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  Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton,

Woolton Road, Liverpool L16 8NQ

 Served by the Redemptorists.

Archdiocese of Liverpool. Registered Charity No. 232709

Tel: 722 1108 E-mail: .uk

Web: Twitter: @Bishop_Eton Facebook: bishopeton

Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Assistant:  Fr C Randall C.Ss.R.

Deacon J Keeley   

3rd March 2019

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)


Sunday Masses:

8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am,  6.00pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday - Friday: 7.00, 12.00 midday 

Saturday Mass - 12.00 midday

Wednesday Exposition : 11.00am—11.45am and 6.00pm to 7.30pm  (No Exposition before funerals.)

Ash Wednesday Mass:  7.30pm 

No Novena this evening but the Novena prayer will be said at the Mass

Rosary: 11.30am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday.

No Rosary before funerals


On Saturday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm and at call. 

Are you new to the parish? welcome!     

If you live within the parish or attend here regularly you should be registered with us by filling in a registration form. These can be found in the porch (or click here ) along with a Parish Directory. Hand your completed form into the parish office. 


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.

Comings and Goings:

I very much enjoyed my week in Gibraltar with Bishop Ralph, in spite of the fact that the weather was not as settled as it was here. Indeed some of you may have seen the British Airways flight last Monday morning being blown around and unable to land at the airport! This weekend Fr Charles has been at the youth event, Flame, at Wembley.

Fr Andrew will be away next weekend with Marriage Encounter in Dover

Gill Bickerstaff has returned from her visit, working alongside our confrères in Zimbabwe, touched by the cheerfulness and faith of the people, who have so little by comparison to ourselves, but who cope with such grace and dignity.

Frances is staying on until towards the end of this month. Frances has written an article for the March 2019 edition of BE Alive. Click here for the magazine.

synod 2020 logoDiocesan Synod:

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

Synod Survey:

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.

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Florence Mullin RIP

The Funeral of Florence Mullin RIP will take place on Tuesday 5 March at 12.00 noon.

Monica Gibson RIP

The Funeral of Monica Gibson RIP will take place on Friday 8 March at 12.00 noon.

GIFT AID 2019/20:

Gift aid boxed envelope sets for the new tax year are now ready for collection in the Hughes room following all Sunday Masses. Information on gift aid and relevant forms for any parishioners considering signing up for gift aid will also be available.

SVP LOGOSVP monthly collection

The SVP monthly collection will take place after all Masses today the 3rd March. Thank you for your generosity.

Parish Coffee Morning

The Parish Coffee Morning takes place today (3rd March) after the 10.00am Mass.  Also, the Repository with all profits going to Project Zimbabwe will be open, with a selection of cards and gifts for St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and First Holy Communion.

Please note: More volunteers needed to join the rota to set up, serve and put away. Please contact the parish office. Any help would be gratefully received.

BELL (Bishop Eton Lending Library)

Bishop Eton Lending Library, meet this Wednesday, in the Hughes Room 2.00pm—4.00pm

Adult Confirmation Course

A  confirmation course for those who missed out on being confirmed begins on Monday 11 March in the Hughes Room at 8.00pm. If you are interested please email Trish at . 

Cafod Family Fast Day on Friday 15 March. 

Can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to the people in need? Envelopes will be available in the porch.

Irish Night:

Friday 15 March at 7.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall in aid of Street Child Africa with Chance for Childhood. Tickets £12.50, includes a hot supper a display of Irish Dancing from Jean on 722 9833 or Cath on 722 3286.


If you have some background in Safeguarding and are able to give up some time to become part of a parish Safeguarding team, please contact Kris Reeds by email via the parish office. We have 2/3 interested people but ideally it is recommended we set up a team of about 4/5 people. 


Charles Boulton is running the Liverpool Half Marathon on 10 March in aid of the Catenian Bursary Fund which awards grants to young Catholics (aged 16-25) who undertake voluntary work overseas or as helpers on Diocesan/HCPT Pilgrimages to Lourdes. To sponsor him please donate via Just Giving Page  Gift aid/sponsorship forms are at the back of the church. For details on posting donations to Charles please see the paper bulletin.

Redemptorist Vocations Weekend-17 March

At  St Mary’s, Clapham: single, Catholic men (aged 25+) who feel called to a life of mission as part of a community, come and see! Email: .

Redemptorist Vocations Event


Please check out all the posters in the porch for extra events, courses and information. Also check out the parish website for many more links.

For Redemptorist Community & vocations News


Twitter @RedemptoristsGB .

Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.    


With the Pastoral Area clergy this Wednesday 6 March at 6:00pm at Hope University Chapel.

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Faith Sharing, Ask a Priest and Pizza

Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall

We're going to come together and have a discussion about what we love about being Catholic. Come along armed with some info about your favourite saint, your favourite type of worship, your favourite Catholic charity - whatever! You don't need to prepare anything, it'll be an informal discussion.

We will also have a special guest priest doing a 10 minute slot - "I'm a priest - ask me anything!" so come prepared with any questions!!

We'll order pizza to arrive for 8pm so if you could let us know if you're coming and what your preferences are, that'd be great!  

