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

SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2020

First Sunday of Advent, YEAR B

Sat 28th

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

YEAR B

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Christopher Lowe (A)

Vincent McAndrew (A)

Christine King (A)

Sam & Jeff Prescott (A)

Thanksgiving

Imelda McG(Ints)

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

Bishop Eton Monastery

Sun 29th
Mon 30th
Tue 1st

St Andrew

Wed

2nd

Thurs 3rd St Francis Xavier
Fri 4th

Sat 5th St John Almond
Sun 6th 11.00am Mass

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
David W, Patrick R, Kathleen O,Olive S, Audrey S, Stephen W, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, 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,  Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Christopher Lowe, Vincent McAndrew, Christine King and Sam & Jeff Prescott

 Funerals this week:

PRIVATE PRAYER/EXPOSITION TIMES AT ST MARY’S
Sunday: 10:30am-12noon, Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm,  Friday: 10:00am-11:30am.
Please see website for Private Prayer times at other Pastoral Area Churches

FROM FR TIM

ADVENT:

As I suggested in my Thursday message, I sincerely hope that this Advent will provide us with an opportunity to recapture that liturgical focus of patient waiting in preparation for the Feast of Christmas.

 

 

Traditionally, the build-up can often be somewhat frenetic as we try to ensure that we have got everything done. And, of course, this includes not only the buying of presents and the sending of cards, but extends to all the carol services, pageants and nativity plays that reach across the parishes and schools and, if we are not careful, may leave us with a feeling of anti-climax when the day itself arrives. Added to that, I fear there may be a growing tendency to consider that it is all over once we get through Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This year we are going to have to forego much of that early activity, but I suggest we treat it as a positive opportunity to get a better perspective and realise that actually the Church wants us to celebrate Christmas for the twelve days that follow the Feast right up to the coming of the Wise Men on the Feast of the Epiphany (which incidentally has not been moved to February, for those of you who listened to my message!). I plan to explore this a little more in terms of what we can offer by way of Mass opportunities for those who wish to come to church during the Christmas season.

However, I will do a little more consulting before offering some definite proposals. Meanwhile, let’s enter into the spirit of Advent. Early next week I plan to begin a series of recordings for our children about making sure that, as far as possible every home has a crib. Hopefully, this will enhance the sacred spaces we have already established for our evening prayer at 7:00pm. I will share the story of how, when I was very young, my father spent weeks making a crib for us. Indeed, I still have the crib figures and I still put them up in my own room in the monastery. They will form the backdrop for a kind of Blue Peter series on crib making!


THE RE-OPENING OF THE CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP:

It seems that this is once again going to be possible from the middle of next week. However, I suggest that for the coming week we stay with the private prayer times and reintroduce the Masses from the following Sunday, the Second of Advent on December 6th. Then we will return to the times that were in place before the second lockdown.


CARERS FOR THE MONASTERY:

Mr Philip Sergeant, a nurse who supports our sick confrères, is overseeing this project. The Social Services have now granted us around thirty-two hours to cover personal assistance for four of the priests. We anticipate that his would require a job share of at least two people, hopefully with some experience in the field of caring for the elderly. We would like to hear from anyone interested or anyone who knows where best to advertise for this.


THE SYNOD:

You are encouraged to spend a few minutes adding your pennyworth to the conversation that will determine the proposals which will form the focus of the Synod in the middle of next year. You can find the online survey on the website or by following this link:  http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/synod-2020/2623-synod-surveys


synod 2020 logoDATE FOR SYNOD 2020 PROPOSALS AND AFFIRMATIONS:

The closing date for sending responses to your Synod Rep is Friday 4 December 2020. If you have not already responded to the survey, there is still time to have your say by following the link to the survey above. Alternatively, if parishioners have response forms shared earlier, you can still submit your feedback by sending these to the Parish Office, or post them in the marked box in Church, or email to

The response forms and associated information shared earlier can be found as follows

You can also find more details at: www.synod2020.co.uk


ADVENT EXTRA:

Available at the exit door of church price £2.50


ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON ZOOM:

The APF/Missio will be holding 20 minute weekly Zoom reflections on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. They will take place at 10.30 am on Fridays 27 November and 4, 11, 18 and 25 December and you can join as many or as few as you like. To register, email or ring 0207 821 9755. 


