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Newsletter of St Anne's Church

Highfield Road

Wirral

CH42 2BY

0151 645 3996

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Served by

Fr Bernard Forshaw

Rev. John Boggan

 

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

 

Sat 20th        6.30pm     George McGrory                               Ann.   

Sun 21st      11.15am     Ints Franklin Family.

Mon 22nd     12.30         Funeral Service..Maureen Doherty      

Tues 23rd     12 noon     Ints. of Harry & Jeanette Wagg

Wed 24th      12noon      Funeral Mass Norah Warren    

Thu 25th      12 noon      Service of Word & Communion                                                                                           

Fri 26th        12 noon      Stephen McGenity           Ann.

Sat 27th         6.30pm      Norah & Wilf White             Remb

                                                                                                                         

 Sun 28th      11.15am     Ints. Les Duff (sick)                 ………………………………………………………

CONFESSIONS this week

 Friday after 12 noon Mass.  

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IN MEMORIAM

Maureen Docherty                                                         Funeral Service at St Anne’s Mon 22nd Jan at 12.30pm      

Norah Warren                                                                  Funeral Mass at St. Anne’s Wed 24th Jan. at 12 noon

Catherine Conway                                                Funeral Service Landican Thursday 25th Jan at 1.30pm

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Canon Harry Stratton                                           Vigil Mass St. Paul’s Poynton Sunday 21st Jan.at 6.30pm

Funeral Mass Monday 22nd Jan. at Our Lady’s Stockport at 11.00am.   

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace  

BAPTISMS                                                              If you are hoping to have a child baptised at St Anne’s in the next few months please let us know as soon as you can as we already have several baptisms booked for 2018 and remember we do not normally celebrate baptisms in Lent. Before a child is baptised parents need to attend one of our monthly baptism preparation meetings

WEDDINGS                                                                 If you intend to get married at St Anne’s in 2018/19 and haven’t booked the date/spoken to Fr Bernard please do so over the next week or so

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK                                                Please keep all our sick parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion please let Fr Bernard or Sister Anne Marie know

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A PRAYER TO SAY DURING THIS CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK.

We humbly as you Lord, lover of the human family, to pour out more fully upon us the grace of your Spirit, and grant, that, walking worthily in the vocation to which you have called us, we may bear witness to the truth before others, and seek with confidence, the unity of all believers in the bond of peach.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

Today we learn that we are called to be prepared to repent and reorient our lives towards following Jesus and bringing the Good News out into the world. 

 

White Flower Appeal: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its Annual appeal with retiring collection this weekend at both Masses.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am with Children’s liturgy

At Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.  As part of the fundraising effort they have arranged an Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea in the Parish Centre today from 12-4pm.  Tickets at 8 are available on the door. Further info from Erin McCulloch on 07473311235.  .

 

Monday                 Funeral Service at 12.30pm Maureen Doherty (Sorry no 12 noon Mass today)

                              Foodbank in the presbytery from 12noon to 3pm, 113 Kg of donations has

been collected in Church for the Foodbank in recent weeks thank you. 

                             

Tuesday                 Mass at 12 noon

                              Liturgy Group meeting in the Presbytery at 7.30pm

 

Wednesday            Funeral Mass at 12 noon – Norah Warren

UCM meeting in the Parish Centre at 8pm – Chair Aerobics with Kathy and      AGM is on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

                                                     

Thursday                Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon

 

Friday                    Mass at 12 noon

                        

Saturday               Mass at 6.30pm.          

 

Sunday                  Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

 

The Parish Pastoral Team had a good meeting during the week and several events are being planned for the coming months – more details to follow.  Remember you can always make suggestions for the parish team to consider by placing a note in the designated box at the back of church or by sending an email to the parish address.

 

Works in Church: Please be aware that during this coming week some replastering etc. will be carried out on the right hand side of the church near St. Teresa’s alter.  The Sacred Heart statue and the picture of St. Gerard Majella have been taken down for safety reasons

 

Annual Diocesan Mass for the Celebration of Marriage will be celebrated at Our Lady & St. Christopher’s, Romiley, on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 12 noon.  All married couples are welcome, if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend the Mass, please let Fr. Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

 

A Recovery of Mercy: the radical experience of Grace through all our additions is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for ‘ACTS’ (Adult Catholic Together Spiritually) being held on Saturday 17th February 2018.  If you are aged between 18 – 35 please join us when we will be led by Damien Prescott, the Director of ‘Olive Branch Recovery Communities’.  The day will start at 9.30am at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS and finish around 5pm.  Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost 20 & 15 for unemployed/student).  If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan Cartwright  tel: 0161 477 2783.

