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last updated : 16/07/19

Recently Deceased:

We remember in our prayers Gina Maggiore, Kathleen McNamara, Sheila Murray, Martha Chapman, Clement Gore, Father Michael Murray and all who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray that they may rest in peace

Martha Chapman – Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady’s Church at 2.00pm on Tuesday 23rd July


Mrs Gina Maggiore RIP:

Many thanks to those who sent sympathy cards, and offered support, and for those who came along to Sunderland for the Funeral of Mrs Gina Maggiore, Father Louis Maggiore’s Mother. Father Louis will be back this weekend, but we know how much he has appreciated this support, so thank you to all.

Thanks from Deacon Paul:

After mixed messages that Deacon Paul had been taken into Hospital last Sunday, people have been concerned and asking after him. Paul went into the Clinic on Sunday morning to get discomfort in his leg checked, and was home later that day and is a lot better. He is very appreciative of people’s prayers and concern.

Blessing of the New Sacristy, Confessional and improved Parish Centre facilities at Our Lady’s:

This coming Friday, 19th July at 6.00pm at Our Lady’s there will be a simple Mass to Bless the updated Sacristy, Confessional and Parish Centre facilities. The Sacristy & Confessional were provided by the Parish Contribution to ‘Our Mission Together’. This Mass will take place just before the Parish Meeting.

Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Owen Gallagher:

This Saturday morning, 13th July, at Ss. Michael & All Angels’ Church, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, Bishop Mark will Ordain Father Owen Gallagher to the Priesthood. We pray for Father Owen as he begins his Ministry in our Diocese of Shrewsbury.

 Thank you to the Spiritans:

A big ‘Thank you’ to Fathers Marcel Fangoo & James Mchamungu C.S.Sp. from the Spiritan House in Chester for covering Masses last weekend at St Saviour & St Mary’s and Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parishes whilst Father Louis was understandably with his family in Sunderland after his Mother’s Funeral there, and whilst I (Father Niall) was at a Family Confirmation in London, after travelling down from Sunderland after attending Father Louis’ Mother’s Funeral. The Spiritans (formerly known as ‘The Holy Ghost Fathers’ and whose full title is ‘The Congregation of the Holy Spirit’) in Chester are a massive support to us in our Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery, not only offering Mass cover, but also supporting us in our Chaplaincy work with Father Jude in our Hospitals, and Father Mark in Prison Chaplaincy. Very soon their Order will be helping in covering Parishes here in our Deanery and wider Diocese Their support and friendship is deeply appreciated and helps us to carry out our Mission in Christ together.

Clergy changes in our Deanery:

Last weekend Father Jonathan Brandon and Father Isidore Madueke in St Columba & St Theresa’s in Chester announced that they will be moving on in the autumn. Father Jonathan will go to St Vincent’s in Altrincham with the Retirement of Father John Rafferty from there, and Father Isidore will be joining the Team at our Cathedral in Shrewsbury. Fathers Jonathan & Isidore have been a great support to the Work and Mission of this Deanery and we will miss them. Continuing their support for us the Provincial of the Spiritans, Father Kenneth Okoli C.S.Sp., has arranged with Bishop Mark to bring two Spiritan Priests from elsewhere in the Country to come and live in the Presbytery in St Theresa’s and to look after the Parish of St Columba & St Theresa when Fathers Jonathan & Isidore have moved on. Again, we are very thankful to Father Kenneth and the Spiritans, and look forward to welcoming these new Priests into our Deanery Family.

Confirmation Programme information for Candidates and families:

This weekend in all our Churches there will be information sheets for all those who wish to take part in our Confirmation Programme next autumn, starting on Wednesday, September 11th, 6.00pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. The programme will be for those who will be in High School Years 9 & 10 as of this coming September, and for any older Young People who have not yet been Confirmed. These sheets contain the dates of the sessions and details of how to register through the LPA Office at Our Lady’s or through the Chaplains at EPCHS. Contact details on the sheets.

