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:  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmaryswoolton/
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
 

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD (Year A)

4th & 5th April 2020 

Sat 4th

PALM SUNDAY OF

THE PASSION OF THE LORD

Sun 5th
Mon 6th
Tue 7th
Wed 8th
Thurs 9th MAUNDY THURSDAY
Fri 10th GOOD FRIDAY
Sat 11th HOLY SATURDAY
Sun 12th

EASTER SUNDAY

OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION

Fr Tim and

the Redemptorist Community

will be celebrating Mass

for your intentions

on a daily basis. 

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Tom O'C, Ann L, Vivien S, Margaret M, Margaret P, 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 Tony C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K, Anthony W and John D
Those who have recently died including

 Ann Mary Drew RIP

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM

In the midst of all the uncertainty and the accompanying anxiety we have arrived at Holy Week. It will be a very different Holy Week for all of us, but my hope and prayer is that it will bring great blessings on us and deepen our sense of community, as we unite all the suffering of this crisis with the sufferings of Our Lord.
I will not try and offer too many ideas here, but will make some suggestions when I record the Palm Sunday Mass. I want each of you to work out with your families what is possible and what is best for you. I am really impressed with the wealth of material that is being made available to help us and you can see that our websites are full of suggestions and good ideas. I thank all of you who continue to look for ways in which we can support each other during this challenging time and a special ‘thank you’ to Margie Zilnyk, whose technical expertise has been invaluable and made it possible for me to broadcast the Sunday Mass and my short messages.
I have been heartened by the enormous number of positive responses and by the way we really do seem to be holding one another in prayer, love and concern.
May the Lord bless us in a special way during the coming week so that next weekend we will be able to celebrate Easter with great joy because Easter is the Feast of Feasts.

Following the directives from the Archbishop our parish offices are now closed, but both administrators - Ann at St Mary’s and Hayley at Bishop Eton can be contacted by e-mail.

The youtube video of this week's Mass will be emdedded on the website as soon as it is available.  If you subscribe to the Parish youtube channel (anyone with a google account can subscribe) you should be informed once the video has been uploaded.

PALM SUNDAY

What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday?

It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. We may be physically isolated, but not separated.  We are united as the body of Christ. We are the Church.


HOLY WEEK AT HOME

We have produced some leaflets for the different days of Holy Week, that could be used in your homes to create a sacred space and to give a prayer focus for each day. 
These will be emailed out and available through the website (click on the links below) and Facebook page.

Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate Masses and services over the Easter Triduum, which will be streamed from the Metropolitan Cathedral. You can access the schedule for the live stream at  https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/event-calendar   
The Masses and Services will be streamed at https://www.facebook.com/liverpoolmetrocathedral/  and will be available later at   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOiDR9mRmfnAu05Yg3ifyMw?
Links to other live-streamed Masses can be found on the Archdiocese website at: www.livepoolcatholic.org.uk

Father Tim will continue to make recordings of Mass available on the Bishop Eton You Tube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC09MHzKt9GXcnyBYZE15WpQ 
(or search for Bishop Eton Parish Youtube)

HOLYWEEK TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE VATICAN:

Please visit: http://www.worldtelecast/Easter2020

The usual television channels will also be broadcasting religious services during Holy Week and Easter.


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PARISH FACEBOOK PAGE

Since public Masses were suspended and the church buildings closed we have been looking at many different ways of still being ‘church’ and finding ways to be together although physically separated. Social Media, although not everyone’s cup of tea, has come in to its own here and is enabling people of all ages to keep in touch and feel connected.  Father Tim has encouraged us to keep in touch and stay connected to each other in prayer and more practical ways. St Mary’s has a number of different ways of keeping in touch:

    • Twitter: @stmarywoolton (The twitter feed is also available to view on the website - if you do not have a twitter account or the app on your phone) 
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmaryswoolton/ 
    • Website: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 
    • Parish email distribution lists - please email the parish office if you would like to be to be added ().


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.