 

Wirral Foodbank  AGM Thurs. 8th March at 7pm at Birkenhead Town Hall.  The Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP will be speaking on the subject of Poverty, Present and Future.  All Welcome.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

Sat 6th 6.30pm Henry Fennell Ann
Sun 7th 11.15am Ints Gerard & Ann Edwards
Mon 8th 12 noon Ints. Peter & Norah Arrowsmith
Tues 9th 12 noon Bridget O;Hanlon B;day Remb
Wed 10th 7.30pm UCM Intentions
Thu 11th 9.30am Epiphany Mass in St Anne;s School
Fri 12th 12 noon Yen & Mike Noglik Wed.Ann.
Sat 13th 6.30pm Wilfred White B’day Remb Sun14th 11.15am Brian Glover Remb.
BAPTISMS
If you are hoping to have a child baptised at St Anne;s in the next few months please let us know as soon as you can as we already have several baptisms booked for 2018 and remember we do not normally celebrate baptisms in Lent. Before a child is baptised parents need to attend one of the sessions
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WEDDINGS
If you intend to get married at St Anne;s in 2018/19 and haven;t booked the date/spoken to Fr Bernard please do so over the next week or so

IN MEMORIAM
Lorraine McRae Cremation Service Landican Mon 8th January at 10am
Maureen Docherty Funeral Service at St Anne’s Mon 22nd Jan at 12.30pm
Norah Warren Funeral Mass Wed 24th January at 12 noon
May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace


MONEY MATTERS
Last Week;s Collection = 967.00. Thank you
This weekend is your last opportunity this year to make donations oat the crib for the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury (formerly the Catholic Children’s Society) who offer much care and support to needy families and individuals on the Wirral and throughout the Diocese. To date 121 has been donated to this worthwhile charity.
Please don’t forget to take a look at the Piety Stall with its many different types of cards and gifts and the books and leaflets on the tables at the back of Church.

;Laughter Africa; Fundraising 200.44p raised in 12 weeks! from the book trolley at the back of Church Well done to all who donate ;
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK Please keep all our sick parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion please let Fr Bernard or Sister Anne Marie know

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD: The wise men went in search of the light of the world, realising as they travelled that it was God, the maker of the stars, who was actually leading them by the light of the star.

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S:

Sunday Mass at 11.15am
Fr Bernard invites all parish helpers to the annual “Epiphany Party” and
“Thank you” in the parish centre today from after 11.15am Mass -1.30pm

Monday Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Mass at 12 noon
Foodbank in the presbytery from 12noon to 3pm
Baptism Preparation Meeting in the presbytery at 7.15pm

Tuesday Mass at 12 noon
55+ Group Welcome Back Meeting at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre

Wednesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary & Evening Prayer from 6.30pm
Mass at 7.30pm
UCM returns ……….meeting in the Parish Centre at 8pm

Thursday Mass at 9.30am at St Anne’s School. All parishioners most welcome
Friends of St Eugene meet at 7pm in the presbytery

Friday Mass at 12 noon

Saturday Mass at 6.30pm.

Sunday Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy


St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School re-opens on Monday as does St John Plessington Catholic College at usual times We pray that 2018 will be a blessed year in all our Catholic Schools

Parish Pastoral Team. First meeting of 2018 Tuesday 16th January at 7.15pm in the presbytery. Any suggestions for the team to consider please place in the suggestion box at the back of Church or hand to Fr Bernard, Deacon John or one of the team members

Catechists Training Day……..an opportunity for Sharing Best Practice. Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing. Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port next Saturday 13th January 9.30am for 10.00 – 11.50. See Poster for Information.

At Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Overall they need to raise around 10,000 and as part of the fundraising effort they are organizing an Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea in the Parish Centre on Sunday 21st January from 12-4pm. Tickets at 8 are now on sale for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing with afternoon tea!! For tickets & further information please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

 

Sat 23rd     6.30pm    Fred Woodfall                     Remb

Sun 24th   11.15am    Pat & Peter Holmes                 Remb

      5.00pm    For the Poor, Sick and Needy

                  9.00pm    St Anne’s Parish

 Mon 25th   11.15am    For those who

have    died since last christmas                                                                 

Tues 26th   10.00am    Deceased Members of Price Family

 

Wed 27th    1.30pm     Wedding Service

 

Thu 28th   11.00am     Ints Holy Family Sisters (Convent)

 

Fri 29th    12 noon     Andrea King (Sarson)

Sat 30th     6.30pm      Ullyett Family Ints.                      

