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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..

Fr Kevin McLoughlin

17th July 2021

We received new guidance from the Archdiocese this week which allows more freedoms in line with the Government’s lifting of restrictions. Given the current situation however with the rising number of new cases and the uncertainty it brings, I think it is prudent not to make any changes immediately. Holy Family, like many of our parishes, has developed a reputation for being a very safe place during the pandemic. This is thanks both to our stewards and to all who have acted so responsibly during this awful time. Newsletters however will now be printed and distributed safely. We will certainly review the situation in anticipation of making some changes, but naturally, without compromising anyone’s safety.

The gift of caring

“With righteousness he shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.” Isaiah 11:4

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor”, he is speaking not just of the poor economically, but of each of us, his beloved brothers and sisters, when we experience our human fragility. That basic human weakness is never more evident than when people fall sick or face the reality of their death. Perhaps not so strangely, however, people seldom consider themselves “blessed” when weakness befalls them.

We want to help. We want to do something for people in need. We want to offer consolation to those who are in grief and alleviate the suffering of those who are in pain. There is obviously nothing wrong with that desire. It is a noble and grace-filled desire. But unless we realise that God’s blessing is coming to us from those we want to serve, our help will be short-lived, and eventually we may feel burned out.

How is it possible to keep nursing the sick when they are not getting better? How can we keep consoling the dying when their deaths only bring us more grief? The answer is that they all hold a blessing, a blessing that each of us needs to receive. ‘Care-giving’ is, finally, receiving God’s blessing from those to whom we give care.

(A Spirituality of Caregiving - Fr Henri J. M. Nouwen)

God Bless

Fr Kevin

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