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
5 April 2020
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
ALL PUBLIC MASSES AND SERVICES
ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE NOTE: ALL MASS INTENTIONS WILL BE SAID PRIVATELY BY THE CONFRERES.
Mass Intentions for this week:
All parishioners, Thanksgiving for the life of Peter Drury (anniversary), Martin Rafter, Redemptorist Community, McDermott family & friends, Margaret (Pexie) Mooney RIP, Sydney Jones RIP, Thomas Henry Johnston RIP and Private intentions
PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE SICK, THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY AND THOSE WHOSE ANNIVERSARIES OCCUR AT THIS TIME.
|FOR THE SICK OF THE PARISH|
Fr Gabby C.Ss.R., Sr Margaret H SND, A.K.Flynn, Clare V, Angela W, Sofia W, Fr John G, Andrew J, Pam C, Richard A, Justine S, Fr Tony C.Ss.R., Peggy S, Fr Vinny McS, Malcolm P, Irene H, Anne McE, Rosa S, Tony A, Rev Mgr Austin H, Bernard A, Margaret M, James McG, Margaret T, Barbara T, Evonn I
|THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY|
Margaret (Pexie) Mooney, Sydney Jones, Thomas H Johnston
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Bishop Robert Coffin C.Ss.R., Fr Wendelin Diemand C.Ss.R., Fr Thomas Mangan C.Ss.R., Fr Mark Flynn C.Ss.R., Fr Francis Hawkins C.Ss.R., Fr Charles Wright C.Ss.R., Br Luke Shields C.Ss.R., Br Gerard Duffy C.Ss.R., Br Alexander Walker C.Ss.R., Br Alphonsus Hartley C.Ss.R., Br Malachy Kelly C.Ss.R., Br Cyprian Hopkins C.Ss.R.
FROM FR TIM
In the midst of all the uncertainty and the accompanying anxiety we have arrived at Holy Week. It will be a very different Holy Week for all of us, but my hope and prayer is that it will bring great blessings on us and deepen our sense of community, as we unite all the suffering of this crisis with the sufferings of Our Lord.
I will not try and offer too many ideas here, but will make some suggestions when I record the Palm Sunday Mass. I want each of you to work out with your families what is possible and what is best for you. I am really impressed with the wealth of material that is being made available to help us and you can see that our websites are full of suggestions and good ideas. I thank all of you who continue to look for ways in which we can support each other during this challenging time and a special ‘thank you’ to Margie Zilnyk, whose technical expertise has been invaluable and made it possible for me to broadcast the Sunday Mass and my short messages.
I have been heartened by the enormous number of positive responses and by the way we really do seem to be holding one another in prayer, love and concern.
May the Lord bless us in a special way during the coming week so that next weekend we will be able to celebrate Easter with great joy because Easter is the Feast of Feasts.
The youtube video of this week's Mass will be emdedded on the website as soon as it is available. If you subscribe to the Parish youtube channel (anyone with a google account can subscribe) you should be informed once the video has been uploaded.
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
The proposal is that in all our homes we set aside a sacred space where the family can pray, if possible, at 7.00pm every evening during these uncertain days. At the heart of the prayer will be an Act of Spiritual Communion, so dear to the heart of our Founder, Saint Alphonsus. The leaflet is available on our website, (click here) the prayer has been converted so that it is easily understood by the younger ones, but here is the original:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Our Redemptorist Community has adjusted the daily timetable so that we will be united in prayer with you all at that time. Also, each day we will celebrate Mass and hold all your intentions before the Lord.
BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES
Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium numbers kept to an absolute minimum. We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.
Postponed till further Notice
Postponed till further Notice
I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this. Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin).
My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion as described above. (Cardinal Nichols has now recorded a statement re Easter Duty see below
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
For those who are self-isolating phone support can be offered. Otherwise we will be able to anoint those who are sick, but Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death.
HOLY WEEK AT THE CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral will be streaming Holy week services on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/liverpoolmetrocathedral/) The a schedule is available on their website. go to: https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/event-calendar
MINISTERS OF COMMUNION
MINISTERS OF COMMUNION ARE NOT TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR REGULAR ROUNDS.
