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Courses & Events Autumn



An Afternoon For Families

Sunday, 17 September


* Starting With A Shared Lunch *

Liverpool Hope University, Eden Building


* Supervised play is available for babies

* Separate programmes for 4-11 and 12-16 years old


RSVP to: north@focolare.org.uk




Meetings for Divorced and Separated Catholics

The Autumn 2017 series starts on 20 September.  The 6 meetings runs weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  Practical, emotional support and advice.  Option to share a simple meal before the meetings.


Catholics and other Christians who are divorced or separated are all welcome to attend.  Groups are small, informative and confidential.  No charge but booking is essential.


There is a one day meeting on Saturday, 16 September for those who would find that more convenient.  Individual support is also available.


For further information please contact Frances Trotman on 0151 727 2195

or for more general enquiries on Marriage and Family Life

contact Maureen O'Brien on 0151 522 1044.




A Morning of Reflection for Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion

Saturday, 30 September

9.30am-1.00pm at LACE

Tea and coffee available


To book please contact Maureen Knight on 0151 522 1046




An Introduction to the Ministry of Catechesis

Mondays, 18 and 25 September

LACE Conference Centre, Liverpool


Mondays, 9 and 16 October

St Joseph's Parish Centre, Wrightington


This training course is for new catechists and those wanting an opportunity to refresh and/or reflect on their ministry.  Booking is essential.  Costs £10 pp or £35 per 4 from one parish.  Contact Pastoral Formation at LACE on 0151 522 1040.




Bereavement Team Training Course

Wednesdays, 18 and 25 October


Holy Rosary Parish Centre, Aintree

£10 pp

A basic course to help parishes set up bereavement care teams.  In two sessions, the course covers the stages of grief, listening skills and how to get started.  Continuing support is offered.  For further information contact Maureen Knight on 0151 522 1046.



June 2017

Our Parish Office Telephone Number Has Changed to 0151 486 4885



Fr Vin's Farewell Evening Celebration with Parish Council and Office Staff


On Friday 9th September 2016, at 7.00 pm, in the Childwall Abbey Hotel, Childwall, Liverpool, St John Vianney's Parish Council, Primary School Headteachers and Office staff met with Fr Vin to say farewell.  There had been many deliberations over the last couple of months on a confirmed date due to holidays and other commitments, but once this date had been agreed most of the Parish Council, school Headteachers and Office staff were able to join Fr Vin to say farewell and celebrate the many years he as parish priest, has spent ministering and serving his parish community .  Those who sadly weren't able to join us and subsequently sent their apologies were, Peter Crompton, Jan Cunningham, Jen Jones, Jim Harrison, Jim Moore, Kami & Jon Lester, Rachel O'Neill and Lisa Parry.


Below are a small selection of photographs taken during the evening.





Mother Teresa, Life Spirituality and Message


Exhibition from 27th August - 11th September 2016


From 9am - 5.30 pm


You are warmly invited to a Mass of Thankgiving for the Canonisation of Mother Teresa.


This will be held on 5th September at 3.00 pm.  There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Novena Prayer to Mother Teresa 5.30pm - 7pm from 27th August to 4th September.  


The venue will be St Patrick's Church, Toxteth, L8 5RA


Mother Teresa - Life - Spirituality - Message - the Event Poster 2016
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Celebrations with Fr Vin as he prepares to leave the parish of St John Vianney


Mass for our three Schools


On Monday 18th July 2016, Fr Vin celebrated Mass for our three schools, staff, governors and helpers.  The children of the three schools presented him with a statue of St John Vianney.  The staff presented him with vouchers for £250.00 and each governing body gave him vouchers for £50.00. 





Lunch with the three Headteachers


On Tuesday 19th July 2016, Fr Vin had lunch with the three Headteachers and they gave him vouchers for £60.00.






Parish Council Meeting


On Tuesday 19th July 2016, in the evening, Fr Vin had his last Parish Council meeting and invited the presbytery staff to come along for a farewell drink.  Unfortunately, Carole Clancy, Kami Lester and Jim Harrison were unable to attend due to other commitments.






Parish Barndance/Ceili Evening

Friday 18th June 2016

St Mark's Parish Centre



Blessed Sacrament Procession


To celebrate the Year of Mercy there was a Pastoral Area Blessed Sacrament Procession on Sunday 29th May 2016, which began at 3.00 pm in Liverpool Hope University with a short service and Benediction in Hope Chapel.  Refreshments were served afterwards.




