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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

 

Please see this important communication from Fr Bernard.

We are pleased to welcome you all back to St. Anne&s Church. We are not quite back to normal yet and, until further notice, you will need to book to attend weekend Masses. This is to comply with the governments recently updated (Sept. 2020) test and trace measures to protect our community from a second wave of Covid-19. During this time please note you will have to book in for Masses on a weekly basis.
We have capacity of 70 individuals (with an increase based on parishioners attending as households). We ask that you only attend one Mass per weekend to allow as many parishioners to attend as possible.

As we are following the Government guidelines a face covering is required while in the church. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Which Mass would you like to attend? (please tick)
Saturday 6.30pm
Sunday 11.15am.
Names of those wishing to attend.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Contact telephone number for the attendees (we only need one)

Please return this form to the Presbytery either by post/through the letterbox or email to st.annes@hotmail.co.u. before 10am on Friday. (we will contact you if we have already reached capacity for your requested Mass.)

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 26th 6.30pm Michael Osborne 1st Ann

Sun 27th 11.15am Ints Walls Family

Mon 28th 12 noon Angela Parrington RIP

Tues 29th Mass at 9.15am at St Johns
Wed 30th 12 noon Ints Anne Edwards
Thur 1st Mass at 7.00pm at St Johns
Fri 2nd 12 noon George McGrory Remb.
Sat 3rd 6.30pm Peter May RIP
Sun 4th 11.15am Ted & Hannah McGenity Ann.
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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Wednesday from 11.00am to 11.55am.
Please come and pray for the needs of St Annes Parish our country and your own personal intentions


IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Columba Lambe, Holy Family Sister, who has died recently
Funeral Mass on Monday 5th October at 12noon
Also
Please pray for the repose of the Soul of
Peter Mort
Funeral Mass on 9th October at 11.30am
May they Rest in Peace

MONEY MATTERS

Last Weeks Collection amounted to 683.00.

Please note that a basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory donations or they can be posted through the presbytery letterbox. You can also support your parish by standing order or by giving online

Your giving to St Annes Parish in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated

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Wirral Foodbank Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
Please do not bring any food donations into the Church or to the presbytery for the time being

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A PRAYER AT THIS TIME OF COVID.19
O God, our refuge and our shield, even when we walk in the shadow of death you are there at our side. Be with your people in this time of danger: bring strength to the afflicted and protection to those untouched by the Coronavirus.

Give us love and courage that we may trust in your power to save and reach out to all who need our care.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
St. Anne Pray for us.

Today is the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God. Why? Because when they encountered Jesus Christ, who did not cling to his equality with God they found in him what they sought outside of God. The one who became obedient to the point of death is the one who persuades us to leave behind the things that lead to death. If someone renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live When someone finds Jesus Christ, who is infinitely more attractive than anything the world can offer us, evil loses its allure and we begin to truly live.

Attached to this newsletter is a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark at this Covid time.
RCIA:

Peter and Liz who were due to be received into the church at the Easter Vigil will be welcomed into the church and our parish at the 11.15 Mass this Sunday 27th September.

Its good to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass and thank you for all the positive feedback this week. Please note that the maximum number St. Annes Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.

In the light of the Governments latest advice everyone needs to book in for weekend Masses each week in future. Forms are available at the front of Church (next to the Newsletter tray) for you to take away and complete at home and then return through the Presbytery letterbox/post back before 10am on Friday, a copy of the form is also on the Parish website or you can send an email to the parish email address (at the top of the front page of this newsletter)with the names of all attendees, the Mass you wish to attend and a contact telephone number.

Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply inside the Church, in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion please follow instructions carefully.

Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help

Macmillan Cancer Support: At this time of year Coffee mornings are usually in the planning. Sadly due to Covid 19 it won;t be possible to hold these in their usual form this September. In the present circumstances people are being asked simply to have something in their own garden/house..a coffee & cake with just family and to donate to Macmillan. If you need advice please contact Paddy Roberts

The Parish Newsletter, Mass attendance forms, the Catholic papers and the Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sundays readings, are at the moment available on the chairs at the front of the church, just by the side door where we exit. Please take a copy for yourself and anyone in your neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St. Annes Parish at this time

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 19th 6.30pm Debra Chesters RIP

Sun 20th 11.15am Winifred Locke RIP

Mon 21st 12 noon Funeral Mass Sr Margaret Doherty

Tues 22nd Mass at 9.15am at St Johns
Wed 23rd 12 noon Pat Waring Ann.
Thur 24th Mass at 7.00pm at St Johns
Fri 25th 12 noon Stephanie Chandler
Sat 26th 6.30pm Michael Osborne 1st Ann
Sun 27th 11.15am Ints Walls Family
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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Wednesday from 11.00am to 11.55am.
Please come and pray for the needs of St Annes Parish our country and your own personal intentions

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please keep our Sick & Housebound Parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion please do let us know
IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Margaret Doherty, Holy Family Sister, who has died recently
Funeral Mass on Monday (21st Sept) at 12noon
May she Rest in Peace

MONEY MATTERS

Last Weeks Collection amounted to just 748.00. (approx 200 less than usual)

Please note that a basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory donations or they can be posted through the presbytery letterbox. You can also support your parish by standing order or by giving online

Your giving to St Annes Parish in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated

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Wirral Foodbank Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
Please do not bring any food donations into the Church or to the presbytery for the time being

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THE SEASON OF CREATION
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Today is the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and also Home Mission Sunday ie A Day of Prayer for the Evangelisation of England and Wales: This weekends Gospel invites us to reflect that the Lord who came down from heaven for our sake and our salvation calls everyone to work in his vineyard and so enter the kingdom of heaven
It’s good to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass and thank you for all the positive feedback this week. Please note that the maximum number St. Annes Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.
In the light of the Government’s latest advice everyone needs to book in for weekend Masses each week in future. Forms are available at the front of Church (next to the Newsletter tray) for you to take away and complete at home and then return through the Presbytery letterbox/post back before 10am on Friday, a copy of the form is also on the Parish website or you can send an email to the parish email address (at the top of the front page of this newsletter)with the names of all attendees, the Mass you wish to attend and a contact telephone number. Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply inside the Church, in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion please follow instructions carefully.
Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help
Baptisms: Hopefully! we will be able to start celebrating Baptisms again soon. If you wish to have your child baptised in the later part of 2020/early part of 2021 please get in touch
First Communions: Sadly due to the recent rise in Covid 19 cases we have had to further postpone First Holy Communion until 2021. Please keep the children & families in your prayers
RCIA: Peter and Liz who were due to be received into the church at the Easter Vigil will be welcomed into the church and our parish at the 11.15 Mass next Sunday 27th September.
Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St Annes in 2021 please let us know ASAP
Macmillan Cancer Support: At this time of year Coffee mornings are usually in the planning. Sadly due to Covid 19 it won’t be possible to hold these in their usual form this September. In the present circumstances people are being asked simply to have something in their own garden/house…..a coffee & cake with just family and to donate to Macmillan. If you need advice please contact Paddy Roberts
The Parish Newsletter, Mass attendance forms, the Catholic papers and the Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sundays readings, are at the moment available on the chairs at the front of the church, just by the side door where we exit. Please take a copy for yourself and anyone in your neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St. Annes Parish at this time

