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
Parish Office E-mail: .
Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R.
Deacons J Keeley, Gergely Juhasz
15 December 2019
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm
Monday - Friday 7.00am, 12.00 midday
Saturday Mass 12.00 midday
WEDNESDAY EXPOSITION: 11.00am to 11.45 and 6.00pm to 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:
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.
From Fr Tim
Already we have reached Gaudete Sunday – REJOICE SUNDAY – when the Church invites us to take a breather before the last lap into Christmas.
I trust this wonderfully hopeful season is providing you with opportunities to stop and reflect and take stock. Our service on Monday evening may provide many of you with the ideal opportunity to do just that.
MONDAY AT 7.30PM: ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE:
Here is the occasion for us as a community to beg forgiveness of the Lord and one another as we prepare for Christmas.
We will use the usual format: namely those who wish to come forward and receive absolution may do so; those who would like to confess their sins and spend time with a priest may do so.
Where possible we will also provide opportunities for Reconciliation after the Masses this week.
A WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY:
Last Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the arrival of our remarkable family from Syria. We celebrated with a joyful party in the Fisher-More Hall. On behalf of the whole parish I want to thank Ismael and Ghofran and their lovely children Adel and Olathe family for all the blessings they have brought to us. And I would also like to thank everyone in the Resettlement Team and all of you who have supported them for working so tirelessly in helping the family cope with their transition to life in England.
It seems to me to have been about as seamless as it could possibly have been.
Furthermore, in the face of so much suspicion and distrust in wider society, it is a joy to be part of something which demonstrates the value of building bridges and reaching out to others in faith and love. Long may it continue!
CHILDREN’S NATIVITY AND OTHER EVENTS PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS:
This afternoon the ‘With You Always’ First Communion children present the Nativity at 3.00pm. It is their Christmas offering to the parish.
Please also take note of all the events in the parish and in the school, which would value your support. I will do my best to get to as much as possible!
LIAM LYNCH RIP
The Funeral of Liam Lynch RIP will take place on Tuesday 17 December at 12.00 noon.
Advent Extra is on sale in the porch £1.95 each.
The Archdiocesan directory is also on sale in the porch £3.50 each.
Bereavement Support Group Christmas Tea:
The Bereavement Support Group Christmas Tea will take place on Tuesday 17 December from 2.00pm—4.00pm in the Hughes Room.
Parish Celebration of Carols in church on Tuesday 17 December at 7.00pm
This parish celebration is for all ages and includes music from our 10.00am and 6.00pm Music Groups and Allerton Brass. Refreshments in the Fisher—More Hall afterwards. We will need a representative from each parish group to place a bauble on the tree.
Traditional Carol Service
Our annual Carol Service with readings, poetry, choir and organ on Saturday 21 December at 2.30 pm. Seasonal refreshments in the Fisher-More Hall.
Food Collection Thank you
South Liverpool Food Bank and the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, in Seel Street - who help the homeless - send their thanks for the very positive response to the request for food donations from Bishop Eton SVP, last weekend. Your kindness is very much appreciated and makes an immediate difference in helping families and individuals who are experiencing difficulties.
Here are a few photographs of the collection
Brother Benjamin Feeding Project:
The Justice & Peace Youth Group will be selling gift cards for £10 each, after Masses until Christmas. Also available from reception 9.00am—6.00pm, Mon-Sat. Each voucher feeds a child-headed household or orphans for a month.
The Piety Shop:
Open after all Masses on Sunday. All profits go to Project Zimbabwe. Cards also available from the Monastery Reception.
Christmas Used Stamps
Please bring them to the Sacristy to support Redemptorist Mission Action.
Invitation to all Parish helpers:
Parish helpers’ social evening: Friday 10 January: 7.00pm -10.00pm. It is a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all that you do to build up the community of faith here in Bishop Eton, so please try and come along.
6.00PM READERS ROTA:
A new rota will be compiled for the new year. If you wish to join the team please leave details as soon as possible with the office. Newcomers welcome.
Justice and Peace Table Sale
The Justice and Peace Youth Group are holding a table sale in the new year to raise money for our friends in Zimbabwe and for our older members who are going on the Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Will you save any unwanted Christmas gifts to donate.
We will also be collecting anything that might sell. Many thanks!
Accomodation is needed for an international PhD female, mature student. If you can offer you any short term accommodation, from mid-January, please contact the parish office.
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Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.
Advent Posters and Information
Information has been colated to allow you to quickly find events and information that you may find interesting.
You can access information and posters via the home page (bishopeton.org.uk) or via the dropdown Advent menu.
For Posters click here
For general information click here
Fr Michael’s paintings
If you are still searching for a Christmas present for a loved one. Take a look at Fr Michael's paintings. All money raised from sales will go to Project Zimbabwe.
They can be viewed at http://www.bishopeton.org.uk/fr-michael-s-paintings.html
Presentation of the statue of St Julie.
On Sunday 8th December 2019 - two member of St Julie's 'The 1804 society' presented Fr Tim with a golden statue of St Julie. The presentation is part of a programme of events marking the 50th anniversary of St Julie's canonisation.
A few photos follow.
