The Hospitality area within the Parish Pastoral Group covers the following activities:
Allerton Brass, Benchmark, Catenian Association; Coffee morning; Ferguson School of Irish Dance; Fisher-More Hall; Girl Guiding UK; Hospitality; Parish Quiz Night; Toddler Groups, Wednesday Lunch, Welcomers at Mass and the Women's Group
The Pastoral Group Representative is Catherine Line
Allerton Brass are a Fourth Section Brass Band based in Allerton, South Liverpool and as of January 2018 we will be promoted to the Third Section. We have regular performances throughout the year, both for the public and privately, we also have some very exciting projects in the pipeline, which include our Annual ‘Themed’ Concert series.
They rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evening in the neighbouring village of Woolton, at Fisher More Hall, Bishop Eton Church (L16 8NQ) and are available to hire providing ensembles from trios, quartets, quintets, 10-pieces to a full brass band.
Allerton Brass was formed in November 2013, A band was compiled from local brass players who had to travel substantial distances to find bands to play in, lapsed players; retired players etc. The result was a full brass band which put on a fabulous Christmas concert, held at the Capstone Theatre and raised an incredible £1000 for the MS Society and MS Trust.
The group steadily built in strength and stature and in the process was able to do more for several charities including Nugent Care, The Alzheimer’s Society and Asylum Link.
From then they have gone on to perform an Annual ‘Themed’ concert every Spring and an Annual Christmas concert at The Capstone, and perform at the Bishop Eton Celebration of Carols and Parish Celebrations.
The band comprises a mixture of ages from 18 years to almost 61 years.
We already have a number of members who have:
The group was formed to provide a support act to Five Easy Pieces who were fund raising for Street Child Brazil in late 2015
The group was formed primarily from musicians and singers from the 10am and 6pm folk groups Most had already performed together at the Parish Summer Celebrations. Instruments include, guitars, ukulele and drums.
The group has performed as a support act at a One World Group Fundraiser, and as the main act at a Project Zimbabwe fundraiser. The group also provided the entertainment at the 2016 Childwall in Bloom. It is hoped to do additional fundraisers for other parish groups.
The groups age range spans many decades and are not currently looking for new members. However, there are plans to have open mike sessions at future fundraisers.
The Association was formed in Manchester in 1908 to enable Catholic laymen to meet socially and to pray together. We support each other and our families and also various charitable causes. Our purpose is to 'Strengthen our family life through friendship and faith'.
In Merseyside and North Wales there are ten circles based in Birkenhead, Blundellsands, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool city centre, Ormskirk, Prestatyn, St Helens, South Liverpool and Wallasey. Approximately 40 Catenian members from the Liverpool and Liverpool South Circles attend Mass regularly at either Bishop Eton or St Mary's Woolton and many are very involved in Parish ministries, including the eucharistic ministry, music, reading, finance and the parish magazine.
There are Catenian circles throughout Great Britain and Ireland and also in Australia, India (6 circles), Zimbabwe (Bulawayo and Harare), Malta and Goa. The newest is in Nazareth. Members are encouraged to visit circles both at home and abroad.
The Association raises funds for several charities including HCPT, Friends of the Holy Land, Nugent , Meningitis Now, Jospice and the Catenian's own charity, the Bursary Fund, which helps young people undertake initiatives overseas and in Lourdes. There is an annual National Conference (the 2014 Conference took place in Liverpool and the 2016 conference in Malta) and Liverpool will once again host the National Conference in 2019 when we expect about 1000 Catenians and wives for the weekend of 17 - 19th May. Pilgrimages are organised nationally to Rome, Lourdes, Fatima and the Holy Land.
At a local level, we organise an annual debating competition for Catholic sixth formers. Masses for deceased members and for vocations to the priesthood occur annually. Members of Liverpool South Circle have recently arranged trips to Cartmel Races, Dublin Circle, the Mersey Tunnels, Jodrell Bank, backstage at the Philharmonic and they also went to St Albans for a weekend away. Liverpool 4 Circle arranged a weekend visit to Bodelwydden Castle, a Murder & Mystery Night, a Barn Dance, a St Patrick's Night Ceilidh and a Family Quiz. Wives, families and friends are included in all of these activities. We also arrange bowling and golf competitions. Several circles have established Ladies' groups which meet for social events such as restaurant meals, walks or visits to places of interest in their local areas.
Circle meetings start at 7.30pm with prayers. After general circle and provincial business, meetings conclude with prayers. This is followed by dinner to which guests, our Ladies and clergy are regularly invited. South Liverpool 164 Circle meets at the Alicia Hotel, Sefton Park on the second Monday of every month. Liverpool 4 Circle meets at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel on the first Thursday of every month.