JESUITS IN BRITAIN – ADVENT RETREATS:

For Advent Retreats from the Jesuits in Britain  Journey through Advent with us | Pathways to God


CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME THIS CHRISTMAS:

ONE IDEA TO CONSIDER:

This year, we would like to invite you to consider donating any unused electronic devices with the idea that these could be re-set to factory settings and gifted to those who could use them. As we know, now more than ever access to online resources has been so important –for home schooling, keeping in touch with friends and family, for Mass, listening to/ watching Fr Tim’s weekly message. etc. Which is why at this time when some people may be thinking of buying new devices for Christmas, please think carefully about whether you could donate your older device for someone else to use. In order to check that the device is fully cleared and reset we could use some IT savvy volunteers to offer their time to ensure that all is correct before we gift these on. So, if you have a device to donate or the know-how to help please get in touch with the Parish Office.


RED MISSION BOX COLLECTOR

- School Lane/Stowe Close Area:

We need a volunteer to visit four addresses to deliver a magazine/calendar quarterly and empty mission boxes twice a year - but ONLY once the Covid restrictions have been lifted fully.  If you would be willing to take on this role, please contact Lydia on 428-1448, 07855 663472 or . Thank you. 


FOLLOW ST MARY’S GOOD NEWS STORIES:

Follow St Mary's good news stories at http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/life-in-lockdown   We are blessed to believe in THE GOOD NEWS, so let’s continue to make more and more good news stories.  


FINANCE:

We are most grateful to the many parishioners who have sent cheques to the presbytery with their outstanding donations and to those who have switched to standing orders with the bank.

If you would like to bring your contributions up to date, you can send a cheque (with all the necessary details) to the parish office and we will continue to keep accurate records. 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


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) 

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

21st  &  22nd NOVEMBER 2020

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King YEAR A

Sat 21st

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

UNIVERSAL KING
YEAR A

Youth Sunday

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish
Sharon O’Driscoll (A)
Holy Souls
Stuart McManus (LD)
Mary Lythgoe (LD)
Kathleen Percival (LD)

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

Bishop Eton Monastery

Sun 22nd
Mon 23rd
Tue 24th

St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Martyrs

Wed

25th

Thurs 26th
Fri 27th

Sat 28th Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 29th

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

UNIVERSAL KING
YEAR A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
David W, Patrick R, Kathleen O,Olive S, Audrey S, Stephen W, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, 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,  Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Sharon O’Driscoll, Norah Foy, Neil Hughes and Vincent James Evans

 Funerals this week:

Friday 27 November: Pat Connor (RIP)

PRIVATE PRAYER/EXPOSITION TIMES AT ST MARY’S
Sunday: 10:30am-12noon, Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm,  Friday: 10:00am-11:30am.
Please see website for Private Prayer times at other Pastoral Area Churches

FROM FR TIM

THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING:

I remind you that celebrating this feast is a wonderful way to end the Church’s Year. The Feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI as recently as 1925 and was largely to combat the rise of secularism in the society of the day. Originally it was celebrated immediately before the Feast of All Saints, but with the renewal of the liturgy in 1970 it was transferred to the last Sunday of the liturgical year and given added significance by Pope Paul VI, who proclaimed Christ, King of the Universe. I find this truly significant and, if you remember my reflections on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, you will understand why. Richard Rohr, the American Franciscan has a powerful meditation on the feast, some of which I will share during this week’s recorded Mass.


THE SYNOD:

Further to what I said last week, Pauline Volk and Andrew Finch have moved into action in a big way and encourage you to spend a few minutes adding your pennyworth to the conversation that will determine the proposals which will form the focus of the Synod in the middle of next year. We are all grateful to Martin Bennett, a Synod rep from Crosby, who has shared his work on the subject with us.

