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 L, Dawn McG, Pauline B, Anna M, Lydia B, Alf C, Adrian & Margaret D, Antoinette L, Eileen N, Marie R, Bernard J, Bill D, Fr Gabriel, Kenny R, Michael W, Pat H, Marie S, Sheila O’N and Peter G.
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.