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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 21st 6.30pm For Vocations
Sun 22nd 11.15am Nicholas Codd Ann.
Mon 23rd 12 noon Stuart Borrows B’day remb
Tues 24th 12 noon Ints. Jean Morris
Wed 25th 7.30pm Chris Sarson RIP
Thu 26th 12 Noon Ursula & Francis Coogan Wed. Ann
Fri 27th No Mass or Service in church today.
Sat 28th 2.00pm UCM Triennial Mass
6.30pm St. Anne’s Parish
Sun 29th 11.15am Jim McGenity RIP
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PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN THE SHREWSBURY DIOCESE
Eternal Father,
We thank you for every priest who has brought us your Word of truth, the grace of the Sacraments and above all, the supreme gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Father, through your Son Jesus Christ, who called the apostles to follow him, we ask you to raise up new and generous vocations to the Priesthood.
Send forth the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of a new generation to your call and enable them to recognise the joy of giving the whole of their lives in love through Jesus, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

MONEY MATTERS
Last Week’s Offertory Collection = £970.00. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
Offertory Envelopes – if you haven’t collected your envelopes from the back of church please do so today.
Traidcraft Goods are on sale at the back of church before and after both Masses this weekend.
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Exposition, Rosary, Evening Prayer and an opportunity for Confession on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30 Mass.

UCM Members from across the Diocese and around the country will gather here at St. Anne’s on Saturday at 2pm for the National President’s (Mrs. Val Ward) Triennial Mass in Thanksgiving. Bishop Mark will be the principal celebrant at this Mass and he will be joined by other Bishops and UCM Chaplains from this Diocese and beyond. All parishioners are most welcome.

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Please take a look at the notice boards at the back of church for details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

Don’t forget to buy your Catholic paper and to take a look at the Piety Stall which is now well stocked with First Communion Cards and Gifts.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: To “take refuge in the Lord”, the Good Shepherd, we must face the predicament of our powerlessness, our extreme limitations. If we want to experience true fulfilment in our life, we must follow someone who can be depended on. Unlike literal sheep, we are aware of the risk that our Shepherd takes: “The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.” Thus we are brought to “think of the love that the Father has lavished on us”. More than merely knowing the Shepherd’s voice, we know his name “by which we can be saved”. We are more than just his flock: now we are to “be called God’s children”.

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S:
Sunday Mass at 11.15am with children’s liturgy

Monday Mass at 12 noon.
Foodbank in presbytery 12noon – 3.00pm.
SVP meet in Presbytery at 7pm.

Tuesday Mass at 12 noon
“Welcome Café” in association with FairShare in the Parish Centre from 11 – 1pm. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in and to take home. FairShare are the U.K’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really simple. They re-distribute fresh, in-date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Come along and see how FairShare can support you.

Wednesday Mass at 7.30pm
UCM meet at 8pm Parish Centre. Talk on Ladies Lingerie through the ages.

Thursday Mass at 12 noon

Friday Mary Catherine retires as Matron/Manager at the Holy Family Convent.
I will be celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass for her with the Sisters, Staff & volunteers in the convent hence no Mass or Service in Church today

Saturday UCM Mass at 2pm followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre
Mass at 6.30pm

Sunday Mass at 11.15am with children’s liturgy

The Drama of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church & our individual lives…a 6 week scripture course which began last week continues on Wednesday in St. John’s Day Chapel 10am – 11.30am no prior knowledge required. Course facilitator David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com

You are invited to a Syrian Evening celebrating Syrian culture, food and Music. Listen to the stories of the journey. Sat 28th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm. at St. Agnes Church Hall, West Kirby,

Wirral Knights of St. Columba invite you to participate in their Annual Day of Recollection on Thursday 3rd May at Bridgettine Convent in Holywell. Coach leaves from outside St. Anne’s at 9.20am returning around 5pm. The day will include two talks, Mass, a time of Exposition and the opportunity for Confession. Total Cost (including cooked lunch) £15. To book please contact Bernard McGuigan 645 7929/Tony Paton 645 9934 asap.

Fr. Denis McBride & David Wells are coming to St. Anselm’s College on Sat 5th May to speak on the theme of Discipleship. The day will begin at 11am. There will be a break between the two speakers during which tea/coffee will be available and the day will finish by 2.30pm. Further information from Chris Malone on malone481@yahoo.co.uk.

