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 Safeguarding E-mail :

Web: www.bishopeton.org.uk Twitter: @Bishop_Eton Facebook: bishopeton

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/bishopetonparish 

Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R. 

Deacons J Keeley,  Gergely Juhasz

28 June 2020

SOLEMNITY OF SS PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES (YR A)

ALL PUBLIC MASSES AND SERVICES

ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PLEASE NOTEALL MASS INTENTIONS WILL BE SAID PRIVATELY BY THE CONFRERES. 

THE INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK ARE PUBLISHED BELOW

NO WEDNESDAY EXPOSITION

NO NOVENA

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:    

All parishioners, Deacon Peter Murphy (ordination), Fr Gabby Maguire C.Ss.R.(ordination anniversary), Friends of the Holy Land, Fr Richard Reid C.Ss.R. (ordination anniversary) and Private intentions

INTENTIONS SAID OVER LAST WEEK 

Souls in purgatory, Katie, Con H, John McDonagh (anniversary), Thanksgiving for the Holy Souls, success of operation

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 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, Paul McM, Jim L, Kerry H, Bella D, Evelyn A, Antoinette L, Eva J, Brenda McN, Residents of Care Homes, Susan R, Jo P, Patricia G, Martin B, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R, Margaret M

THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY

 James Furlong RIP, Fr Tony Johnson C.Ss.R.,   

ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME
Archbishop Stephen Naidoo C.Ss.R. Fr Francis McNamara C.Ss.R., Fr Bernard Simpson C.Ss.R., Fr Edmund Vaughan C.Ss.R., Fr Thomas Bradley C.Ss.R., Fr Jan Milcz C.Ss.R.  Br Charles Smith 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.

ALSO…. DIAL-A-MASS.

Please pass this information on to anyone who would appreciate this service and especially anyone without internet access.

The Diocese of Middlesborough, funded by the Knights of St Columba, have initiated a Dial-a-Mass service where you can dial a telephone number and listen to Mass. Due to the funding by Knights of St Columba, calls will be charged at LOCAL RATE and will cost about 34p per Mass, each Mass being just under an hour

All they have to do is dial: 01642 130 120 and listen whenever they wish to hear Mass. Please pass it on.


FROM FR TIM 

SOLEMNITY OF SS PETER AND PAUL

Today we give thanks to God for these great pillars of the early Church, both martyred in Rome in the middle of the First Century.


Fr JohnsonFR ANTHONY JOHNSON CSsR RIP

FR ANTHONY JOHNSON CSsR died peacefully on Friday morning (26th June) in the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Fr Tony was born in December 1933 and did his National Service with the RAF in the military police. He was professed as a Redemptorist in 1957 and ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He was part of a vibrant School Mission Team based in Bishop Eton during the 1960s and then was appointed Novice Master in 1970. Unfortunately, he was involved in a very serious road accident in 1971 and was in a coma for over a week. He recovered sufficiently to be able fulfil supportive roles in different communities and in later years worked among the homeless in our Centre in Clapham, the Ace of Clubs.

He has enjoyed his final years in retirement here at Bishop Eton. We are greatly indebted to the staff of the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Church View Care Home, where he has received loving care and attention during the past few months. In spite of many health issues, he remained amiable and uncomplaining and he will be greatly missed. May he now rest in peace.


THE FORTHCOMING OPENING OF CHURCHES

You will have noted that the Government has given the go-ahead for churches to be re-opened for public worship from Monday, 6 July. However, it is important to be aware that, as with all other permissions for schools, shops, hotels etcetera, this permission may only be implemented after all the risk assessments have been done and all the safety measures are in place.

THEREFORE WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO LIFE AS IT WAS THREE AND A HALF MONTHS AGO.

I will be meeting this week with the other clergy of the Pastoral Area to determine how we should approach this next phase in the process of coming out of ‘lock down’ and hope to have more information next weekend. For now, may I make the following important points:

1. For now the Sunday Mass obligation is not being reintroduced.

2. Accordingly, I anticipate continuing with the streamed Mass each weekend.

3. Sunday and Weekday Masses will be limited and the churches will have a considerably reduced capacity, so people may be disappointed. This will call for great patience and understanding on the part of everyone.

4. Other services and sacraments will be available, but again it is going to take time to re-organise the programme of baptisms, weddings and First Communions, so I beg again for patience and understanding.

5. Churches may be used for funerals services, but there will be no Requiem Masses for the time being.

6. With Fr Andrew Burns (Rector) having to undergo a lengthy period of cancer treatment, I anticipate that for the most part, I will be shouldering responsibility for everything in both Bishop Eton and St Mary’s. We will need to look after one another and avoid unnecessary stress.

Let’s renew our trust in the Lord and ask the prayers of our Lady of Perpetual Succour as we calmly work our way through the coming weeks. And remember the great phrase of the mystic, Mother Julian of Norwich: “ALL WILL BE WELL.”

The letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops can be read at http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/index.php?p=2160


AN INVITATION TO PRAYER

our lady of the rosary

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.  


BESacredSpaces 8SHRINES/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. 


