ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
This Sunday 18 October, we celebrate the third Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese. Originally this was to be the weekend of our Synod 2020 event, but the COVID-19 pandemic means this will now take place in June 2021. Today the summary proposals on our four Synod Themes will be published which you will be able to find on the Synod Website.
- Theme 1 - All called and gifted by God - summary
- Theme 2 - Sharing the mission of Jesus - summary
- Theme 3 - How we pray together - summary
- Theme 4 - Building community,nurturing belonging - summary
Over the following weeks our local Synod Members will be inviting your responses to these proposals as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. www.synod2020.co.uk
The Archbishop has written a Pastoral letter click here to read and the Archdiocese has produced a video which you can view below.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
This Sunday is World Mission Sunday, when the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his charity for world mission. Please support Missio in helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Join in on this special day, that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer and celebration of our Church’s mission to share God’s love with all people – ‘Here I am, send me!’.
Please call 020 7821 9755 (office hours) or visit Missio’s website to give a single gift, set up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid your donation, if possible: missio.org.uk Thank you.
You can download a copy of the Pope's Message for World Mission Day at https://missio.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WMS2020-PopesMessage.pdf
Mision have produced a children's worksheet for this Sunday which you can download from https://missio.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WMS2020-Childrens-Activity-Sheet-11-October.pdf
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
We have asked that in all our homes we set aside a sacred space where the family could pray, if possible, at 7.00pm each evening At the heart of the prayer will be an Act of Spiritual Communion, so dear to the heart of our Founder, Saint Alphonsus. The leaflet is available on our website click here, the prayer has been converted so that it is easily understood by the younger ones, but here is the original:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
The Redemptorist Community has adjusted the daily timetable so that we will be united in prayer with you all at that time. Also, each day we will celebrate Mass and hold all your intentions before the Lord.
The situation in Zimabwe is very difficult. To help you understand the position we have been asked to share the following with you, Click on each item to read the document/article.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has a page dedicated to Zimbabwe click here to read it.
Resources for our With You Always families
Welcome Back to Church Poster
Here is a picture that can be downloaded and printed (Just right click on the image and select save as image or equivalent message.)
Perhaps the children may like to colour it in to welcome us all back to church.
FR MICHAEL’S PAINTINGS.
Fr Michael has been busy during lockdown painting. A number of new paintings have been added to Bishop Eton's website at http://www.bishopeton.org.uk/fr-michael-s-paintings.html
An additional 6 paintings were added on 21st August - a mix of still life, the Albert Dock and Calderstones Park.
All money raised from the sale of the paintings will go to Project Zimbabwe.
Revised SYNOD Schedule
TRAINING FOR NEW EXTRAORDINARY MINSTERS OF THE EUCHARIST:
If you are living with a sick or housebound family member who would like to receive Holy Communion, you might want to consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister. The archdiocese is offering training sessions for new Ministers of the Eucharist and these will be run on Zoom during November:
Evening sessions: 7.30-8.30pm, on Wednesdays 4th, 11th, and 18th November
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England or the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
A telephone helpline and live chat is available 0300 303 1056 LiveChat/ Website safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk.
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER
PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has created a series of podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch For example they have a whole playlist which will allow you to revisit Pope John Paul IIs visit in 1982 https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch/sets/pope-saint-john-paul-iis-visit-to-the-uk
Here is an example of the content from previous newsletters
The Archdiocesan prayer resources have been updated to include
- Reflection for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (also available as an audio download).
- Readings for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
- Armchair retreats with Fr Denis Blackley SJ
All can be accessed/downloaded at https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/ or through http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk by clicking on ‘Prayer and Other Resources’ .https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/family-catechesis
For Sunday reflections click here
DIPLOMA IN PASTORAL MINISTRY
Are you looking to further develop your faith and understanding of pastoral ministry? There are two courses that the Archdioces is promoting.
Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (2 year part time on line) and a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership (3 year part time on line with additional workshops). More information on the courses, including insights from previous attendees and informatoion on how to apply can be found at
LAY FORMATION FUND
Are you interested in developing your faith and becoming more skilled in service of the community?
The archdiocese is particularly seeking to develop Lay Ministry and Leadership, and would be keen to support people looking to develop their faith and skills in this area.
The fund can be used to provide faith formation at a variety of levels, or for the development of practical skills.
For more information visit
You can access a copy of the guidelines for the fund by clicking here
An electronic version of October's Catholic Pictorial can be found by Clicking here
CREATIVE LIFE JOURNEY
Sr Bridget of the sister of Notre Dame de Namur is offering to send reflections on the theme of
CREATIVE LIFE JOURNEYING WITH WOMEN OF THE BIBLE FAITH, COURAGE, RISK AND INTUITION.
