This Week’s Newsletter

TOGETHER Catholic Churches in Birkdale: Our Lady of Lourdes, St Joseph, St Teresa’sClick here for this week’s Mass times at St Teresa’s

7 January 2018 + Epiphany Year B + Weekdays Year 2

Craft evening – 8 January 6.30pm. Everyone welcome, at the Notre Dame Convent Weld Road
Quiz – 18th January, 7:30pm St Teresa’s School
Parish Dinner – Saturday 3rd February, The Bold Hotel

The parish has a new email address: To receive the bulletin by email each week send an email saying: “bulletin” to to All items for the bulletin need to be with us by Thursday lunchtime.

House Blessing Stickers for 2018 – The blessing of homes around the Epiphany enjoys a long history. As many have upvc doors a sticker replaces the inscription done by chalk.

20 + C + M + B + 18

The numerals stand for the New Year 2018. The initials C M B are for the Latin phrase Christus Mansionem Benedicat: May Christ bless this house. As you place the sticker on your front door say a prayer together with those who live in your house. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be to this house and all who dwell here. Our Father …. 

Heavenly Father, you revealed Jesus, your Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here with every good gift. Fill us with the light of Christ so that we may wholeheartedly serve you and our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Repairs to St Joseph’s Church. The first phase of external repairs deals with the west elevation and bell cote of the church. The remaining elevations will be completed in a phased approach in the next 3-4 years. Work will commence 22 January 2018 at an estimated cost of £37,000. The works to the west elevation in this first phase include:

  • Raking out of the sand and cement mortar and repointing in traditional lime mortar.
  • Placement of the lead through flashing beneath the coping stones.
  • Stone indent repairs to the bell cote and rosette window.
  • Replacing the missing Cross on the bell cote.

We hope this work will finish not later than the 24 March 2018 or in time for Easter.

Praying with the Pope in January – That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

 Requiem Mass for Audrey Flynn – Monday 15 Jan 10am St Joseph

Craft Evening at the Notre Dame Convent Weld Road on Monday 8 January 6.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Quiz on Thursday 18th January at 7.45pm in the school hall. Adults £3 Students £2. Refreshments included. The Pilgrimage Group.

Parish Dinner Saturday 3rd February 2018 in the Bold Hotel 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets cost £22 per Person. Final numbers required – a £5 deposit per person to Mary Coutts 07870643906, Helen Hallmark 233725, Laura McCormick 562318 or Rick Durack 550545 a.s.a.p.  Call or Email Mary on with menu choices (see menu here). Let’s make this a successful evening for all three church communities!

Irenaeus Project – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 11th – 20th June 2018. The cost will be in the region of £1800 (single room supplement).  Contact 0151 949 1199 or email

This Sunday at St Teresa we welcome the First Holy Communion children and their families to the Mass. Next Sunday Family Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Training for Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Saturday 17th February 2018 at LACE. 10am – 12.30pm. Contact Maureen Knight on 0151 522 1046 or

Support meetings for Divorced and Separated Catholics from February held in Aintree – contact Maureen O’Brien 07967753371.

The Children’s Liturgy Group at Our Lady of Lourdes is looking for additional leaders. If you are interested in getting involved please let Fr Atli know.

Part Time Administrator Mill Hill/Red Box office in Freshfield. Role description @ Application deadline is Sunday, 14 January. 

The 2018 Lectionary is the Gospel of MARK: Fr Chris Thomas of Irenaeus leads sessions to learn more about Mark’s vision: Wednesday Jan 10th at 7.30pm at Holy Family, Southport and again on Tuesday 16th at 2pm in Sacred Heart. All welcome. 

Something to think and pray about this weekend. Transition is the bridge that leads from the no longer to the not yet. Nobody can predict what that bridge is going to look like. It may be obvious and sturdy, and we may find it easily through the fogs of our bewilderment. Or it may be rickety and clearly unsafe, and we hardly dare entrust our weight to it. The point is, however, that we have to cross the bridge, and as we risk that crossing, we will discover that the bridge itself is our guide and mentor, and it has everything to teach us about the path that lies ahead, beyond the transition. In fact, we will learn much more on that bridge, about ourselves, about life, and about God, in our transitions than on all the smoother pathways that we journey. From The Other Side of Chaos by Margaret Silf

We Pray for the Sick – Fr Peter Kelly, Kathleen Jenkinson, Colin Berry, Jack Rogan, Minna Moffatt; Teresa Smith (snr); Ann Dodgson; Lewis Aindow; Mike Finnan; Eric Bond; Ralph Tierney; Ann Dutch; Ciara Lea; Dorothy & Michael Brady; Richard Hughes; Hannah Newton; Pauline Irvine; Graham Coutts; Gaby Gray; Mavis Luke; Pat Hodge; Veronica O’Brien: Joanne & Scott Winterbourne; Janette Rowan; Deborah Hughes; and our long term sick, including John Fletcher; Mitzi MacDonnell. Canon Albert Shaw, Kathleen Marsh, Margaret Ford, Frank Baker, Mia King, Louise Booth, Renee Sproat, Vera Robinson, Hilda Stoker, Patricia Taylor, Anita Meadows, Kate Todd, Leo O’Reilly, May & Henry Kennedy-Skipton, Mike Barber, Jim Astengo, Emma Whittaker, Margaret Swift, Kitty Turner, Harold Waters, Win Thorne, Derrick Bates, Ray Cottington, Callum and Samantha Purnell, Joe Miller, Matt Henderson, Grace Fernando (14 yrs seriously ill)

The Lately Dead – Audrey Flynn, Veronica Dempsey, David Emmerson, John Doyle, Ted Evans, William Clarkson

Anniversaries – Jack and May Pemberton

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 Liverpool RC Archdiocesan Trustees Inc.
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7 January 2017