The Holy Family

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Pope Francis Prayer intention for June 2024: 

For migrants fleeing their homes We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

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

Fr Kevin McLoughlin

(22nd June 2024)

I can hardly believe that Tuesday will be the first anniversary of my special sister Margaret’s death. The year has passed swiftly but there has not been a day when she was not in my thoughts and prayers. There are also those moments which we all experience following the loss of a loved one when we are suddenly ‘ambushed by grief.’

Precious memories triggered by a simple thought, song, place, or a multitude of things which instantly intensify their absence. Thankfully, our faith assures us that our loved ones are safe and that, in time, we will be re-united with them in the joyful presence of God who loves each of us unconditionally.

Immediately after Mass on Monday I will be going to Ampleforth Abbey for my annual silent retreat. It is a place that I have never been to before as I usually choose St. Beuno’s in North Wales or a few other retreat centres familiar to me. The Church in her wisdom recommends that all priests and religious have an annual spiritual retreat of a minimum five days. This will always involve times of silence and solitude, but I always prefer the option of complete silence with no distractions. This means no radio, tv, mobiles, internet etc. and no speaking during meals. And although this may appear anti-social, it is essential to create an atmosphere of solitude to come closer to Christ and to try and develop a renewed perspective on life. We mostly live in a very boisterous world full of noise, entertainment, and distractions where silence and solitude have become unwelcome guests. The wonderful Saint Anselm, an eleventh century Benedictine monk and a previous Archbishop of Canterbury and Doctor of the Church, wrote the following over nine hundred years ago.

Come now, turn aside from your daily employment. Escape for a moment from the tumult of your thoughts, put aside your weighty cares. Let your burdensome distractions wait. Free yourself for a while for him. Enter the inner chamber of your soul. Shut out everything except God and that which will help you in seeking him. When you have shut the door, say to him: ‘I seek your face. Lord my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you.’

As I try to follow St. Anselm’s advice, please know that you will all be very much in my thoughts and prayers during these days, and I will be home in time for the Masses next weekend.

God Bless, Fr Kevin

Mr Paul Meredith will, this Friday, attempt his ‘old man’s triathlon’ for our heating appeal, which I am certain he will successfully complete. There is still time to sponsor Paul and to those who already have, thank you and if you would be kind enough to bring your sponsorship money to church next weekend, this would be great! I am extremely grateful to Paul for his unique initiative and generosity in supporting Holy Family.  Fr. Kevin

We have a Deanery Patron, Carlo Acutis Carlo Acutis.

Born in London in 1991 and raised in Milan, to parents who were not particularly religious. From an early age, Carlo displayed a keen interest in Catholic religious practice requesting First Holy Communion at 7, frequently attending Mass each week and making a weekly confession. He lived a fairly routine life, but maintaining a keen interest to use media to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel, setting up a website for this purpose. When he developed leukaemia, he offered his suffering to the Pope for the Catholic Church. You can read more about our Deanery journey HERE.

Please read and pray about what we can all do in response to the urgent needs of some of our local people.

We are blessed that Southport North SVP which covers the parishes of St Marie’s, St Patricks and Holy Family is very active enabling us to support those in need in Southport in countless ways. 

Last year we regularly visited and/or maintained telephone contact with over 80 parishioners who were self-isolating and/or lonely.

We helped more than 140 families and individuals in financial need, making over 1300 visits and supplying 550 food parcels/ food vouchers, 50 fuel top ups as well as well as numerous items of furniture, bedding, electrical and household goods. 

We continue to deliver good quality adult clothes to Asylum Link who are now supporting Ukrainian families as well as other refugees.

The “cost of living” crisis is having a significant impact on everyone but is particularly hard for those who have to choose between eating or keeping warm. In each of the last 4 months we have supplied 10 food parcels and 45 food vouchers/fueltop ups (an increase of around 30% compared to last year) at a cost of over £1000 per month and we expect demand to continue to increase. 

We are very grateful to those who have supported us over the last year, financially, by food donations and by prayer, however if we are to continue supporting current demand we need your help –

There are several ways in which you can assist

  • Donations (or standing order) direct to our Nat West account: Sort Code: 60-60-04 Account Number: 46084509
    Account Name: D100907 SVP Southport North

  • Vouchers (Preferably £10 or £20) from Farmfoods, Asda, Morrisons or Aldi

  • Cash or cheques in an envelope clearly marked “SVP”  

  • Please place cash/cheques/vouchers in the collection plate/SVP wallbox or hand into St Marie’s/Holy Family Office

  • Food:  We welcome non-perishable food donations which can be collected by prior arrangement (please see list at back of St Patrick’s)

  • Adult Clothing: We collect good quality adult clothing and shoes for delivery to Asylum Link in Liverpool 

  • Please pray for the work we do and those in need – never underestimate the value of your prayer, it can make a real difference.

  • If you wish to speak to a Southport North SVP member we can be contacted on 07562378873 or through the St Marie’s/Holy Family Office. All requests are treated in strict confidence.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Please pray and let the Holy Spirit lead you! 

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, and look after our younger members as they start their life journeys.

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

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."

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. This is the very meaning of community, we pray for them, visit them and keep in touch as much as we can, and they pray for us, as parish even though they might not be able to actually get to church. So we feel part of their lives, and they feel part of ours

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