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
27 SEPTEMBER 2020
TWENTY-SIXTH 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, Dorris Kelly (anniversary), In Honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Friends of The Holy Land
INTENTIONS SAID OVER LAST WEEK
Margaret D, Holy Souls in purgatory & deceased members of F.O.S.S, Fr Timothy Buckley C.Ss.R. (birthday), Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R., For safe pregnancy and delivery, For the safety of Priests, Eileen Northall RIP
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., Margaret H SND, A.K. Flynn, Clare V, Fr John Gildea, AngelaW & Sofia W, Andrew J, Pam C, Richard A, Justine S, 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, Mavis D, Amanda M
|THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY|
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Dorris Kelly, Graham Rose
Fr Richard Crofts C.Ss.R., Fr Claude Oddie C.Ss.R., Fr James Brennan C.Ss.R., Fr Daniel Doherty C.Ss.R., Fr Laurence Hull C.Ss.R., Fr John Evans C.Ss.R., Br Columba Callaghan C.Ss.R.
FROM FR TIM
ANOTHER SIX MONTHS!
For my few thoughts this week, I will just reiterate some of what I shared in my Thursday Message on YouTube. The prospect of another six months of restrictions and uncertainty is a daunting prospect. At the same time I suspect that for most of us it has come as no surprise that we are going to have to grapple with this wretched virus for some time to come. Likewise, once we have accepted that this is the reality, it may be easier to cope psychologically.
I have shared with you before that Perseverance is a special virtue when it comes to the Redemptorists. On taking our Final Vows we add an Oath of Perseverance to remind us that it is important never to give up. I made my Final Vows on October 16th 1968, so 6 months added to 52 years doesn’t sound so daunting. One of the great blessings of religious life is the mutual support we are able to give one another and that has been truly significant during the past six months. I hope you are experiencing the same in your own families, even if at times you can only communicate virtually through social media. I would like to extend this concept of mutual support to the wider community of the family of the Church and particularly our two parishes of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s. In recent months huge efforts have been made to ensure that everyone is remembered. I am especially grateful to the SVP and to friends and neighbours for the way you have tried to ensure that those living alone are not forgotten. If you have any concerns on this front, please do feel free to contact our parish offices and we will do what we can to respond.
On the subject of the social media and virtual living, I have had to learn quickly. The encouraging response to the recorded Masses and messages have energised me to continue to look for ways of ensuring that we hold our communities together in love and mutual concern and care. I have now extended this reaching out by recording short messages for our primary schools and again the response has been encouragingly positive.
Please remember that during the coming winter months, while we will continue to provide the limited provision of public Masses, the main way in which we can stay united is by praying for one another and begging the Lord to deepen our awareness of his abiding presence. I see the 7.00pm prayer time in our homes (and remember we Redemptorists have changed our timetable so that we can be united with you in prayer at that time) as a wonderful way of giving us that sense of unity. Furthermore, I will continue to record the Sunday Mass each weekend so that all who wish may have an opportunity of sharing in a Eucharistic celebration.
As an addendum, I am conscious that, with the weather turning colder, new challenges will arise in the church buildings as we try to keep the air circulating and at the same time ensure that we don’t freeze to death! Keep smiling.
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.
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.
Giftaid statements have been sent out this week. In case of questions please contact the parish office. Thank you for your generosity throughout last tax year.
If any new donors, who have recently set up a standing order would be interested in signing up for gift aid, do let the parish office know and we can send you a gift aid form. Thank you!
BISHOP ETON SVP CONFERENCE APPEAL
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.
Alternatively you can give cash to an SVP member. For more information contact Graham W (Treasurer) Tel/text 07947041326. Thank you!
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.
RESTORED LIVES - RECOVERY FROM DIVORCE AND SEPARATION:
The Restored Lives course is a series of six meetings by Zoom starting on Monday 12 October. The course is for any person who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, currently going through a divorce or already divorced, either recently or at any time in the past. Meetings are free, confidential, informative and affirming.
