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Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

  

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B)

20th & 21st January 2018 
 
This Week
Sat 20th THIRD SUNDAY OF ORINARY TIME

(YEAR B)
5:30pm James McEvoy (RIP)
Sun 21st  9:00am People of the Parish
11:00am Catherine Carter (RIP)
Mon 22nd   9:00am Winifred Mullen (RIP)
Tue 23rd   12 noon William & Ivy Bergin (W/A)
Wed 24th St Francis de Sales   12noon UCM Past/Present
Thu 25th Conversion of St Paul  9:00am Joan Giannasi (B/A)
Fri 26th St Timothy & St Titus 9:00am Bernard O’Sullivan (RIP)
Sat 27th   12 noon Joe Griffiths (LD)
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME(YEAR B)Racial Justice Day 5:30pm Pat Pye (70th B/A)
Sun 28th 9:00am Dr Anthony Paes (A)
11:00am People of the Parish


Confessions: Saturday 11:00-11:45am  
Rosary: Saturday 11:30-11:50am
Morning Prayer: Monday & Friday 8.40am
Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Joseph Lyons, Dawn McGrail, Pauline Bennett, Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher
Those who have recently died
Bill Dooley (RIP), Margaret Finnen (RIP), Dorothy Kean (RIP) , Anthony Moscardini (RIP)
and those whose anniversaries occur about this time
FROM FR TIM:  
OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: In spite of the fact that this year there will be no special Unity Service in our area, I think it is important that we continue to pray fervently for Christian unity. We will offer a special bidding prayer during the Octave leading up to the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on the 25 January.

THE FUTURE: At our Redemptorist Meeting in Perth, Fr Jack Kingsbury (a Redemptorist from our Baltimore Province in the USA) used his considerable skills to facilitate the discussions. Among his guiding principles was the importance of getting everyone to agree to “stay at the table”.  He was also adamant that decisions must not come from above but from the consensus of all those who are involved. As we continue to discuss and plan in our parishes, in our pastoral area and in the diocese, I suggest that we cling to these criteria. Individuals and groups have started to respond to my ‘open letter’ and we have decided to offer everyone the opportunity to join in an open discussion on Monday, 5 February, in the parish hall - 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. Veronica Murphy, who works for the Archdiocese in adult faith formation, will be with us for the evening.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: Fr Andrew and all the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton thank you for your immense generosity at Christmas. The total for the two parishes was almost £8,500.
EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS DELEGATES: We have been asked to provide five delegates for the Congress in September, who will then become part of a core team for the Pastoral Area leading up to the Diocesan Synod in 2020. If you are interested in becoming a delegate, please contact me (Fr Tim) before next weekend. Thank you.
REDEMPTORIST LAY ASSOCIATES: Fr Maurice O’Mahony will speak at all the Masses next weekend to present the idea of Lay Associates. This is an excellent opportunity for you to become more fully associated with the Redemptorists in sharing their prayer life, spirituality and apostolate. The level of commitment is respectful of personal choice and circumstance. There will be an open session (no obligation) with Fr Maurice and some of our Lay Associates to explore this possibility in the Fisher-More Hall at 3:00pm on the Sunday afternoon (28 January).
PARISH SOCIAL: This Friday 26 January in the Parish hall 7:00pm-10:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to say thank you to one another for everything that makes up our splendid Parish!
ARE YOU CALLED TO BE A DEACON: Liverpool Archdiocese needs more Deacons to work in the Parishes, the Deaneries and in the Community. Find out more at St Michael and Holy Angels, Sidney Powell Avenue, Kirkby, L32 0TP on Thursday 15 February, 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Prospective candidates and wives (if married) are welcome. Contact the Permanent Diaconate on 0151-522-1042 or speak to Deacon Bernard Rigby or Fr Tim.
RYM:Tuesday 23 January at 7:00pm at St Charles church in Aigburth, we are going to Animate’s ‘Life and Soul’- an hour of prayer and praise before the Blessed Sacrament. Then, afterwards we will go for a drink locally!
SIGN LANGUAGE: there will be a Language Signing session in St Mary’s parish hall on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 4:00pm. All welcome!
UCM: Wednesday 24 January – 12:30pm in the Parish hall. Rev Peter Hughes, Minister from St James, is coming to give us a talk.  We are hoping Ladies from St Peter’s Fellowship and St James’ Ladies Group will be able to join us.
PASTORAL AREA PRAYER AND REFLECTION EVENINGS: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Church, Heathgate Road, Speke, L24 7RS the last one this Thursday 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. These evenings for Spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of the presence, through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. See the poster in the porch for more details. All welcome!
PARISH WALK:  Saturday 27 January to West Kirby, the Dee Estuary and Caldy Hill. There is an optional meal after the walk; leaflets are available in the porch for more details. Contact Chris and Carol O’Shaughnessy if you wish to join on 0151 428 1411.
ST MARY’S AND BISHOP ETON WOMEN’S GROUP: Trip to Boundary Mill, Wednesday 7 February 2018. Leaving Woolton Woods, main gate, on the High Street at 9:00am, picking up at Bishop Eton at 9:15am, returning at 4:00pm. Ring Geraldine on 428-5897 for more details.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD:  Training for leaders of the Liturgy of the Word on Saturday 17 February 2018 at LACE, arrive at 10:00am for 10:15am start until 12:15pm. If you are interested, please let Ann know in the parish office.

