St. Matthew’s Parish Forum Minutes, Monday 21st October 2013

Present: Fr. Conor, Agnes Williams, Dave Cotterill, Eddie Cawley, Joan Purcell, Paula Burke, Ronny Burke.

Apologies: Joe McGunigle, Paula O’Toole, Kath Shaw.

Women’s Group: Tea Party 2013 in aid of Nugent Care – Total raised £1000. Next meeting Wednesday 6th November at 7pm.

Prayer Group: Next meeting Monday 28th October at 7pm.

North Liverpool Foodbank: 25 full bags delivered last week. Total bags so far this year 245

Whitechapel Centre: Delivery to be made in the next couple of weeks.

Surveys/Work: Boilers and asbestos work complete. Electrical work is underway and high level survey (roof/tower etc.) taking place this week.

Bereavement Group: Cards continue to be sent out. A meeting is to be arranged.

Family Shoe Box Appeal 2013: Boxes to be returned by weekend 2nd/3rd November. Fr. Conor will mention at weekend Mass.

CaFE – Catholic Faith Exploration - The Saints: Due to Pastoral Area Ignatian Spirituality Evening on Thursday 28th November there is to be an alteration to the initial programme for the Saints. Now 3 consecutive Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st November at 7pm. Covering Saints Benedict, Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of Lisieux.

Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham: 17th/20th May 2014 – Full and booked. Deacon Eddie confirmed as Spiritual Director. The final prices will be available in November.

Confirmations/1st Holy Communions - ‘With You Always’: 1st Reconciliation Service for St. Matthew’s – Monday 9th December 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Fr. Emmanuel: Fr. Conor thanks Fr. Emmanuel for his help and hopes to see him soon.

Bishop Tom’s September Visitation: Fr. Conor thanked all who helped provide a lovely buffet and all who came along on what was a good day.

Readers Meeting: St. Matthew’s & St. Cecilia’s: Fr. Conor stated meeting was nicely at-tende

Little Church: A meeting for Catechists from both parishes arranged for Monday 28th October at 7pm at St. Cecilia’s. Little Church at St. Cecilia’s to start on Sunday 10th November 2013

All Saints Friday 1st November – Holy Day of Obligation: Mass at St. Cecilia’s with School at 10.00am. Mass at St. Matthew’s with School at 2pm. Evening Mass at St. Matthew’s at 7pm.

Mass for the Bereaved: St. Matthew’s – Monday 4th November at 7pm. St. Cecilia’s – Wednesday 6th November at 7pm.

50/50 Club: New members have joined from both parishes.

Journey in Faith: 3 enquirers at present

Pastoral Area: Pastoral Area Ignatian Spirituality Evening – Thursday 28th November – further details including place and time to be confirmed.

Christmas Social – Friday 6th December: Tickets to go on sale in both parishes from Saturday 16th November. Donated bottles for the raffle can be handed in after Mass.

Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve 24th December: 6.30 pm. Family Mass at St. Matthew’s (children encouraged to dress as Nativity characters.
Christmas Eve 24th December: 10.00 pm at St. Cecilia’s
Christmas Day: 9am at St. Matthew’s
Christmas Day: 10.30am at St. Cecilia’s Christmas
Intentions Box: To be displayed weekend 7th/8th December.

Next meeting: Monday 13th January 2013 at 7pm.