This straightforward ‘tick box’ approach provides a user-friendly way of responding. Please see notes about the process and the internet links in this bulletin. I would also like to thank Elisabeth Neefs for agreeing to assist Andrew Finch in working on this. You can find the online survey on the website or by following this link:
http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/synod-2020/2623-synod-surveys


TECHNICAL CHALLENGES:

I know many of you have been experiencing difficulties with the internet in recent times, but here at the monastery our supplier seems to have abandoned us completely. I am immensely grateful to Andrew Finch and Ed McCabe for coming to the rescue and enabling me to keep in touch with you by ensuring that the recordings can continue to go out on YouTube etc…


ADVENT BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY (29 NOVEMBER):

I will begin to explore how we might prepare for and celebrate Christmas as soon as we have a clearer idea of what might be possible. Meanwhile, I will continue to consult our parish teams and I will also do my best to include the children with further recorded messages for the schools.


A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH SYNOD REP:  

SYNOD 2020 PROPOSALS AND AFFIRMATIONS – ST MARY’S RESPONSES:

Thank you to those who have completed the online Synod survey. Alternatively, if parishioners have the response forms shared earlier, you can still submit your feedback by sending these to the Parish Office, or post in the marked box in Church, or email to

The response forms and associated information shared earlier can be found as follows

You can also find more details at: www.synod2020.co.uk


ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON ZOOM:

The APF/Missio will be holding 20 minute weekly Zoom reflections on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. They will take place at 10.30 am on Fridays 27 November and 4, 11, 18 and 25 December and you can join as many or as few as you like. To register, email or ring 0207 821 9755. 


RED MISSION BOX COLLECTOR

- School Lane/Stowe Close Area:

We need a volunteer to visit four addresses to deliver a magazine/calendar quarterly and empty mission boxes twice a year - but ONLY once the Covid restrictions have been lifted fully.  If you would be willing to take on this role, please contact Lydia on 428-1448, 07855 663472 or . Thank you. 


FOLLOW ST MARY’S GOOD NEWS STORIES:

Follow St Mary's good news stories at http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/life-in-lockdown   We are blessed to believe in THE GOOD NEWS, so let’s continue to make more and more good news stories.  


ADVENT EXTRA:

Available at the exit door price £2.50


NOVEMBER PIOUS LIST:

During the month of November we pray for our family and friends who have died. You can pick up a pious list at the exit of church and post in the respective box, also at the exit.

If you are unable to get to church, you can send your pious list to the presbytery or e-mail them to the parish office and we will ensure the names of your deceased  loved ones will be included with all of those to be prayed for.


FINANCE:

We are most grateful to the many parishioners who have sent cheques to the presbytery with their outstanding donations and to those who have switched to standing orders with the bank.

If you would like to bring your contributions up to date, you can send a cheque (with all the necessary details) to the parish office and we will continue to keep accurate records. 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


HELP PROTECT BABIES WITH CLEFT LIP,

CLEFT PALATE AND CLUB FOOT:

Sadly, abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate, and club foot. All these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill?
Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.

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) 

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

14th  &  15th NOVEMBER 2020

THIRTY- THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Sat 14th

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
YEAR A

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish
George Flattery (B/A) 
John Mohan (A) 
 Holy Souls
Alex Swift (B'day)
 Brian Capper (LD)
Josie Geraghty (LD)

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

Bishop Eton Monastery

Sun 15th
Mon 16th
Tue 17th

Wed

18th

Thurs 19th
Fri 20th

Sat 21st Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 22nd

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

UNIVERSAL KING
YEAR A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Olive S, Audrey S, Stephen W, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, 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,  Rita C, Owen McD, Pat G-B, Mary K,  Pauline P, Shelagh P, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R and Denise M
Those who have recently died including

Pat Connor, John Morgan and Joe Williams

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

John Mohan and Denise Davies

 Funerals this week:

 None

FROM FR TIM

THE LITURGICAL YEAR:

