Served by the Redemptorists.
Archdiocese of Liverpool. Registered Charity No. 232709
Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R.
Assistant: Fr C Randall C.Ss.R.
Deacon J Keeley
2nd December 2018
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)
8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm
Monday - Friday 7.00am, 12.00 midday
WEDNESDAY EXPOSITION: NO EXPOSITION THIS WEEK
Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
Rosary: 11.30am Monday—Tuesday, Thursday—Saturday.
No Rosary before funerals.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
On Saturday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm and at call.
Are you new to the parish? welcome!
If you live within the parish or attend here regularly you should be registered with us by filling in a registration form. These can be found in the porch (or click here ) along with a Parish Directory. Hand your completed form into the parish office.
FROM FR TIM
I pray that we may all have a blessed experience of this holy season and prepare well for Christmas. Once again it is short with only three weeks to fit everything in, but at least this year the Fourth Sunday does not coincide with Christmas Eve.
I look forward to attending as many of the special events as possible.
I remind you that we will have our usual Reconciliation Services and they will be at the beginning of next week: Monday 10 December, at St Mary’s and Tuesday 11 December, at Bishop Eton, both at 7.30pm.
ELECTION OF SYNOD MEMBER:
I am grateful to Andrew Finch, Elisabeth Neefs and Elizabeth Parsons for agreeing to be nominated. We will carry out the election efficiently this weekend. Please listen for instructions at the end of Mass. Details of each candidate are available, as are voting papers. I also have the names of some generous people willing to be co-opted to fill the other eight representatives of the Pastoral Area and we will be in touch with you when we have determined how we are to proceed on that front. Thank you all for your support for the Synod process.
I have written an article in this month’s BE ALIVE, trying to piece together all the encouraging developments in both parishes in recent times. I hope it is helpful.
On sale now in the porch £1.60 each.
SVP Christmas collection
TODAY after all Masses. Christmas is a time when need is especially felt. Thank you.
Parish Coffee Morning and Repository
Today after the 10.00am Mass with all profits going to Project Zimbabwe.
Bishop Eton Resettlement Group:
Christmas Raffle Children's Quiz on sale at the coffee morning and after all Masses on 9 December. Purchase tickets or quiz's in advance please collect from the monastery reception.
NUGENT GIFT COLLECTION
Unwrapped Christmas Gifts for Nugent can be brought to Mass today. NO PRESENTS on Christmas Day please. This gives Nugent time to distribute the presents to needy families this year rather than having to store them until next year. Thank you.
“Shine a light this Christmas” candles are £1 each and Christmas cards (a bag of maize) £10 each and will be on sale after each Mass today and from the Monastery reception, Monday—Saturday 9.00am—6.00pm.
BELL (Bishop Eton Lending Library)
Will be open after Mass today in the Hughes Room. You are welcome to call in and borrow a book for Advent. No meetings in December but will resume in January.
Children’s Liturgy and Family Readers
Children's Liturgy Amnesty
We are holding an amnesty on all children’s liturgy materials, please hand into the monastery. Thank you.
Bishop Eton and St Mary's Women's Group
Christmas Island Castaway Event in Fisher-More Hall, 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 December. Please bring one essential Christmas item eg poem, song, reading, object to talk about if you wish. Also bring food to share for a buffet and beverages.
CHRISTMAS HOMELESS MISSION:
Why not join us on Tuesday 4 December at 7.30pm at the foot of the stairs of the Metropolitan Cathedral. It may help in your preparations for Christmas during the Advent season helping those much less fortunate. (If possible bring a bag for life with you, and anything else you would like to donate/hand out)
Meeting this Friday 7 December from 6.30pm-8.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall. We raised £415 for the Bishop Eton Resettlement Programme.
ALSO...We are holding a 'Table Sale' in January to raise funds for Project Zimbabwe as the Redemptorist 'Mavambo Trust' is struggling to survive in the present economic climate. Please donate any unwanted Christmas gifts in the New Year to fund this worthy cause. Thank you!
Holy Hour Adoration at 7.30pm on Friday 7 December.
Please come and join us.
SVP Healing Mass:
The SVP Advent Healing Mass on Saturday 8 December at 12 noon during which there will be the opportunity to receive the sacrament of the sick. All are welcome. We are especially keen to enable those parishioners who cannot easily attend Mass to be present. If you know of anyone who might need transport or assistance on the day phone Bryan on 07866 307 511.
Christmas Flower Evening:
Sorry we are SOLD OUT. The Event In the Fisher-More Hall, on Sunday 9 December at 7pm will be by. Ticket only.
Nugent charity shop
The Nugent shop on Allerton Road needs donations. You can drop goods off at the shop or drivers collect on Thursdays, call Jeanette to arrange a collection 737 2951.
Please check out all the posters in the porch for extra events, courses and information.
Also, see 'Items not in Paper Version of the bulletin below'
FOR Redemptorist Community & vocations News
Facebook Redemptorist Vocations GB
Twitter @RedemptoristsGB .
Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.
Advent and Christmas Events
There are so many events on in the Parish and Surrounding areas, to help you we have created some dedicated Advent 2018 pages that you can peruse at your leisure. Click here
SYNOD 2020 what you need to know
SYNOD 2020 Process overview:
- Oct 2017 – Sept 2018 – time of prayer.
- 2018 – Sept 2019 - time of listening and discernment.
- Oct 2019 – Oct 2020 – themes to be developed into proposals to be voted on at the Synod in October 2020.
Each priest in active ministry will be a member and each parish will elect a synod member.
Each Pastoral Area will have 8 members. All in all, the Synod will have 500 members with voting rights.
