Dates for your diary:
Fr Conor will celebrate his 25th anniversary of his ordination on Wednesday 15th June. Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 7pm in St Matthew’s. The celebrations will continue on Friday night with a party in St Paul’s Club. Tickets available now.

Queens Jubilee:
St Matthew’s school are inviting you to come along and celebrate the Queens Jubilee with them on Thursday 26th June, 10am in the school hall with a Morning Tea. All welcome, if you would like to attend please let the school office know on 228 1871.

The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ:
Are celebrating their Silver Jubilee of their Missionary presence in the UK. Mass will take place on Saturday 2nd July at 10am in Sacred Heart Parish, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3DB. If you would like to go please give your name to Jimmy or Pat in St Cecilia’s or Ann Carter in St Matthew’s.

Link to Hope Appeal:
After sending the £917.40, we received another £45.00. So, the overall total sent from our parishioners has increased to £962.40. Thank you!

Recruitment Boy & Girl Choristers 2022:
Do you know a child who would like to be a chorister at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King here in Liverpool?
The search is now on for our next generation of Boy and Girl choristers. We are recruiting: Boys currently in year 2 & 3 Girls currently in year 5 All choristers are educated at Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary School (boys, yr 3-6). St Edward's College (boys & girls, yr 7-10) meaning that a first-class Catholic chorister education for boys and girls in Liverpool is available at no cost. If you know of a Catholic family who might be interested in this wonderful opportunity, please share this information with them. Full details of choristerships at the Metropolitan Cathedral can be found at: https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.

The Universe Catholic Weekly:
is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE trial supply by calling Michelle on 0743 661 7650 or email: michelle.jones@

CAFOD: The paradox of abundance:
Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. St John Paul II called this ‘the paradox of abundance.’ Clearly the current global food system is not working. But as Pope Francis said, "Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet." Let’s respond to his call! CAFOD’s new campaign is called Fix the Food System. See for more information, including an invitation for parish groups to learn about the impact of our food with our Fix the Food System: a 7-station journey resource.

Pray in May with Mary’s Meals :
In this month dedicated to Our Lady we invite you to join us in praying for the work of Mary’s Meals, a mission carried out in Our Lady’s name to feed children a daily school meal in some of the world’s poorest communities. This meal brings children into the classroom where they can get an education, offering hope of a better future. Our work began with prayer, and prayer has sustained our rapid growth - from feeding 200 children in 2002 to feeding over 2.2 million children today. Please join us in praying for:  
all the children who receive Mary’s Meals     
all those who have grown up eating Mary’s Meals and gone out into the world as adults   
all the children still waiting for Mary’s meals, that we will be able to reach them soon.  

Mary, our Mother, we entrust to your intercession this work carried out in your name; that children throughout this world will see their lives transformed through the promise of a daily meal at school; that the Mary’s Meals volunteers

Knitted Squares:
Thanks to the parishioners for the squares they have knitted to make into blankets for vulnerable children in South Africa and to assure you that we are still collecting them and sending them on. To date we have received over 33,000 squares from parishes in and around Liverpool which have been made into 937 blankets as well as knitted toys hats etc. I can also assure you they have been very well received. If you can help Many thanks, Cath Riley

Gift Aid:

Would you like to be part of our Gift Aid scheme?
You are under no obligation to pay a certain amount or even pay every week, but we can claim 25% back on all your donations each year. You just have to be a tax payer.
For more information or to request a form please contact the Parish office on 228 1310 for a form.


As the ongoing conflict in Ukraine continues to occupy our thoughts and prayers, we are publishing various ways you can help:

DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee):
The DEC brings together 15 leading aid charities at times of humanitarian crisis overseas.
Donations to the DEC go to our members to spend directly or through trusted partners in the field. Members include: CAFOD, British Red Cross, Save the Children, Action Aid plus many more.
There are many ways to donate:
Call : 0370606900
Cheque: Can be sent to DEC, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA
Text: Text Help to 70150 to donate £10
(plus 1 standard network message)

Ukrainian Community:
based in St Sebastian’s Parish. If you can offer help or support contact Fr. Taras on 07784634136 or by emailing:            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Holy Communion:

Will take place on:
Saturday 7th May (4M) & Sunday 8th May (4R) - St Matthew
Saturday 21st May (4.1) & Sunday 22nd May (4.2) - St Cecilia  

The Archbishops council have updated their advice for parishes with immediate effect:
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for all those who come into church for all services.
  • There should be the opportunity offered to sanitise hand before and after entry to church.
  • There should be a return to the normal mode of celebrating Mass and other liturgies. Holy Communion will remain under one kind only.
  • There is no need for any social distancing in churches, but if a section can be offered that would be a sensitive gesture.
  • Good ventilation should continue (balancing the need for church heating at this time.)

