News Letters

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees

Incorporated— charity number 232709

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  
Twitter: @stmarywoolton 
Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108

Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby

Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill 

19th & 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Sat 19th

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Angela P (Ints)

Ian Macdonald (A)

Thanksgiving for Exam Success & University Place

Anne Tierney (LD)

Sheila Rylands (A)
Gilhoran Family

Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private at

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 20th
Mon 21st

St Matthew

Tue 22nd

Wed 23rd St Pius of Pietrelcina
Thurs 24th Our Lady of Walsingham
Fri 25th

Sat 26th
Sun 27th

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Gerard O’S, Stephen W, Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, Anna M, Lydia B, Margaret D, Antoinette L, Marie R,  Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R,  Fr. Tony C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, John M, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

Anne Tierney and Frances Eggleston

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Ian Macdonald and Sheila Rylands

 Funerals this week:

Eileen Northall (RIP) Monday 21 September

FROM FR TIM

BEING PREPARED:

Coronavirus is not going away easily, and it seems that in the near future we may be asked to make still more sacrifices. I sincerely hope that these will not affect our freedom to keep the present limited timetable of Masses available.
 
Indeed, during the Zoom meetings with my European confrères this week, it became apparent that in some places on the continent they are now able to leave their churches open for private prayer as well as for the occasional liturgies. I hope we will soon be in a position to do the same, but, as yet, we have not received any directive that his will be possible without a team of people to keep the church cleansed at all times.
 
On the bright side, we can rejoice that so many of our children have now made their First Holy Communion and that in the next couple of weeks those who have been waiting since Easter will be able to be baptised and/or received into full communion with us.
 
I renew my thanks to all our catechists and administrators who have worked so hard to ensure that we have been able to move on so successfully.

THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY:

This week we have welcomed Fr Michael McGreevy to our community. The Clapham community has had to disperse while the monastery is being completely renovated, leaving just a skeleton team there to look after the parish and the Ace of Clubs (our centre for those who are homeless and deprived).

It is no secret that many of the confrères in the Bishop Eton community are reaching a stage where they are going to require more support and with Social Services we are investigating ways in which we will be able to provide that help. Once it is clear what the nature of that support will be and how many hours are involved, I anticipate advertising firstly in our bulletins. My hope is that we will be able to build a homogeneous team around the wonderful morning team and the cook who already care so lovingly for us.

Again, on the bright side, Fr Andrew was discharged from hospital on Tuesday and resumed his treatment on Friday. Please keep him and all those who are sick in the community and in our parishes in your prayers.


FINANCE:

 May I just reiterate what I said last week and assure you that I will try and have a conversation with our finance teams as soon as possible:
 
Finance is another of the mountains I am aware of and It is heartening that many people are concerned about the situation after almost six months without regular collections. Kindly some of you have sent cheques or planned giving envelopes to the Monastery and a number of you have switched to standing orders with the bank. I am very grateful for all of this. The challenge remains as to how to proceed. Those of you who Gift Aid your contributions will soon be receiving a letter to confirm the amount you gave during the last financial year, the end of which almost coincided with the Lockdown.
 
Meanwhile, I can only suggest that if you wish and are able to bring your contributions up to date, that you send a cheque (with all the necessary details) and we will continue to keep accurate records. At the same time, I see no point in resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can return to something closer to normality and enlist our counting teams again. Alternatively, if you would like to donate by using electronic bank transfer/standing order, online and/or text giving, please see our website: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2108-parish-funding-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown

THE SEASON OF CREATION:

Laudatosi

Seasonofcreation1st September – 4th October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi).

We all need water to survive and yet 1 in 10 of us does not have access to clean water. We are experiencing a global water crisis. Water is a human right and we're determined to make sure it’s a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere within a generation. https://www.wateraid.org/uk/the-crisis


WALKING MEDITATION:

Our organist and choir master Nick Young, has prepared a wonderful walking meditation around the church grounds with a leaflet to guide you along the way. You can collect a copy as you leave church.  (For those who cannot make it to the church you can download a copy by clicking here). 


