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Christmas Celebration

There will be a Parish  Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday 17 December following the 11am Sunday Mass at Our Lady Star of Sea (from 12noon).  The event will offer sausage and bacon butties, hot drinks, Irish coffees, live Christmas music, with a number of stalls - including the popular Tombola - and a special guest appearance from a visitor from the North Pole.  All welcome to come together for this special celebration, just a week before Christmas.  There will be a raffle, and prizes donated for the raffle would be gratefully received.

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Christmas Trees and Cribs

I’ve been keen to ensure that we push the boat out this year with our Christmas decorations
and Cribs especially at Our Lady Star of the Sea, given that Our Lady’s is hosting the whole of
Ellesmere Port and Hooton for the Christmas Masses this year.


Anderson Funeral Directors: Invite

Anderson Funeral Directors are holding their annual Remembrance Service on Thursday 30 November at 7pm at St Paul’s Church, Hooton. The Anderson family write:

Handel’s Messiah: Manchester Baroque

You may recall that I mentioned in a previous Parish Newsletter that this year, 2023, is the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi creating the first Christmas crib to commemorate thebirth of the baby Jesus.

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Handel’s Messiah: Manchester Baroque

I share with you an invitation received this past week ahead of a performance of Handel’s Messiahin December:

Performing Ochestra

Advance Notice: Series of Talks on out Lady 2024

Once the Gospel of John concludes, expected on Shrove Tuesday, 13 February 2024, God willing I will start then a new series on our Lady, taking the four Marian dogmas as our guide.These four dogmas are

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Our Lady and St John: Recent Project

My most recent project was acquiring two secondhand statues in need of restoration: our Lady and St John. Having painted the Crucifixat Our Lady Star of the Sea, I thought I would complete the Calvary scene by having our Lady and St John at the foot of the Cross. I saw online that E. Cararra and Sons of Liverpool had two statues, though not in greatshape. I’ve spent the last week or so restoring them and share with you some pictures here. I hope you agree that they complete the Sanctuary beautifully and add a further focusand devotion to our prayer and offering of the Mass.

Mark Wilson: Art in Aid of the Hospice

My name is Mark Wilson, and have attended St. Bernard’s, Our Lady’s and now St. Mary’s for the last 30ish years. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with an incurable form of blood cancer, multiple myeloma. For the time being, I am in remission, but at some stage it will return. Life expectancy is, on average around10 years.


World Youth Day

Our parish supported one of our senior Altar Servers, Cassiopeia Bentley, to go to World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal this last Summer. Iasked if she might write of her experiences, hoping that the parish might support other young parishioners if they would like to go to the next World Youth Day - in South Korea!

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