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.
Deacon G Juhasz
6 SEPTEMBER 2020
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – YR A
WE ARE OPERATING A REDUCED SCHEDULE
OF PUBLIC MASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE SEE DETAILS SEPARATELY
PLEASE NOTE: ALL 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, Crusade of Prayer, John Canavan, In Honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, A and G Kelly
John James McKelvie
INTENTIONS SAID OVER LAST WEEK
Crusade of Prayer, Andy Byrne RIP, Intentions for the month of September, Mrs Pat Heandry RIP, Thampi Intention, Iciar Mosquera (birthday remembrance), Maureen Colvin RIP, S and T Hartley, Special Intention (Thampi), Br Mike Duxbury (birthday)
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, James McG, Margaret T, Barbara T, Evonn I, Doris T, Bertha F, Chris R, Paul McM, Jim L, Kerry H, Bella D, Evelyn A, Eva J, Antoinette L, Residents of Care Homes, Susan R, Patricia G, Martin B, Fr Andrew C.Ss.R, David L, Peter M, Sarah P, Lucy C, Ted B, MIke C, Sue McC
|THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY|
John McKelvie, Mrs Pat Heandry, Maureen Colvin RIP
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Fr Philip Lasseter C.Ss.R., Fr Nicholas Cotter C.Ss.R., Fr John Driver C.Ss.R., Fr John O’Brien C.Ss.R., Fr Thomas Donnelly C.Ss.R., Fr Francis Gordon C.Ss.R., Fr John Charlton C.Ss.R., Br Thomas Bacon C.Ss.R., Br Thomas McCabe C.Ss.R.
FROM FR TIM
THE RETIREMENT OF DEACON JOHN KEELEY:
After 33 years of faithful service to our Parish and the Archdiocese, John Keeley has asked Archbishop Malcolm to accept that this is the time for him to retire from active ministry. He graciously continued for five years after the official age for retirement and on everyone’s behalf I want to thank him for the wonderful way in which he has served the Lord in our community. An inspiring preacher, utterly reliable, gentle, thoughtful in reaching out to others, he has touched the lives of generations of parishioners and I have been blessed with his support during the past nine years.
Our thanks also go to Maureen and the family who have supported him on every step of the journey.
We will look for an opportunity to mark the occasion of his retirement as soon as the coronavirus crisis has passed.
SETTING NEW GOALS:
In an attempt to assess where we are now, I sense that we have reached a plateau on which we seem to be making some progress, but there remain some mountains ahead which still need climbing. By all accounts the return to school seems to be going well and we are making real progress with the First Communions. Likewise, the interim timetable is providing many of you with an opportunity to get to Mass from time to time and we are planning to baptise and receive into the Church those who took part in the Journey of Faith.
For the time being it will not be possible for me to visit the schools and indeed they are not able to have assemblies, which usually provide me with the opportunity to keep in touch with all the children. Therefore, I am arranging with the staff to use the new technology and periodically to record some messages for the different age groups. One mountain tentatively approached!
Finance is another of the mountains I am aware of and It is heartening that many people are concerned about the situation after almost six months without regular collections. Kindly some of you have sent cheques or planned giving envelopes to the Monastery and a number of you have switched to standing orders with the bank. I am very grateful for all of this. The challenge remains as to how to proceed.
Those of you who Gift Aid your contributions will soon be receiving a letter to confirm the amount you gave during the last financial year, the end of which almost coincided with the Lockdown. Meanwhile, I can only suggest that if you wish and are able to bring your contributions up to date, that you send a cheque (with all the necessary details) and we will continue to keep accurate records.
At the same time I see no point in resuming collections at the Sunday or even the Weekday Masses until such time as we can return to something closer to normality and enlist our counting teams again.
The Health Secretary says he hopes that we will be hugging by Christmas: let’s offer some hugging prayers that this will be so!
CHURCH REOPENING FOR MASSES:
We are now open for Mass on Sunday at 9.30am and 6.00pm; Monday at 11.00am and Wednesday and Friday at 6.00pm. The church will accommodate 60 individuals.
