Parish of Saint Mary (Woolton)
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees
Incorporated— charity number 232709
Bishop Eton: 0151-722-1108
Deacon: Rev Bernard Rigby
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
SYNOD SUNDAY/ World Mission Day
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
People of the Parish
Sue Hunt (RIP)
Steve Ruane (A)
Margaret Smithwick (LD)
Anne McCarron (LD)
Kay Walsh (LD)
Fr Tim and confreres will continue to celebrate your Mass intentions in private atBishop Eton Monastery
|Thurs||22nd||12 noon||St John Paul II|
THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
|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|
Kathleen Percival and Kay Walsh
|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
I am at something of a loss to know quite what to write as we approach another weekend. There appears to be a growing sense of unease as factions are developing about the best way to proceed in the face of the new wave of coronavirus cases. For example, in one breath you hear that there may be an extension to the school half-term, and this is almost immediately followed by a denial that such a proposition is viable at this juncture. At the same time, I continue to receive requests for prayer for those struggling to cope. During our shared prayer on Wednesday mornings with the Woolton Churches we have prayed for Beechside Nursing Home and responded to an impassioned plea from one of the hospital chaplains, concerned for the morale of the staff on the frontline. Then, yesterday afternoon I heard from Cheryl Mather, who manages Church View, the nursing home in which Fr Tony Johnson spent his last days. She asked for prayers, saying that they are having a rough time with lots of residents and staff positive with Covid. Naturally, I have assured her of our prayers and good wishes.
In my recorded message this week I mentioned Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Richard Rohr, the American Franciscan, both of whom I find inspirational, so let me quote directly from each of them.
Writing from the American perspective, Richard Rohr advises:
"Somehow our occupation and vocation as believers in this sad time must be first to restore the Divine Centre by holding it and fully occupying it ourselves. If contemplation means anything, it means that we can “safeguard that little piece of you, God,” as Etty Hillesum describes it. What other power do we have now? All else is tearing us apart, inside and out, no matter who wins the election or who is on the Supreme Court. We cannot abide in such a place for any length of time or it will become our prison."
Speaking to the Synod of Roman Catholic Bishops in Rome some years ago, Rowan Williams said:
"Contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom – freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and distorted understanding that come from them… To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit."
FIND THAT LITTLE PIECE OF GOD IN YOU- HAPPY HUNTING
This Sunday 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
CHRIST IS ALIVE RETREAT:
A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES:
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.
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)