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 5th 6.30pm Ints. St. Annes SVP

Sun 6th 11.15am Elizabeth Ann Pugh (Betty) RIP

Mon 7th 12 noon Funeral Mass John Borrows

Tues 8th 12 noon Ints. Sr Anne Marie Glynn
Wed 9th 9.15am Ints. St Annes UCM
Thur 10th No Mass or Service today
Fri 11th No Mass or Service today
Sat 12th 6.30pm Ints. Peter & Norah Arrowsmith
Sun 13th 11.15am Doyle Family Intentions
Fr Bernard is celebrating a 9.15am Mass at St Johns on Thursday and the Funeral Mass for William Halpin at 12 noon on Friday again at St Johns
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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (with the opportunity for Confession) on Tuesday from 11.15am to 11.50am.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please keep our Sick and Housebound parishioners in your daily prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion please do contact me
Welcome back to the children and teachers in all our schools after such a long lay off because of the Coronavirus. I am told that the attendance in St Annes School was 98% on Thursday and Friday thats marvellous in these times. Well done everyone

MONEY MATERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Weeks Collection amounted to 1,281.00.
Your generosity to St Annes in these challenging & difficult times is very much appreciated.

As autumn comes in shortly we will be having the central heating system serviced in the church a costly item Im afraid
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Wirral Foodbank Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
Please do not bring any food donations into the Church at the moment. Thank you

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THE SEASON OF CREATION
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: When St. Paul says that we are to owe nothing to anyone except mutual love, he is not referring to something sentimental. The love that the Apostle enjoins on us is summed up by the Prophet Ezekiel: & If& you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways I will hold you responsible for his death.” Our love must extend to those attitudes and actions that would prevent any of us from truly loving ourselves and our neighbour. In Christ, truth and love are as one, and love makes receptivity to his teaching possible. “If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.”
Monday’s Mass is at 12 noon……the Funeral Mass for John Borrows. May he Rest in peace
Tuesday is the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday ……so there will be an extra Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon and the Rosary will be prayed for Parish intentions at 11.40am (ie before Mass)
Wednesday’s Mass this week is at 9.15am
Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards and cleaners are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help
Baptisms: We will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms later this autumn. If you had a baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child baptised in the later part of 2020/early part of 2021 please get in touch
First Communions: St Anne’s School First Communion Mass ……….postponed from June owing to Covid 19 will be celebrated in Church on Saturday 26th Sept at 12 noon with current Covid 19 regulations in place

RCIA: Peter and Liz who were due to be received into the church at the Easter Vigil will be welcomed into the church and our parish at the 11.15 Mass on Sunday 27th September.

Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St Annes in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible
Thank you to St Annes SVP who during the lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by phone and email with our sick & housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.
Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies: For 25 years now the CCRS has enabled those responsible for passing on our catholic faith through education or catechesis to gain a deeper knowledge of that faith. Courses recommence later this month on Thursday evenings in Altrincham and Saturday mornings in Ellesmere Port. For further information and to register please send an email to ccrs@dioceseofshrewsbury.org
Clergy News: Fr Philip McGovern has retired recently from Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. Bishop Mark has appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe) as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc.
The Parish Newsletter, the Catholic papers and the Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings, are at the moment available on the chairs at the front of the church, just by the side door where we exist. Please take a copy for yourself and anyone in your neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St. Anne’s Parish at this time. The Newsletter is, of course, also available each weekend on the Parish website.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 29th 6.30pm Ints. Barbara Simmons

Sun 30th 11.15am Jim & Sheila McAllister 60th Ann.

Mon 31st 12 noon Paul Swinhoe Sp. Int.

Tues 1st 9.15am Ints Teresa Young
Wed 2nd 12 noon Funeral Mass Winifred Locke
Thur 3rd 7.00pm Ints. of Pat Bevan
Fri 4th 12 noon Ints. Christina Irwin
Sat 5th 6.30pm Ints. St. Anne’s SVP
Sun 6th 11.15am Elizabeth Ann Pugh RIP
Please note that Tuesday’s & Thursday’s Masses are celebrated by Fr Bernard at St John’s
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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (with the opportunity for Confession) on Friday from 11.00am to 11.50am.
As we move into September the Season of Creation we would do well to remember this intention in our prayers

IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the souls of

Winifred Locke Funeral Mass on Wednesday 2nd September at 12 noon
John Burrows Funeral Mass on Monday 7th September at 12 noon.

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace

MONEY MATTERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Week’s Collection amounted to 723.00
Your generosity to St Anne’s in these challenging & difficult times is very much appreciated.
As autumn comes in shortly we will be having the central heating system serviced in the church.
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Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church. Thank you

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How to face the storms of life
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
St Anne Pray for us

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: When Peter tries to deny the Lord his Passion – “God forbid that such a thing ever happen to you!” – the Lord rebukes him. Why? Because Christ’s death on the cross would fulfil the “good and pleasing and perfect” will of the Father for our salvation. In union with Jesus, we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. Our sharing in Christ’s cross may make us objects of the world’s laughter and mockery, but through it all the love of God remains like a fire, burning in our hearts. “True glory is the glory of love because that is the only kind that gives life in the world” (Pope Francis). It is the life-giving glory of love which Christ reveals on the cross.
It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church (if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try.) Please note that the maximum number St. Anne’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Pleased be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case. Obviously it goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.
Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards and cleaners are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help
Baptisms: Hopefully we will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child baptised in the later part of 2020/early part of 2021 please get in touch
Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St Anne’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible
Thank you to St Anne’s SVP who during the lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by phone and email with our sick & housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.
St Anne’s School reopens, after a long lay-off due to the Corona Virus, this Thursday 3rd September. For further information please contact the school telephone 0151 645 3682 or email schooloffice@st.annes.wirral.sch.uk
Clergy News: This Sunday 30th August would have been the 25th Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Brian Noble. May he Rest in Peace. The 9.30 Mass at St. John’s New Ferry this Sunday is offered for the repose of his soul and he will be remembered in all our Masses this weekend. Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring shortly from Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. Bishop Mark has appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe) as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 22nd 6.30pm Ints. Hornby Family

Sun 23rd 11.15am Martin Ward RIP

Mon 24th 12 noon Ints. Chris & Maureen Bowsley 50th Ann.

