Lights in the Night

As we remove our Christmas trees and take down our decorations for another year, I offer a final little reflection...

'When the song of the angels is stilled and the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home and the shepherds back with their flocks,

Then the work of Christ begins: To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the light of Christ, every day, in every way in all that we do and say.

Then the work of Christmas begins... (Howard Thurman)

God bless

Fr Kevin

Fr Kevin McLoughlin

Mass times for this coming week can be seen HERE.  

You can read Fr Kevin's Desk HERE
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Due to the COVID variant Omicron, face coverings are mandatory in church. Please observe this requirement.

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A regular Mass attendee at Holy Family, Matthew Hurst has sent us a request:

'I am collecting stamps for guide dogs/RNIB so can you please ask the people of the parish to save their stamps and bringStamps them to church and leave them in the sacristy or give them to Fr Kevin to be passed on when I come to Mass.
Hope this is okay
I hope you have a lovely weekend'
Matthew 

Looking through my own mail recently, I am struck by the reduction in the amount of it, compared to a few years back and also how few items actually have a stamp these days, as opposed to a printed form of payment. So let's see if we can collect as many as we can for Matthew and his good cause...

You may not be able to give financially, but there are other ways you can help, like donating your time, or your prayers, which are more needed than ever in all sorts of ways. We want to thank all our parishioners for all the ways that they make us a community, looking after each other, and beyond...

We are looking for tech savvy members of Holy Family who might be able to help us use our technology during Masses and services. Now we have internet and projectors, each weekend Mass is projected, which means some work on the computer. This applies to funerals also.

CLICK HERE to have a look and see whether you might be able to help us...

Friends of Holy Family and SVP

I am sure that many of you are familiar with work of the above groups who do wonderful work within our parish and school and in our local community. A few years ago, the SVP in Holy Family ceased meeting but channelled their efforts and donations into a parish based ‘Friends of Holy Family’.

I am delighted to say that we have now returned to a parish-based SVP who will continue to help and support anyone in need within the parish and school and wider community. This will also reduce any confusion regarding the name Friends of Holy Family which historically was exclusively a School based initiative and which it will remain.

I would also like to thank everyone involved over the years who have contributed their time and material help in order to improve the lives of so many local people and families in need.

Please do keep the vouchers and donations coming in and if anyone would be interested in becoming a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, please contact Athena in the parish office for more details.

May God Bless and reward you all. Fr. Kevin.

  • Offertory Envelopes
    Thank you to all those who donate via offertory envelopes. The new financial year envelopes can be collected safely from the back of Church. Could I also suggest that you give some thought to changing your weekly contributions from cash to standing order. It is a real benefit to the parish and much easier to administer. Please contact the parish office for more information.

  • Gift Aid
    If you already have a standing order, or are thinking of making one, also please consider the possibility of GiftAiding your donations, if you are able to do so. Kathy and John Bowers have very kindly agreed to administer our Gift Aid scheme on behalf of the Parish, and you can find out more information HERE or by contacting the Parish Office.

  • There's a Free Job Club being run in conjunction with Christians against Poverty, at St John's church Ainsdale. If you think you could benefit please have a look...
  • We've had a lovely letter from Louise Morton, headteacher of Holy Family Primary School, thanking us for our support and donations of gift vouchers etc.
    Please carry on donating as the crisis is likely to be with us for some time yet, especially with the finishing of the furlough scheme, and the drastic increases in gas prices.  
    CLICK HERE to read the letter.
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Funerals at Holy Family

If you wish to hold a funeral service or a Requiem Mass at Holy Family Church, please see our list of frequently asked questions. In the first instance please contact our Parish Office. Because trained volunteer stewards must be present to ensure the requirements are met, it is not always possible to be as flexible as previously, but we will do our best to accommodate you.


Do you know someone in hospital, or about to go into hospital?

The chaplaincy team are here to help YOU.

CLICK HERE for more information


 

 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...