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The articles about the Beavers and their Garden badge at St.Timothy's and about the Scouts AGM have been moved to the Youth News page.
Share the journey with CaFOD
On Saturday, 15th September, after 10:00 Mass at St Timothy’s, a group of about 10 parishioners, led by Brother David, walked, praying on the way, to West Derby Village where they met members of other churches in the area. Everyone then walked round Croxteth Park - it was good company and fine weather so it was an enjoyable occasion but it was all done in a good cause.
Share The Journey was launched by Pope Francis to stand up for the rights of people on the move. The Catholic community has answered the call. Every mile that is walked will send a powerful message to the rest of the world. The group of walkers in West Derby on Saturday have added their totals to the Cafod totaliser.
Have a look at how far people have already walked around the world on the totaliser, Share the journey.
Role of UCM at Adoremus National Congress
Maria, a parishioner, sent this article.
As Diocesan President to The Union of Catholic Mothers, I was asked if we could provide cover for two Exhibitions being held at the Cathedral the same time as the Congress. The UCM committee & members covered Friday through to Sunday 8am to 6pm. The Archives exhibition was held in the Abraham chapel, showing items from the 1908 Congress held in London, illustrating the history of the Catholic church of England & Wales plus other materials about Adoration of the Eucharist from the last century up to the present day.
Eucharistic Miracles, another exhibition, had been put together by Carlos Acutis who had collated all the church's confirmed Eucharistic Miracles and put them on line. The exhibition consists of one hundred and sixty posters, one half in the Gibberd room under the Cathedral. The other half was at St John's Kirkdale with a video show as well. Carlo dedicated his short life to the Eucharist and he died from Leukemia aged 15. You can view the exhibition & DVD on line at http://www.ukmiracles.com. Both exhibitions were worth a visit and were well attended. UCM were presented with a commemorative medal shown on the right.
ADOREMUS NATIONAL CONGRESS
Ten delegates went to represent St Paul’s and St Timothy’s Parish at the Congress at the weekend of 7th to 9th September. We have two reports. (Editor’s Note - these articles were left largely unaltered - so as not to spoil them.)
Here is a report by Tracy, one of the parish reps for the occasion.
Adoremus - A weekend filled with joy
On Saturday 8th September 2018, I made my way to the Echo Arena for the National Eucharistic Congress. On the BVM birthday I was in my home city filled full of expectation and wonder of the day ahead. What an unforgettable experience and such a privilege to be part of this occasion.
On a day packed with faith filled inspirations too many to mention here I have give careful thought to three details of my encounter of Christ’s message.
Witnessing the Walsingham statue being carried by members of the armed services and Peter Ross (a Seminary student from our pastoral area) lighting the way for her.
Listening to Bishop Baron - The mystery of the Mass. In his talk he reflected on the Sign of the Cross. He asked us to Make the Sign of the Cross and say the words - I belong to the Holy Trinity
The grand finale to the day Exposition and Benediction - in one word - AMAZING!!!
Can I urge you to ‘stop for a visit ‘ when you can at our church to encounter Jesus at Adoration as a sign of our devotion and love. Put your trust in Him, offer prayers and Discover the Love of Christ in your life !
On Sunday 9th September 2018, I attended the Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and then joined the procession. I was lucky enough to discover a photograph of me in the crowd - a moment in time , a face in history.
Report by Beryl, another delegate from the parish
Adoremus 2018 was a very uplifting experience. I attended the whole weekend and it was very interesting chatting to people from all over England and Wales. I attended a workshop on Friday afternoon, in which Prison Chaplains talked about the influence of the Eucharist on those who lived in prison. They told us of prisoners reactions when Mass was celebrated -‘It is the only time when I feel normal'. 'I feel that Jesus is really with me and it gives me hope'. 'I really appreciate the Ministers coming in and celebrating Mass with us - I feel that we are all the same.'
The power of the Eucharist speaks to everyone in every situation.
Celebration of Mass and the Procession that followed, on Sunday, was a calm and prayerful statement of faith and witness to Jesus in the Eucharist, Our question now is, 'How can we get this message of Adoration of the Eucharist to others?'
We were presented with lots of ideas and thoughts, given presentations by young people who have found God in their lives and who wanted to share this. Mary's Meals, another project that started by feeding a few people and is now world wide. The power of Jesus in people’s lives.
LouRdes at Home Week July 21st to 28th
The week (organised by the Social and Welfare group) with six different events was very well supported by our parish community; it became a week of prayer and of socialising. Many people managed to attend all six events!
