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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 and Intentions for this Week

 

Sat 18th        6.30pm    Mary McCarthy              B’day Rem

Sun 19th     11.15am    Deceased Parishioners 

Mon 20th    12 noon     Deceased Knights of St. Columba

Tues 21st    12 noon     Funeral Mass Val Newton

Wed 22nd    No Mass or Service today 

Thu 23rd      9.15am     Maureen Elias                            RIP

Fri 24th       12 noon    Tracy McNamara                                 RIP

Sat 25th       6.30pm     Anne Louise Osborne           1st Ann.

Sun 26th    11.15am     Dec’d Members & Clients of SVP   

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    IN MEMORIAM        

 please pray for the repose of the soul of

Valerie Ann Newton                                                      Funeral Mass Tuesday at 12 noon                                   Vera Veronica Horstman                                                     Funeral Service Landican Thursday at 12.30pm        Anthony Travis                                                                  Funeral Mass Wednesday 29th November at 12 noon

May they and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

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PRAYER OF FAITHFULNESS

 

God of love, you give us life in abundance. R/Grant us the strength to live our lives in solidarity with others.

For those living in poverty who need our help now: R/ We pray that we may be faithful to them, through our loving acts of charity and justice.

For those on the margins or oppressed: R/ We pray that we might have courage to stand with them as brothers and sisters.

For those without a voice or silenced by society: R/ We pray that our actions with them may speak up for truth.

Sustain us, O God, as we seek to remain faithful to all those whose identity as your children are diminished by poverty and oppression.

We as this through Christ our Lord.   Amen

 

PYO (pick your own) Christmas Raffle 2017

This year we are having a Parish Christmas raffle – with a twist – you can

pick your own prize!  We are hoping to have a variety of hampers and

special prizes.  We are asking for donations of goods to make it a success.

All donations are welcome. 

         Tickets are 5 for 1

         A suggested donations list is attached to this newsletter

         Items to be put in boxes at the back of church by Sunday 26th

November

         Any surplus prizes will be forwarded to charity

         Raffle to be drawn at our Christmas Carol Concert 13th December

         Raffle tickets will be on sale at the weekend Masses 2/3rd 9/10th

December – all proceeds to Parish Funds.

         Let’s have fun with our PYO raffle!

         THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: This Sunday is

 

the first ‘World Day of the Poor’.  Pope Francis has instituted this new

 

day as a way of inviting us to understand that sharing with those living

 

in poverty “enables us to understand the deepest truth of the

 

Gospel”.  In his message for the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis

 

asks all of us, whatever our means, to unite in love and in acts of

 

service to one another.  He explains: “It is my wish that…Christian

 

communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter

 

and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance”.  Please consider

 

how you can create moments of encounter and friendship today.

 

          

         THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

          

         Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

                                        

         Monday                Mass at 12 noon followed by KSC meeting in the presbytery

                            Foodbank 12 noon – 3.00pm

                           

         Tuesday               Funeral Mass at 12 noon for Val Newton       

              

         Wednesday          No Mass or Service today

         UCM at 8pm in Parish Centre – A Spiritual Reflection with Deacon Les Arch…  Looking towards Advent

                                     

         Thursday            Mass at 9.15am

          

         Friday                    Mass at 12 noon

          

         Saturday         Mass at 6.30pm.             

          

         Sunday                First Communion Enrolment Mass at 11.15am.

          

         Next Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the current liturgical year and National Youth Sunday. 

         Advent begins on Sunday 3rd December …… Advent Taize service

 

      at 4pm in church.

          

         The recent Annual Mass of Remembrance as always was a very

 

moving occasion which I understand from the emails, letters &

 

messages I have received brought much comfort and peace to our

 

bereaved families. Many thanks to those parishioners who helped in

 

the preparation and celebration of this special Mass and with the

 

refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre. All very much

 

appreciated.

 

          

 

         A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of

Music will be held on Thursday at 7pm at St. Joseph’s, North Road,

Birkenhead.  This is an opportunity to sing your favorite hymns led by

St Joseph’s Choir and St Joseph’s Primary School Choir with a

reflection on Music and Prayer by Bishop Brian Noble, followed by

refreshments and a retiring collection.

         The Mass of Confirmation for the East Wirral Parishes will be

celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on

Friday at 7pm. The candidates from St. Anne’s and St. John’s parishes

are Mia Barry, Edward Cartmel, Alfie Davies, Joe Davies, Jammilia

Dennett, Olivia Healy, Keely Holmes, Ciara Lester, Niamh Lester,

Dylan Lyndop, Lydia O’Brien, Travis O’Brien and Isabel O’Connor.

 

         “Getting Ready for Advent”,,, an LPA Day of Recollection will be

held at Wistaston Hall, Crewe on Thursday 30th November.  A sign-up

sheet is on the noticeboard at the back of church.  Please register your

interest a.s.a,p & support this important spiritual initiative. Coach

travel will be available.