Tues 25th 9.15am Ints. Canon B. Hoban
Wed 26th No Mass today
Thur 27th 11.00am Funeral Mass for Thomas Hurley
Fri 28th No Mass today
Sat 29th 6.30pm Ints. Barbara Simmons
Sun 30th 11.15am Jim & Sheila McAllister 60th Ann.
Fr Bernard is away at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria from Monday pm to Friday pm this week. Fr Paschal is celebrating Mass at St Johns on Tuesday at 9.15am and a Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am again at St Johns. There will be no Wednesday or Friday Mass here at St Annes this week. For any Sick Calls or pressing pastoral matters please phone Fr Paschal Tel 0151 644 7530 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (with the opportunity for Confession) none this week

IN MEMORIUM Please pray for the repose of the souls of
Winifred Locke Funeral Mass on Wednesday 2nd September at 12 noon
John Burrows Funeral Mass on Monday 7th September at 12 noon.

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace

MONEY MATTERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Weeks Collection amounted to 875.00
Your generosity to St Annes in these challenging times is very much needed & appreciated.
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Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church. Thank you

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Loving Creator
encourage us through your Holy Spirit
to build the Kingdom of God in our Parish.

Inspire all of us,
young and old, to serve you,
the church and each other
with gentleness and love,
as we work and pray together
for the good of all in this area.

St. Anne Pray for us
Mary Immaculate Pray for us

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time: Peter can declare with certainty that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, because God himself has chosen Peter and prepared him for a new and unique vocation. Only God, his motives impossible to penetrate could bestow on Peter such clarity in the midst of the many false claims about the identity of Christ, Christ begins to use Peter as an instrument a Vicar by which the Lord will open heaven to the world, so that whatever (he) bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven. All that Peter is and does is rooted in Christ: All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him.

Its wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church (if you havent already done so why not give it a try.) Please note that the maximum number St. Annes Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that from last weekend members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Pleased be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening

Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case.
Obviously It goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.

Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards and cleaners are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help
Baptisms: Hopefully we will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child baptised in the later part of 2020/early part of 2021 please get in touch
Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St Anne’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible

Thank you to St Annes SVP who during the lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by phone and email with our sick & housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.

St Annes School fully reopens, after a long layoff due to the Corona Virus, on Thursday 3rd September. For further information please contact the school telephone 0151 645 3682 or email schooloffice@st.annes.wirral.sch.uk

Clergy News: Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring in September from Our Ladys/Holy Cross/St Pauls Parish. Bishop Mark has appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe) as the new parish priest of Our Ladys/Holy Cross/St Pauls Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 15th 6.30pm Ints Philomena Higgins 90th B’day

Sun 16th 11.15am Angela Parrington Ann.

Mon 17th 12 noon Funeral Mass Bernard Dagnall.

Tues 18th For Vocations
Wed 19th 12 noon Sean Devine 1st Ann
Thur 20th Bernard Dagnall RIP
Fri 21st 12 noon Funeral Mass Anthony Heraghty
Sat 22nd 6.30pm Ints Hornby Family
Sun 23rd 11.15am Martin Ward RIP
Fr Bernard will celebrate the Masses in italics at St John’s Tuesdays at 9.15am and Thursday’s at 7pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (with the opportunity for Confession) This Wednesday from 11.15am to 12 noon Mass
IN MEMORIUM Please pray for the repose of the souls of
Bernard Dagnall Funeral Mass at 12 noon on Monday 17th August
Joseph Parkinson Funeral Service at Landican 12 noon on Thursday 20th August
Anthony Heraghty Funeral Mass at 12 noon on Friday 21st August
May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace

MONEY MATTERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to 749.00
Your generosity to St Anne’s Parish in these challenging times is very much appreciated.
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Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church. Thank you

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The Memorare
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary,
that it is a thing unheard of,
that anyone ever had recourse to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession,
and was left forsaken.
Filled therefore with confidence in your goodness
I fly to you, O Mother, Virgin of virgins.
To you I come, before you I stand,
a sorrowful sinner.
Despise not my poor words, O Mother of the
Word of God,
but graciously hear and grant my prayer.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Pope Benedict XVI wrote that “precisely because Mary is with God and in God, she is very close to each one of us. While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is actually within all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God, “She” knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness. She always listens to us, and, being Mother of the Son, participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother.” Assumed into heaven, Mary reveals our own destiny: “That transformation of our material bodies to which we look forward one day has been accomplished – we know it now for certain – in her” (Mgr. Knox)
It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church (if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try.) Please note that the maximum number St. Anne’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that from last weekend members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Pleased be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case.
Obviously It goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.
Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards and cleaners are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help
Baptisms: Hopefully we will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child baptised in the later part of 2020/early part of 2021 please get in touch
Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St Anne’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible

Thank you to St Anne’s SVP who during the lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by phone with our sick and housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.