Sun 31st   11.15am     Eddie McGlone                               Ann.

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MONEY MATTERS

        Last Week’s Offertory = 933.00.  Thank you.

The collection at Christmas Masses is for the support of your Parish Clergy.

Your offerings at the Crib during the Christmas Season support the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury (formerly the Catholic Children’s Society)

 

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2017

Fr. Bernard and the Parish Team would like to say “thank you” to the many parishioners who generously donated a vast array of prizes and also contributed by buying raffle tickets in what has been a very successful “pick your own” prize raffle.  395 was raised for Parish Funds.  Many thanks indeed.

                           IN MEMORIAM

                         Lorraine McRae

Landican Crematorium Centre Chapel Monday 8th January at 10am

May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace                         

 

ONE WITH US

You came to share our human lot, a new born babe, needing care – one with us;

You came to share our struggles, our sorrows and our      tears – one with us;

You came to share our longings, our hopes and our       dreams – one with us;

You came to share yourself, so that we might share one day in your divine glory – one with you.

Thank you, Jesus, that such is your love for us all

Amen.

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CHRISTMAS MASSES AT ST. ANNE’S

Christmas Eve                                                                  

5.00pm Children’s Mass                                         

8.40pm Carols.     9.00pm Mass of the Nativity                                                                                                                                                                                           Christmas Day                                                             

10.45am Carols.   11.15am Christmas Day Mass.

 

Thank you for your cards, good wishes and gifts….all of which are much appreciated.  You and your intentions are being remembered in the Masses I celebrate during this Christmas Season….may it be a blessed time for us all and may the New Year bring peace, health and many blessings to you and your families.

THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS 24/25 DECEMBER:  Putting up the crib at home can be a simple but effective way of presenting faith, to pass it on to one’s children.  The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem Grotto.  Saint Francis of Assisi was so taken by the mystery of the incarnation that he wanted to present it anew at Greccio in the living nativity scene, thus beginning an old, popular tradition that still retains its value for evangelisation today.  Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who though he was rich he made himself poor for us.  His poverty enriches those who embrace3 it, and shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angel’s words: Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes.  This is still the sign for us too, men and women of the third millennium.  There is no other Christmas.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am

 

                              Children’s Mass at 5.00pm

Christmas Eve       Carols at 8.40pm followed by Mass at 9.00pm.

                             

Christmas Day       Carols at 10.45am followed by Mass at 11.15am.

 

 

Tuesday                 Mass at 10.00am

 

Wednesday           Wedding Service at 1.30pm for Matthew Eisengruber & Jacey-Lee Clark

                                                     

Thursday             Mass at 11.00 am in the Holy Family Convent …..Parishioners most welcome

 

Friday                    Mass at 12 noon

                        

Saturday               Mass at 6.30pm.         

 

Sunday                 Mass at 11.15am

 

Next weekend = Feast of the Holy Family

Mon. 1st January = The Feast of Mary Mother of God…New Year’s day –

 

Mass at 10am

 

The Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated on the weekend of Sat. 6th/Sun.7th January.

 

Our schools are on holiday until the beginning of January.  We wish all the

 

children and staff a safe and restful holiday after a very successful term.

 

 

 

A letter has been received from ACAT-UK to thank all parishioners who

 

sent so many greetings cards and messages to the prisoners featured in

 

their Christmas appeal and for your generous donation in support5 of their

 

work.  To receive a card or communication when in fear and isolation in

 

prison, often in the worst of circumstances, means so very much to the

 

recipients.

 

Catechists Training Day…….. an opportunity for Sharing Best Practice. 

 

Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation)

 

will listen to your exchanges and offer practical advice for the situations you

 

are facing.  Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port on Saturday 13th January

 

 

2018 9.30am for 10.00 – 11.50.  See Poster for Information.

                             

Next Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Overall, we need to raise a total of 10,000 and as part of fundraising we are organizing an Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraising event at St Anne’s Parish Centre on Sunday 21st January, 12-4pm.  Tickets at 8 are on sale for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!! Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated,  It would make a lovely Christmas present for a grandparent  Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip.    