 

         The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group will be celebrating the

Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Mass at 7.30pm on Friday 8th

December at St. Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle SK8 2AF followed

by a social gathering in St. Chad’s Parish Centre.  Everybody is

welcome.  Mass will be preceded at 6.30pm with a meeting for

Hospitality members interested in joining a working party to discuss

the constitution and work of the group, following on from an agenda

item at the AGM last September.

         Christmas Carol Concert with the Birkenhead Operatic Society

Trust in Church on Wednesday 13th December arrive from 6.45pm

onwards for 7.30pm start. Tickets 8 on sale after weekend Masses

from this week onwards or from Tina Ward/Presbytery.

 

 

 

 

Mass Times and Intentions for this Week

Sat 4th         6.30pm    Lorraine McCree                Get well
Sun 5th      11.15am    Frank Brady         RIP                                                                             
Mon 6th     12 noon    Ints of Gerard Edwards         Birthday
Tues 7th     12 noon    Joanne Jones        Ann.
Wed 8th      7.30pm     Remembrance Mass 
Thu 9th     11.00am     Deceased Holy Family Sisters              Mass being celebrated in the Convent
Fri 10th       9.30am     Remembrance Mass St Anne’s Sch   
Sat 11th      6.30pm     Bridie Browne        Ann.
Sun 12th    11.15am    Seamus O’Rourke                     Ann.    
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                                   BAPTISMS
To book a baptism please contact Fr Bernard at least 6-8 weeks before the proposed date.A monthly baptism meeting /rehearsal is held usually on the first Monday of the month at 7.15pm in the Church /presbytery to which parents are asked to attend prior to their son/daughter’s baptism
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                                 WEDDINGS
If you intend getting married at St Anne’s in 2018/19 and have not yet booked the date with Fr Bernard please get in touch with him as soon as possible …………………………………………………………..
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit and/or Holy Communion please do let us know.
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                              Loving Creator

Encourage us through your Holy Spirit

To build the Kingdom of God in our parish.

A second hand book trolley for “Laughter Africa” is now sited at the back of church.  Please take a look before or after Mass and help James Tyrell’s charity by making a small donation.  If you would like to donate any books just simply place them on the trolley.

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A PRAYER TO REFLECT UPON THIS WEEK

‘You must always humble yourself

Lovingly before God and before men,

Because God speaks only to those

Who are truly humble and

He enriches them with His gifts.’

(St. Padre Pio)

                       
THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: The attitude of the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians is the exact opposite of that of the Pharisees toward their people.  The Pharisees “tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will (not) lift a finger to move them”.  Paul, on the other hand, is “like a mother feeds and looking after her own children” among his people, sharing with them “not only the Good News but our whole lives as well”.  That gentleness is the living sign that we all have “only one3 Father”.  When we are loved in this way, it is profoundly humbling.  This humility makes way for an exaltation that originates in something beyond ourselves.

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy
                              
Monday       Mass at 12 noon
                   Foodbank 12 noon – 3.00pm
St. Anne’s School Governors Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee      
                                meet in the school at 5pm.                              
                 
Tuesday       Mass at 12 noon
      Parish Pastoral Team meet in the Presbytery at 7.30pm. 
                                If you have any thoughts/suggestions/ideas for the team to consider
                                please put a note in the suggestions box on the table at the back of church.
     
Wednesday       Annual Remembrance Mass in Church at 7.30pm (see note below)
      Tea/coffee afterwards in the Parish Centre.

Thursday  11.00am Mass in the convent for Deceased Holy Family Sisters &Associates
  Friends of St Eugene meet at 7.00pm in presbytery

Friday                    Remembrance Mass at St Anne’s School at 9.30am. All parishioners welcome

Saturday               Mass at 6.30pm    

Sunday              Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

St Anne’s Annual Mass of Remembrance is being celebrated on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Church. Please make every effort to participate in this Mass in which we especially remember those parishioners who have died since last November and those who mourn their passing
The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at the Masses next weekend to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.                      
The Mass of Confirmation for the East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm. Preparation sessions for Candidates continue with a joint Reconciliation Service at Christ the King this Thursday at 7.30pm.
St Anne’s PTA are holding a Bingo Night in the School on Thursday 16th November at 6.30pm.            Prizes & Raffles. Please support this important fundraising effort for our Parish school
An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall, Crewe on Thursday 30th November.  A sign up sheet is on the noticeboard at the back of church.  Please register your interest by Thursday.  Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand.
The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group will be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Mass at 7.30pm on Friday 8th December at St. Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle SK8 2AF followed by a social gathering in St. Chad’s Parish Centre.  Everybody is welcome.  Mass will be preceded at 6.30pm with a meeting for Hospitality members interested in joining a working party to discuss the constitution and work of the group, following on from an agenda item at the AGM last September.