CHANGES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

FUNERALS:  will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium and numbers are to be kept to an absolute minimum. We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.
WEDDINGS: We will the discuss the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year.
BAPTISMS:  all baptisms have been postponed until further notice.
EASTER DUTY: I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this. Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin). My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MINISTERS OF COMMUNION ARE NOT TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR REGULAR ROUNDS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THOSE WHO ARE HOUSEBOUND AND EXPLAIN THAT EVERYONE IS CALLED UPON TO MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION WHILE THIS CRISIS LASTS.

PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:

The pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take can be found on the Bishop’s Conference website at: www.cbcew.org.uk
You might also find these resources helpful:
Centre for Action and Contemplation at: www.cac.org   and select daily meditations.
Redemptorist Publications at: rpbooks.co.uk                              

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 

 Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley 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

 

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A 

28th  & 29th March 2020

 

Sat 28th

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

Sun 29th
Mon 30th
Tue 31st
Wed 1st
Thurs 2nd
Fri 3rd
Sat 4th
Sun 5th Palm Sunday Year A

Fr Tim and the Redemptorist

Community will be celebrating your Mass intentions on a daily basis. 

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Tom O'C, Ann L, Vivien S, Margaret M, Margaret P, 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 Tony C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K, Anthony W
Those who have recently died including
and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM

HOW ARE YOU COPING?

I feel privileged to be able to share some thoughts with you this weekend, and I am particularly looking forward to  being able to offer Mass for you all, a celebration, which, because of the wonders of modern technology, can hopefully reach into most of your homes.

The first duty of a parish priest is to offer the Eucharist for the people of the parish, which is why every weekend, in both Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, that has always been the first intention on the list of Masses.

Like so many things in this present crisis, during the past week the significance of this privilege has come home to me and captured my imagination. The bonds that are being forged through our efforts to be united in prayer at 7.00pm each evening and through my message from our Redemptorist oratory about the plan to celebrate a broadcast Mass each weekend have touched my heart.

I am constantly wondering how you are coping with all the constraints that have been placed on you. I realise how challenging all this must be, particularly for those of you with young children and, of course, those of you isolated and living alone.

Indeed, I am conscious of how blessed I am to live in a relatively large community, enjoying the friendship and support of my confrères, all of whom are equally concerned for you, as we are for our own families and the world at large.

Alongside all this, we are bound to be anxious. The prospect of this virus invading our elderly and frail community is almost unthinkable, but it leads us back to reflecting on the power of God’s word in the scriptures.

I will share some thoughts with you during the Mass, but for now I suggest that the question posed to Martha in the Gospel this Sunday will concentrate our minds: “I am the resurrection and the life… do you believe this?”

Archbishop Malcolm sent a gentle message to his priests, inviting us to contact him or those he has delegated to care for the clergy, if any of us feel in need. May I, in my turn, assure you that if you feel that we can be of help, you do not hesitate to call us? Because we are all over seventy, we are not at liberty to go out visiting, but I will be happy to chat on the phone, and the younger priests in the Pastoral Area, have promised to help out in any way they can. Meanwhile, let us pray for one another that this whole   experience will help to deepen our faith in the Lord and in the power of his Spirit, strengthening and uniting us in his love.

Timothy Buckley, C.Ss.R (Parish Priest)

Please note the youtube video of the Mass will be emdedded on the website as soon as it is available.  If you subscribe to Bishop Eton's youtube channel (anyone with a google account can subscribe) you should be informed once the video has been uploaded.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC09MHzKt9GXcnyBYZE15WpQ


PRAYER REQUEST

We pray for the safe and speedy return of Peter H who is stranded in Iraq due the airports now being on lockdown. Please also pray for Peter’s family who are extremely worried at this time. 


COME AND JOIN OUR VIRTUAL CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

Come and watch online and listen, pray and play with our St Mary’s Children’s Liturgy live stream each Sunday at 11:00am please send a request to join to: stmaryswithyoualways Facebook group.  

This is a closed group so only those who are members will be able to view the live-stream and any posts associated.  Come and join our online community!


PARISH OFFICE

Following the directives from the Archbishop our parish offices are now closed but both administrators - Ann at St Mary’s and Hayley at Bishop Eton can be contacted by e-mail. 


