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Newsletter of St Anne's Church

Highfield Road

Wirral

CH42 2BY

0151 645 3996

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Served by

Fr Bernard Forshaw

Rev. John Boggan

 

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 30th 6.30pm Paul Dearden 80th

Sun 1st 11.15am Christopher Doyle 1st Ann.

Mon 2nd No Mass or Service today
Tues 3rd 12 noon Anne & Thomas Blakemore Ann
Wed 4th 12 noon Funeral Mass George Harvey
Thur 5th 9.30am Funeral Service Winifred Shaw
Fri 6th 12 noon Ints of Philip & Sarah White
Sat 7th 6.30pm Andrea King (nee Sarson) B’day Rem
Sun 8th 11.15am Rosa & Teddy Higginson Ann.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion/Visit please do let Sr. Anne Marie for Fr. Bernard know.
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IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
George Harvey Funeral Mass here on Wednesday at 12 noon.
Winifred Shaw Funeral Service here on Thursday at 9.30am.

Elsie Roberts Funeral service here on Friday 13 Dec. at 1pm.

May they Rest in Peace


MONEY MATTERS
Last week’s Offertory Collection was £949.00p. Thank you.
The Annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund amounted to £280.00p. Thank you for your support.
Traidcraft good are on sale again this weekend
The SVP Monthly collection will take place next weekend at both Masses.
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ADVENT AT ST. ANNE’S
This weekend we begin a new Liturgical Year (Yr. A) and the Season of Advent.
Sunday Masses: Sat. 6.30pm. Sun. 11.15am.
Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri generally at 12 noon
Advent Reflection Day at Wistaston Hall on Wednesday. (see over)
“Advent Fridays” Every Friday in Advent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confession from 11am-11.45am.
Advent Taize Service at 4pm on Sunday 15th Dec.
A Musical Celebration of Christmas…a fabulous evening of festive music…performed by the soloists and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society in Church on Tuesday 10th Dec. at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on sale after Weekend Masses or weekdays from the presbytery.
St. Anne’s School Christmas Carol Service in Church on Tuesday 17th December at 6pm.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: In the first Gospel of Advent, Christ reminds us to “stand ready”. The impervious, unprepared people “in Noah’s day” were distracted by their “eating and drinking”, oblivious to the imminent flood. In what, then, does this Advent preparation consist? Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ through faith. “Faith is…a liberation of my I from its preoccupation with self, a liberation that sets me free to respond to the Father, to speak the Yes of love that sets me free to say Yes to being…Faith is…a breaking out of the isolation that is the malady of my I. The act of faith is…a breaking open of the door of my subjectivity” (Pope Benedict XVI). “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths…let us walk in the light of the Lord!”

THIS WEEK
Sunday Mass at 11.15am St Anne’s School First Sacraments Enrolment

Monday Mass at 12 noon
Foodbank in Presbytery 12 noon until 3pm

Tuesday Mass at 12 noon
Welcome Café open in the Parish Centre from 11am – 1pm.
55+ Group – Christmas Celebration 12.30pm in Parish Centre

Wednesday Funeral Mass at 12 noon George Harvey
St Anne’s School Christmas Fair 3.15 – 4.45pm
UCM meet at 8pm in Parish Centre – Light supper to celebrate St. Andrew’s day
and craft table with Christmas cards etc.
Thursday Funeral Service at 9.30am Winifred Shaw
Friday Mass at 12 noon
Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30pm
Action for Christians against Torture (ACAT) next weekend: Signing cards after Masses for those who are in prison for their faith. Thanks for your support.
As we begin the Year of the Word a Reflective Scripture /Prayer Service will be held in St John’s Day Chapel, New Ferry today from 3pm-4pm. Please come along and begin Advent well
St. Anne’s School Christmas Fair is on Wednesday 3.15 – 5.00pm (in the school hall). Tattoos and Face Paints, Chinese Raffle, Cake Stall, Bottle Stall, Sweet Tombola, Father Christmas and much more. See Poster at back of church. All welcome.
BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of festive music, featuring well-loved traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music. Tuesday 10th Dec at 7.30pm here in Church. Tickets available from BOST and St. Anne’s Church. Cost £8.
Christmas Cards are now on sale in the Piety Stall and Traidcraft Christmas Cards are on sale at the back of church. Scout stamps on sale after both weekend Masses and last collection is 18th December.
CHRISTMAS MASSES AT ST. ANNE’S Christmas Eve 5.00pm Children’s Mass 8.40pm Carols. 9.00pm Mass of the Nativity
Christmas Day 10.45am Carols. 11.15am Christmas Day Mass
The 11.15am Mass on Christmas Day will be offered for all those who have died in our parish and families since last Christmas.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 23rd 6.30pm Norah White Ann.