WOMEN’S GROUP MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING:
Due to Covid 19 regulations the safest way for us to support Macmillan is by direct donation. We ask you to make a donation and suggest that it could be the sum you would normally spend at our usual event in the Fisher-More Hall.
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
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.
The situation in Zimabwe is very difficult. To help you understand the position we have been asked to share the following with you, Click on each item to read the document/article.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has a page dedicated to Zimbabwe click here to read it
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
TRAINING FOR NEW EXTRAORDINARY MINSTERS OF THE EUCHARIST:
If you are living with a sick or housebound family member who would like to receive Holy Communion, you might want to consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister. The archdiocese is offering training sessions for new Ministers of the Eucharist and these will be run on Zoom during November:
Evening sessions: 7.30-8.30pm, on Wednesdays 4th, 11th, and 18th November
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.
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
The Global Catholic Climate Movement has a channel on youtube with many videos. You can find the channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClR9vhKimNUhIVyKM1X3QVA
On the 10th September they broadcast a webinar see below
In Laudato Si', Pope Francis blended the latest science on climate and the loss of biological diversity with a heavy dose of economics, Catholic teaching and a call to treat all humans with dignity and respect. "Climate change is a global problem with grave implications," he wrote, especially for the poor and in developing nations.
- Pray for and with creation
- Live more simply
- Advocate to protect our common home
PRAY WITH THE POPE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
In keeping with the spirit of The Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October), please find a link below:
PRAY WITH THE POPE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, including Three Proposals For The Month and a Morning Offering Prayer.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS - PEOPLE OF PEACE AWARDS
Do you know someone who you can nominate?
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.
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
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
DIPLOMA IN PASTORAL MINISTRY
Are you looking to further develop your faith and understanding of pastoral ministry? There are two courses that the Archdioces is promoting.
Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (2 year part time on line) and a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership (3 year part time on line with additional workshops). More information on the courses, including insights from previous attendees and informatoion on how to apply can be found at
LAY FORMATION FUND
Are you interested in developing your faith and becoming more skilled in service of the community?
The archdiocese is particularly seeking to develop Lay Ministry and Leadership, and would be keen to support people looking to develop their faith and skills in this area.
The fund can be used to provide faith formation at a variety of levels, or for the development of practical skills.
For more information visit
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 SEPTEMBER
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.
NUGENT MILLION PENNIES APPEAL
Nugent are asking individuals, schools and businesses to try and collect as many pennies as they can from Tuesday, 1 September - Tuesday, 1 December 2020. If they can collect one million pennies, this will raise £10,000 which will support their work across our communities from those living in poverty through their food markets in Kirkdale and Woodvale, to those providing education for those who need extra support in their learning.
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/
Praying with people with Dementia from the Archdiocese of Liverpool click here
The Archdiocese has collated some dementia resources at https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/dementia
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
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
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/
BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK 2020
Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9-15 October and aims to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
Throughout the week, anyone affected by baby loss is invited to commemorate the lives of babies who did not live to birth, or who died shortly after.
Life’s website has more info and resources: babylossmatters.lifecharity.org.uk
Helpline no 0808 8025433
Text-to-Talk service 07860 077339
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek18: 25-28 Phil 2: 1-11 Matt 21: 28-32)
Maintain a common purpose
Remember our courting days and the long, thrilling conversations we had about our future together. They were part of our falling in love and of establishing a common purpose in married life. St Paul reminds us of the mark of a Christian: “Be united in your convictions and your love, with a common purpose and a common mind.”
FREE ONLINE TALKS AT THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE CENTRE
A series of free online talks will be offered over the coming months on "Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters". Exploring some of the great figures of western spirituality with well known experts, the series is free to attend online.
They will take place at 7.30pm on Thursdays starting 3 September through to 10 December. Simply register to receive a link at https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/saints-scholars-spiritual-masters/ or by email to