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.  There's always a wide range of events taking place within our Cathedral so do check their website also.



November 2019


SVP Meeting

Tuesday, 26 November, 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Annual Service of Remembrance

Tuesday, 19 November, 7.00pm in St Mark's Church.


Mass with Anointing of the Sick

Tuesday, 12 November, 2.15pm in St Mark's Church.


Synod Proposals Meetings, 3 November - Theme One

St Mark's Church - after 9.15am Mass in the Parish Club.

Holy Family Church - after 11.00am Mass in the HF Meeting Room.


Guild of St Stephen Enrolment Ceremony

This will take place at all Masses over the weekend of 3 November.  If you are due to be enrolled, please arrive at Mass in good time to prepare.


Ladies Group

Chrisitmas Shopping Trip to Boundary Mill on Friday, 22 November, seats on coach £14, ring Chris if you are interested on 07443 018816.  Also, a few tickets for the Spirit of Christmas Concert at The Phil, £29.75, Saturday, 14 December, 7.30pm, again, ring Chris if you are interested.


Parish Council

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 12 November at 6.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


October 2019


Ladies Group

Next meeting on Wednesday, 2 October at 7.00pm in

Holy Family Church Meeting Room.


September 2019


Bereavement Team Drop-In

Tuesday, 17 September from 2.30pm in St Mark's Annexe


SVP Meeting

Tuesday, 17 September, 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe


Vianney's Voice 70's Night Fundraiser

Friday, 27 November, 7.30pm in St Mark's Parish Club,

tickets £2/pay on the door


June 2019


Our Parish annual day out to Pantasaph organised by our wonderful SVP Group.  Father Tony Reynolds joined us for the day and kept us prayerfully entertained.  What a super day.


June 2019


Our Parish Synod Listening Meetings

Friday, 14 June, after 9.00am Mass, St Mark's Annexe

Saturday, 15 June, after 5.15pm Mass, Holy Family Meeting Room

Sunday, 16 June, after 11.00am Mass, Holy Family Meeting Room

Sunday, 23 June, after 9.15am Mass, St Mark's Parish Club


Parish Council

Tuesday, 11 June at 6.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


SVP Trip to Pantasaph

Annual trip to Holywell and Pantasaph, Tuesday, 18 June,

sign up sheets at the back of church!


Altar Server Training

Our last sessions will be:

Saturday, 15 June

Saturday, 22 June


Bereavement Care Team

Team meeting on Tuesday, 25 June at 2.00pm followed by a drop in session at 2.30pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Ladies Group

Our ladies have organised a Leeds Liverpool Barge Trip on 19 June.


Invitation to Prayer

This continues to take place at Hope University Chapel between 6.00pm-7.00pm

on the first Wednesday of each month.



April/March 2019


Altar Server Training

Next meeting Friday, 12 April, 6.00pm in St Mark's Church.


Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, 2 April at 6.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Current & New Altar Servers Meetings

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 20 March at 6.00pm in St Mark's Church.


Bereavement Team Meeting & Drop In Session

Upcoming meetings - Tuesday, 19 March and Tuesday, 16 April at 2.00pm in St Mark's Annexe followed by a Drop In Session at 2.30pm. 



Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 19 March at 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Stations of the Cross

Starting on Friday, 22 March then each Friday throughout Lent at 6.30pm in Holy Family Church.



January 2019


Vianney's Voice Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 at 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.



December 2018


SVP Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11 December, 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Christmas Jumper Coffee Morning

This will take place in the Parish Club on Friday, 14 December between 10.00am-12.00 noon - in aid of Save the Children.


Children's Christmas Liturgy

Any children wishing to take part in this, there will be a practice on Sunday, 16 December, 1.00pm in St Mark's Church.  Adults must accompany children.


November 2018


Our Annual Remembrance Service

7.00pm, Tuesday, 13 November, St Mark's Church.  All welcome.


Our Parish Synod Open Meeting

Who Will our Synod Member Be?

7.00pm, Tuesday, 20 November.  All welcome.


SVP Meeting - Change of Date

7.00pm, Tuesday, 27 November in St Mark's Annexe.


October 2018


The Ladies Group - Event

Taking place on Friday, 26 October at 7.30pm in the Parish Club, an evening of fabulous, vintage swing music with professional trio 'The Poppies' to commemorate 100 of the Great War & the Suffragette Movement.  Tickets £3, proceeds going towards Pparish Lourdes Fund and Help for Heroes.



September 2018


SVP District Meeting

Thursday, 6 September at 8.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


The Ladies Group

Wednesday, 5 September at 7.30pm in Holy Family Church, new faces always welcome.


Bereavement Team Meeting Followed By Drop In Session

Tuesday, 4 September at 2.00pm, Drop In at 2.30pm.


Dementia Awareness Evening

Monday, 3 September, 7.00pm-8.30pm at St Mary's, Woolton,

all welcome.



July 2018


Pulpit Swap, Weekend 14/15 July

We welcome Father Charles Randall this weekend to celebrate all our weekend Masses.  Father Charles is a Redemptorist priest based at Bishop Eton who, along with Father Tim Buckley serves Our Lady of the Annunciation and St Mary's.

All the priests of our Pastoral Area will be celebrating weekend Masses in different parishes within our PA as part of an initiative to be able to connect with as many of our communities as possible and for parishioners to become familiar with the other priests within their PA.


The Ladies Group

Day trip to World of Wedgewood

Wednesday, 11 July leaving St Mark's at 10.00am

A few seats still available, contact Chris on 428 9744.


Mersey Wave Choir Summer Concert

Friday, 6 July, 7.00pm, St Ambrose Church, Speke

The Parish Office has 4 complimentary tickets if anyone

is interested in going along.


WYA & Children's Liturgy Catechists

Meeting with Father Matthew on Thursday, 5 July at 6.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Bereavement Care Drop-In Session

Tuesday, 3 July in St Mark's Annexe

after the Care Team Meeting which will start at 2.00pm.


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.



June 2018


23 & 24 June - Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will celebrate all our weekend Masses.  We look forward to his visitation.


The Ladies Group

Wednesday, 6 June, 7.30pm, Holy Family Church, new ladies always welcome.


Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, 12 June, 6.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


SVP Meeting

Tuesday, 12 June, 7.30pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Ordination of Deacons Mass

Sunday, 10 June, 3.00pm at our Cathedral.

All welcome.


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.





May 2018


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




April 2018


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.


SVP Meeting

This is now taking place on Tuesday, 24 April at 7.00pm in St Mark's Annexe.


Parish Council

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.


Vianney's Voice

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.


Barn Dance/Ceili

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.



March 2018


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.


November 2017


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.


September 2017


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!


July 2017


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.


June 2017


Our SVP group visited Pantasaph.


May 2017


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.


March 2017


Vianney's Voice held a Family Games Night in the Parish Club and the proceeds went towards the Parish Lourdes Fund.


January 2017


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:




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.





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




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, 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.







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



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