Sun 24th 11.15am Bridie Browne Ann.
Mon 25th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Tues 26th 11.00am Funeral Mass William Jones
Wed 27th 12 noon Vera Woolfall Sp.Int
Thur 28th 12 noon Ann Hulmston RIP
Fri 29th 12 noon Mgr. Peter Cookson RIP
Sat 30th 6.30pm Paul Dearden 80th
Sun 1st 11.15am Christopher Doyle 1st Ann.
Confessions this week Friday 11.00 – 11.45am

IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
William Jones (Billy)
Funeral Mass Tues. 26th November at 11am

George Harvey
Funeral Mass Wed. 4th December at 12 noon

Winifred Shaw
Funeral Service Thursday 5th December at 9.30am

May they Rest in Peace
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Scout Stamps are on sale after both Masses from this weekend. The last collection is on Wednesday 18th December.

MONEY MATTERS
Last week’s offertory collection was £902.00. Thank you.
Last week the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund was held. Special Envelopes are still available for you to use. If you wish Gift Aid to be claimed on your donation, please write in your name and full address (including postcode) on the front of the Special Envelope provided. It will then be possible to claim Gift Aid on your donation.
This weekend we will be collecting items for the Charles Thompson Mission. If you wish to help local homeless people please leave your items of clothing and toiletries in the boxes at back of church. These gifts will be taken to the Mission before mid-day on Monday.

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ADVENT AT ST. ANNE’S
Next weekend we begin a new Liturgical Year (Yr. A) and the Season of Advent.
Sunday Masses: Sat. 6.30pm. Sun. 11.15am.
Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri generally at 12 noon
Advent Reflection Day at Wistaston Hall Wed. 4th Dec. (see over)
“Advent Fridays” Every Friday in Advent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confession from 11am-11.45am.
Advent Taize Service at 4pm on Sunday 15th Dec.

A Musical Celebration of Christmas…a fabulous evening of festive music…performed by the soloists and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society in Church on Tuesday 10th Dec. at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on sale after Weekend Masses or weekdays from the presbytery.

St. Anne’s School Christmas Carol Service in Church on Tuesday 17th December at 6pm.

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING: “The Solemnity of Christ the King was established by Pius XI in 1925 and, later, after the Second Vatican Council, it was placed at the close of the liturgical year. The Gospel according to St. Luke presents, as in a great painting, the kingship of Jesus at the moment of his crucifixion. The leaders of the people and the soldiers taunt ‘the firstborn of all creation’ and put him to the test to see whether he has the power to save himself from death. Yet precisely on the cross, Jesus is exalted to the very ‘height’ of the God who is love. It is there that he can be ‘known’. Jesus gives us life because he gives us God. He can give God because he himself is one with God. From the One who ‘is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ the so-called ‘Good Thief’ straight away receives forgiveness and the joy of entering the Kingdom of Heaven….Jesus from the throne of the Cross welcomes every human being with infinite mercy” – Pope Benedict XVI.

Today is also National Youth Sunday when we remember all the younger members of the church. Congratulations to those young people from our Parish and neighbouring parishes who were confirmed last Thursday and thank you to their parents, sponsors and catechists for supporting them in this important step on their Faith Journey.

THIS WEEK
Sunday Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

Monday Service of Word & Communion 12 noon
Foodbank in Presbytery 12 noon until 3pm
St. Anne’s school full Governors Meeting 5pm in the school.
SVP meet in Presbytery at 7pm.

Tuesday Funeral Mass at 11.00am William (Billy) Jones
Welcome Café open in the Parish Centre from 11am – 1pm.

Wednesday Mass at 12 noon
The 2nd meeting to see how we can support & encourage young people in the parish will be held in the presbytery at 7pm. All most welcome.
UCM meet in Parish Centre at 8.00pm – Advent Reflection given by Pastor Nick
Weyman. Everyone welcome.

Thursday Mass at 12 noon
Friday Mass at 12 noon
Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30pm
1st Sunday of Advent. Mass of Enrolment for First Sacraments at 11.15.
As we begin the Year of the Word a Reflective Scripture /Prayer Service will be held in St John’s Day Chapel, New Ferry next Sunday 1st December from 3pm-4pm.

Skipton Christmas Market: Next Sunday 1st Dec – Coach leaves St Anne’s at 9.00am prompt.

St. Anne’s School Christmas Fair is on Wednesday 4th December 3.15 – 5.00pm (in the school hall). Tattoos and Face Paints, Chinese Raffle, Cake Stall, Bottle Stall, Sweet Tombola, Father Christmas and much more. See Poster at back of church.

All welcome.
BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of festive music, featuring well-loved traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music. Tuesday 10th Dec at 7.30pm here in Church. Tickets available from BOST and St. Anne’s Church. Cost £8.

Friends of St. Eugene: Christmas projects: Day of Recollection Wed 4th Dec at Wistaston Hall. Please sign the sheet on the notice board. Action for Christians against Torture (ACAT) 7/8th December: Signing cards after Masses for those who are in prison for their faith. Thanks for your support.