Pastoral Area Reconciliation Day:
On Saturday 16th December the priests of the Pastoral Area will be available in various Churches at various times for individual celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  There will be 2 priests available at each church.  The schedule of locations and times is as follows:
St Margaret Mary’s - 10.30am - 11.15am
St Paul’s - 11.30am - 12.30pm
St Oswald’s - 3.15pm - 4.15pm
St Matthew’s - 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Christmas Mass Information:
Christmas Eve Family Mass at 6.30pm in St. Matthew’s
‘Midnight Mass’ at 10pm in St. Cecilia’s
Christmas Day Masses at 9am in St. Matthew’s and 10.30 am in St. Cecilia’s
Children are invited as usual to dress as Nativity characters for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve.

Bambinelli Sunday:
For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St. Peter’s Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at our Masses on Sunday, December 17.
All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their homes to Mass that morning to be blessed.  Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want. A suggestion is, following the blessing, take your “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box, wrap it, and save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas, when together you place your Baby Jesus figure in the crib, and have a home blessing of the Nativity for your whole family.

Advent Reflection:
On Monday 11th and 18th December from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in St. Cecilia’s with our Seminarian Peter Murphy.

Please Note:
Mass on Wednesday is at 7pm in St Cecilia’s.
50/50 Club Members – Christmas Treble Draw:
This year's Christmas treble draw (and the Grand Christmas Draw) will take place next Sunday 17th December, after 10.00 a.m. Mass. In order for you to be in the treble draw, please remember to put in three weeks money, before this Friday 15th December.  WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS:  Before this Friday 15th December, treble up in one of your normal weekly 50/50 bags. (e.g. if you hold one number in the club and normally pay in £1 per week, simply put £3 in one of your  50/50 bags and we will enter you into the treble draw. Similarly, if you hold two numbers in the club and normally pay in £2 per week, put £6 in one of your 50/50 bags and we will enter you into the treble draw).
If you are unsure about anything to do with the treble draw, please feel free to speak to either, Agnes, Pat or Joan after weekend Mass.  Thanks to all members of the 50/50 Club, for your support throughout the year.

50/50 Club Members:
The prize money paid out for the draw on Sunday 3rd December 2017 was £80.50 and the winning number was 2.  Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all those who support this venture.  Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Volunteer for Mission Together – Missio:
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.

Envelopes and stamps from your Christmas cards received by Post:
When you receive your Christmas cards by post - instead of throwing away or recycling the envelopes please consider passing them to Paula Burke after Mass or place them in the       relevant box at the back of church; St. Cecilia’s parishioners please pass them into Mary or Pat on the Piety Stall. Please leave the stamps on the envelopes as this enables a housebound person to spend time cutting out the stamps. Paula will send them to a charity in the New Year.

Christmas support for our designated charities here in St. Matthew’s and St. Cecilia’s:
If you would like to make a Christmas donation to any of our charities here in St. Matthew’s or St. Cecilia’s please bring your items to church by next weekend  16th/17th December in order for them to be distributed before Christmas. Thank you for your continued support during 2017.
Foodbank – The Foodbank supplies three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in a crisis.
You can donate such items as UHT milk, dried, tinned and non-perishable items.
Whitechapel – Strive to prevent and resolve homelessness, social exclusion and housing     poverty by providing practical, realistic, tailored support so that each person can find a route out of homelessness, maintain a home and achieve their individual potential.
There is a particular need for new items such as socks (thin), men’s boxer shorts and ladies underwear (both small and medium), track suit bottoms and razors (all sizes).
Nugent – Offer a diverse range of support to adults and children through our schools, care homes, community and social work services and social enterprise. They work at the heart of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
You can donate items such as shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, soap, shaving foam.
Knit-a-Square  - It is 3 years since our parishes started to donate knitted or crocheted squares to Knit a Square in South Africa which would be joined together to make blankets for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in that country. The amount of squares currently stands at 14,266, which equals 406 blankets which is a magnificent effort in a relatively short time. During that time there has been a lot of support for this venture, from people making the squares, donating to the postage/shipping of the squares and collecting the squares from various parishes in Liverpool and for this Cath would like to thank everyone involved as do the KAS Organisation in South Africa; a shipment was sent in May of this year and has arrived safely, with many of the squares joined into blankets. The shipping costs have gone up significantly and Cath is currently trying to get the best deal since recently she was quoted £500. Cath would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
If you would like to donate wool or small cash donations to help with postage please see Cath Riley or Jimmy Welsh after weekend Mass in either of our Parishes.

Light up a life 2017:
Remembrance Service at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral this Wednesday 13th December at 12.30pm; led by Bishop Tom Williams, followed by refreshments.

Legion of Mary:
Meet on Friday mornings in St. Cecilia’s new members always welcome.

St Cecilia’s Piety Stall:
Is now fully stocked with Christmas cards, calendars gifts and lots more.