Clergy News: Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring in September from Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. Last weekend Bishop Mark appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe) as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s/Holy Cross/St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 8th 6.30pm George Harvey RIP

Sun 9th 11.15am Ints. Bob & Frieda Rimmer 40th Ann

Mon 10th 12 noon Funeral Mass Pauline Loraine

Tues 11th Ints Murray Family
Wed 12th 12 noon Michael McCreesh Ann.
Thur 13th Anne Armstrong RIP
Fri 14th 11.00am Funeral Mass Debra Chesters
Sat 15th 6.30pm Ints Philomena Higgins 90th Birthday
Sun 16th 11.15am Angela Parrington RIP
Fr Bernard will celebrate the Masses in italics at St John’s Tuesdays at 9.15am and Thursday’s at 7pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (with the opportunity for Confession) This Wednesday from 11.15am to 12 noon Mass
IN MEMORIUM Please pray for the repose of the souls of
Pauline Loraine Funeral Mass at 12 noon on Monday 10th August
Antoinette Bolton Funeral Service at Landican at 10.30am 11th August
Debra Chesters Funeral Mass at 11.00am on Friday 14th August
Bernard Dagnall Funeral Mass at 12 noon on Monday 17th August
May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace
Kath Ward & family thank all those who came to Martin’s Funeral Mass last Monday & those who sent Mass/Sympathy cards and supportive messages.at this sad time. Mass will offered for all your intentions,

May they and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace

MONEY MATTERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to 816.00
Your generosity to St Anne’s Parish in these challenging times is very much appreciated.
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Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church. Thank you

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Open your eyes, your ears and your heart this summer…
If you have a thousand reasons for living,
if you never feel alone,
if you wake up wanting to sing,
if everything speaks to you,
from the stone in the road
to the star in the sky,
from the loitering lizard to the fish, lord of the sea.
If you understand the winds and listen to the
silence – rejoice! – for God walks with you.
He is your comrade, he is your brother!
Dom Helder Camara

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Where do we find God in the midst of our noisy world? During our Mass today let us listen for the still small voice of calm which invites us to come to Jesus over the stormy waters of our life.
It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church (if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try.) Please note that the maximum number St. Anne’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that from this weekend members of the congregation must wear a face covering, Should you not have a face covering we do have a very limited number of disposable face masks in a basket in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Pleased be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. Please bear with us and follow instructions carefully. Remember this situation is only temporary
A complexity to reopening our churches is how to manage the numbers of people who wish to attend Mass given the maximum allowed, and ought it to be on a first come, first served basis, or ought people “book” a place. None of the possibilities present an easy solution. I think we must proceed as we are doing with a simple invitation to come to Mass at the times advertised and that if we reach capacity we must, I am sorry to say, say that no more people can enter the Church. Mass can be heard in the porch and weather permitting from the courtyard in front of the Church. Or there are Sunday evening Masses at St. Joseph’s at 5pm and at Christ the King Bromborough at 6pm. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case. I ask for your patience in all this.
It goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.
Next Sunday: We celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary …….the readings & prayers at both Masses next weekend will be of the Feast and the Rosary will be prayed for all our Parish needs & intentions next Sunday at 10.55am (ie before 11.15am Mass)
Stewarding & Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our Parish Cleaning Team who do such an excellent job cleaning our Church every Friday morning from 8.30am onwards (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our church on Sunday afternoons and in the early part of the week) Additional stewards and cleaners are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help
Thank you to St Anne’s SVP who during the lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by phone with our sick and housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.
Clergy News: Recently at Shrewsbury Cathedral four Church students were ordained to the transitional Diaconate (ie on the way to the Priesthood). Last Tuesday Deacon Robert Dykes was ordained a Priest by Bishop Mark again at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Also recently Bishop Mark, having consulted the local clergy, re-appointed Fr Bernard as the local Dean for Birkenhead & East Wirral and to serve as a member of the Council of Priests from Sept 2020 to Sept 2023. At least three Diocesan Priests are retiring and twelve priests are on the move with more to follow and the amalgamation of some parishes. Please keep all this in your prayers

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 1st 6.30pm Michael Osborne RIP

Sun 2nd 11.15am For Vocations

Mon 3rd 12 noon Funeral Mass Martin Ward

Tues 4th Ints Philip & Sara White
Wed 5th 12 noon Funeral Mass James O Gorman
Thur 6th Funeral Mass for Jill Evans
Fri 7th 12 noon Wilfred White Ann.
Sat 8th 6.30pm George Harvey RIP
Sun 9th 11.15am Ints Frieda & Bob Rimmer 40th Ann
Fr Bernard will celebrate the Masses in italics at St Johns -------------------------------------------------------------------------
CONFESSIONS Friday morning at the back of Church from 11.00am to 11.40am (Confessionals in all our Churches are currently out of use as they do not meet the social distancing requirements
NOVENA to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour this Tuesday 4th August and every first Tuesday of the month at St Johns at 7pm. All most welcome
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IN MEMORIUM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Martin Ward Funeral Mass on 3rd August at 12 noon
James O Gorman Funeral Mass on 5th August at 12 noon
May they and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace

MONEY MATTERS

A basket is now placed on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations

Last Weekends Collection amounted to 868.
Your generosity in these challenging times is very much appreciated.

Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how you can donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at www.wirralfoodbank.org.uk.give-help. For the time being please do not bring any food donations into Church. People who need emergency help at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050

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PARISH PRAYER
Father, pour out your Spirit
upon your people
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word, and
a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen
.
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus feeds all those who come to him. He feeds us in a special way when we come to receive him in the Eucharist. He becomes present to us in his very self. May we receive this gift of himself with great joy and gratitude.
Its wonderful to see so many people coming back to Mass in our beautiful Church albeit faithfully following current Government Covid 19 guidelines. The maximum number St. Annes Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures is 70 persons but in order to reach this maximum the Bishops Conference of England & Wales are directing that for our weekend Masses we follow HM Government 1metre plus; approach meaning that members of the congregation must wear a face covering , Should you not have a face covering we do have a limited number of disposable face masks in a container in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster. Pleased be assured that the Church is cleaned between each opening
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. Please bear with us in seeing what is best and follow instructions carefully. Remember this situation is only temporary.
A complexity to reopening our churches is how to manage the numbers of people who wish to attend Mass given the maximum allowed, and ought it to be on a first come, first served basis, or ought people book; a place. None of the possibilities present an easy solution. I think we must proceed as we are doing with a simple invitation to come to Mass at the times advertised and that if we reach capacity we must, I am sorry to say, say that no more people can enter the Church. Mass can be heard in the porch and weather permitting from the courtyard in front of the Church. Or there are Sunday evening Masses at St. Josephs at 5pm and at Christ the King Bromborough at 6pm. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case. I ask for your patience in all this.
It goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.
Stewarding: Thank you to the stewards who have continued to steward our Masses over recent weeks. Additional stewards are very much needed. Please have a word with Fr Bernard
Thank you to St Annes SVP who during the lockdown have been keeping in touch by telephone with our sick and housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.
Shrewsbury Diocesan Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes: It was with great sadness that back in March we realised that in these extraordinary times it would be impossible to go ahead with our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. With this in mind we have created a Virtual Pilgrimage which includes a daily Mass led by the Bishop or different priest associated with the Pilgrimage as well as many regular devotions and activities that form our Pilgrimage. The programme can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk the Diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or the virtual Pilgrimage website https://shrewsburylourdes.com
Clergy News: Last weekend at Shrewsbury Cathedral four Church students were ordained to the transitional Diaconate (ie on the way to the Priesthood). On Tuesday Deacon Robert Dykes will be ordained a Priest for the Diocese by Bishop Mark again at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Last Monday Bishop Mark, having consulted the local clergy, re appointed Fr Bernard as the local Dean for Birkenhead & East Wirral and to serve as a member of the Council of Priests from Sept 2020 to Sept 2023. At least three Diocesan Priests are retiring and twelve priests are on the move with more to follow and the amalgamation of some parishes. Please keep all this in your prayers

