The Evangelisation area within the Parish Pastoral Group covers the following activities: The position of representative on the Parish Pastoral Group is currently vacant.
APF Mill Hill Missio (Red Boxes); BELL (Bishop Eton Lending Library), Bereavement Group; Bible study group; Divine Mercy Prayer Group; Focolare Word of Life; Friends of the Holy Land; Holy hour (once a month), Knights of St Columba; Pro-Life Group; Redemptorist Lay Associates, Rosary group;
There is also an Ecumenical Prayer Group, which falls into the Ecumenism area of the parish.
APF/Mill Hill was 75 years old in 2011 and adopted the new name "Missio". It is the Church's official body for preparing and supporting priests for their mission work in over 27 countries overseas. The Redemptorists in Zimbabwe receive help from Missio. Financial support is provided through fund raising, donations and an obligatory retiring collection. Donations are received either through standing order or collection in the APF/Mill Hill Red Box. Traditionally these red boxes are kept in a prominent place in Catholic homes. Missio also publishes a magazine which is circulated to its supporters.
There are 20, collectors who visit more than 200 homes to distribute the magazine and to empty red boxes three times a year. Others support by standing order.The annual collection usually totals over £6000. The real achievement is that contact is maintained with the church by the visits made to homes by hard-pressed volunteers.
Anyone who wishes to have a red box to display in their homes please contact the monastery reception. New volunteer collectors are always welcome to join the group and it would be nice to see young people taking up the apostolate
Further information can be obtained from the websites of MISSIO and the associated missionary organisations :
Contact Ann Monaghan(737 1599) or Dave Hart(722 4656) for more information.
Bishop Eton Lending Library (BELL) for religious books is held on the first and third Wednesday of the month, .from 2 pm till 4 pm in the Hughes Room entrance by the car park. There is a wide selection of religious books for people to come along, brose and borrow returning the book on a library day when convenient.
There are light refreshments available so come along and chat. If anyone wishes to donate a religious book it will be gratefully received. Happy Reading.......
The group was set up in June 1994 to support those who had been bereaved. The parishioners leading the group attended a bereavement course at Upholland.
The team learnt by trial and error that the bereaved wanted a social side to the meetings where they could forget their sorrow.
Anniversaries are remembered and a memorial book is kept in a display case in front of the Lady Chapel.
There is a monthly social gathering (advertised in the parish bulletin), any bereaved person who wishes to attend is welcome. Tea and biscuits are served.
One to one meetings with a team member can be arranged if desired, to allow the bereaved person to be listened to.
An invitation is sent to all the bereaved to come to the Hughes Room to meet up with those in similar circumstances
New team members are welcome, however, they will need to attend the Archdiocesan course.
The Bible Study group was set up in 2010 to meet the needs of those who wish to study the Bible in greater depth.
The group meets once a fortnight on Monday afternoons, at 2pm in the Hughes meeting room. Members of the group volunteer to lead the meetings. The meetings include prayer, in-depth discussion of a passage from the Bible and group discussion. Eventually, the sessions will be enriched with occasional meditation and art presentation on a relevant passage of scripture. All welcome
The group was set up in October 2007 as a result of parishioners expressing an interest in learning more about Divine Mercy. The group is dedicated to offering prayers for God's mercy for all people.
Men and women of varying ages and skills take part in the group. Everyone is welcome. Attendance at the weekly meeting varies from 5 to 15 people. The parish also holds an annual Divine Mercy Sunday when a Sister from Crakow leads a full day's prayer.
The group meets in the Hughes Room every Friday evening at 7.30pm. The meeting involves praying the chaplet, readings and rosary followed by social time and refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to join simply by coming along any Friday.
If you cannot join the meeting you can support the group in the form of prayer.
For more information please contact May.
Focolare Word of Life has been active in the parish for over 20 years. It aims to express the ideal of the Focolare Movement which is to live and work for Jesus' prayer in that, 'all may be one'.
The group is made up of 8-10 friends and neighbours and anyone else who is interested in ecumenism and unity. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the home of the group leader. At the meeting the group discusses and reflects on the monthly Word of Life meditation, based on the current Gospel reading, which the group finds helpful in day to day life. Each member of the group is involved in other parish and social activities to which each tries to bring the charism of unity. New members are always welcome.
The Friends of the Holy Land organisation was established in 2009
Its patrons mow include
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols - Archbishop of Westminster;
- Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP - Archbishop of Liverpool;
- Archbishop Patrick Kelly - Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool
It aims to support the Christian community in the Holy Land, particularly in areas of education, employment and welfare. This is done by Prayer, Pilgrimage and Projects.
