This is a letter from the parish priests and assistant priests of our pastoral area
We, the priests of the pastoral area are taking this opportunity on the Solemnity of the Epiphany to write to all Catholics in the parishes of St Christopher, St Ambrose, St Mary, St John Vianney, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Our Lady of the Assumption and Christ the King and Our Lady. The purpose of this letter is to invite you to pray, to discern together and take practical steps towards becoming a more collaborative pastoral area in serving the mission of Christ.
As you know, a Eucharistic Congress is to be held in Liverpool in September this year. Ten thousand delegates from England and Wales will take part, including delegates from our own parishes. Then, in 2020, there will be an Archdiocesan Synod. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Synod will set out priorities for being a missionary church, - as a Diocese, as a pastoral area, and as parish communities.
The wise men left their homes and their countries because of a belief. They believed that the star they had seen rising was no ordinary star. It was a sign: a sign of a birth: of a new born king of the Jews. And on the strength of their belief they set out on a journey. They couldn’t rest until they had followed the star and found the child and paid homage to him. Their belief led them on. We, too, believe in this child. Like the wise men we see in this birth a turning point for the human race.
The wise men returned to their country by a different way. But also with changed hearts and minds; with a new understanding of themselves and of the world. Our belief in the Christ child gives us a new perspective too.
The Eucharistic Congress is entitled ‘Adoremus’, - Let us Adore. As we worship and honour our God as Catholics in this pastoral our hope is that we can change our direction of travel to become the Church God wants us to be.
This move in a new direction is marked by small but significant steps. We, your priests, are already working together to serve Christ and his people more effectively in this pastoral area. We have been away twice during the past year to pray together and to reflect on our mission. We have established a monthly gathering at Hope University and invited parishioners to join us in prayer. We have met with our deacons to discuss with them how they see their ministry being shaped in today’s world.
Looking forward, - between now and the beginning of Lent we will be inviting parishioners, young people, priests and religious to be delegates to the Eucharistic Congress. Once they are appointed they will establish a Pastoral Area Forum to examine how the Catholic community in this pastoral area can become more focussed on its mission. These ideas will feed into the Synod in 2020.
To demonstrate a deepening of our collaboration in ministry each priest will visit each of the churches of our Pastoral Area in turn and celebrate Sunday Mass .
And finally, on Thursday 12th April the Archbishop will lead a joint Pastoral Area Holy Hour, together with all the parishes of South Liverpool. We invite you to take part in this important time of prayer. More details of this event will be available shortly.
As we embark on this new path with you we ask you to pray, to share your expertise, energy and commitment so that together we can be true disciples of Jesus Christ in this place.
Yours in Christ
And the letter is signed by the parish priests and assistant priests of the pastoral area, including Fr Tim and Fr Charles.
Prayer in preparation for Eucharistic Congress
In September 2018 a Eucharistic Congress will be held in Liverpool. In preparation for this we are being asked to pray a special prayer - which will be available in all our churches. If you haven't managed to pick up a copy you can download it from the Archdiocesan website. Simply click here to access it.
A CHRISTMAS GREETING:
With Fr Rector, Andrew Burns, and all the Redemptorists, I wish you a very happy Christmas and the joy and peace that God offers us in the gift of Jesus. The excitement and sense of wonder in the children has brought home to me this year that the message of Christmas is ever new. It is a message that the world in every age needs to hear again and again. Everyone who was able to join us last Monday for the carols and readings commented on the wonderful atmosphere that is generated as we reflect on everything that is going on in our community, represented by the baubles which we place on the tree. Someone said to me afterwards: “You must be very proud of what is going on.” Well, I am very proud of and thankful for you, because so many new initiatives are being taken and are clearly bearing fruit. May the Lord continue to bless all our efforts.
A very happy Christmas to you all… Tim Buckley, C.Ss.R
Congratulations to Our Lady's Bishop EtonOur parish school has appeared as no 6 in the top ten Liverpool schools in the recent key stage 2 table .
Very proud to be number 6! Well done to the children. 👏👏https://t.co/lXtJE7muJs— Bishop Eton Primary (@BishopEton) December 14, 2017
WG - Newsletter - 4 December 2017
St Mary’s and Bishop Eton Women’s Group
Nazareth to Green Lane
Veronica Drury took us on a most entertaining journey through her life from childhood to the present.
Through anecdotes, pictures and music Veronica led us through many events of her life. She looked at family and its importance. Many of her stories, though personal to her family, echo through our own families. These stories were delivered with a good seasoning of her dry wit and more than a touch of wisdom.
Veronica was most ably assisted by Kathy Bamber who worked with her to prepare the photos and was Chief of IT for the presentation. Sincere thanks to Dave who prepared the music for the presentation.
I have said it before but I will repeat it - you are amazing.
Your response to the appeal to help homeless women has been outstanding. So many donations have been received.
Sarah McGeehan joined us on Tuesday 28 November to say thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. For those of you have not had the opportunity to donate Sarah will be accepting donations for the next couple of weeks.
Gifts may be left at the back of Bishop Eton Church after Mass.
RYM will be going out again on Tuesday 16 January
Friday 15 December 2017
Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening 7.30 at the Fisher-More Hall.
Bring a plate for a sharing buffet.
Bring your own nibbles and snacks and the beverages of your choice.
Please note the change of date
Tuesday 16 January 2018
The Jersey Boys at the Liverpool Empire.
Tickets cost £21
Money MUST be paid by 13 December 2017 - Envelopes may be handed in at the Monastery.
There are still some tickets available.
Wednesday 16 May 2018
We have booked a Chester Canal Cruise Lunch. This will cost £21.50 (final charge to be confirmed.)
A deposit of £5.00 to be paid by 18 December 2017 and the balance to be paid 2 weeks before the trip (Wednesday 2 May 2018)
We are in great need of raffle prizes. If you have any items, you can help with or any unwanted gifts we would be most grateful.!
Rooms are available for the 17/18 academic year at Christ the King student house in Mount Pleasant. A small (6 rooms) warm and comfortable house with good-sized bed/study rooms and plenty of communal space and activity to encourage an enjoyable and sociable student life. Cost (£95 pw) includes breakfast and one shared meal weekly. Please phone 07840 796464 for more information.
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