feel called to deepen your prayer life in this way,
please contact: Sister Nuala. Convent of Mercy, Broughton Hall, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, L12 9HH. Tel: 922 9232.
Oakhill Park Convent
Morning Prayer every week day at 8.45am followed by Mass at 9.00am in St Joseph’s Chapel.
Mass each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5.00pm.
Parish Piety Stalls
There is a lovely selection of gifts at very competitive prices and cards for special occasions.
We need volunteers to help with the lottery check and count on Friday morning’s in St Oswald’s Presbytery from 9.00 to 10.30am and also to help sell tickets on Saturday evening at the 4.30pm Mass.
Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
Tickets 50p each
Food Bank - The collection for our Food Banks continues. The big collection boxes are situated at the back of our churches. Thank you for your generosity.