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




Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

10th & 11th March 2018







People of the Parish




Alan Mealand (LD)


Sheila Ball (LD)




12 noon

Requiem: Joan Cole  (RIP)




12 noon

Isla Sophia (Sick baby)





Julie Flynn (A)



St. David 


Mary Meyer (A)





George Smith (A)




12 noon

Gilbertson Family




Maureen Villiers-Briscoe B/A




People of the Parish


Winifrede Grace(A)

Confessions: Saturday 11:00-11:45am  
Rosary: Saturday 11:30-11:50am
Morning Prayer:  None this week
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, Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W, Marie S, Sheila O’N and Peter G.
Those who have recently died
None this week
and those whose anniversaries occur about this time



LAETARE SUNDAY (Mothering Sunday): We are midway through Lent and the Church offers us a breather today. We wish all our mothers a very blessed day and hope you will be spoilt by your families.

ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM:  thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the parish last weekend. Thank you to all who helped to make it such a happy occasion, including those who served refreshments after each Mass and the servers who really impressed him.

FEASTS: Thursday is the Feast of St Clement Hofbauer, always regarded as the second founder of the Redemptorists because he took the Congregation out of Italy and into northern Europe, from where we spread throughout the world. Saturday is of course the Feast of St Patrick. The SVP have organised the Healing Mass at noon on Saturday, during which we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick.

FR CHARLES: will be away this weekend and for the coming week. He will re-join the community next weekend.


There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Easter Triduum, which begins on Maundy Thursday.

There will be a Pastoral Area Reconciliation Service on Wednesday 21 March at 6:30pm in Hope University Chapel.
We will also have Reconciliation Services as usual in our two parishes at the beginning of Holy Week: Monday 26 March at 7:30pm in St Mary’s and Tuesday 27 March at 7:30pm in Bishop Eton.
Priests will be available after all the weekday Masses during the last two weeks of Lent and of course you may always call at the monastery and ask for a priest at any reasonable time on any given day.

ALTAR SERVERS ROTAS: Please sign your name on the lists in the sacristy indicating which Holy Week and Easter Masses/Services you will be serving at. Rehearsal times are on the lists. Thank you!

CHRISM MASS: All servers are invited to serve at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday 28 March at 7:30pm. Please contact the parish office if you wish to reserve seats. Thank you!

PARISH LISTENERS: We could still do with some more people who would be willing to join the Parish Listening Process. The first training session for volunteer listeners will take place this Monday 12 March at 6:00pm-8:30pm and the second session will be on Wednesday 21 March 12:30pm-3:00pm. If you would like more information or be willing to join the team of listeners, please contact Ann O’Neill in the office.

DEMENTIA PRAYER WEEK – 12-19 MARCH 2018:  During this week, we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia and those who care for them. To mark the tenth anniversary of Dementia   Prayer Week, this coming week, the church will remain open for an hour after each weekday Mass to provide a quiet time for prayer. Please see resource pack on the noticeboard in the church porch.

GIFT AID: We are approaching the end of the tax year and the new envelopes will be issued to members of the ‘Parish Gift Aid Scheme’ in time for the start of the new tax year on the 6 April. Parishioners who are not members who wish to join should enter their name and address on the lists provided at the back of church and a member of the Parish Finance Team will contact you to provide further details. Joining the Gift Aid scheme greatly enhances the value of your contribution to the parish collection without any cost to you, providing you are a tax payer. If you would prefer to pay by standing order, this can also be arranged. Please indicate accordingly on the list. If you are not a tax payer you can still contribute by standing order or you can have a supply of non-Gift Aid envelopes. Please just indicate on the list. You can of course simply put your offering in the collection bag. Whichever method you choose, your contribution and financial support of the parish is greatly appreciated.

UCM AND FRIENDS CENACLE RETREAT: Wednesday 14 March at 10:00am for tea/coffee then start at 10:30am.  


St. Mary’s  SVP will be holding a mass for the sick and the housebound in St. Mary’s Church, Woolton, on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 12 noon. This will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Transport to and from the event will be available.

If you would like to attend, please contact any one of the following below. We look forward to seeing you there.

St Mary’s SVP Team

Mr Jim Carson 0151 428 1108
Mr David Keane 0151 428 2509
Mrs Angela Rigby 0151 428 9133

We look forward to seeing you there.

ST MARY’S, BISHOP ETON, ST PETER’S AND ST JAMES’: in collaboration with Woolton Community Life are hosting a meal on Christmas Day for people in the local community who would otherwise spend Christmas day alone. To support this worthwhile initiative, there will be a fundraising event on Friday 20 April at 7:00pm in St Mary’s hall. Tickets: £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children and includes a hot meal and a dessert and music from Benchmark (a band made up from Bishop Eton musicians). There will be lots of exciting raffle prizes including an Everton shirt signed by Wayne Rooney! Tickets available from St Mary’s and Bishop Eton parish offices. For more information email  They are hoping to raffle a signed Liverpool shirt as one of the prizes. They have    unfortunately explored all avenues to no avail! If anyone is able to source a signed Liverpool shirt for them to raffle  please contact , who would be extremely grateful!

CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN JERUSALEM: Following the recent dispute between the Church and the Jerusalem authorities which saw the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mass will be celebrated at English Martyrs Church, School Lane, Litherland, L21 7LX on Monday 12 March at 12noon. Archbishop Patrick will be the Main Celebrant and members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre will also be present. All welcome.

CEILIDH NIGHT AND OTHER IRISH ENTERTAINMENT: Friday 16 March at 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Club. Tickets cost £7 which includes food and can be obtained from the parish office 0151- 487- 9372.

ST JOSEPH’S PRAYER CENTRE: (Formby L37 1PH) this Wednesday 14 March 10:30am-3:30pm ‘Spirituality for the Autumn of Life’ an inspiring DVD course for the over sixties and Tuesday 20 March ‘Jesus- A Revolution of Tenderness and Love’ with Fr Eamonn Mulcahy CSSP.  Lunch is included (Donations welcome).

LATE ST PATRICK’S NIGHT: Knights of St Columba charity social at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Club, High Park Street, L8 8XD on Saturday 24 March at 8:00pm, featuring Michael Coyne and with bingo and a raffle. Prize donations would be appreciated. Thank you!  Tickets from Pat McGann on 07825 236064 or pay at the door.

EASTER ACTIVITY CAMP: will  be  held in Allerton Tower Park, Woolton by Merseyside Youth Challenge Trust from 26 March to 6 April,  9:00am – 4:00pm(excluding the 2 Bank Holidays).  If you are interested in booking a place the cost is £20.00 per day children must be a minimum  8 years of age up to a max of 14. Please contact Jeff Burke at the charity on 0151 428 9758 if you would like further information or to book a place.

NEXT WEEK: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Sunday 18 March at 4:00pm- ‘Mary’s Way of the Cross’ led by the UCM.

NUGENT: There will be a retiring collection after all the Masses this weekend for the work of NUGENT. Envelopes are available at the back of church. Thank you!

BIDDING PRAYERS:  B.Rigby.           

LINEN: Gill.