55+ Club: Pre Wedding Celebration on Tue. 8th May 2pm – 4.30pm in the Parish Centre, Buffet and Entertainment. Cost £2.50. Wedding Attire optional.

Conference for the Laity and Religious: Speaker Sherry Weddell – St. Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Saturday 12 May, 9.30/10am – 3.30pm on Fruitful discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World. Registration helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

Sat 14th 6.30pm Mary & Michael Walsh Ann.
Sun 15th 11.15am Carl & Val Newton Remb.
Mon 16th 12 noon James Anthony Farron RIP
Tues 17th 12 noon Ints.Patricia Mary Breen
Wed 18th 7.30pm Ints. of Sick & infirm UCM members
Thu 19th 9.15am Easter Mass at St. Anne’s School
12 noon Funeral Mass – Frank Coogan
Fri 20th 12 noon No Mass or Service today.
Sat 21st 6.30pm For Vocations
Sun 22nd 11.15am Nicholas Codd Ann.
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GAUDATE ET EXSULTATE: on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World
Pope Francis released his latest papal exhortation last Monday. The Latin title “Rejoice and Be Glad”, comes from Matthew 5:12 part of the Sermon on the Mount – “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven”. The Sermon on the Mount figures heavily into the document, providing a sort of “roadmap” to holiness. A few quotes from Gaudate are below. The full text is on the Vatican website.
My modest goal is to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.
Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humour.
The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts, rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them. Seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness
We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. All of us have been looked upon with divine compassion.

MONEY MATTERS
Last Week’s Offertory Collection = £840.00. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
Offertory Envelopes – if you haven’t collected your envelopes from the back of church please do so today.
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Exposition, Rosary, Evening Prayer and an opportunity for Confession on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30 Mass.
IN MEMORIAM
Stuart Michael Borrows
Funeral Service Tuesday at 1.30pm Landican

Francis Coogan
Funeral Mass Thursday at 12noon

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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John & Hazel Adams wish to thank Fr Bernard and all parishioners for their prayers and beautiful cards received on Easter Sunday for John’s Reception into full Communion with the Catholic Church (not forgetting Jimmy Belmar who sponsored John). A Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated for all your intentions.
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UCM Members from across the Diocese and around the country will gather here at St. Anne’s on Saturday 28 April at 2pm for the National President’s (Mrs. Val Ward) Triennial Mass in Thanksgiving. Bishop Mark will be the principal celebrant at this Mass and he will be joined by other Bishops and UCM Chaplains from this Diocese and beyond. All parishioners are most welcome.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER: The Risen Christ stands in our midst and asks, “Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed.” In order to know God truly we must act on our knowledge. “We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments.” And so we beg with the Psalmist: “Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.” God has raised the prince of life from the dead, so we can be sure that he is close to us in our time of need: “Touch me and see.”

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S:
Sunday Mass at 11.15am.

Monday Mass at 12 noon.
Foodbank in presbytery 12noon – 3.00pm.

Tuesday Mass at 12 noon
“Welcome Café” in association with FairShare in the Parish Centre from 11 – 1pm. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in and to take home. FairShare are the U.K’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really simple. They re-distribute fresh, in-date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Come along and see how FairShare can support you.

Wednesday Mass at 7.30pm
UCM Meeting at 8pm Parish Centre – Fish & Chips

Thursday Easter Mass at St. Anne’s school at 9.15am.
Funeral Mass at 12 noon – Frank Coogan

Friday No Mass or Service today

Saturday Mass at 6.30pm

Sunday Mass at 11.15am Day of Prayer for Vocations

‘Adoremus’: The First National Eucharistic Congress in England & Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool from 7-9 September 2018. To participate in this historic event book with Fr. Bernard no later than this Wednesday 18th April.

The Drama of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…a short 6 week scripture course begins in St. John’s Day Chapel this Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am no prior knowledge required. Course facilitator David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com

You are invited to a Syrian Evening celebrating Syrian culture, food and Music. Listen to the stories of the journey. Sat 28th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm. at St. Agnes Church Hall, West Kirby,

Wirral Knights of St. Columba invite you to participate in their Annual Day of Recollection on Thursday 3rd May at Bridgettine Convent in Holywell. Coach leaves from St. Anne’s at 9.30am returning around 5pm. The day will include two talks, Mass, a time of Exposition and the opportunity for Confession. Total Cost (including cooked lunch) £15. To book please contact Bernard McGuigan/Tony Paton/Fr. Bernard.

