NEXT SUNDAY: SYNOD SUNDAY: Archbishop Malcolm is writing a Pastoral Letter, which will be read at all the Masses next Sunday, helping us to understand and nature and objectives of the Diocesan Synod 2020.
In our two parishes, we will make a unique contribution to the discussions by offering you our Redemptorist Questionnaire, which is also a response to our Fr General’s request for us to take seriously Pope Francis’s request that the whole Church should seek to heal the hurt that has wounded us all.
TUESDAY IS THE FEAST OF ST GERARD MAJELLA:
After the noon Masses in both Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, we will bless any infants and toddlers who are brought to the church as well as all mothers who wish to receive a blessing.
There will also be a blessing for any expectant mothers. You will be able to reverence the relic of St Gerard and medals of St Gerard will be available.
To learn more about St Gerard click here
THE NEED FOR MORE REFLECTION: Fr Andrew left last Wednesday for Hungary to attend a European Council Meeting of Marriage Encounter. He returns on Monday. Prior to his leaving we had a community meeting and we discussed a letter (click here) from our General, Fr Michael Brehl, in which he urges us to take serious note of the recent letter from Pope Francis about the present state of the Church, particularly the Pope ’s insistence that we root out the scourge of clericalism. If you have any suggestions about how best we might approach such a conversation, please let me know.
Pause for breath
We have successfully celebrated Adoremus and given thanks for the blessings surrounding the ‘World Meeting of Families’ and Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland.
Also, I am grateful to have had the opportunity in the last few months to have been able to exercise our special Redemptorist charism by preaching Novenas in London and Dublin as well as spending a few days with the Military Chaplains.
As we move into the autumn I would like to continue to take stock with you as to how best we can plan the immediate future of our two parishes.
Meanwhile, the Redemptorists are continuing to encourage us to plan thoughtfully for the future and this week we will know the names of the confrères who will meet for our Provincial Chapter in January. We will remain positive and focused because the Lord promised he would always be with us and his peace is the gift which puts everything into perspective.
Greetings from the Emerald Isle…I am thoroughly enjoying the Novena at the Redemptoristine Convent in Dublin. The response has been encouraging and even more remarkable the number of people who tune into the webcam to follow the services: the last figure quoted was approaching three and a half thousand. The sessions, which include the celebration of Mass, are at 9.30am and 8.00pm each day. If anyone is interested the web address is www.rednuns.com . We finish on Tuesday evening and I return to Liverpool Wednesday night.
ADOREMUS: There is no doubt that all our delegates greatly appreciated the opportunity to be part of last weekend’s unique event and I look forward to working out with them how best they can share the experience with the rest of us. At the same time the two events in Bishop Eton were well attended not only by our own parishioners, but also by some visitors from around the country. Again the responses were very favourable and I want to thank everyone who contributed to ensuring that everything went so well: the liturgies, the talks and the hospitality.
NOVENA IN IRELAND: By the time most of you read this I will be on my way to Ireland for the Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in our Redemptoristine convent chapel in Dublin.
(The Novena will be streamed via the Redemptoristine webcam visit www.rednuns.com )
I will look after the two sessions each day for the next nine days and return to Liverpool on Wednesday, 26 September.
Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on this venture and in turn we will keep the two parishes in our petitions.
And this just leads me to encourage everyone to think about supporting our Perpetual Novena each Wednesday evening in Bishop Eton at 7.30pm. Numbers have diminished in recent months in spite of the special Nine Days in the summer. These devotions have provided comfort and support for countless individuals and families over the years and I hope will continue to do so into the future.
ADOREMUS WEEKEND: Our prayer is that the Eucharistic Congress in our city this weekend will fill the Church across the country with a new sense of purpose, hope and joy. I would like to thank all of you who celebrated the special events in Bishop Eton on Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime. I hope that one way or another everyone has felt part of the event and we look forward in due course to sharing the experience of our delegates who joined the thousands in the Echo Arena. Please remember that everyone is welcome to join the Blessed Sacrament Procession from the Cathedral at 1.00pm this Sunday. Please note the Pilgrimage Masses in the Cathedral at 9.30am and 11.30am are ticket only.
Fr Barrie O’Toole: I was able to visit Fr Barrie in Ripon on Thursday. We had lunch together and an enjoyable chat. He is immensely grateful for all the messages of goodwill and promises of prayer. He sends you all his love and an assurance of his prayers in return. He is somewhat weaker, but remains cheerful and is being wonderfully looked after by his sister, Pat, and her family and the care package they now have in place.
Novena in Ireland:
Early next Sunday I leave to preach a Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at the Redemptoristine Convent chapel in Dublin. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on the event. Apart from a couple of days when Fr Andrew has Redemptorist meetings in the south, most of the community should be in residence during that time. ( You can follow the Novena Masses via the webcam on the Redemptoristine sisters' website www.rednuns.com)
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