It does seem remarkable that we are nearing the end of a Liturgical Year, most of which we have not been able to celebrate properly. The churches closed before the 4th Sunday of Lent and, although we have enjoyed a few weeks recently when we were able to celebrate public Masses and we hope to be able to return to a similar programme soon, even next Easter must be in doubt in terms of being able to open up to full congregations and celebrate solemn liturgies.  However, as I suggested on my ‘Thursday Message’ there are glimmers of light and hope on the horizon and it is good to give thanks to God for all the blessings and graces that have accompanied these past months. We are learning new ways of communicating and coping with life in general and these may well stand us in good stead as we try to formulate the future of the Church at the Archdiocesan Synod next year.


THE SYNOD:

May I gently encourage you to take an interest in how things are developing and, if you feel moved and inclined, to make your contribution to the discussion. Pauline Volk (our rep from St Mary’s) and Ann O’Neill (admin), after consultation with one of the area Synod reps in the north of the Archdiocese have discovered a very user-friendly way of responding to the proposals thus far. Andy Finch (our rep from Bishop Eton) likewise will be happy if we can use this method to ensure that both parishes play their part. Please have a look at the websites for the details and see whether you can participate: the more the merrier!


SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING and concludes the Sundays of the year. Then Advent will be upon us. I anticipate that this year Advent will be extra special. With all the pageants and carol services that usually precede the actual festival we are sometimes in danger of being saturated before Christmas even arrives. We will not be able to prepare in that way this year: perhaps the purpose of Advent: a quiet time of prayer and WAITING may be just what we need.


PRIVATE PRAYER/EXPOSITION TIMES AT ST MARY’S:

  • Sunday: 10:30am-12noon
  • Tuesday 1:00pm-2:0pm
  • Friday: 10:00am-11:30am.

Please see website for Private Prayer times at other Pastoral Area Churches.


A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH SYNOD REP:  

SYNOD 2020 PROPOSALS AND AFFIRMATIONS – ST MARY’S RESPONSES:

As mentioned by Fr Tim above, in attempt to make it more convenient for you to offer your feedback we will be e-mailing out a very user friendly online survey and would urge you to please consider completing each questionnaire, ensuring you include your Parish name at the end of each theme before you press submit. For those parishioners, who do not have access to the internet, paper copies will be available at the exit of church. Alternatively, if you have the response forms shared earlier, you can still submit your feedback by sending these to the Parish Office, or post in the marked box in Church, or email to   You can also find more details at: www.synod2020.co.uk


FOLLOW ST MARY'S GOOD NEWS STORIES:

Follow the good news stories at  http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2571-still-striving-to-become-a-dementia-friendly-parish We are blessed to believe in THE GOOD NEWS, so let’s continue to make more and more good news stories.  


NOVEMBER PIOUS LIST:

During the month of November we pray for our family and friends who have died. You can pick up a pious list at the exit of church and post in the respective box, also at the exit.

If you are unable to get to church, you can send your pious list to the presbytery or e-mail them to the parish office and we will ensure the names of your deceased  loved ones will be included with all of those to be prayed for.


FRATELLI TUTTI, ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FREINDSHIP:

Join popular catechist Bill Huebsch for a webinar as he reflects on the rich message of Pope Francis’ new encyclical Fratelli Tutti, On Fraternity and Social Friendship. Gain unique insights and helpful summaries from this lively conversation and leave with practical applications to help you integrate the Pope’s new teachings into your own faith-life, and to enrich the conversations and faith formation sessions of your parish and small faith communities. Date: Tuesday 17 November at 7:00pm. To register please click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jwfDuyxFREiqhuD3IseJIA


A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES:

Have you separated or divorced? Do you want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you need! Next Programme is ‘Virtual One’ 12, 13, 14 &15 November 2020. Being ‘Virtual’ means experiencing it in your own home. For further information call: Clive & Kathy 07887296983 or Gearṓid & Julie 07973380443 or email: or: www.retrouvaille.org.uk


FINANCE:

We are most grateful to the many parishioners who have sent cheques to the presbytery with their outstanding donations and to those who have switched to standing orders with the bank.