SUPPORT MEETINGS FOR DIVORCED AND/OR SEPARATED CATHOLICS: The next series of meetings start in February 2018. To book a place on the course in south Liverpool contact Frances Trotman on 0151 727 2195. Please see the poster in the porch for further details.
THE ORCHARD RESIDENTIAL HOME: on Woolton Road, L25 7UL is home to 27 disabled adults and is part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity. They are looking for volunteers to support their clients in the social aspects of their lives; it could be anything from spending an hour a week having a chat over a cuppa or to going along and helping staff to support a group out on a social trip. They are looking for everything from befrienders to drivers, the list is endless! Please contact John on: 0151 421 2705 or 07793803659 for more information.
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY: The Catholic Chaplaincy at the Royal and Broadgreen Hospitals is looking for new volunteers to join our happy and successful team. At the moment we need people to give around two hours on either Fridays or Sundays (either mornings or afternoons) at either hospital site. The duties of the volunteers include visiting patients on the wards, praying with them, and bringing them Holy Communion. If you are interested in this very rewarding work, please call Natasha and Rachel on 0151 706 2828 or email
AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from11-20 June 2018. For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199
NEXT WEEK: Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B).
BIDDING PRAYERS:   M Lowe.       
LINEN: Gill.            
Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

  

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B)

13th & 14th January 2018 

This week
Sat 13th SECOND SUNDAY OF ORINARY TIME (YEAR B) 5:30pm People of the Parish
Sun 14th  9:00am Mary Mooney (RIP)
11:00am Joe Griffiths (LD)
Mon 15th   9:00am Helen McAndrew (A)
Tue 16th   12 noon Edward & Margaret Ellis (Wed-Ann)
Wed 17th St Anthony, Abbot 12noon Requiem: Harriet Dillon (RIP)
Thu 18th   9:00am Peter Andrews (B/A 90th)
Fri 19th   9:00am Adrian & Margaret Dickinson
Sat 20th   12 noon Ken Foy (RIP)
THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 5:30pm James McEvoy (RIP)
Sun 21st 9:00am People of the Parish
11:00am Catherine Carter (RIP)
 
Confessions: Saturday 11:00-11:45am 
 Rosary: Saturday 11:30-11:50am
Morning Prayer: Monday & Friday 8.40am
Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Joseph Lyons, Dawn McGrail, Pauline Bennett, Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher
Those who have recently died
Harriet Dillon (RIP) Patricia Thompson (RIP) 
and those whose anniversaries occur about this time
Please Note: There will be a Funeral Service for Patricia Thompson on Friday 19 January at 1:45pm. 

FROM FR TIM:

THE BEST MADE PLANS! I have returned from Perth at peace after a good meeting, brilliantly facilitated by one of our North American confrères. But life is never that simple. As I try to prepare the bulletin notes and prepare myself for a funeral at midday, I am faced with the breakdown of the boiler in the Fisher More Hall at Bishop Eton and no possibility of a repair in time for this evening’s Parish Social! We have decided to go ahead and hope everyone turns up prepared for an outward bound course! Don’t forget St Mary’s Social will be in two weeks’ time on the 26 January!  