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

 

Sat 9th      6.30pm      Larry Sullivan            B’day Rem

Sun 10th   11.15am    Phyllis Cray                             Ann.

Mon 11th   12 noon     Ints. of Elsa Kemp

Tues 12th   9.15 am     George Thomas                                      RIP 

Wed 13th   12 noon     Tina Bower                              Remb

Thu 14th    12 noon     Margaret McChrystal          Remb

 Fri 15th     12 noon    Ann Blakemore                         Ann

Sat 16th      6.30pm     John McShane                       Remb

 Sun 17th  11.15am    Catherine Bargiel & George McGrory

………………………………………………………….    MONEY MATTERS

Last Week’s Offertory = 931.00p.  Thank you.

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PYO (pick your own) Christmas Raffle 2017  This year we are having a Parish Christmas raffle – with a twist – you can pick your own prize!  We have a variety of hampers and special prizes.  

         Tickets are 5 for 1

         Choose the item(s) you want to win.

         Put your name and telephone number on each ticket.

         Put your ticket(s) into the draw for the prize(s) you want.

         Each prize has its own draw.

         Raffle tickets will be on sale this weekend and next 9/10th December – all

proceeds to Parish Funds.

         Raffle to be drawn at our Christmas Carol Concert 13th December.  Good Luck!!

 

Christmas Scout Charity Stamps on sale after week-end Masses.   Last posting date for Scout Post:  this coming Tuesday, 12th December at 12 noon.

IN MEMORIAM       please pray for the repose of the soul of    Stephen Malone                                                              Funeral service at Landican on Tuesday 12th December at 11.00am                          

May he and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

 

Elsa’s Kemp ‘Thank you to all St Anne’s Parishioners for your thoughts, cards & messages and above all, your prayers.  Our Lord most certainly answered them.

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Sunday Masses:  Sat 6.30pm.                      Sun 11.15am

.Weekday Masses: Mon – Fri.  generally at 12 noon

“Advent Fridays”                                                                 Every Friday in Advent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 11am – 11.45am.

A Musical Celebration of Christmas…a fabulous evening of festive music…performed by the soloists and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society in church on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Doors open at 6.40pm Refreshments from 7pm. Tickets 8 on sale after Weekend Masses or on weekdays from the presbytery

St. Anne’s School Christmas Carol Service in Church on Tuesday 19th December at 6pm

LPA 24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be held at St. John’s, New Ferry on Wednesday 20th December at 7.00pm. 

CHRISTMAS MASSES AT ST. ANNE’S               

Christmas Eve                                                                   

5.00pm   Children’s Mass                                  

8.40pm Carols. 9.00pm Mass of the Nativity                                                                                                                                                                                    

Christmas Day                                                              

10.45am   Carols 11.15am Christmas Day Mass                         

 

TODAY IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT: “The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ” is not a book, but a presence: the presence of the Son of God in human flesh.  The beginning of the Gospel promises a new beginning for we who long to hear someone “speak to the heart”.  Comfort will come; undying meaning will spring out of the earth – out of what we see and touch every day.  We hasten that day by eagerly awaiting the coming of this presence.  “Repentance” means changing in order to draw close to the love which brings us lasting joy.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

                                  

Monday       Mass at 12 noon

Foodbank 12 noon – 3.00pm. 

Many thanks for your Food Bank donations  and support in 2017.

SVP meeting at 7pm in the Presbytery

 

Tuesday                Mass at 9.15am

 

Wednesday               Mass at 12 noon

                               Carol Concert in Church 7.30pm. Doors open 6.40pm Refreshments from 7pm

                                    

Thursday                   Mass at 12 noon

                              

Friday                    Exposition of Blessed Sacrament & Confession from 11.00am.

                                     Mass at 12 noon

                        

Saturday               Mass at 6.30pm.       

 

Sunday                       Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

 

Churches Together Carol Singing 22nd December, 3.30pm outside Co-op, Higher Bebington.

Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch to be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington.  If you know anyone locally who is alone and who would welcome extra company on Christmas Day please contact Jill 334 6077 or the office 608 4429.  Transport can be arranged.  See poster on notice board for full details.

 

The next meeting for Catechists will be an opportunity for Sharing Best Practice.  Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing.  Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port on Saturday 13th January 2018 9.30am for 10.00 – 11.50.  See Poster for

 

Information.