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Sat 27th Ints. SVP District Council

Sun 28th St Annes Parish

Mon 29th Holy Family intentions

Tues 30th For our Bishop & Priests
Wed 1st Mary Hughes RIP
Thur 2nd David Williams RIP
Fri 3rd Muriel Reader RIP
Sat 4th Mary & Tom Curry RIP
Sun 5th NHS Staff & Care Workers

Fr. Bernard will be celebrating the above Mass intentions privately in church on their appropriate days this week. Sadly you cant join him in person yet but you might like to join him in spirit.

St. Annes Church has now reopened for private prayer at the following times:
Sundays 11am 12 noon
Mondays 11am 12 noon
Fridays 11am 12 noon
If you would like to help with the stewarding duties this week/or when the church reopens for public Mass please contact Fr. Bernard email st.annes@hotmail.co.uk. Or telephone 0151 645 3996.
Public Masses at St. Annes will resume on Monday 6th July.

Father, pour out your Spirit
upon your people
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word, and
a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Ss PETER AND PAUL: Ss Peter and Paul are among the greatest figures in the history of Christianity. This does not mean they were perfect in fact they may rank among the least perfect saints of all time. Perhaps its their acknowledgement of weakness which makes them great saints.

Dear Parishioners
As you will be aware from the various media outlets churches have now reopened for private prayer and from the beginning of July for the Celebration of Mass and other public liturgys. This is a moment for rejoicing but we must proceed with caution. The church has been thoroughly cleaned by our usual cleaning team and additional parishioners and we will repeat this exercise each Friday morning from 8.30am onwards if anyone would like to join them you are most welcome. In the meantime Jimmy Belmar, Steve McNicholas and I have been working on appropriate signage and other health & safety matters so that St. Annes Church can as far as humanly possible be deemed Covid 19 safe.

So St. Annes church is now open for private prayer at the following times:
Sundays 11am 12 noon Mondays 11am 12 noon Fridays 11am 12 noon
And public Masses will resume on Monday 6th July.
Mass Intentions: If you would like a Mass celebrated for a particular intention or for a person living or dead please write the intention on a piece of paper and put it with a donation in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.
Shrewsbury Cathedral: Bishop Mark thanks those who have been joining him for Sunday and Weekday Masses and other services via live stream. Please note that with the Cathedral reopening for private prayer the schedule has altered slightly the up to date schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites. Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day. As the shrine reopens for private prayer please check their website for a revised schedule.
Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help. People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050. If you wish to leave donations of food for needy parishioners please bring them to the presbytery between 10am and 1pm on weekday mornings.
Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish using their offertory envelopes, giving online via the parish website or by standing order your generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you.
I very much look forward to welcoming you back to St. Annes Church.
United in prayer,

Dear Parishioners

I hope everyone is keeping well in these challenging times.
If there is anything you wish to contact me about/bring to my attention please phone 0151 645 3996 or email me st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

Today we keep the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ..the Feast of the Holy Eucharist. I will be celebrating a private Mass in St Annes Church at the usual time of 11.15am after which I will be spending sometime before the Blessed Sacrament (Exposition) praying for St Annes Parish & School and about the re- opening of our Churches. On Sunday the Holy Family Sisters will also be spending sometime in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in their convent chapel praying for all your needs and intentions.

As you will be aware from the various media outlets Churches can reopen from this Monday 15th June for private prayer and then please God later in July/August for the celebration of Mass and other public liturgys (ie Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc). In last weeks update I stated that in order to reopen St Annes Church we are going to need a lot of help from you all. Thank you very much indeed to all those who have responded to this request and I hope that many more of you will do so over this weekend by emailing. st.annes@hotmail.co.uk or by phone 0151 645 3996. This morning (Friday) the church has been thoroughly cleaned by our usual cleaning team and additional parishioners (using appropriate PPE) and we will repeat this exercise next Friday morning from 8.30am onwards. In the meantime Jimmy Belmar, Steve Mc Nicholas and I have been working on appropriate signage and other health & safety matters and various contractors will be visiting the Church in the next 2/3 days to repaint white lines on church steps and entrances, check the rooves & gutters, fix hand towel dispensers, provide additional bins, sanitiser units etc etc so that by next Friday 19th June St Annes Church can as far as is human possible be deemed Covid 19 safe. Only then and in consultation with Julie Tinsley the Diocesan Health & Safety Officer, Bishop Mark and Canon Phil Moor the Vicar General for this part of the Diocese will I re-open our beautiful church initially for private prayer

So from next Friday 19th June, The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Annes Church will be open for private prayer at the following times each week until further notice

Sundays : 11.00am -12 noon.

Mondays: 11.00am & 12 noon

Fridays: 11.00am - 12 noon

I will be contacting all those who have already generously volunteered to be stewards over the weekend and hopefully a few more parishioners will volunteer for these duties before the weekend is out, Every time the Church is open we need at least three/four stewards (one female, one male) plus Deacon John Boggan or myself and we need to allow for family duties, previous commitments/appointments/ etc so the more volunteers the better please!

As we emerge from lockdown this will be the last update sheet. From next weekend the Rock (parish newsletter) will be published, printed and available online or from the back of the Church at the above opening times

Mass intentions: If you would like a Mass celebrated for a particular intention or for a person living or dead please write the intention on a piece of paper and put it with a donation in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.

Shrewsbury Cathedral : Bishop Mark thanks those who have been joining him for Sunday and Weekday Masses and other services via live stream. Please note that with the Cathedral reopening for private prayer this week the schedule has altered slightly. the up to date schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites

National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day. As the shrine reopens for private prayer this week please check there website for a revised schedule

Mass by phone please phone 01642 130120

Wirral Foodbank needs your help and support more than ever. Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help.
People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
If you wish to leave donations of food for needy parishioners please bring them to the presbytery between 10am and 1pm on Weekday mornings

Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish using their offertory envelopes, giving online via the parish website or by standing order your generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you

I look forward to welcoming you back to St Annes Church albeit initially for private prayer from next Friday

We keep on praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Thank you for your prayers and support it means a great deal to me!