St Joseph’s Prayer Centre:
Following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Freshfield, is again open for visitors. We offer a warm welcome for people to enjoy a place of peace, harmony, and hospitality. We provide accommodation for residential retreats (for weekends or longer), meeting rooms for day groups, and we also welcome individuals seeking a quiet space for prayer and reflection. The Prayer Centre is located within the beautiful National Trust Nature Reserve at Freshfield, Merseyside. Further information is available on our website:

North Liverpool Foodbank:
The Foodbank are currently running short of the following:
Tinned Potatoes, Toms, Carrots, Peas, Sweetcorn
Mashed Potato
Fruit Juice
Curry and Pasta Sauce
Cup a Soups
Please donate items to North Liverpool Foodbank, Clubmoor Community Centre, 16 Larkhill Lane, Liverpool, L13 9BR. Alternatively, a number of local supermarkets have a collection point / trolley near the exit were donations can be left.

Polite reminder:
Face coverings remain mandatory for all those coming into Church.

Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage 2022:
If you are aged between 15 and 22 and would like to be a part of the Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes in July 2022, applications will be available online from 4th October. The cost of the pilgrimage is £540. For more information visit

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool:
Are looking for volunteers to assist at the hospital. Duties will include way-finding and general assistance around the wards. If you would like to become a volunteer or for more information, please contact David Lee, the Volunteer
Co-Ordinator on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Standing Order:
HSBC are going through some changes which effects us in the way we deposit our weekly offerings.
Have you considered setting up a Standing Order? Your offering can be made weekly or monthly on a date that suits you and can be cancelled at any time. If you would like a form please contact Lyndsey on 228 1310.

Job Vacancies:
The archdiocese have numerous job vacancies available. For more information please visit

St Cecilia’s Parish Club:
If you would like to book the function room contact 228 1679.

If you still feel unable to attend Mass, you can watch Mass each Sunday on our YouTube channel ‘Cecilia Matthews’

Gift Aid:
If you do not already gift aid your weekly offerings could we ask that you please consider signing up for Gift Aid. This enables the parish to receive an extra 25% on top of your offering. If you would like more information please contact the office for a form.

Archbishop Charles Heerey (Caring Aid) Online Prayer Group:
We, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary would like to invite all our interested Parishioners to a group prayer meeting.
Initially this will be an online group meeting via Zoom. If you would like to know more, please register with a mobile number & email address.
God bless, Sr Mary Priscilla Ohawuchi, IHM
07368 155 194  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Please visit our website to read more about our projects:

The Sisters are also fundraising for their charity Caring aid, which helps different project worldwide.
Pens: Please take a pen and make a free donation to support our work for the vulnerable people around the world.
Boxes: If you would like to take a box home to support poor families.
Or you could become a regular supporter of our education fund for children from poor and less privileged families in Nigeria. £10 a month can support a child in nursey or primary school.
For more information on our charity work & projects please visit our website

Mary’s Meals:
Since our humble beginnings, Mary’s Meals, named after Mary the Mother of Jesus, has been built on a foundation of prayer and the many little acts of love from those who support us. This May, the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, we invite you to join us in prayer to celebrate the wonderful work of Mary’s Meals and give thanks that we are now reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. We also pray for God’s continued blessing on our beautiful mission, that through His providence it will always flourish, enabling us to reach more hungry children. You will find inspirational resources for our Pray In May campaign, including our prayer card, on our website:

Thank you:
A big thank you to our stewards and volunteers, thank you for helping our Churches to stay open and keeping us safe.





United in Prayer

Although public Masses have been stopped for the time being, we can still keep our parish community together and be united in prayer. This coming Wednesday (25th) is the Solemnity of the Annunciation when we celebrate the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to Mary that she will be the mother of the Son of God. The Angelus prayer is said to mark this occasion, and it can also be prayed daily. Everyday at 12 noon you are invited to pray the Angelus, you can offer this prayer for your own intentions and know that you are not alone, our parish community is praying with you. The bell at St Matthew’s will toll each day to mark the beginning of the Angelus.