THE FUTURE:  Alongside the Redemptorists reflecting during the past week, we have the continuing discussions in our pastoral area and in the archdiocese. At parish level, a small group is looking at the potential for growth and development and in the coming weeks we want to broaden the discussion to include everyone. There will be an Open Meeting on Monday evening, 5 February (6:30pm for 7:00pm), at which Veronica Murphy (Pastoral Formation Co-ordinator) will share with us her experience of good practice in other parishes in the diocese.
POSSIBLE NEW WEEKDAY TIMETABLE: Agreement when it comes to particular matters is never easy. The suggestion that we consider a regular 10:00am Mass, while meeting with wide approval, has also evoked some counter opinions. Until we can agree on what is best, we will revert to the established times of 9:00am on some days and 12 noon on others.

OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: In spite of the fact that this year there will be no special Unity Service in our area, I think it is important that we continue to pray fervently for Christian unity. We will offer a special bidding prayer during the Octave leading up to the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on the 25 January.

ZIMBABWE: Bro Benjamin, whose project you have so generously supported, has written a warm letter of gratitude, which is available at the back of the church this weekend.

NEW BULLETINS: With the increasing amount of material for the bulletins, we have decided to try this larger format and hope it meets with your approval.

REDEMPTORIST ASSOCIATES: Fr Maurice O’Mahony C.Ss.R will say a word at the end of all Mases weekend of 27/28 January. Anyone who is interested can meet with Fr Maurice and some of the other lay associates at the Fisher-More Hall on the Sunday afternoon. Time to be confirmed.
PARISH SOCIAL: You are all invited to the Parish Social on Friday 26 January from 7:00pm- 10:00pm in the parish hall and particularly to those of you who work so hard in ensuring the parish runs smoothly throughout the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us all to come together as a parish community and enjoy each other’s company.

PARISH LUNCHEON: Wednesday 17 January at 12.30pm in the parish hall. Please sign the list in the porch if you would like to come. All welcome!

RYM:  The next ‘Homeless Mission’ in Liverpool city centre will be this Tuesday 16 January. For more details contact ‘redemptoristyouth @hotmail.com’ 
J&PYG: The next meeting is this Friday 19 January from 6:00pm-8:00pm in St Mary’s parish hall.  All welcome from Year 5 upwards.

SIGN LANGUAGE: there will be a Language Signing session in St Mary’s parish hall for ages 9-16 years (or thereabouts) on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 4:00pm. All welcome!

PASTORAL AREA PRAYER AND REFLECTION EVENINGS: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Church, Heathgate Road, Speke, L24 7RS on Thursdays 11, 18, & 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. These evenings for Spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of the presence, through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. See the poster in the porch for more details. All welcome!
PARISH WALK:  Saturday 27 January to West Kirby, the Dee Estuary and Caldy Hill. There is an optional meal after the walk; leaflets are available in the porch for more details. Contact Chris and Carol O’Shaughnessy if you wish to join on 0151 428 1411.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD:  Training for leaders of the Liturgy of the Word on Saturday 17 February 2018 at LACE, arrive at 10:00am for 10:15am start until 12:15pm. If you are interested, please let Ann know in the parish office.

SUPPORT MEETINGS FOR DIVORCED AND/OR SEPARATED CATHOLICS: The next series of meetings start in February 2018. To book a place on the course in south Liverpool contact Frances Trotman 0n 0151 727 2195. Please see the poster in the porch for further details.

OPEN HOUSE AT ST JAMES’:Harmony Café meets again next Sunday, 14th January. Come and join us for tea/coffee and cake from 6.00 pm for a 6.30 pm start.  You are warmly invited to join us to sing (or listen to) a variety of songs, some new, some familiar, in a relaxed atmosphere.  All are welcome - why not invite a friend?

AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email 

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY: The Catholic Chaplaincy at the Royal and Broadgreen Hospitals is looking for new volunteers to join our happy and successful team. At the moment we need people to give around two hours on either Fridays or Sundays (either mornings or afternoons) at either hospital site. The duties of the volunteers include visiting patients on the wards, praying with them, and bringing them Holy Communion. If you are interested in this very rewarding work, please call Natasha and Rachel on 0151 706 2828 or email

SVP:There will be a retiring collection after all the Masses this weekend. Gift aid envelopes are available at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support!

NEXT WEEK: Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B).

