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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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Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King and a day dedicated to our youth. It also marks the very last Sunday of the Church’s year as next Sunday heralds the season of Advent.

A few years ago, I remember during my weekly visit to our Primary School discussing Sunday’s feast and the forthcoming season of Advent. Having agreed that Advent is the season of preparation in anticipation of Jesus’ return, I asked the children if they could sum up in a few words why Jesus came to our world. Their answers were swift, precise and heart warming; ‘to teach us how to love’ was their summary.

I then invited the children to imagine a world where everyone followed the way of life that Jesus dreams for us. With the same precision of thought their responses painted a utopian picture of life without guns, war, knives, drugs, gangs, bullies, murderers, thieves and their list continued. They also worked out that there would be no need for keys to lock our doors or windows, no need for c.c.t.v, important people like (Justin Bieber or Little Mix) would not need body guards or security, children could play out even at night without any fear and there would be no need for police or army. Everybody would be happy and live in peace. It was a delight to see their faces lighting up as each comment contributed to
a beautiful new world.

How sad that this beautiful world of happiness and peace exists only in the imagination of children, no wonder Jesus said ‘It is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs,’

Jesus came to us as a child and as he grew and matured so too did his desire that this beautiful world of peace and harmony would eventually become a reality. Every time we pray his prayer, we pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and wherever genuine love exists his kingdom is very near. Regrettably, evil coexists as the enemy of love and the tension between good and evil continues. One day this tension will end and as our Creed reminds us, Jesus really will return to ‘judge the living and the dead’ and his kingdom will have no end.

Until then, we live in faith and in hope that through the mercy and love of God our feeble efforts to love may still be rewarded with these beautiful words of Jesus from today’s Gospel……‘Come you who my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.’

God Bless,
Fr. Kevin.

Feeling isolated or lonely due to this second lockdown?

If you or anyone you know is experiencing a sense of isolation or loneliness due to this second lockdown and feel that you would like to talk to someone, please feel free to phone us here at the Parish on 01704-532613.
I am also hoping during the next few weeks to telephone those parishioners who may be living alone and whose contact details have been previously given in.
There are also other agencies happy to help during this very difficult time, so do check this website and our newsletter for further details and please, please, do not suffer in silence!

Fr. Kevin.

Pious List 

For those unfamiliar with the above, it is a Catholic tradition where throughout November Masses are celebrated for all our deceased loved ones. Anyone is welcome to make a list of their loved one’s names and drop it into the parish office/house or email it to us. The lists are then placed on the altar and included in the extra Masses throughout November. A donation is usually given to accompany the list, but this is purely voluntary.  


 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.

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.