From the Desk of Fr Dominic
In these last few weeks I’ve been humbled to experience the Holy Spirit at work. Firstly, being uplifted by the working of the Holy Spirit in the young people, youth staff, coming back filled with real hope for the future of the Church in our Archdiocese.
Secondly, I have also been privileged to be part of the process of discernment of Themes for our Synod. This was a real experience of the Holy Spirit at work, both in the voices being heard in the data presented and in and through the people called to discern. The openness and honesty both in the data and in the discernment group filled me with excitement and enthusiasm for our continued journey as an Archdiocese. So let us hold in our prayers our Archdiocese, and especially Archbishop Malcom as we continue on our Synodal Journey on the road together.
I am also aware of all those who over the last couple of weeks have received examination results. Let us hold them in our prayers at this time of discernment in their lives.
Finally as we come to the end of summer let us keep in our prayers all those who will continue their educational journey and all those called to assist them in our Schools and colleges. We especially remember those who are starting new schools this year.
From Kenny’s Desk:
The August Bank Holiday weekend always brings back good memories of rounding the summer holidays off, before heading back to school for a brand new year of learning and growth. It’s funny, as I have that feeling once again. I may be a long way away from my childhood but being in this pilot project role of Pastoral Associate brings about that sense of learning and growth, especially as we draw closer to September. We have been working on our Journey In Faith group lately, which will start up at the end of September. I’ll also be working more closely with our schools. Please enjoy the rest of the summer holidays, the bank holiday weekend and the (hopefully very good) weather. But also enjoy the children going back to school, getting back into a routine and that new sense of learning and growth.
BAPTISM COURSE (UP TO YR 2)
If you want your Child Baptised you must fill in a baptismal request form (and leave your details for Parish Catechists to arrange a visit), be attending Mass regularly and attend a baptismal course. Dates only booked after course. Please make sure you have completed forms prior to the course. The next course will take place at 7:00pm on Monday, 2nd September at St Thomas of Canterbury Church
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Students and Teachers
SToC: Sanctuary: Migrants and refugees
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 – www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/jobs
Synod 2020 Talks
(There are 7 talks in all. See poster at back of church)
As we move towards the next phase of our Synod Journey there is to be a series of seven talks that will help us to better understand some of the pressing concerns of the Church and society as we continue to discern the Church that God is calling us to be. All are welcome for what promises to be an inspirational and enriching series.
1. Monday 7th October 2019
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church
Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ
2. Monday 11th November 2019
Faith & Theology in Later Life
Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle
3. Monday 9th December 2019
Complex Catholicism: Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England and Wales
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.
Enrolled in Mass Association
McCluskey family, Bernadette & David Williams
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, William Donegan, Martin Maxwell, Ros Maxwell
Lately Dead: Harold Gill
Anniversaries: Jeffrey Cushing