A FAMILY PRAYER WALK AROUND THE CHURCH GROUNDS:

to include the new Laudato Si Garden area created by the Family Liturgy Team. Please find guide/leaflet at the exit door of church and a copy can also be found on the website. (click here)


RESTORED LIVES

– RECOVERY FROM DIVORCE AND SEPARATION:

The Restored Lives course is a series of six meetings by Zoom starting on Monday 12 October. The course is for any person who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, currently going through a divorce or already divorced, either recently or at any time in the past. Meetings are free, confidential, informative, and affirming. For further details please contact Maureen O’Brien


MASS INTENTIONS

Requests for Mass intentions can be e-mailed to the parish office. All Masses will be said privately at Bishop Eton by the confreres but listed on the website under ‘Mass Intentions.’ Any stipends/donations can be sent in once the parish office is open.  You can find a list of Mass Intentions on the parish website or by following this link:

WE NOW HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF PRINTED NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE AS YOU EXIT THE CHURCH.  IF YOU KNOW OF ANY PARISHIONERS WHO DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AND WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A COPY, PLEASE E-MAIL THE PARISH OFFICE WITH DETAILS. 
THANK YOU.
 

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees

Incorporated— charity number 232709

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  
Twitter: @stmarywoolton 
Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108

Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby

Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill 

12th & 13th SEPTEMBER 2020

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Sat 12th

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A

First Holy Communicants and their Families only

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Babs King (A)

Bernard O’Sullivan (A)

Elizabeth Bray (B/A)
Sue Hunt (A)

Jennifer Chong (B/A) & King Family

Fr Timothy J. Buckley CSsR (B’day)

Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private at

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 13th
Mon 14th

 Exaltation of the Holy  Cross

Tue 15th

Our Lady of Sorrows

Wed 16th St Cornelius & St Cyprian
Thurs 17th
Fri 18th

Sat 19th
Sun 20th

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Stephen W, Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, Anna M, Lydia B, Margaret D, Antoinette L, Marie R,  Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R,  Fr. Tony C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, John M, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

Eileen Northall

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Babs King, Sue Hunt and Bernard O’Sullivan

 Funerals this week:

None

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE 11AM MASS TODAY  (SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER ) IS RESERVED FOR THE CHILDREN MAKING THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND THEIR FAMILIES.

You can find times of all 26 Masses across the Pastoral Area at: www.pastol.co.uk or on the door of the church.

FROM FR TIM

THE FUTURE FOR THE REDEMPTORISTS: 

During the coming week each morning I will be involved in Zoom Meetings with my Redemptorist confrères across northern Europe as we plan a path for the future. There is no denying the fact that for all of us the challenges are enormous. The common pattern of a serious lack of vocations to the priesthood and religious life mean that continually we are having to reassess the options. It is comparable to the process taking place in the wider Church and most notably in the Synod process in our own Archdiocese. While Covid 19 can hardly be viewed as a positive, in a perverse and paradoxical way, it has forced all of us to stop and analyse our priorities.
 
As I mentioned in my last Thursday message, when I met for prayer at Strawberry Field on Wednesday, we focused on the need to spread good news and Kip Crooks from St Peter’s Woolton introduced the notion of synergy. Essentially the word speaks to us of the value of working together and like Kip I sought a spiritual connotation and found this:
 
“A distinctive element in the Orthodox understanding of how the Holy Spirit works deification within us is the doctrine of ‘synergy’ – ‘working together’. This working together is the collaboration of God’s grace and a person’s will.”
 
Please pray with me for that gift of the Holy Spirit in our Redemptorist meetings this week and in all that we continue to strive for in our parishes at this time.

FR ANDREW BURNS:

Prayers too please for Fr Andrew: unfortunately, he was unable to have his treatment last Tuesday because he has a touch of pneumonia and is at present in hospital as they try to resolve the problem.