MASSES STREAMED ONLINE

Links to livestream  Masses can be found on the Archdiocese website at:livepoolcatholic.org.uk 


BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES

FUNERALS

Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium numbers kept to an absolute minimum. We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.

WEDDINGS:

We have discussed the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year.

BAPTISMS:

Baptisms are suspended until further notice.

EASTER DUTY:

I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this. Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin).

My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion as described above.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK:

For those who are self-isolating phone support can be offered. Otherwise we will be able to anoint those who are sick, but Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death.

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION ARE NOT TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR REGULAR ROUNDS.

I would encourage you to keep in touch with those who are housebound and explain that everyone is called upon to make a Spiritual Communion while the crisis lasts.


PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:

The pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take can be found  on the Bishop’s Conference website at: www.cbcew.org.uk  You might also find these  resources helpful: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/pray-you-stay Also,  Centre for Action and Contemplation at: www.cac.org   and select daily meditations from Redemptorist Publications at: rpbooks.co.uk


APF RED MISSION BOXES: COLLECTORS

If you have not yet emptied boxes, please wait until the current threat of COVID-19 has ended. 
Fr Tony Chantry, Missio’s National Director, celebrates Mass daily for all of you and your intentions in the chapel in the Missio office in London.

PARISH FUNDING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Approximately half of the Parish income comes from Parishioners who have a monthly standing order in place, with the other half coming from the collections at Sunday Mass, comprising planned giving (envelopes) and cash.

In light of the Coronavirus lockdown, we would like to share a thought with each of those groups of  Parishioners:

We are acutely aware that some will be experiencing financial hardship at present, thus we would fully understand if any Parishioners decided to temporarily suspend their monthly standing order to St Mary's

With no Sunday Mass during the period that all churches will be closed, the Parish will receive significantly less income. In addition, the reduction in income will materially outweigh any reduction in expenditure, resulting in an ongoing weekly deficit.

In these circumstances, would like to invite those Parishioners who normally give to the weekly collection at Sunday Mass, both envelopes and cash, to consider setting up a monthly standing order for an equivalent amount.

Please contact us by email    and we will provide you with the relevant account details.


Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 

 Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley 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 A (Laetare Sunday)

21st  & 22nd March 2020

 

Sat 21st

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

Laetare Sunday

NUGENT CARE

NO

MASSES

UNTIL

FURTHER

NOTICE

Sun 22nd
Mon 23rd
Tue 24th
Wed 25th Annunciation of the Lord
Thurs 26th
Fri 27th
Sat 28th
Sun 29th

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

YEAR A

 

Confessions: 

Morning Prayer:  

Exposition and Benediction:  Cancelled until further notice

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Tom O'C, Ann L, Vivien S, Margaret P, 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 Tony C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K, Anthony W
Those who have recently died including

Julie Bader  

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM

This week even some of the younger children have asked me the question:

“Why is God allowing this to happen?”

Down through the centuries human beings have asked the same question in the face of suffering and turmoil. As I pray the psalms day by day in the Divine Office I hear over and over again echoes of the same question.

So how did I answer the children?

All I could do was to ask them a question in return:

“Are you loving people?” With some coaxing they agreed that they are, so I then asked them: “Can anyone force you to love?” Without hesitation they said: “No.”

And therein lays the problem: we are free to love and we are free not to love. The story of The Fall in Genesis reminds us of the temptation to eat of a fruit that will make us gods. Human beings continue to be tempted to live and act as gods, selfishly convinced that they are in charge. The emptying of the shelves in the shops is a classic example of how selfish we can become. By contrast there are so many people seeking to reach out and support others during the crisis.

Let’s all be among this latter group and if you are in need or can offer help, then you are free to use our parish office as a kind of hub. With local authority and other ‘ad hoc’ groups there is a lot going on and we want to be part of it.


AN INVITATION TO PRAYER

Those of you with children in the Primary School will know that I have put forward the proposal that in our all homes we set aside a sacred space where the family can pray, if possible at 7pm every evening during these uncertain days. The idea seems to have caught the imagination of many and I would like to extend the invitation to everyone.

