Christmas 2019
Christmas Intentions:
To enable the offering of Christmas Masses for the intentions many often carry at this time of year we continue the tradition of Christmas Intentions. Similar to the Pious List this  enables the remembrance of many. However, please note, it is not restricted to the faithful departed but may include the living as well and our prayers for their good intentions. Our “Christmas      Intentions” will be remembered at all Masses between Christmas Day and 30th December. 
To have your loved ones, living and departed, remembered in this way please enclose your list of intentions, and offering, in the envelopes available at Our Lady’s Icon in St Matthew’s and Our Lady’s Altar in St Cecilia’s.  All offerings are, as per Fr. Conor‘s tradition, donated to the Nugent Care Crib Appeal

Masses
Christmas Eve
Tuesday 24th December:       5.30 pm -  Carols in St Matthew’s 
                                            6.00 pm -   Family Mass - St Matthe
                                            9.30 pm -  Carols in St Cecilia’s
                                            10.00 pm - Midnight Mass - St Cecilia’s
Christmas Day
Wednesday 25th December:     9.00 am -  St Matthew’s
                                             10.30 am - St Cecilia’s

St Stephen’s Day
Thursday 26th December:        12.00 pm - St Matthew’s (Altar servers Mass)
Friday 27th December:             12.00 pm - St Cecilia’s
Saturday 28th December:         No morning Mass
                                              6.00 pm -   St Matthew’s
Sunday 29th December             10.00 am - St Matthew’s
                                              11.30 am - St Cecilia’s
Monday 30th December            No Mass or Eucharistic service
Tuesday 31st December            No Mass or Eucharistic service    
Wednesday 1st January            10.00 am - St Matthew’s
Thursday 2nd January              10.00 am - St Matthew’s
Friday 3rd January                   10.00 am - St Cecilia’s   
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Early Riser Mass – Advent:
Wednesday’s 7.30am in St Matthew’s.

Baptism Course:
The next course will take place on Friday 13 December at 7.00pm in St Matthew’s; please enter via the priest’s house.

Pastoral Area Advent Reconcilliation Service:
Monday 16 December at 7.00pm in St Michaels’s, West Derby Road, L6 5EH
Thursday 19 December at 7.00pm in St Margaret Mary’s, Pilch Lane, L14 0JG

Confessions:
Next weekend Saturday 14th December at 5.00pm in St. Matthew’s & Sunday 15th December  at 12.30pm in St Cecilia’s.

Synod 2020: St Cecilia’s:
Having reflected on the situation, how our Faith informs us, and what needs to be done in order to become the Church God is calling us to be; our proposals for action have been submitted by our parish to Synod 2020 are now published at the back of church.

Christmas Intentions:

The box and envelopes for Christmas Intentions can be found at Our Lady’s Icon in St Matthew’s and Our Lady’s Altar in St Cecilia’s.

Important Message to all 50/50 Club Members:
This year’s Grand Christmas Draw will take place this Sunday 8th December and this will be the last ever 50/50 draw to be held. We wish to thank all our members for their continued support over the years. Any members, who have paid in advance of this date, will be refunded their over-payment ASAP.
A new fundraising initiative will be set up in 2020, probably sometime in the summer. Details will be published in advance, so watch this space for details.
The prize money paid out for the draw on Sunday 24 November, 2019 was £72.50 and the winning number was 218.
The prize money paid out for the draw on Sunday 1 December, 2019 was £77.50 and the winning number was 137
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those support this venture.
 
Congratulations:
To Peter Murphy who will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 14th December.  We send him our blessings as always.

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission number for Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Honeysgreen Lane, West Derby, Liverpool, L12 9HZ with effect from September 2021.  Consultation is now open and will remain open until 26th January please see notice board for more information.
                                             
Christmas Community Fayre – Sports Alive Charity:
On Saturday 14 December at St John Chrysostom Church Hall, Queens Road, Everton, L6 2NF from 1pm – 3pm; Grotto, stalls, food, arts ad crafts, face painting, tombola, raffles and lots more.
Sports Alive is a registered charity that supports young people. They offer open access activities across Merseyside for all ages from 5-18 years. All Sports Alive sessions are free of charge to young people.
For further information contact them on Facebook or visit www.Sports-Alive.org

Parish Pilgrimage: Rome 2020
Our spiritual guide will be Fr Conor.
Flying with Jet 2 from Manchester to Rome Fumi airport on Tuesday 6th October - Saturday 10th October.
Price includes 10kg hand luggage or for an extra 20kg is £50.  Coach transfer in Rome is included.
Staying in the Pacific Hotel.  Price is approximately £699 (single supplement extra)
Hotel is a half board basis which includes breakfast and dinner.
Visit to Churches outside walls and an audience with Pope Francis (if in residence) 
If enough people are interested a tour by night can be arranged for an additional charge.  Travel insurance is not included.
If you would like to join us please add your name to the list at the back of Church. 
A £200 deposit is required to secure your place and a copy of your photographed passport page. 
Contact Mary Dillon on 0151 364 3319 or 07948610609

Christmas Appeal for our Parishes Charities:
During the next 2 weeks we will be collecting for our Parishes Charities.
Foodbank: Items urgently needed – UHT milk, tinned tomatoes, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, mashed potato, fruit juice, coffee, curry sauce, pasta sauce, custard, cup-a-soups, noodles and jam. They currently don’t need beans and pasta as they have a large    supply.
Whitechapel: Socks, underwear, T shirts, scarves, gloves, hats, jumpers and items for the charity shop.
Nugent: Tolietries and items for charity shop.
Knit-a-Square: Wool
All items can be left in the cupboards at the back of church. If there is no space in the relevant cupboard it doesn’t matter as items will be sorted out on a regular basis.
Any items from St Cecilia’s will be transported to St Matthew’s.
All items are to be received in St Matthew’s Church by Sunday 15 December.
Remember both Nugent and Whitechapel have charity shops and are always grateful of any volunteers.
Thank you for your continued support during 2019.
An update of our parishes support for these charities will be published in the New Year.
 
Legion of Mary:
New members are still required. This is an open invitation to parishioners of both parishes. Meetings take place on Friday mornings after Mass in St. Cecilia’s; contact the Parish office for more information  228 1310.
 
Nugent – Charity Christmas Cards:
On sale after Mass in both parishes; thank you for your support.

Volunteer for Mission Together – Missio:
Supporting Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries
Mission Together encourages children in England and Wales to pray; fundraise and become missionaries themselves - children helping children.
Under its original name of Holy Childhood, Mission Together has been active in Catholic schools for one hundred and seventy years.
Through the financial contributions of children in England and Wales, Mission Together carries out educational, medical and welfare projects in the poorest areas of the world.  Over generations, Missio's work with children has helped to build the family of God.    Being universal in character, our projects tend to the needs of all, regardless of background or beliefs; exemplifying the all-embracing nature of the Catholic Church.
We are looking to recruit volunteers for Mission Together the Pope’s official children’s charity for overseas mission. Volunteers would be required to give presentations to Primary School children. A background in catechesis would be helpful but not essential as full training will be given. If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Archdiocesan Director, Deacon Ronnie 0151 476 8533.

Paul’s Place Money-Wall:
Rather than buy Christmas Cards and/or gifts this year, why not consider donating to charity instead? It’s really simple and straightforward to take part. You decide on the amount of   money you would have spent on buying cards and/or gifts (between £1 and £100) and put that amount in the same numbered envelope (which are available at the back of church) e.g if you choose to donate £20, then put your money in envelope 20; or if you’re donating £50, put your money in envelope 50.  
You may even want to split the amount you’re donating with family members, friends or workmates. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

 
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