On Saturday 21st July at St Timothy's, there was an Outdoor Mass, supported by Alex and the Junior Choir, followed by a Fun Day & BBQ in the Church Grounds. On the Sunday, there was an International Mass at 11.15 am in St Paul's and, for many there, this was a highlight of the week. Next day, the Knights of St Columba led the Blessed Sacrament Procession followed by refreshments in the grounds of St Timothy. On Wednesday, at St Paul’s the UCM led a Rosary & Marian Procession, with Mass, followed by refreshments. The last two events were a very successful Parish Social on the Friday and then Mass for the Sick followed by lunch in the Parish Centre.
The good news is that we hope to repeat the Lourdes at Home week at the same time next year!
Parishioners in Lourdes
Several groups of parishioners went to Lourdes at the same time as the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage. Some went as helpers for the sick, others went as pilgrims looking for spiritual comforts or challenges. As one of the above photos show, they met an old friend of the parish!
Junior Choir Concert
Many thanks to Alex and his team and of course the children for putting on another magnificent concert for us all. The funds that have been raised are to be used to buy a new keyboard for the children's choir as our current one has just died. After the purchase of the keyboard any other funds will go towards creating space for children's liturgy and a mother and baby space. Maybe you were not able to make the concert, but, if you would still like to make a donation in support our children's choir, please put this in an envelope with concert donation on the front and either pass it to Alex and drop it off at the presbytery. May I take this opportunity to thank the members of the junior choir for their continued support and dedication in the contribution they make to our liturgical celebrations.
Parish Retreat on 16th June
It was a rainy day but we were welcomed very warmly by Sister Nora at St. Joseph's Prayer Centre, Freshfield
In the light of the Congress being held in Liverpool in September, which is concentrating on 'The Eucharist', the 3 leaders of the parish RCIA programme (Beryl, Chris and Paul) decided we would use the day to discuss what 'The Eucharist ' meant to us. Fr. John spent the day on a personal retreat but celebrated Mass for us at the end of the day.
Our discussions were very open and interesting as we learnt a little of the history of the Eucharist in the Old Testament. We went on to talk of our own experiences in the reception of Holy Communion at various stages of our lives, how we felt and how our relationships help us to develop our thoughts of Jesus in the Eucharist. We had an enjoyable day, we met some new friends and returned with lots to think about and may perhaps be a little closer to the Lord when we next celebrate Mass.
Garden Work at St Paul's
Volunteers cleared some of the rubbish in the garden at St Paul's on Saturday, May 19th. Some more volunteers were required to clear the ivy at St Timothy's during June. Watch this space!
St Paul’s UCM Annual Retreat – 12th May 2018
15 members of St Paul’s UCM attended our annual retreat day at Sandymount House of Prayer, a retreat house run by the Montfort Missionaries.
The day was led by Fr Jacob from Savio Salesian College, supported by Sue MacDonald. Fr Jacob spoke of the calling of motherhood in many walks of life, from rearing of our own children, to our grandchildren and the general mothering that many of us do for the wellbeing of others. It was a wonderfully sunny day and there was the opportunity for reflection after our workshops by the River Mersey, before a shared lunch followed by a closing Mass at 1500.
On Friday 20th April at 7:30pm, there was a Parish Open Meeting in St Paul’s Parish Centre, followed by a Parish Social & Buffet.
This was an opportunity for people to hear where the Parish is up to both in the Catholic Mission of the Church & financial matters & to come together as a community. Fr Darren is hoping to give feedback to the Parish very soon.
Pensioners Summer Tea Party
This was held in the school hall of St Paul’ s Junior School to bring the community together on Thursday 7th June at 1pm. This included afternoon tea & cake with performances from the Junior Choir.
Improvements at St Timothy's
We may be soon having a blessing ceremony of the new rooms at St Timothy. The much needed improvements are nearly finished. Watch this space....
The work continues at St Timothy's slowly but surely we are getting there in making much needed improvements to the church and the back areas. We have created a new working sacristy, a new priests sacristy and a much needed parish meeting room. There will also be created soon a small meeting room which will be used also by safeguarding team in the parish. The side chapel has been painted to give a brighter and warmer feel to it. This will in the future house the piety stall goods and cards. We are currently creating a new notice board area which should be completed by next week. You will have noticed that just before Easter that the new sanctuary carpet was fitted and shortly after Easter the large cross at the front of the church had been restored. All of these works have greatly enhanced the church and surrounding areas. Of course all of these works come at a cost and some people have kindly made donations towards these works. If you feel that you too would like to make a donation please see Fr John Meehan (Priest in charge).