FINANCE:

 May I just reiterate what I said last week and assure you that I will try and have a conversation with our finance teams as soon as possible:
 
Finance is another of the mountains I am aware of and It is heartening that many people are concerned about the situation after almost six months without regular collections. Kindly some of you have sent cheques or planned giving envelopes to the Monastery and a number of you have switched to standing orders with the bank. I am very grateful for all of this. The challenge remains as to how to proceed. Those of you who Gift Aid your contributions will soon be receiving a letter to confirm the amount you gave during the last financial year, the end of which almost coincided with the Lockdown.
 
Meanwhile, I can only suggest that if you wish and are able to bring your contributions up to date, that you send a cheque (with all the necessary details) and we will continue to keep accurate records. At the same time, I see no point in resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can return to something closer to normality and enlist our counting teams again. Alternatively, if you would like to donate by using electronic bank transfer/standing order, online and/or text giving, please see our website: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2108-parish-funding-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown

SeasonofcreationTHE SEASON OF CREATION:

 1st September – 4th October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi) Pope Francis asks the question to Christians and non-Christians alike: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

The Pope reminds us that the Earth is our common home and calls us to an “ecological conversion,” inviting us to change direction in caring for this planet we share.

Here is a fabulous documentary on the wonders of our planet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000m7wj/planet-earth-a-celebration


WALKING MEDITATION:

Our organist and choir master Nick Young, has prepared a wonderful walking meditation around the church grounds with a leaflet to guide you along the way. You can collect a copy as you leave church.  (For those who cannot make it to the church you can download a copy by clicking here)


STORIES FROM LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN:

ST MARYS CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

When lockdown was announced none of us understood the impact it would have on everything we do and just how inventive and creative people would be in finding new ways to be ‘together’ and new ways to worship. As well as watching Fr Tim’s weekly message and tuning in to the recorded Mass each weekend, we have enjoyed sharing our children’s liturgy live stream at 11:00am each Sunday with more than 50 families!! (stmarys with you always Facebook group)

Our catechists have taken it in turn to broadcast from their homes, following our Gospel story, praying for our special intentions, singing our favourite hymns, sharing craft and other activities, and generally keeping our community together.

Our children have been the real superstars - sharing their ideas during our live-streams and posting photographs of their work afterwards. Some of our most moving prayers have been written by our children and we have learned a lot from them.

We have even managed a couple of group video productions with our ‘Children’s Stations of the Cross’ on Good Friday and our ‘Freddie Freckles and a Big Celebration’ story for Fr Tim’s Golden Jubilee.

Our livestream might have been born out of necessity, but we will continue with it because it is working so well, and we are having fun whilst celebrating our faith. We are looking forward to our next project - watch out for our budding gardeners. Please see the website for photos and videos.


MASS INTENTIONS

Requests for Mass intentions can be e-mailed to the parish office. All Masses will be said privately at Bishop Eton by the confreres but listed on the website under ‘Mass Intentions.’ Any stipends/donations can be sent in once the parish office is open.  You can find a list of Mass Intentions on the parish website or by following this link:

WE NOW HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF PRINTED NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE AS YOU EXIT THE CHURCH.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANY PARISHIONERS WHO DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AND WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A COPY, PLEASE E-MAIL THE PARISH OFFICE WITH DETAILS. 
THANK YOU.
 

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees

Incorporated— charity number 232709

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  
Twitter: @stmarywoolton 
Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108

Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby

Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill 

5th and 6th September 2020

Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Sat 5th

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A

First Holy Communicants and their Families only

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Daniel & Joan Buckley (B/A)

George Hines (RIP)

James Templeton (LD)
 Jimmy & Sadie Devine (RIP)  

Joseph & Rose Bickerstaff (RIP)

Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private at

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 6th
Mon 7th

 

Tue 8th

Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wed 9th
Thurs 10th St Ambrose Barlow
Fri 11th

Sat 12th Holy Name of Mary
Sun 13th

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A

First Holy Communicants and their Families only 


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Stephen W, Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, Anna M, Lydia B, Margaret D, Antoinette L, Eileen N, Marie R,  Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R,  Fr. Tony C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, John M, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Patrick McKeown