For the latest updates from CTMH click here
If you want to find out how the stall at the Farmer's market was received click here
ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN TALK:
This Wednesday 18 December at Hope University in the Senate Room, given by Dr Rod Garner the author of new biography of Newman. Tea and coffee served from 12:30pm with the talk starting at 1:00pm.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE:
This Thursday 19 December with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at the Metropolitan Cathedral at 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Gibberd Room. All welcome!
Next weekend there will be a double issue for both The Universe and The Catholic Times so the price will be £3.00 each. The 5 January issue will return to £1.50. Thank you!
Reverence for the Eucharist:
Sadly in recent times, hosts have been found on the floor of both our churches. Therefore I beg all of you when receiving Communion to follow the guidance that we take a step to the side and consume the host in the presence of the minister.
Ministers, please be vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to respond.
Christmas meal in St Mary's Parish Hall on Christmas Day 1.00-4.00pm.
For anybody who will be eating alone this year, irrespective of religion or income.
Anyone is welcome.
Please contact Anita on the number below or your parish office to book a place.
All offers of help would be gratefully received! Anita on 07387576741
Marriage Matters Reflections for this week
A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday
Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11)
Cherish the gift
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ coming.
When Jesus came, the Magi brought gifts. We are preparing gifts for family and friends.
When you married, and every day since, you have gifted yourself...entrusted yourselves ...to each other; do you still cherish the gift? How much has trust helped you on your journey together? Thank the Lord!
Pope's Prayer Intention for December
Please note that the location for the SYNOD talks has changed from Hope Chapel to LACE.
For a full list of the upcoming talks and the associated reflections click here
CATHEDRAL WALKING GROUP
The next date for the Cathedral Walking Group will be on Sunday 19 January 2020 where once again we will meet at 12.30pm at the Cathedral Car Park.
CATHEDRAL BOOK CLUB
The next meeting of the Cathedral Book Club will be Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.00pm in the Gibberd Room. We will meet to discuss The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. New readers are always welcome
VOLUNTEER WITH NUGENT
"Volunteering gives me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had." Volunteering is a great way to boost your skills, improve your CV, meet new people and give back to your community.
There are currently volunteering opportunities in the Nugent Charity Shop on Allerton Road, Liverpool.
It is one of the most popular charity shops in the area, with a lot of regular customers and the team have sold over 40,000 items so far this year and raised over £90,000 for Nugent’s community services.
Volunteers in the Charity Shop get involved in all aspects, from sorting stock to taking payments, but most of all they are the face of Nugent for all of their regular customers.
Give Colin a call now on 0151 261 2041 to find out how you could volunteer with Nugent, or email, . "It's great fun too, seeing new and old faces and having a chance to chat." Find out more at wearenugent.org
SFX Advent Service Tuesday 17th December at 6.30pm
ST BERNADETTE TEAM:
For any young person over the age of 18 . The St Bernadette Team offer personal care for the assisted pilgrims in Lourdes. Visit http://www.animateyouth.org/lourdes/st-bernadette-team/ for more information and an application form.
The aim of this new initiative is to helpgrow young leaders from our schools and parishes. We are inviting any young person in Year 10 up to the age of 21 to apply to be part of the Animate+ Team. Suitable applicants would be young people who want to develop or learn new skills such as public speaking or working with small groups as well as developing their own faith through interacting with the full Animate Team and other members of the Animate+ Team.
This is a fantastic opportunity foryoung people to ‘dip a toe in the water’ of the full Animate Team and discover more about youth ministry and gain valuable work experience that can be added to any future college/university/work applications.
Please have a look at the Animate website http://www.animateyouth.org/animateplus/ for more details and the application form.
BE A CATHEDRAL GUIDE
The Cathedral are once again looking for people who would like to act as volunteer guides for three hours a week.
- Learn on the job for as long as it takes. Answer queries at the welcoming desk.
- Listen to the stories of our wonderful visitors.
- If you like, take large or very small groups on tours.
- Give the job your own creativity.
- Be part of a ministry of welcome.
- Help us to increase our guiding groups to four.
- Add your own dimension to a large and flourishing team
- Be a consistent part of your group throughout the year
- Contribute toward presenting our Cathedral as a living Christian community, able to embrace everyone as valued individuals.
- Make new friends.
- Enjoy a fresh challenge.
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL - OCT 2020:
7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.
CAFOD Fun Run or Walk
The 36th Annual CAFOD Fun Run (or walk) will take place at 12.00 noon on Friday, 27 December at the Wavertree Athletics Centre, L15 4LE.
Nugent Christmas Decorations
Over 500 children across the North West are waiting for their new family. Can you help?
Information Drop In Session, Thursday, 23 January, 6.00pm-7.30pm and Saturday, 25 January, 11.00am-2.00pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Centre, Mayfield Avenue, Widnes, WA8 8PR or ring 01744 613 041 for more details.
SFX – Party for Senior Citizens
For more videos visit https://www.facebook.com/SFX1842
Year of the Word CAFOD resources
In this Year of the Word, you can find resources to help you break open the Scriptures.
The children’s liturgy resources help many children to reflect on the gospel and what it means for how they live their lives in our world today.