SYNOD 2020 - Parish Proposal Form:                 
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; the proposals for action submitted by our parish to Synod 2020 on the Theme Sharing the mission of Jesus are as follows:

Proposal 1 
We need to be a compassionate and caring church within our community. We need to follow up with lapsed Catholics, bereaved people, parents who have baptised their children etc. so that     people will see that they are part of a community that cares about them and their loved ones.

Proposal 2 
The church needs to share the Good News of Jesus in a modern way through Facebook, Instagram etc. We need to be on aplatform that people can relate to in the present day. This could take the form of invitations to church sent out via social media and calls for people to take action on issues relevant to the church.

Proposal 3 
There needs to be church events such as afternoon/evening teas which invite the community to get together. This would serve to make the church a community space that people are encouraged to visit.

Proposal 4 
People need to be shown a clear path to sharing in the mission of Jesus. People want to help others, they just need to be given a clear means to do so through, for example, setting up clear voluntary roles that people can apply for which could be advertised locally.

Proposal 5 
The good work of the church locally, nationally and internationally needs to be publicly celebrated. This could encourage more people to get involved.

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Confessions:

Next weekend 5.00 pm in St Matthew’s and 12.30 pm in St Cecilia’s.

Parishes Forum Meeting:
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 January after 7.00pm Mass in St Cecilia’s.  

Annual Celebration of Marriage & Family Life:
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon invites you to join him in celebrating the Annual Marriage and Family Life Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King - Sunday 9 February at 11am.
The Mass will include the renewal of marriage vows and a special blessing for those celebrating significant anniversaries.
Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Gibberd Room.

Baptism Course:
The next course will take place on Friday 7 February at 7.00pm in St Matthew’s, please enter via the priest’s house.

Called to Serve?
Archbishop Malcolm Mc Mahon will host an evening for when who may be wondering if they are called to serve as deacons and what the formation involves. To be held in St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Crow Orchard Lane, Wrightington, WN6 9PA and beginning with refreshments at 7.00pm, Wednesday 5th February. Wives, priests and deacons welcome. For further information call 0151 522 1042 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you – Nugent:
Francesca has collected 3 bags Nugent along with your stamps and ‘funny money’ from St Matthew’s. Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you also to Jimmy and St Cecilia’s parishioners for your ‘funny money’ donations delivered directly to the Nugent shop.
Envelopes and stamps from your Christmas cards received by Post:
And still they continue to come!!!! A huge thank you to all who have responded to this request by either bringing their used stamped envelopes or their used stamps to church; they will be passed on to a charity.

Parish Pilgrimage - Rome 2020 - Update:
We now have the last few places remaining including 1 single room.  If you would like to book please contact Mary who can organize the forms for you.  Leisure Time Travel will arrange a meeting in April with Fr Conor, Micheal or John from LTT to give any updates and discuss any questions.   LTT have informed us they will not be providing Insurance cover this year due to costs.  Please ensure you have the correct cover of Insurance.   If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mary      Dillon on 0151 364 3319/ 07948610609

Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes:
Tuesday 11th February at 7.30 pm in Christ the King, Queens Drive, Wavertree, L15 6YQ.   Bishop Tom Williams is the main celebrant.  All welcome.

Synod 2020 - Change of venue for reflective evening:
Reflective evening on ‘How we pray together’ takes place on Wednesday 29 January, at Our Lady Help of Christians [Portico Lane, Portico L34 2QT], 7:30pm - 9pm. (Please note the change of venue for this second session which was originally St Philomena’s).

Conversion of St. Paul - 25th January:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
 

St. Paula – 26th January:
Born in Rome of a noble family on May 5th 347. A member of one of the richest   senatorial families which claimed descent from       Agamemnon; Paula was the daughter of Blesilla and Rogatus, from the great clan of the Furii Camilli. In her mid teens Paula was married to the nobleman Toxotius and the couple had five children - Toxotius, Blesilla, Paulina, Eustochium, and Rufina. They were regarded as an ideal married couple, and on his death in 379, she renounced the world, lived in the greatest austerity, and devoted  herself to helping the poor. She met St. Jerome in 382 through St. Epiphanius and Paulinus of Antioch and was closely associated with Jerome in his work while he was in Rome. The death of her daughter Blesilla in 384 left her heartbroken, and in 385 she left Rome with Eustochium, travelled to the Holy Land with Jerome, and a year later settled in Bethlehem under his spiritual direction. She and Eustochium built a hospice, a monastery, and a convent, which Paula governed. She became Jerome's closest confidante and assistant, taking care of him and helping him in his biblical work, build numerous churches, which were to cause her financial difficulties in her old age, she died at Bethlehem on January 26. She is the patroness of widows.
 
Archdiocese of Liverpool Directory 2020:
Available in St Matthew's - price £3.00 each  Please see one of the Deacon's or Joan Purcell.

Liverpool Archdiocesan 2020 Pilgrimage to Lourdes:
24 – 31 July 2020 (7 nights)   For further information please see the notice board at the back of church.  Urgently needed: Doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals Also adult helpers (aged over18, no experience required).  Musicians and singers
 
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.

Restored Live: Recovery from Divorce & Separation:
The Archdiocese of Liverpool Marriage & Family life department will host a 6 week course to start on Wednesday 12th February to Wednesday 18th March.   Meeting are in small groups and are free, confidential, informative and affirming.  The course is for any person who is going through or who has gone through, a relationship breakdown.  For more details of times & venue contact Maureen O’Brien - 07967753371 or Jacqui Sellek - 07793825815.

Cathedral Concerts: For Beethoven’s Benefit
Saturday 8th February 7.30 pm.  Soloists: Leo Byrne, Kendal Bradshaw & John Moseley.  This year, the 250th since the birth of Beethoven, we have two concerts to celebrate his genius.  Tonight we hear his Romance in F  for    
violin, his Symphony No 1 and John Mosely plays his improvisation game with audience support.  Alongside Beethoven we hear Mozart’s Symphony No 39 plus new, young soprano Kendal Bradshaw in two arias from Haydn’s   Creation.    Tickets are £10, £3 for under 25’s.  Further details can be found at www.cathedralconcerts.org.uk
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