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- General Interest
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
18 OCTOBER 2020
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – YR A
(WORLD MISSION SUNDAY / SYNOD SUNDAY)
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
All parishioners, Patrick Ruane RIP (anni), Pauline Caulfield RIP (anni), successful operation (E Power), Anne K (94th birthday), Edmund J Sullivan RIP (anni), Peter McDonell RIP, Georgie K & family, Mr McDonagh RIP (anni), John L (happy retirement)
INTENTIONS SAID OVER LAST WEEK
Sick friend (F Baily), Tony Murray RIP, Collette Tate RIP, Susan McC (get well), Dr P C Malone RIP, Betty Fitzgerald RIP, Michael McV (sick), Charlie N, E Power (successful test)
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, Angela W & 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|
Tony Murray, Colette Tate, Maureen Chillingworth, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Fr John van Antwerpen C.Ss.R., Fr George Christiaans C.Ss.R., Fr Leo Kirk C.Ss.R., Fr Janes Loughman C.Ss.R., Fr Harold Castle C.Ss.R., Fr Joseph Hull C.Ss.R., Fr George Stebbing C.Ss.R.
I am at something of a loss to know quite what to write as we approach another weekend. There appears to be a growing sense of unease as factions are developing about the best way to proceed in the face of the new wave of coronavirus cases. For example, in one breath you hear that there may be an extension to the school half-term, and this is almost immediately followed by a denial that such a proposition is viable at this juncture. At the same time, I continue to receive requests for prayer for those struggling to cope. During our shared prayer on Wednesday mornings with the Woolton Churches we have prayed for Beechside Nursing Home and responded to an impassioned plea from one of the hospital chaplains, concerned for the morale of the staff on the frontline. Then, yesterday afternoon I heard from Cheryl Mather, who manages Church View, the nursing home in which Fr Tony Johnson spent his last days. She asked for prayers, saying that they are having a rough time with lots of residents and staff positive with Covid. Naturally, I have assured her of our prayers and good wishes.
In my recorded message this week I mentioned Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Richard Rohr, the American Franciscan, both of whom I find inspirational, so let me quote directly from each of them.
Writing from the American perspective, Richard Rohr advises:
"Somehow our occupation and vocation as believers in this sad time must be first to restore the Divine Centre by holding it and fully occupying it ourselves. If contemplation means anything, it means that we can “safeguard that little piece of you, God,” as Etty Hillesum describes it. What other power do we have now? All else is tearing us apart, inside and out, no matter who wins the election or who is on the Supreme Court. We cannot abide in such a place for any length of time or it will become our prison."
Speaking to the Synod of Roman Catholic Bishops in Rome some years ago, Rowan Williams said:
"Contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom – freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and distorted understanding that come from them… To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit."
FIND THAT LITTLE PIECE OF GOD IN YOU – HAPPY HUNTING
CHURCH REOPENING FOR MASSES:
We are open for Mass on Sunday at 9.30am and 6.00pm; Monday at 11.00am and Wednesday and Friday at 6.00pm.
If you have the new track and trace NHS app please use a smart phone to register your presence by scanning the QR Code which will be available in the porch upon your arrival.
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.
*Please note the toilet is not in use.
PASTORAL AREA MASSES
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.
BISHOP ETON SVP CONFERENCE APPEAL
If you wish to donate 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. Thanks!
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.
NOVEMBER LISTS FOR THE DEAD
November Lists for the Dead are available in the Hughes Room. Please complete your List at home and place it in the special box (also in the Hughes Room) next time you come to Mass. Alternatively, if you cannot get to church, please post your list and address it to the Parish Office.
In this way our deceased loved ones will be remembered during all the Masses in November.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Today is World Mission Sunday please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world. To donate please call 020 7821 9755 (office hours) or visit Missio’s website missio.org.uk Thank you.
You can download a copy of the Pope's Message for World Mission Day at https://missio.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WMS2020-PopesMessage.pdf
Mision have produced a children's worksheet for this Sunday which you can download from https://missio.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WMS2020-Childrens-Activity-Sheet-11-October.pdf
STRESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE?
This has been a very difficult year for many couples. Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most do not know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.