At the heart of the prayer will be an Act of Spiritual Communion, so dear to the heart of our Founder, Saint Alphonsus. In the leaflet prepared for the children, which is available on our website,  (click here for a copy)I have converted the prayer 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.

Our Redemptorist Community is adjusting 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.


BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES

The Catholic Church, responding to the guidance of the Government and in concert with the other Christian Churches and other Religions, has given clear and uncompromising guidelines about how we are to act for the foreseeable future.

I will summarise them as follows:

    • MASS:

There will be no public celebrations of the Eucharist or any other Devotional Services in our churches.

However, the church will be open for private prayer from 9.00am until 12.00 noon on Sunday and 9:30am-1:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, until further notice.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MEANS PRIVATE PRAYER.

THEREFORE NO GROUPS ARE TO GATHER FOR THE ROSARY OR ANY OTHER DEVOTIONS: THIS WOULD COMPLETELY DEFEAT THE GUIDANCE THAT WE ARE TO KEEP OUR SOCIAL DISTANCE.

    • FUNERALS

Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium numbers kept to an absolute minimum. We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.

    • WEDDINGS:

We will the discuss the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year.

    • RECONCILIATION:

If people wish to receive this sacrament, they may come to the monastery and request to see a priest.

    • EASTER DUTY:

I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this. Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin). My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion as described above.

    • ANOINTING OF THE SICK:

For those who are self-isolating phone support can be offered. Otherwise we will be able to anoint those who are sick, but Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death.

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION

PLEASE NOTE: Ministers of communion ARE NOT to continue with their regular rounds. I would encourage you to keep in touch with those who are housebound and explain that everyone is called upon to make a spiritual communion while this crisis lasts.

FOR THE FUTURE:

We hope to keep the office open for the time being. We will keep the website updated and will produce the weekly bulletin, which may be taken (and please do take away) from the porch of the church as usual.

The Bishops are encouraging streaming Mass into your homes if possible. The Shrine at Walsingham is being recommended  (it will soon be streaming 24/7 at www.lentinisolation.com/  and there are plans for Mass to be streamed from our own Metropolitan Cathedral (Cathedral Facebook page Sunday at 9am https://www.facebook.com/liverpoolmetrocathedral and later posted to watch on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOiDR9mRmfnAu05Yg3ifyMw

I can also point you to some of our Redemptorist Houses in Ireland, most notably, Clonard Monastery in Belfast.

 Redemptorist House
 Clonard  https://www.clonard.com/

 Limerick

 https://www.redemptoristslimerick.ie/

They will be streaming the Rosary at 8pm each evening

 Dundalk  http://www.redemptoristsdundalk.ie/
Redemptoristine nuns https://rednuns.com/


(Not in the paper bulletin:

Redemptorist Publications have just shared this on their social media

We have some good news in response to the decision that all public Masses are to cease, we are delighted to be able to bring the Sunday Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. into your home every Sunday! Watch this space, link coming very soon.

Once will know the details we will let you know the details.)


PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:

The pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take can be found  on the Bishop’s Conference website at: www.cbcew.org.uk  You might also find these  resources helpful: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/pray-you-stay Also,  Centre for Action and Contemplation at: www.cac.org   and select daily meditations.


APF RED MISSION BOXES: COLLECTORS

If you have not yet emptied boxes, you can wait until the current threat of COVID-19 has ended. 

If you can, deliver the magazines - if possible, you could phone your box holders to see what they prefer. Box holders - you are welcome to bring boxes or the contents to the presbytery, but this is not essential.

There is currently no evidence that the virus can be easily transmitted via cash, but you should always wash your hands after counting or sorting money. Do not feel pressured to do anything which you are concerned about. 

Fr Tony Chantry, Missio’s National Director, celebrates Mass daily for all of you and your intentions in the chapel in the Missio office in London.

