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
17th May 2020
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
ALL PUBLIC MASSES AND SERVICES
ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE NOTE: ALL MASS INTENTIONS WILL BE SAID PRIVATELY BY THE CONFRERES.
THE INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK ARE PUBLISHED BELOW
NO WEDNESDAY EXPOSITION
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
All parishioners, Pamela McCole RIP (anniversary), Repose of soul, Damian Mosquera RIP (anniversary), N C Philipp and Private intentions, Mariam Joseph RIP (anniversary)
Funeral Masses: Michael Lalor RIP, Leslie Williams RIP.
INTENTIONS SAID OVER LAST FEW WEEK:
Neill Grayson RIP, Ann Bridson RIP, Maureen Reise RIP, Andrew Doherty RIP, Thanksgiving Masses, Ray Turner RIP, Elaine (successful operation), Sue L (successful operation), John Ruggles RIP, Karen B, Chantel B
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, Fr John G, Angela W, Sofia W, Andrew J, Pam C, Richard A, Justine S, Fr Tony H,C.Ss.R, Fr Tony J C.Ss.R., Fr Vinny McS, Malcolm P, Irene H, Anne McE, Rosa S, Tony A, Sue L, Fr Martin C.Ss.R, Rev Mgr Austin H, Bernard A, Margaret M, James McG, Margaret T, Barbara T, Evonn I, Doris T, Bertha F, Chris R, Residents of Oak Springs, Paul McM, Jim L, Kerry H and Bella D
|THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY|
Maureen Reise RIP, Andrew Doherty RIP (Fr Tim’s nephew), Michael Lalor RIP
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Fr Philip Foster C.Ss.R., Fr John Osborne C.Ss.R., Fr Geoffrey Wilkins C.Ss.R.,Fr Donald Fraser C.Ss.R.,Br Anthony McKell C.Ss.R., Br Cuthbert Gallagher C.Ss.R
BULLETINS FOR HOUSEBOUND AND THOSE WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS:
If you know someone who would like a copy of the bulletin but has no internet access and you are in a position to print off a copy for them, send a request to the parish office and we can send you a printable version each week.
Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to do so ourselves but can easily share it with those able to.
FROM FR TIM
THURSDAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION
On Wednesday afternoon I will record a short Mass for those who wish to celebrate the Feast and as with our Sunday Masses it will be available from the evening before at around 6.00pm.
Coping is the word that comes to mind as I try to share a thought with you this weekend. I suppose there are many times in our lives when all we can do is cope. Accordingly all the more important are those sustaining memories which help us live in hope during the coping times. I felt this very much when I learnt of the death of my nephew, Andrew, aged just 50. For some time Andrew has had to cope with a severely debilitating health condition and my heart went out to him when I saw him in March and realised how often he simply winced with pain during our conversation. This past week I thought of some of those wonderful times with Andrew, particularly when as a youngster I was able to take him to see his beloved Sunderland when they were playing in London and I was able to get down south; yes he supported uncle’s football team! One occasion stands out in particular: a 2-2 draw with Arsenal and I was able to secure a meeting with and the autograph of his favourite player after the game. He was so excited he couldn’t speak as we drove back to Swanley.
During this new phase of our struggles with Covid 19, I suspect that many of you are wondering how you are going to cope or exactly what you should be doing. I was delighted to hear Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaking determinedly about the need for the Government to respect the spiritual needs of the people. We wait in hope for the time when we can open the doors of our churches again, even though we will certainly have to put into place many safety measures.
Meanwhile, this weekend and over the next few weeks we will try and support the families of our children who would have been receiving their First Holy Communion at this time. Likewise, I want to reassure those of you waiting to have your children baptised and those of you who have had to postpone your weddings: we will do all we can to sort everything out as soon as we get the go-ahead.
If I may just return to the matter of finance: the Archdiocese has negotiated with the bank an excellent and easy to use scheme, whereby you may continue to contribute to the parish finances. If you wish to avail yourselves of this, please see below and the website for the necessary instructions.
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
The proposal is that in our all homes we set aside a sacred space where the family can pray, if possible at 7.00pm each 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, 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.
During May it is suggested that as part of our evening prayer time we include a decade of the Rosary for the courage and wisdom we will need to implement whatever new guidelines we will be given.
SHRINES/SACRED PLACES IN YOUR HOMES.
Many of you have made shrines/sacred spaces in your homes. It would be a lovely idea if you could send photos of them to and they will be put up on the websites, to show each other we are all still united in prayer and in our communities. Please remember that photos posted can be seen all around the world, so don’t include people in the photos.
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.
(For those who cannot attend a funeral the Archdiocese has produced a prayer leaflet click here)
Postponed till further Notice
Postponed till further Notice
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.
THE PARISH OFFICE
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 the paper bulletin, and which contains a homily, will be posted on our parish website.
Click here for this weeks Sunday Message
For a homily based on this week's readings Click here
Click here for this week's LOOK
MASS INTENTION REQUESTS:
Any requests should be emailed to the parish office and all Masses will be said privately by the confreres but listed in the bulletin. Any stipends/donations can be sent in at a later date once the parish office reopens.
