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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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

Web: Twitter: @Bishop_Eton Facebook: bishopeton

Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Assistant:  Fr C Randall C.Ss.R.

Deacon J Keeley   

12th May 2019



Sunday Masses:

8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday - Friday 7.00am, 12.00 midday

Saturday Mass:

No midday Mass

WEDNESDAY EXPOSITION: 11.00am to 12 noon and 6.00pm to 7.30pm 

No Exposition before funerals.

Wednesday 7.30pm:

Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

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

No Rosary before funerals.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

At call only

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. 


Fr Barrie O'Toole C.Ss.R RIP

Fr Barrie

FR BARRIE O’TOOLE died peacefully in the early hours of last Tuesday morning. May he rest in peace…

I am happy to say that I was able to get across to Ripon on Monday afternoon and give him the final anointing and the Papal Blessing with Pat, his sister, and other members of the family gathered. He was ready to go but the final parting is always painful and we and the family are grateful for all the messages of sympathy and good will that have already been flowing in. We thank God for his 53 years of priestly ministry and particularly for all he contributed to the life of our two parishes in recent years.

His funeral will be on Tuesday 21 May at noon and his body will be received into the church the previous evening at 7.00pm.


Next weekend we have our First Communion Masses at 10.30am and 3.00pm on Saturday and again on Sunday at 3.00pm. Please note that there will be no noon Mass next Saturday. And please do pray for the children and their families that this will be the beginning of a wonderful new relationship with the Lord and his people, the Church.


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Please look out for opportunities to join in the Synod experience: we hope to have dates for meetings by next weekend and remember you can always go online and fill in the Synod Questionnaire Furthermore, in the next few weeks, after I have had the opportunity to talk with the newly formed Redemptorist community, I will look for an opportunity to outline how we might support each other more and more in building up our parish communities.


The SYNOD2020 team has produced a series of Easter Reflections that introduce the Synod questions. For this week's reflection click on the link below.

Fourth Sunday of Easter (12 May): I know my sheep and they follow me

Jo Kavanagh RIP

The Funeral of Jo Kavanagh RIP will take place on Monday 13 May at 12.00 noon.

Mary Kettle RIP

The Funeral of Mary Kettle RIP will take place on Monday 20 May at 12.00 noon.

Fr Barrie O’Toole RIP

The Funeral of Fr Barrie O’Toole RIP will take place on Tuesday 21 May at 12.00 noon.

Peter Cahill RIP

The Funeral of Peter Cahill RIP will take place on Wednesday 22 May at 12.00 noon.

Eileen McQuillan RIP

Please also pray for the family of Eileen McQuillan who passed away earlier this week. Funeral details will follow.

Priest's Training Fund

Today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, there will be a Special Collection for the Priests’ Training Fund will be held after each Mass today.   Pope Francis message for the day can be read by clicking here

Please help to support Project Zimbabwe:

Tickets for a fundraiser meal at Eton Place on Thursday 16 May will be on sale after Mass today.


Parish Garden Party Meeting

A meeting will be held on 15 May in the Hughes Room at 7.30pm, for anyone those interested in helping to organise the parish garden party. All welcome.


Bishop Eton Lending Library, meet this Wednesday, in the Hughes Room 2.00pm—4.00pm. Do come along and see the selection of books, borrow and have a chat. Refreshments will be available. All welcome.


Redemptorist Youth Ministry:

All in the 25 to 40-year bracket are invited to explore a way forward for our parishes on Tuesday 21 May at 7.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall.


On Friday 24 May St Mary's will be hosting a Free Market Place of Information in the parish hall 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Vital information and advice will be available from some twenty organisations  including Dementia Action Alliance, Merseycare Trust, Age Concern, Local Solutions, Liverpool Care Home Partnership, The Brain charity, Home-Instead, Woolton Community Life, Churches Together in Woolton, Merseyside Police Community Engagement Team , Catherine Higgins Law, Morecroft Solicitors, Barclays Bank  and many more.

