The Spirituality area within the Parish Pastoral Group covers the following activities:
BELL (Bishop Eton Lending Library), Bereavement Group; Bible study group; Divine Mercy Prayer Group; Ecumenical Prayer Group; Focolare Word of Life; Guided meditation Group; Rosary group;
The representative on the Parish Pastoral Group is Rosemary Poole
Bishop Eton Lending Library (BELL) for religious books is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 2 pm till 4 pm in the Hughes Room entrance by the car park. There is a wide selection of religious books for people to come along, brose and borrow returning the book on a library day when convenient.
There are light refreshments available so come along and chat. If anyone wishes to donate a religious book it will be gratefully received. Happy Reading.......
The group was set up in June 1994 to support those who had been bereaved. The team learnt by trial and error that the bereaved wanted a social side to the meetings where they could forget their sorrow. In the first years the group organised a twice yearly evening Mass for the intentions of the bereaved which has since been discontinued. Anniversaries are remembered and a memorial book is kept on the Pieta Altar. At the outset parishioners leading the group attended a bereavement course at Upholland.
Today, a monthly gathering takes place for social reasons to which any bereaved person is invited. Timings of these meetings are advertised in the weekly parish bulletin. Tea and biscuits are served and those attending have good fun. One to one meetings are arranged if desired when a team member will spend time with and listen to the bereaved person.
An invitation is sent to all the bereaved to come to the Hughes Room if they wish to meet up with those in similar circumstances
New team members are welcome to support the bereaved. New volunteers will need to undertake the Archdiocese course.
The Bible Study group was set up in 2010 to meet the needs of those who wish to study the Bible in greater depth.
The group meets once a fortnight on Monday afternoons, at 2pm in the Hughes meeting room. Members of the group volunteer to lead the meetings. The meetings include prayer, in-depth discussion of a passage from the Bible and group discussion. Eventually the sessions will be enriched with occasional meditation and art presentation on a relevant passage of scripture. All welcome
Anyone interested in joining the group, or establishing a second group perhaps with an evening meeting time, is invited to contact the organiser Rosemary Poole.
The group was set up in October 2007 as a result of parishioners expressing an interest in learning more about Divine Mercy. The group is dedicated to offering prayers for God's mercy for all people.
Men and women of varying ages and skills take part in the group. Everyone is welcome. Attendance at the weekly meeting varies from 5 to 15 people. The parish also holds an annual Divine Mercy Sunday when a Sister from Crakow leads a full day's prayer.
The group meets in the Hughes Room every Friday evening at 7.30pm. The meeting involves praying the chaplet, readings and rosary followed by social time and refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to join simply by coming along any Friday.
If you cannot join the meeting you can support the group in the form of prayer.
For more information please contact May McCrossan.
CTMH made a 'Solemn Covenant' many years ago not to separate activities that could be done by churches together, and so the ecumenical prayer group was born. The aim of the group is to give witness to the scriptural affirmation, "We are members of Christ's body, members of one another."
The group meets every month in the parlour of the Convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Woolton Road, (opposite the entrance to Bishop Eton), kindly hosted by Sr Kathleen, SND, at 7.45pm for 8.00pm start. Meetings involve prayer, music and meditation. There are no restrictions on membership, all are welcome. Currently 6-12 people join the prayer evening every month. A wide ecumenical group of people joins the group in prayer even if they cannot attend the meeting.
Come along and join us.
Focolare Word of Life has been active in the parish for over 20 years. It aims to express the ideal of the Focolare Movement which is to live and work for Jesus' prayer in that, 'all may be one'.
The group is made up of 8-10 friends and neighbours and anyone else who is interested in ecumenism and unity. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the home of the group leader. At the meeting the group discusses and reflects on the monthly Word of Life meditation, based on the current Gospel reading, which the group finds helpful in day to day life. Each member of the group is involved in other parish and social activities to which each tries to bring the charism of unity. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Margaret Bailey.
Every Thursday from 2pm to 3pm Sister Jean McDonough SND offers an opportunity to take part in Guided Meditation.
There are three parts to each weekly session, beginning with relaxation and breathing exercises, leading on to focussing on our inner selves, and then, through inner silence, encountering the person of Jesus.
Venue : Notre Dame Convent, 285 Woolton Rd, within Hope University grounds, opposite Bishop Eton church, through the gate and immediately on the left.
The Rosary Group was set up in 2007 in response to the original request of Our Lady of Fatima. Her message asked for the Rosary to be said for peace and for the conversion of the world. The group aims to recite the Rosary together on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday.
The Group meets in Bishop Eton Church where the Rosary and the Angelus are said on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday, except on Wednesdays and before funerals. There are normally 12 -15 regular participants. Individuals who have the courage, take it in turns to lead the Rosary prayers for the assembled group. The group includes interested members of the parish and surrounding area.
Everyone is very welcome to participate. Simply join by attending the Church at 11.30am. You may also wish to participate by reciting the Rosary privately if unable to attend.