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Our Lady’s Centenary Celebration Week

During the week of 22nd June Our Lady’s Parish Celebrated the Centenary of the founding of the Parish in 1909. For this week former Parish Priests came back to lead Celebrations, culminating with a Mass with Bishop Brian Noble on the Friday Evening.

Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

On the Monday Evening Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

On the Tuesday Evening Father Pat Munroe lead a Mass on the theme of ‘Our Lady’

 Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

On the Wednesday Evening Father Philip McGovern lead a Service of Reconciliation and Healing

 Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

On the Thursday Evening Father Chris McCurry lead a Mass on the theme of ‘The Eucharist’

 Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

On the Friday Evening Bishop Brian Noble, with the Local Pastoral Area Clergy, and approximately ten others, past Parish clergy and those connected with the Parish, lead a Mass of Thanksgiving. Parishioners took part in the Liturgy and Music assisted by Pupils and Staff from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School and Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. These were supported by the High School Lay Chaplain. At the beginning Young People helped us to recall the Story that had brought us to this moment.

Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’ Father John Rafferty lead a Mass on the Theme of ‘The Holy Spirit’

In his Homily Bishop Brian encouraged us whilst giving thanks for the past, to let it be an encouragement to look forward and live the message in the ‘here and now’. At the end the Young People led a ‘Thanksgiving Liturgy’ which encouraged us to ‘Live the Story’ and take it forward in the ‘here and now’. A Centenary Candle was then lit and a light from this passed onto the St. Saviour’s Golden Jubilee Candle to begin their year of Celebration.

All these events were well attended and a Social Gathering took place after each event in the Parish Centre. All of this was due to a great deal of hard work and dedication by Parishioners who gave so much of their time and effort. Much of this work took place in the background, like the Group who Hand made the Wonderful Banners placed round the Church. All this effort by all who took part is deeply appreciated.

The whole week was a real uplift of faith that helped us in looking back and giving thanks, to look forward and continue the journey of faith we have received, and live it today!