CHURCH REOPENING:

We are now opening church for private prayer on Mondays and Fridays between 2pm – 5pm. The church has been cleaned and benches have been cordoned off to meet the 2 metre distancing rules.

We are operating a one way system, entering via the main door of church, down one of the 3 aisles. One person per bench, unless a family unit.

We ask that you try to keep touching surfaces to a minimum and to sit by the aisle. To exit, you walk to the front, turn right and leave via the side chapel and Hughes Room.

There are posters on the door you should read before entering.

 

Door signs 2   Door signs 1

Anyone with symptoms or who have been advised to shield should not come into the church. Stewards will be at various points from entry to exit to ensure that everyone adheres to the protocols and to direct and then sanitize seats as people leave. This may mean having to wait outside for a short period so we would ask for your patience and understanding.

For full details and details of other Pastoral Area church reopening times see images below


Open Churches

If you wish to volunteer as a steward please email the parish office or if you come to the church you can give your details to Hayley. You must be over 18, and be in good health. There will be some training given and all volunteers will need to sign a form.   


THE PARISH OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED

The Parish Office is closed. Hayley, Margie and Kris are working remotely with limited access. They are keeping the website updated and producing the weekly bulletin which will be uploaded to the website. Each week the Sunday Message, which is on the back of the paper bulletin, along with a homily is 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 continue to be emailed to the parish office and all Masses will be said privately by the confreres and listed in the bulletin.

Any stipends/donations can be sent in at a later date once the parish office reopens.

You may also pass in your requests and stipends to Kris or Hayley if you visit church on Monday or Friday afternoons.


FR MICHAEL’S PAINTINGS.

Fr Michael has been busy during lockdown painting. A number of new paintings have been added to the website at http://www.bishopeton.org.uk/fr-michael-s-paintings.html
All money raised from the sale of the paintings will go to Project Zimbabwe.


TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES

READERS IN THE PARISH:

(Please note the he Catholic Universe and the Catholic Times have now been merged into a single title)

At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE. 

  Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£18.00 or 12 Months:- £72.00


Living Faith.

We have received our usual order of this publication. If you would like a copy please email the parish office and we will try and work out a way to get a copy to you. Or speak to Kris/Hayley at the church on open afternoons.

ALSO… CATHOLIC PIC. If you want a copy contact us and we will try and get a copy to you.


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.


SVP LOGOTHE SVP

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.

ALSO…… the SVP 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.


VOLUNTEERING:

The Archdiocese has now produced a very detailed guide to volunteering through established groups eg. SVP, Nugent etc. for full details please use this link to access the full document: Click here

Or you can still contact 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.

Please pass on these details to anyone you know is struggling especially if they have no internet access.


LIFE IN LOCKDOWN 

THE PASTORAL FORMATION TEAM HAVE ASKED US TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING:

We would like to share what individuals/parishes/families/schools/groups have been doing in this time of lockdown.

So much good work has been done over the last few weeks, but it can be easy to not know what is happening even in the next door parish.

To help us spread the good news that is happening in the Diocese, and maybe even give you some ideas, we would like either short videos or short sections of text with photos.

You can email videos or text directly to Fr Simon Gore ()

Videos should aim to be no more than 30 seconds. They can be very simple ‘selfie’ style clips of someone talking about what they have been doing.

Text should be around 250 words with photos, if possible.

Videos or photos of anyone under 18 must be accompanied by written permission from parents/guardians that the material can be used in Diocesan communications.

(The items submitted so far can be viewed by clicking here)


FOOD COLLECTION AT THE MONASTERY IS NOW SUSPENDED.

Please either support our SVP, as above or donate

https://southliverpool.foodbank.org.uk

https://northliverpool.foodbank.org.uk

Or to Nugent Food Market:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/epsy

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.

Please call 0151 909 3452 or contact   for further information.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY


BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES

FUNERALS

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)

WEDDINGS

Postponed till further Notice

BAPTISMS

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. 

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 the website and it is very straightforward. If you need further support please contact with your name and telephone number and they will endeavour to assist as quickly as possible.

4. There are also text options available; for full details use the link: http://www.bishopeton.org.uk/featured-articles/7439-giving-during-lockdown.html

As ever, thank you for your understanding, support and prayers.


SAFEGUARDING

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  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. 

Guidance_on_safeguarding_in_the_use_of_videoconferencing_for_ministry.pdf

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"

Any questions on either document should be sent tto 


REPORTING ABUSE

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 


The Archbishop has asked that the following prayer be widely circulated and prayed at this time of crisis:

 candleA 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:

We have a page of prayers and other prayer resources CLICK HERE, and a list of other sites with spiritial content CLICK HERE

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES

The pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take can be found on the Bishop’s Conference website at: www.cbcew.org.uk

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

REDEMPTORIST PUBLICATIONS

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Every week Redemptorist Publications send out a newsletter with spiritual input and information on their books. 