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 

 Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley 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

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent, Year A

14th  & 15th March 2020

 

Sat 14th

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

YEAR A

5.30pm

Harriet Gibbons (A)

Sun 15th 9.00am

People of the Parish

11.00am

George Smith (A)

Mon 16th

St Clement Hofbauer CSsR

9.00am

Special Intention

Tue 17th St Patrick 12 noon Gilbertson Family
Wed 18th

12 noon

Tyson Family

 Thurs 19th

 St Joseph

9.00am Terry McG (Sick)
Fri 20th 7.00am Penny Hennessy (LD)
Sat 21st 12 noon Eleanor Rose Howard (LD)

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

YEAR A
5.30pm

People of the Parish

Sun 22nd 9.00am Michael Mooney (RIP)
11.00am

 Vincent Hawkins Jr (B/A)

 

Confessions: Saturday 11:00am-11:45am

Morning Prayer:  Monday 8:40am 

Exposition and Benediction:  FRIDAY 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Tom O'C, Ann L, Vivien S, Margaret P, 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 Tony C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K, Anthony W
Those who have recently died including

Margaret Murphy and Mary Dooley

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM

ST CLEMENT HOFBAUER, CSSR:

St ClementToday we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of this remarkable man, who was responsible for the spread of the Redemptorist Congregation beyond Italy and therefore ultimately across the world.

Fr Michael Brehl, our General, has asked us to share this special occasion with you.

Unfortunately, Coronavirus has spoilt the planned celebrations in Vienna this weekend, and Fr Richard Reid and Fr Jim Casey have not been able to travel and represent us all.

Nevertheless, we will share some of the story with you at the Masses this weekend and then celebrate his Feast at the Masses the following day.


THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME

There is no doubt that the threat of the unfolding pandemic is causing immense concern. I think we need to be prepared for the possibility that not only will it be necessary for our schools to be closed in due course but probably our churches as well.
Challenges such as these can bring out both the worst and best in human nature. I guess the panic buying is an example of the former: the temptation selfishly to protect our own corner. At the same time, I sense a real desire among so many people to ensure that we look after one another in every possible way. To begin with we can all follow the advice we are receiving and accordingly we have shared with you the directives that have come from the Bishops of England and Wales.
The full list is on the board in the church porch.  (You can access the full guidance at  http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/coronavirus)
May I just draw your attention to the gentle addition to the faithful being encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand: “Their doing this represents an act of loving charity to their community.” In different ways we are all going to have to make a number of sacrifices during the coming months.
Since we are not now able to have our Healing Masses with the anointing of the sick, may I suggest that we will do all we can to come to those who wish to receive this sacrament in their homes before Easter.
Please contact the parish office if you know someone who would appreciate a visit. For those of you who are able to come to church, you may like to make an arrangement with us to be anointed at a mutually convenient time.
Whatever the future holds, let us remember our Lord will be faithful to his promise “to be with us” and let us be consoled with that famous quotation from Mother Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” And finally, remember that St Paul assures us that “all things work together for good, for those who love God.” Romans 8.28)

“RYM BRATISLAVA”

29 July - 2 August 2020: Inviting young people 18+ from our parishes across Europe to this Redemptorist youth gathering. Cost 200€, plus travel costs. (See Instagram alltogethergranada  click here for pictures of last gathering.) Contact  Fr Charles Randall CSsR via

Payment at the end May 2020


ADVICE FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOM ON CORONAVIRUS:

Please See the notice in the  church porch or visit http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/coronavirus)


GIFT AID:

If you are paying tax on any of your income (salary, pension, savings), please consider Gift-Aiding your donations to the parish, if you are not doing so already.

This allows the parish to claim back the tax which you have paid on your donations. Gift Aid makes a significant contribution to the parish funds which also support the upkeep and refurbishment of the church.

Donations can be made either by standing order or in the weekly collection, using Gift Aid envelopes. If you do not pay tax and would like to use envelopes for the collection, Non-Gift Aid envelopes are also available.

If you wish to join the Gift Aid scheme or would like more information, please contact the parish office or add your phone number and/or email to the list at the back of the church.