                             

Next Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and

disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Overall, we need to raise a total of

10,000 and as part of fundraising we are organizing an Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea

fundraising event at St Anne’s Parish Centre on Sunday 21st January, 12-4pm.  Tickets at

8 are on sale for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle

and traditional Irish dancing!! Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated,  It

would make a lovely Christmas present for a grandparent  Please contact Erin McCulloch

on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know

anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the

trip.                                            

Do you support Catholic Schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? 

Then we need you to make your voice heard.  The Government is making a critical decision

on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing

all Catholic pupils to attend.  They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates

against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on

their promises to Catholics.  Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for

‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to

drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. 

 
Please take a look at the Piety Stall which is well stocked with Christmas Cards and gifts
and don’t forget to take a look at the Advent Prayer books etc. on table at back of church and to buy your Catholic paper.                                                                                                                                                           

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

 

Sat 2nd      6.30pm    Betty McDonald                       Ann.

Sun 3rd     11.15am    Sister Victoire 90th Birthday  

Mon 4th     12 noon     Service of Word & Communion

Tues 5th     12 noon     Norah White                        Ann.

Wed 6th     12 noon     Service of Word & Communion

Thu 7th       9.30am     Advent Mass in St Anne’s School           

                  4.00pm     Holy Family Sisters and Associates

Fri 8th       12 noon      Margaret Markey                    Sp. Int

Sat 9th        6.30pm      Larry Sullivan            B’day Rem

Sun 10th    11.15am     Phyllis Cray                       Ann.

………………………………………………………….    MONEY MATTERS

Last Week’s Offertory = 956.00p.  Thank you.

Last week’s SVP Collection = 307.50p.  Thank you for your continuing generosity.

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PYO (pick your own) Christmas Raffle 2017              This year we are having a Parish Christmas raffle – with a twist – you can pick your own prize!  We have a variety of hampers and special prizes.  

           Tickets are 5 for 1

           Choose the item(s) you want to win.

           Put your name and telephone number on each ticket.

           Put your ticket(s) into the draw for the prize(s) you want.

           Each prize has its own draw.

           Raffle tickets will be on sale this weekend and next 9/10th December – all proceeds to Parish Funds.

           Raffle to be drawn at our Christmas Carol Concert 13th December.  Good Luck!!

 

IN MEMORIAM

 please pray for the repose of the souls of

Teresa Stenhouse                                                   Funeral Service at Landican on Monday 4th December at 11.30am.

Stephen Malone                                                              Funeral service at Landican on Tuesday 12th December at 11.00am                           

May they and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

ADVENT AT ST ANNE’S

This weekend we begin a new Liturgical Year (Yr. B)

and the Season of Advent.

 

Sunday Masses:  Sat 6.30pm.     Sun 11.15am.

Weekday Masses: Mon – Fri generally at 12 noon

This Sunday Advent Taize Service at 4pm.

 “Advent Fridays”                                                                 Every Friday in Advent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 11am – 11.45am.

 

A Musical Celebration of Christmas…a fabulous evening of festive music…performed by the

soloists and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society in church on Wednesday 13th December at

7.30pm.           Tickets 8 on sale after Weekend Masses or on weekdays from the presbytery

 

St. Anne’s School Christmas Carol Service in Church on Tuesday 19th

December at 6pm

 

LPA 24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be

held at St. John’s, New

Ferry on Wednesday 20th December at 7.00pm. 

Christmas Scout Charity Stamps on sale after week-end Masses.                                                                         Last posting date for Scout Post: Tuesday, 12th December at 12 noon.

TODAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: At a certain point in life, our deepest desires reach a point where we feel as though our hearts might burst.  Yet at the same time we become aware that we cannot bring about what we desire; our longings cannot be fulfilled by anything we possess in our own right.  And so, which our infinite yearnings we call out to the Infinite; “Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down.”  Our experience of helplessness before the fact of our boundless human need moves us to ask for fellowship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.  The nature of our desire assures us as we enter into Advent that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  “The master of the house is coming.”  “Be on your guard!  Stay awake!”

 

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am

                                 Taize Service at 4.00pm in Church. All most welcome

 

Monday                 Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon

Foodbank 12 noon – 3.00pm.  Many thanks for your Food Bank donations  and support in 2017.

