Clicking on the links below will open the posters for the events

RCIA Surgery-with the diocesan RCIA core team, 10am-1pm Sat 1 Oct, St Oswald's Parish Centre, Padgate Lane, Warrington WA1 3LB. For info: 0151 522 1040 or

Skills Workshop-ways of working with adult groups, Tues 18 Oct 6:30-9pm, Holy Rosary Parish Meeting Room, L10 2LG, Info:  or 0151 522 1040. Cost £10.

Bereavement Care Training Course,Holy Rosary Parish Centre,Wed, 19 & 26 Oct 1:30-4:30pm, £10 per person. 

Word of the Lord Day-Gospel of Matthew with Fr Denis McBride CSsR
Sat 12 Nov 10am-4pm at St Anne's Parish Centre, Ormskirk L39 4TG.

Funeral Minister Training,Tues & Wed 29-30 Nov, LACE, 10am-4pm. £100 lunch included. For info Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training: Irenaeus Centre, Sat,15 Oct 9:30am-4:30pm. £20 includes lunch. 

Dementia Champion training or contact 

Faith for life inSouthport and Upholland. 8 sessions at St Joseph's Oct-March, Wrightington WN6 99PA

info: Maria Hardacre 0151 522 1081
8 sessions at Sacred Heart Nov-May, Ainsdale PR8 3BP info: Monica Gannon 01704 577 722

With You Always Family Catechesis begins again this year with preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

A note about Session 1

  • All sessions were edited to reflect the changes
  • Parent pages easier to use
  • Updated Catechist book

Calendar 2016-2017-order form or contact  0151 522 1047

Marriage Preparation course dates for 2017 available in December at this link. For other assistance please contact  

Community choir to sing at an Ecumenical Dementia Friendly Carol Service in Dec. Meeting every second Wed of the month Oct-Dec, 11-12:30 at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Waterloo L22 1RD. For more info contact the Irenaeus Project 0151 949 1199.

An introduction to Catholic Social Teaching Wed 13 Oct 7pm-8.30pm at St Bede's, Chorley. Contact Steve Atherton 0151 522 1080 or 

Support meetings for divorced & separated

Ormskirk from 6 Oct. To book a place please contact Maureen O'Brien 0151 522 1044 or  

South Liverpool from mid-Sept. For information or to book a place please contact Frances Trotman 0151 727 2195. 

Praise the Lord with musicexplore how to lead the community in prayer, as church music groups1 Oct 10am-4pm-£10 with a light lunch. Both led by Sr Moira Meeghan at Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road L22 1RD. For more info contact or 0151 949 1199.

Irenaeus & CaFE
Renewed Parishes-an evening of practical help & support, 19 Oct 7:30pm LACE. The Gift- 4 & 25 Feb at Christ the King Parish Club, L15. More information here or contact Sr Moira Meeghan,

Come and See Day- It is mercy which changes the heart, 29 October 10am-5pm at Faith Primary School, Prince Edwin Street, Liverpool L5 3LW. Keynote speakers Lord David Alton and Steve Atherton.Booking form £10info or 0151 949 1199.

Scripture mornings-Exploring the Letters to the CorinthiansThursdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 Sept & 3, 10. 17, 24 Nov (Revelation) 10:30-noon & Scripture weekends23-25 Sept (Chronicles), 18-20 Nov (Matthew), all led by Fr Chris Thomas, Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges St, Waterloo L22 1RD. Contact 0151 949 1100 or 

Facilities at Irenaeus to host quiet days, meetings & conferences

  • two meeting rooms for 10-12 people & 30 people
  • a chapel
  • bed & breakfast for 6-12 (single or shared rooms)
  • with or without catering

Irenaeus, 32 Georges Road, L22 1RD. Contact 0151 949 1100 or 


For Baptism, First Forgiveness, First Holy Communion or Confirmation to be celebrated at St. Mary's the person must normally be resident within the parish boundaries. Similarly for a Marriage to be celebrated at St. Mary's at least one of the couple would normally be resident within the parish boundaries.

On the occasions when one of these Sacraments is administered to a Catholic who lives outside the boundaries of the parish, written permission must be obtained from one's own Parish Priest.


All requests for infant Baptism should be made via the Parish Office. The preparation for Baptism includes a short Baptism Preparation Course and the actual celebration of the Baptism. 

Baptisms are celebrated at 12.30 pm on Sunday – following the 11.00am Mass.

 Adult Baptisms normally occur during the Easter Vigil Mass. All adullt Baptism follow catechesis through the RCIA programme. Please contact the Parish Office or speak to one of the priests if you are interested in the RCIA programme.


