Minutes of the Joint Parish Forum, 29th January 2020
Present: Fr. Conor, Fr. Dominic, Dcn. Ronnie, Dcn Eddie, Sr. Pedro, Sr Priscilla, Anne Whitehead, Mary Dillon, Mary Kenny,
Apologies: Paula Burke, Emer Slattery
Synod 2020: We have moved onto theme 3 – “How we pray together” with new information at the prayer stations in each church. There will be a Parish gatherings in each church following Sunday Mass during February.
Women’s Group: The next meeting is Wednesday 5th February, 7pm in St Matthew’s.
North Liverpool Foodbank: 232 bags to date in 2019:2085 to date since 2012.
Whitechapel Centre – Clothing:  53 bags in 2019: 347 to date since 2013.
Nugent – Toiletries:  42 bags in 2019: 279 to date since 2014.
Rosary Beads Appeal: 45 in 2019:323 since 2014.
Knit a Square: No update
Bereavement Group: Cards continue to be sent out.
Parishes Pilgrimages 2020
Walsingham: Friday 8th to Monday 11th May 2020, 48 people are booked. Fr. Dominic is the Spiritual Leader.
Rome: Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th October, 22 people are booked. Fr. Conor is the Spiritual Leader.
Baptism Course: The next course will be in Friday 7th February, 7pm in St Matthew’s.
Dementia Awareness: Dcn. Ronnie to arrange talks for Ministers of the Word and Eucharist during the summer.
SVP: This continues to support the schools and local community.
Registrars: Forms sent off awaiting response.
Visiting the sick: All lists updated.
Forthcoming Pastoral Area Events: None at this time.
Forty Hours 2020: This will take place between 2nd and 5th July.
Marriage Care: This is now an inhouse course. Dcn. Ronnie to check weddings list with Lyndsey.
Journey in Faith: There is one possible candidate.
Baptism Families: It was too short notice to send invitations to families to the Mass of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord this year; therefore invitations will be sent early November.
Guild of St Cecilia Mass: A Mass is to be arranged later this year.
Safeguarding Audit: These have been completed and submitted for both parishes.
Christmas: This was lovely and the introduction of carols before Mass was welcomed. Possible options for musical support for the carol singing to be discussed later in the year.
AOB:
Paul’s Place: The Christmas Money Wall raised £2,142 of which £890 was donations from parishioners. The Christmas Fair raised £459.44
100th Birthday: Mass is to be celebrated at 12pm on Friday 7th February for the 100th Birthday of St Matthew’s oldest parishioner, Cecily Corcoran.
Lent:
Ash Wednesday 26th February: There will be Masses at 9.15 am and 7 pm in each Church. Dcns. Eddie and Ronnie will distribute ashes at St Matthew’s school and St Cecilia’s Infant school.
Weekly Early Riser Mass: 7am on Thursday at St Matthew’s
Weekly Stations of the Cross: 7pm on Friday at St Cecilia’s
Holy Week:
Maundy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7pm at St Matthew’s followed by watching till 10pm
Good Friday:
 Morning Prayer: 6am at St Matthew’s
 Stations of the Cross: 11am in the garden at St Matthew’s
 Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm at St Cecilia’s
Easter Saturday: 9pm Vigil Mass at St Matthew’s
Easter Sunday:  10am at St Cecilia’s
Next meeting: Wednesday 25th March at 7.30 pm in St. Cecilia’s (following Mass).
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Confessions:
This weekend 5.00 pm in St Matthew’s and 12.30 pm in St Cecilia’s.

The Feast of the Chair of Peter - 22nd February:
In every diocese, the 'head church' is called the cathedral. The word cathedral is derived from the Latin word cathedra, which means chair. Ever since the times in which the apostles lived, the bishop's cathedra, or chair, has symbolised leadership and authority…… the same authority that Jesus first gave to Peter, our first pope. The feast of the 'Chair of Saint Peter' commemorates the establishment of the See of Rome.

Thank you – Nugent:
The following is an excerpt of a letter received from Nugent:
I am writing to thank you for your continued support of Nugent and purchases of Christmas cards. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all who purchased the cards and special thanks to Anne Carter for kindly co-ordinating the Christmas cards sales for both churches selling 159 packets overall which is more than any other parish.
Please see the sales of Christmas cards breakdown below:
St Cecilia’s - £82.00
St Matthew’s - £431.10
Overall total paid in cash - £513.10
Thank you also for the donations for our charity shop, stamps and ‘Funny Money’.
Special thanks to Jimmy from St Cecilia’s who regularly drops off donations of ‘Funny Money’. Warm regards, Fran D’Arcy, Community Fundraiser

BBC Gillard Awards:
Congratulations to Fr. Conor whose Act of Worship Mental Health Special on BBC Radio Merseyside’s Daybreak programme with Helen Jones, having been nominated last year was awarded a Bronze in the 'Specialist Programme' category where the judges described it as being "beautifully written and presented with a commanding and measured, yet thoughtful tone. The story is gripping and does a fantastic job of explaining the challenges of living with depression"

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

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.