Holy week Services
The main services last week (the Easter Triduum) were:
7.30 pm - Maundy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper St Paul’s Church
We celebrated the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Immediately after this Mass the Blessed Sacrament was taken in procession to the Altar of Repose.
The Watching at the Altar of Repose ended with a Short service of Night Prayer at 10.00 pm
3.00 pm - Good Friday St Timothy’s Church
We celebrated the Liturgy of the Word which includes the Passion according to St John. Then we Venerated the Cross, a plain wooden cross (not a crucifix). It is the cross itself which is the object of our Veneration, the very wood on which Jesus died, as the ancient antiphon proclaims Ecce Lignum Crucis, Behold the Wood of the Cross. Finally we received Holy Communion which was consecrated at the Mass of the Lord’s supper the previous evening.
Both on Maundy Thursday and on Good Friday, the Senior Choir and the Easter Singers enhanced the services with some inspirational singing. They continued to be in fine voice for the Easter Vigil.
9.00 pm - Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil St Paul’s Church
The Easter Vigil began outside the church where the Paschal Fire was burning; from this the Paschal Candle was lit. After the readings telling us of the great works of God for his people and St Luke’s telling of the Resurrection, we celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and we all renewed our baptismal promises. And with the promises of baptism ringing in our ears we should all go forward together to share in the food and drink of Life in the Eucharist.
Also, on Good Friday, many parishioners met at Bulldog Pub for a Walk of Witness to West Derby Village and, then in the village, there was a Short Ecumenical Service.
Any photos of the walk or of the service welcome. Please send them to:
On Sunday 3rd February at 3pm, the Archbishop of Liverpool inaugurated Synod 2020. The 500 members of the Synod (including 4 from our parish , Fr John Southworth, Fr John Meehan, Marion Simonet and Mark Thompson) were present to make their profession of faith and to hear the archbishop send them out to undertake their tasks. We were all invited to the service in order to pray and to support all the members of the Synod.
You are all invited to enter the online Synod 2020 questionnaire, especially if you cannot attend parish meetings taking place between May and July this year. More details about the Synod are available on the Synod 2020 website. We have set up a new page on our parish website that will describe eventually our own preparation for the Synod.
Brief welcome and history
Welcome to the Parish of St Paul and St Timothy in the West Derby area of Liverpool. We are a growing parish with at present around 700 people attending our three weekend Masses, Saturday 5:30pm at St Timothy's, Sunday 8:30am and 11:15am at St Paul's.
St Paul's church was opened in 1914 and consecrated in 1915. St Timothy's parish was established in 1957 and the two parishes amalgamated in 1997.
Another paragraph will be eventually inserted from the About page (which is being written by one of the History group set up in 2015).
The parish history is only important if it helps us to build our community spirit and we move on from the past.
We are starting a monthly series of Special Articles written by parishioners on behalf of various teams or groups. After contributions from the RCIA team in September and the Knights of St Columba in October. It is the turn of the Social and Welfare Group in November. There has been a lull but we do hope to create a timetable soon and restart this initiative.
The annual social for St Patrick’s feast day was a happy occasion for parish…….
Mark Chamberlain came to St Paul’s Parish Centre on Wed, February 20th to speak about the work of CAFOD in Kenya…...
See the Youth News page for photos of Beavers at a recent investure and other Cubs being awarded a Silver Medal…
We celebrated the feastdays of St Paul on 25th January and of St Timothy on 26th January by having refreshments after Mass on both days!
A few parishioners did the CAFOD Fun Run …..
Marion Simonet (elected unopposed) is the representative for St Paul’s at Synod 2020. Mark Thompson was elected as the representative for St Timothy’s,
The annual Christingle Service and the annual Ecumenical Carol service have both been held. Photos available…
KSC organised another collection of goods for the Foodbank……..
A group of parishioners went to Walsingham recently with a pilgrimage from St Margaret Mary’s…….
A page has been added about the Christian Brothers at St Timothy’s, their way of living and their work
Some parishioners joined members of other churches on a walk for CAFOD …..
Ten delegates from the parish went to Adoremus and 3 have submitted reports….
KSC has recently paid for refurbishment of the sanctuary lamp at St Paul's
The Lourdes at Home events between July 21st and 28th were well attended...…
Some Parishioners went to Lourdes.....
Pat has written a History of the Senior Choir
Sacramental Events this week
Congratulations to our children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 24th June.....
Please keep them in your prayers
Also congratulations to children who have been baptised recently and to recently married couples.....
Brief Contact Details
address: The Presbytery 10, Spring Grove, West Derby, Liverpool L12 8SJ
Parish office number: 0151 228 3405
email: email@example.com (for attention of Fr John Southworth)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for general enquiries)
email: email@example.com (for comments on web pages)
Meetings to be held in St Paul’s church for Parents with children in Year 4 who do not attend Catholic Schools but would like their children prepared for 1st reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion……
Exposition in Lent will take place on Thursday before Mass and on Fridays after Mass .....
The trip to Pantasaph and Holywell that had been arranged for June 23rd has been cancelled. It is being rearranged for a date in the Autumn......
Forthcoming ecumenical meetings have now been added to the calendar
For brief details about services, meetings, future events etc, please look at the calendar.
If any parish event or meeting is missing from the Calendar or is incorrect, please give the information required by emailing
Note, though, that weekday masses are subject to change and so they have only been inserted for the current week.
Notes from the webmaster:
1. Many photographs are altered by the webmaster. Some are cropped, some are made brighter, some have minor details removed. After advice, some of the older photos that were inserted at the start of the website process did have faces slightly pixelated because of lack of consent from parishioners at the time. Some people may have objected to this - so the pixelation has now been removed. It is hoped that the webmaster is not attacked by former parishioners who have left this world! All pictures have their resolution reduced to save space and, hence, loading times are shorter. Anyone who wants a copy of the original photo can apply to the webmaster who will ask the original owner of the photo for permission to be sent.
2. Apologies for any unintended insertion of material (particularly if copyrighted) that should be attributed to others