 Funerals this week:

Kathleen Barrett (RIP) Tuesday 8 September

FROM FR TIM

SETTING NEW GOALS:

In an attempt to assess where we are now, I sense that we have reached a plateau on which we seem to be making some progress, but there remain some mountains ahead which still need climbing. By all accounts, the return to school seems to be going well and we are making real progress with the First Communions. Likewise, the interim timetable is providing many of you with an opportunity to get to Mass from time to time and we are planning to baptise and receive into the Church those who took part in the Journey of Faith.


THE SCHOOLS:

For the time being it will not be possible for me to visit the schools and indeed they are not able to have assemblies, which usually provide me with the opportunity to keep in touch with all the children. Therefore, I am arranging with the staff to use the new technology and periodically to record some messages for the different age groups. One mountain tentatively approached!


FINANCE:

Finance is another of the mountains I am aware of and it is heartening that many people are concerned about the situation after almost six months without regular collections. Kindly some of you have sent cheques or planned giving envelopes to St Mary’s or the Monastery and a number of you have switched to standing orders with the bank. I am very grateful for all of this. The challenge remains as to how to proceed.
Those of you who Gift Aid your contributions will soon be receiving a letter to confirm the amount you gave during the last financial year, the end of which almost coincided with the Lockdown. Meanwhile, I can only suggest that if you wish and are able to bring your contributions up to date, that you send a cheque (with all the necessary details) and we will continue to keep accurate records.
At the same time, I see no point in resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can return to something closer to normality and enlist our counting teams again.
The Health Secretary says he hopes that we will be hugging by Christmas: let’s offer some hugging prayers that this will be so!

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE 11AM MASS ON SUNDAY 6TH AND SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER ARE RESERVED FOR THE CHILDREN MAKING THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND THEIR FAMILIES.

You can find times of all 26 Masses across the Pastoral Area at: www.pastol.co.uk or on the door of the church.


THE SEASON OF CREATION:

Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). This year’s celebration takes place in the context of the special Laudato Si Anniversary Year, which Pope Francis opened on Sunday 24 May to coincide with the 5th anniversary of his encyclical.
Pope Francis states that the Season of Creation is a “season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home. During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
 Pope Francis reminds us that the Bible suggests “that human life is grounded in 3 fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself".
This week let us appreciate the food we have more and try to waste less. Consider donating to a local Food Bank.

WALKING MEDITATION:

Our organist and choir master Nick Young, has prepared a wonderful walking meditation around the church grounds with a leaflet to guide you along the way. You can collect a copy as you leave church.  (For those who cannot make it to the church you can download a copy by clicking here)


A NOTE OF THANKS:

The family of Andy Rylands would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support following his recent death.


STORIES FROM LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN:

ST MARYS CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

When lockdown was announced none of us understood the impact it would have on everything we do and just how inventive and creative people would be in finding new ways to be ‘together’ and new ways to worship. As well as watching Fr Tim’s weekly message and tuning in to the recorded Mass each weekend, we have enjoyed sharing our children’s liturgy live stream at 11:00am each Sunday with more than 50 families!! (stmarys with you always Facebook group)

Our catechists have taken it in turn to broadcast from their homes, following our Gospel story, praying for our special intentions, singing our favourite hymns, sharing craft and other activities, and generally keeping our community together.

Our children have been the real superstars - sharing their ideas during our live-streams and posting photographs of their work afterwards. Some of our most moving prayers have been written by our children and we have learned a lot from them.

We have even managed a couple of group video productions with our ‘Children’s Stations of the Cross’ on Good Friday and our ‘Freddie Freckles and a Big Celebration’ story for Fr Tim’s Golden Jubilee.

Our livestream might have been born out of necessity, but we will continue with it because it is working so well, and we are having fun whilst celebrating our faith. We are looking forward to our next project - watch out for our budding gardeners. Please see the website for photos and videos.


OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS:

Please note that for now, there will be no collection during or after Mass to avoid any risk of infection to the volunteers who normally process the collection, which obviously involves a lot of handling of money, cheques and envelopes. Any parishioner who wishes to make a donation is kindly asked to continue with the procedures suggested for Giving During Lockdown, which include holding on to your donations and making a one-off payment (preferably by cheque) at a later stage. Or, by using electronic bank transfer/standing order, online and/or text giving. For full details, please see our website:

MASS INTENTIONS

Requests for Mass intentions can be e-mailed to the parish office. All Masses will be said privately at Bishop Eton by the confreres but listed on the website under ‘Mass Intentions.’ Any stipends/donations can be sent in once the parish office is open.  You can find a list of Mass Intentions on the parish website or by following this link:

BUYING ONLINE:

If you are ordering online during or after lockdown, why not find a website that contributes to charities when you order? The following link has a few you might like to consider: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2336-buying-online-suggestions

 

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees

Incorporated— charity number 232709

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  
Twitter: @stmarywoolton 
Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108

Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby

Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill 

29th & 30th AUGUST 2020

Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Sat 29th

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Anthony McGarvey (LD)

Mr Menezes (LD)

 James Forsythe (LD)  

Pat Hunt  (LD)

Michael McLoughlin (LD)

Adrian Dickinson (RIP)

Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private at

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 30th
Mon 31st

 

Tue 1st

Wed 2nd
Thurs 3rd St Gregory
Fri 4th

Sat 5th
Sun 6th

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Stephen W, Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, Anna M, Lydia B, Margaret D, Antoinette L, Eileen N, Marie R,  Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R,  Fr. Tony C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, John M, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

Christopher Gilchrist

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

 Funerals this week:

Jane Mulhearn (RIP) Friday 4 September

FROM FR TIM

 BACK TO SCHOOL (But not back to normal!)

I am sure that there is some apprehension among the governors, the staff, the parents and the children as we prepare to reopen our schools in the coming week. However, I think we also sense that this is a watershed moment in the whole coronavirus saga. If we can manage this successfully, it will strengthen the conviction that we are beginning to overcome the challenges with which we have been presented in the last few months. I suggest that this weekend we unite our prayers around this cause.

And this leads me to remind you of my invitation on the day before the children broke up (20th March!): namely that we try to set a few minutes aside for prayer each evening at 7:00pm. I encourage you to renew your commitment to this way of staying united as a family in the Lord. It has also given us, the Redemptorist Community here at Bishop Eton, a focus for our prayer in union with you all.

At the same time, I realise that the restrictions on us in every walk of life mean that we are nowhere near returning to what we were used to and there is no immediate prospect of us being able to return to our regular way of celebrating in the church. However, the fact that we have found a way forward with the First Communions and are hoping soon to baptise and receive into the Church those who took part in the Journey of Faith, is further evidence that we are managing to find imaginative ways of meeting the challenges. And so to my final reminders: because of the restriction in numbers the 11:00am at St Mary’s on the next three Sundays will  be reserved exclusively for the First Communicants and their families; the Mass times in both St Mary’s and Bishop Eton will remain as they have been during the past few weeks and I will continue to record a weekend Mass for the foreseeable future.

MAY I ALSO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE OTHER SUNDAY MASSES AROUND THE PASTORAL AREA, INCLUDING BISHOP ETON AT 9:30AM AND 6.00PM.  AND PLEASE DO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO LIKELIHOOD OF THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION BEING REINSTATED IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

You can find days and times of all 26 Masses across the Pastoral Area at www.pastol.co.uk

EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK


SEASON OF CREATION:

Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). This year’s celebration takes place in the context of the special Laudato Si Anniversary Year, which Pope Francis opened on Sunday 24 May to coincide with the 5th anniversary of his encyclical.

Pope Francis states that the Season of Creation is a “season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home.” ... “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue,” he asserts.  “It is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”  Let us pray for all those areas of the world suffering extreme weather as a consequence of Global Warming and for all those struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the  poor.