If you would like to bring your contributions up to date, you can send a cheque (with all the necessary details) to the parish office and we will continue to keep accurate records. At the same time, we will not be resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can 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


HELP PROTECT BABIES WITH CLEFT LIP,

CLEFT PALATE AND CLUB FOOT:

Sadly, abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate, and club foot. All these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill?
Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.

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) 

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

7th  &  8th NOVEMBER 2020

THIRTY- SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Sat 7th

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
YEAR A

Remembrance Sunday

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

For Those Who Died in War

Stephen Flattery (A)

Avis Carrick (A)

Holy Souls

Tommy & Teresa Byrne (A)

Joan Collins (A)

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

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 8th
Mon 9th

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica /

Feast of the Redemptorist Foundation Day

Tue 10th

St Leo the Great

Wed

11th

St Martin of Tours
Thurs 12th St Josaphat
Fri 13th

Sat 14th
Sun 15th

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
YEAR A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Olive S, Audrey S, Stephen W, Pauline M,  Colette P, Geoff F, Paul W, Ann L, Vivien S,  Mary M,  Vincent H, Joseph L, Dawn McG, 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,  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

Francis Egan, Henry Owens, Patricia George (McCabe)

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Stephen Flattery, Avis Carrick, Tommy & Teresa Byrne

and Joan Collins

 Funerals this week:

 None

FROM FR TIM

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY:

This Sunday holds a special place for me in the yearly calendar, not least because of the many people I have known, who fought in both the First and Second World Wars, including my own father. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to hold our annual services at our War Memorials, but I plan to have the wreaths with me at the recorded Mass and to place them at the memorials on Sunday morning. Therefore, be assured that all those you wish to be remembered will be included in the prayer.


NOVEMBER LISTS:

We are also keeping the lists of your deceased family members and friends in the Redemptorist oratory at Bishop Eton, but the boxes will remain in the churches so that, if you wish, you may place further intentions in them throughout the month.


THE NEW LOCKDOWN:

It is disappointing that we have to face these new restrictions for the time being, but, please God, it will help to curb the rise in coronavirus cases and we will be able to relax a little over Christmas. Meanwhile, I am grateful that in the interim we did manage to establish a workable timetable. At the same time we were able to ensure that the vast majority of the children who had been preparing for First Holy Communion were able to receive our Lord, as well as baptise and receive new members into the Church. We have also caught up on baptisms and even managed the wedding of one of our young teachers from Much Woolton ten hours before the deadline! At least the schools and colleges are still functioning and there are optimistic messages about new drugs and a possible vaccine.

I am consoled in the knowledge that we are keeping up this great wave of prayer, and I can only urge you to keep going with the evening prayer sessions and join in the recorded Mass each weekend. Our faith is a great gift, so let us treasure it and nurture it so that we will experience the Lord’s promise: “I will be with you always.”


 A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH SYNOD REP:  

synod 2020 logo

SYNOD 2020 THEME 2: PROPOSALS AND AFFIRMATIONS – ST MARY’S RESPONSES:

We would like to invite you to consider the second theme: Sharing the Mission of Jesus and read through the Proposals and Affirmations.

Once you have read through these and taken some time to think about them, we would then like you to share with us the Proposals and Affirmations that you are most drawn to.

Simply note these down on the response form and return it to the Parish Office, or post in the marked box in Church, or email to   Summary of Proposals and Affirmations with response form can be found here: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/synod-2020) You can also find more details at: www.synod2020.co.uk


FOLLOW THE GOOD NEWS STORIES:

Follow the good news stories at  http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2571-still-striving-to-become-a-dementia-friendly-parish We are blessed to believe in THE GOOD NEWS, so let’s continue to make more and more good news stories.  


NOVEMBER PIOUS LIST:

During the month of November we pray for our family and friends who have died. You can pick up a pious list at the exit of church and post in the respective box, also at the exit.