Every Blessing

Fr Bernard



NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT



Renew your wonders

In this our day

As by a new Pentecost



Father pour out your Spirit

upon St Annes Parish

and grant us

a new vision of your glory,

a new experience of your power,

a new faithfulness to your Word, and

a new consecration to your service,

that your love may grow among us,

and your kingdom come

through Christ our Lord. Amen





Dear Parishioners

I hope you and your family remain well in these challenging times.



On Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension and now we are immersed in that Nine Days of Prayer in preparation for the Feast of Pentecost (30th/31stMay).

Please pray the Novena prayer above each day for the intentions of our Parish and for all your family needs and intentions.



Hopefully it wont be too long now before we can re-open our Catholic Churches at least for personal prayer and then later for the celebration of public Mass and the sacraments. We need to pray earnestly about this as we do about the reopening of schools in our Novena to the Holy Spirit.



During these lockdown days be assured of my daily prayers and that I continue to celebrate Mass every day in our Church for all your needs and intentions. The Spiritual Rosary too is prayed every evening at 7pm.



Mass Intentions & if you would like a Mass offered for someone living/dead or indeed for your own intentions please put a note through the presbytery letterbox.



Some parishioners have been in hospital or ill at home but thank God they now seem to be on the mend. We hold all the Sick & Housebound and those suffering from the Corona Virus and those who are caring for them, especially in our Wirral Hospitals and care homes, in our thoughts and prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion/the Sacrament of the Sick please do let me know Tel 0151 645 3996



Last Monday Bishop Vincent Malone retired auxiliary bishop of Liverpool sadly died of the Corona Virus in the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Nearer to home Vera Bolger and Les Duff two very faithful members of our parish community for many years have died. Their funeral rites will take place next Thursday sadly privately owing to the current government restrictions. Memorial Masses for both Les and Vera will be celebrated at St Annes later in the year.



Vatican News: You can follow the latest news from the Vatican and Pope Francis Sunday and weekly audiences on www.vaticannews.va/en.html



Shrewsbury Cathedral; Bishop Mark thanks those who have been faithfully joining him at the Cathedral for Sunday and Weekday Masses via livestream https/www.churchservices.tv/ShrewsburyCathedral. The schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites. Unfortunately there was an internet problem in Shropshire and the West Midlands last Thursday hence the technical problems with the live streaming of the Ascension Day Mass for NHS Staff and Carers for which the Bishop sends his apologies



Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham: The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is live streaming 24 hours a day



Mass by Telephone for those not online. Please telephone 01642 130120



BBC Radio Merseyside has introduced a virtual service on Sunday mornings from 8.00-8.30am



Wirral Foodbank: For further information re donating food or receiving help www.wirral.foodbank.org.uk.



Thank you to those parishioners who have either pushed their offertory envelopes through the presbytery letterbox or sent them by post with accompanying cheques (made payable to St Annes Parish please) or monies. Your generosity to our parish is as always much appreciated. Please note that you can also contribute to your Parish by standing order or by using the online donation page on the parish website.



Please stay in touch its important we dont become / feel isolated.

St Annes SVP and all our other Parish Groups are ready to listen and to help and remember too that I am only an email st.annes@hotmail.co.uk or phone call 0151 645 3996 away.



United in prayer at this time if not in person



Best wishes



Fr Bernard




Dear Parishioners



I hope you and your family remain well in these challenging and difficult times.



Hopefully it wont be too long now before we can re-open our Catholic Churches at least for personal prayer and then later for the celebration of public Mass and the Sacraments. We need to pray earnestly about this. It seems very odd to me that you can visit Port Sunlight Garden Centre and browse and shop for anything you want but you cant enter St Annes Church to light a candle and say a prayer!! Pope Francis over the past few weeks has repeatedly said we must not be afraid and how right he is. Our country sadly is gripped by fear whereas the Risen and Ascended Christ invites us not to be troubled or afraid



During these lockdown days be assured of my daily prayers and that I continue to celebrate Mass every day in our beautiful church for all your needs and intentions and the Spiritual Rosary is prayed every evening at 7pm.

Mass intentions If you would like a Mass offered for someone living /dead or indeed for your own intentions please send me an email or put a note through the presbytery letterbox



I think it is worth noting that next Thursday 21st May Kath McGenity celebrates her 90th Birthday. Congratulations Kath thank you for your prayers!

On a sadder note we report that during the past week Vera Bolger has died. May she rest in peace. Her funeral will take place on Thursday 28th May in the present circumstances with just close family present



Several parishioners have been in hospital but thank God they now seem to be recovering well. We hold all the sick & housebound and those who care for them especially in our Wirral hospitals and care homes in our thoughts and prayers.



Shrewsbury Cathedral ; Bishop Mark thanks all those who have been faithfully joining him at the Cathedral for Sunday and Weekday Masses via live stream https/www.churchservices.tv/Shrewsbury Cathedral. The schedule can be found on the Diocesan & Cathedral websites. Next Thursday 21st May: the Feast of the Ascension, at 7pm Bishop Mark will celebrate a National Mass for the Sick and their families and for NHS/Care & Frontline workers from Shrewsbury Cathedral. Please join him and many others around our Diocese in spirit and in prayer



Vatican News; If you wish to keep in touch with the world wide church and watch Pope Francis Sunday & Wednesday audiences please see www.vaticannews.va/en.html



Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham: The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day.



Mass by Telephone for those not online: please phone 01642 130120



BBC Local Radio: has introduced a virtual service on Sunday mornings. The service is broadcast from 8am -8.30am every Sunday morning on BBC Radio Merseyside



Wirral Foodbank: for further information re donating goods or receiving help www.wirral.foodbank.org.uk



Thank you to those parishioners who have either pushed there offertory envelopes through the presbytery letterbox or sent them by post with accompanying cheques or monies, Your generous giving to your parish in these difficult times is very much appreciated . Please note that you can also contribute to your Parish by standing order or by using the online donation page on the parish website.



Please stay in touch it is important we don't become /feel isolated in these strange times.