The church has been cleaned and benches have been cordoned off to meet the 1metre+ distancing rules.
We are operating a one way system, entering via the main door of church;
Face masks must be worn and after sanitizing your hands you will be guided to your seat; two individuals per bench as marked out, unless a family unit.
We ask that you try to keep touching surfaces to a minimum.
Please remain in your bench throughout Mass. At the end of Mass you will be guided out for Communion and then exit silently and socially distanced via the side chapel and Hughes Room.
There are posters on the door you should read before entering.
Anyone with symptoms should not come into the church.
The vulnerable should consider the wisdom of returning to Mass too soon. The vulnerable includes those over 70 and people with pre-existing conditions.
Stewards will be at various points from entry to exit to ensure that everyone adheres to the protocols.
Church will be cleaned again when everyone has vacated the church.
PASTORAL AREA MASSES
If you wish to volunteer as a steward please email the parish office. You must be over 18, and be in good health. Volunteers will receive training and need to sign some forms.
We are now able to take new bookings for baptisms. Please be aware that they would be restricted to parents and two godparents only. For enquiries please contact the parish office.
Bishop Eton SVP Conference started lockdown in a good financial position and we have been able to fulfil our monthly commitments to provide goods and provisions for the homeless and asylum seeker families. We have also made some donations to South Liverpool foodbank. However, without being able to hold our monthly collections our resources are dwindling.
If you are in a position to help us it would be greatly appreciated. We have been asked that you do not take money to the monastery. If you wish to make a donation you can use our bank details to make a one-off BACS payment or make a standing order. These can also be gift aided if you wish. Sort code 60-60-04, Acc No 46087737, reference Donation.
You can give cash to an SVP member or contact me if you want to know more about standing orders or gift aid. Thank you for your help Graham W Treasurer Tel/text 07947041326.
NO MONASTERY RECEPTION COVER
There will still be no reception cover at the monastery, so please do not call at the monastery door unless it is urgent.
Any enquiries, requests etc should be emailed to the parish office where possible or posted through the door and will be dealt with as soon as practical.
We still need to protect the vulnerable community. Thank you for your cooperation.
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
We have asked that in all our homes we set aside a sacred space where the family could pray, if possible, at 7.00pm each evening 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.
The 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.
Millions of vulnerable lives are at stake as coronavirus spreads in refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. People who have been forced to flee their homes are especially vulnerable. We’ve joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to scale up our response.
Help protect people who have lost everything. DONATE NOW.
The appeal address is: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal
A MESSAGE ON FINANCE FROM FR TIM
I am very 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.
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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WE WILL PRINT HARD COPIES OF THE BULLETIN EACH WEEK.
PLEASE TAKE A COPY AFTER MASS TO THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS.
ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
Brother Mike Taylor - Perpetual Profession
On the 24th August 2020 Brother Mike Taylor made his Perpetual Profession at Bishop Eton Church Liverpool. Brother Mike had selected the day of his late Mother's Birthday to mark this milestone.
A few photos of the day are given below. For a full version visit
Rev Br Michael Taylor CSsR - Diaconal Ordination
At Bishop Eton Church on 25th August 2020 Bishop Ralph Heskett C.Ss.R ordained Brother Michael Taylor to the diaconate.
A few photos follow for a full set visit
Unfortunately, there will be no Wednesday Lunch for the foreseeable future, all funds raised prior to the pandemic have been donated to the local foodbank. We hope to resume some time in the new year.
For those without internet access and unable to attend church with the limited opening.
The Diocese of Middlesbrough, funded by the Knights of St Columba, initiated a Dial-a-Mass service where you 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.
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
A further 6 paintings: still life, Albert Dock Calderstones were added on 21st August
All money raised from the sale of the paintings will go to Project Zimbabwe.
POPE FRANCIS AND HELPING OTHERS
Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). This year’s celebration takes place in the context of the special Laudato Si Anniversary Year, which Pope Francis opened on Sunday 24 May to coincide with the 5th anniversary of his encyclical.