STORIES FROM LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN:

ST MARYS CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

 When lockdown was announced none of us understood the impact it would have on everything we do and just how inventive and creative people would be in finding new ways to be ‘together’ and new ways to worship. As well as watching Fr Tim’s weekly message and tuning in to the recorded Mass each weekend, we have enjoyed sharing our children’s liturgy live stream at 11:00am each Sunday with more than 50 families!! (stmarys with you always Facebook group)

Our catechists have taken it in turn to broadcast from their homes, following our Gospel story, praying for our special intentions, singing our favourite hymns, sharing craft and other activities, and generally keeping our community together.

Our children have been the real superstars - sharing their ideas during our live-streams and posting photographs of their work afterwards. Some of our most moving prayers have been written by our children and we have learned a lot from them.

We have even managed a couple of group video productions with our ‘Children’s Stations of the Cross’ on Good Friday and our ‘Freddie Freckles and a Big Celebration’ story for Fr Tim’s Golden Jubilee.

Our livestream might have been born out of necessity, but we will continue with it because it is working so well, and we are having fun whilst celebrating our faith. We are looking forward to our next project - watch out for our budding gardeners. Please see the website for photos and videos. 


OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS:

Please note that for now, there will be no collection during or after mass to avoid any risk of infection to the volunteers who normally process the collection, which obviously involves a lot of handling of money, cheques and envelopes. Any parishioner who wishes to make a donation is kindly asked to continue with the procedures suggested for Giving During Lockdown, which include holding on to your donations and making a one-off payment (preferably by cheque) at a later stage. Or, by using electronic bank transfer/standing order, online and/or text giving. For full details, please see our website:

 http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2108-parish-funding-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown


MASS INTENTIONS

Requests for Mass intentions can be e-mailed to the parish office. All Masses will be said privately at Bishop Eton by the confreres but listed on the website under ‘Mass Intentions.’ Any stipends/donations can be sent in once the parish office is open.  You can find a list of Mass Intentions on the parish website or by following this link:

THE READER –

ACTIVITIES AND CONNECTION FOR SOCIALLY ISOLATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

Sharing stories and poems over the phone. Could you or someone you know benefit from a friendly chat on the phone during lockdown? Call 0151 729 2250 between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or e-mail: and quote Finding Connection.

For more details please visit: thereader.org.uk 

If calling for a friend, please ask their permission first.

Finding Connection

 

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees

Incorporated— charity number 232709

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  
Twitter: @stmarywoolton 
Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Bishop Eton:  0151-722-1108

Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby

Parish Administrator: Ann O’Neill 

22nd & 23rd AUGUST 2020

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Sat 22nd

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

YEAR A

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

James McEvoy (A)

Brother Michael Taylor C.Ss.R (Ints)

Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R (Ints)
 Anna Inman (LD)  

Christopher Owens (LD)

Michael McLoughlin (LD)

Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private at

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 23rd
Mon 24th

St Bartholomew

Tue 25th

Wed 26th Blessed Dominic Barberi
Thurs 27th St Monica
Fri 28th

St Augustine

Sat 29th Passion of St John the Baptist
Sun 30th

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Year A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Stephen W, Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, Anna M, Lydia B, Margaret D, Antoinette L, Eileen N, Marie R,  Fr Gabriel C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R,  Fr. Tony C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, John M, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

Judith Hinds, Jane Mulhearn and David Kelly.

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

 Funerals this week:

Judith Hinds (RIP) Tuesday 25 August.

FROM FR TIM

SUMMARY OF EVENTS:

Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Trish Brophy and the Catechetical Team, to the children and their families, and to the task forces who keep the church sanitised, for the wonderful way in which the First Communions at Bishop Eton were celebrated during this past week. To the best of my knowledge, there was unequivocal approval that things could not have gone better. The atmosphere was joyful and reverent, and in spite of the limitations because of the pandemic protocols, each occasion was very special.
 