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.
A prayer leaflet which can be used by ministers of communion (on a phone call) please click here.
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.
If you have a neighbour/friend who does not have internet access but may need some support, please ask their permission beforehand and then, pass on their details to the SVP. We know that there is a lot of goodwill out there and that everyone is doing ‘their bit’ so keep praying and supporting your families, friends, parishioners and wider community in any way you can, but always staying safe and keeping to all the directives.
Indicating you would like to donate, and they will get back to you.
If you wish to volunteer in any capacity, we would ask you to contact government/council initiatives.
The city councils dedicated volunteer line is 0151 233 3068
or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
The city councils number for those who need help or any kind is 0151 233 3066.
FOOD COLLECTION AT THE MONASTERY IS NOW SUSPENDED.
Please either support our SVP, as above or donate
Or to Nugent Food Market:
Or Hugamug foodbank in Gateacre. This is a local foodbank set up by the family of a former SFX pupil and running under the auspices of the Liverpool Council. They accept food donations at particular times and make home deliveries.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
A MESSAGE ON FINANCE FROM FR TIM
I am acutely aware that some families will be experiencing financial hardship following the lockdown, and therefore fully understand if you temporarily suspend your monthly standing order to Bishop Eton.
For others who are still in a position to contribute to parish finances, I would like to remind you how you can still make your offering, in safety, to Bishop Eton during this time of social distancing.
1. Please do not bring or send your Sunday giving envelopes to the Monastery.
2. For those of you who usually use offertory envelopes or give cash, if at all possible, would you please set up a monthly standing order amounting to your usual weekly donation.
If you are able to arrange a standing order, please contact the finance team by email. The team will provide you with the relevant account details on Many thanks to all those who have already set up such arrangements.
3. The Archdiocese has also set up an online giving website for either one-off or regular monthly donations. The parish has its own unique link and there is a photograph of our church to provide additional reassurance that donors are donating to the correct parish. To use this facility please use the link: https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/our-ladys-of-the-annunciation-bishop-eton
There is a detailed guide on how to use the site at https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/how-to-donate
As ever, thank you for your understanding, support and prayers.
Unfortunately, even during the lockdown, there are still safeguarding issues as individuals find new ways to target the vulnerable. We received an email from the Safeguarding department this week and would like to share it with as many of our parishioners as possible, and especially if you can share with neighbours, family and friends who do not receive the bulletin online.
“By now, sadly, you will have also seen a number of news reports that some groups that have been using videoconferencing, social media etc to support their work have sadly also experienced some quite nasty and distressing incidents. There have been a number of reports of Zoom calls being Zoombombed (an individual intrudes uninvited into a Zoom call) and distributing distressing material or comments, live streams being hacked, and people joining online groups with the intention of grooming children and young people.
CSAS have put together the attached guidance document in respect of using videoconferencing for ministry, which will hopefully support you and give you confidence in using technology during ministry safely. Please do use the guidance in considering any form of online ministry, and review your procedures in light of the guidance.
I would also suggest that enclosed in this document is a section of ‘Useful links and resources for internet safety’ within this document. CSAS have hyperlinked a number of really informative charities that I use regularly to inform my practice, and I find really helpful as a parent. It may be helpful to share those links with your parish communities, as parents and carers try to guide children and young people through our accelerated use of an online world.
I would also draw your attention to sections 8 & 9 of the CSAS Creating a Safer Environment document which also has guidance on the use of technology, and photography and filming including live streaming church services. https://www.csas.uk.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Creating-a-Safer-Environment-1.docx"
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger. It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police. If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at
An appeal has been set up to provide one-off support to the most needy Christian families affected. To donate/find out more go to https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/get-involved
For more details and recent correspondance click here
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
PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has created a series of podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch For example they have a whole playlist which will allow you to revisit Pope John Paul IIs visit in 1982 https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch/sets/pope-saint-john-paul-iis-visit-to-the-uk
Here is an example of the content from previous newsletters
The Archdiocesan prayer resources have been updated to include
- Reflection for Sixth Sunday of Easter
- Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter
- Family Rosary prayer cards
- Resurrection Appearances: Mark’s Gospel reflection
- It takes two: building a marriage that lasts (a free online marriage enrichment course)
- Deaf monthly news (May/June 2020)
For Sunday reflections click here
The Redemptorists in Clapham are recording 'Thoughts for the Day' You can view them either on the Clapham Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarysClaphamCSsR/, their youtube Account https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MnePSBt96d_GtIal3Iliw or on the Priovince website http://www.redemptorists.co.uk/preaching-and-prayer/thought-for-the-day.html
Not Daily - but Sr Francis Kelly is posting reflections on the UK Vocations website click here
It is 5 years since Pope Francis published Laudato Si, to mark the occaision he recorded this message
Laudato Si week runs from from the 16th to the 24th May.
For a copy of Laudato si click here
To reflect on the Coronavirus in the light of Laudate Si click here
For the prayer card to be used on 24th May click here
Visit https://laudatosiweek.org/resources/ for lots of prayer resource such as this one from the US Bishop’s Conference designed with the children in mind.