 Confirmation Programme this autumn and Youth Ministry and Adult Leader Training:

Thank you to those who came along last week to the gathering for the Confirmation Adult Helpers. We are being supported in our Confirmation Programme by our Diocese of Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team (SYMT). After a very helpful recent visit from our new SYMT Director Mr Alexander (Sandy) Fairley, SYMT are organising a Training Evening for all involved in wider Youth Ministry and Events in our area. This will be on Thursday, 5th September, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall. Again, do please contact the LPA Office for further information. For any who are interested in being Adult Helpers, please see the item below about Senior Youth Club & Ministry as these are part of the same plan. In the meantime, information for our Confirmation Programme which will start this coming September for those who will then be in Years 9 & 10 of Secondary School age, will be available soon.

LPA Senior Youth Club & Ministry- Meeting (Apologies - Please note change of date AGAIN):

On Wednesday 24th July at 6.30pm a meeting will be held at St Mary of the Angels (Stanley Hall) for all interested in working as a member of our ‘Senior Youth Ministry Team.’ If you have already volunteered or are interested in this important ministry please come along to this meeting or speak with Deacon Tony or Mr Rob Smith at  the parish office of St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels 0151 327 6158 or contact the LPA Office at Our Lady’s on 0151 355 5877.

LPA, SVP Youth Conference:

The Youth Conference will be having their next meeting this coming Monday 15th July, 4.15pm to 5.00pm, in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. New members are always welcome from 10 years of age plus. For further information contact Chris Duke 355 6954.

Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum:

Now that we are clearer of the way forward, we decided that each Parish, St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels and Our Lady & St Bernard hold an Open Parish Meeting before the School Summer Holidays, and from those Meeting choose 10 or so people to form ‘Parish Support Groups’ to help advise on more Parish based matters. From each of these Support Groups four people will be nominated to form the ‘Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum’ which will liaise with the Clergy and Support Groups to take forward, and consider new ways, in all that we are working on together in this Pastoral Area. It is envisaged that the Support Groups will meet   three times a year, the Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum meet twice a year and that each Parish hold Open Meetings once a year. This we hope will provide a structure to help move forward, and is also in line with what is happening in the other part of our Deanery with the Chester Pastoral Forum. The details of the upcoming Open Meetings can be found below.

St Saviour & St Mary’s – Open Parish Meeting:

Thanks to all who attended this meeting recently at St Saviour’s. It was good to come together as a community and to thank all those sharing their views, concerns and support. Minutes of the meeting will be made available soon. Also following this meeting we will now be re-starting our ‘Parish Support Group,’ a date for the first meeting will be announced soon.

Open Meeting: Parishioners at Our Lady & St Bernard new date:

As we said before, we had to rearrange this date so that I, Father Niall, could go up to Sunderland to be with Father Louis and his family for their Mother’s Funeral. St Saviour & St Mary’s Parish have held their meeting, and now we too in Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish will have our Open Parish meeting this coming Friday, 19th July, 7.00pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. Do please try and come along, we Clergy can only do so much, but more than ever we need Parishioners support in helping us move forward, especially now we have so many opportunities to build. Please note also the Mass that evening at 6.00pm in Our Lady’s Church just before this meeting.

CAFOD ‘Our Common Home’ Initiative gathering:

Thank you to all who have shown interest in taking forward the CAFOD ‘Our Common Home’ Initiative, especially after the events in lent, the creation Mass and the visit of Jose Batista Afonso from Brazil. To help us gather thoughts before we get into the School Summer holiday there will be a gathering in Our Lady’s Parish Centre on Friday, 2nd August at 7.00pm. Hopefully we will be able to set some ideas to take forward in the autumn.



Lourdes Pilgrimage Departure Mass:

Will take place on Sunday 21st July 2019 during the 11am Mass at St Saviour’s Church, all are welcome to join us.

Intentions for The Grotto at Lourdes:

On the 25th July a group from our LPA will depart to join the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. During this pilgrimage the intentions of every member of our parishes will be remembered in our prayers. If you wish us to take written petitions on your behalf to the Grotto of Our lady of Lourdes, please place them in the boxes located near the altar. Petitions only, please do not put money in the envelopes.

LPA Scotland Trip:

May 2020 (Trip Now Full): Those requesting a place should have received a booking form, if you have not received a form please contact the office. In order to secure your place please return the completed booking form and deposit ASAP.

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