Pope Francis says in The Joy of the Gospel:
Faith also means believing in God, believing that he truly loves us, that he is alive, that he is mysteriously capable of intervening, that he does not abandon us and that he brings good out of evil by his power and his infinite creativity … Let us believe the Gospel when it tells us that the kingdom of God is already present in this world and is growing, here and there, and in different ways: like the small seed which grows into a great tree … Christ’s resurrection everywhere calls forth seeds of that new world; even if they are cut back, they grow again, for the resurrection is already secretly woven into the fabric of this history, for Jesus did not rise in vain. May we never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope! 
Out of all the billions of people who have been, who are and who will be, God knows you by name and cares for you. You can never be lost, because God has made a decision to love you and nothing can change that. Even when life is hard and you are faced with worry and anxiety, God still loves you. You can face the troubles in life because God will never abandon you. The second Synod question invites us to look at the shadows in our life and find God there too.
Synod Question 2
When you reflect on your life now, as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry?
Light a candle and take a moment’s silence before praying:
Risen Jesus, may we listen for your voice in the depths of our hearts,
and in listening may we have the courage to follow you,
knowing that we are safe in your loving care and have no need to be afraid.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Second Collection this weekend
in Aid of Priests Training Fund
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Entrance Antiphon: The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made. Alleluia.
Responsorial Psalm: We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me. Alleluia!
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Vocations Our Lady: Bernadette Crossy
SToC: Sanctuary: All the sick of the Parish
ALTAR WINE/BREADS: Parishioners are invited to make a donation of £10 for altar wine/breads in memory of a loved one. Please place your donation in an envelope with the intention and Church and place it on the collection plate or drop it off at the parish office.
OLSS: May: John & Norah Latham June: Kathleen Downing July: Mr & Mrs Colleran
SToC: May: June: Michael Simon
Mary Boyle and family would like to thank Fr Dominic for the beautiful requiem mass for Peter and for all the kind words, masses and sympathy cards received. Mass will be offered for your intentions.
PARISH MASS ASSOCIATION
The cost for enrolment in the Mass Association and Card is £7.50. To enrol and purchase a card, please fill in a Mass Association slip and place in envelop with donation. Holy Mass and prayers will be offered for all people enrolled in the Mass Association once a month for 12 months.
There will also be special remembrances for the Mass Association at Christmas, Easter and on the Feast Days of St Thomas of Canterbury & Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Second Collection next weekend 18th/19th May
for Parish SVPs
INFORMATION FOR THE NEWSLETTER
Any information that you’d like considered for the newsletter needs to be e-mailed into the
office by Thursday (email@example.com). Thank you.
SYNOD 2020 PRAYER
Father, we thank you for the love you have shown us
in the gift of Jesus, your Son.
We thank you for the gift of the Church,
through which you show us that you are always with us
and are always at work in our lives.
As we journey together to Synod 2020
help us to become the Church
that you are calling us to be.
May your Holy Spirit be powerfully at work among us.
Strengthen each of us
and guide Francis, our Pope,
and Malcolm, our Archbishop.
Help us to respond
to the challenges of our times in new ways
to bring your love to all our sisters and brothers.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord. AMEN
We have come to the time when we, the Parish members, are invited to contribute to the Synod process. Over the next 6-8 weeks meetings will be arranged for us to come together to share our own experiences with reference to the Synod’s questions. In these meetings there will not be discussions or debate but listening to each other without judgement. Please do try to attend these meetings as your contributions are very important to the Synod going forward.
The first two meetings are as follows
• Tuesday 14th May at 7:00pm in the Seed Room (OLSS)
• Monday 20th May at 7:00pm in the Canterbury Room (STOC)
Parish Office (opening times)
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 12:30; Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Messages can be left during the times the office is not open on the answer machine by telephoning (0151 928 2338) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR:
Sick list: Sarah Carlin, Alison Payne, Christopher Murphy, Mary Gorton, Gladys Haslett, Christopher Browne, Joe Fitzpatrick, Nick Gilligan, Robert Guy, Paul Murphy, Louis Harvy, Madeleine Judge, Myra McLaughlin, Fr Bob Douglas, Agnes Brown, Alyce Matthews, Clifford Browne, Elaine Jackson, Sue Carlin, Eileen Albert, Raymond Hivey, Cornelius Power,
Lately Dead: Fr Joe Cunningham
Anniversaries: James Atkinson (RIP)