Professional staff will be available to offer guidance and support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Ruth Eley – chair of Dementia Action Alliance Liverpool who will give a talk during the afternoon providing detailed information about dementia support. Light refreshments will be available.  Further information contact Ann at the parish office. 


CAFOD Climate Pilgrimage

The following message has been received from CAFOD's Community Participation Coordinator in Liverpool

CAFOD will be taking a coach down to London on Wednesday 26th June, to give Catholics the opportunity to lobby their MP outside parliament, to make our voices heard.  As people of faith, we are determined to speak up for our common home.  We would like for you to join us!  Sign up at

The cost is £25… a bargain return trip to London, and you will receive a CAFOD The Time is Now T-shirt and be part of our Climate pilgrimage as we journey together.

The  coach will currently leave from Old Swan at approximately 5am. We need people to sign up asap so we know what coach size to book, so please sign up quickly!


KSCThe Knights of St Columba Council 9

The Knights of St Columba will be canvassing for new members at masses on Sunday 19 May outside the church. There are more than 4300 members in the Knights in over 240 Councils across Great Britain. Membership is open to Catholic men over 16 years of age. The organisation describes itself as being dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. Please take a pamphlet after mass from one of the Knights.

Thank you from the Rigby's

The family of Gerard Rigby RIP would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and support. A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Thank you from Angela

Angela D would like to thank those who donated to the Brother Benjamin Project and Archie Lloyd Foundation. A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Spiritual Care at the End of Life:

Dr.Karen Groves will speak about this vital topic at a Strawberry Cream Tea Afternoon, 2.00-4.00pm Wednesday 17 July at LACE. The presentation will be of interest to Funeral Ministers, Bereavement Team, Hospital Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers and anyone who has experienced caring for those nearing the end of life. To book your place, please contact Pastoral Formation: 0151 522 1040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 .

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Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.    


Fr John Poland and Fr Sean Riley from Christ the King and Our Lady will be moving to new appointments in the next few months. We welcome Fr Colin Feeley as the new parish priest at Christ the King and Our Lady's. 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Logo large webToday the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?

  • Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
  • Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.
  • Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
  • Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
  • Join an “Invisible Monastery" : Pledge to pray for vocations at the international website,  It was inspired by a call from the Vatican urging Catholics to “organize an ‘invisible monastery’ in which many persons, day and night, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations.”



Fr Michael has painted another four paintings, the sale of which will go to Project Zimbabwe. To view all the paintings you can purchase click here.


 The latest updates from CTMH are available by clicking here.



 Could you knit/crochet for a sick person you may never meet?

The idea is that before you start knitting/ crocheting the blanket, or, as you make the blanket (either by yourself, or as part of e.g. a knit and natter group), you pray for the sick person who will eventually receive the blanket.

Specification: 60cm x 60cm, any colours, any wools. Blankets are given to each patient at Marie Curie by the chaplain. 

For full details click here

Please bring any completed blankets to the monastery reception.


COMPAS Summer School 2019


The National scheme has grown in strength and numbers since it was launched two years ago. This year 1100 young people are taking part. To assist with the award they are looking for individuals who might have a few hours free in May/June to help moderate the work the young people have done. 

You will require no specific background in teaching, youth work, or religious studies: they are simply looking for people who can spend time looking at pieces of work and writing a short affirmation of the work the young person has done.

Moderation can be done in your own home and in your own time. If you would like more information, please contact Fr Simon Gore on 01744 740 467/ 01744 740 460 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mental Health Awareness, Unbind them, let them go free (John 11:44).

An afternoon at LACE on Wednesday, 15 May, 2.00pm-4.30pm. Keynote speakers will be Father Conor Stainton-Polland who is Parish Priest of St Matthew’s and St Cecilia’s Parishes and is also Chair of the Wigan Family Welfare Charity and Kathy Devlin who is Clinical Manager at the Beacon Counselling Trust.

