Charity Tea Party - Saturday 14 September 2019:
For this year’s charity Tea Party in St Matthew’s; Our chosen charity is North West Air  Ambulance.
North West Air Ambulance Charity takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible and working collaboratively with their partners to ensure they are transferred to the best treatment centre thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury.
Just as many critically injured patients would not survive without the service, your North West Air Ambulance Charity would not be here without you. The service is funded by the generosity of the public through donations, fundraising activity, lottery membership and through our network of retail outlets, who provide vital charitable funding to keep our service flying. 
  • The Northwest Air Ambulance was founded in 1999 operating just 5 days a week.
  • With the generosity of supporters from 2002 they began to operate 7 days a week.
  • 2008 a 2nd helicopter was introduced.
  • In 2012 doctors were introduced onto one aircraft, administering specialist care at the scene.
  • A 3rd helicopter was welcomed onto the fleet in 2013.
  • It costs £9 to fund 1 minute of a mission.
  • In the next few weeks the newest shop will open in Old Swan.

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Confessions:
This weekend Saturday 10th August at 5.00pm in St. Matthew’s & Sunday 11th August at 12.30 pm in St Cecilia’s.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15 August – Holy Day of Obligation:
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven is the dogmatically revealed truth of the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
Vigil Mass of the Assumption 14 August at 7.00pm in St Cecilia’s
The Assumption Mass 15 August at 12.00pm in St Matthew’s

Synod 2020:
Thank you to all the Parishioners who came along to our listening session in St Cecilia’s Club and to all those who completed the questionnaire.  I have submitted the questionnaires to the Synod office who are currently compiling the data collected across Liverpool and analyzing it for common themes.  The themes that emerge will be shared over the coming months.  I will keep you all posted.  Thank you - Emer.

Important Information:
St Matthew’s & St Cecilia’s Parish Day Trip: Saturday 17 August 2019
Our Parish trip is less than a week away. This notice contains important information:
If you are boarding the coach at St Matthew's Church it is important you are arrive no later than 8:15 latest.
If you are boarding the coach at St Cecilia's Church it is important you arrive no later than 8:30 latest.
If for whatever reason you are going to be late, please call me on 07714 786031.
Cathy/Monica Kane - please can you call me on the number above.
Colette Duncalf - please can you call me on the number above.
I still have 9 seats available (£6 - no concessions).  If you will like to attend the trip, please call me on the above number. I look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.
Dave Cotterill

Exam Results:
Many of our younger parishioners have just received or are just about to receive their exam results. The prayers of our parishes are with you at this time.

Holy Land Boxes:
If you have a Holy land box can you please bring it in to be emptied.  Thank you all for your continued support - Mary Dillon.

5 Weeks to go!!!! Charity Tea Party - Saturday 14 September 2019:
This year’s charity Tea Party will take place on Saturday 14 September 2019 in St Matthew’s; Fr Conor has requested this be in aid of North West Air Ambulance.
If you have any unwanted gifts and unopened bottle suitable for prizes can you please bring them to church anytime before the event. If you are able to bake cakes please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated items, volunteered to bake cakes and to help on the day.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition -
23rd August:
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.
The date is not just an invitation to remember the transatlantic slave trade, but to learn lessons and combat modern day slavery; Theresa May has just unveiled a crackdown on modern-day slavery and vowed fresh action to eradicate the evil trade from the UK. She announced plans for a taskforce at the heart of Government to combat people trafficking.
Learn more about slavery in our midst, including signs to look out for, what to do, and helpline numbers at 
www.modernslavery.co.uk

St. Maximilian Kolbe - 14th August:
In 1941 Kolbe was arrested by the Nazis and imprisoned in Auschwitz. He will be forever remembered for the heroic and selfless act of changing places with a prisoner who had been condemned to death.
Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God and his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration.

Thank you – CAFOD:
The following is an excerpt of a letter received by Fr Conor:
Thank you to all parishioners at St Matthew’s for your generous support for CAFOD this year and for your latest donation of £211.40 which we received on 4 July 2019.   Your donation can support people like Cynthia Ntala, who is the Chair of a CAFOD funded vegetable garden in Zimbabwe.  Yours sincerely Chris Funnell, Head of Supporter Donations
 
Paul’s Place:
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us recently with Ecclesiastical Giving.  Unfortunately, we weren’t one of the chosen charities to receive a £1000 donation.  However, all is not lost; as we have received the fantastic news that we have been awarded almost £338,000 lottery funding for a three year period! This means that we will be able to offer support and help to many more people bereaved by suicide. Thank you for your continued support. Agnes & Joe Williams xx

‘Funny Money’ – Nugent:
You know what happens when you come back from holiday with those spare few euros or dollars in your purse and you think ‘I’ll use them next year’. Well, instead of accumulating a mini coin collection in your top drawer you can donate it to Nugent. Please leave your ‘funny money’ in the relevant box at the back of church. Thank you.

Pray the Rosary for Peace:
We are all yearning for a little serenity in our lives and none other than Jesus is the teacher of this elusive state. Start meditating on the life of Jesus by praying the Rosary and you will find that serenity. Basically, the Rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus.
To learn how visit www.how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com
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