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Please don't forget to pray for our schools

We pray for protection for all teachers, staff, pupils and their families as they attend and work in school at this uncertain time.

We especially pray for our own schools of Holy Family and Christ the King.


from Fr Kevin's Desk - a weekly reflection, and more..

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This week has certainly been a difficult week for many people. In addition to the continuing pandemic and the dreadful loss of life and massive pressure on healthcare staff in every hospital, the weather decided to add a little more suffering particularly to those escaping the floods. Watching the news can be very depressing and we acknowledge that lockdown and this continual cycle of negative news is wreaking havoc with many people’s mental health. It is therefore during challenging times such as these that we all need to look out for each other and to seek inspiration and hope.

As Christians, we need look no further than Jesus who promises us that there is no darkness that he is unable to overcome. We also have centuries of amazing saints, ordinary men and women from all walks of life who, because of their resilience and faith often in the most horrendous of circumstances are beacons of hope for every generation. There are also amazing people often on our own doorsteps, friends and neighbours who just by virtue of their support and concern are beacons of hope and encouragement. During difficult times, is important to try and remain optimistic that things are going to get better.

As Christians we are people of hope and hope is even stronger and more important than optimism. So! For anyone who is feeling down just now and would welcome a listening ear, check out our website for various areas of support or contact us here in the parish via email or telephone, but whatever you do, if you are feeling alone or vulnerable, please do not suffer in silence!

I share the following reflection by Fr. Henri Nouwen.
‘Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes, Optimism is the expectation that things – the weather, human relationships, the economy, the political situation, and so on - will get better. Hope is the trust that God will fulfil His promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of Hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of life is in good hands. All great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope………All lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them towards the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let us live with hope.’ (Bread for the journey).

Fr. Kevin.


 LOCKDOWN PRAYER.

 Each morning we wake, another day

 consumed by the news of the coronavirus.

 Another day facing the same space, the same colours,

 the same sounds. We crave for the difference we had,

 the freedom we are used to, and the people we met.

 As the tears form, please Lord Jesus

 fill my uncertainties with peace and strength.

 We have always needed it, but now we know it.

 We pray for all who are facing isolation, hardship, hunger,

 fear or anxiety. Lord let them know that you are close,

 and guide us, where we have time, energy or resources,

 to reach out and bring relief.

 We should have always done this, but now we know it.

 We pray for all those who are sacrificing safety and comfort

 so that others can be saved.

 For Doctors and nurses, and care workers.

 Fill them with your spirit and let them know

 that they walk in your footsteps.

 It should have always been this way, but now we feel it.

 Through this time, help us to draw together in spirit,

 even while we are apart.

 Help us to seek out the lost and the lonely,

 and to know that in all circumstances,

 however dark things may seem,

 we are loved and we are eternally safe.

Adopt a Care/Nursing Home

We all have a calling, and have been given gifts and talents to use in service to others in our daily lives.

"But I'm not special, I can't do much, especially at the moment."

If that's what you're thinking, think again. The most powerful thing we can do, with the help and strength of the Holy Spirit, is to pray, and hold up in prayer those in need throughout our parish and beyond.

With this in mind we have compiled a list of care and nursing homes in our parish, and ask you to adopt one.

Those residents, carers and their families especially need our prayers at this time.

Could you adopt one to protect with a prayer each day? Perhaps one near your own home or with a special meaning to you? 
If you can, please let us know so we can make sure no one is left out. 

  • Acacia Court (Roe Lane)
  • Ascot Lodge (Chambres Rd.)
  • Blair House (Roe Lane)
  • Cedar Grange (Pilkington Rd.)
  • Dale Park (Meols Cop Rd. )
  • Good Companions (Roe Lane )
  • Hampton Court (Scarisbrick New Rd.)
  • Peacehaven House (Roe Lane)
  • Thomas Henshaw (Norwood Rd.)
  • Woodlands Manor (Chambres Rd.)
  • Lyndale (Rawlinson Road)
  • Poulton Court (Wennington Road)
  • Southport Hospital
  • Queenscourt Hospice

First Holy Communions

We especially remember in our prayers the 26 children who would have made their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 16th together with their families, and thank all their prayer sponsors who have been supporting them - please don't stop!

We look forward to the time when we can come together and celebrate that special Day.