First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion

 Several years ago the Archdiocese of Liverpool produced a programme of Family Catecheis called ‘With You Always’ to prepare Year 4 children for the Sacraments of First Forgiveness (Reconciliation), Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

In July 2016 the Archbishop announced that September 2016 Confirmation has been deferred until the children are teenagers. The ‘With You Always’ programme has been amended to cater solely for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The parish programme takes place starting in September. Parents request that their children take part in the programme by contacting the Parish Office between June and August, as the child is completing year 3 and prior to them starting year 4.


Due to the changes announced in July 2016 by the Archbishop, Confirmation will not take place during year 4 and will no longer form part of the With You Always Programme but will instead occur in year 9. 


The Parish offers a regular Saturday slot from 11:00 - 11:45am . Reconciliation is also available on call at Bishop Eton.

At some times of the year in particular Advent and Lent, additional opportunities will be available to celebrate the Sacrament – these will be advertised both in the Parish bulletin and on the Parish Website.

First Forgiveness for Year 4 Children is conferred as part of the With You Always Programme


First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion for Year 4 children is conferred as part of the With You Always Programme.

If you have been baptised as a Catholic but have yet to receive the Eucharist - please speak to one of the priests or contact the parish office.  Depending on the circumstances it may be that the RCIA course would be appropriate for you.


Please pass on details to one of the priests or Parish Administrator of anyone known to you in the parish who would benefit from this provision.


School Age

For those of school age Confirmation will take place in Year 9. 


Any adult wishing to be confirmed should contact the parish office (preferably by email). The parish office will pass these details to the catechists who will then contact you when a course in organised.  The course is held in the run up to Easter and will be advertised on the Parish Bulletin. The sacrament is normally conferred at the Easter Vigil.


St Mary's  attracts many applicants from outside our parish. Fr. Tim does not want to be unwelcoming, but he is struggling to accommodate the many requests that come from parishioners' resident within the parish boundaries.

Couples should contact the parish office who will advise couples as to whether they are eligible to marry in St. Mary's or not. 

Anyone living outside the parish must contact their own parish priest to discuss their plans, arrange for paperwork to be completed and to receive preparation for the Sacrament.

Couples wishing to marry at St Mary's  are required to attend a preparation course run by the Archdiocese.


sickDuring office hours please contact the Parish Office. Outside of office hours please contact the monastery.

A couple of times a year the SVP have a healing Mass, where those who feel in need of the sacrament may receive it.  The SVP bring many of the sick and housebound of the Parish to these special Masses.

If you are in hospital  and wish to receive the sacrament please ask the staff to contact the Catholic Chaplaincy who should be able to organise a priest to visit. 


Holy Orders and Vocations to Religious Life

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination.

Priests may be

secular ie they belong to a specific diocese


religious – ie they are part of an order such as the Redemptorists, Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits.

Archdiocesan Vocations

The Archdiocese of Liverpool hold regular priestly discernment meetings called ‘responding to the call’. Meetings are advertised in the parish bulletin.

For more information

follow the Archdiocesan vocations facebook page

or visit the vocations section of the archdiocesan website

vocations copy Redemptorist Vocations

 If you are interested in becoming a Redemptorist priest or brother please speak to Fr. Charles.

Additional information is available from

The Redemptorists facebook page,

Vocations section of Redemptorists website



Consecrated Life

Although Holy Orders are restricted to the Priestly hierarchy, Deacons, Priests, Bishops etc, there are other ways in which one may dedicate one's life to God.  This may be as a religious brotherm a nun, a  sister, consecrated virgin etc The National Vocations Office has a website dedicated to providing information on the various forms of consecrated life. Click here to find out more.

The Redemptoristine sisters are the sister order to the Redemptorists. If you are interested in joining the Redemptoristines in Dublin please visit their website click here


If you have been away from the Church for some time you may have many questions and/or may have missed out on some of the Sacraments eg Confirmation. It may be helpful for you to speak to one of the Priests. Contact the Parish Office for an appointment or speak to one of the Priests after Mass.

Depending on the circumstances it may be that the RCIA course would be appropriate for you.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has produced a web-site for those interested in returning to the Church. Although called it provides information that would be useful at any time of year.


The RCIA group aims to prepare adults for reception into the Catholic Church. The group caters for those new to the Faith and those returning who may have missed out on the Sacraments.

A group of catechists leads adults who are interested in knowing more about the Church through a Redemptorist initiation programme. However, the most important aspect of the series of meetings is the sharing of faith. The programme lasts six to seven months. It culminates in a service for all who have been involved in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, on the first Sunday of Lent, where the Archbishop conducts the Rite of Election. At the end of Lent, those who have chosen to become Catholics are received into the Church during the Easter Vigil at St. Mary's

Meetings are advertised in the parish bulletin and on the website. If you wish to explore the programme of reception into the Church please contact the parish office or speak to one of the priests.