I would encourage you to keep in touch with those who are housebound and explain that everyone is called upon to make a Spiritual Communion while the crisis lasts.
The SVP will maintain phone contact with the people they regularly visit. If you would like phone support at this time please contact . They will endeavour to help but may need to refer you to the council helpline.
The SVP monthly collection would normally take place this Sunday. Their work continues supporting our local communities and there is even more need. IF YOU WISH TO DONATE contact indicating you would like to donate and they will get back to you.
If you signed up to volunteer for BESAFE, we are sorry but following Archdiocesan advice we cannot proceed with this initiative.
If you wish to volunteer or need support please contact the city councils dedicated lines
volunteer line 0151 233 3068] or support line 0151 233 3066.
or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
(Please note that as of 2nd April the volunteer line has been temporarily suspended, due to the high number of volunteers, we will let you know when it reopens)
The parish office is closed. Hayley, Margie and Kris are working remotely with limited access. They will keep the website updated and will produce the weekly bulletin which will be uploaded to the website.
Each week the Sunday Message, which is on the back of this bulletin, and which includes a homily, will be posted on our parish website. Click here for a copy and to view a reflection by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R
The coronavirus outbreak in Bethlehem is having a devastating effect, causing people to lose their incomes due to lack of tourism. FHL are launching an appeal to provide one-off support to the most needy Christian families affected.
To donate or to find out more go to www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/news/news/coronavirus-outbreak-bethlehem---an-appeal
FOOD COLLECTION AT THE MONASTERY IS NOW SUSPENDED.
Please either support our SVP, as above or donate
PARISH FUNDING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
- a message from the Bishop Eton Finance Team (on behalf of Fr Tim)
Approximately half of the Parish income comes from Parishioners who have a monthly standing order in place, with the other half coming from the collections at Sunday Mass, comprising planned giving (envelopes) and cash.
In light of the Coronavirus lockdown, we would like to share a thought with each of those groups of Parishioners:
We are acutely aware that some will be experiencing financial hardship at present, thus we would fully understand if any Parishioners decided to temporarily suspend their monthly standing order to Bishop Eton
With no Sunday Mass during the period that all churches will be closed, the Parish will receive significantly less income. In addition, the reduction in income will materially outweigh any reduction in expenditure, resulting in an ongoing weekly deficit.
In these circumstances, would like to invite those Parishioners who normally give to the weekly collection at Sunday Mass, both envelopes and cash, to consider setting up a monthly standing order for an equivalent amount.
Please contact us by email - address below - and we will provide you with the relevant account details..
Many thanks for your ongoing support and prayers.
The Archbishop has asked that the following prayer be widely circulated and prayed at this time of crisis:
A PRAYER IN TIME OF DANGER AND ILLNESS.
God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us
at this time, as the Coronavirus
threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper
in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are
suffering, give strength to those
who are aiding the Sick and give courage
to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son
Jesus Christ. AMEN
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ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
There are a number of new sections on the website, which you can access via the blue boxes on the home page or via the drop down menu.
Additional prayers and prayer resources have been added this week, including a modified Novena Prayer to OLPS, which includes petitions related to the Coronavirus crisis. Here is a link to that prayer click here
April's Catholic Pictorial is now available on line click here
PALM SUNDAY (PLACE A BRANCH ON YOUR DOOR OR IN A WINDOW)
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FR DENIS MCBRIDE C.SS.R LEADS US THROUGH THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SEVEN IDEAS FOR HOLY WEEK
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS BY ST ALPHONSUS
Led by Fr Dominic O'Toole C.Ss.R
CORONAVIRUS & PLENARY INDULGENCES
Last week the Apostolic Penitentiary issued information about the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence at this time of the Covid-19 crisis. This can be found by clicking here.
WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?
Cardinal Nichols confirms that the obligation on us to Easter duties has been removed for the year 2020 due to the Pandemic
MESSAGES FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM
ON THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND TO OUR LADY
A MESSAGE TO ALL KEY WORKERS
LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE ASSOCIATION
Sadly this year's pilgrimage to Lourdes has been postponed til 2021.
