Below you will find a snapshot of just some of the things we get up to as a Parish community and some of the activities that take place a little further afield. As always, our weekly newsletters give a better insight to what's happening on a daily basis.
Ordination of Deacons Mass
Sunday, 10 June, 3.00pm at our Cathedral.
SVP Day Trip
Tuesday, 19 June to Holywell and Pantasaph
Sign up at the back of church.
The Dowry Tour
The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham on tour in preparation of the rededication of England & Wales as the Dowry of Mary.
Our Cathedral will be the first destination of Our Lady on 21, 22, 23 June.
Annual Family Celebration Mass
Sunday, 1 July, 3.00pm, Notre Dame College, Great Homer Street, bring a picnic.
Ordination to the Order of the Priesthood
Saturday, 7 July, 1.00pm at our Cathedral. All welcome.
Bereavement Care Team Meeting - Tuesday, 8 May, 2.00pm, St Mark's Annexe.
The Ladies Group Meeting - Wednesday, 9 May, 7.00pm,
Holy Family Meeting Room.
Vianney's Voice - our youth group - next meeting on Wednesday, 23 May, 7.00pm, Holy Family Meeting Room.
'Songs We Remember' - afternoon tea and sing a long for those who'd like some company and for those with, or caring for someone with dementia.
Friday, 25 May, St Mary's Parish Hall, Woolton, 2.00pm
Invitation to Prayer
This will take place on Wednesday, 2 May, 7.00pm at the Parish of Christ the King & Our Lady, Queens Drive as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the consecration of the Church.
This is now taking place on Tuesday, 24 April at 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 17 April at 6.00pm in
St Mark's Annexe.
With You Always
Family Sessison 7 will take place on Monday, 23 April at 4.45pm and 6.00pm in
St Mark's School.
This is our Youth Group who will next meet on Wednesday, 25 April at 7.00pm-8.30pm in the Holy Family Meeting Room.
Year 7 upwards and new faces are always welcome!
Pastoral Area Holy Hour
In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress and the Synod, the Archbishop is holding a Holy Hour in each Pastoral Area. Our Holy Hour will be shared with Aigburgh PA and will take place on Thursday, 12 April, 7.30pm-8.30pm in
St Anthony of Padua, Queens Drive, Mossley Hill.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Boy & Girl Choristers Wanted
The annual recruitment cycle for new members is now open.
The Choir offers boys and girls an outstanding musical education along with unique opportunities to take part in numerous liturgies, concerts, tours and broadcasts on radio and TV. The Choir are looking for boys and girls who have a passion for singing, enjoy working as part of a team and who will be ambassadors for both the Cathedral and the city.
The Cathedral are inviting boys in year 2 or 3 and girls in year 5 to come along to their Be a Chorister for a Day events on Sunday 6 May (boys) and Sunday 24 June (girls). Simply register - contact the Cathedral.
The Choir are also hosting a three-week taster course for prospective boy choristers called Boys Make Noise beginning in April. These sessions are specially designed to build confidence ahead of the Be a Chorister for a Day events and are a great way for boys to learn about our Choir in an informal and fun way.
Boys voice trials will take place on 19 May.
Girls voice trials will take place on 27, 28 and 30 June.
Contact the Cathedral to register.
Every First Wednesday of the Month
The Pastoral Area Invitation to Prayer will continue to take place on every first Wednesday of the month between 6.00pm-7.00pm at Hope University Chapel. Parking available at Bishop Eton, refreshments served.
The Ladies Group
The next meeting of The Ladies Group will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 4 April at the Holy Family Church meeting room. New faces welcome.
This will take place on Sunday, 8 April, 2.00pm-5.30pm at St Michael's Irish Centre, 6 Boundary Lane, L6 5JG. Adults £6, children £3. Contact Sr Catherine for tickets on 07486 131930.
Bereavement Care Team Drop in Session
Our next session for those in need of support or a chat over a cuppa will take place on Tuesday, 20 March at 2.00pm in St Mark's Annexe. If you require help with transport ring Carole on 07855 769863 or Ron on 07546 252142.
20-27 July - Archdiocesan Piligrmage to Lourdes
2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Archdiocese is in need of volunteers more than ever, to enable the pilgrimage to take place. Please ring the Lourdes office based at LACE if you are interested on 07484 911623.
Women's World Day of Prayer
This will take place on Friday, 2 March at 1.00pm in St Mark's Church. Refreshments will be served in the Club afterwards and everyone is welcome.
Invitation to Prayer - Ongoing
The Pastoral Area Invitation to Prayer takes place on every first Wednesday of the month between 6.00pm-7.00pm at Hope University Chapel when we will continue to pray for guidance and help regarding the future of the Church and our mission in the local area.
The Ladies Group organised a trip to Boundary Mill, Colne, Lancashire for some pre Christmas bargain shopping.
Vianney's Voice Family Quiz Night, Friday, 24 November, 7.00pm, St Mark's Club.
The Ladies Group held a Race Night in St Mark's Annexe and raised a whopping £976.00 to help our Parish community. Well done girls!
Please check the Vianney's Voice section of this website for a wonderful photo of Father Matthew alongside some familiar faces in Lourdes!
In July, The Ladies Group organised a Lunch & Shop excursion. Ladies enjoyed lunch at a hotel in Chester followed by shopping at Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village.
Our SVP group visited Pantasaph.
Our Youth Group, Vianney's Voice completed a Dementia Friend's Information Session and are now Dementia Friendly.
A Mass of Thanksgiving took place to mark the arrival of Father Matthew Nunes followed by refreshments in the Parish Club.
The Annual Baptism Service took place at Holy Family and this was a wonderful opportunity for families who have celebrated this sacrament within the last 12 months to revisit their baptisms.
Children from our 3 schools were admitted to the gift of Holy Communion.
Vianney's Voice held a Family Games Night in the Parish Club and the proceeds went towards the Parish Lourdes Fund.
A meeting was held to discuss and share ideas of how we could start a Bereavement Team. Parishioners who felt they could support this initiative came along and regular meetings have followed since.
Courses & Events Autumn 2017
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Parish Mass & Social
On Friday, 8 January 2016, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Parish becoming St John Vianney, there was a Mass at 7.00pm in St Mark's Church followed by a social in the Parish Club next door. Bishop Malone was the main celebrant and it was wonderful that Father Vin was able to join us for the evening before returning to hospital to continue his antibiotic treatment.
Fr Vin's Farewell Evening Celebration with Parish Council and Office Staff
On Friday, 9 September 2016 at 7.00pm 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
Celebrations With Fr Vin As He Prepares To Leave
The Parish of St John Vianney
Mass for our three Schools
On Monday, 18 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 Primary School 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, 19 July 2016, 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, 18 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, 29 May 2016 which began at 3.00pm in Liverpool Hope University with a short service and Benediction in Hope Chapel. Refreshments were served afterwards.
STATEMENT BY FR VIN
FOR THE WEEKEND MASSES MAY 7TH/8TH 2016
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