VOLUNTARY MISSIONARY MOVEMENT (VMM) APPEAL:  

There will be a volunteer speaker from VMM, and a collection taken for the charity’s vital work overseas at all this weekend Masses. See the poster in the porch.


PARISH LUNCHEON CLUB:

The Parish Luncheon Club has been cancelled until further notice due to Coronavirus restrictions.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS:

This Wednesday 18 March at 7:00pm in the Church.


EXPLORING OUR FAITH:

This Thursday 19 March in the parish hall (small room) from 6:30pm-8:00pm. ‘Word made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven’ and the focus is on The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist.


THANK YOU FROM HCPT GROUP 153: 

A big thank you to all those who supported our Pig Race Fundraiser last Friday. We had a great night at St Mark’s parish club and raised £1,3601. Sadly, this year’s Easter Pilgrimage has had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus but our disappointed young pilgrims have all been promised a place to travel next Easter when the money raised will be put to good use.


COMMUNITY MASS:

Next Sunday 22 March we will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the 11:00am Mass. We would welcome all St Mary’s Parish Community to join us during the Mass. If you would like to play an active role in the Mass as a reader, welcomer or in the offertory, please sign the list in the porch or email or phone Tricia Davies on 0151 448 1639 

Due to the Corona Virus restrictions ,we will not be able to provide tea and cakes after Mass.


DEMENTIA PRAYER WEEK 12-19 MARCH:

PLEASE NOTE: IN THE INTEREST OF HEALTH AND SAFETY THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED: This Sunday 15 March, Cardinal Heenan House will welcome visitors for an afternoon of prayer with and for people living with dementia and those who care for them. Timetable: Prayer and Activities in Cardinal Heenan House 2.15 – 4.30; 5.00 – 6.00 (see poster) to conclude the day, Mass will be celebrated in Cardinal Heenan House at 6.00pm.

For prayers and reflections go to

https://www.pastoralcareproject.org.uk/dementia-prayer-week.html


NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH:

This will take place at St Joseph's church in Herbert House, Freshfield, from the 10 - 18 March. For details, see the poster in the porch. The Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the feast of St Joseph with a Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God's blessing on the Society, the missionary outreach of the Church and supporters' intentions.


40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF ARCHBISHOP ROMERO:

Mass on Sunday 29 March 6:00pm at Liverpool Hope University Chapel L16 9JD at which the Archbishop of Liverpool will preside.
The relic of Romero will be venerated. 
At 7:15pm. Clare Dixon, Head of CAFOD’S Latin America Department/Romero Trust will speak on Romero Forty Years On.
All are welcome to attend the Mass or simply come along for the talk.

NUGENT GOOD SHEPHERD APPEAL: 

Find out more about our Good Shepherd Appeal and how you can help support our work in your community: https://www.wearenugent.org/all/goodshepherdappeal/


APF RED MISSION BOXES:

It is time to empty the boxes and the March magazines have arrived. Please can those of you who visit box holders pick the magazines up from the cloister. If you usually bring it your red box to the presbytery, then please do so as soon as you can and take a copy of the magazine. Thank you.


FAMILY QUIZ WITH LIGHT REFRESHMENTS:

Saturday 21 March in St James church at 7:00pm. Entrance is £5 for adults and £2 for a young person. See the poster in the porch.


BEFRIENDING SERVICE – VOLUNTEERS WANTED:

Woolton Community Life have recently had an influx of local residents who are lonely and would like a visitor for an hour or so each week (if possible).
The visit can take place at any time to suit so is very flexible. All that would be required is to chat and maybe have a cuppa. Can you please  help?
More information can be found on their website wooltoncommunitylife.org.uk  or, if you prefer to have a very informal chat, please call 07490 572344 or email  i

NEXT WEEK:  Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A.   (Laetare Sunday)

BIDDING PRAYERS:  Family Mass

LINEN: Geraldine

AFTER MASS - TEA, COFFEE AND BISCUITS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

It has been cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)Mary2

Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF. 
Tel: 0151-428-2256
E-mail:  Web: www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk 

 Served by the Redemptorists at Bishop Eton

Parish Priest: Father Timothy J Buckley 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 Lent, Year A

