Message from Father John Southworth, our new Parish priesT

I am looking forward to coming to St Paul and St Timothy on the first Sunday of Advent to begin the next chapter of my life. I have been asked to provide a profile (!) so, at the risk of boring you all, here goes!

I was brought up in Chorley and studied for the priesthood at Upholland College, spending the final year of studies as a deacon in Sacred Heart parish in Wigan. I was ordained in 1976 by Archbishop Derek Worlock in the Metropolitan Cathedral. My first appointment was to Sacred Heart, Leigh.

In 1979 I was appointed to the staff of the Junior Seminary in Upholland until its closure in 1987. During my time there, I was able to develop my piano playing and learned to play the organ. My sporting life (!) was extended, taking part with the students at football, cricket, running, swimming, ice skating.... The school holidays provided the opportunity to gain experience in different forms of parish life and pastoral experience by supplying in parishes in this country, the USA and also Sierra Leone.

After the Junior Seminary closed, I spent two years as assistant priest in St Teresa’s Penwortham, Preston, before being appointed parish priest of St Michael’s, Ditton in Widnes in 1990.

In 1999 I began 19 very happy years in Toxteth, initially as parish priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Finbar, then after several necessary reorganisations, took on additional responsibility for St Patrick and also (from 2008 to 2012) St Vincent.

During my parish ministry, I have also been: hospital chaplain, chaplain to three High Schools and a Sixth Form College, a member of the Music Department of the Archdiocese Liturgy Commission; chaplain to two mayors of Halton (Widnes and Runcorn) and also a member of the inter-diocesan Historic Churches Committee. I have also been Dean in Widnes and in the Liverpool South Pastoral Area.


A perfect match for the musicians, church architecture gurus and sports people in the parish! Seriously, all of us will welcome Fr John Southworth when he arrives on 1st Sunday of Advent. Let us all now pray that everyone will work with him and Fr John Meehan as a new chapter starts for the parish.

 A recent photo showing a close up view of the beautiful sanctuary lamp in St Paul’s. It has been cleaned and refurbished (KSC paid for this job).

A recent photo showing a close up view of the beautiful sanctuary lamp in St Paul’s. It has been cleaned and refurbished (KSC paid for this job).

 St Paul's church

St Paul's church

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. 

 St Timothy's church

St Timothy's church


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.

Recent events

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: (for attention of Fr John Southworth)

email: (for general enquiries)

email: (for comments on web pages)

Upcoming Events

The annual Christingle Service is to take place on December 23rd (4th Sunday of Advent) at 6:30pm. More details later.

There is a meeting in St Paul’s Presbytery at 8pm (after Mass at 7:30pm) on Wed December 12th for nominated candidates to represent the parish at Synod 2020.

On Sunday 21st October, a pastoral letter about Synod 2020 from the Archbishop was read at all Masses……..

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 and Rosary Monday to Friday starting at 8am is being discontinued from Monday, October 1st .....

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

 Synod 2020

Synod 2020

 Adoremus National Congress

Adoremus National Congress

 Adoremus Youth Congress

Adoremus Youth Congress

 St Paul's Infant School

St Paul's Infant School

 St Paul's Junior School

St Paul's Junior School


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