September will mark fourteen years since I first came to Halewood to be Parish Priest at Holy Family and Parish Administrator of St Gregory, Netherley. Next month it will be eleven years since Bishop Malone announced I was to take on responsibility for the three former parishes that make up the new parish of St John Vianney. As you know we recently celebrated ten years of being that one new parish.

Since my amputation in 2006 I have always received tremendous support from Archbishop Patrick, Archbishop Malcolm and all my brother priests, not least my dear friends Mgr John Butchard and Fr Grant Maddock. We have been well served with supply priests and deacons. I would like to thank you, my parishioners, for your patience, kindness and sympathy towards me, especially last year with three family bereavements and the deaths of two close friends.

You are well aware that it was my sincere wish to be able to provide the parish with a new church to physically unite us all. For various reasons, which you are aware of, that is not feasible. However, the parish is now in a position to look at and update our present two sites and to improve meeting and disabled facilities.

There is a part of me that would like to stay here and see through the re-development of the two sites and then there is part of me that thinks it would be good for someone new to come in and be part of the changes.


Mgr Butchard is making the following announcement at Holy Rosary Parish in Aintree at his weekend Masses:

“One of the deciding factors in my decision to ask to retire as soon as I reached the required age was the likelihood that a full time replacement was available this year, and might not be so in a future year.

The chain of clergy moves that my decision has occasioned is now complete and I am free to reveal your next parish priest’s name.

Fr Vincent McShane at present PP of St John Vianney in Halewood which has 2 churches and 3 schools.

I have known Fr McShane since he came to Upholland from St Anthony’s Scotland Road as a student for priesthood.

I was at his ordination in St Anthony’s on July 26th 1987 and he was assistant priest in St Joseph’s Penketh when I was appointed PP there.



He has been a good friend to me over all those years and now his own health situation requires him to ask for an appointment with just one church, with only a few altar steps, and one school, and lovely people.”


My decision has not been taken lightly. But, following prayer and discussion with the archbishop and my friends, I think it is in the best interest of both our parish and myself that I now hand over to someone else.


In Widnes, Fr Matthew Nunes is making the following statement at his weekend Masses:

“The Archbishop has asked me to take on the role of Episcopal Vicar for Formation; working in the diocesan department that seeks to support people across the parishes of the diocese in reflecting on the call to follow Christ as disciples today. This will mean that I will be leaving St Wilfrid’s at the end of August and moving to Halewood/Hunts Cross as parish priest of St John Vianney with the churches of St Mark and Holy Family. So after many years here in Widnes, and through times of huge change, this part of my journey seems to be coming towards an end. But while one part concludes, another starts as I wonder about this new role and look forward to getting to know and accompanying new people in Halewood. I will be replaced as one of the Parish Priests (and Dean/Moderator) by Fr Michael Fitzsimons who will be leaving St John’s parish in Liverpool to join the team. I know Fr Mike and I am sure that he will bring many blessings to this parish in taking up that continuing journey of listening for Christ knocking at the door. Accompanying the many people and priests of this parish over these last years has been an incredible privilege. Please keep Fr Mike and me in your prayers as we begin to adjust to knowing what the next steps in our own journeys will be.”


So, as we continue to cope with the shortage of priests; you will notice from Fr Matthew’s statement that as well as appointing Fr Matthew as your new Parish Priest, the archbishop has also asked him to take on the role of Episcopal Vicar for Formation. This means that he will head the Pastoral Formation Department and be responsible for the ongoing formation of priests. The priest who currently has this position does not have any parish responsibilities.

Fr Matthew will have to divide his time between these two roles. I have assured Fr Matthew that he will be very happy here amongst you and that you will make him feel welcome and at home, as you have done with me. I am really happy with his appointment here, as he is a lovely man and I know he will serve you to the very best of his ability.

These changes will take place in the first weekend of September.

As we approach the great Feast of Pentecost we pray that the Holy Spirit will help us to face these changes and to continue to grow as one parish under the patronship of St John Vianney. Please continue to pray for me and for the other priests mentioned in this statement.

