Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)stmarysicon
Served by the Redemptorists
Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail: Web: 
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 D
Sat 20th   12 noon Ken Foy (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 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 C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W, Pat H, Marie S, Sheila O’N and Peter G
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. 


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’ 
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.