BIDDING PRAYERS: G. Bickerstaff.

LINEN: Denise.            

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

  

6th & 7th January 2018     

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord 

Sat 6th Solemnity of theEpiphany of the Lord 5:30pm David Evans (A)
Sun 7th 9:00am Joseph & Mary Gill (A)
11:00am People of the Parish
Mon 8th Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 10:00am Paul Schofield (LD)
Tues 9th   12noon Requiem: Joyce Revill (RIP)
Wed 10th   12noon Sadie Allen (LD)
Thurs 11th   10:00am Malcolm Ely (RIP)
Fri 12th   12noon Requiem: Pat Pye (RIP)
Sat 13th   10:00am Bill Haldon (RIP)
Sun 14th Second Sunday of Ordinary TimeYear B 5:30pm People of the Parish
9:00am Mary Mooney (RIP)
11:00am Joe Griffiths (LD)

Confessions: Saturday after 10:00am Mass 

Morning Prayer: Monday 9:40am 

Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm.

Please Remember in Your Prayers: all those who are sick including Joseph Lyons, Dawn McGrail, Pauline Bennett, Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher.

Remember also, those who have died including John Downey and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

FROM FR TIM:THE EPIPHANY: Today we celebrate this wonderful Feast which speaks to us of how the child Jesus came to make God manifest to the whole world. The Wise Men represent all men and women of all time: a further reminder to us to be busy all the time as peacemakers and reconcilers, uniting a divided world.

A FURTHER HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to you all for the messages of good will, the cards, gifts and your generous contributions to the community in the Christmas collection. I hope to have a definitive total for the latter next weekend. Please note in your diaries the Parish Social evening: Friday, 26 January: 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord this Monday (January 8). However, we will continue the continental custom of keeping the crib until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2 February. Hopefully that will help to brighten the dark days of January, whenever you visit the church!Ordinary Time in the liturgical cycle begins on Tuesday. Remember we are now using the readings of Year B on Sundays and Year 2 on weekdays.

POSSIBLE NEW WEEKDAY TIMETABLE: There has been some discussion over the past couple of weeks among those who are able to come to the weekday Masses as to whether 10:00am should be introduced as the permanent weekday time at St Mary’s. Inevitably there are pros and cons whatever we decide, but the weight of opinion seems to be moving in that direction. For this week, I am grateful to Fr Pat O’Brien for covering while most of the Redemptorists will be in Scotland at a Province Meeting. Please note the timetable above. We are keeping the 10:00am on Monday, Thursday and Saturday this week, but there are funerals on Tuesday and Friday and Fr Pat can only manage noon on Wednesday. Confessions will be heard after the 10:00am Mass on Saturday.

UCM Meeting: Wednesday 10 January at 12:30pm in the parish Hall. Looking forward to seeing  UCM members and any other ladies will be most welcome. Please bring your lunch. Parish Social:  We would like to invite you all to the Parish Social on Friday 26 January in the parish hall and particularly those of you who work so hard in ensuring the parish runs smoothly throughout the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a parish community and enjoy each other’s company.

Parish Walk: Saturday 27 January to West Kirby, Dee Estuary and Caldy Hill. There is an optional meal after the walk, for more details leaflets are available in the porch. Contact Chris  and Carol O’Shaughnessy if you wish to join on 0151 428 1411.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Training for leaders of Liturgy of The Word on Saturday 17 February 2018 at LACE, arrive at 10:00am for 10:15am start until 12:30pm. If you are interested, please let Ann know in the parish office.

Prayer and Reflection Evenings: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Parish Club, Heathgate Road, Speke, L24 7RS on Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. These evenings for spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of that presence, through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. All welcome. See the poster in the porch for more details

Support Meetings for Divorced and Separated Catholics: The next series of meetings start in February 2018. To book a place on the course in south Liverpool contact Frances Trotman on 0151 727 219. See poster in the porch.

An Opportunity to visit the Holy Land: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800.00 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email

Used Postage Stamps: please put all your used stamps in the box in the porch. They are sent to the missions in order to raise money for them. Thank you!

Readers Rotas: Please pick up your new rota from the sacristy. Thank you!

Next Week: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

SVP: there will be a retiring collection after all the Masses next weekend. Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support!

Bidding Prayers: B. Rigby.

