Holy Family interior

Welcome to Holy Family Church in Southport.

PLEASE READ OUR LATEST INFORMATION:

Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended.

If you are vulnerable, please do not attend Mass - our Zoom services will continue as before and will remain open to all. 

Please go to our How can I join in? section for more information on how to join ZOOM services.

For now, we can only have limited opening of the Church and everyone will have to book a seat in order to maintain social distancing. If you want to attend Mass, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Parish Office and give the names of everyone who would like to attend and a contact number for every adult together with the date you would like to come.  Accompanied children do not need a separate phone number.

We need this information in case we are contacted by the NHS Track and Trace Service. By giving these details, you consent to us passing them to the NHS if requested. We will add your contact details to our Parish Register and hold your attendance data for 21 days.

Mass will be celebrated on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am and on Sundays at 10:15 am.

No one should feel under any pressure to physically attend Mass at this time, given there is still no obligation to do so. To make it possible for all those who wish to attend, given our restricted space, we are asking everyone to limit themselves to just one Mass each week. If you can attend during the week, please do so in order to leave space for those who can only come on Sundays.

Here are some of the other steps we have put in place to keep everyone safe:

  • Everyone over 11 will be asked to wear face masks throughout – from the moment you approach the Church to when you leave the grounds. Please bring your own. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please let us know.
  • There may be a queue to get into the Church. The Church itself will be very well ventilated with doors being kept open. Please dress appropriately for the temperature, including being prepared for rain on the way in.
  • There will be Stewards to meet everyone at the Church door, with other Stewards inside to take details of those attending. We are required to take a register of all those attending each service. Given the changes circumstances we must operate under, you may not be able to sit where you would normally.
  • The Church has been laid out to ensure social distancing. Those parts of each bench where we ask you not to sit will be clearly marked. Family groups can sit together. Wheelchair users will be directed separately by Stewards.
  • We need to keep the porch and walkways clear, and everyone will be asked to sit in the main body of the Church. Please don’t bring pushchairs, prams etc if at all possible. The two small benches at the back of the Church have been removed.
  • There will be no collections during Mass, although a basket will be provided on the way in and way out for envelopes, cash etc.
  • The Church toilets will not be available.
  • We are asking that there is no genuflecting as holding onto the church benches for balance means there would be more areas that need to be cleaned afterwards. Please just bow instead.
  • Similarly there should be no touching, kissing etc of statues. All candles and holy water have been removed and the Piety Stall closed.
  • Paper copies of the bulletin will not available, though it will, of course, continue to be on the website and will also be posted out to those who have requested it.
  • Masses will be shorter than normal. There will be no singing and hymn books will not be available.
  • The procedure for receiving Holy Communion has changed and will be explained at the start of each Mass. The main change is that Communion will be given out at the very end of Mass, after the final blessing, as everyone is leaving the Church. Again, the Stewards will direct everyone. Please don’t leave your seat until asked to do so.
  • Please don’t bring much into church – bags etc. – this is because you will have to take everything with you on as you go up to Communion. It will not be possible to return to your seat afterwards.
  • The church will be cleaned immediately after each Mass.

We hope you do not find these changes too dramatic but, as said, we must do everything we can to keep everyone safe whilst protecting the spiritual sanctuary of our beautiful Church.

If you want to join us for Mass, please do not forget to book your place, by emailing or telephoning

Please ring the Presbytery on: 01704 532613 if you need any further information on the above. We look forward to welcoming you back to Holy Family. 

God Bless

Fr Patsy and the Keep In Touch Team


 

We recently watched a wonderful video called 'Lights in the Night' where they used a combination of photos and candles to create a sense of the congregation, even though no person was present. On Pentecost Sunday, we arranged candles all through the pews, where people would usually have been sitting, so that we were all present in spirit, with the Spirit.


CLICK HERE to watch the 'Lights in the Night' video.


Money - always a difficult subject

Whilst the church has been closed for several weeks, and likely to stay closed for several more, we have been asked by many regular envelope givers 'What can we do to maintain our giving in the light of the present situation?'. We're giving a few suggestions:

  • Take out a standing order with your bank. If you contact us we can provide the bank details you need and a form to complete.
  • And if you are a taxpayer, help us more by completing a GiftAid form, so that what you give can be increased by 25% at absolutely no cost to you.
  • The Archdiocese have just started an online giving page which is quick and easy to use, for both single donations and regular payments, based on your credit card. CLICK HERE to take you to their page and input form.
  • The Archdiocese have also initiated a system of text giving from your mobile phone. CLICK HERE for the details.
  • If you do not have internet access or are uncomfortable with these methods please contact us and we will make other arrangements to suit you

You can understand that we still have outgoings to be paid, and we pride ourselves on prompt payment to our suppliers.

Thank you for your assistance.

'A people who hope in Christ'

CLICK HERE for a message from the 5 Metropolitan Bishops of England & Wales and are from the Archdioceses of Westminster, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southwark.

Have a look at our page for interesting and feel good stuff... It's not all doom and gloom!

Please join us at our online services which have certainly helped to bring us a little closer together.

For more information go to our 'Praying Together' page...

A prayer of St Vincent de Paul, for those who live alone:

I live alone dear Lord,
Be thou my guide.
In all my daily needs
Stay by my side.
Spare me from fire, from flood,
Malicious tongues,
From thieves, from fear
And evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall
Then humbly, Lord, I pray,
Hear, thou my call.
And when I am feeling low,
Or in despair,
Lift up my heart
And help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear lord,
Yet have no fear,
Because I feel your presence
Ever near.    Pray for us.

 

Finally let me say "Christmas cards". Yes you did hear right, I said "Christmas cards".

We have quite a few cards donated by members of the parish, and saved from last Christmas, specially for the purpose of recycling into ... more Christmas cards. It'll be here before you know it! So don't delay, if you need something just to give you a purpose, and you find you've got some spare time, contact the Parish Office with your name and address and we'll drop round a pack (or two) together with card blanks and envelopes and a glue stick. Your creativity will do the rest. You can give us a donation for Queenscourt Hospice, The Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes, or, if you prefer, return the completed cards and we will use them in the Parish, or to raise funds for the Parish. Give it a try, you know you want to!

 

 


The Archdiocese of Liverpool parish text giving scheme

  • Text MASSHOLYFAMILY to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

    If you’d like to give £2 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MASSHOLYFAMILYNOINFO to 70085.

  • Text MASSHOLYFAMILY to 70450 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

    If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MASSHOLYFAMILYNOINFO to 70450.

  • Text MASSHOLYFAMILY to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

    If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MASSHOLYFAMILYNOINFO to 70460.

  • Text MASSHOLYFAMILY to 70470 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

    If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MASSHOLYFAMILYNOINFO to 70470.