SYNOD 2020 Next Steps:
For each theme we will have four weeks to listen some more, reflect, and then make proposals for action on that theme for the Synod, which will be voted on and guide the Archbishop in writing a Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese.
The theme we are reflecting on for the next few weeks is:
• All called and gifted by God
To help us in this there will be two Parish meetings, where we will look at the themes, listen to each other and discern some proposals under the title of All called and gifted by God. These meetings will take place:
Star of the Sea Church: Tuesday 29th October, 7:00 pm
St. Thomas’ Church: Thursday 7th November 7:00 pm
Also we will have a Prayer station in each Church, to enable us to pray and discern as small groups or individually, about what ‘proposals for action’ we believe the Holy Spirit is calling the Church in our Archdiocese to look at and we want our Parish to send forward to the next step in the discernment process.
From the Desk of Kenny
I’ve been spending a lot of time at hospital lately as a close family member is very ill. Lots of time spent with family members I don’t see that much, nursing staff, doctors and people I might bump into, who I don’t know. What has really struck me in these times of upset and uncertainty though, is how we become stronger together and how each one of us brings something different to the table as a comfort or source of support. Community togetherness. There is currently lots of care and attention going into our period of discerning what proposals we put forward on the Synod2020 themes. I have certainly witnessed examples lately how all people are called and gifted by God.
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Victims of people trafficking
SToC: Sanctuary: The leaders of our country
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: email@example.com
Sheets are available at the back of the church this week. Please make sure donations are put in an envelope marked pious list. There will be a box on the sanctuary in front of the Altar in which you can place your lists and envelope.
On the weekend of Nov 3/4 there will be an appeal by a representative from SURVIVE-MIVA , a Catholic lay Association providing funding for essential transport for health outreach in isolated rural areas, and for the Church’s pastoral care in places of difficult access.
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.
PARISH MASS ASSOCIATION
The cost for enrolment in the Mass Association and Card is £7.50. To enrol and purchase a card, please fill in a Mass Association slip and place in envelop with donation.
Holy Mass and prayers will be offered for all people enrolled in the Mass Association once a month for 12 months. There will also be special remembrances for the Mass Association at Christmas, Easter and on the Feast Days of St Thomas of Canterbury & Our Lady Star of the Sea. They are available in both repositories and sacristies, as well as in the office.
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, 4th November at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
St John Henry Newman
There will be a a joint (Anglican and Catholic) Cathedral celebration for the Canonisation of John Henry Newman on Thursday 7 November beginning with a joint Choral Evening Prayer at 6pm, followed by a joint lecture at 7pm given by Monsignor Rod Strange and Canon Rod Garner on Newman’s influence on the Anglican and Catholic Churches. It will be held at our Cathedral and we would be grateful if you could register online for the talks (the event is free) in order to have an idea of numbers https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/
Enrolled in Mass Association
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, Jayne Anderton, Paul Taylor, Cathy Balshaw
Lately Dead: Tony Reid, Sheila Bingham