Pastoral Plan:
On this 1st weekend of Advent, the beginning of a new Church year, we are delighted to be able to receive the pastoral plan. As the Archbishop has said: “This is to chart the way forward for the archdiocese in the years to come.” The Plan will be available online at https://liverpoolpastoralplan.org.uk/or you can arrange to purchase it from Pauline Books and Media, 84 Church Street, Liverpool at a cost of £2 per copy.

There is a summary document for you at Mass this weekend and a postcard for you to take home containing some of the key words from the plan and details of how to access the pastoral plan online.

To find out more, you are welcome to any of these open meetings:
Saturday 4th Dec 11.00am – 12.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Leyland
Tuesday 7th Dec 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Holy Rosary Church, Aintree
Thursday 9th Dec 7.00pm – 8.30pm on Zoom.
The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421512557?pwd=SVd5cFhtQ0dwUFJzQjhLSlQ5VjJJQT09
Meeting ID: 864 2151 2557  Passcode: 132667

Confirmation:
If you are registered for Confirmation but were unable to attend Saturday 13th meeting please email the parish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. urgently.

Have you heard the Good News?  
Mary’s Meals seeks to bring joy to those who are marginalised; those who feel like they have been overlooked and forgotten. From November to January, every gift given to Mary’s Meals will doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.6m. Your kindness will help us serve life-changing school meals and will bring joy to more than two million children around the word – including those affected by natural disasters, conflict and the ongoing Covid pandemic. There are many ways to donate, including choosing Mary’s Meals gift cards as a meaningful gift this Christmas, or setting a virtual place at your Christmas table. For more information, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove   Thank you.  

St Matthew’s School:
If your child is due to start school September 2022 and you would like to visit St Matthews school please contact Mrs Hall on 0151 226 1871 to book an appointment.
The final date is:
Thursday 4th December 

LINK TO HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL 2021
Unfortunately, we are once again unable to take part in a physical shoebox collection across our two parishes. However, it has been agreed that we will do what we did last year and send a cash donation to the appeal, instead. If you wish to take part in supporting this very worthy cause, please take an envelope, (which can be found at the back of church) place your donation inside, seal it and return it to the basket in church as soon as possible.

ALL ENVELOPES MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN THE WEEKEND OF 27TH/28TH NOVEMBER; AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO ONLY TAKE AN ENVELOPE IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO MAKE A DONATION. THANK YOU.

Confirmations:

Thank you to all our candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation who registered earlier this year. The ceremony will take place on 3rd December at 7.00 pm in St. Oswald’s Church (Old Swan, parking available in Tesco). I’m happy to inform you that we have  Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald presiding at our services.
 
Given the unusual circumstances of the last year most of the preparation has been provided through the RE curriculum in our schools. There is also a series of Confirmation information videos provided by our Animate Youth Service which can be accessed on YouTube - “Animate Liverpool Confirmation 'Called by Name’” .
Thanks and God bless,
Fr. Conor

COP26:
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) in partnership with CAFOD, have written a prayer to encourage people to pray for the leaders’ meeting at COP26 starting at the end of this month. The prayer is prepared in the hope that God will provide world leaders with the courage necessary to take action on behalf of the environment and the world’s poorest. This prayer is part of a wider effort by the Church to pursue ecological justice. Prayer cards can be found at the back of church.

North Liverpool Foodbank:
The Foodbank are currently running short of the following:
Tinned Potatoes, Toms, Carrots, Peas, Sweetcorn
Mashed Potato
Fruit Juice
Coffee
Curry and Pasta Sauce
Custard
Cup a Soups
Noodles
Jam
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 www.liverpoollourdesyouth.co.uk

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. .

CAFOD:

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world: CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.

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 www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/jobs

Church Procedures Following July 19th Covid Regulation Changes:
The following is based on National, Archdiocesan and Local guidance:
  • There is, as yet, no restoration of an obligation to attendance Sunday Mass
  • Face coverings remain mandatory for all those coming to a church service. (Exemptions for medical reasons excluded.)
  • Social distancing will not be mandatory in our churches. (In both our churches we will have an area at the rear right hand side reserved for those who may still feemore comfortable sitting socially distanced, please be aware of this and only sit there if you wish to observe such distancing.)
  • Hand sanitising will remain necessary as people arrive.
  • Holy Communion under both kinds will not be re-introduced at this time.
  • Singing can be restored.
  • Hymn books can be used but only once a day.
  • The collection basket/plate will still not be passed around but kept in the now familiar location
St Cecilia’s Parish Club:
Has now re-opened. If you would like to book the function room contact Michelle on 228 1679.

YouTube:
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:  www.caringaid.org

Fundraising
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 www.caringaid.org

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: www.marysmeals.org.uk

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

Covid 19 Rapid lateral flow test:
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms.
Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
The test usually involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. You can get a result in 30 minutes.
The government are now urging all adults aged over 18 to take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3-4 days)
These tests can be ordered online: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
By calling 119 Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free.
Local pharmacies can issues a box of 7 tests, local pharmacies are listed below:

Lloyds pharmacy - 202 Cherry Lane
L Rowland & Co - 115/117 Townsend Avenue
Asda - Utting Avenue

Liverpool Pharmacy Group - 17 Green Lane
Lloyds Pharmacy - West Derby Road

Welcome Back:
It’s nice to be back celebrating Mass with you all this
weekend.
Just a reminder:
  • We are still limited with numbers in church.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Hand sanitiser must be used on entering.
  • Practise social distancing at all time.





 

 

 

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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.

Amen.


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.
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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
Anne

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We come together as a Parish to discuss our 4th and final Synod Theme
“BUILDING COMMUNITY, NURTURING BELONGING”
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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