THY KINGDOM COME
Taketime meditations www.taketime.org.uk have produced a set of meditations for this years 'Thy Kingdom Come'
The meditations can be accessed through the list on the Taketime Spiritual Meditation app or via the links below
POPE’S PRAYER VIDEO MAY 2020
CAFOD Emergency Appeal Re Coronairus
CAFOD, our Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in many countries where CAFOD works. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating. Many countries have very weak healthcare systems and will not be able to cope. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, possibly living with other diseases, will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. It is not just a public health emergency. Many of the world’s most vulnerable people will lose their jobs and be unable to support their families. The poorest and most marginalised communities, working hard to transform their lives, will be pushed further into poverty.
CAFOD is adapting its programmes to help manage the risk of coronavirus in communities and working with local Church aid agencies on the frontline of this crisis. They are already working to get food to where it is needed most; to improve hygiene, handwashing and sanitation in communities and households; producing radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks and prevention; and training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns. In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever. While we are not able to hold collections in our church, you can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR EASTERN CHRISTIANS
Sunday 17th May in the Internatonal Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians, We are asked to pray the following in unity with our fellow Christians.
“Heavenly Father, we pray today for peace in the world, especially in the Middle East. By your heavenly grace, strengthen the faith and hope of Eastern Christians. May they be blessed with peace and prosperity in their lands. And may we be inspired by their devotion and witness to the Gospel, by their love and compassion for all in their communities, and by their courage, their endurance and self-sacrifice against oppression. Through their charity, tolerance and friendship, bring peace and reconciliation to those troubled lands, where Christianity was born and first spread. Through Christ our Lord. Amen”
For more information visit https://oeuvre-orient.com/the-international-day-of-prayer-for-eastern-christians/
The Pope has written to us all to encourage us to pray the Rosary during May. Click here to read the Pope's message. He has inluded a couple of prayers that can be said at the end of the Rosary, they can be found at the end of the message linked to above. However, we have included them in a pdf file which you can download - click here
Carfin Grotto will be streaming the Rosary live each day - click on the image below to read a Facebook post on this or click here to learn more
For the latest from the Catholic Pictorial click here
DEMENTIA RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN
Dementia support line https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/dementia-connect-support-line
Demetia support forum https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/
Top Five tips
The Alzheimer's society have produced a top 5 tips for peole caring for those living with Dementia. You can download a copy of this volunteer toolkit by clicking here
Supporting older people and those living with Dementia
Click here for a guide from the British Psychological Society
Advice from Dementia UK
The Archdiocese has put together a page of resources to help those LIving with Dementia and those who care for them. Click here for more information.
Sing for the Brain
On the 30th April Alzheimer's UK ran a sing for the brain session on Facebook. You can watch a video of the event by clicking here
ARTS for Dementia are providing opportunities for people to join in remotely with dance, drama music. To discover what is available and how to join in visit https://arts4dementia.org.uk/events/
Videos from Inovations in Dementia
Inovations in Dementia have developed a series of videos to assist volunteers and carers to understand the needs of a person living with Dementia. They are availabl on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVqQdwbR6zDgIGTPfxi0BYA
They have also produced a document that can be completed and shared with volunteers. Click here
LOCKDOWN AND DOMESTIC ABUSE:
Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown be-gan, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse.
Bishop John Sherrington said:
‘Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Catholic parishes can play an important role in the fighting the scourge of domestic abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where we are seeing some shocking statistics from leading domestic abuse organisations. My thanks go to those organisations and individuals already working so hard to ensure that people suffering domestic abuse can live safe lives. Every local situation will differ and so our new guidance is designed to be used as an introduction to start a local project. I hope that Catholics and parishes will be inspired to take this up in their local area. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or justified. It is an offence against the dignity of the human person.’
For help and support visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/domestic-abuse/
MASSES FOR THE SICK, CARERS etc
Cardinal Nichols explains the background on the Masses for the Sick, their families, NHS staff and Care Workers
The Schedule for the Masses for the Sick, their families, NHS staff and Care Workers
STEP IN TO THE GAP
Do you want to make a difference in the world and spend a year gaining new skills, work experience and learning more about yourself and the world we live in? CAFOD offers a gap year programme for those aged 18-30 based in the UK which includes a 3 week visit to meet partners and communities that CAFOD work with. Find out more information including how to apply at www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear To download a copy of the flyer click here
CATHEDRAL CHOIRS RECRUITMENT
The application date for the boys has no past but girls can apply until the 5th June 2020 (auditions will be by Zoom)
POPE FRANCIS PUBLISHES FREE PRAYER BOOK:
The free prayer book can be downloaded by clicking here:
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
Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21)
Listen to Jesus within ourselves and within our partner
Jesus is in me and in you! In marriage we are especially called to honour that presence in our spouse every day. There may be times when we hurt each other or take each other for granted, leading to feelings of jealousy and resentment, often to arguments. At times like this the call is for forgiveness, for healing, for affirmation.