If you are unable to get to church, you can send your pious list to the presbytery or e-mail them to the parish office and we will ensure the names of your deceased  loved ones will be included with all of those to be prayed for.


A WORD OF THANKS FROM CAFOD:

Many thanks to St Mary’s parishioners who took part in the recent CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day.

Pope Francis has recently been talking about what the world could look like after the pandemic. His message is clear: we must not just flick the reset button and go back to the previous 'normal'. The pandemic affords us an opportunity to develop new and fairer ways of living through debt relief for the poorest countries, the reduction of inequality and investment in local, green, sustainable economic development.

On Saturday 14 November CAFOD is hosting a virtual, online discussion entitled 'Building a better world after the pandemic' - one where we respond to Pope Francis's call to ensure plans for recovering from the crisis tackle poverty, inequality and the climate emergency. All parishioners are invited to be part of the discussion - see CAFOD's website for further details and to register.  https://cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/Fratelli-Tutti-new-encyclical


A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES: 

Is your marriage, stressed, unloving, cold? Do you want to improve your communication?
Have you separated or divorced? Do you want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you need! Next Programme is ‘Virtual One’ 12, 13, 14 &15 November 2020. Being ‘Virtual’ means experiencing it in your own home. For further information ring or text Clive & Kathy 07887296983 or Gearṓid & Julie 07973380443 or email: Web: www.retrouvaille.org.uk ( Complete confidentiality assured)

Retrouvaille2020


STRAWBERRY FIELD ‘PEOPLE OF PEACE AWARDS’:

This year, we are seeking nominations from across Liverpool for our very first People of Peace awards! Do you know somebody who has been promoting or enabling peace in their community? Do they display particular personal characteristics which make them a Person of Peace? Does peace seem to follow this person around? Tell us why? To enter your ‘Person of Peace’ into the awards, visit http://strawberryfieldliverpool.com  or ring 0151 252 6130.

Peace Awards


FINANCE:

We are most grateful to the many parishioners who have sent cheques to the presbytery with their outstanding donations and to those who have switched to standing orders with the bank.

If you would like to bring your contributions up to date, you can send a cheque (with all the necessary details) to the parish office and we will continue to keep accurate records. At the same time, we will not be resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can 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


HELP PROTECT BABIES WITH CLEFT LIP,

CLEFT PALATE AND CLUB FOOT:

Sadly, abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate, and club foot. All these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill?
Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.

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) 

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

31st OCTOBER & 1st NOVEMBER 2020

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS YEAR A

Sat 31st

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
YEAR A

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

People of the Parish

Gerry McBride (A)

Angela Mullen (B/A)

Len Meyer (A)

Holy Souls

Ann Cullen (A)

Peter Stranack (A)

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

Bishop Eton Monastery
Sun 1st 11.00am
Mon 2nd

Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

Tue 3rd 6.00pm

St Winefride

Wed

4th

St Charles Borromeo
Thurs 5th 12 noon
Fri 6th

Martyrs of Cuenca, Spain CSsR

Sat 7th
Sun 8th 11.00am

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
YEAR A


Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:
Audrey 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, 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,  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

Mary Ann Lythgoe and James Groves

and those whose anniversaries occur about this time

Reinhard Putzer, Gerry McBride, Len Meyer, Ann Cullen and Peter Stranack

 Funerals this week:

 Wednesday 4 November: Mary Ann Lythgoe RIP.

 Friday 6 November: James Groves RIP.

FROM FR TIM

ALL SAINTS:

This year the wonderful Feast of All Saints falls on the Sunday and I look forward to celebrating our recorded Mass and the three Masses in our churches on Sunday, conscious that already we are part of the communion of saints. We have this great army of those who have gone before us praying with us and for us. We have a common vocation with them, which is to give Glory to God and that will be the focus of our celebrations.