Jubilee Prayer of Mercy

2016 – Liverpool 


Each of our pastoral area parishes will be doing a monthly service. 


Monday 27th June, 7.30 pm, Our Lady’s Bishop Eton – Our Lady of Perpetual Succour


Sunday 3rd July, 1.00 pm, St Paschal Baylon School – Celebrate the Child Event with Archbishop Malcolm


Sunday 10th July, 3.00 pm, St Mark’s Catholic Primary School, Fir Avenue, Halewood – Mass with the Sick and Housebound


Monday 12th September, 4.30 pm, St Ambrose, Speke – Celebration of Catholic Education


Monday 3rd October, 7.00 pm – Pastoral Area Patronal Feast of St Therese of Lisieux



Migrant Crisis - The Latest


Dear friends,


You will remember Pope Francis’ Angelus appeal on 6th September.   


Firstly, I want to explain the apparent lack of response from the archdiocese, then to describe some of what has been happening and finally to suggest some ways in which it would be possible to help.


Lack of response:

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales encouraged all dioceses to nominate a named person to coordinate response to the Pope’s plea. In our diocese, that was me. My priority was to get clarity over what is actually happening to refugees from Syria and in the asylum process in general. The UK government is not keen to give facts and figures and will only communicate with selected people.  Even the bishops’ representative has seen the minister just once. Local Authorities are easier to contact but they have been negotiating with government over finance, etc, and are still unwilling to talk to potential local partners.  The most helpful organisations have been those already involved in responding to asylum seekers and refugees.  The archdiocese is working closely with the CofE diocese of Liverpool.


What’s been happening:


  1. It is important to be as well-informed as possible.  The information and analysis have been shared via the diocesan website, the Catholic Pictorial and in meetings across the diocese.
  2. The basic distinction is between people in the camps on the borders of Syria and asylum seekers in the UK.
  3. The UK government is liaising directly with local authorities to give homes to 20,000 people from the camps over five years.  A small number of families may arrive in the North West by the middle of this year. The 1, 037,000 people who entered Europe during 2015 are not included in the government’s offer.
  4.  The government has also negotiated with local authorities to accept more asylum seekers into the North West.  
  5. Our response to both situations must involve partnerships with local authorities. 
  6. The local authorities in Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, West Lancashire and Knowsley welcome the interest of the churches.  We are beginning to organise in Warrington, Halton, and South Ribble.  There is much to do.
  7. An explanatory booklet will soon be available from the Justice and Peace Commission.  (The last page of this letter is taken from the booklet.)
  8. There are several well established organisations that have been helping asylum seekers and refugees for fifteen years.  (A list is on the next page.) These groups have become an increasingly important focus of our diocesan approach. They are delighted that the churches are increasing their response to the terrible problems that already exist.
  9. We’re in contact with people from across the country who are doing similar work. This includes JRS (Jesuit Refugee Services), CitizensUK, and the dioceses of Salford, Shrewsbury, Lancaster, Plymouth, Southwark, and Arundel and Brighton.
  10. At the same time as showing compassion for refugees we have maintained our focus on the needs of local people, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet in the face of the current economic situation in the UK.  Again ecumenically, we have maintained our involvement in anti-poverty work, specifically with heavy involvement in the Feeding Liverpool initiative.


How can we help?


The following organisations already offer a chance to get involved:

In Liverpool: ALM, MRANG, Hope+

In Huyton: St Agnes parish are engaged in a variety of activities

In Leigh: LASARS

In Wigan: SWAP

(Addresses and contact details are at end of this letter)


To be effective, groups need to acknowledge local authority boundaries and work in conjunction with the local authority, the other churches and the local CVS. 


Typically, a group would offer befriending to newcomers into the area, whether refugees or asylum seekers.   The group would provide a warm and clean space, friendly people and simple hospitality.  Help with integration into the community would include sharing knowledge of local amenities such as doctors, dentists and libraries. Crucially, a group would provide opportunities for conversation in English.  Although useful, it would not be necessary to have expertise in asylum law, benefits, housing, or any of the other special concerns that people will have.


There are currently groups beginning this process in Ainsdale and Warrington.  A suggested volunteer role description is at the bottom of this page.


One of the issues to be addressed is that safeguarding procedures will need to be followed.  Both the Local Authority and the archdiocese would be willing to help with the process.


