SYNOD 2020 STATUS UPDATE AND CALL TO ARMS

SYNOD 2020 STATUS UPDATE AND CALL TO ARMS

Dear parishioner

As you are aware, the Covid-19 Pandemic has had a terrible impact on everyone's lives. Many of us have lost loved ones, friends and relatives. As the year draws to a close, we see light and hope at the end of the tunnel, around us we see the young shoots of optimism, indeed in many cases our collective thoughts are beginning to think of a future filled with normality. That normality includes our respective journeys in faith.

Following a postponement of the SYNOD activities for almost six months, we as a community are being given the opportunity to think about our church. Next June, the Liverpool Archdiocesan Synod will meet to vote on the proposals and affirmations that will help us become ‘the church we are called to be’.

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN THE SHAPE OF THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH IN LIVERPOOL? OTHERS ARE HAVING THEIRS!

As the Synod representative I am reaching out to everyone in our community to think about, and if motivated to do so, contribute to the selection of the affirmations and proposals that will form the foundation and agenda of the Synod. This is essentially our last opportunity to make our voices heard.

The published affirmations and proposals are the fruit of contributions made by people from across the Archdiocese, including our own parish. Our role as Synod members is to listen to the views and hopes of the parish as to which of the 120 proposals and 40 affirmations will help us become ‘the church we are called to be’.

BUT WHAT ARE WE ASKING YOU TO DO?

Rather than asking you to tackle all the proposals and affirmations at once, we have broken them down into themes. These have been captured in a set of 7 surveys - any and all responses to which will be distilled into our parish response which must be returned by the 4th December.

To allow us to meet this deadline you have between now and Dec 1st to respond.  You may work through each survey or just choose themes you feel particularly strongly about.

Each survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

To read and complete a survey, simply click on the link next to the theme below, answer the questions and then click ‘submit’ at the end.

Theme

Survey Link

The changing roles of lay people and clergy

https://forms.gle/38igedgfsWvrdKi88

Ongoing Faith formation

https://forms.gle/fxy45LwCiW7F6shY8

Prayer and liturgy

https://forms.gle/MvnvtDCJ6fo82vuN8

Building community / serving the poor and vulnerable

https://forms.gle/WNmB3WXtPfKJ84js7

Reorganising parish and pastoral area structure for evangelisation and mission

https://forms.gle/ysLzpFvy8m2qc5KX8

Children, young people and Catholic Schools

https://forms.gle/RZpq454eVbvL4ASB9

The Church in the community

https://forms.gle/A5qW9Kw1SCJ35FwX8

 

Your answers are anonymous – we don’t even know your email address – although you can leave your details if you would like to be kept informed of the outcome. We do, however, need to know your parish, (you are asked for it at the end of the survey)

If you know other people who want to contribute please forward this letter. Paper copies of the survey are available for anyone who doesn't have a computer. please contact Andy Finch at BE [DOT] synodvoice [AT] bishopeton [DOT] org [DOT] ukBE [DOT] synodvoice [AT] bishopeton [DOT] org [DOT] uk for details.

We look forward to hearing your views

Andy & Elisabeth

(Synod Members )

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SVP INFORMATION MEETINGS BY ZOOM

A series of meetings covering a range of topics. Click on the images below to learn more 

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NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY

Today is National Youth Sunday 2020 (NYS) and represents an opportunity to explicitly recognise young people - their gifts, talents and uniqueness. It also provides the Church with an opportunity to thank them for and affirm their contribution to the life of the local and universal Church. CYMFed has produced resources to help facilitate the celebration of National Youth Sunday in parishes and at home. They can be accessed at www.nationalyouthsunday.com  

Animate have created a video to celebrate Youth Sunday. It can be found on the  Animate You Tube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimateYouth then search for ‘Youth Sunday 2020’).

SYNOD:

Do you want to have a say in the shape of the future of the church in Liverpool? Others are having theirs!

