ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
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.
Advent Calendars on line
Christmas Novena by St Alphonsus (16th to 24th December)
During the period of lockdown our friends at Strawberry Field are recording a daily prayer refelction. You can find these reflections at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH1UR_US8p2rcs6071Hj5ow
NUGENT LIGHT UP A LIFE
Light up a Life is an opportunity to sponsor a light on Nugent’s Tree of Light in memory or in honour of a loved one. This year the services will be prerecorded and available to view online. For a £5 donation you will have a light on a tree, a decoration for your own tree, the name of your loved one added to the book of remembrance and access to the prerecorded service.
For full details visit https://www.wearenugent.org/fundraising/light-up-a-life-2020/
Ordinarily, NUGENT would receive any hampers donated at their Edge Lane office, but at present this is closed.
This year, the Epsom Street Community Centre service (locally known as EPSY) in Kirkdale, would gratefully receive any festive food hampers and items of mince pies, chocolates, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, crisps, biscuits, selection boxes etc. Donations would need to be delivered direct to the centre, either on a Monday (during office hours) or a Tuesday afternoon, which can be arranged with Nugent. The deadline for hampers to be received at EPSY is Monday 14 December 2020. (Poster will follow will fuller details).
Alternately you can make a donation to EPSY at
National grief awareness week takes place from the 2nd to 8th December. It is difficult during this time of the pandemic to do what we would usually do when someone dies. The Archdiocese has provided some resources that may be of use.
A leaflet that may help those who are supporting people with a phone call. Click here to download a copy
A short video reflecting on grief from Fr Christ Thomas click here to watch it and to access other resources to help with the beravement process.
A reminder of or introduction to 'A place to be' at Irenaues
NOVEMBER'S CATHOLIC PICTORIAL
The November edition of the Catholic Pictorial is available online. Click here to read it.
POPE'S PRAYER VIDEO FOR NOVEMBER
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
All money raised from the sale of the paintings will go to Project Zimbabwe.
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.
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 First Sunday of Advent (also available as an audio download).
- Readings for the First Sunday of Advent
- Week 12 of the Armchair retreats sessions 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-life
For Sunday reflections click here
Prepare the Future: Advent Reflections in the light of Fratelli Tutti – given by Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr
Following on from our Prepare the Future series given by Christine Allen - Director of CAFOD, Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu and Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, we are delighted that once again Cardinal Michael will join us and give four reflections as part of an opportunity for Advent prayer and contemplation.
Cardinal Michael will be looking at four aspects of Advent in the light of Fratelli Tutti: Stay awake; Prepare a way for the Lord; Bearing Witness; “Get on with it, lass”; and inspiring us to encounter the Advent Christ in this time of uncertainty whilst heeding the call of Pope Francis to “Prepare the Future”.
You are invited to join us for one or more “live” on Zoom on Mondays at 7pm – 7:30pm on 30 November, 7 December, 14 December, 21 December for a time of reflective prayer. The prayer and reflections will also be available on YouTube LiverpoolJ&P and Facebook. To receive the Zoom link please register via our Facebook Page jpliverpooljp or online at the J&P website.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
The Archdiocese has produced a raft of resources for families that can be accessed at
At the above link you will find the following sections
- Parenting Support
- How to talk to children and teens about COVID-19
- Parenting during COVID-19
- Christian Homemaking
- Family Prayer Ideas
- Children's Books
- Family prayer cards
- Family Rosary cards
- Messy Church at home
- Counting our Blessings
- Domestic Abuse
- Dealing with the COVID-19 crisis for the divorced or separated
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
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/
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/
MARY'S MEALS "DOUBLE THE LOVE" CAMPAIGN
A MESSAGE FROM MARY'S MEALS
So much can be asked of us at this time of year. It may be hard to always say yes. Mary said yes to being the Mother of Jesus and as a young, unmarried girl this must have been a terrifying moment for her. Yet her ‘yes’ brought Jesus into the world and changed lives forever. Throughout this year of many challenges, thanks to our generous supporters, Mary’s Meals has continued to say yes to feeding desperately hungry children with a daily meal in a place of education. Now we are delighted to share with you a new opportunity to say yes and provide 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, with a life-changing meal at school. From 2ndNovember until 31stJanuary 2021, donations made to our Double The Love campaign will be matched by the UK government, up to £2 million. Please consider setting a place at our Big Family Christmas dinner table or buying a Christmas gift card on our website. More information on how to support us can be found at https://bigfamilychristmas.marysmeals.org.uk/big-family-christmas-table. Thank you
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.
The British Pilgrimage trust was formed in 2014 and is dedicated to renewing pilgrimages in Britain. Their website has many pilgrimage routes with maps you can download, but they also offer virtual pilgrimages which can be accessed by subscription. To learn more visit https://britishpilgrimage.org/
NUGENT SANTA DASH
ADVENT REFLECTIONS BY ZOOM
IRENAEUS CAROL SERVICE BY ZOOM
CAFOD VIRTUAL FUN RUN
***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CAFOD***
The Coronavirus Pandemic may have stopped many things this year, but it won't stop our annual CAFOD Fun Run! That's right folks, you heard it here first. This year's CAFOD Fun Run will go ahead on Sunday 27th December 2020, but with a twist...!
After the success of the Great North Run, the London Marathon, and CAFOD in Lancaster's Summer of Hope 5k, this year's CAFOD Fun Run will be a virtual event!
We're asking you to run, walk or toddle 5k (or whatever distance you prefer, whose checking?!) Burn off those Christmas puddings and make a donation to CAFOD via our CAFOD Fun Run JustGiving page. Even better, set up a sponsorship page for yourself, every penny counts! Simply click the 'Start Fundraising' button on our JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/funrunlikenoother
All money raised will be used to continue CAFOD's vital work helping our sisters and brothers in some of the world's poorest communities. We know that times have been really tough for everyone this year and we're sorry that our usual fun physical event with our jazz band won't be able to go ahead to lift spirits.
Please do join us virtually this year and we really hope to see you back in Wavertree next year!
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 the Spanish Mystics on the 3rd of December.
Revised SYNOD Schedule
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
STAND WITH POPE FRANCIS PETITION
ABOUT THE PETITION
On the eve of the Season of Creation, Pope Francis issued a profound prayer intention that the planet’s resources will not be plundered but shared in a just and respectful manner. He prays that today, not tomorrow, we will take care of Creation. Pope Francis’ leadership on the climate emergency and on the coronavirus has been unmatched. But he can’t do it alone. It’s time for the global Catholic community to rally behind his message. For that reason, Catholics are being asked to sign the Petition for just action on COVID and the Climate Emergency, showing the Pope and the world that we care about creation.
For more information and to sign the petition please visit https://standwithpopefrancis.org/
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.