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Fr Tim

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord this Monday (January 8). However, we will continue the continental custom of keeping the crib until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2 February. Hopefully that will help to brighten the dark days of January, whenever you visit the church!

Ordinary Time in the liturgical cycle begins on Tuesday. Remember we are now using the readings of Year B on Sundays and Year 2 on weekdays.

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 

Christmas preparations:

Please note the Parish Carol Service on Monday evening at 7.00pm and the Traditional Carol Service on Saturday at 2.30pm.

There will be opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the Masses this week and as usual between 4.00pm and 5.00pm on Saturday.

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE: Please take careful note of the timetable next weekend. Everything is as usual until Sunday evening (Christmas Eve), when there will be no 6pm Mass. We will have the usual Family Mass at 7.00pm and the Midnight Mass at 11.30pm, preceded by carols and readings from 11.00pm. On Christmas Day there will be the usual morning Masses, but no evening Mass!

Christmas Services

To help cope with the crowds, I suggest that at the 7.00pm Mass on Christmas Eve the older children (Year 4 and upwards) may wish to bring cushions and sit on the sanctuary. We will need a few catechists to be with them please. This Mass is always very popular and  it would help if those without children could go to an alternate Mass.

ADVENT: I have written a short piece in this month’s BE Alive, which I hope sets the scene for our Christmas preparations this year. I hope that both the school and parish events will provide us all with ample opportunity to prepare well. In the midst of everything I hope we will be able to find those quiet moments which will enable us to approach the feast calmly and experience the peace it offers. To this end I will be away from Tuesday to Thursday this week.

Safeguarding: I know that the renewal of DBS forms has  required an enormous amount of work in recent weeks. It reflects well on both our parishes that we have so many people involved and I want to thank you all for ensuring that this   necessary process to protect our children and vulnerable adults is successfully completed. If anyone still needs to contact Kris Reeds, please email the parish office without delay to indicate if you are still in a voluntary role and giving alternative times to come in. Please note Kris is away this coming week.

Our Young People: This weekend we are asked to remember in a special way our young people. Yesterday the Embrace event took place in the Cathedral and we were well represented. Natasha and Anita had a stall to promote their work.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are  working so hard to ensure that our young people have every opportunity to deepen their faith in our Lord and become active members of our parish community. I was thrilled when I visited the Junior Justice and Peace Group last week and saw their enthusiasm and commitment. And I am grateful that Natasha and Anita are finding ways of linking in their work among the young adults with youngsters still at school.

Once again the young adults in partnership with Hope Catholic Society were out on the streets last Tuesday night, bringing comfort to the homeless.

The Feast of Christ the King will complete the liturgical year next weekend. We hope and pray that the Embrace event at the Cathedral next Saturday will be its usual vibrant success and encourage many young people to become more and more committed to their Christian faith. Meanwhile, to all our young people, I simply say: please take note of all the initiatives being taken on your behalf and respond as and when you can.

Registration for Embrace closes on the 22nd November at 3pm. If you would like to register please go to http://www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk/index.php/registration/   

This is a free event. 

To learn more about the speakers click here

RYM will have a stall, so if you go why not  stop  tosay hello to Natasha and Anita

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: There is a dedicated email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is also a box at the back of the church. So far the response has been slow, but I am keen to know how you think we can best have a conversation about the future.

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: For those of you who wish to make written responses, there will be a box at the back of both our churches. There will also be the following dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Over the next few weeks we will try to collate your responses. 

Hopefully, by Christmas we will have a clearer idea of what practical steps we need to take. Meanwhile, I can only reiterate my delight in the many encouraging comments I am receiving not only from the parishioners of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, but from as far away as a London parish.

Half-term: We hope the staff and pupils of our schools enjoyed a good break last week.

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