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Masses in August

Masses: Please remember that during the month of August there will be no 7.00am Mass. This will commence on Monday 30 July.

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Present : Teresa Jackson; Colette Nawrocki; Joan Roberts; Sara Eccleston; Rosemary Searle and Cath McVey.

"I shall make a small difference on the planet through the work I do. When I leave I will have done my share. I shall live, love, laugh and learn on my journey".

The meeting opened with a prayer.

The Minutes of the last AGM on 31st January 2013 were read and approved.

The following people were elected as officers:

Sara Eccleston - Chair.
Cath McVey - Secretary.
Colette Nawrocki - Treasurer.

The Treasurer gave a Financial Report based on the year's fundraising.

The 60 Hope Street Lunches, Afternoon Tea, Wine tasting evening and Crosby Concert raised in excess of £3000.
There were donations of £85.00 and a donation of £15.50 from the sale of mince pies at Christmas.

The projects to be supported this year are as follows:

  • Fr. Max and the deaf school in Angola.
  • The Chigwell Sisters and their work in Zambia.
  • The Carol Adams Kitumba Vocational Centre.
  • Saints Peter and Paul RC Nursery School in Fort Portal Uganda.

The Annual Mass for the group and its work will be on Saturday 8th March at 12noon. All welcome.

Events for the coming year:

  • 60 Hope Street Spring Lunch Sunday 6th April 2014.
  • Wine tasting evening in Fisher More Hall Friday 16th May 2014.
  • 60 Hope Street Autumn Lunch Sunday 19th October 2014.

More fundraising events for later in the year will be planned at future meetings.

A vote of thanks was proposed to Teresa Jackson for her work as the Chairperson of the One World Group during the last 3 years.

The next meeting will be in the Hughes Meeting Room on Tuesday March 18th/25th (to be confirmed).

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The May 2014 update from Friends of the Holy Land is available by clicking here.

Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination have called for prayer and for international pressure as the Supreme Court of Israel Hearing into Cremisan Valley starts. To read the full text of their statement click here.

Frances and Zimbabwe communityFrances Sibert visited the Redemptorist communities in Zimbabwe in September 2013.

If you missed the presentation that she gave on her return you can get a flavour of it by clicking here.

If you can help support either the feeding project or education projects in Zimbabwe, then you can purchase gift-cards at the monastery reception




Project Zimbabwe Gift Cards priced at £10 each are available from the Monastery reception.

You can select a card either for the 'feeding programme' or for the education of children.


For more information on the work of the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe visit



The One World Group would like to thank all who supported their Wine Tasting evening. The final total raised was £622!

The One World Group would like to thank all who supported their Wine Tasting evening. The final total raised was £622! 

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A huge thank you from the Parish SVP conference goes out to every parishioner who contributed to our Harvest Festival food collection on Sunday October 20th.

As you can see a great amount of food was donated and, by the time you read this posting, it will already have been distributed to families in need in South Liverpool.

If you were not able to donate last Sunday, our food collections continue. You can donate items of food at the Monastery Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 6.00 in the box marked SVP.

Thank you for your continued support.


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FHL logoThe September 2013 Friends of the Holy land Update is now available please click here

Please remember that the next Mass for Peace and Justice in the Holyland will be this Saturday 7th September at 12.00 noon.

Some reflections on half of "The Way", The Camino to Santiago de Compostela

by Dave Hart

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As the sound of the train receded, the stillness was disturbed only by the sheep bells from the flock that was corralled at the station yard in Fromista. The town was deserted, people enjoying a siesta or sheltering from the bitter northerly wind that was to accompany me for several days. The train had brought me north from Valladolid where I had enjoyed the hospitality of the English seminary, having initially travelled from Madrid where I had left my wife with some friends. It was fitting that I should be "waved off" from the College by Archbishop Patrick. He is patron of Friends of the Holy Land, my pilgrimage intention. On the previous evening we had attended a concert conducted by Liverpool's own Vasily Petrenko.

1 PalenciaAt Fromista I was able to sample the delightful cheese, a local speciality, and visit the churches of St Pedro (Gothic) and St Martin (Romanesque circa 1066), a national monument. Like many of the villages and towns on the pilgrimage way to Santiago de Compostela ("the camino"), Fromista also has its place in history. It had derived its name from the Roman frumentum (cereal), the whole region of Palencia supplying wheat for the Roman Empire. Further evidence of its links with Rome and Jerusalem is found in the name of one of the three medieval pilgrim "hospitals" of the town, Hosteria Palmeros, referring to the palm leaf symbol of pilgrims going to the Holy Land, as distinct from the scallop shell of the camino to Santiago. It was in the 12th century that the pilgrimage to Compostela developed because access to the Holy Land was not possible.

Between Burgos and Leon the land is relatively flat and, day after day, the path of the camino snakes an ochre-coloured trail across the green agricultural landscape, irrigated for the heat of summer, bitterly cold in winter. The path from Fromista follows the river Ucieza. Its banks teemed with bird life, wagtails, larks, warblers, cuckoos and low flying kites, hour on hour beneath a big blue sky. From here it is 18km to the village of Villalcazar de Sirga, a 12th-century commandery of the Knights Templar where there is a magnificent Templar church of Santa Maria la Virgen Blanca, yet another national monument which houses the tombs of Spanish nobility and royalty.


Fr Bev Ahearn. Fr Ahearn and his family want to thank everyone who made last Sunday's celebration such a memorable occasion. He has offered Mass in thanksgiving for all who helped organise and took part in the celebration.

Fr Desmond has sent a message to the parish: 'Many sincere thanks for all the cards; apologies for not replying personally.' He is recovering well from a post-virus syndrome contracted in November.


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