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 Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R.
Deacons J Keeley, Gergely Juhasz
22 December 2019
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm
MONDAY 7.00am, 12.00 midday
7.00pm Mass (FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, as is the 5.30pm at St Mary's Woolton).
11.00pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass, beginning at 11.30pm.
8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am—No evening Mass
THURSDAY—Feast of St Stephen (Boxing Day): 12.00 midday
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Masses: 12.00 midday
No Wednesday Exposition
Sacrament of Reconciliation 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
A CHRISTMAS GREETING
On Christmas Eve in 1223 St Francis famously invited his fellow friars and the townspeople of Greccio in central Italy to recreate the nativity scene in a cave, which reminded him of the cave in Bethlehem where he had been not long before. To make the occasion as authentic as possible, he ensured that an ox and an ass took their places alongside the people. There would be no mistaking the fact that Jesus was born in abject poverty. In this setting he celebrated the First Mass of Christmas and thus began the great tradition of the Christmas crib in churches and homes across the world.
A few days ago Pope Francis was reported to have visited an exhibition of over a hundred cribs in the Vatican and he spoke of how it took him back to his childhood and of that wonderful moment when the bambino was placed in the manger. May all our children capture that moment this Christmas and treasure the memory for the rest of their lives as they learn to see Christ present at the heart of all human experience.
FR ANDREW AND ALL THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY
JOIN ME ONCE AGAIN IN WISHING ALL OF YOU
THE JOY AND PEACE OF CHRISTMAS
We make a huge effort to ensure that all is prepared for this great feast and again I want to thank all of you who go out of your way to ensure that our church is resplendent and our liturgies fitting celebrations to mark the occasion.
The range of ministries and skills shared to achieve all this are too numerous to name.
Please be assured that your efforts are greatly appreciated and you are not taken for granted.
Please do study the changed timetable for the coming week. Also please note that the 7.00am Mass tomorrow morning will be the last until the middle of January.
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..
Thank you to those who bought Bro Benjamin Feeding Project Vouchers, £3000 has already been sent to Zimbabwe and a further £1000 is soon to go.
There will be a Benchmark fundraiser on 25 January in the Fisher-More Hall, tickets on sale after Christmas.
Justice and Peace Table Sale
The Justice and Peace Youth Group are holding a table sale in the new year.
Please save any unwanted Christmas gifts to donate or anything that might sell.
Proceeds will go to Project Zimbabwe and towards helping our older members who are going on the Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Christmas Used Stamps
Please bring them to the Sacristy to support Redemptorist Mission Action.
CAFOD ‘BE Green 2020’
The CAFOD 'BE Green 2020' project will launch as of 1 January, encouraging each of us to live simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor. Our first challenge is to recycle every Christmas card received by Bishop Eton Parishioners. More information to follow.
CAFOD Fun run/walk
The annual CAFOD Fun Run and Walk will take place at Wavertree Athletics Centre on Friday 27 December. You can simply turn up and register on the day from 12.00pm for the 1.00pm start. See the poster at the back of Church, or the CAFOD website for details.
Pastoral Area Website:
The first PA website has been gone live with information of all Christmas Masses in the area. The website will be developed over time with more relevant information. Go to www.pastol.co.uk Check it out. (Pastol stands for “Pastoral Area of St Therese Of Lisieux”)
For Redemptorist Community & vocations News
Twitter @RedemptoristsGB .
Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.
It’s OK not to be OK this Christmas.
Sometimes it feels like society says you should be always happy, especially at Christmas and that showing your sadness is a sign of weakness. Here are 3 tips for those days when you feel trapped:
1. Try to be social: This could be
as simple as starting a small conversation with your friends or someone at Mass.
2. Use coping skills: colouring, playing a sport, going on a run, yoga, deep breathing, and so many more.
3. Let yourself feel: While this may be uncomfortable at times, acknowledging your feelings can help you move through them. The journey of life is filled with ups and downs, which is what shapes us into the people we are. When you’re having a bad day or a good day, remember that people do care about you, you are here for a reason, and the world would not be the same without you. Tel 116 123 Text SHOUT to 85258. Mental Health Matters.
Christmas Message from the Redemptorist Fr General
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
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
Fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25)
Taking courage from love
The Gospel relates how Joseph overcame his serious doubts about Mary ‒ and married her! She too had faced her own fears about the future ‒ and said “Yes!”
We too can have doubts and lack confidence in the future, but like Mary and Joseph we can take courage from our love for each other and God’s love for us too.
A Reflection from Marriage Matters for Christmas Day (Midnight Mass)
(Isaiah 9:1-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14)
Excitement and joy
Mary knew the excitement and joy of this special day; Joseph too.
He and Mary were ‘together’ beginning a new journey, and no doubt believed all was going to be well.
We, too, like Mary and Joseph, need to be open to the joy and excitements of new beginnings ‘together’, especially when they involve experiences that are totally new
Pope's Prayer Intention for December
Please note that the location for the SYNOD talks has changed from Hope Chapel to LACE.
The audio of Stephen Davies's recent Synod talk - Complex Catholicism: Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England & Wales - is now available to listen to on our website https://synod2020.co.uk/news/post?id=45
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.
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.
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.
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.