This Week’s Newsletter

TOGETHER Catholic Churches in Birkdale: Our Lady of Lourdes, St Joseph, St Teresa’s


Quiz – for the Lourdes Pilgrimage Group – WEDNESDAY 20th September – 7:30pm for 7:45 start
International Evening – 23rd September at St Teresa’s school hall, 7:30pm. We all love tasty food. Why not cook a dish from your favourite part of the world and bring it along to share. Some entertainment will be provided. If you wish to drink alcohol please bring your own.
Harvest Festival Mass, Sunday 24 September – St Teresa’s – 9:45am
Anointing Mass, Saturday 7 October – St Teresa’s – 11:00am
Open Mic Night, Saturday 7th October – St teresa’s School Hall – 7:30pm. Bring some nibbles, drinks and a song or two, or a comedy sketch, poem or play!
Family Mass and Feast of St Teresa of Avila, Sunday 15 October – 9.45 am
Memorial Mass – 2 November – 7:00pm

Praying with Children – next Saturday 23rd September with Sister Joan Brown SND. An afternoon for Catechists, Parents, Grandparents, (and Dads as well) to come along and enjoy creative ways to pray with children, learn more about prayer and rejoice in our Faith. 2pm – 5pm (Arrivals from 1.30pm) There is no charge for the day. Refreshments will be available. VENUE: St Patricks Church 35 Marshside Road. Churchtown. To reserve your place please contact: Fr Tony Slingo, Tel 577722.

St Teresa Fair Meeting – in the School Hall at St Teresa on Monday 18th September at 7.30pm to organise the Christmas   Fair.   We need your help to make the fair FUN and profitable. We would like to change things a bit this year so please come along with your suggestions and amaze us. We look forward to seeing lots of you young and not so young at the meeting but if you REALLY can’t make it we would still welcome your ideas so please email them to me at  or phone or text me on 07870643906 before the 18th. We really would appreciate your input and your help on the day. Your parish needs YOU!

The PILGRIMAGE GROUP are holding a QUIZ Night – Wednesday 20 September at 7.45pm at St Teresa’s school hall. £3 adults £2 students refreshments included in price. All welcome!

International Evening – Saturday 23rd September in St Teresa’s school hall at 7:30pm. We all love tasty food. Why not cook a dish from your favourite part of the world, bring it along to share with other members of the parish and enjoy their company. Some entertainment will be provided. If you wish to drink alcohol please bring your own.

Open Mic Night – Saturday 7th October in St Teresa’s school hall at 7:30pm. Come along and have a sing, read a poem, tell a joke or two, we provide our own entertainment. If you wish to drink alcohol please bring your own.

Changes in the Pastoral Area – (Deanery) Fr Philip Gregory has moved to St Joseph Wrightington after eighteen years in Southport. Many will know him not least from the Hospital and Christ the King. This weekend Fr Mark Moran begins at Holy Family. Fr Tony Slingo, Fr John Heneghan and I thank Fr Phil for his time in Southport and we look forward to working with Fr Mark.

Something to think and pray about this week – When backpacking in an unfamiliar location, it’s important to have some navigational assistance — a map or a compass — and some basic information about the wildlife and plant life in the area. These resources usually prove helpful and sometimes prove life-saving. Similarly, on the catechist’s journey, it is crucial that we familiarize ourselves with the “terrain” of this world. The Holy Spirit was poured forth so that we would proclaim the gospel to all nations. The Holy Spirit serves as our map, our compass, and ultimately our “GPSS”— our global positioning spiritual system. Without the Holy Spirit, we would wander aimlessly. Catechists are called to be uniquely in touch with the field in which the seeds of the gospel are to be sown: the world. We are called, however, not simply to immerse ourselves in the world but to survey it thoroughly, engage, and challenge it so that it may be transformed in and through Christ. From The Catechist’s Backpack by Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz

First Holy Communion Preparation 2017-2018 – The Sacramental preparation will begin with a Mass of Commitment Sunday morning 24 September 9.45am at St Teresa and 11am at Our Lady of Lourdes. We are hoping to develop the preparation so that Sunday Mass is experienced and explained. The Catechists are invited to the Meeting Rooms at Our Lady of Lourdes Thursday 21 at 7.30pm for an hour.

Praying with the Pope in September – That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefings – Details on the work of CAFOD in El Salvador, Wednesday 20 September; Day: 1.30-4pm St Joseph’s Parish Club, Harper’s Lane, Chorley PR6 0HR; Evening: St Philomena’s Church, Sparrow Hall Road, L9 6BU; RSVP 0151 2284028 or The Harvest Fast Day will be Friday 6 October.

OLOL and St Joseph’s Mission Collectors, books and magazines available at the back of church.

The associates of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God are holding a Bring and Buy to raise funds for the sister works in Kenya, Saturday 23rd of September 2017 from11am to 1 pm at St Joseph’s Adult Services, Blundell Ave, Freshfield L37 1PH.

Parish Breakfast in St Teresa’s School Hall after the 9:45 Mass next Sunday 24th September to celebrate the harvest festival.

We Pray for the Sick – Jack Rogan, Fr Ron McGivern, Joan Diggle, Minna Moffatt; Teresa Smith (snr); Ann Dodgson; Lewis Aindow; Mike Finnan; Eric Bond; Mary Quinn; 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, Maggie Scrievens, 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, Pauline Casserly, Harold Waters

The Lately Dead – Sybil White, Martin Burrows

Anniversaries – Molly & Bill Valentine, Philippa Birch

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Wednesday Word


Liverpool RC Archdiocesan Trustees Inc.

Reg Charity No 232709 


17 September 2017

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