This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group work
For confidential information about Retrouvaille or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 - or email or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
LATEST UPDATE 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, safely, to Bishop Eton during this time of social distancing.
1. BY CHEQUE: Please write a cheque and post it through the Monastery door. (No need to knock.) Cheques can be made payable to: Our Lady of The Annunciation Parish 215.
2. STANDING ORDER: If possible, you could set up a monthly standing order amounting to your usual weekly donation. If you are able to do this, please contact the finance team by email. They will provide you with the account details on or alternatively call the Parish Office on 0151 737 4110.
3. ONLINE: For online giving for one-off or regular monthly donations. The parish has its own unique link:
4. Text donations of £2, £3, £5 or £10;
Text BISHOPETONto 70085 to donate £2.
Text BISHOPETON to 70450 to donate £3.
Text BISHOPETON to 70460 to donate £5.
Text BISHOPETON to 70470 to donate £10.
Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS
If you’d like to give a donation but do not wish to receive marketing communications Text BISHOPETONNOINFO to the same number.
GIFT AID: If you pay income tax please don’t forget to gift aid your donation. For every £1 donated we can claim 25p! Forms are now available at the exit in the Hughes Room.
As ever, thank you for your understanding, support and prayers.
For Redemptorist Community & vocations News
Twitter @RedemptoristsGB .
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
This Sunday 18 October, we celebrate the third Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese. Originally this was to be the weekend of our Synod 2020 event, but the COVID-19 pandemic means this will now take place in June 2021. Today the summary proposals on our four Synod Themes will be published which you will be able to find on the Synod Website.
- Theme 1 - All called and gifted by God - summary
- Theme 2 - Sharing the mission of Jesus - summary
- Theme 3 - How we pray together - summary
- Theme 4 - Building community,nurturing belonging - summary
Over the following weeks our local Synod Members will be inviting your responses to these proposals as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. www.synod2020.co.uk
The Archbishop has written a Pastoral letter click here to read and the Archdiocese has produced a video which you can view below.
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
6 paintings 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
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.
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.
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.
CHRIST IS ALIVE RETREAT:
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
An electronic version of October's Catholic Pictorial can be found 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
To read the diploma information booklet click here
For information on the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry click here
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
You can access a copy of the guidelines for the fund by clicking here
RESOURCES FOR 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.
CREATIVE LIFE JOURNEY
Sr Bridget of the sister of Notre Dame de Namur is offering to send reflections on the theme of
CREATIVE LIFE JOURNEYING WITH WOMEN OF THE BIBLE FAITH, COURAGE, RISK AND INTUITION.
Revised SYNOD Schedule
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.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England or the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
A telephone helpline and live chat is available 0300 303 1056 LiveChat/ Website safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS - PEOPLE OF PEACE AWARDS
Do you know someone who you can nominate?
PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA:
The Sisters have announced the permanent closure of their shop in Bold Street, and are now relocating to 84 Church Street (Ranelagh Street/Hanover Street end) in early November.
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
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/
PRAYER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
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
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 Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (also available as an audio download).
- Readings for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
- Armchair retreats with Fr Denis Blackley SJ
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
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 17: 8-13; 2 Timothy 3: 14- 4: 2; Luke 18: 1-8)
Prayer is essential for a deeper loving
Today, Jesus encourages us to pray often and never lose heart. Praying together is a time for thanking God for His presence with us and for the blessing of our love for each other. We ask God to help us to forgive hurts, to share ourselves more deeply and to listen better. In darkness, pain or joy, He is there.
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
The next talk will be on St Thomas Aquinas on the 22nd of October.
Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Services
Every month the Global Catholic Climate movement holds a monthly prayer service.
To sign up or to access old services click here
Those of you missing the weekly Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help may like to visit the Novena at home website. You will find a selection of Novena prayers, miracles attributed to OMPS and other information.
Just visit http://www.novena-at-home.redemptorists.co.uk/
Fratelli Tutti (brothers and sisters all):
On October 3rd 2020 Pope Francis travelled to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.
If you wish to read the encyclical click here
THE WORK OF MARY'S MEALS
Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. To learn more please watch the video below or visit https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE ABORTION LAWS.
Sadly abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot.
All of these conditions can be corrected.
A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Bill which will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK.
Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill?
Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk and email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.