Fr. Denis McBride & David Wells are coming to St. Anselm’s College on Sat 5th May to speak on the theme of Discipleship. The day will begin at 11am. There will be a break between the two speakers during which tea/coffee will be available and the day will finish by 2.30pm. Further information from Chris Malone on malone481@yahoo.co.uk.

Conference for the Laity and Religious: Speaker Sherry Weddell – St. Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Saturday 12 May, 9.30/10am – 3.30pm on Fruitful discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World. Registration helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

Sat 7th 6.30pm Joanne Gaul RIP
Sun 8th 11.15am May Jackowski Ann.
Mon 9th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Tues 10th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Wed 11th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Thu 12th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Fri 13th 12 noon Service of Word & Communion
Sat 14th 6.30pm Mary & Michael Walsh Ann.
Sun 15th 11.15am Carl & Val Newton Remb.
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May the Lord bless you this Easter time: Bless you with faith, guard you in doubt; Bless you with hope, uplift you in despair,
Bless you with love, keep you from fear; Bless you with peace, calm you in trouble;
Bless you with mercy, help you forgive; Bless you with joy, comfort you in sorrow
So your heart may rejoice in the Risen Lord. Amen
Thank you to all those who have worked so hard to make it a prayerful and reflective Lent, Holy Week and Easter and thank you for coming to the Holy Week Services and Easter Masses in such good numbers. Thank you, too, to all those who make our Parish run so smoothly throughout the year…your dedication and service in so many ways is much appreciated.

MONEY MATTERS Last Week’s Offertory Collection = £1,133.00. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
Thank you for the SVP collection taken on Holy Thursday which amounted to £268.00 and the Good Friday collection for the Holy Places which amounted to £280.00.
APF Red Mission Boxes raised £600 and including standing orders the total is £2,299.00p

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PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please keep our Sick and Housebound Parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion/visit please do let Sister Ann Marie or I know.
IN MEMORIAM

Stuart Michael Borrows
Funeral Service 17th April at 1.30pm Landican

Francis Coogan
Funeral Mass in Church 19th April at 12noon
May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace
The family of the late Margaret Doyle would like to thank Fr. Bernard and Parishioners of St. Anne’s for kind words of sympathy, Masses and attendance at Requiem Mass. A Mass of thanksgiving will be offered up for all.
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JOB VACANCIES The Diocese has a number of job opportunities based locally here on Wirral to find out more please take a look at the Diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

MONEY MATTERS Last Week’s Offertory Collection = £1,133.00. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
Thank you for the SVP collection taken on Holy Thursday which amounted to £268.00 and the Good Friday collection for the Holy Places which amounted to £280.00.
APF Red Mission Boxes raised £600 and including standing orders the total is £2,299.00p

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PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please keep our Sick and Housebound Parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion/visit please do let Sister Ann Marie or I know.
IN MEMORIAM

Stuart Michael Borrows
Funeral Service 17th April at 1.30pm Landican

Francis Coogan
Funeral Mass in Church 19th April at 12noon
May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace
The family of the late Margaret Doyle would like to thank Fr. Bernard and Parishioners of St. Anne’s for kind words of sympathy, Masses and attendance at Requiem Mass. A Mass of thanksgiving will be offered up for all.
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JOB VACANCIES The Diocese has a number of job opportunities based locally here on Wirral to find out more please take a look at the Diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER: On the Divine Mercy Sunday, we recall the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Mercy consists in bringing a thing out of non-being into being.” We see this transpire concretely in the life of the early Church. The believers were “united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.” They were filled with awe; they were witnesses of wondrous signs; they lived for the good of the other; they were selfless and generous; they overflowed with the merciful love of God. That is what the Apostle Thomas is looking for in the Lord’s open side. “The secret of Christ’s heart is revealed to us through the clefts of his body” (Saint Bernard)
Divine Mercy Devotions will be held at St. John’s New Ferry today beginning at 2.30pm.

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S:

Sunday Mass at 11.15am.

Monday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.
Foodbank in presbyter 12noon – 3.00pm.
SVP meet in presbytery at 7.00pm.

