newsletter st stephen - st bridget covering the districts of: winwick, longford,orford, houghton green,cinnamon brow, fearnhead,poulton, risley and birchwood. parish priest: fr john mcloughlin 101, sandy lane, orford, warrington wa2 9hs tel 632849 www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk e mail: email@example.com archdiocese of liverpool liverpool roman catholic archdiocesan trust: registered charity no. 232709 twenty-fifth sunday of ordinary time (b) sunday, 23 september 2018 saturday (cid:1006)(cid:1006) september sunday (cid:1006)(cid:1007) september monday (cid:1006)(cid:1008) september tuesday (cid:1006)(cid:1009) september wednesday (cid:1006)(cid:1010) september thursday (cid:1006)(cid:1011) september friday (cid:1006)(cid:1012) september saturday (cid:1006)(cid:1013) september st bridget’s st stephen’s st bridget’s st bridget’s (for both parishes) st stephen’s st bridget’s 5.00 pm confessions 5.30pm mass: sr. eileen hooper 9.45am mass: tracey wright 11.15am mass: people of the parish 7pm mass of thanksgiving and farewell to the poor servants of the mother of god. followed by refreshments. 9.00am mass: jackie fisher 10.00am mass sr. kathleen coleman st stephen’s 9.00am mass: winifred edgerton st bridget’s st stephen’s 5.30pm exposition & devotions 6.00pm mass: liscf 9.30am exposition & devotions 9.30am confessions 10.00am mass: euan mcginty twenty-sixth sunday of ordinary time (b) saturday (cid:1006)(cid:1013) september st bridget’s 5.00 pm confessions 5.30pm mass: pat mitchell sunday (cid:1007)0 september st stephen’s st bridget’s 9.45am mass: rose mcloughlin 11.15am mass: people of the parish feasts & celebrations this week… 24 sept. memorial: our lady of walsingham 26 sept. optional: st cosmas & st damien (martyrs) 27 sept. memorial: st vincent de paul (priest) 28 sept. optional: st wenceslaus (king & martyr) 29 sept. feast: optional: st laurence ruiz & companions (martyrs) st michael, gabriel, raphael (archangels) vianey mission for priests one hour holy hour every second wednesday of the month 7pm –8pm st stephen’s church baptism we remember in our prayers annabelle rose duke who is to be baptised at st stephen’s on sunday 23rd september we pray god’s many blessings on her and on her family. let us pray also for those parents who gather with us this sunday morning to complete their baptismal preparation for their children. twelve month novena in our warrington pastoral area novena to our lady - ‘mary, the untier of knots.’ tuesday 16th october 7.30pm at sacred heart church theme: ‘pl(cid:2561)(cid:2563)(cid:2569)n(cid:2567) our knots (cid:2562)(cid:2565)(cid:2566)or(cid:2565) t(cid:2568)(cid:2565) bl(cid:2565)ss(cid:2565)(cid:2564) s(cid:2561)(cid:2563)r(cid:2561)m(cid:2565)nt.’ intercessions: bidding prayer response is: reader: lord, hear our prayer. all: … and listen to the words of our mouths. (ps. 53)
from fr john’s desk… on monday we gather at st bridget’s to say a fond farewell and offer a mass of thanksgiving for the sisters of the poor servants of the mother of god in recognition of their work and service to the people of warrington over the last thirty years. i hope many of you will be able to attend this celebration. i am pleased also that the warrington deanery clergy will also be well represented. sr brenda wrote the following introduction for the mass which gives us a good insight to the foundation and history of the congregation of the poor servants: the congregation of the poor servants of the mother of god was founded in london in 1872 by francs taylor, who later became mother magdalen. she was the youngest daughter of the rector of an anglican church in stoke rochford, lincolnshire. she became a volunteer nurse in the crimean war at the age of 22, and it was there that she was baptised as a catholic. she herself always attributed this to the courage and faith of the dying irish soldiers, most of whom were little more than teenagers. they were never to know it, but their example changed her life. but it was the influence of father manning, later cardinal manning, himself a convert from anglicanism, that helped frances to find her own vocation. he showed her the london behind the façade of power and wealth, and encouraged her to visit the fetid homes of the poor and the inmates of the workhouses. her love for the less fortunate, and those who lived on the margins of society sprang from her conviction that, if christ thought human beings good enough to become one of them, then each human person, no matter how poor or old or disabled, was special and worthy of the best that we can give them. she gathered like-minded women around her and it was on the anniversary of this day, 24 september 1869 that four women gathered around a statue of our lady to offer their lives to the service of the poor and the vulnerable in the streets and alleyways around them. it was the beginning of what was to become a religious congregation dedicated to the mother of god and to the poor. the scripture readings for monday’s mass on the feast of our lady of walsingham reflect the event of the lord’s incarnation and mary’s consent to god’s plan for her life; this forms the motivating power which has underpinned the work of the congregation since its inception, in imitation of mary’s willingness to be used in order to carry christ to those who most need him. “be it done unto me according to your word” is still, for each servants of the mother of god, both a challenge and an inspiration. ‘is god calling me to be a priest?’ to help you explore this question a monthly day of recollection has been organised for the first saturday of each month. these days are designed for men to meet others exploring this question and to learn more about being a priest in the liverpool archdiocese. for more information contact: fr james preston, vocations director st charles’ presbytery, 224 aigburth road, liverpool. l17 9pg. tel: 0151 727 2493 email: firstname.lastname@example.org “the knot tied by eve’s unbelief was opened by the virgin mary’s belief” st irenaeus of lyons pr(cid:2561)y(cid:2565)rs (cid:2566)or t(cid:2568)(cid:2565) s(cid:2569)(cid:2563)k lord may the sick know your healing and comfort them with patience and strength. please remember in your prayers: lee wall, thomas mcloughlin, daniel davies, maria mahon, agnes hughes, amelia mcquilan, bernard brett, pat charlton, baby betty joan, ed mcmahon, theresa dickenson, emily giles, jonah canavan, vin vernon. to ensure our sick list is kept updated would you please inform st stephen’s parish office if anyone’s name may be removed or added for our prayers. theatre dates 2018: kinky boots: 15 november wicked: 6 december £44.00 £45.50 les miserables: 21 march £44.50 or £33.00 contact sandra on 811230 let us remember in prayer our liverpool archdiocesan students for the priesthood. at st mary’s oscott, birmingham rev tom clarke (6 year) hugh dunleavy (2year) (from warrington!) joseph champion-williams (2 year) peter ross (1 year) at st john’s, wonersh, guildford peter murphy (5 year) at pontifical beda college, rome. michael harwood (1 year) at venerable english college, rome. joshua dixon (4 year) james finnegan (1 year) martin fyles (1 year) bonus ball competition winners: £25 each 19th september 2018 mary stone (st bridget’s) no winner (st stephen’s) 59 saint oliver’s tote resumes soon! all proceeds to nest of hope.