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Fr Tim

Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and it marks the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis.

We will seek ways of celebrating God’s mercy throughout the coming year. If it is possible, please come to Mass on Tuesday and pray for one another and the wider world. We all desperately need to hear and heed the message. We will have an extra Mass at  St Mary’s, Woolton, on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, which means that between the two parishes there will be four opportunities to celebrate Mass on the day.

Advent: The preparations for Christmas continue apace, especially in our schools. Please remember the Sacrament of Reconciliation will normally be available after the weekday Masses and Reconciliation Services will take place next week: Monday 14  at Bishop Eton and Tuesday 15 at St Mary’s (both at 7.30pm). For further Advent preparations and details of Carol Services, see notices below.

ADVENT: I do hope the Advent Season will provide us all with the time and space to prepare well for Christmas. There will be the usual round of Nativity Plays and Carol Services, which I always thoroughly enjoy. There will also be  opportunities for us to reflect on our lives. As far as possible we will have priests available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the weekday Masses throughout Advent and of course there will be a Reconciliation Service on  Monday 14 December at 7.30pm.

Parish Awakening: A full report is available for everyone this weekend. I thank all those who have put so much work into preparing this impressive document.

Synod Talk: I will share my talk, first given in Rugby in the Fisher-More Hall at 7.30pm tomorrow 30 November. All welcome.

Fr Barrie’s operation went well on Thursday and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Liverpool Blitz 75th Anniversary: After the terrible events in Paris at the end of last week, James Carmichael reminded me that this week (29 November) is the anniversary of the Durning Road (Clint Road) disaster when 166 people lost their lives. November is indeed a time for remembering and renewed prayers for peace.

Synod Talk: There has been some interest in the talk I gave in Rugby and the only date available before Christmas seems to be Monday 30 November, so I will share my thoughts on the subject in the Fisher-More Hall at 7.30pm that evening. All welcome.

THE SYNOD: Last Thursday I gave a talk at the Sacred Heart parish in Rugby (where I first gave a mission in 1973) on my initial response to the outcome of the Synod on the Family. If there is sufficient interest in our two parishes, I will be happy to share my thoughts with you one evening. Let me know.

PARISH AWAKENING—A full report of the day will be made available for everyone and distributed on the First Sunday of Advent. As a result of all the feedback, most of which was wonderfully positive, we have many imaginative ideas as to how we can fan the flame lit on the day and further the missionary spirit of both parishes. After you have had time to digest the report, we will explore how best to further the process.

NOVEMBER: After a somewhat hectic couple of weeks, I enter November hoping that we can use this special month as a time for reflection……


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