Fr. Dominic’s (Temporary) Desk
As I write this my desk is under dust sheets as my office is made good from a burst pipe several weeks ago. Events like burst pipes always remind me that despite the best laid plans life has a habit of letting us know that we are not in control, that we cannot predict the future.
This is a good reminder to me as we begin to reflect this week on our next Synod Theme; Sharing the mission of Jesus, that it is Jesus’ Mission, it is God’s Mission that we share in, not one of our own making. So how do we share in this twofold mission of God’s, that Jesus lived out on earth, to heal and preach?
How do we move, as a parish, from maintenance to sharing in Jesus’ Mission?
How do we bring Jesus’ Healing love into our communities?
How can we communicate better the good news of Jesus in language that speaks today?
SYNOD 2020 Next Step:
• All called and gifted by God
This weekend is the final weekend exploring our first Synod Theme, All called and gifted by God. Thank you for submitting all of your Proposals for Action which will help us to discern our Parish response to this Theme. Sunday 17 November is also the final day for submitting Proposals on this first Theme via the Synod website: www.synod2020.co.uk
• Sharing the mission of Jesus
Today we also start our period of exploration of our second Synod Theme, Sharing the mission of Jesus. You are invited once again to share your Proposals for Action on this Theme as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be.
Future Synod 2020 Talks: (See poster at back of church for talks 5-7)
All are welcome for what promises to be an inspirational and enriching series.
3 Monday 9th December 2019, 7:30 pm
Complex Catholicism: Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England and Wales: Stephen Davies
4 Monday 13 January 2020, 7:30 pm
Faith in the Family: Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz & Prof John Sullivan
Location: The talks are hosted by Liverpool Hope University and take place in Hope Chapel – entrance by Chapel or Gateway Building.
Once again this Christmas our Churches will be lit up by red sanctuary lamps with the names of the people we love and wish to remember on them.
The lamps will be lit on Christmas Eve and stay lit for 7 days. Whilst we can’t stay and pray for those we love in church all through Christmas, in lighting these candles we leave something of ourselves and a sign of our continued prayers.
Please use the forms at the back of the Churches.
• Minimum donation is £5 per candle.
• PLEASE PRINT NAMES CLEARLY
• Please clearly specify which Church: St. Thomas’ or Star of the Sea.
All requests to be in by Sunday 15th December. Thank you
Liverpool Maritime Centre need some 500 shoeboxes to distribute to visiting seafarers this Christmas and would ask if parishioners are willing to fill a shoebox with warm hats, gloves and socks together with toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant and shower gel. A treat such as chocolate or sweets would be welcome. A personal Christmas Card is also appreciated with the seamen being so far from home at Christmas. They can be brought to the parish and left in the box at the back of the church between now and mid December
If you or anyone you know is in need of a mobility scooter please give the parish office a call. We have been offered one by a family who would like to give it to someone in need.
PARISH OFFICE (OPENING TIMES)
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 12:30; Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Messages can be left during the times the office is not open on the answer machine by telephoning (0151 928 2338) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Pious List
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: Nov: John & Norah Latham Dec: John Newton
SToC: 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. Our journey will continue from 4th November at St Edmund of Canterbury Church.
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 .
An Invitation to “Space To Be Service” which will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 23rd November 2019 (International Survivors of Suicide Loss day) in St Matthew’s RC Church, 19 Townsend Avenue, Liverpool, L13 9DL. The service is open to people of all religions and none; and whilst it is open to everyone, we particularly welcome those bereaved by suicide as well as those who are or have been suicidal. The hour-long service will include testimonies from Fr Conor Stainton-Polland and 4 guest speakers. There will be quiet periods of reflection, music, and a dance performance. We would encourage you to stay for refreshments, which will be served afterwards.
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, Terry Clinton
Visits to the Sick and housebound. In this month of November and leading into Advent Fr. Dominic would like to undertake a round of visits with the respective Special Ministers of Holy Communion. Could each minister, please make an appointment with him. Many Thanks.
Enrolled in Mass Association
Brian Ledson, Larry Buckley