A Mass for the Holy Land is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at Bishop Eton and is well attended, and parishioners from south Liverpool parishes frequently join pilgrimages to support the local people. Funds are raised from the Eastertide collections at churches throughout the Archdiocese. These collections were instituted by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly when he was Archbishop of Liverpool. Money is also raised from the sale of Olive Wood Products, and from Crib boxes filled in homes of parishioners.
Some of the aid projects undertaken for the Palestinian communities in Gaza, Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank
- Roof tanks to collect water. Water supplies to the West Bank and Gaza can be cut off for up to 50 days a year
- Small employment schemes eg " Olive Wood Products"
- Education for children, especially those with special needs
- Funding for hospital doctors in the Lutheran Hospital at Nablus
- A youth centre at St. Justin's Nablus (Officialy opened by Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly)
- Centres for the elderly, eg Martha's House.
- Individual medical care and home maintenance.
- Anyone would be welcome to join the group, especially someone with organising and fundraising ideas.
Dave Hart (Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton) or Monica Winstanley (St Oswald's and St Cecilia's)
or visit www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
A Holy Hour is held the first Friday of the month.
The Knights of St Columba are a body of Catholic men who rely also on the support we get from wives family and friends. We have been supporting parishes and charitable organisations since 1919 and we have every intention of continuing this important aspect of our activity in parishes and the wider community. The spiritual director for all the Knights in England,Scotland and Wales is Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP.
The Knights organise several fundraisers throughout the year which are advertised in the parish porch or on the weekly bulletin. One event is the annual sponsored walk.
Membership is open to Catholic men over the age of 16. New recruits come with new ideas and tend to give fresh impetus and stimulus to any organisation. New membership is our essential lifeblood.
Council 9 of the Knights which covers from Christ the King parish to Halewood hold meetings on the second Thursday of the the month at 8.00pm in St. Francis' parish hall. We have several parishioners on this council.
To learn more about the history of the Knights and how to join click here
or visit one of our web-sites
Former parish priest Fr Dickinson included the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) emblem in the parish millennium stained glass window. He also promoted the distribution of "Pro-Life Times", and other similar initiatives.
There is an obligatory special collection "Day for Life", requested by the Bishop's Conference, and the Pro-Life Times is made available in the church porch.
Lord Alton, Bishop Arnold(Salford) and Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly are regulars on the annual fund-raising walk, held in May, to raise funds for the cross Party parliamentary group "Right to Life".
Although many parishioners support SPUC, Right to Life, Amber, Zoe's Place and other organisations privately, it is of great concern that the parish does not have a focus group concerning itself with the Church's teaching about the sanctity of life, from conception and through old age. The developments in eugenics, IVF, midwifery and geriatric care make it urgent that these issues are addresssed,
Although many parishioners support SPUC, the Pro-Life Alliance, Amber, Zoe's Place and other organisations privately, it is of great concern that the parish does not have a support group concerning itself with the Church's teaching about the sanctity of life, from conception and through old age. The developments in eugenics, IVF, midwifery and geriatric care make it urgent that a group addresses these issues and creates a greater awareness in the parish.
There is currently a group in the parish on a journey to discern if they should be Lay Associates of the Redemptorists
Redemptorist Lay Associates are those who:
Live the values of the Gospel
Share in Redemptorist spirituality
may be involved in work within the mission of the Redemptorists
are attracted by the Redemptorist charism
Have a special concern for the abandoned, the poor, those in the periphery, the wounded in our world
Offer themselves and are welcomed by the Redemptorist community to a group.
Are linked to a local Redemptorist community or other Redemptorist organisation
Are accompanied by a Redemptorist religious or duly prepared layperson
Have followed a process of formation in the Redemptorist Charism
Being a Lay Associate is not about doing more but rather doing those things in a way consistent with the Redemptorist charism.
The Rosary Group was set up in 2007 in response to the original request of Our Lady of Fatima. Her message asked for the Rosary to be said for peace and for the conversion of the world. The group aims to recite the Rosary together on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday.
The Group meets in Bishop Eton Church where the Rosary and the Angelus are said on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday, except on Wednesdays and before funerals. There are normally 12 -15 regular participants. Individuals who have the courage, take it in turns to lead the Rosary prayers for the assembled group. The group includes interested members of the parish and surrounding area.
Everyone is very welcome to participate. Simply join by attending the Church at 11.30am. You may also wish to participate by reciting the Rosary privately if unable to attend.