A great big thank you to all who worked so hard to prepare our celebrations last weekend with our football team on Saturday, our families preparing for the sacraments on Sunday morning and our bereaved families on Sunday evening. Bishop Tom was greatly encouraged by all the celebrations. Thank you also for your generosity in responding to CAFOD’s emergency appeal for the Philippines, which raised £891.
Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Communion
The December Mass for the families preparing for the sacraments will be on Sunday 8th December, not on Sunday 15th as previously announced. The family celebrations of Reconciliation (which are open to all parishioners) will be on Thursday 12th December at 6.00pm and on Saturday 14th December at 9.30am and 11.00am.
Synod on the Family
Pope Francis has, for the first time, asked all Catholics to say what they think in preparation for a Synod of Bishops. The topic is family life, with all its challenges. You can fill in the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FamilySynod2014 – you can download the form from https://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/synod and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill in a paper copy from the back of church and post it to Maureen O’Brien, LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AA. The closing date for responses is 1st December 2013.
Religious poem competition – free to enter (It’s not too late to enter)
£250 to your church. Can you help? We are looking for a winning poet from St Teresa’s Church. We are approaching the closing date of our Religious Poem Competition, but it’s not too late for parishioners to enter. St Teresa’s Church could win a £250 donation if the winner is one of our parishioners. Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition. There’s no age limit and no entry fee. “The poem can be a prayer, words for a hymn, a description of an uplifting moment, a religious experience, about a person or your church,” explained United Press Publications Executive, Julie Embury. “It can be rhyming or free verse, historic, romantic, factual, or personal – anything you like, as long as there’s a religious theme. Do not use Religious Poem as your title. Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each by January 31st 2014 to – Religious Poem Competition, United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB. Tel 0844 800 9177 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.unitedpress.co.uk. Judging will take place in February 2014 and the winner will be announced in March.
Do you have a First Holy Communion suit or dress that you could donate to a pupil at our school? All donations of clothes and accessories will be greatly appreciated. Please bring any items into either the Priests house or to the school office. Thank you.
Sheila Owens would like to say a huge thank you to Fr Chris, to all the “9 o’clockers” and her friends for all their birthday cards and good wishes when she celebrated her 80th birthday last week. A Mass will be said for all your intentions.
Debt Advice Service
Do you have debt problems? Have you got financial worries? If you would like help confidentially, then why not call into the Priests house on Tuesday’s from 10am to 2pm. Drop in or ring 270 1688 to arrange an appointment.
Piety Stall – Christmas stock has arrived!
Get in early before all the lovely Christmas cards, calendars and crib sets have gone.We also stock a wide range of items, why not call into the shop after Mass at the weekend? Beautiful 2014 diary’s now in, containing the full order of Mass as well as useful prayers for Eucharistic Ministers. Only £1.20 each! Get in quick and buy some.
Many thanks to those who continue to contribute to our Foodbank Appeal, you are all so very generous. We are still collecting and need your help! Food can be dropped off at the priests house. All this food goes out to people in our community!
Winning numbers for draw on 20th November 2013:
1; 10; 21; 20 Two consolation prizes of £25 each; 282311; 282778
No winner of the Jackpot of £1200 (subject to re scrutiny). Estimated Jackpot for the next draw is £1510. Many thanks to all who support our Parish Lottery and to the team who run it for us. Your support is really appreciated!
Parish Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
A joint pilgrimage for St Teresa’s and St Wilfrid’s parishes will be made to Medjugorje, in Bosnia/ Herzegovina on 2nd—9th October 2014 through Joe Walsh Tours. (see poster at the back of Church). The cost of the week-long pilgrimage is £499pp for two sharing a room. This includes flights from Manchester to Dubrovnik; transfers from the airport to Medjugorje; half board accommodation in a guesthouse close to St. James’ Church; full religious programme and the services of a Joe Walsh Tour representative, plus guided tours of the apparition sites. (single rooms are subject to availability and will be limited, a supplement of £112 will apply)
NOTE: There is a £100 reduction in the cost for those who can pay the full amount by the beginning of December 2013 i.e. £399. payments can be made by cheque/credit card/ cash etc. If you wish to take advantage of this cheaper offer please make sure to speak to Denise BEFORE December 1st as the money has to be paid in by then.