Please remember St Anne's SVP and our other Parish Groups are ready to help and don't forget I am only an email st.annes@hotmail.co.uk or phone call 0151 645 3996 away



Keep safe, keep well



Every Blessing



Fr Bernard





Dear Parishioners



I hope you and your family remain well in these challenging times today is VE Day Celebrations I sense have provided something of a welcome respite/distraction.

I timed my private Mass in Church this morning to finish at 10.50am at which point I exposed the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar and lit the Paschal/Easter Candle and kept 30 minutes of silent prayer to remember all those from St. Anne's and our neighbouring parishes who sadly died/served in the 2nd World War. Cardinal Nichols homily at today's Mass at Westminster Cathedral (available on the Diocese of Westminster website and elsewhere) is well worth reading and reflecting upon as he makes several telling links between the VE Day Anniversary and the current situation we find ourselves in.



During these lockdown days be assured of my daily prayers and that I continue to celebrate Mass every day in our beautiful church for all your needs and intentions and the Spiritual Rosary is prayed every evening at 7pm. Thank you to the 60+ parishioners and others who now join me for this daily Rosary.



Thank you too to those Sick & Housebound parishioners who continue to welcome me and the Holy Eucharist into their homes ( NB: Thanks to one of the consultants at Arrowe Park Hospital, I have a weekly coronavirus test and up to now Thanks Be To God this remains negative)



Last Wednesday Les Duff celebrated his 100th birthday. I celebrated Mass for Les intentions at St Anne's that morning and then went on to greet him at Nazareth House. He was delighted to receive your cards and was in good form! The Sisters & Staff at Nazareth House look forward to the time when I can celebrate a public Mass there to mark the occasion and invite Les family/friends and the parishioners of St Anne's to share in the celebration.



This weekend Fr Michael McGee (Monica Maher's brother) celebrates his Diamond Jubilee of Priesthood. Congratulations ! Please keep him in your prayers. I will celebrate Mass for Fr Michael's intentions on Monday.sadly privately in Church at 9.15am you might like to join me in spirit.



Tomorrow;9th May Bishop Mark, I and many of our clergy were looking forward to celebrating Mass here at St Anne'
s to mark the Bicentenary of the founding of the Holy Family Sisters. Sadly because of government restrictions this cannot now take place but Bishop Mark and I are actively looking into how we can mark this momentous occasion later in the year



Pope Francis has requested that this coming Thursday 14th May be a Day of Prayer, Fasting & Works of Charity to implore Almighty God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. As a Parish please can we do our very best to observe this!



Shrewsbury Cathedral

Bishop Mark thanks all those who have been faithfully joining him at the Cathedral for Sunday and Weekday Mass via live stream https/www.churchservices.tv/Shrewsbury Cathedral. The schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral website . On Ascension Thursday 21st May at 7pm Bishop Mark will celebrate a National Mass for the Sick and their Families and for NHS /Care & front line Workers from Shrewsbury Cathedral.



Vatican News

Should you wish to keep in touch with the world wide church and watch Pope Francis daily Mass and his Sunday & Wednesday audiences please see www.vaticannews.va/en.html



Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day



Thank you for your prayers and support;I have been very humbled by the many supportive messages I have received over the past few weeks. It means a lot.

Thank you to those many parishioners who have either pushed there offertory envelopes through the presbytery letterbox or sent them by post with accompanying

cheques / monies. Your kindness and generosity in these difficult times is much appreciated. Please note that you can also contribute to your Parish by standing order or by using the online donation page on the Parish website



Please keep in touch Tel 0151 645 3996/ email st.annes@hotmail.co.uk



Every Blessing



Fr Bernard




A message from Bishop Mark

I send this prayer resource to invite you to
be united in prayer during this time of global
crisis. The resource brings together prayers
which have been especially commended to
us by the Pope during this pandemic. I hope
the words will help us to hold everyone in
prayer; frequently renew during the day our
acts of spiritual communion and perfect acts
of contrition; and constantly entrust
ourselves to Our Lady, Help of Christians
who has come to the assistance of the
people of this Shrewsbury Diocese in every
time of need.
With my blessing for you and for all your
loved ones,
+ Mark
Bishop of Shrewsbury

A Prayer for a Spiritual
Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you
are present in the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Altar. I love
you above all things, and I desire
to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at
this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I
embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you. Never
permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
more prayer resources are
available here:


www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org
First Prayer from Pope Francis
This prayer is to be said after the Rosary
O Mary, you shine continuously on our
journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We
entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross, were united
with Jesus suffering, and persevered in your
faith. Protectress of the Roman people (the
people of Shrewsbury Diocese), you know
our needs, and we know that you will
provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy
and celebration may return after this time of
trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to
conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took
upon himself our suffering, and burdened
himself with our sorrows to bring us,
through the cross, to the joy of the
Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of
God; Do not despise our petitions in our
necessities, but deliver us always from every
danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
An Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for sins with all my
heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing
to do good, I have sinned against you whom
I should love above all things. I firmly
intend, with your help, to do penance, to
sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads
me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered
and died for us. In his name, my God, have
mercy on me.

A Guide to the Rosary
Pope Francis has encouraged us to pray the rosary every day, especially during this time of the health crisis. To pray the rosary every day is a good staple to our daily prayer life, to ask Our Blessed Lady to intercede for us.
How do I pray the rosary?
On the crucifix make the Sign of the Cross
Pray the Apostles; Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
On the next large bead pray an Our Father
On the following three beads pray a Hail Mary, one on each bead
On the next large bead pray a Glory Be.
On the main chain of the rosary, on the large bead pray an Our Father, on each small bead pray a Hail Mary and then on the large bead pray a Glory Be.
As you pray each set of beads (a Decade of the Rosary) reflect on the different mysteries of the rosary.
When you have prayed five decades pray the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus, O clement, O loving, O
sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has
purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we beseech Thee,
that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they
promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
What are the Mysteries of the Rosary?
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
1. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
3. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
4. The Presentation of our Lord
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Jesus is crowned with Thorns
4. Jesus Carried the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
3. The Decent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
1. The Baptism in the Jordan
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist
Which Mysteries do I pray each day?
Sunday The Glorious Mysteries
Monday The Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday The Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday The Glorious Mysteries
Thursday The Luminous Mysteries
Friday The Sorrowful Mysteries
Saturday The Joyful Mysteries
What are the Prayers Pope Francis has added?
Pope Francis has asked us to pray the following two prayers at the end of the rosary:
First Prayer from Pope Francis:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust
ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus
suffering, and persevered in your faith. Protectress of the Roman people, you know our
needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration
may return after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to
the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the
Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our
necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Second Prayer from Pope Francis:
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God. In the present tragic situation, when
the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our
Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort
those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are
buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their
loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be
close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and
the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great
suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son,
as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their
hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of
this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and
grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral
concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that
they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to
the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic
solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing
and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to
prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to
recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can
help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith,
persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God
will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life
can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves,
O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

