Especially if you are a new parishioner!

Come and pay us a visit, we'd love to see you...

Glass panel in churchMass and service times for this coming week can be seen HERE and you can read Fr Kevin's Desk HERE

 
 

Summer Social

 Instead of a Summer Fair this year, we are holding a Summer Social Fundraiser on Sunday July 7th immediately after both the 9.30am and the 11am Masses. Come along to the Hall for tea, coffee, cake and chat. If the weather is good then we will have tables and chairs in the garden. There will also be a raffle and a gift stall. If anyone has ideas for other stalls that they would like to run or if anyone would be willing to bake cakes for sale then please get in touch with the Parish Office as soon as possible. Donations for the raffle and gift stall are urgently required. Please leave them in the Church Porch. Thank you all for your continuing support!


CAFOD & the SVP ask for your help

to answer Pope Francis’ call to support the most vulnerable by contacting your parliamentary candidates before the General Election. They’ve made it easy – just follow THIS LINK on CAFOD’s website and you can use the prepared email or amend it & when you send it, it will reach all your candidates.

Cardinal Nichols and the Bishops Conference are urging us to voice our support for the most vulnerable & the environment too. If you would like to respond as part of the parish, please look at the CAFOD website for the 8 issues and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which 3 you think we should focus on. Thank you, Adrian.


Iridium concert Sunday 23rd June 3pm in church

Admission £5 ,in aid of the building fund – further details in the narthex


Exercise class this Wednesday( 26th June) in the Parish Hall beginning at 1.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to join us for our fun but effective chair-based exercises.

 

Anyone who is thinking about becoming a Catholic,

please contact Fr. Kevin.

We currently have three people interested!

 

Can you help parishioner Paul Meredith raise £1000

to help fund our new heating system for Holy Family Church? 

Please donate to his JustGiving Crowdfunding page. Click on the link to see just what he's proposing to achieve. 

Thanks Paul, for really going the extra mile!... Let's all make Paul's effort worth it. Click on his page NOW...


 Families of Parishes

One of the important topics to be discussed by parishioners over the coming months, is Families of Parishes, which has come from the Archdiocesan Synod. With clergy and congregations becoming fewer in number and older in years we must address the issues arising from as a result. The Deanery Synodal Council has arranged meetings in which all parishioners are invited to take part, and it is really important that your voice is heard about the future. At the Northern end of the Deanery, it will be held at St Marie’s Parish Centre (The Marian Centre) at 19.30 on Thursday 27th June. Holy Family website has more information.

The Southern end of the Deanery has a public meeting on Thursday 4th July at 19.30 in St John Stone's church. 

Prayer and listening are essential for us to discern how the Spirit is moving within us. Please take part as much as you can.

Thank you. John Moffat (Deanery Synodal Council member for Holy Family) and Ben Miller (Chair of DSCouncil)


A huge thank you to Margaret Whiteside for donating lots of arts and craft materials to the Parish. They will be very well used! Two boxes of card have also been taken to Holy Family School.
We are looking for parishioners, with some arts and crafts expertise, who would be willing to come along to Meet Up Mondays to run one-off sessions. In particular, if anyone is skilled in card-making or knows how to get the best use from a Big Shot card-maker then we would really like you to get in touch via the Parish Office.


Celebrate Summer at New Leaf Garden Centre's Fayre! 

Join us on Saturday, June 29th, from 11 am to 3 pm for a delightful summer celebration at New Leaf Garden Centre!

New Leaf, located next to Victoria Park in Southport, is a special place where adults with learning and/or physical disabilities, those on the Autistic spectrum, and others can learn and develop new skills in a supportive environment.
At our Summer Fayre, you'll find: A vibrant selection of summer plants and hanging baskets, perfect for adding a touch of colour to your garden. Delicious treats to satisfy your cravings, including hot drinks, homemade cakes, and hotdogs.
A fun-filled tombola with exciting prizes!

But that's not all! New Leaf is much more than just a garden centre. It is where people come together, learn, and grow.


Religious objects

Over the past year, the Parish has acquired some beautiful religious objects. Some of them have been very kindly given in by parishioners.

We are going to put them all out in the Porch during the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June for anyone to take; in exchange for a small donation towards the Building Fund.


Bellringers

One way of letting the local community know that the church is active, and a Mass or service is about to take place, is by the ringing of the bell. But it can also help those in earshot, and perhaps housebound, know what is happening at that moment. With the longer ringing before Mass and the two rings of three at the Consecration, it can mean that they can be involved because of this, and feel connected.

We do have some of the Masses covered, but if you would like to volunteer, particularly if you attend a Mass where the bell is not rung, for either before Mass, and/or at the Consecration, please contact the Parish Office and a short instruction, if necessary, can be given, and to help us to know who could ring for each Mass.


SchoolHFNews from our School

This week the children in Years 1, 2 and 3 invited their families to join their Stay and Pray collective worships about difference and friendship.

Help our School...

Would you like to help the children in our school by becoming part of a small group who will support them in various small ways? This has happened in the past and is a lovely way of building stronger relationships with our parish and school community.

If you are interested please pass on your details to Athena or speak with Fr. Kevin.



New Heating Refurbishment

Our fundraising 'thermometer' creeps up a little higher.

Thanks to all who donate to the upkeep of our lovely church, so that everyone can enjoy its healing presence...

By clicking on the picture you can donate ONLINE to Holy Family...


 

 

Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help with projection, YouTubing

and Zooming Mass at the weekends and join a rota.

 This could be a pair who take on all the masses for a weekend, or a pair or individuals who volunteer to help at one Mass. Full training and support will be given, some familiarity with any of this might make it easier. Just pop over to the IT confessional and have a chat with John &/or Karen if you might be willing to help.


Car park gate 

Could the last person out of the car park please close, but not lock, the gate please. Thank you


We have been given a box of photographs relating to Holy Family Parish and want to identify the past parishioners and events taking place in the pictures so that we can build up a Parish archive. Maybe you could help put some names to the faces and get this project started. Watch this space for further developments.


Uniform Hub 

A reminder that our Uniform Hub is open Tues-Friday 10am to 12noon at 17A Cambridge Walks for all your pre-loved school uniform needs. No appointment or referral is needed and you can bring an item with you to swap, make a small donation or take free items. It is for the whole community as so many of us hate to see waste and find ourselves being stretched to afford the very costly unforms and sports kits. Donations of blazers from Y11 school leavers (good condition only) are welcome at this time of the year.


Making a will - If your parish has served you well in life, please remember that, like all charities, it relies totally on donations and your generosity for its continued existence, God Bless.  FIND OUT MORE 

You may not be able to give financially,

but there are other ways you can help the parish, 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...


SVP notices

I would 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 read the recent SVP REPORT which shows some of the needs and work done in our area.

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. 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... 

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 keep us closer together, and given internet skills to some who thought they would never manage it. 

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