Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton,
Woolton Road, Liverpool L16 8NQ
Served by the Redemptorists.
Archdiocese of Liverpool. Registered Charity No. 232709
Tel: 722 1108
Parish Priest: Fr T Buckley C.Ss.R.
Deacons J Keeley, Gergely Juhasz
22nd March 2020
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (A)
ALL PUBLIC MASSES AND SERVICES
ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE NOTE: ALL MASS INTENTIONS WILL BE SAID PRIVATELY BY THE CONFRERES.
Mass Intentions for this week:
Mary Fitzpatrick RIP (anniversary), Tom Shannon RIP (anniversary), John & Annie Hendry (anniversary), Employment issues, Ron Odunaiye RIP Bertha F (special intention), Nadine D, Leslie Foster RIP, Maria Karsas RIP, Des Rooney RIP (anniversary), Evonn I, Jean Metcalfe RIP (birthday memorial )and Private intentions
PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE SICK, THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY AND THOSE WHOSE ANNIVERSARIES OCCUR AT THIS TIME.
|FOR THE SICK OF THE PARISH|
Fr Gabby C.Ss.R., Margaret H SND, A.K.Flynn, Clare V, Angela W, Sofia W, Fr John G, Andrew J, Pam C, Richard A, Justine S, Fr Tony C.Ss.R., Peggy S, Fr Vinny McS, Malcolm P, Irene H, Anne McE, Rosa S, Tony A, Rev Mgr Austin H, Bernard A, Margaret M, James McG, Margaret T, Barbara T, Evonn I
|THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY|
Maria Karsas, Julie Bader
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Fr Edward Douglas C.Ss.R., Fr William Neeson C.Ss.R., Fr William Pilkington C.Ss.R., Fr Albert Stowell C.Ss.R., Br Stephen Seneugres C.Ss.R., Br Joachim Kelly C.Ss.R., Br Cuthbert Stapleton C.Ss.R., Br Philip O’Connell C.Ss.R.
The Archbishop has asked that the following prayer be widely circulated and prayed at this time of crisis:
A PRAYER IN TIME OF DANGER AND ILLNESS.
God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us
at this time, as the Coronavirus
threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper
in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are
suffering, give strength to those
who are aiding the Sick and give courage
to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son
Jesus Christ. AMEN.
FROM FR TIM
This week even some of the younger children have asked me the question:
“Why is God allowing this to happen?”
Down through the centuries human beings have asked the same question in the face of suffering and turmoil. As I pray the psalms day by day in the Divine Office I hear over and over again echoes of the same question.
So how did I answer the children?
All I could do was to ask them a question in return:
“Are you loving people?” With some coaxing they agreed that they are, so I then asked them: “Can anyone force you to love?” Without hesitation they said: “No.”
And therein lays the problem: we are free to love and we are free not to love. The story of The Fall in Genesis reminds us of the temptation to eat of a fruit that will make us gods. Human beings continue to be tempted to live and act as gods, selfishly convinced that they are in charge. The emptying of the shelves in the shops is a classic example of how selfish we can become. By contrast there are so many people seeking to reach out and support others during the crisis.
Let’s all be among this latter group and if you are in need or can offer help, then you are free to use our parish office as a kind of hub. With local authority and other ‘ad hoc’ groups there is a lot going on and we want to be part of it.
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
Those of you with children in the Primary School will know that I have put forward the proposal that in our all homes we set aside a sacred space where the family can pray, if possible at 7pm every evening during these uncertain days. The idea seems to have caught the imagination of many and I would like to extend the invitation to everyone. At the heart of the prayer will be an Act of Spiritual Communion, so dear to the heart of our Founder, Saint Alphonsus. In the leaflet prepared for the children, which is available on our website, (click here for a copy)I have converted the prayer so that it is easily understood by the younger ones, but here is the original:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.
Our Redemptorist Community is adjusting the daily timetable so that we will be united in prayer with you all at that time. Also, each day we will celebrate Mass and hold all your intentions before the Lord.
BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES
Please note as of 8.30pm on the 23rd March some of this information is out of date.
