Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From our Pastoral Associate
Where does the time go? It only seems like yesterday I was introducing myself to the parish community and here we are, on the brink of a new school year and the summer holidays edging away. A time where the themes from Synod2020 will be emerging to clear the new pathways we’ll be walking together, when it only seems like yesterday that we were anticipating the listening period commencing. A time where our Family Groups are planning for activities and events leading up through advent with a Family Group Mass celebration in somebody’s home, when it only seems like moments ago, we were planning on launching Family Groups in our Parish community. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Same applies to Parish life. Sometimes I wish I could be a presence everywhere as my role incorporates two parishes, some diocesan work, formation work and studying for a Diploma (and then there’s the wife and kids..). So it’s important to stop and look around at what’s happening. Stop and see if you might be able to help yourself and help others. Stop and see if we can realise what good we do and the good we do for others.

Readers – as with every ministry in our parish, we are always looking out for people to join our reading ministry. If you like reading and feel you could help the team of people who already currently read at Mass, please contact the parish office or email

Initiatives which have come from our Liturgy Group – Bidding Prayers which are unique to our parish. One of the discussions at our Liturgy Group is the idea of people from our parish community submitting their own Bidding Prayers. If you have prayers which you would like to offer up to share with our parishioners in church, please contact the parish office no later than Thursday each week. Contact details are on the top of the newsletter. If you have ideas to offer or would like to know more about our Liturgy Group, please do come along to our next meeting on 27th August 2019 7pm at Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

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
Stephen Davies
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.

Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Lady: George & Joan Woods
SToC: Sanctuary: Synod 2020
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

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.

Employment in the Archdiocese
Parish Administrator – Our Lady of the Assumption, Gateacre. 16 hrs per week.
Parish Administrator – Holy Name, Fazackerly. 28 hrs per week.
Parish Hall Cleaner, Our Lady Immaculate, Ashton in Makerfield. 4hrs per week
Further details are on the noticeboard at the back of the church or on the Archdiocese of Liverpool website –

OLSS SVP thank you for your donations of £119.98 on 10-11 August

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: Mary Larkin
Anniversaries: Jeffrey Cushing


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