Linen:  Gill.                   

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

  

30th & 31st December 2017

Feast of the Holy Family 

Sat 30th Feast of the Holy Family 5:30pm Tom & Jane Prenton (RIP)
Sun 31st 9:00am People of the Parish
11:00am Kath Gibson (LD)
Mon 1st Solemnity of the Mother of God 10:00am Chick McVey (A)
Tues 2nd Memorial of St Basil & St Gregory 10:00am Arthur Ferguson (A)
Wed 3rd   10:00am Kathleen Donahue (LD)
Thurs 4th   10:00am Tony Gill (A)
Fri 5th St John Neumann C.Ss.R 10:00am Maurice Hunt (A)
Sat 6th   10:00am Geoffrey Neil Parkes (RIP)
Sun 7th Solemnity of theEpiphany of the Lord 5:30pm David Evans (A)
9:00am Joseph & Mary Gill (RIP)
11:00am People of the Parish

Morning Prayer: Friday 9.40am. 
Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm.
Please Remember in Your Prayers: all those who are sick including Pauline Bennett, Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher.

Remember also, those who have died including Joyce Revill and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

FROM FR TIM: A HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who made the church look so beautiful and who helped to ensure that our Christmas celebrations were so dignified and joyful. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family: may your homes and families be blessed accordingly. New Year’s Day is the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Next weekend we celebrate The Epiphany. Please note in your diaries the Parish Social evening, Friday 26 January 7:00pm-10:00pm.
A NEW YEAR GREETING: I do hope you have had a wonderful celebration of Christmas and are now ready to launch into the New Year with renewed commitment in the service of the Lord. This is going to be a special year for the Archdiocese and indeed the whole country with the Eucharistic Congress here in Liverpool next September. It will provide us with many opportunities to reflect and pray. To begin with, the Pastoral Area needs to provide 40 delegates, who will also form a core team for us, working together over the next couple of years as we work towards the Synod in 2020.
Pastoral Area Invitation to Prayer: The Pastoral Area Clergy will be meeting for prayers at Hope University Chapel this Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join them.
J&PYG: The next meeting will be on Friday 5 January from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Fisher-More Hall at Bishop Eton. We are looking forward to meeting our new members. All welcome from Year 5 upwards.
Parish Social:  We would like to invite you all to the Parish Social on Friday 26 January in the parish hall and particularly those of you who work so hard in ensuring the parish runs smoothly throughout the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a parish community and enjoy each other’s company.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Training for leaders of Liturgy of The Word on Saturday 17 February 2018 at LACE, arrive at 10:00am for 10:15am start until 12:30pm. If you are interested, please let Ann know in the parish office.
Prayer and Reflection Evenings: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Parish Club, Heathgate Road, Speke, L24 7RS on Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. These evenings for spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of that presence, through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. All welcome. See the poster in the porch for more details.
An Opportunity to visit the Holy Land: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800.00 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email
Used Postage Stamps: please put all your used stamps in the box in the porch. They are sent to the missions in order to raise money for them. Thank you!
Readers Rotas: Please pick up your new rota from the sacristy. Thank you!

Next Week:  Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
Bidding Prayers: C. Chapman

Linen:  M. King                     

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

  

23rd & 24th December 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B (Christmas Eve) 

Sat 23rd

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Year B 

Day of Prayer for Expectant Mothers

5:30pm People of the Parish
Sun 24th 9:00am Michael Bramwell (LD)

11:00am

Jim Burke (LD)

Christmas Eve  - Children's midnight Mass 5:30pm Fr Brian Crane (RIP)
Mon 25th

Carols at 11:30pm

The Nativity of the LordChristmas Day

Midnight People of the Parish
9:00am Angela Mullen (RIP)
11:00am Dorothy Jones (RIP)
Tues 26th Feast of St  Stephen 10:00am Jenny Rutt (A)
Wed 27th Feast of St John, Apostle 10:00am Holy Souls
Thurs 28th Feast of the Holy Innocents 10:00am McAndrew Family
Fri 29th Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury 10:00am Ann Marie Colohan (A)
Sat 30th   10:00am Hugh & Mary Gormely (RIP)
Sun 31st Feast of the Holy Family 5:30pm Tom & Jane Prenton (RIP)
9:00am People of the Parish
11:00am Kath Gibson (LD)

Morning Prayer: Friday 9.40am.

Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm

Please Remember in Your Prayers: all those who are sick including: Pauline Bennett, Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher.

Remember also, those who have died and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM: A CHRISTMAS GREETING: With Fr Rector, Andrew Burns, and all the Redemptorists, I wish you a very happy Christmas and the joy and peace that God offers us in the gift of Jesus. The excitement and sense of wonder in the children has brought home to me this year that the message of Christmas is ever new. It is a message that the world in every age needs to hear again and again. During the past week, someone said to me: “You must be very proud of what is going on.” Well I am very proud of and thankful for you, because so many new initiatives are being taken and are clearly bearing fruit. May the Lord continue to bless all our efforts.

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Parish Social:  We would like to invite you all to the Parish Social on Friday 26 January in the parish hall and particularly those of you who work so hard in ensuring the parish runs smoothly throughout the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a parish community and enjoy each other’s company.
A Word of Thanks: The Redemptorists would like to thank you for the many gifts and greetings, which you shower on us at this time of year.
As you know, we have to cope with mounting health problems in our aging community, but that said, we give thanks to God for the patient and prayerful response of our sick confrères. 
Fr Tony Hunt, in particular, thanks you for all the prayers and good wishes as he learns to adjust to the limitations last week’s surgery is going to place on him.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Training for leaders of Liturgy of The Word on Saturday 17 February 2018 at LACE, arrive at 10:00am for 10:15am start until 12:30pm. If you are interested, please let Ann know in the parish office.
CAFOD Fun Run: this Wednesday 27 December at Wavertree Park & Athletics Centre, Wellington Road, L15 4LE at 1:00pm, registration opens at noon. Signing up costs £7.00 per person, £15.00 for a family or £70.00 for a group of 10 or more people. There will be prizes for best fancy dress costumes! For sponsorship forms and further details, please contact or call: 0151- 228- 4028.

Prayer and Reflection Evenings: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Parish Club, Heathgate Road, Speke, L24 7RS on Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. These evenings for spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of that presence, through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. All welcome. See the poster in the porch for further details. 
An Opportunity to visit the Holy Land: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800.00 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email
Used Postage Stamps: please put all your used stamps in the box in the porch. They are sent to the missions in order to raise money for them. Thank you!
Next Week:  Feast of the Holy Family
Bidding Prayers:
Holy Family: T. Davies    
1 Jan: Mary, Mother of God:  G. McAndrew                        
Linen:  D. King      
Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

16th & 17th December 2017

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) Year B 

Sat 16th Third Sunday of Advent Year B Gaudete Sunday 5:30pm Patricia Ryan (LD)
Sun 17th 9:00am Kathleen Mary Bartlett (LD)
11:00am People of the Parish
Mon 18th   9:00am Julian Gilbertson (B/A)
Tues 19th   12noon Requiem: Daniel Finlay (RIP)
Wed 20th   12noon Ian George Macdonald (RIP)
Thurs 21st   9:00am Margaret Gilroy (A)
Fri 22nd   9:00am Maureen Villiers-Briscoe (RIP)
Sat 23rd   12noon Sue Hunt (RIP)
Fourth Sunday of Advent Day of Prayer for Expectant Mothers 5:30pm People of the Parish
Sun 24th 9:00am Michael Bramwell (LD)
11:00am Jim Burke (LD)
Sun24th Nativity of the Lord Family Mass 5:30pm Fr Brian Crane (RIP)
Carols and Readings 11:30pm People of the Parish
Nativity of the Lord Midnight Mass Midnight

Confessions: Saturday 11.00am-11.45am.
Rosary & the Angelus: 11.30-11.50 am.
Morning Prayer: Monday & Friday 8.40am.  
Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm.
Please Remember in Your Prayers: all those who are sick including: Anna Mann, Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher.

Remember also, those who have died and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

FROM FR TIM:

Christmas Preparation: Please note the Christingle Service with the children at 4:00pm this Sunday and the Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday between 6:00pm-7:00pm. There will be opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the Masses this week as well as on Saturday morning from 11:00am.

