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
29th March 2020
FIFTH 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:
Audrey Murphy RIP, Hania M (get well), Sr Maggie Howes SND (birthday), Fr Anthony Johnson C.Ss.R, Fr Gabby Maguire C.Ss.R, Friends of the Holy Land, Thanksgiving for the life of Peter Drury (anniversary) 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., Sr 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|
|ANNIVERSARIES THAT OCCUR AT THIS TIME|
Fr John Baptist Lans C.Ss.R., Fr Henry Campbell C.Ss.R.,F r William Doyle C.Ss.R., Fr Alfred Egan C.Ss.R., Fr Martin Hayes C.Ss.R., Fr Gerard Costello C.Ss.R., Fr James McDermott C.Ss.R., Fr Arthur Curry C.Ss.R, Rev Br Philip Molloy C.Ss.R., Br Patrick Hayes C.Ss.R., Br Ambrose Arrowsmith C.Ss.R., Br Columba Browne C.Ss.R., Br Michael Duffy C.Ss.R.
FROM FR TIM
HOW ARE YOU COPING?
I feel privileged to be able to share some thoughts with you this weekend, and I am particularly looking forward to being able to offer Mass for you all, a celebration, which, because of the wonders of modern technology, can hopefully reach into most of your homes.
The first duty of a parish priest is to offer the Eucharist for the people of the parish, which is why every weekend, in both Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, that has always been the first intention on the list of Masses.
Like so many things in this present crisis, during the past week the significance of this privilege has come home to me and captured my imagination. The bonds that are being forged through our efforts to be united in prayer at 7.00pm each evening and through my message from our Redemptorist oratory about the plan to celebrate a broadcast Mass each weekend have touched my heart.
I am constantly wondering how you are coping with all the constraints that have been placed on you. I realise how challenging all this must be, particularly for those of you with young children and, of course, those of you isolated and living alone.
Indeed, I am conscious of how blessed I am to live in a relatively large community, enjoying the friendship and support of my confrères, all of whom are equally concerned for you, as we are for our own families and the world at large.
Alongside all this, we are bound to be anxious. The prospect of this virus invading our elderly and frail community is almost unthinkable, but it leads us back to reflecting on the power of God’s word in the scriptures.
I will share some thoughts with you during the Mass, but for now I suggest that the question posed to Martha in the Gospel this Sunday will concentrate our minds: “I am the resurrection and the life… do you believe this?”
Archbishop Malcolm sent a gentle message to his priests, inviting us to contact him or those he has delegated to care for the clergy, if any of us feel in need. May I, in my turn, assure you that if you feel that we can be of help, you do not hesitate to call us? Because we are all over seventy, we are not at liberty to go out visiting, but I will be happy to chat on the phone, and the younger priests in the Pastoral Area, have promised to help out in any way they can. Meanwhile, let us pray for one another that this whole experience will help to deepen our faith in the Lord and in the power of his Spirit, strengthening and uniting us in his love.
The youtube video of the Mass will be emdedded on the website as soon as it is available. If you subscribe to the Parish youtube channel (anyone with a google account can subscribe) you should be informed once the video has been uploaded.
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
The proposal is that in all our homes we set aside a sacred space where the family can pray, if possible, at 7.00pm every evening during these uncertain days. At the heart of the prayer will be an Act of Spiritual Communion, so dear to the heart of our Founder, Saint Alphonsus. The leaflet is available on our website, (click here) the prayer has been converted 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 has adjusted 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
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 have discussed the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year.
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
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 the crisis lasts.
They will endeavour to help but may need to refer you to the council helpline.
If you signed up to volunteer for BESAFE, we are sorry but following Archdiocesan advice we cannot proceed with this initiative.
If you wish to volunteer or nedd suppoert please contact the city councils dedicated lines
volunteer line 0151 233 3068] or support line 0151 233 3066.
or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
FOR THE FUTURE:
The parish office is now closed and Hayley, Margie and Kris are working remotely with limited access. We will keep the website updated and will produce the weekly bulletin which will be uploaded to the website. We will also have access to the parish email.
Each week the Sunday Message, which is on the back of this bulletin, and which includes a homily, will be posted on our parish website. Click here for a copy and to view a reflection by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R
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 www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/news/news/coronavirus-outbreak-bethlehem---an-appeal
SVP FOOD COLLECTION IS NOW SUSPENDED.
Foodbank staff would like us to donate money if possible. (Please visit their websites to donate online)
The Whitechapel centre is no longer able to accept physical donations. If you can donate please visit
PARISH FUNDING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
- a message from the Bishop Eton Finance Team (on behalf of Fr Tim)
Approximately half of the Parish income comes from Parishioners who have a monthly standing order in place, with the other half coming from the collections at Sunday Mass, comprising planned giving (envelopes) and cash.
In light of the Coronavirus lockdown, we would like to share a thought with each of those groups of Parishioners:
We are acutely aware that some will be experiencing financial hardship at present, thus we would fully understand if any Parishioners decided to temporarily suspend their monthly standing order to Bishop Eton
With no Sunday Mass during the period that all churches will be closed, the Parish will receive significantly less income. In addition, the reduction in income will materially outweigh any reduction in expenditure, resulting in an ongoing weekly deficit.
In these circumstances, would like to invite those Parishioners who normally give to the weekly collection at Sunday Mass, both envelopes and cash, to consider setting up a monthly standing order for an equivalent amount.
Please contact us by email - address below - and we will provide you with the relevant account details.
Many thanks for your ongoing support and prayers.
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
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ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
There are a number of new sections on the website, which you can access via the blue boxes on the home page or via the drop down menu.
Additional prayers and prayer resources have been added this week, including a modified Novena Prayer to OLPS, which includes petitions related to the Coronavirus crisis. Here is a link to that prayer click here
VIDEO MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS
CORONAVIRUS & PLENARY INDULGENCES
Last week the Apostolic Penitentiary issued information about the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence at this time of the Covid-19 crisis. This can be found by clicking here.
WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?
CARDINAL NICHOLS 'CLOSING THE CHURCHES IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
A MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM
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
THE DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE:
This coming Friday, 3 April. This is a day when we think about and pray for all those impacted directly by abuse – for the victims themselves at the heart of our prayer, their families, friends, and communities Excellent resources www.cbcew.org.uk/home/ events/day-of-prayer-abusesurvivors-2020/
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday
Fifth Sunday of Lent (Ezekiel 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45)
The Lord will lead us back together
Ezekiel’s words apply to us when we are going through tough times in our relationship, when intimacy, physical or otherwise, seems impossible. At such times, Jesus weeps for us as He did for Lazarus. He will bring us back together if we ask Him and are willing to be vulnerable enough to explore together the changes we need to make.
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