ALL SOULS:

On Monday we keep the Commemoration of All Souls, praying for those who have gone before us and still need our prayers and, as you well know, the whole of the month of November is given in a special way to praying for the Holy Souls. You may place the names of those you wish remembered in the boxes in either church, and, as a community, the Redemptorists will place all your loved ones among the intentions we pray for each day. I have placed an intention to that effect in our prayer basket in the oratory: a place I think most of you are now familiar with!

RECORDINGS:

Life is particularly busy at present, as we have a number of funerals and, in spite of my best efforts, I am still struggling to get on top of the technology. Hence the late recording of this Thursday’s message. No matter, I must remember all I keep sharing with you about the virtue of perseverance in the midst of these troubled times.

THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY:

As I write these notes early on Friday morning – I have another Zoom Meeting with my confrères in the North European Provinces this morning – I am conscious that Fr Andrew Burns will be going for his sixth and final chemotherapy session today. Please pray for him that he will come through this without any complications and that his health will really begin to pick up. He continues to keep isolated and certainly seems to be making good progress.

Regarding some of the other members of the community who are beginning to need more assistance, the Social Services are proving extremely supportive and we may well be granted funding for something in the region of thirty hours extra help. This somewhat changes the equation of the job(s) I have previously mentioned. We are looking for carers able to work evening and weekend hours. We are in conversation with a couple of people, but if you think you can help, please do get in touch.


 A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH SYNOD REP:  

synod 2020 logoSYNOD 2020 THEME 1: PROPOSALS AND AFFIRMATIONS – ST MARY’S RESPONSES:

We would like to invite you to consider this first theme and read through the 34 Proposals and 13 Affirmations . Once you have read through these and taken some time to think about them, we would then like you to share with us the 5 Proposals and 2 Affirmations that you are most drawn to. Simply note these down on the form and return it to the Parish Office (or post in the marked box in Church) or email to   (Summary of Proposals and Affirmations with response form can be found here: http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/synod-2020) You can find more details at: www.synod2020.co.uk


FOLLOW THE GOOD NEWS STORIES:

Follow the good news stories at  http://www.stmaryswoolton.org.uk/featured-articles/2571-still-striving-to-become-a-dementia-friendly-parish We are blessed to believe in THE GOOD NEWS, so let’s continue to make more and more good news stories.  


NOVEMBER PIOUS LIST:

During the month of November we pray for our family and friends who have died. You can pick up a pious list at the exit of church and post in the respective box, also at the exit

If you are unable to get to church, you can send your pious list to the presbytery or e-mail them to the parish office and we will ensure the names of your deceased  loved ones will be included with all of those to be prayed for.


A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES: 

Is your marriage, stressed, unloving, cold? Do you want to improve your communication?
Have you separated or divorced? Do you want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you need! Next Programme is ‘Virtual One’ 12, 13, 14 &15 November 2020. Being ‘Virtual’ means experiencing it in your own home. For further information ring or text Clive & Kathy 07887296983 or Gearṓid & Julie 07973380443 or email: Web: www.retrouvaille.org.uk ( Complete confidentiality assured)

Retrouvaille2020


STRAWBERRY FIELD ‘PEOPLE OF PEACE AWARDS’:

This year, we are seeking nominations from across Liverpool for our very first People of Peace awards! Do you know somebody who has been promoting or enabling peace in their community? Do they display particular personal characteristics which make them a Person of Peace? Does peace seem to follow this person around? Tell us why? To enter your ‘Person of Peace’ into the awards, visit http://strawberryfieldliverpool.com  or ring 0151 252 6130.

Peace Awards


FINANCE:

We are most grateful to the many parishioners who have sent cheques to the presbytery with their outstanding donations and to those who have switched to standing orders with the bank.

If you would like to bring your contributions up to date, you can send a cheque (with all the necessary details) to the parish office and we will continue to keep accurate records. At the same time, we will not be resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can 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


HELP PROTECT BABIES WITH CLEFT LIP,

CLEFT PALATE AND CLUB FOOT:

Sadly, abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate, and club foot. All these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill?
Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.

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) 

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