7th  & 8th March 2020

 

Sat 7th

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

YEAR A

5.30pm

Pat Bowman (LD)

Sun 8th 9.00am

People of the Parish

11.00am

Laura C (Sick)

Mon 9th

9.00am

Liturgy of the Word

Tue 10th 12 noon Liturgy of the Word
Wed 11th

12 noon

Peter O’Neill (RIP)

 Thurs 12th

 

9.00am Margaret Clarke (LD)
Fri 13th 7.00am Sr Frances (Intentions)
Sat 14th 12 noon Mary Meyer (A)

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

YEAR A
5.30pm

Harriet Gibbons (A)

Sun 15th 9.00am People of the Parish
11.00am

George Smith (A)

 

Confessions: Saturday 11:00am-11:45am

Morning Prayer:  Monday 8:40am 

Exposition and Benediction:  FRIDAY 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Helen B-C, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Tom O'C, Ann L, Vivien S, Margaret M, Margaret P, 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 Tony C.Ss.R, Fr. Martin C.Ss.R, Kenny R, Michael W,  Sheila O’N, Pat D, Anne McC, Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Karen R, Mary K, Anthony W
Those who have recently died including

Denis Williams and  Patricia Rollinson

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

FROM FR TIM

In spite of the weather, my few days away are going happily to plan. Looking to the immediate future, with Fr Andrew and I having to be in Perth for a Provincial Council Meeting on Monday and Tuesday, there will be no Mass at St Mary's until Wednesday.


                               ST CLEMENT HOFBAUER

Next Sunday (15th March) marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the one whom we Redemptorists regard as our second founder. Our Father General has asked that we mark the occasion, so we will celebrate his feast on Monday 16 March with as much solemnity as possible!

To learn more about St Clement visit http://www.redemptorists.co.uk/who-we-are/redemptorist-saints/9-clement-hofbauer.html


CORONAVIRUS

I hope your Lent is going well and please note the definite directive from Archbishop Malcolm on how we should behave in the face of the growing concerns around Coronavirus.

ADVICE FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOM ON CORONAVIRUS:
The guidance is simply to aid prevention of the spread of the virus and will be updated as the situation changes.
    • It is strongly advised that the shaking of hands at the sign of peace during Mass should be suspended.
    • Holy Communion under both kinds should be suspended
    • The faithful should be encouraged to receive the sacred host in the hand rather than on the tongue.
    • Priests should sanitise their hands before Mass and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should wash/sanitise their hands discreetly before Communion.
    • Priests and extraordinary ministers should also wash/sanitise their hands after Mass.

The latest advice from the Department of Health & Social Care and Public Health England can be found at   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.


GIFT AID:

If you are paying tax on any of your income (salary, pension, savings), please consider Gift-Aiding your donations to the parish, if you are not doing so already. This allows the parish to claim back the tax which you have paid on your donations.

Gift Aid makes a significant contribution to the parish funds which also support the upkeep and refurbishment of the church. Donations can be made either by standing order or in the weekly collection, using Gift Aid envelopes.

If you do not pay tax and would like to use envelopes for the collection, Non-Gift Aid envelopes are also available.

If you wish to join the Gift Aid scheme or would like more information, please contact the parish office or add your phone number and/or email to the list at the back of the church.


COMMUNITY MASS:

On Sunday 22 March we will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the 11:00am Mass. We would welcome all St Mary’s Parish Community to join us during the Mass and afterwards in the hall for tea and cakes. If you would like to play an active role in the Mass as a reader, welcomer or in the offertory, please sign the list in the porch or email or phone Tricia on 0151 448 1639.


J&PYG AFTERNOON TEA:

A very big thank you to all who came to the ‘Afternoon Tea’ which was a great success and to those who gave us very generous donations. With your help and support we raised just over £800 towards our pilgrimage to Lourdes. We will pray for you all in Lourdes. Many thanks again for your wonderful generosity!