A People who Hope in Christ
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are
cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to
renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the
midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up,
and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that
saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)
The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So
much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction,
our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our
future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly,
large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been
or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care
sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers
go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to
overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are
bereaved find comfort.
When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship
and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the
general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its
role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This
must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.
None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the
live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in
maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to
physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other
sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing,
touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the
pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments.
This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning
expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love
for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice
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of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your
loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’
We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.
As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to
opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral
life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who
depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is
shared by so many volunteers from our communities.
None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be
a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for
this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and
Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England
and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until
then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.
We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests,
our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish
and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being
nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic
organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed.
In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May
the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the
day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the
Sacrifice of Praise.
We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our
prayers and blessing
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark

Dear Parishioners







I hope you and your family remain well in these challenging & difficult times;please keep me in touch by email or phone with any Good News/ not so good news!







Please do let me know if anyone is in hospital or is ill elsewhere and please also let me know if anyone needs a supportive word or financial assistance in these days. Thank you to those sick & housebound members of the parish who continue to welcome the Holy Eucharist and me the minister of these sacraments into their homes. (Thanks to one of the consultants at APH, I have a weekly coronavirus test which up to now remains negative.Deo Gratias).







Thank you for your prayers and support;.I have been very humbled by the supportive messages I have received over the past few weeks and the many kind gestures displayed by so many of you.the biscuits and cakes keep me going!







It is now 6 weeks sadly since I celebrated a Public Mass in St Anne's Church but rest assured I have been celebrating Mass every day since for all your needs and intentions.



I try to celebrate Mass at the usual Weekend and Weekday Mass Times and the intentions for those Masses are posted on the noticeboard outside the Church. When a Mass has been requested for a particular intention or on a particular date I phone/text the family/individual concerned a few days beforehand.







Particularly now as we have moved into the Month of May I pray the Rosary in the Lady Chapel of our beautiful Church every evening at 7pm for all needs and intentions and for all those affected by the coronavirus. At the last count I am aware that about 80 of you join me in spirit and in prayer for this Spiritual Rosary thank you!







On 6th May Les Duff celebrates his 100th birthday. I will celebrate Mass for Les's intentions at 9.15am on Wednesday in St Anne's Church before going to greet Les at Nazareth House later in the day if anyone wants to send him a card please push it through the presbytery letterbox by 10am on Wednesday and I will see Les gets it.







Shrewsbury Cathedral



Bishop Mark thanks all those who have been faithfully joining him at the Cathedral for Sunday and Weekday Mass via live stream https/www.churchservices.tv/Shrewsburycathedral. The schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.







Vatican News



Should you wish to keep in touch with the world wide Church and watch Pope Francis early morning Mass and audiences please see www.vaticannews.va/en.html







Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham



The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day.







Offertory Giving



As time moves on and utility bills etc have to be paid this becomes more important. Firstly can I thank those many parishioners who have either pushed there offertory envelopes through the presbytery letterbox or have handed them to me or sent them and accompanying cheques or monies through the post. Your kindness and generosity in these difficult times is much appreciated



You can also contribute to your parish by standing order. Mike Russell the Diocesan Gift Aid Organiser can easily send you the necessary form. His email address is mike.russell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org . An online donation page to allow you to donate to the Parish has also been added to the Parish website. Please be aware that a minimum donation of 5 is requested if giving in this way. Following the prompts you can also Gift Aid your donation to help St Anne's Parish further. Thank you for your support


https://investmycommunity.com/not-logged-donator/page/stannerockferrydioceseofshrewsbury2225





Please keep safe and keep well remember I am only a phone call (0151 645 3996) ;please keep in touch







United in prayer if not in person







God Bless you all







Fr Bernard



Please use the link below to donate





Dear Parishioners,







I hope you and your family had a good Easter and are keeping well in these difficult and challenging times.







Several parishioners have been in hospital or ill at home with the Corona Virus and other health issues. Please keep them in your prayers.







Sadly Phil Rooney died in Arrowe Park Hospital from the virus on 6th April. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vinny and the family at this sad time. A graveside service for Phil will be held at Bebington Cemetery next week and a Memorial Mass for him will follow in Church within 21 days of the current government restrictions being lifted.







It is now several weeks sadly since I celebrated a Public Mass in St Anne’s Church but rest assured I have been celebrating Masses privately for all your needs and intentions. I try to celebrate Mass at the usual Weekend (Sat 6.30pm: Sun 11.15am) and Weekday Mass Times and the intentions for the Masses are posted on the noticeboard outside the Church. I pray the Rosary in the Lady Chapel of the Church every evening at 7pm for those affected in any way by the Corona Virus. At the last count I am aware that about 60 of you join me in spirit and prayer for this “Spiritual Rosary” ….thank you!







Shrewsbury Cathedral:



Bishop Mark invites everyone to join him at the Cathedral for Sunday and Weekday Mass via live stream https./www.churchservices.tv/Shrewsburycathedral. The schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites. The Bishop tells me that during Holy Week and over the Easter Weekend several thousand people joined him via live stream.







Vatican News:



Should you wish to keep up to date with the world wide Church and watch Pope Francis daily Mass and audiences please see www.vaticannews.va/en.html







Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham



The National Shrine of Our Lady has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day



Next week Mgr John Armitage the Rector of the Shrine will be leading a live stream retreat. An outstanding preacher I’m sure Fr John’s words will provide much help, wisdom, comfort and consolation in these difficult and challenging times.







Offertory Envelopes



Your offertory envelopes can be pushed through the presbytery letterbox …………..thank you to those who have already done so. You can also contribute to your parish by standing order. Mike Russell, the Diocesan Gift Aid Organiser can easily send you the necessary form. His email address is mike.russell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org . Thank you in anticipation







Keep safe and keep well………….remember I am only a phone call/ email……………..please keep in touch







United in prayer if not in person







God Bless







Fr Bernard