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last updated : 18/02/2020

Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum

Meeting of St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels Parish Advisory Group:

Thank you to all who attended this meeting. Minutes will be available in due course. The next meeting will take place on Monday 23rd March. If you are a member of this group or are interested in joining, please make a note of this date now

Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish Support Group Meeting:

Thank you to all who have supported us. Seeing the note below there will be a ‘management group’ for practical ‘day-to-day’ for Our Lady & St Bernard Parish.

The initial meeting of Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum will take place on Tuesday, 21st May; we will say more about this soon.


Season of Lent:​

The season of Lent will start a week on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, 26th February. Our West Cheshire Deanery has several events planned, and we hope to have a Leaflet ready for the First Sunday of Lent setting these out. Hopefully, we’ll say more next week.

 Email Scam Alert:

There has been a recent case of a parishioner from our Diocese being scammed out of £500 because they received an email which they thought was from their parish priest requesting the parishioner to purchase gift vouchers. The fact that the scammer did not ask for money or bank details may have made the parishioner feel that this was a genuine request. However, the gift voucher numbers were requested which will enable the scammer to spend the money. In the last week one of our own schools has received a similar request. Please do not respond to any such requests no matter how genuine they may seem.

St Patrick’s Missionary Society Appeal:

Each year our Diocese allocates the ‘Mission Appeal’ to a particular Order or Group. This year we have the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) doing this appeal. Therefore this weekend of 15th/16th February, we welcome Father Joe Archibong SPS who will do the appeal at St Saviour & St Mary’s Parish. We look forward to Fr Joe’s visit & assure him of a warm welcome. Thank you to everyone at Our Lady & St Bernard last week for your support for Father Henry Nkop SPS’ Appeal. We’ll let you know soon how much was raised for these collections.

The Year of the Word ‘The God who Speaks’:

As we have mentioned this Church Year has been designated by the Catholic Church in England & Wales a ‘Year of the Word’ ‘The God who Speaks’. This initiative will ‘permeate’ through all our Work & Mission this coming Church Year, encouraging us to share the Living Word of God. There are leaflets available this weekend speaking of events taking place around the Diocese & please see below for details of the Diocese’s Talks. We are also looking to sponsor some ‘Children’s Bibles for our Schools and we’ll say a little more about this soon.

Year of the Word - Diocesan Spring Talks:​

These start this coming Wednesday; everyone is welcome to come and reflect on the Word of God; no prior study needed:

Talk 1. Father Nick Kern on Dei Verbum/ Word of God (Vatican II), 7.00pm Wednesday, 19th February, St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL

Talk 2. Miss Barbara Davies on Verbum Domini/ The Word of the Lord, the Encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, 7.00pm Wednesday, 27th February, St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL

Talk 3. Doctor Caroline Farey on 'The Language we use to Speak of God in the Bible’ 7.00pm Wednesday, 4th March, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY

Talk 4. Father Michael Coughlan on Why Four Versions of the Gospel’ 7.00pm Wednesday, 1st April, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY

Registration for all these events is at 6.30pm. For details of other venues for these talks please see the Diocesan Website: ​

Welcome to Father Neill Robb:​

Next weekend, Sunday, 23rd February  at Our Lady’s we welcome Father Neill Robb, who helps Father Paul Shaw at St Werburgh’s in Chester to celebrate the 11.00am Mass. I (Father Niall) as Dean of our West Cheshire Deanery have an oversight responsibility for St Thomas Becket Church, Tarporley. So whilst the Priest who normally covers the 11.00am Mass in Tarporley is away Father Neill Robb coming to Our Lady’s that day gives me an opportunity to celebrate the 11.00am Mass in Tarporley and see the Parishioners there.

‘Our Common Home’ Gathering:​

The CAFOD ‘Our Common Home’ is inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on the Christian response to the Climate Crisis. Our next gathering will be this coming Friday, 21st February, 7.00pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre at which we will be considering actions that people may take during Lent. Do please come along if you would like to find out more.

Churches Together Lenten Lunches: 

Will be served on Friday’s during Lent from 12 noon until 1.30pm. The cost is £3 and proceeds to CAFOD and Christian Aid. Details of the venues are as follows:
February 28th: St Mary of the Angels
March 13th: Little Sutton Methodist Church
March 20th: St Pauls, Hooton
April 3rd: Combined Churches Gathering at St Mary of the Angels

Ellesmere Port & Chester Lourdes Youth Group:

Continue to meet on the first Sunday of each month, 5.15pm at Stanley Hall (St Mary of the Angels).If you are a member of the group please come along, new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Sunday, 1st March.



Lourdes Pilgrimage 2020 (Tuesday 28th July to Thursday 6th August):

Once again we are in the planning stages of our annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. We will travel by coach, staying overnight in Lisieux on the way to Lourdes and two nights in Lisieux on the return Journey. The cost is £653 for a shared room and £915 for a single room. At present we are assessing the number of ‘Youth Pilgrims’ wishing to travel with us and we can confirm we now have the largest coach possible – 57 seater. If you are interested in joining this pilgrimage please contact the Parish Office at St Mary of the Angels on 0151 327 6158. Your details will be taken and we will come back to you ASAP to confirm whether or not we are able to offer you a seat on the coach. You may wish to check out the Diocesan Lourdes website as an alternative way of joining the pilgrimage.  Their costs are lower than ours but they do not have overnight stops ie the coach travels direct overnight.



We remember in our prayer, Margaret Clewes, Mary Finn, Winnie Duggan, Eric Morrison, Ronnie Ellams, Patrick Keech, Phil Jeffrey, Bert Gould, William Coakley, and all who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray that they may rest in peace.

Albert ‘Bert’ Gould RIP
– Funeral Mass will take place at St Saviour’s Church at 12.20pm on Monday 2nd March

William Coakley RIP
– Funeral Service will take place at Blacon Crematorium at 11.20am on Friday 6th March

Funeral Planning Regarding Order of Service:

St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels Parish:

You are invited to take a document home from church and when it is completed return it to the parish where it will be stored securely. There is recorded on this document the option of making an appointment with Fr Louis or Deacon Tony if you wish to discuss the matter. Please do take one of these documents with you from church. If you have requested a clergy visit and not received one, we are now in the process of making appointments & carrying out home visits.

Our Lady & St Bernard Parish:

People from Our Lady & St Bernard Parish will soon be able to meet to discuss this with us. Information soon.


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