For full details click here
POPE'S APRIL PRAYER INTENTION VIDEO
FREE ACCESS TO MAGNIFICAT ON LINE
Magnificat have responded to there being no public Masses for an indefinite period and the need for many to self isolate.
To help they are offering free access to Magnificat online (log in at www.magnificat.com/free)
For anyone who would like the Print Edition they are offering a one off off 4-month subscription to Magnificat and/or a 3-month subscription to The Catholic Herald at substantially discounted and prices.
Magnificat 4 months April to July (including the Holy Week special issue) for £14
Catholic Herald 3 months (13 weeks) for £25
Both Catholic Herald and Magnificat (as above) £36
The print options can only be ordered by telephoning Margaret on 020 7448 3607 or Paul on 020 7448 3618 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Orders will need to be placed before Easter:
"we do expect that many people will still go to Church for personal prayer, we do hope that these special concessions will help people who cannot get there, and also those who want to follow the Masses, prayers, readings, etc. feel that they can still share in the life of the Church."
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY TO THE ROYAL AND BROADGREEN HOSPITALS
The Catholic Chaplaincy is proud to have 50 dedicated volunteers who usually visit Catholic patients on the wards, offering them a friendly face, a listening ear, and any pastoral, spiritual, emotional and religious support they require. This is an invaluable service for any patients who may be feeling low, anxious, facing difficult decisions, or those who are just really missing Church. We offer these patients a chat, prayer, Holy Communion or opportunity to see a priest.
Due to the current situation we are no longer allowed to send our volunteers on to the wards. Most of our volunteers are over 70 and their safety, and the safety of our patients, is our priority.
However, the chaplaincy staff – Fr Stephen Lee, Natasha Pritchard and Liam Redmond – will be on hand every day to visit any patients on request. We won’t be visiting the wards without a request so please do call us if you need us! Please call us if you are (or a relative or friend is) a patient (religious or not) who is low, anxious, lonely, has no visitors, dying, or in need of a friendly face, Holy Communion or a priest.
Emergency on call priests will be working as normal during this time.
Non-emergency visits: call 0151 706 2828. Leave a message with patient’s name and ward in case we are out visiting someone else when you call.
Emergency: same as usual – call switchboard from the ward and ask to speak to the emergency on call Catholic priest.
Finally, please pray for us and all of our hospital staff!
Fr Stephen, Natasha and Liam
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters for Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday (Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14-27, 66)
Challenged when we witness how others love
St Paul recognises the amazing humility of Jesus who accepts death on the cross out of love for God and us. We wonder and are challenged by the joy of a friend who daily visits his wife who has dementia; in his great love he feeds her, puts her to bed each evening, prays with her. Could we love like this?
THE HERBERT PROTOCOL
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in.
It is particularly useful for people caring for someone living with dementia.
Keeping a completed form reduces the worry of trying to remember the information when someone goes missing.
To learn more about the Herbert Protocol, and to download a form to fill in visit
On 22nd March tens of thousands of Christians across Britain united to pray as part of the National Day of Prayer and Action on Sunday 22nd March 2020, responding to the call made by Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE).
CTE are encouraging us to join together again at 7pm every Sunday evening. CTE (Churches Together England) have produced as a safer alternative, where candle flames, window sills and curtains do not mix. (Click on the image of the candle and you will access a pdf you can print off)
To read the letter explaining the initiative click here
PRAYER FOR HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
Friday the 3rd April was a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The Redemptorists in Clapham are sharing a thought for the day on their Youtube account https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MnePSBt96d_GtIal3Iliw (it will also be available on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarysClaphamCSsR/)
Mossley Hill Church is posting a thought for the day on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MossleyHillChurch/
SOME CROSSES ARE INVISIBLE
SING RESURRECTION (AN INITIATIVE FROM CHURCHES TOGETHER)
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FLASH MOB FOR
PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY
We have missed the chance to take part in the Palm Sunday but there will be another chance for Easter sunday.
This video explains the concept
For full details and the scores/backing tracks please click here