Fr. Dominic’s Desk
This week’s challenge/action that we are asked to consider is something close to my heart. Since reading Pope Francis’ document Laudato Si and the science associated with it I have aimed to eat plant-based food for at least 5 days a week. I feel very strongly that we should change from ‘Fish on Friday’ to ‘Plant based Friday’ as it is more in keeping with a care for our creation, and humanity’s role as stewards of creation. As one scientist put it in terms that I understood ‘if every person in the UK once a week swapped a red meat meal for a plant based one then it would be the equivalent of taking 16 million cars off the road.
First Synod Talk:
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis – a synodal catholic church.
Hope Chapel Mon 7th Oct 7.30pm.
Tea and Coffee from 7pm.
All are welcome to come and find out more about Pope’s Francis’ focus on a renewed Church with a missionary focus and how this can be translated on the ground in parishes and dioceses. Former Irish Provincial Gerry O’Hanlon SJ is a theologian and author, he looks at the Pope’s vision for new roles for all the baptised in our world today. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers and optional Night Prayer at 9pm.
Hope University L16 9JD. www.synod2020.co.uk/lectures
It’s been an extraordinary week with attending the Synod meeting on Wednesday in Wigan to absorb the findings from the listening period. It gives me great hope that we are finding the right pathways to a brighter future, being guided by the Holy Spirit. And with our family sacramental programme and RCIA journey imminently commencing, it’s a time to come together and make conversations. Always feel free to contact me to talk about anything you’re seeing in the newsletter, that might be sparking some interest within you. I’d love to hear from you.
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Those facing unemployment
SToC: Sanctuary: Missionaries.
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: Sept: Dennis & Monica Casey Oct: McEvoy & McClennan Families
SToC: Sept: Ann & Frank Livingstone Oct: Bartholomew Prior
RCIA/Journey in Faith 2019/2020
On the 30th September we are starting our RCIA sessions which will commence at Our Lady, Star of the Sea at 7pm. This is a homely course for those who wish to become Catholics or for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith.
The sessions will alternate between Our Lady, Star of the Sea and St Edmunds monthly. I am very much looking forward to being part this journey with the group, so if you would like to be involved, please contact me, Kenny Lawler, at the parish office or e-mail: email@example.com .
With You Always Programme: –
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
If you are not already registered forms are now available in schools and parish offices.
If your child is not attending either OLSS or SToC school, please make sure you contact the parish office for a form and for all other information regarding the program.
Commitment Mass: Sunday 29th September, 9:45 at OLSS and 11:15 at SToC.
“Caring for Our Common Home. Creation Time – 1st Sept – 4th Oct”.
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to the children now growing up?” The people of Malawi consume 80% less CO2 than people in many European countries and yet are experiencing far greater harm from climate change; droughts and floods decrease harvests, river and lake levels fall, affecting fish stocks and malnutrition increases, impacting most on pregnant women, babies and children.
ACTION: Do you know that 14.5% of climate changing gases are due to meat and dairy production? Catholics have a long history of abstaining from meat on Fridays, so could we cut down our CO2 emissions, can you increase the number of your meat-free days per week?
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, 7th October at St Edmund of Canterbury Church.
Enrolled in Mass Association
Winifred Quadrio, Michael Harwood
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR:
Sick list:, 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, Clifford Browne, Sue Carlin, Tommy Swan, William Donegan, Martin Maxwell, Ros Maxwell, Charlie McKenna, Mary Dillon
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.
2. Monday 11th November 2019, 7:30 pm
Faith & Theology in Later Life
Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle
3. Monday 9th December 2019, 7:30 pm
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.