Members will be trained in discernment and go back to their parishes to listen to the concerns, needs, and reflections of their local community. From these conversations around the diocese, the themes of the Synod will emerge and Members will take these back to their local community where they will begin to be formulated into the concrete proposals that the Synod will vote upon.
The Pastoral Development Group have been looking at a Parish Synod member, a parish Synod Group and Pastoral Area Synod members. Please keep all this in your prayers.
SYNOD 2020 Where to find Information
- SYNOD 2020 website https://synod2020.co.uk/
- Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SYNOD2020/
- Twitter account https://twitter.com/synod2020
- To sign up for the SYNOD Newsletter click here
For the latest from CTMH please click here.
RYM in the coming weeks
Tuesday 11th December – 7:30pm, Advent reflection in Fisher More Hall, followed by a Christmas meal.
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day meal in St Mary's church hall for anyone who would otherwise be alone. All welcome, regardless of religion and income, please spread the world (but we MUST know final numbers as soon as possible).
The Venerable Fr Bernard Łubieński, CSsR:
Please take a leaflet and prayer card from the porch. Any information about graces received through Fr Łubieński's intercession should be sent to Fr Andrew (Fr Rector - Bishop Eton, Woolton Road, Liverpool UK L16 8NQ)
Pope Francis: Reflections on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)
Each week we will be providing an excerpt on the Pope's letter for you to read and reflect on. The reflections have been made available by the Archdiocese’s Adult Faith Formation department.
Family is the first experience of society that children encounter. It is here that “we first learn to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and live as one”
(Amoris Laetitia 276)
Every day the family has opportunities to practice care for others, rethink our habits of consumption, and care for the environment as our home. Reflect as a family this week on how you care for each other and our environment.
PARISH VOLUNTEERS PLEASE NOTE:
Kevin Harvey (Archdiocesan H&S Officer) flagged up an issue that has arisen in some parishes around the archdiocese. There have been instances of parishioners who have had traffic incidents travelling to and from church and their insurers have not settled the claim due to being unaware of the drivers’ voluntary duties. If you do any regular jobs at, or on behalf of the church (e.g. cleaning, counting money, Eucharistic Ministers visiting the sick and housebound etc.) and you use your car, please inform your motor insurers that you do voluntary work at church. There should be no increase in your premium, but it is still advisable to inform them. Thank you
Marriage Matters Reflection
A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) on this Sunday's readings
First Sunday of Advent (Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thess 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36)
Keeping the star of our love burning brightly
Jeremiah’s joy reminds us of the weeks before our wedding, a time when we were deeply aware of our love for one another. Since then, many cares have threatened to divert us from that love and it has sometimes been necessary to make a special effort to share, listen and forgive to keep the star of our love burning brightly.
KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA:
The Knights meet every second Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm at St Francis of Assisi meeting rooms, Earp Street Garston L19 1RT. For further information contact Aidan Carney on 0151- 427- 7126.
Nugent Charity Shop Volunteers Required:
Animate… Inspiring Life and Soul
Animate is the Youth Service of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and was set up as a response to people in the Diocese naming Youth Ministry as one of their top 3 priorities to be addressed. It was decided that the best way to address Youth Ministry in our Diocese was to set up a team of young people who could minister to other young people.
Each month they run a ‘Life and Soul’ service. It consists of a period of Adoration accompanied by modern and traditional hymns.
The next session will be held on
- 11th December at St Joseph & St Laurence Bewley Drive Kirkby
WOOLTON ART GROUP:
A new art group is starting: Painting is where happiness lies, come and join us at ST MARY’S HALL on Tuesday 23 October 2:00pm- 4:00pm cost £3. Places are limited! To book contact Linda on 07922736537 or 0151- 208-0914.
A Eucharistic Prayer Group for Young Professionals/Adults. Every Tuesday 6pm - 7:30pm. Starting Tuesday, 30th October 2018, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Metropolitan Cathedral. This is a new prayer group set up by and for young professionals/adults and students seeking time with God through adoration, rosary & silent prayer. Please enter the Cathedral via the car park entrance.
The link to the website of the Catholic Church in England and Wales is:
This site provides access to some of the keynote speeches from the event.
The Redemptorist Youtube account has videos of Bishop Ralph's Homily and Fr Andrew's talk on the Redemptorist charism click here
Gap Year opportunity with Animate
THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS COMING TO LIVERPOOL!
They will be live in concert at St Peter’s Church, Woolton on Thursday 6th December at 7.00 pm.
Come join the African Children’s Choir as they perform in our community during their UK tour! They will be live at St Peter’s Church on Thursday 6th December at 7 pm. Experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and unlimited potential of each African child! A free-will offering will follow the Choir’s concert.
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The “Just As I Am” tour combines traditional hymns with African cultural sounds and a stunning visual story of God’s faithfulness. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining.
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Christmas Cards for the Holyland
Once again the Archdiocese is encouraging us to send Christmas cards to the Holy Land. There is information on what to include/exclude on cards and where to send them on the Archdiocesan website. Click here to learn more
LAUNCH OF ST MARY’S COMMUNITY THEATRE:
On Monday 3 December from 6:00pm-7:30pm in St Mary's parish hall. The event will take place on the first Monday of each month and is open to pupils in Years 6-10, though older and younger children will be made welcome. For further information please contact Jen Monkhouse on: 07800572434.
Archdiocesan Job Opportunties
Maintenance Assistant: The Cathedral are looking for someone to help with the day to day maintenance. For full details click here
Family Group Coordinator. The Archdiocese is looking for someone to promote and set up family groups across the Archdiocese. For full details click here
CATHEDRAL WALKING GROUP
CATHEDRAL BOOK CLUB
The next meeting of the Cathedral Book Club will be Thursday 13 December at 7.00pm in the Gibberd Room The book to be discussed is ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamise. The book won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. All welcome