To book a place please contact the parish office


During May it has long been the tradition of the Catholic Church to highlight our devotion to Mary and seek her intercession in our lives.  Each Thursday at 6:00pm St Mary's will have Rosary followed by Adoration and when possible, Benediction. Prayer life is essential in these changing times and in preparation for Synod 2020.

Mass Intentions

Every effort will be made for Masses to be said on days and times requested but this is not always possible. Mass intentions that cannot be said publicly will, if possible, be given to one of the Redemptorist confreres.

New App for 16-35 Year olds.

Download the GodCalls app to read the Gospel each day with inspiring reflective questions, access to a list of Catholic events for 16-35 year olds, prayers, saint stories and more:

Marriage Matters Reflections for this week

A Reflection from Marriage Matters ( for this Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 13: 14, 43-52; Revelation 7: 9, 14-17; John 10: 27-30)

We are a light to the world

Most people, when they get married, think their married life is a private affair but Jesus calls us to be a light to the world as a couple.  Through our gentleness and tenderness, our readiness to forgive each other, people we meet can experience some qualities of God’s love for them. Living in this way is the vocation of marriage.



St Mary's hold a Dementia friendly afternoon tea on the last Friday of the month (Jan to Nov). 

Dementia friendly afternoon tea


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:

Cathedral Concert Society

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



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.

Archdiocesan Vacancies

 Assistant to the Catholic Chaplaincy to Liverpool Universities

An opportunity has arisen for someone to work with the Catholic Chaplaincy team based at Philip Neri House, Catharine Street. Full details are available on the Archdiocesan website click here 


The next meeting of the Cathedral Book Club will be Thursday 30 May at 7.00pm in the Gibberd Room when The Binding by Bridget Collins will be.discussed. All are welcome.


The next date for the Cathedral Walking Group will be on Sunday 19 May 2019

Meet at 12.30pm at the Cathedral Car Park. Previous walks have been excellent! Further details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New walkers are always welcome.


The next session will take place on Monday 20 May at 6:00pm-7:30pm. Recommended year groups are year 6-year 10. Children younger are still welcome to join. For more information, please contact Zoe on 07523623756.


Llangollen trip will be on Tuesday 4 June, leaving Woolton Woods at 8:30am and returning home for approximately 7:00pm.  The cost is £27.00 per person to include coach, boat trip and cream tea. We also take in a visit to the market. Please put money in an envelope with your name and address it for the attention of Geraldine by Friday 24 May. Thankyou.


On Saturday 8 June at 2:15pm in Hope's Senate Room. Br Peter Bray who is the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University shares the stories of some of the students and the challenges they face on a day to day basis. The talk is open to all and is to raise awareness of some of the challenges facing young people in Palestine.

 Vocations weekend for young women

This is being organised by the FCJ sisters (Faithful Companions of Jesus) and is open to women in their 20s and 30s. The theme is Discernment and Vocation, 24-26 May in Liverpool.

There is nothing quite like religious life, it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God. If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along?

You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.

For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  visit their website

Formation Fund 

Are you interested in developing your faith and becoming more skilled in service of the community? The Diocese is particularly seeking to develop Lay Ministry and Leadership and would be keen to support people looking to develop their faith and skills in this area. For more info please contact the Pastoral Formation Department on 522 1040.

Animate Gap Year

Age 18+? Excited to inspire young people? Eager to share and deepen your faith? If you think you’re equipped for the job, contact Animate for more info on 01744 740 460 or check their website

St Mary's Parish Walk

The next St Mary's parish Walk in Lake District Sat. 8th June.followed by optional pub meal afterwards.  Not difficult,  about 5 miles. Details in St Mary's church porch from 5th May.

Contact Chris & Carol for further details on 428 1411 or 07773228706 by 31st. May.All ages welcome.



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