Contact Natasha and Anita via Facebook - Natasha Anita RYM or by email 


Marriage Matters Reflections for this week

A Reflection from Marriage Matters ( for the Feast of the Epiphany

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ecclesiasticus 27:4-7; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58;  Luke 6:39-45)

Praise and Thanksgiving

Actions speak louder than words! As married couples we rely on each other for help and support but sometimes we are not listening or paying attention.  The Gospel today reminds us that to accuse each other is hypocritical, whereas when we encourage one another, we help each other to build up ...‘that store of goodness in her/his heart’.


Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:12-18;   2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2;   Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

When making efforts in our marriage, motivation is the key

Jesus makes it clear in Matthew’s Gospel that whatever efforts we make, motivation is the key. It is not “to win human admiration” or help us feel better. Paul says “We are ambassadors for Christ”, so whatever we decide for this joyful season of Lent regarding putting each other first,  it needs to be directed toward giving glory to God.

Nugent charity shop needs donations!

The shop is one of the most popular charity shops in the area, with a lot of regular customers and have sold over 40,000 items so far this year and raised over £90,000 for our community services. Our stock is going so fast we can't keep up! You can drop goods off at the shop on Allerton Road, or we can collect from you. Our drivers collect on Thursdays, please call Jeanette to arrange a collection on 737 2951. 





Dementia Information Session

We will be holding a Dementia Information Session on Tuesday 26th March


Monthly Dementia Friendly Afternoon Tea And Singalong 

Last Friday of the month at St Mary’s Woolton. Next session will be on Friday, 22 March at 2.00pm-4.00pm in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome and specially those people living with dementia and their carers


A very useful resource for people living with dementia can be found at:


The Senior Caregivers Alliance have suggested the following website which carers may find useful:

Free Dementia Workshops


Music Makes us Move


Due to the popularity of their Christmas Workshops, the cathedral  are intending to offer creative workshops leading up to Easter. They will start on Tuesday 5 March from 1.00pm – 4.00pm in the Gibberd Room and will last for 6 weeks.

You will be working with fresh flowers and greenery from the garden for 3 of the weeks and will be making unique decorations to hang in your home or parish for 2 weeks.

On one of the weeks we will be holding a masterclass in making your own jewelry.

The first session on 5 March is ‘Welcome Spring’.

The course is £60 per person for the full 6 weeks.

So sign up now and get your first list sent to you. To reserve your space and for any other details please contact Claire on . This is something not to be missed. It will be really good fun and you will learn a lot! Places are limited so sign up as soon as you can.

Cathedral Concert Society

Through the year the Concerts Society perform many concerts at the cathedral. To see what is planned for 2019 visit


The next date for the Cathedral Walking Group will be on Sunday 7 April 2019 where once again we will meet at 12.30pm at the Cathedral Car Park. Previous walks have been excellent! Further details from New walkers are always welcome.

 Marie Curie Reflection and Celebration

 Street and Prayer Pastors:

Liverpool City Centre is currently recruiting for new Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors. On Sat 6th April there will be an information morning from 10am to 12noon at St. Aiden’s Centre, 20 St James Road, L1 7BY. For more info Contact Mark Latham on 07729 001 331


Lectio Divina is Latin for "Divine Reading".

Discover the art of sacred reading on Tuesdays 12, 19, 26 March, 2, 9, April, at 1:30pm and 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Gateacre.

You will be guided in reading, reflecting, responding and resting in God’s Word.

The afternoon or evening sessions are open for everyone. It is not a course so people can come to any of the sessions. The experience will help people focus on one of the readings for the next Sunday’s Mass.

£1 to £2 donation is asked per session.

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Back by popular demand.  The event takes place on Saturday 29 June in the Crypt Concert Room from 4.00pm until 9.00pm. Tickets are £35 each and includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a 3- course summer meal and entertainment.


Are you a young adult 18-35 who would like to meet with other young people from denominations across Merseyside?

Come and get to know others in an informal setting to reflect on and discuss life as a Christian today  - meeting on Monday 11 March from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane.

To book a place please contact Elisabeth or Veronica by email at or by phone on 1015 709 0125. Soft drinks and nibbles are included and the event is free of charge. What are you waiting for?

SFX Spring Recital

An evening featuring some of SFXs most talented musical students showcasing their work. Tuesday, 19th  March at 7.00pm, adults £4, child £2. Tickets from school reception or pay on the door.

SFX Spring Recital

 Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of the Assumption Gateacre

Each Fri during Lent at 11.30am there will be Stations of the Cross. A wonderful way of reflecting on our journey with God and God’s journey with us.

Ash Wednesday witness to nuclear war preparations

A  City centre event organised by Pax Christi 12 noon to 1.30pm at St Luke’s Berry St. For more information contact Jan

Good Friday pilgrimage walk

There will be a pilgrimage walk between the five churches in the area. 10:45 am - Refreshments at Our Lady of the Assumption and Good Friday Meditation then onwards to St Mark’s. More information to follow.

10 Reasons to Fast this Lent

Pray as you go – Lent Retreat

40 Acts for Lent


St Peter's Woolton is running a Lent Course  about Whole Life Discipleship and will be based around Hebrews 12.

There will be six sessions, the first on Ash Wednesday, the rest on consecutive Thursdays from 14 March to 11 April. Each session will start at 8pm in the Centenary Rooms and include worship, input, prayer, and discussion.


The group will meet on the Mondays, and Wednesdays of Lent, all based on resources from the Bible Society. The Monday group will meet in the afternoon, which may be helpful for anyone who is unable to attend evening sessions. Full details can be obtained from St James’. Everyone is welcome at all sessions! 


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