I took the opportunity of visiting Fr Barrie on Thursday and surprisingly he has slightly improved, although he remains bedridden and in need of constant care. As always he was delighted to receive all your good wishes and in turn assures you of his love and prayers.
We will continue to pray for all those who are struggling with serious health problems and I ask your prayers for young Jo K who remains very poorly. May I also ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Peter Quinn, a parishioner here for so many years, who died on the Wirral in the early hours of Friday morning.
I hope your Lenten efforts are proving fruitful. Remember it is not a time to oppress ourselves but to free ourselves to be more loving. Those of us involved in the Synod are continuing our preparations – I will be attending a session in Ormskirk next Saturday – and we will soon present some plans to continue the listening process, which the Archbishop emphasised in his letter.
If you missed the Archbishop's letter you can view it below
Today the Sunday of Lent displaces the Feast of St Patrick. Nevertheless, to all of you with Irish blood: a happy St Patrick’s Day and may his prayers help to ensure that no new tension will arise in Ireland as a result of the protracted Brexit negotiations. The terrible events in New Zealand and the chaos surrounding Brexit, not to mention the many personal challenges we all face, may serve only to create a mood of deep despondency.
At times like this, I personally try to meditate on the most fundamental message that emerges from the whole of the New Testament, namely that Christ continues to redeem all the evil, pain and suffering. We participate in that redeeming presence by always seeking to be at one with him and one another.
“If one more person prays for peace, the world becomes a more peaceful place.”
FR BARRIE O’TOOLE
Fr Provincial and Fr Andrew both visited Fr Barrie last Saturday and I went last Monday. He continues to have the most loving care from his family and from the medical team. We spent some precious time in prayer and once again he thanks everyone for their love, good wishes and prayers.
Thank you for your good example thus far.
Many of you made the effort to come to Mass on Ash Wednesday and the children in both our Primary Schools had a short service. I was most impressed that they had been so well prepared for this special season in the Church’s calendar and knew exactly what it is all about.
Also, it was noticeable that the 7:00am Masses in both parishes on Friday were extremely well attended.
Today the Archbishop has written a very thoughtful and honest Pastoral Letter, which I am sure will inspire you to look to the future with renewed hope.
I am writing these few thoughts on the Feast of St David, Patron of Wales.
David is known to have been a man who practised self-discipline and encouraged his disciples to do the same, yet the phrase always associated with him reads:
"Be joyful and keep the faith.”
There is no doubt that the whole Church is in a penitential mood at the moment, but we must be on our guard that this does not lead us into a sense of despondency. Our faith is in the person of Jesus, who invited us to take up our cross and follow him. When we do, we will hear him say:
"Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
Enjoy Lent and remember that it leads us to the resurrection and Easter.
The Synod Team has prepared notes for each Sunday of Lent. We are making the introduction to these available this weekend.
They are a response to Fr Eamonn Mulcahy’s powerful presentation, which may be viewed on the Synod 2020 website and which encouraged us to become familiar with Pope Francis’s wonderful document, The Joy of the Gospel.
The notes in the coming weeks may be used individually, but are prepared specifically for groups to share. Why not see if others would wish to form a group with you?
We will make copies available week by week.
If you want to access the material directly it is available on the SYNOD Website at https://synod2020.co.uk/prayer/lent
At the heart of this survey are four Synod questions which begin from the truth that God speaks to us in our everyday lives. We are invited to think about what the Catholic Church is for, then can reflect on the questions, issues and topics that our Synod should make recommendations on.
Please go to www.synod2020.co.uk/resources/survey
All the members of Synod 2020 have now experienced the first preparatory meeting. I can rarely remember a more wonderfully positive experience. The three speakers were superb. If you wish to share in the experience, you can enjoy video recordings of each of the presentations by visiting the Synod website. Click here
The four Synod Questions
After reading and reflecting on the four SYNOD questions we are asked to give our feedback. Go to www.synod2020.co.uk/ resources/survey
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