Please follow links below for each theme:

Theme

Survey Link

The changing roles of lay people and clergy

https://forms.gle/38igedgfsWvrdKi88

Ongoing Faith formation

https://forms.gle/fxy45LwCiW7F6shY8

Prayer and liturgy

https://forms.gle/MvnvtDCJ6fo82vuN8

Building community / serving the poor and vulnerable

https://forms.gle/WNmB3WXtPfKJ84js7

Reorganising parish and pastoral area structure for evangelisation and mission

https://forms.gle/ysLzpFvy8m2qc5KX8

Children, young people and Catholic Schools

https://forms.gle/RZpq454eVbvL4ASB9

The Church in the community

https://forms.gle/A5qW9Kw1SCJ35FwX8

CHRISTMAS CARD CAMPAIGN FOR THE HOLY LAND: 

This year we will arrange for a card from the whole parish to be sent to the parish which we have been paired with. If you would still like to send your own card please send to the address below by the end of this week to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Transfiguration Parish Paired with Bishop Eton:

Administrator: Fr. Marco Riva, S.d.C.   

Mailing address:

c/o Holy Family Center;

P.O.B. 50586;

1616302  Nazareth;

SVP LOGO SVP CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

On Sunday 6 December and at the Masses the following week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will have 2 collection receptacles, one each side of the Hughes room as you leave.


Cash or cheques made out to SVP Bishop Eton are both acceptable: I would like to thank everyone who has sent us donation since I made an appeal a couple of months ago. Your generosity will allow us to carry on with our work well into the New Year. You can, if you wish, make donations via online banking using our bank  details for a one-off payment or a standing order. These can also be gift aided. Sort code 60-60-04 Acc No 46087737 reference Donation. You can contact me if you want to know more about standing orders or gift aid. Thank you for your help Graham Wood Treasurer Tel/text 07947041326.

NOVEMBER LISTS FOR THE DEAD

November Lists for the dead are available in the Hughes Room. Please complete your List at home and place it in the special box on the Sanctuary next time you come to church.

Alternatively, if you cannot get to church, please post your list and address it to the Parish Office. In this way our deceased loved ones will be remembered during all the Masses in November.

STAND WITH POPE FRANCIS PETITION

ABOUT THE PETITION

On the eve of the Season of Creation, Pope Francis issued a profound prayer intention that the planet’s resources will not be plundered but shared in a just and respectful manner. He prays that today, not tomorrow, we will take care of Creation. Pope Francis’ leadership on the climate emergency and on the coronavirus has been unmatched. But he can’t do it alone. It’s time for the global Catholic community to rally behind his message. For that reason, Catholics are being asked to sign the Petition for just action on COVID and the Climate Emergency, showing the Pope and the world that we care about creation.

For more information and to sign the petition please visit https://standwithpopefrancis.org/

PARISH OFFICE

The Parish Office will be closed during the lockdown and the administrators will be working from home with limited access. If you need to contact them please send an email to .

NOVEMBER'S POEM FROM OUR RESIDENT POET

Hold Dear The Memory

In times like these,

It's easy to forget traditions,

Which for over a century,

We have honoured.

They link us to a past

Where fear, terror, suffering and death

Stalked our precious earth.

War is a virus,

Indiscriminately spreading malicious roots.

We know how difficult it now is

To unite and fight a common enemy.

This year, streets will not echo

To military bands and proud marchers,

To tens of thousands

Standing in solemn silence -

Thoughts turned to all who fought bravely

Against a tenaciously deadly enemy.

Although, sadly, the traditional tributes

Are, currently, no longer viable,

Hidden deep within the psyche,

The thoughts, thanks and prayers

Can be a fitting Remembrance

Of the innocent victims

And our loved friends and relations

Who gallantly served

In the Cause of Freedom.

Even though we are locked down,

Our thoughts, gratitude and hearts

Remain unfettered.   

Eileen Murray © November 2020

CHURCH OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:

We are open for Private prayer on Sunday 9.30am—11.00am, Monday 10.00am—11.30am and Wednesday 1.00pm—2.30pm.

If you have the new track and trace NHS app please use a smart phone to register your presence by scanning the QR Code which will be available in the porch upon your arrival. The church has been cleaned and benches have been cordoned off to meet the 1metre+ distancing rules. We are operating a one way system, entering via the main door of church; face masks must be worn and after sanitizing your hands you will be guided to your seat; one individual per bench, unless a family unit. We ask that you try to keep touching surfaces to a minimum. Please leave via the side chapel and Hughes Room. There are posters on the door you should read before entering. Anyone with symptoms should not come into the church. Stewards will be at various points from entry to exit to ensure that   everyone adheres to the protocols.

*Please note the toilet is not in use.

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