Pope Francis states that the Season of Creation is a “season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home.” ... “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue,” he asserts. “It is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Let us pray for all those areas of the world suffering extreme weather as a consequence of Global Warming and for all those struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
To learn more about the events for the Laudato Si Anniversary Year click here
To read the Pope's message for World Day of creation click here
MASS INTENTION REQUESTS:
All Masses will be said by the confreres and listed in the bulletin. Any requests can still be emailed to the parish office, posted through the door or left in the box in the Hughes Room after Masses.
Any outstanding stipends/donations may now be posted through the Monastery door.
SEPTEMBER'S POEM FROM OUR RESIDENT POET
I stand transfixed,
As warm sunlight
Cascades on sparkling dewdrops.
The transfigured lawn
Becomes a place
Where every footfall matters.
Five dandelions sway in rhythm
To the dancing jewels –
A Chorus Line!
Tomorrow, you’ll be gone.
You perform by courtesy
Of the tall, tall gardener,
Who even at this moment
Will be sunning himself,
With his family,
Forgetful of the restraints
Which have bound us
For so long.
The blue, blue sky
Is broken by
The vapour trails
Of one single monoplane,
Which growls contentedly
Into the cloudless distance.
How long, how long
Can one feel such contentment?
What a pity
That the damp washing
Eileen Murray © September 2020
RESOURCES FOR OUR FAMILIES
Welcome Back to Church Poster
Here is a picture that can be downloaded and printed (Just right click on the image and select save as image or equivalent message.)
Perhaps the children may like to colour it in to welcome us all back to church.
Regular bulletin and children liturgy information
Click here for this weeks Sunday Message (the none news side of the regular bulletin)
For a homily based on this week's readings Click here
Click here for this week's LOOK (for the children)
Revised SYNOD Schedule
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.
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
This week the Archdiocesan prayer resources have been updated to include
- Reflection for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (also available as an audio download).
- Readings for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
- Resources for the Sundays of Creation Time.
- School of Prayer: an exploration of imaginative contemplation.
- Feedback from a meeting regarding baptisms and first communions.
All can be accessed/downloaded at https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/ or through http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ by clicking on ‘Prayer and Other Resources’. https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/family-catechesis
The weekly reflections from David at St Mary's can be accessed by clicking here
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
SUPPORT YOUR FOODBANK
The Food collection at the monastery remains 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
An electronic version of September's Catholic Pictorial can be found by Clicking here
PAPAL PRAYER VIDEO AUGUST
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
Advice from Alzheimers UK
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/
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek 33:7-9 Rom 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20)
To listen is to Love
Matthew reminds us of Jesus’ promise “...where two or more meet in my name I will be with them”. In all the practical ways we look after each other, we are saying; ‘your concerns are my concerns’. Nothing is too small or insignificant in our marriage, and my beloved is beside me to call me back to our life together..
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
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). can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at
COVID-19 AND THE RED BOX APF MILL HILL – MISSIO
Please do not worry about not being able to empty Red Boxes at this time, once it is safe to do so, we will resume emptying boxes and depositing the money. In the meantime there are variety of ways in which you can continue to donate if you are able and if you include which Parish you are from your donations will still be credited to our Parish total.
For more info follow the link missio.org.uk/mission-today
NUGENT CHRISTMAS CARDS
Buy your christmas cards now and support Nugent.
Buying Nugent's cards will help support families in crisis, as part of our wider appeal during the festive period.
“May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you today and always."
Click here to purchase online and have them posted direct to you.
You can of course buy over the phone, post or by email:
Phone: 0151 261 4498
and return to:
Nugent, 99 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L72PE.
The last date for orders for Christmas is Friday 11 December.
ST EDWARD'S PREMISES ASSISTANT
NATIONAL BOARD OF CATHOLIC WOMEN NEWS
The National Board of Catholic Women has produced a booklet of domestic abuse. For more details click here