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Sunday 19 May 2024


Today, the celebration of Easter reaches its climax with the outpouring the Holy Spirit upon our Lady and the Apostles at Pentecost. The Descent of the Holy Spirit, as the Lord promised, gave to the Apostles the fire of Divine Love, and made them able to preach the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. We have each received the Gift of the Holy Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation. In this month dedicated to our Lady, we recall that it was through the power of the Holy Spirit that our Lady conceived and became the Mother of God. She was there on the day of Pentecost, encouraging and inspiring the Apostles because she knew first hand what the power of the Holy Spirit was able to do. Today is an opportunity to ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to reignite our hearts with the fire of Divine Love and to help us to be filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. 

Father Edmund

1HC Course

First Holy Communion for children from non Catholic schools, this coming Saturday, 10.30am 

Vigil: Our Lady

On Thursday evening, a vigil Mass for our Lady, Help of Christians, patroness of our diocese 

Music Quiz

This coming Friday evening, details overleaf. All welcome! 


40 Hours' Devotion

I hope you can visit the Blessed Sacrament during the period of Forty Hours and that you can experience for yourself a moment of intimacy with God. He love us very much. 

Prayer Intentions

Please pray for: Craig, Chris Duke, Pat McMahon, Margaret Kenny, Winnie Harty, Deacon Tony Nuttall, Mary Howard, Antoinette Denney, Francis Ellis, Babies Avery and Vincent White, Angela Oldroyd, Christine Fernandes, Christine Brown, Kath Leahey, Jim Shepherd, Baby Isaac, Joanne, Michael, Sophie, Elliott, David, Karen Seymour, Mavis O’Donnell, Baby Alana, Chris Laycock, Honora Ellis, Marie, Sheila, and Pat Doyle.


Please pray for the repose the souls of: John McCabe, Marie Balmforth, Hilda Dobson, Richard Calvert, and Frances Baker. 

Candle in Hands

Social Projects

I am grateful to God for the opportunity He has given us to serve our town in these ways and am very proud that so many parishioners have come forward to volunteer to play their part in these new projects.

Online Donations to the Parish

To making giving easier, please consider donating  online via the Parish Website

Thank you for your generosity!

The New Lectionary 

The Bishops of England and Wales have adopted a new translation of the Scriptures for use at Holy Mass and other Liturgies and these new texts will be introduced from the first Sunday of Advent this year. Each set is four volumes and together with a Book of the Gospels, the total for these new Liturgical Books is just short of £2,500, a cost to be borne by the Parish. This is a significant amount of money for us, though the last time parishes had to purchase these Volumes was almost 50 years ago, so they are an investment! If anyone felt able to make a specific donation towards the cost of these new Lectionaries, please do consider speaking to me about this: we could be sure to inscribe the names of donors in the frontispiece of the Lectionaries to record the names of those who have given - or the names of those in whose memory the donation was given. Any help would be gratefully received. 

Saturday morning Confessions 

For information, Saturday morning Confessions will not be possible on the following Saturdays:


Saturday 25 May

1 Holy Communion (Non-Catholic schools)


Saturday 8 June

Fr Edmund unavailable that morning


Saturday 15 June

1 Holy Communion (St Bernard)


Saturday 22 June

1 Holy Communion (St Saviour & St Mary) 

Parish Pilgrimage to Rome: 2-5 September 2025 

With just four months to go until our Parish Pilgrimage to Rome, we have 20 pilgrims signed up, but there are some extra places remaining, should anyone still like to take the opportunity to come. We will be flying from Manchester to Rome and staying in a Hotel incredibly close to the Vatican which I have used for almost 20 years, each time I have visited Rome (shown by the arrow, above). We will have Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and have our own coach to take us where we will visit, including where St Paul is buried at St Paul’s Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, and free time to explore the Eternal City: the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the chance to get an ice cream! September is a lovely time of year to visit Rome. If you are interested in joining our Parish Group, please contact the Parish Office for more information and to make a booking. All welcome! 

Mass for Missio 1 June 

Noreen Darwent writes:

There a special Mass on 1st June 2024 at 11am being celebrated at St Michael and All Angels Church. New Hey Road Woodchurch Birkenhead CH49 5LE for the above.There are refreshments in the school next to the church. You are all most welcome to attend but if you are interested can you ring me and let me know as the organisers need numbers for planning these refreshments. I need to know by the 17th May. Thank you. 07707190567. 

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