Here is an example of the content from previous newsletters
"This May we come together and invite you to join us as we celebrate our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, the first missionary."

and from the Glories of Mary (a longer exercpt appears in the newsletter)
"Mary is our Mother — not by the flesh, but by love. That is, she is our Mother by love alone. So someone observes that she glories in being the mother of love. She is all love for us, her adopted children."
To sign up for a newsletter visit https://mailchi.mp/rpbooks/newsletter  and for further spiritual guidance, thoughtful prayer and inspiring news visit https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/
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ARCHDIOCESAN RESOURCES

The Archdiocesan prayer resources have been updated to include

    • Reflection for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (also available as an audio download).
    • Readings for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
    • ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights’ - a compilation of eighty ecumenical prayers and reflections.
    • Growing Old Grace-fully.
    • Activity/reminisce ideas from the Alzheimer’s Society, Wigan.

All can be accessed/downloaded at https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/ or through http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ by clicking on ‘Prayer and Other Resources’.

 For Sunday reflections click here  

DAILY REFLECTIONS

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

Mossley Hill Church is posting a thought for the day on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MossleyHillChurch/ 

Not Daily - but Sr Francis Kelly is posting reflections on the UK Vocations website  click here 


RESTORED LIVES TRAINING

The Restored Lives programme that is used  in the Archdiocese for the divorced and separated have planned to deliver their summer training conference on the 3rd July using Zoom. It is an ideal opportunity for anyone in the Catholic Church to come and find out more about the course and what’s involved in setting one up both online and in person.

Cost to attend the training course is just £5 and they have planned to have a breakout session specifically to discuss the delivery of the course in a Catholic context.

If you are interested please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restored-lives-training-day-2020-tickets-94840330983


VACANCY FOR ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS OFFICER

The Archdiocese is currently seeking to recruit a Schools Officer on a part time basis, working 17.5 hours per week. The salary is £25,652.90 per annum. Informal Enquiries should be directed to Tim Warren, Director for Education on 0151 522 1072. Full details including a job description and application form are available from the job page of the archdiocesan website http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/200629-Diocesan-Schools-Officer

Closing date for applications 29.6.2020


ARCHDIOCESAN JUSTICE AND PEACE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

For the first time ever, Liverpool Archdioceses Justice and Peace group are holding their annual assembly online.

To book, click on this link: https://forms.gle/LxXvj7CSfNddqR1SA

Please book early as places are limited.

See I am making all things new


POPE'S PRAYER VIDEO


NEW DEMENTIA FRIENDLY INTERNET RADIO STATION:

A new internet radio station has been launched for people living with dementia and their carers. There’s five different eras of music to select from with no adverts whatsoever! You can access the website at: www.m4dradio.com 


CATHOLIC PICTORIAL

The June issue of the Catholic Pictorial is now available click here 

This month's edition contains tributes to Bishop Malone.


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

https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/

Advice from the Lewy Body Society
The Lewy Body Society have produced information to help those supporting those living with Lewy body dementia. To obtain a copy click here
Archdiocese of LIverpool

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.

Spotting fraud

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-people-affected-dementia

Cupcake day

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/cupcake-day

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

ARTS4Dementia

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

Memory Tracks
Memory Tracks have produced an app that helps support daily routines through music. To learn more click here

3NDWG

Webinar hosted by people living with dementia: pandemic self isolation & difficulties.  For more Information email 


LOCKDOWN AND DOMESTIC ABUSE:

familystrifeSince 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/


 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

TO THE ROYAL AND BROADGREEN HOSPITALS


Dear Parishioners,

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!

God bless,

Fr Stephen, Natasha and Liam


MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

Saints Peter and Paul (Acts 12:1-11   2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18   Matthew 16:13-19)

The power of love

Peter, the denier, and Paul, the persecutor, both familiar with failure, were overwhelmed by the power of love and gave up their own lives. Let us rejoice in our calling to love as Jesus did, to lay down our lives for each other, willingly and gladly. Our lives might be the only Bible that some people will ever read.



EXPLAINING COVID 19 TO CHILDREN

As some children will be going back to school, they may be more anxious and have more questions about the Corona virus, hopefully the information below will help

VIDEO FROM ALDER HEY

Alder Hey have produced a short video to help children understand Coronavirus

ADVICE FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS

For advice from the NHS visit 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-children-about-feelings/

For advice from the NSPCC visit

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/

For advice from the BBC's tiny happy people

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/how-to-talk-child-about-coronavirus/zntjjhv

For advice from Mental health.org.uk visit

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children

For advice from Youngminds visit

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/


CLIMATE SUNDAY

Climate Sunday' has been launched to provide a focus for churches across Britain and Ireland committed to action on climate change. 

Visit https://www.climatesunday.org/blog  to learn more 

This is an initiative from Churches together in Britain and Ireland

 


VICTIM SUPPORT VACANCIES

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Virtual Tour of SFX

SFX have produced a virtual tour of the school for those who will become pupils there in September


HYMN FOR THE DAY

An initiative from the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Throughout July visitors to https://hymnsocietygbi.org.uk/resources/hymn-for-the-day/ will find the full lyrics to a hymn, a reflection and in some cases a video.