Tuesday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Wednesday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.
UCM are hosting a fashion show for the SCOPE charity on April 11th at 8pm in the Parish Centre. All sizes catered for: Everybody welcome. Come along for a fun evening.

Thursday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Friday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Saturday Mass at 6.30pm

Sunday Mass at 11.15am

‘Adoremus’: The First National Eucharistic Congress in England & Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool from 7-9 September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend any part of this 3 day event comprising of: a Symposium day (7 Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy; a six hour stage led event (8 Sept) with key note speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, prayer and adoration; and concluding Masses on Sunday (9 Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. To participate, book through Fr. Bernard no later than 18thApril

The Drama of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…a short 6 week scripture course begins in St. John’s Day Chapel on Wednesday 18th April 10am – 11.30am no prior knowledge required. The course will be based on a prayerful reading of scripture. Course facilitator David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com Mobile 07711581893SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER: On the Divine Mercy Sunday, we recall the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Mercy consists in bringing a thing out of non-being into being.” We see this transpire concretely in the life of the early Church. The believers were “united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.” They were filled with awe; they were witnesses of wondrous signs; they lived for the good of the other; they were selfless and generous; they overflowed with the merciful love of God. That is what the Apostle Thomas is looking for in the Lord’s open side. “The secret of Christ’s heart is revealed to us through the clefts of his body” (Saint Bernard)
Divine Mercy Devotions will be held at St. John’s New Ferry today beginning at 2.30pm.

THIS WEEK AT ST ANNE’S:

Sunday Mass at 11.15am.

Monday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.
Foodbank in presbyter 12noon – 3.00pm.
SVP meet in presbytery at 7.00pm.

Tuesday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Wednesday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.
UCM are hosting a fashion show for the SCOPE charity on April 11th at 8pm in the Parish Centre. All sizes catered for: Everybody welcome. Come along for a fun evening.

Thursday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Friday Service of Word & Communion at 12 noon.

Saturday Mass at 6.30pm

Sunday Mass at 11.15am

‘Adoremus’: The First National Eucharistic Congress in England & Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool from 7-9 September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend any part of this 3 day event comprising of: a Symposium day (7 Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy; a six hour stage led event (8 Sept) with key note speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, prayer and adoration; and concluding Masses on Sunday (9 Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. To participate, book through Fr. Bernard no later than 18thApril

The Drama of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…a short 6 week scripture course begins in St. John’s Day Chapel on Wednesday 18th April 10am – 11.30am no prior knowledge required. The course will be based on a prayerful reading of scripture. Course facilitator David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com Mobile 07711581893

You are invited to a Syrian Evening celebrating Syrian culture, food and Music. Listen to the stories of the journey. Saturday 28th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm. at St. Agnes Church Hall, 16 Darmonds Green, West Kirby, CH48 5DU.

Fr. Denis McBride & David Wells are coming to St. Anselm’s College on Sat 5th May to speak on the theme of Discipleship. The day will begin at 11am and the speakers will speak for an hour each. There will be a break between the two speakers during which tea/coffee will be available and the day will finish by 2.30pm. Further information from Chris Malone on malone481@yahoo.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 will take place from 26th July-3rd Aug overland & 27th July - 2nd Aug by air. Brochures etc. can be downloaded

HOLY WEEK AT ST ANNE’S: 




Palm Sunday        
 Mass at 11.15am with Children’s liturgy
  Stations of the Cross at 4.00pm
                                
Monday                
Exposition from 11.00am – 11.45am.  Mass at 12 noon
Foodbank in the presbytery from 12noon to 3pm
St. Anne’s School full Governing Body meet at 5pm in school.
SVP meet in the Presbytery at 7pm.

Tuesday         
Mass at 12 noon

Wednesday          
St. Anne’s School Holy Week and Easter Liturgy at 9.15am in church.
Exposition and Confessions 10.45 -11.45am
 Mass at 12 noon
 Chrism Mass at Shrewsbury Cathedral at 7.00pm.  All most welcome.
  UCM meet at 8pm in Parish Centre – Bring and Buy

Holy Thursday      
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.00pm.

Good Friday          
A day of Fasting and Abstinence
Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10.30am
followed by Confessions until 12 noon
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion
7.30pm Good Friday Meditation

Holy Saturday      
7.30pm Easter Vigil…please make a special effort to attend this Mass.

Easter Sunday
11.15am Easter Sunday Mass during which John Adams will be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.