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE: Please take careful note of the timetable next weekend. Everything is as usual until Sunday evening (Christmas Eve), when we will have the usual Family Mass at 5:30pm and the Midnight Mass, preceded by carols and readings at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be the usual Masses at 9:00am and 11:00am. To help cope with the crowds, I suggest that at the 5:30pm Mass on Christmas Eve, the older children (Year 4 and upwards) may wish to bring cushions and sit on the sanctuary and around the chapels. We will need a few catechists to be with them pleasePlease note there will not be a 6pm Mass at Bishop Eton on either Sunday 24th December or Monday 25th December.

Message from Archbishop Malcolm in Support of Catholic Education: The Government is about to make a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents new faith schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend their own schools. While the Prime Minister acknowledges that it is discriminatory, the Secretary of State needs convincing. If you wish to make your voice heard, please visit: //catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for Catholic Education. Thank you.

Redemptorist News: Fr Tony Hunt would appreciate your prayers. His diabetes has led to some serious problems and he is to have major surgery on Monday morning. Fr Andrew is in Madrid this weekend with Marriage Encounter.

Altar Servers Christmas ROTA: Please add your name to the rota in the sacristy indicating which Mass you will be serving at on Christmas day. Thank you!

Christingle Service and Workshop: this Sunday 17 December there will be a workshop from 12noon-3:00pm in the parish hall followed by the Christingle Service in the church at 4:00pm.  Please sign the list in the porch if you would like your child to attend. All welcome!

Christmas Readers’ Rota: Please pick-up your rota from the sacristy.

Dementia Friendly Carol Service - Wednesday 20 December at 2:00pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral: Following on from last years’ successful first ever staging, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will again lead a Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service especially for those living with dementia and all who wish to join them. If you know of anyone who would like to go but needs transport, please contact Ann in the parish office.

A Word of Thanks: Sheila and George Flattery and family would like to thank everyone for their Mass and sympathy cards, which were such a comfort to them all. Mass will be offered for your intentions.
SVP: would like to thank all those who donated toys to their appeal. They will be given to Nugent. Thank you!

Book Shop: Christmas cards, calendars, books and other items are on sale now in the bookshop.

CAFOD Fun Run:  Wednesday 27 December at Wavertree Park & Athletics Centre, Wellington Road L15 4LE at 1pm, registration opens at noon. Signing up costs £7 per person, £15 for a family or £70 for a group of 10 or more people, sponsorship forms are available. Prizes for best fancy dress costumes! For further details, contact or call 0151 228 4028. 

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Prayer and Reflection Evenings: Presented by Fr Chris Thomas and the Irenaeus Team at St Ambrose Parish Club, Heathgate Road, Speke L24 7RS on Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 January 2018 at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm.   These evenings for spirituality and growth are to help people recognise the presence of God in their lives and to move to a deeper awareness of that presence  through providing opportunities for prayer and reflection.  See poster in the porch.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email

Bidding Prayer Rotas: please pick up your new rota from the sacristy. Thank you!

Archdiocesan Directories 2018: are on sale at the back of church at £3.50 each.

Next Week:  Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B Bidding Prayers:  T. Murphy. 

Linen: Geraldine

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
Parish Priest: Father Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.  
Assistants: Father Barrie O’Toole C.Ss.R. Father Charles Randall C.Ss.R
Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated— charity number 232709

 

9th & 10th December 2017

Second Sunday of Advent Year B 

Sat 9th Second Sunday of AdventYear B Bible Sunday 5:30pm People of the Parish
Sun 10th 9:00am Frank Beswick (A)
11:00am Hughie & Marie Twamley (RIP)
Mon 11th   9:00am John & Linda Hughes (RIP)
Tues 12th   12noon Angela Barry & Family (Sp/Int)
Wed 13th Memorial of St Lucy 12noon Pat Dicker (RIP)
Thurs 14th Memorial of St John of the Cross 9:00am Harry , Bridie & James Jackson
Fri 15th   9:00am Burke Family
Sat 16th   12noon Steve Ruane  (90th Birthday)
Sun 17th Third Sunday of AdventYear BGaudete Sunday 5:30pm Patricia Ryan (LD)
9:00am Kathleen Mary Bartlett (LD)
11:00am People of the Parish


Confessions:
Saturday 11.00am-11.45am.

Rosary & the Angelus: 11.30-11.50 am.

Morning Prayer: Monday & Friday 8.40am.

Exposition and Benediction: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm.

