Pastoral Area Novena Masses In Honour of St Joseph:
Saturday 21st April at 10am  St Timothy’s Church
Monday 23rd April at 7pm  St Matthew’s Church
Tuesday 24th April at 7pm  St Paul’s Church
Wednesday 25th April at 7pm  St Sebastian’s Church
Thursday 26th April at 7pm  St Cecilia’s Church
Friday 27th April at 7pm  St Oswald’s Church
Saturday 28th at 10am    St Margaret Mary’s Church
Monday 30th April at 7pm  St Matthew’s Church
Tuesday 1st May at 7pm    St Margaret Mary’s Church

There But Not There
On St Matthew’s Lady altar and St Cecilia’s Sacred Heart altar can be found the transparent silhouette of a WWI British Tommy. They will remain there “on post” throughout this armistice year as a memorial of the sacrifices made in all the conflicts of the last century and, sadly already, this one. Later in the year both our Churches will be part of a nation-wide art installation intended to bring starkly to mind the  sacrifices of those millions.
They are manufactured by the new charity Remembered which aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal through association with other charities. Full  information on the charities involved and the ideas and motivation behind these memorials can be found at  www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

Sing-a-Long:
On Sunday 29th April at 2.00pm in St. Matthew’s we will be holding a Sing-a-Long for those living with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. If you have a loved one or friend who is living with this condition why not bring them along to join in with some old favourite songs; refreshments to follow.
All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to come along to support this event.

St Cecilia’s Piety Stall:
We have a lovely range of Baptism & Communion gifts on sale.  Come in and take a look

Vocations Sunday:
This weeks Special Collection is for Vocations.

Liverpool Bach Collective:
Liverpool Bach Collective was formed in 2013, with the aim of putting on performances of J.S. Bach's cantatas in churches around Liverpool every month as part of Sunday Evensong or Vespers. The cantatas chosen are based on, or at least relevant to, the readings of the day in the churches visited.
The Collective consists of eight singers and an ensemble of around twelve instrumentalists, usually strings, oboes and organ; the ensemble is enlarged when the music demands it. The performers are a mix of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, and the Collective is directed by Philip Duffy, formerly Master of the Music at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral. The singers and players all have a love for the music of Bach and are committed to performing these wonderful works.
On Sunday 13th May at 6:30pm in St. Matthew’s please come and join us for
Cantata 11: Lobet Gott im seinem Rechten - Praise God in his kingdom
Refreshments to follow, all welcome.

Baptism Course:
The next course will take place on Friday 11th May at 7.00pm in St. Matthew’s; please enter via the priest’s house.

Gift Aid and Non-Tax Payer Collection Envelopes 2018:
The boxes of envelopes are now available at the back of church.

Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage 2018: Sponsored bicycle ride on Monday 2 April:
Your support will go a long way
On Thursday 19 July we will be travelling to Lourdes with the Liverpool Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage to help our assisted pilgrims move from St Frai and hotels to Masses and other services.  To help towards our travel and accommodation expenses, we completed a sponsored cycle ride on Monday 2 April from St Matthew's Church to Southport.  If you would like to sponsor us, we will be at the back of St Matthew's and St Cecilia's after Mass this weekend.
Many thanks for any support you can give.  
Much love Bethany, Lydia and Eleanor Cotterill xxx

The Priests Live In Concert:
In aid of Nugent & Friends of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool.
Friday 1st June at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with guest mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas; Tickets from £16 available from Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office – 0151 709 3789 or   liverpoolphil.com (booking fee may apply) or from the Metropolitan Cathedral Shop.

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

St. George, Martyr – 23rd April:
It is uncertain when Saint George was born and historians continue to debate to this day. However, his death date is estimated to be April 23 303 A.D. George was born to a Gerontios and Polychronia, a Roman officer and a Greek native of Lydda. Both were Christians from noble families of the Anici and George, Georgios in the original Greek, was raised to follow their faith. When George was old enough, he was welcomed into Diocletian's army. By his late 20's, George became a Tribunus and served as an imperial guard for the Emperor at Nicomedia. On February 24, 303 A.D., Diocletian, who hated Christians, announced that every Christian the army passed would be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George refused to abide by the order and told Diocletian, who was angry but greatly valued his friendship with George's father. When George announced his beliefs before his peers, Diocletian was unable to keep the news to himself. In an effort to save George, Diocletian attempted to convert him to believe in the Roman gods, offered him land, money and slaves in exchange for offering a sacrifice to the Roman gods, and made several other offers that George refused. Finally, after exhausting all other options, Diocletian ordered George's execution. In preparation for his death, George gave his money to the poor and was sent for several torture sessions. He was lacerated on a wheel of swords and required resuscitation three times, but still George did not turn from God. On April 23, 303 A.D., George was decapitated before Nicomedia's outer wall. His body was sent to Lydda for burial, and other Christians went to honour George as a martyr.
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