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.
 
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