Anyone interested is advised to contact Denise Pursall on 0151 474 1984 as soon as possible to reserve a place. The Parish Priests from both churches will accompany the group – Fr Chris Fallon (St Teresa’s) and Fr Andrew Unsworth ( St Wilfred’s) as Spiritual Directors.
The Solemnity of Christ the King – Youth Sunday
Today, National Youth Sunday, Pope Francis will officially close the Year of Faith which began on 11 October 2012. This year the theme for Youth Sunday is “Go, do not be afraid, and serve” inspired by the Homily of Pope Francis at the recent World Youth Day in Rio. In 1985 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales called for an annual celebration of the vibrant contribution young people make to the Church. The Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, was chosen to be National Youth Sunday (NYS). The aims of NYS are to help our parishes celebrate the life, mission and ministry of our young people in their faith communities.
Girls’ Hope University Choir
A concert in aid of Liverpool’s main homeless charity The Whitechapel Centre will be held on Wednesday, 11th December 2013, 7pm at SFX Church Liverpool. Pay on the door : £5. Contact 01512077617 or visit http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/ for more information about the great work that they do for the homeless and people struggling to maintain their tenancy due to mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse.
Sponsored Bike Ride
Paul Johnston (brother of Ann Johnston) is doing a Sponsored bike ride to Vietnam & Cambodia on the 23rd November for the British Heart Foundation. Paul will be cycling over 600kms to fund research. If anyone wishes to sponsor Paul (no amount too small!) there is web page on Just Giving: wwwjustgiving.com/Paul-Johnston3/ or see Ann in the Piety shop or at Mass at the weekend.
Archdiocese of Liverpool Order Of Deacons
There will be an Open Meeting at St Joseph’s Church, Meeting Lane, Penketh, Warrington, WA5 2BB. Time is 7.00pm for 7.30pm Friday 6th December 2013 on the subject of the Vocation of the Permanent Deacon. The meeting is open to all; it should be of special interest to men thinking about serving in the Ordained Ministry of Deacon.
Time To Shine at The Basement
Thursday, 12th December, 10AM TO 3PM, Parr Street, Liverpool 1 – 0151 707 1515. Bringing together Homeless Agencies and Recovering Communities. Sing along Christmas Carols at 2pm to 2.30pm. All are welcome.
LOYOLA-metro SILENCE IN THE CITY
Each Thursday during Advent – 5th, 12th & 19th December at 5pm At Pauline Book Shop (upstairs) for a time of guided prayer lasting for 30/45 minutes. Please contact Debbie Reynolds on 0151 298 1911 for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you make the world a friendlier place by offering an invitation to an international student at a UK university, for just a day, a weekend, or 3 days at Christmas? Young adults from many countries would love to have a homely break and discover the real life of this country. HOST is a well-established charity which takes care in linking students with volunteer hosts. www.hostuk.org or call local organiser Alan Lodge 01845 527448.
Journey in Faith
Our Journey in faith group for people who are thinking of becoming Catholic has moved its meeting to 5.00pm on Sundays, just before the Mass at 6.00pm. If you know anyone who would like to join us, please encourage them to get in touch the parish office.
At Wistaston Hall, Crewe – Fr. Frank Santucci OMI You are invited to attend an Advent Retreat entitled “Hope amidst shattered dreams”. Fr. Frank will be exploring this theme and we may discover how having this hope enables us to make a difference in our world. The event is being offered twice at Wistaston Hall, Crewe, from Nov. 29th – Dec. 1st and Dec. 2nd – Dec. 4th. For more information: please contact Mr. Kirk Jacob at Partners in Mission Office on email: email@example.com or Phone: 020 7624 7296