News from the Parish

SYNOD 2020 Next Steps:
At the end of September, all the Synod Members gathered at ‘The Edge’ in Wigan to receive the report from the listening stage of our Synod journey, and to hear the announcement of the four themes that have emerged from all the listening that took place from February to July. Over 20,000 people took part in the listening – in parishes, schools, online and in focus groups. All this information was read and sent to Hope University and, under the guidance of Father Peter McGrail, was presented to the Synod working party in August and after 3 days of prayer and discernment four themes emerged. You can read the full report (130 pages) on the Synod website: www.synod2020.co.uk
These four themes will give us all the opportunity to listen some more, reflect, and then make proposals for action to the Synod, which will be voted on and guide the Archbishop in writing a Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese.

The four themes are:
• All called and gifted by God
• Sharing the mission of Jesus
• How we pray together
• Building community, nurturing belonging

Sunday, 13 October has been designated as the 2nd Synod Sunday.
This weekend you will receive a Synod Sunday leaflet and a prayer card. Please share these with as many people as you can.

With You Always Programme: –
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
If you have not yet registered your child for the Sacramental Preparation programme it is imperative that you contact the parish office this week, otherwise it will be assumed that you do not wish your child to receive the sacraments in 2020.
Next meeting dates are:
Tuesday, 15th October, 6:30pm at St Thomas’ Church: Canterbury Room or
Thursday, 17th October, 3:30pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church: Seed Room.

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, stand alone, 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. The next two are:
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: Stephen Davies
Location: The talks are hosted by Liverpool Hope University and take place in Hope Chapel – entrance by Chapel or Gateway Building.

Caring for Our Common Home
Please pray for the success of the Synod on the Amazon, taking place from 6th. – 27th.October. In Laudato Si (para. 38), Pope Francis stresses the ecological importance of the Amazon and Congo basins “for the entire earth and for the future of humanity.” One fifth of all the air we breathe and the fresh water needed for life on earth comes from the Amazon. The Synod will discuss: protecting the rights and culture of indigenous people, combating poverty and climate change, and the damage caused by mining to the people and the environment.
ACTION: Buy only paper and wood products that carry the FSC. logo. This guarantees that harvested trees come from forests where indigenous people and the environment are protected and harvested trees are replaced. (See http://www.fsc-uk.org).

Sunday, 13th October is also the day on which Pope Francis will declare Blessed John Henry Newman a saint of the Church. This seems hardly a co-incidence. Cardinal Newman was a great scholar but also a great pastor. He brought his many and varied gifts to the service of the Church in this country – first to the Church of England, and then to the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Newman is often quoted as saying in connection with the need to consult the people of God: ‘I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”’ It seems right and fitting that this next part of our Synod journey, which will involve more listening and discerning, should be under the intercession of Saint John Henry Newman.

THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Peter Boyle Our Lady: Successful Operation
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: Oct: McEvoy & McClennan Families Nov: John & Norah Latham SToC: Oct: Bartholomew Prior Nov: Gerald Baden

RCIA/Journey in Faith 2019/2020
On the 30th September we started our RCIA sessions 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.
If you would like to be involved, please pick up a leaflet from the back of the church or contact me, Kenny Lawler, at the parish office or e-mail: k.lawler@rcaolp.co.uk .

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, Mary Dillon
Lately Dead: Charles McKenna