Please treat with caution, check the homepage of the website for the latest information
The Catholic Church, responding to the guidance of the Government and in concert with the other Christian Churches and other Religions, has given clear and uncompromising guidelines about how we are to act for the foreseeable future.
I will summarise them as follows:
There will be no public celebrations of the Eucharist or any other Devotional Services in our churches.
However, the church will be open from 9.00am until 6.30pm each day for private prayer.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MEANS PRIVATE PRAYER.
THEREFORE NO GROUPS ARE TO GATHER FOR THE ROSARY OR ANY OTHER DEVOTIONS: THIS WOULD COMPLETELY DEFEAT THE GUIDANCE THAT WE ARE TO KEEP OUR SOCIAL DISTANCE.
Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium numbers kept to an absolute minimum. We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.
We will the discuss the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year.
If people wish to receive this sacrament, they may come to the monastery and request to see a priest.
- EASTER DUTY:
I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this. Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin). My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion as described above.
- ANOINTING OF THE SICK:
For those who are self-isolating phone support can be offered. Otherwise we will be able to anoint those who are sick, but Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death.
MINISTERS OF COMMUNION
PLEASE NOTE: Ministers of communion ARE NOT to continue with their regular rounds. I would encourage you to keep in touch with those who are housebound and explain that everyone is called upon to make a spiritual communion while this crisis lasts.
FOR THE FUTURE:
We hope to keep the office open for the time being. However, in general we aim to keep visitors to the monastery to a minimum in an effort to protect our many sick and elderly confrères.
We will keep the website updated and will produce the weekly bulletin, which may be taken (and please do take away) from the porch of the church as usual.
The Bishops are encouraging streaming Mass into your homes if possible. The Shrine at Walsingham is being recommended (it will soon be streaming 24/7 at www.lentinisolation.
I can also point you to some of our Redemptorist Houses in Ireland, most notably, Clonard Monastery in Belfast.
They will be streaming the Rosary at 8pm each evening
This will be a pre-recorded Mass
ALL PARISH MEETINGS AND EVENTS
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Each week the Sunday Message, which is on the back of the bulletin, which includes a homily, will be posted on our parish website.
For this weeks Sunday message click here
LIVERPOOL CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT HOTLINE
A Coronavirus Suppoert helpline 0151 233 3066—has been set up for anyone who feels they need support if they're alone or go to https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/coronavirus-hotlines-set-up-to-mobilise-community-army
A second hotline 0151 233 3068 has been made available for those who wish to volunteer to help deliver medicine, help out in the foodbanks etc.
Both hotlines will be manned from 8am to 6pm
People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council’s website www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
MISSIO/RED BOX COLLECTION:
The Missio Red Box collection has been Transferred to Summer.
The coronavirus outbreak in Bethlehem is having a devastating effect, causing people to lose their incomes due to lack of tourism.We are launching an appeal to provide one-off support to the most needy Christian families affected. To donate or to find out more go to https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/get-involved/donate-money.
SVP FOOD COLLECTION
The SVP Food Collecton will continue at the Monastery weekdays from 10.00am—6.00pm. Cans, pasta, rice and non-perishables gratefully accepted especially during this time when the food banks are running low and will be desperately needed.
Please note as of the 24th March we have had to suspend the food bank collection at the monastery. If you would still like to assist the foodbanks please donate via their websites
South Liverpool Foodbank https://southliverpool.foodbank.org.uk/
North Liverpool Foodbank https://northliverpool.foodbank.org.uk/
The Whitechapel Centre is no longer able to accept physical donations. Monetary donations can be made at https://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/
During these confusing and difficult times we Thank all parishioners who provide their support to the parish by way of donations through gift aid.
If you wish to continue to pass in your gift aid envelopes on a weekly basis please post them through the monastery door and the parish office will process them.
Thank you; stay safe; and god bless.
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Items not in the Paper Version of the Bulletin.
LATEST NEWS FROM CTMH
For the latest updates from CTMH click here
The CTMH bulletin will still be published weekly but is changing from a conduit for advertising events to one that will allow parishes to advertise initiatives to help other during the Corona Virus crisis.
A NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER
Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.
This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.
FREE ACCESS TO MAGNIFICAT ON LINE
Magnificat have responded to there being no public Masses for an indefinite period and the need for many to self isolate.
To help they are offering free access to Magnificat online (log in at www.magnificat.com/free)
For anyone who would like the Print Edition they are offering a one off off 4-month subscription to Magnificat and/or a 3-month subscription to The Catholic Herald at substantially discounted and prices.
Magnificat 4 months April to July (including the Holy Week special issue) for £14
Catholic Herald 3 months (13 weeks) for £25
Both Catholic Herald and Magnificat (as above) £36
The print options can only be ordered by telephoning Margaret on 020 7448 3607 or Paul on 020 7448 3618 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Orders will need to be placed before Easter:
"we do expect that many people will still go to Church for personal prayer, we do hope that these special concessions will help people who cannot get there, and also those who want to follow the Masses, prayers, readings, etc. feel that they can still share in the life of the Church."
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY TO THE ROYAL AND BROADGREEN HOSPITALS
The Catholic Chaplaincy is proud to have 50 dedicated volunteers who usually visit Catholic patients on the wards, offering them a friendly face, a listening ear, and any pastoral, spiritual, emotional and religious support they require. This is an invaluable service for any patients who may be feeling low, anxious, facing difficult decisions, or those who are just really missing Church. We offer these patients a chat, prayer, Holy Communion or opportunity to see a priest.
Due to the current situation we are no longer allowed to send our volunteers on to the wards. Most of our volunteers are over 70 and their safety, and the safety of our patients, is our priority.
However, the chaplaincy staff – Fr Stephen Lee, Natasha Pritchard and Liam Redmond – will be on hand every day to visit any patients on request. We won’t be visiting the wards without a request so please do call us if you need us! Please call us if you are (or a relative or friend is) a patient (religious or not) who is low, anxious, lonely, has no visitors, dying, or in need of a friendly face, Holy Communion or a priest.
Emergency on call priests will be working as normal during this time.
Non-emergency visits: call 0151 706 2828. Leave a message with patient’s name and ward in case we are out visiting someone else when you call.
Emergency: same as usual – call switchboard from the ward and ask to speak to the emergency on call Catholic priest.
Finally, please pray for us and all of our hospital staff!
Fr Stephen, Natasha and Liam
Policy statement from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at
RESPONDING TO THE SYNOD PROCESS
You will recall that last autumn we launched an initiative by Fr Michael Henesy to try and engage those who do not come to church to share their insights with us, thereby making a unique contribution to the Synod process of consultation. Father Michael has presented the results in the March 2020 BE Alive and they have been forwarded to the Synod Office.
If you would like a copy of Fr Michael's report please click here
LENTEN RESOURCES FROM CAFOD
CAFOD are hoping that you will follow a prayer journey with then this Lent using their Lenten prayer calendar (visit - https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-Calendar). They have also created prayer resources for children at https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Lent and for Young people at https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-and-youth-resources/Lent
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR MARCH
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday
Fourth Sunday of Lent (1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 Eph 5:8-14 John 9:1, 6-9,13-17, 34-38)
Stop and see, be aware
God was aware of David’s adultery with Bethsheba, Uriah’s wife, and how he arranged Uriah’s murder to cover his sin. Amid political and business ‘cover ups’ in today’s world, it’s important to ‘stop and see’ ‒ the beauty of nature, the beauty and goodness of your spouse. Don’t be too busy to recall the joys you have brought to each other.
THE HERBERT PROTOCOL
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in.
It is particularly useful for people caring for someone living with dementia.
Keeping a completed form reduces the worry of trying to remember the information when someone goes missing.
To learn more about the Herbert Protocol, and to download a form to fill in visit
TURN OFF THE TV AND OPEN THE BIBLE
POPE COMPOSES A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS
You can find the text of the prayer at https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-francis-prayer-our-lady-protection-coronavirus.html