Please Remember in Your Prayers: all those who are sick including: Lydia Beckett, Alf Cook, Adrian & Margaret Dickinson, Antoinette Loftus, Eileen Northall, Marie Roache, Bernard Jones, Bill Dooley, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R, Kenny Regan, Michael Walsh, Pat Hennessey, Marie Scott, Sheila O’Neill and Peter Gallagher.Remember also, those who have died and those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

FROM FR TIM: ADVENT: I hope the Advent Season is providing you with an opportunity to reflect on your own spiritual journey. The secret of Advent is that while we prepare to celebrate again the wonder of the coming of the Christ-child 2,000 years ago, we also look to the future and our ultimate destiny when Christ will come again in glory. I am delighted that a few of our parishioners are taking time off this weekend to make a retreat. May we all find some space in the coming week to retreat into our inner self and find the peace Christ promised only he can give. That peace can be found especially in the sacrament of reconciliation, so please note that after all the weekday Masses between now and Christmas there will be an opportunity to celebrate this sacrament.Also, there will be the usual

RECONCILIATION SERVICES this week at 7.30pm:  Monday at St Mary’s and Tuesday at Bishop Eton.

News Update: I had a short break during the week in our house in Clapham, and visited some of our sick confrères in that community. We also have Fr Tony Hunt in hospital at present. Please also remember in your prayers all those in our two parishes struggling with health problems. During the past week, Fr Charles has celebrated a birthday and the anniversary of his ordination (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): we congratulate him and thank him for his priestly ministry in our two parishes. He will lead the reconciliation services in the coming week.

Altar Servers Christmas ROTA: Please sign your name on the the rota in the sacristy indicating which Mass you will be serving at on Christmas day. Thank you!

UCM: there will be no meeting this Wednesday 13 December. We wish all our Members a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10 January at 12.30pm in the parish hall.

Prisoner of Conscience Cards:  a huge thank you to all those parishioners who bought cards. We will be sending 222 cards this year. Thank you for your support!

J&PYG: had a sponsored walk for St Paul’s Eye Hospital, raised £400, and made £346 at the Table Sale to share between NUGENT and Project Zimbabwe. Thank You!  

SVP Christmas Toy Appeal: Nugent are appealing for toys for needy children. If you wish to donate an unwrapped toy, please put it in the box in the porch this weekend.  Thank you!

St Mary's and Bishop Eton Women’s Group: Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Christmas Gathering this Friday 15 December at 7.30pm. Please bring food to share and your own preferred drink.

Christingle Service and Workshop: next Sunday 17 December there will be a workshop from 12noon- 3.00pm in the parish hall. It will be followed by the Christingle Service in the church at 4.00pm.  Please sign the list in the porch if you would like your child to attend. All welcome!

Scripture Mornings at Irenaeus: on Thursday 14 December from 10:30am – 12noon at 32 Great Georges Road Waterloo L22 1RD. Fr Chris Thomas will be sharing ‘The Lord is my Saviour’ a journey through the book of Exodus.

Advent: A Journey with Mary - as she gives birth to the Word. We explore this profound mystery through images, guided meditation, liturgy and silence. 10.30am - 3.30pm Wednesday 13 December, St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Formby, L37 1PH 01704 875850.  £20 including lunch

.Cook Required at St Joseph’s Prayer Centre. Please contact Sr Nora for further details on: 01704 875850 0r 07712 178 670.

Book Shop: Christmas cards, calendars, books and other items are on sale now in the bookshop

CAFOD Fun Run:  Wednesday 27 December at Wavertree Park & Athletics Centre, Wellington Road L15 4LE at 1pm, registration opens at noon. Signing up costs £7 per person, £15 for a family or £70 for a group of 10 or more people, sponsorship forms are available. Prizes for best fancy dress costumes! For further details, contact or call 0151 228 4028. 

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AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND: The Irenaeus Project is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 11-20 June 2018.  For the first part, staying in the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting all the Holy places. Then moving to Galilee and the areas associated with Jesus’ ministry.  There are a few places left on the Pilgrimage.  The cost will be in the region of £1800 with a single room supplement.  For further details contact The Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email

SVP Christmas Collection: there will be a retiring collection after all the Masses this weekend.Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support!

Next Week:  Third Sunday of Advent Year B (Gaudete Sunday)

Bidding Prayers:  D. Paes 

 Linen: Dorothy.