I can say the same for the few individual Communions we have had at St Mary’s and I am sure we will be saying the same of the larger ceremonies over the next few weeks. So, my thanks to Mary Monkhouse and the Catechetical Team who have made the necessary arrangements so that by mid-September the vast  majority of those who were prepared this year will have received their First Holy Communion.
 
The plan for St Mary’s is that most of the First Communions will be at the Sunday Masses at 11:00am on August 30th, September 6th and September 13th.
 
THEREFORE, I MUST ASK THAT WE RESERVE THOSE MASSES FOR THE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN COMING TO THE SUNDAY MASS, I REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE OTHER SUNDAY MASSES AROUND THE PASTORAL AREA, INCLUDING BISHOP ETON AT 9:30AM AND 6.00PM. 
 
AND PLEASE DO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO LIKELIHOOD OF THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION BEING REINSTATED IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE:
 
For the time being we will continue with the established Mass Timetables in both parishes because they seem to be working and providing many of you with an opportunity to attend Mass from time to time. At the same time, I will continue to record a Mass each weekend so that everyone can stay united and in touch. May I thank you for your good example and for all your continuing encouragement.
 

FINAL PROFESSION AND DIACONATE:

We congratulate the Rev Michael Taylor, CSsR, who has close family ties with both parishes, and who will make his Final Vows as a Redemptorist at a ceremony in Bishop Eton at 5:00pm on Monday evening. He will be ordained a Deacon by Bishop Ralph Heskett at noon on Tuesday. You will understand that, because of the circumstances, these will have to be private ceremonies with a few family members and friends.
 
Please pray for Michael and the Redemptorists.
 
We hope that he will be ordained to the Priesthood at Bishop Eton on the 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and celebrate his First Mass at St Mary’s the following day.

(Anyone who thinks they may have a vocation to be a Reemptorist Brother or Priest should contact the Vocations director Brother Royston on  )
 

PASTORAL AREA MASSES:

You can find days and times of all 26 Masses across the Pastoral Area at www.pastol.co.uk


THANK YOU

FR JAMES PRESTON RETURNS TO OSCOTT COLLEGE NEXT FRIDAY:

On behalf of all of us, my sincere thanks for all his and Fr Andrew’s help during the past weeks. We assure them of our prayers and good wishes as they help to form the next generation of clergy.


OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS:

Please note that for now, there will be no collection during or after mass to avoid any risk of infection to the volunteers who normally process the collection, which obviously involves a lot of handling of money, cheques and envelopes. Any parishioner who wishes to make a donation is kindly asked to continue with the procedures suggested for Giving During Lockdown, which include holding on to your donations and making a one-off payment (preferably by cheque) at a later stage. Or, by using electronic bank transfer/standing order, online and/or text giving. For full details, please see our website:

 http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2108-parish-funding-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown


MASS INTENTIONS

Requests for Mass intentions can be e-mailed to the parish office. All Masses will be said privately at Bishop Eton by the confreres but listed on the website under ‘Mass Intentions.’ Any stipends/donations can be sent in once the parish office is open.  You can find a list of Mass Intentions on the parish website or by following this link:

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!


BUYING ONLINE:

If you are ordering online during or after lockdown, why not find a website that contributes to charities when you order? The following link has a few you might want to consider: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2336-buying-online-suggestions


THE READER –

ACTIVITIES AND CONNECTION FOR SOCIALLY ISOLATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

Sharing stories and poems over the phone. Could you or someone you know benefit from a friendly chat on the phone during lockdown? Call 0151 729 2250 between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or e-mail: and quote Finding Connection.

For more details please visit: thereader.org.uk 

If calling for a friend, please ask their permission first.

Finding Connection


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES:

Please find our e-mail and social media addresses on the header of this newsletter. Lots more information available on the Archdiocesan website: https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com 
Please do consider having a look and see what is available to you to support you during this time. If you have any suggestions of how we can reach out to people of all ages do let us know.
 
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