If you would like to become actively involved in the development of this response please contact the J&P office to discuss and help plan what we can do next. 


In planning is the J&P Annual Assembly ‘Welcoming the Stranger’  on Saturday June 25th which will address these issues by developing our thinking, give opportunity to meet with others who are actively involved and encourage a coordinated response.


In peace,





To provide support to asylum seekers and refugees living in the local community









  1. Help to run an informal drop-in
  2. Provide a warm welcome
  3. Provide information on local amenities:

# Libraries  # Doctors  # Shops  # Play groups   # Leisure facilities  # etc

  1. Help with English conversation
  2. Help with written English
  3. Sign-post people to specialist advice

Volunteers will not be asked to give specialist advice on:

#  Housing  # Benefits  # Asylum law  # Home Office procedure


Community venue in local neighbourhood


Session length will depend on local arrangements but will usually last between 1.5 and 2 hours


The organising group will run a short induction process



The organising group will offer mentoring and regular debriefing sessions


Each organising group will provide publicity (posters and leaflets, etc) to inform the local churches and media of the initiative


Each organising group will set its own criteria and process


Each organisation will need to be compliant with legislation appropriate to the age of the refugees


#  Access to internet  #  ESOL classes  # Homework clubs  # Lifts to appointments

# Trips to local sites, seaside, etc



Asylum Link Merseyside (ALM)

ALM offers a range of services and support to asylum seekers at

St Anne's Centre, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ

Phone: 0151 709 1713    email: info@asylumlink.org.uk

Website: http://www.asylumlink.org.uk/contact.html


Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre & Postnatal Support Group (MRANG)

MRANG addresses the needs of pre and post natal refugees and asylum seekers, including those who were pregnant or had children as a result of rape

Address:  37-45 Windsor St, Liverpool L8 1XE

Phone: 0151 708 6316

Website: http://mrang.org.uk/



Community outreach for those in food poverty care of Liverpool Cathedral

Address: Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ

Foodbank and advice pantries are open at:

St Vincent's Church, St James' Street, L1 5JP every Tuesday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm

St Margaret`s Church, Princes Road, L8 1TG every Thursday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Website: http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/home/about-us/hope-plus-food-bank.aspx

Phone: 07973212137


Support for Wigan Arrivals Project (SWAP)

Support for Wigan Arrivals Project – SWAP – is a community organisation based in the town of Wigan but working across Wigan Borough, including Leigh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Standish, Golborne and the areas in-between. SWAP has a particular focus on helping refugees and asylum seekers.

Address: Penson St, Wigan WN1 2LP
Tel: 01942 614486      For Volunteering opportunities call:  01942 614489

Website: http://www.swapwigan.org/


Leigh Asylum Seekers and Refugees Support (LASARS)

LASARS works in Leigh and surrounding areas. At the weekly "Drop-in" (Tuesday 12 till 3 pm) asylum seekers and refugees can get support with a range of queries: housing, job applications, health and solicitors. 

Address: Kingsleigh Methodist Youth Centre, Kings Street, Leigh WN7 4LR

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lasarsonline/



Merseyside Refugee Support Network (MRSN)

an information and support service for local refugee communities and organisations working with and for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Works in partnership with LASAR – Liverpool Asylum Seeker & Refugee Development Partnership, and Merseyside Network for Change

Address: 1st Floor, St Anne's Centre, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool,  L7 3HJ

Phone: 0151 709 7557    Email: lasar_mrsn@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.merseysidenetworkforchange.org/


Refugee Action

Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH.

Phone:  0151 214 3020   For help contact Asylum Help on 0808 8000 630

Website: http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/in_your_area/liverpool


St Agnes Parish, Huyton

This parish has a long history of supporting ALM. It recently organised van loads of good to the camps in Calais.  It hosted the J&P Advent ‘Carols in the City’ focussed on Asylum Seekers.

Fr Anton Fernandopulle

Phone: 0151 489 3085 to contact parish assistant


Thank you for visiting our new website and we hope you find it informative and useful.  For any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by mail, telephone or using our online contact form.

Contact Details:

Parish of St John Vianney

Parish Office
Penmann Crescent
L26 0UG

Tel: +44 151 486 9885

E-mail: johnvianney@rcaolp.co.uk


Or use our contact form.

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