The Archdiocese has produced a leaflet for those interested in becoming a Catholic. Click here to access it.


At times of bereavement the parish makes every effort to support and accompany families during this difficult period.  In the first instance please contact a funeral director who will liase with the Parish Office. The Parish Office will then put the wheels into motion.

withyoualwaysParish of Saint Mary (Woolton) With You Always 2016 – 2017

You will notice that each month there is a session in the Parish Centre to attend and a Mass in Church you must attend. Children will be taking a special part in all of these Masses.

Celebrations of First Eucharist will take place in June.

Much Woolton Class 9 to attend Group 1 meetings 12.30-1.30pm

Much Woolton Class 10 to attend Group 2 meetings 2pm – 3pm



 30.9.16 Parents Only – registration Parish centre

Session 1   - Treasure Hunt 

Treasure Hunt – is at 1pm for group 1 and 2.30 for group 2. Children from other schools will be assigned to a group 

16.10.16  Harvest Mass 11am    Church
13.11.16 Session 2     Parish Centre
20.11.16 Feast of Christ the King Mass 11am  Church
11.12.16 Session 3    Parish Centre 

Mass 11am

Christingle Service at 4pm  

24.12.16 Family Mass    Church
25.12.16 Christmas Day Mass 9am / 11am    Church
8.1.17 Reconciliation Service 4pm    Church   
15.1.17 Session 4   Parish Centre
22.1.17 Mass 11am  Church 
5.2.17 Session 5    Parish Centre 
19.2.17 Mass 11am   Church  
1.3.17 Ash Wednesday Services in school & church 
19.3.17 Session 6      Parish Centre 
26.3.17 Mother’s Day Family Mass 11am Church
9.4.17 Palm Sunday Mass 11am   Church   
13.4.17 Mass of the Lord’s Supper    Church
14.4.17 Children’s Stations of the Cross   Parish Centre
16.4.17 Easter Day Mass 9am / 11am     Church      
14.5.17 Session 7    Parish Centre


withyoualwaysParish of Saint Mary (Woolton)

With You Always 2015 – 2016


Celebrations of Confirmation / First Eucharist will take place in the season of Pentecost. 

You will notice that each month there is a session in the Parish Centre to attend and a Mass in Church you must attend. Children will be taking a special part in all of these Masses.

Much Woolton Class 9 to attend Group 1 meetings 2-3pm

Much Woolton Class 10 to attend Group 2 meetings 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting are as follows

 Monday 14th Parents Only – registration                  Parish centre


Sunday 4th    Session 1     Treasure Hunt                      Church
Sunday 11nd Harvest & Presentation Mass 11am      Church


Sunday 8th     Session 2                                            Parish Centre
Sunday 22nd Feast of Christ the King Mass 11am   Church


Sunday 13th Session 3                                         Parish Centre
Sunday 20th Mass 11am & Christingle at 4pm       Church
Thursday 24th Family Midnight Mass                Church
Friday 25th      Christmas Day Mass 9am / 11am                 Church


Sunday 10th   Reconciliation Service 4pm                        Church                           
Sunday 17th   Session 4                                            Parish Centre
Sunday 24th  Mass 11am                                Church  


Sunday 7th     Session 5                                            Parish Centre
Wed 10th        Ash Wednesday Services in school & church
Sunday 21rd  Mass 11am                                Church  


Sunday 6th     Mother’s Day Family Mass 11am              Church
Sunday 20th   Session 6                                          Parish Centre   
Sunday 20th     Palm Sunday Mass 11am                         Church
Thurs 24th  Mass of the Lord’s Supper                   Church
Friday 25th    Children’s Stations of the Cross Parish Centre
Sunday 27th  Easter Day Mass 9am / 11am                   Church


Sunday 24th  Session 7                                            Parish Centre


Sunday 15th Pentecost Mass 11am                     Church

Children from other schools will be assigned to a group 

withyoualways Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)

 With you Always

 Sacramental Preparation 2015/16


Dear Parents

Families with children in Year 4 and those with older children who have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion are invited to join St Mary’s family catechesis team on

Sunday 04 October at

2pm – 3pm for families with children in Class 9

3.30pm – 4.30pm for families with children in Class 10

In St Mary’s Church Woolton

This is the start of our journey of faith that will take us through to the celebrations of confirmation and first Eucharist in May / June next year.   

At our first meeting will welcome and register all families who are joining our preparation this year, from Much Woolton and the wider parish community and we start with a treasure hunt!

St Marys With You Always Team