                   St Anne’s School Full Governors meeting at 5pm in the school

                  

Tuesday                Mass at 12 noon                                                                                                                         followed by 55+ Buffet in Parish Centre Lounge

 

Wednesday          Service of Word & Communion at 12noon

                             UCM Christmas Night Out

                            

Thursday            Mass in St Anne’s School at 9.30am

                               Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Convent at 4pm

 

Friday                    Feast of the Immaculate Conception

                               Exposition of Blessed Sacrament & Confession from 11.00am.

                               Rosary for Life ………..led by the Knights of St Columba at 11.40am

     Mass at 12 noon

 

     St Anne’s School Christmas Fair at the school from 3.15pm-5.00pm. All

     welcome.  Lots of stalls, lots of fun, Please go along and you may grab a

     real Christmas bargain

 

Saturday             Mass at 6.30pm.        

 

Sunday                 Mass at 11.15am.

                             

The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance will be held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday 6th December from 1,30 -4,00pm. Refreshment are

available. All proceeds to Incu Babies and the Merseyside Autistic

Children’s Society. Tickets 5 available from the Mayor’s Office Tel: 0151

691 8527

The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group will be celebrating the Feast of

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

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

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

Mass will be preceded at 6.30pm with a meeting for Hospitality

members.

Do you support Catholic Schools and the right of Catholics to send their

children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.  The

Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the

admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all

Catholic pupils to attend.  They have acknowledged that this policy

discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we

need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promises to Catholics. 

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic

Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge

them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. 

Mass Times and Intentions for this Week

 

Sat 18th        6.30pm    Mary McCarthy              B’day Rem

Sun 19th     11.15am    Deceased Parishioners 

Mon 20th    12 noon     Deceased Knights of St. Columba

Tues 21st    12 noon     Funeral Mass Val Newton

Wed 22nd    No Mass or Service today 

Thu 23rd      9.15am     Maureen Elias                            RIP

Fri 24th       12 noon    Tracy McNamara                                 RIP

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

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

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    IN MEMORIAM        

 please pray for the repose of the soul of

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

May they and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

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PRAYER OF FAITHFULNESS

 

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

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

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

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

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

We as this through Christ our Lord.   Amen

 

PYO (pick your own) Christmas Raffle 2017

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

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

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

All donations are welcome. 

         Tickets are 5 for 1

         A suggested donations list is attached to this newsletter

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

November

         Any surplus prizes will be forwarded to charity

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

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

December – all proceeds to Parish Funds.

         Let’s have fun with our PYO raffle!

         THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: This Sunday is

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter

 

and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance”.  Please consider

 

how you can create moments of encounter and friendship today.

 

          

         THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

          

         Sunday                   Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

                                        

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

                            Foodbank 12 noon – 3.00pm

                           

         Tuesday               Funeral Mass at 12 noon for Val Newton       

              

         Wednesday          No Mass or Service today

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

                                     

         Thursday            Mass at 9.15am

          

         Friday                    Mass at 12 noon

          

         Saturday         Mass at 6.30pm.             

          

         Sunday                First Communion Enrolment Mass at 11.15am.

          

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

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

 

      at 4pm in church.

          

         The recent Annual Mass of Remembrance as always was a very

 

moving occasion which I understand from the emails, letters &

 

messages I have received brought much comfort and peace to our

 

bereaved families. Many thanks to those parishioners who helped in

 

the preparation and celebration of this special Mass and with the

 

refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre. All very much

 

appreciated.

 

          

 

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

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

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

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

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

refreshments and a retiring collection.

         The Mass of Confirmation for the East Wirral Parishes will be

celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

travel will be available.

 

         The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group will be celebrating the

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

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

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

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

Hospitality members interested in joining a working party to discuss

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

item at the AGM last September.

         Christmas Carol Concert with the Birkenhead Operatic Society

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

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

from this week onwards or from Tina Ward/Presbytery.

 

 

 

 

Mass Times and Intentions for this Week

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

Encourage us through your Holy Spirit

To build the Kingdom of God in our parish.

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

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A PRAYER TO REFLECT UPON THIS WEEK

‘You must always humble yourself

Lovingly before God and before men,

Because God speaks only to those

Who are truly humble and

He enriches them with His gifts.’

(St. Padre Pio)

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

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 

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

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

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

Saturday               Mass at 6.30pm    

Sunday              Mass at 11.15am with Children’s Liturgy

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