The Catenian Association is open to all Catholic laymen. Prospective members may attend three meetings without making any commitment to join. Guests are always welcome at any of the functions and activities. If anyone would like to know more about the Catenians he should contact one of the following parishioners:
Circle 4: Aidan Moorhead, Terry Moorhead
Circle 164: Charles Boulton, Peter Colvin, Andrew Finch, Robert Grace, David Hart, Andrew Sharples
Liverpool South contact information: Robert Grace (Secretary Liverpool South)
Liverpool 4 contact information: Bob Wheelhouse (Secretary Liverpool 4 Circle)
The group aims to bring families together socially every month after the 10am Sunday Mass in the Fisher-More Hall. There is a small charge for refreshments and any money raised during the coffee morning is given to the Parish' Project Zimbabwe fund.
The Fisher-More Hall stands in the Church grounds. It was originally built as a Retreat Chapel in 1965 and was refurbished some years ago to provide a meeting venue for parish activities. At that time it was renamed in honour of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meet in parish venues and are open to all girls both Catholic and non-Catholic, who are interested in Girl Guiding. Each group follows the programme of activities laid down by the UK movement.
Rainbows: open to girls aged 5 – 7 years. The group meets every Thursday in the Fisher-More Hall
Brownies: open to girls aged 7-10 years. There are two groups one meets every Wednesday in the Fisher-More Hall and the other meets every Monday in Bishop Eton Primary School.
Guides: open to girls aged 10 – 14 years. The group meets every Thursday in Bishop Eton Primary School.
New members are welcome to join at any age but there is often a waiting list.
The Hospitality Team is a group of volunteers who help to provide food and drink for parish events which are hosted usually by the parish priest during the year mainly in Fisher-More Hall.
When Fr. Tim was inaugurated as our new Parish Priest we held a celebration for him after a Saturday evening Mass in July. The hall was prepared and refreshments of sandwiches, cakes and strawberries were provided by the team of helpers. This was an informal gathering and was most enjoyable. Other events we have organised have included a parish BBQ in the monastery garden and a social evening for the multitude of volunteer parishioners who organise the many different activities which take place throughout the year.
The most important skill require for this group is to remember that "Many hands make light work" so anybody and everybody is welcome at any time for as much or as little help as they can give. The group is open to anybody of any age. We need a range of skills and strength; those who can make a sandwich, bake or buy a cake or serve a cup of tea and coffee and the occasional glass of wine! We also need helpers to set up the hall for these events. This involves lifting tables and chairs, laying tables and clearing up afterwards. Strong people are really welcome especially men and teenagers as the tables are heavy!
There are no regular meetings. Volunteering is on an occasional basis If you can help contact Cath Line.
The regular Parish Quiz Night was established over 5 years ago so those interested within the parish could meet socially to enjoy a quiz night.
The quiz takes place on the first Saturday of every month in the Fisher-More Hall. Any member of the parish is welcome to take part. In fact anyone outside the parish can also be involved. Numbers who attend fluctuate but have reached an attendance of 75 over the years. The quiz is advertised in the parish bulletin, BE Alive magazine and on the parish website.
There is a small fee for each participant playing which is then returned in prize money to the winning team.
We have a regular group of people who attends but everyone is very welcome. You should get a team together and come and join us.
The Toddler group was set up about thirty years ago aiming to bring parents and toddlers together to be able to play and meet each other.
There are two meetings, one held on Mondays and one on Thursdays every week in term time in Fisher-More Hall from 10am – 11.45am. There are about 60 parents and children in the groups, 30 on Mondays and 30 on Thursdays coming along regularly.
The children play, make a craft item and then have song-time. There is also a snack of fruit and toast with a drink. Tea, coffee and toast are available for the adults. In addition to our weekly activities in the hall we also have other events such as the Big Toddle and trips to Farmer Teds. We always have summer picnics in Calderstones Park.
Please come along to the group as a visitor. Although there is generally a waiting list during the year you can add your name to the list as lots of spaces free up in September as older children leave for school.
The Wednesday Lunch began in January 2006. It gives everyone a chance to meet people, make new friends and meet old friends. It is open to all and is a drop-in; so no need to book.
The Wednesday Lunch is held on the second Wednesday of the month at 12.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall. Up to 50 people attend each month. The lunch menu includes a range of homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. There is a charge of £3/head. Thousands of pounds have been donated to local charities over the last six years from the profits.
If you would like to help in any way, let any of the helpers know when you are at the lunch. They will add your name and details to the rota. Please feel free to join us for lunch in the Fisher-More Hall
Each of the Sunday Masses has a team of greeters. The greeters welcome everyone and offer them a bulletin and any other literature that is free that week eg BE Alive; Catholic Pictorial; flyers etc.
In addition the team at 10.00am Mass give the Icthus to the older children.
The group was set up at the end of 2015 with the aim of:
- Providing activities to involve members of both parishes
- Providing social events to offer the opportunities for meeting new people
- Offering ‘safe’ events for women who would not usually be able or feel safe doing the same things on their own
- Offering members the opportunity to suggest activities they would like to take part in
- Offering afternoon sessions for just sitting and chatting