The Angelus
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.


Practicing Spiritual Communion
It’s important to recall that, although our obligation to attend Mass might be dispensed, we are never dispensed from honouring the Commandment to “keep holy the Lord’s day.” Sunday remains to be set apart as another opportunity to grow in communion with the Lord. When we are unable physically to attend Mass, we may consider the practice of “spiritual communion”.
Spiritual Communion is a traditional practice of expressing to the Lord our longing for him and our desire for him to enter our hearts. St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) said: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.”
St. Jean-Marie Vianney (1786-1859), the famous country priest from Ars, France, once said “when we feel the love of God growing cold, let us instantly make a spiritual Communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall can shut us out from the good God.”

Prayer to make a Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Making a Spiritual Communion in church
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Parish Meeting:
All Parish meeting’s are now cancelled until further notice.

Parish sick & housebound:
All visit to are currently suspended until further notice. Please make sure we have full contact details for all sick & housebound especially phone numbers.

2020 Walsingham Pilgrimage: Cancelled: Important Information: COVID-19:
Hi to all those who have booked to go on this year's Walsingham Pilgrimage. It is with a heavy heart that I write to advise you that our May Pilgrimage has been cancelled due to the current situation, understandably.
I asked Walsingham whether I could re-book for later in the year when, hopefully, things have settled down. Unfortunately, they aren't taking any bookings at this point in time.
You have all paid a £20 deposit. This will be honoured for when I am able to re-book.
Some of you have sent payments to me recently. I will be in touch with you very soon to arrange getting them back to you.  Everyone else, please do not send me any more payments.
I will write again when I have further information about us re-booking.
Much love, Dave Cotterill

Dear Parishioners
As an additional part of our Synod Journey, and in light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we are being invited to reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be. 
Please do take a few moments to watch the short film, click on and read the reflections, which are there to help you in making your proposal.  Then Submit your proposal directly to the Synod Team before 18th May 2020.
Thank you for your continued support.   
Take care, stay safe
God bless


We come together as a Parish to discuss our 4th and final Synod Theme
In this theme “BUILDING COMMUNITY, NURTURING BELONGING” we are given the opportunity to look at how we, as a church can reach out to all people in our society, the young, the elderly and those living on the periphery eg migrants, Travellers, Prisoners, The handicapped, the poor and those in our hospitals and nursing homes etc . Helping us to put forward a vision, enabling all to participate fully in the life and mission of the church. Everybody to feel their contribution is respected and values and all to feel welcomed.
Questions to help you prepare proposals
• How do we ensure our parishes are inclusive and welcoming?
• How do we hand on our faith? Can you think of ways to do this better?
• How can we encourage and support the work of our Catholic schools?
• How can we support and strengthen the home, school, parish partnership?
• How do we reach out to those who feel excluded, on the margins, weak, or vulnerable?
• How do our parishes grow in love for God and service of our neighbour?
• How can parishes work better together?
• What will the parish of the future be like - given a realistic look at the number of priests and people we have?

This is what you said (Taken from the Synod Listening)
“Children should feel safe and loved in our Church.”
“Divisions leave people feeling marginalised and pushed to the fringes.”
“Young people should feel fully part of the community.”
“Parishes are important for building community in a fractured society.”
“The Church is vital in welcoming and valuing the weak and the vulnerable.”
“Find better ways of handing on the faith.”
“Housebound or infirm should still feel part of our communities.”
“Belonging to a parish community is good for children and families.”
And much more
Take a moment to ponder these questions:
• Pope Francis reminds us that we love God by caring and loving each other, this is at the heart of our faith. Individualism gives way to solidarity. In what way do I try to do this in my own life?
• Pope St John Paul II says we must do all we can to support families, especially in handing on the faith. What is my experience of this in my own family, in my parish?
• How do the families I know show their care for each other and for those in need?
• Have I seen evidence of parish communities becoming families in themselves, drawing in and including those who don’t have a supportive family network?
? how as a church can we embrace everybody’s uniqueness make them feel Valued, Equal, Welcomed, Included and Respected

Please complete the proposal slip below, you can email it to me on; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank you  

Building community, nurturing belonging
Having reflected on the situation and how our Faith informs us, what needs to be done in order to become the Church God is calling us to be;


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