A very important stage in our Synod Journey takes place between 15th and 17th August when the Synod Working Party gather under the guidance of Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon and Dr Jessie Rogers (Limerick Diocese) who will lead a three day process of discernment and prayer. Fr Peter McGrail will present the data from our listening at this gathering and we hope that our discernment will lead to a number of Themes emerging which indicate the way forward for us on our Synod Journey. Fr Philip’s article in the latest Pic gives a full overview of these next steps.
Prayer is vitally important at this time and we ask that the whole archdiocese holds the Synod in prayer, particularly during 15, 16, and 17 August.
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
Synod 2020 Talks (There are 7 talks in all. See poster at back of church)
1) Monday 7 October 2019
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis:
A Synodal Catholic Church
Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ
2) Monday 11 November 2019
Faith & Theology in Later Life
Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle
3) Monday 9 December 2019
Complex Catholicism: Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England and Wales
4) Monday 13 January 2020
Faith in the Family
Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz & Prof John Sullivan
5) Monday 17 February 2020
The Church in an Individualistic Society: Today’s Economic Inequality – Where is the Church?
Rt Rev Dr Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth
6) Monday 9 March 2020
The Church as Fragmented Mirror
7) Monday 20 April 2020
Participating in Christ’s Ministry in the 2020s
Kate Wilkinson & Rev Dr Peter McGrail
Location: The talks are hosted by Liverpool Hope University and take place in Hope Chapel – entrance by Chapel or Gateway Building.
Timings: Tea and Coffee from 7pm. Talk begins at 7:30pm. Concludes at 8:45pm. Optional Night prayer follows at 9pm.
Access: Disabled parking available on the Liverpool Hope campus.
Do I need to attend all 7 talks? Talks are stand-alone – you can attend one, more, or all of them as you are able – and the assume no specialist knowledge.
Other information: All talks include a time for questions.
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Synod 2020
SToC: Sanctuary: Victims of violence and their families
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: Aug: Florrie & Tom Colford Sept: Dennis & Monica Casey
SToC: Aug: Ann & Frank Livingstone Sept: Bartholomew Prior
The REFOCCUS Marriage Inventory is designed to help a couple focus on key topic areas and enrich their marriage through rediscovery of the depth of a couple’s love and desire to continue to grow together. See poster at back of church or visit https://www.foccusinc.com/refoccus-inventory.aspx
Annual Novena to Our Lady held at St Edmund of Canterbury
The Novena takes place each Wednesday at 7:15 pm. It commences on August 14th till October 9th. The theme we are following this year is “Mary, the Undoer of Knots”. This devotion is very dear to Pope Francis, one which many find helpful in their daily lives. In view of the Novena there will be no procession in honour of Mary after the
10:00 am Mass on Sunday, August 11th.
Enrolled in Mass Association
Elizabeth O’Donahue, Jeanette Connor
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, Tommy Swan
Lately Dead: Elizabeth O’Donahue, Mary Larkin