NUGENT CHRISTMAS CARDS
Buy your christmas cards now and support Nugent.
Buying Nugent's cards will help support families in crisis, as part of our wider appeal during the festive period.
“May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you today and always."
Click here to purchase online and have them posted direct to you.
You can of course buy over the phone, post or by email:
Phone: 0151 261 4498
and return to:
Nugent, 99 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L72PE.
The last date for orders for Christmas is Friday 11 December.
NUGENT MILLION PENNIES APPEAL
Nugent are asking individuals, schools and businesses to try and collect as many pennies as they can from Tuesday, 1 September - Tuesday, 1 December 2020. If they can collect one million pennies, this will raise £10,000 which will support their work across our communities from those living in poverty through their food markets in Kirkdale and Woodvale, to those providing education for those who need extra support in their learning.
If you would like to get involved and request one of their collection
DEMENTIA RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN
Dementia support line https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/dementia-connect-support-line
Demetia support forum https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/
Praying with people with Dementia from the Archdiocese of Liverpool click here
The Archdiocese has collated some dementia resources at https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/dementia
Top Five tips
The Alzheimer's society have produced a top 5 tips for peole caring for those living with Dementia. You can download a copy of this volunteer toolkit by clicking here
Supporting older people and those living with Dementia
Click here for a guide from the British Psychological Society
Advice from Dementia UK
The Archdiocese has put together a page of resources to help those LIving with Dementia and those who care for them. Click here for more information.
Sing for the Brain
On the 30th April Alzheimer's UK ran a sing for the brain session on Facebook. You can watch a video of the event by clicking here
ARTS for Dementia are providing opportunities for people to join in remotely with dance, drama music. To discover what is available and how to join in visit https://arts4dementia.org.uk/events/
Videos from Inovations in Dementia
Inovations in Dementia have developed a series of videos to assist volunteers and carers to understand the needs of a person living with Dementia. They are availabl on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVqQdwbR6zDgIGTPfxi0BYA
They have also produced a document that can be completed and shared with volunteers. Click here
NEW DEMENTIA FRIENDLY INTERNET RADIO STATION:
A new internet radio station has been launched for people living with dementia and their carers. There’s five different eras of music to select from with no adverts whatsoever! You can access the website at: www.m4dradio.com Enjoy!
Advice from Alzheimers UK
LOCKDOWN AND DOMESTIC ABUSE:
Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown be-gan, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse.
Bishop John Sherrington said:
‘Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Catholic parishes can play an important role in the fighting the scourge of domestic abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where we are seeing some shocking statistics from leading domestic abuse organisations. My thanks go to those organisations and individuals already working so hard to ensure that people suffering domestic abuse can live safe lives. Every local situation will differ and so our new guidance is designed to be used as an introduction to start a local project. I hope that Catholics and parishes will be inspired to take this up in their local area. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or justified. It is an offence against the dignity of the human person.’
For help and support visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/domestic-abuse/
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 17: 8-13; 2 Timothy 3: 14- 4: 2; Luke 18: 1-8)
Prayer is essential for a deeper loving
Today, Jesus encourages us to pray often and never lose heart. Praying together is a time for thanking God for His presence with us and for the blessing of our love for each other. We ask God to help us to forgive hurts, to share ourselves more deeply and to listen better. In darkness, pain or joy, He is there.
FREE ONLINE TALKS AT THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE CENTRE
A series of free online talks will be offered over the coming months on "Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters". Exploring some of the great figures of western spirituality with well known experts, the series is free to attend online.
They will take place at 7.30pm on Thursdays starting 3 September through to 10 December. Simply register to receive a link at https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/saints-scholars-spiritual-masters/ or by email to
The next talk will be on St Thomas Aquinas on the 22nd of October.
The Archbishop has asked that the following prayer be widely circulated and prayed at this time of crisis:
A PRAYER IN TIME OF DANGER AND ILLNESS.
God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us
at this time, as the Coronavirus
threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper
in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are
suffering, give strength to those
who are aiding the Sick and give courage
to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son
Jesus Christ. AMEN
Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Services
Every month the Global Catholic Climate movement holds a monthly prayer service.
To sign up or to access old services click here
Those of you missing the weekly Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help may like to visit the Novena at home website. You will find a selection of Novena prayers, miracles attributed to OMPS and other information.
Just visit http://www.novena-at-home.redemptorists.co.uk/
Fratelli Tutti (brothers and sisters all):
On October 3rd 2020 Pope Francis travelled to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.
If you wish to read the encyclical click here
THE WORK OF MARY'S MEALS
Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. To learn more please watch the video below or visit https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA:
The Sisters have announced the permanent closure of their shop in Bold Street, and are now relocating to 84 Church Street (Ranelagh Street/Hanover Street end) in early November.