Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees
Incorporated— charity number 232709
Bishop Eton: 0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependents
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
People of the Parish
Len, Eileen & Terence North (RIP)
Neil Parkes (B/A)
Aaron Morris (A)
Michael Morris (B/A)
Eileen O’Hare (A)
Harry & Cath Riley (Golden Wedding)
Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private atBishop Eton Monastery
St Edward the Confessor
|Thurs||15th||12 noon||St Teresa of Avila|
St Gerard Majella CSsR
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
World Mission Day
|Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick:|
|Kathleen P, 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|
Anne McCarron and Percy Khatow
|and those whose anniversaries occur about this time|
Funerals this week:
PLEASE NOTE: THE TUESDAY MASS TIME WILL BE AT 6.00PM, NOT 7:00PM.
FROM FR TIM
KEEPING OUR SPIRITS UP:
One of my abiding memories of my days as a young missioner in the north east of England, was trying diplomatically to suggest to one of my confrères, a Lancastrian from Chorley, who was accompanying me on one of his first missions, that while the content of his preaching was very good, it might be useful if he could give it a bit more oomph and get it across to the congregation that a special event was taking place. To this he replied: “It’s hard to get excited if you’ve got nowt exciting to say!” Certainly, I needed to learn the lesson that the Lord can use all our different gifts as and when he sees fit. On that same mission we had 162 people at the 6:30am Mass on the last Friday: the most I can ever remember! In the present downbeat climate, I continually thank God for the gift of humour. I find a good way of getting the news is to read the political sketch writers. Their ability to put a humorous slant on even the most serious issues can help to keep things in perspective.
Alongside that, there are also some wonderfully prophetic voices in our world today. As well as Pope Francis, there is the American Franciscan, Richard Rohr, who is well worth looking out for. I am grateful to those of you who share with me little nuggets of wisdom from such people: we need to keep looking for opportunities to build one another up. Hope is a great gift from God. It is different from optimism, which can be false. Hope is built on the sure foundation of faith in Jesus, the Son of God, whose promises will be fulfilled. Let’s continue to look for those signs of God’s presence, which I firmly believe are there when we see the connections and realise that they are not just co-incidences. Happy hunting!
NEXT SUNDAY is Synod Sunday and reminds us that as an Archdiocese we are still on the road together towards this momentous event. Perhaps, we might see its postponement as a prophetic opportunity, giving us more time to listen to one another and read the “signs of the times” before making the necessary decisions that will help us to be “the Church God wants us to be”. If the events of recent months have helped you to clarify your thinking about the shape of the Church in the future, please remember to share your ideas with our Synod representatives, whose details are on the websites.
( St Mary's SYNOD Rep Pauline may be contacted via the Parish Office)
If you were able to make some sacrifice for the Harvest Fast, please find information below for ways in which you can contribute to the welfare of those in parts of the world facing much greater hardships than ourselves. You can send your donation direct to CAFOD: - online at cafod.org.uk/give - Text CAFOD or CAFODNOINFO (to opt out of marketing info) to 70085 to donate £10.
FROM THE SYNOD OFFICE - SYNOD SUNDAY:
Next weekend, 17 and 18 October, we celebrate the third Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese. Originally this was to be the weekend of our Synod 2020 event, but the COVID-19 pandemic means this will now take place in June 2021. On Synod Sunday the summary proposals on our four Synod Themes will be published which you will be able to find on the Synod Website. Over the following weeks our local Synod Members will be inviting your responses to these proposals as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. www.synod2020.co.uk
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 our website http://strawberryfieldliverpool.com or ring 0151 252 6130.
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:
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)
– RECOVERY FROM DIVORCE AND SEPARATION:
The Restored Lives course is a series of six meetings by Zoom starting on Monday 12 October. The course is for any person who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, currently going through a divorce or already divorced, either recently or at any time in the past. Meetings are free, confidential, informative, and affirming. For further details please contact Maureen O’Brien