SYNOD TALK:

The next Synod talk will be on Monday 9 March at LACE. The theme is ‘The Church as a Fragmented Mirror’ given by David McLoughlin.
Tea and coffee at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start with optional Night Prayer at 9:00pm. All welcome!

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UCM MEETING:

This Wednesday 11th March at 12:30pm in the parish hall. Looking forward to seeing UCM members and any other ladies who would like to come would be made very welcome. Please bring your lunch.


SVP HEALING MASS AND LUNCH:

Saturday 14 March at 12noon followed by lunch in the hall. Personal invitations will be distributed. Transport will be provided as required.

Please let us know by contacting the following SVP Members:

        • Roy Bellmon 07917755758;
        • Jim Carson 428-1108;
        • David Keane 428-2509 or
        • Angela Rigby 428-9133.

DEMENTIA PRAYER WEEK 12-19 MARCH:

On Sunday 15 March, Cardinal Heenan House will welcome visitors for an afternoon of prayer with and for people living with dementia and those who care for them. There will be an opportunity to pray and to listen to peoples’ experiences and stories. Timetable: Prayer and Activities in Cardinal Heenan House 2.15 – 4.30; 5.00 – 6.00 (see poster) To conclude the day, Mass will be celebrated in Cardinal Heenan House at 6.00pm
For prayers and reflections go to:

VOLUNTARY MISSIONARY MOVEMENT (VMM) APPEAL:  

There will be volunteer speaker from VMM and a collection taken for the charity’s vital work overseas at all the weekend Masses 14/15 March. See the poster in the porch


40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF ARCHBISHOP ROMERO:

Mass on Sunday 29 March 6:00pm at Liverpool Hope University Chapel L16 9JD at which the Archbishop of Liverpool will preside.
The relic of Romero will be venerated. 
At 7:15pm. Clare Dixon, Head of CAFOD’S Latin America Department/Romero Trust will speak on Romero Forty Years On.
All are welcome to attend the Mass or simply come along for the talk.

NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH:

This will take place at St Joseph's church in Herbert House, Freshfield, from the 10 - 18 March. For details, see the poster in the porch. The Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the feast of St Joseph with a Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God's blessing on the Society, the missionary outreach of the Church and supporters' intentions..


NUGENT GOOD SHEPHERD APPEAL: 

Find out more about our Good Shepherd Appeal and how you can help support our work in your community: https://www.wearenugent.org/all/goodshepherdappeal/


SPRING CLEAN YOUR JEWELLERY COLLECTION:  

Do you have any unwanted, broken or damaged gold, silver or costume jewellery?

If so put them in the plastic box in the porch during Lent and they will be sent to Tradecraft, an organisation that helps poorer communities around the world lift themselves out of poverty. Odd earrings, watches and even old! Thank you. 


APF RED MISSION BOXES:

It is time to empty the boxes and the March magazines have arrived. Please can those of you who visit box holders pick the magazines up from the cloister. If you usually bring it your red box to the presbytery, then please do so as soon as you can and take a copy of the magazine. Thank you.


BEFRIENDING SERVICE – VOLUNTEERS WANTED:

Woolton Community Life have recently had an influx of local residents who are lonely and would like a visitor for an hour or so each week (if possible).
The visit can take place at any time to suit so is very flexible. All that would be required is to chat and maybe have a cuppa. Can you please  help?
More information can be found on their website wooltoncommunitylife.org.uk  or, if you prefer to have a very informal chat, please call 07490 572344 or email 

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY:

There will be a retiring collection after all the Masses this weekend. Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of the church. Thank you!


NEXT WEEK:  Third Sunday of Lent, Year A

VMM APPEAL: There will be a retiring collection after all the Masses next weekend for the Voluntary Missionary Movement.

BIDDING PRAYERS:  Dementia Prayer Week 

LINEN: Dorothy.

TEA, COFFEE AND BISCUITS:

Served every Sunday after the 11:00am Mass in the parish hall.

A warm welcome awaits you and it’s a great opportunity to meet other parishioners.

Please do come and join us.

There will be an opportunity each week to donate to our local HCPT Group who are raising funds to take disadvantaged children to Lourdes next Easter