ETHICAL QUESTIONS AND THE COVID VACCINES
ETHICAL QUESTIONS AND THE COVID VACCINES
Fr Tim Buckley, CSsR (Parish Priest of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s)
It has come to my attention that some of our parishioners have been disturbed when hearing that it may be morally wrong to receive certain of the vaccines now available for Covid 19. Before going any further I want to state unequivocally that directives both from Rome (with the approval of Pope Francis) and from our own Archbishop, Malcolm McMahon, indicate that CATHOLICS MAY RECEIVE ANY OF THE VACCINES WITHOUT SCRUPLE.
If you wish to read the full text from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith you will find information on our website or by following this link:
Archbishop Malcolm has written to all his priests in the strongest possible terms, advising that while there is no moral obligation on anyone to receive a vaccine, we do have a duty of care to each other to ensure that we keep one another safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
As you may know, the Redemptorists have a long tradition in the field of moral theology and indeed our founder, St Alphonsus, is the patron of moral theologians. We have received guidance from our College in Rome, which emphasises the importance of the common good over and above individual choice: Fr Alfonso V. Amarante, CSsR writes: “For us as believers, vaccinating is a clear choice for the common good, a moral choice dictated by our responsibility towards other men and women. Vaccinating for a believer is a human duty, in the name of social solidarity, and a Christian duty, in charity’s name towards oneself and one’s neighbour.”
Therefore, I personally would urge all our parishioners to receive the vaccine when they are invited to do so. Certainly, every member of the Redemptorist community plans to do so.
Announcement from Fr Tim
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM FR TIM
CLOSURE OF BISHOP ETON AND ST MARY’S WOOLTON
WE HAVE COMPLETED OUR CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME, BUT NOW, IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING CONCERNS REGARDING THE SPREAD OF COVID 19, BOTH CHURCHES WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
I WILL CONTINUE TO RECORD THE WEEKEND MASS AND THIS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM EARLY ON SATURDAY EVENING.
MEANWHILE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER AND HOPE THAT THOSE IN THE VULNERABLE CATEGORIES (WHICH INCLUDES VIRTUALLY EVERYONE IN THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY AT BISHOP ETON) WILL SOON RECEIVE A VACCINE.
PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITES FOR UPDATES.
Tim Buckley, CSsR (Parish Priest)
Funerals already booked will go ahead as planned.
Please visit https://pastol.co.uk/ for guidance on the schedules for the other Churches in the Pastoral Area. It is advisable to check the respective parishes websites for up to date information.
MATE YOUTH MINISTRY - FAITH IN ACTION
Check out their You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaAE-R2Ret3azeEfnnacY1g for a selection of topical videos uploaded monthly:
January – Praise and Worship hymns and prayer
February – Lenten retreat
March – Lent Youth Alive Mass
The videos are suitable for parishioners of all ages and once uploaded can be watched at any time, not just on one particular day or in one specific month.
Animate are also uploading Faith in Action Reflection Points so young people can continue with the award at home, if need be. If you would like more information about how that might work please contact the Animate office or visit their website http://www.animateyouth.org/faith-in-action/faith-in-action-2020-21/
As always, please remember in your prayers the young people who have committed to being part of the Animate team this year: Lauren , Thomas, Ellie Leather, Jonathon and Kelsea.
CAFOD - THANK YOU FROM OUR LOCAL OFFICE
A huge thank you if you were able to support our World Gifts scheme during Advent. It proved very popular this year and some incredible work with communities living in poverty will be possible as a result. Thank you. World Gifts are available all year round.
And a massive thank you to everyone who took part in our virtual CAFOD Fun Run on 27 December. I am delighted to report that the fun run (which is originally two separate physical events in Liverpool and Shrewsbury) has this year raised over £19,000. We had people taking part from further afield across the UK which means that some extra money has come in so we are absolutely thrilled. )
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN THE MERSEYSIDE REGION (CTMR):
The "Who Cares? Life After COVID19?" event will take place on Thursday 28 January.
The Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral in collaboration with the Heseltine Institute have been reflecting together recently on the role of the Churches in a post-COVID world and more widely how we all rebuild the Liverpool City Region.
The Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon and the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes will make the opening contributions.
They will be responded to by: Denise Barret-Baxendale, Chief Executive, Everton Football Club; Professor Gerard Pillay, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University; Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce and Tony Reeves, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council.
The discussion will be chaired by Professor Michael Parkinson from the University of Liverpool. It is hoped that this will the beginning of a shared conversation across Liverpool City Region in the coming months. It is necessary to register to ensure you can participate.
Please open the link below which gives details of the event and complete the Eventbrite registration. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liverpool-responds-who-cares-what-kind-of-life-after-covid-19-tickets-135533060031?aff=Michaelemail
PEACE SUNDAY 17th JANUARY 2020
This year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’.
“How many resources,” he says, “are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of health care.” Pope Francis calls on us to “strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another.”
In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi. Their website suggests many ways we can all promote peace in our daily lives. There are activities for families to do at home, including a 15-minute peace liturgy for young children. https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2021/
Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, please visit https://paxchristi.org.uk/about-us/support-us/donation/
To read Pope Francis message click here
JANUARY 2021 CATHOLIC PICTORIAL
An electronic copy of the Catholic Pictorial can be found at
If you have any photos of your cribs that you would like to share with the parish please email to Fr Tim has kindly shared this photo of the crib that his father made 70 years ago that he has in his room. This one before the arrival of the Magi.
In this second photo the Magi have arrived.
FROM SATURDAY 26 DECEMBER (BOXING DAY) UNTIL THE 6 JANUARY (EPIPHANY) MASSES:
Bishop Eton: 9.30am and 6.00pm; St Mary’s 11.00am
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY:
St Mary’s: 11.00am; Bishop Eton: 4.00pm
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY:
Bishop Eton: 11.00am; St Mary’s: 4.00pm
There will be three Masses on the Feast of the Epiphany (Wednesday, 6 January: extra Mass at Bishop Eton at 9.30am).
FROM THURSDAY 7 JANUARY MASSES AT BISHOP ETON WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Sunday: 9.30am & 6.00pm
Face masks must be worn, after sanitizing your hands you will be guided to your seat; two individuals per bench, unless a family unit. Try to keep touching surfaces to a minimum. Please leave via the side chapel and Hughes Room. There are posters on the door you should read before entering. Anyone with symptoms should not come into the church. Stewards will be at various points from entry to exit to ensure that everyone adheres to the protocols.
*Please note the toilet is not in use.
THANK YOU FROM OUR LOCAL CAFOD OFFICE
Thank you for your generosity, support and prayers over the last year.
2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for so many. In this year like no other, our prayer as a global community has been more imporant than ever. As CAFOD volunteers in your parishes and schools, together we’ve been able to reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters around the world.
As we move through the Advent season, we are reminded that no one is beyond the reach of God's love. We wait with joy for the Lord, the hope of the world.
Thank you again for all you do with CAFOD. As we look back on the year, you can find our annual review here.
We hope you have a very happy Christmas from all at CAFOD in Liverpool. #MerryChristmas
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