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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

(14th Jan 2022)  

This Sunday is Pax Christi or Peace Sunday, The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to make today a day of prayer for peace and to reflect on how each of us can become a peace maker. We are all aware that in virtually every part of the world there is violence whilst in some countries there is serious conflict and all-out war. The news regularly appears so grim that we often feel completely helpless in our desire to see this terrible pain and suffering cease.

Despite this, we can all do something to help. We can continue to pray for peace and to reflect on what our own contribution to peace may be closer to home, amongst family and community. As someone who spent half my previous career in management, I share the following by Fr. Marc Foley (no relation to Fr. Patsy) which I hope you may find helpful.

‘In the business world, a manager will often focus on what is going wrong, who is incompetent or a time waster. The emphasis is on correcting mistakes. Ken Blanchard in ‘The One Minute Manager’ offers an alternative style of management. He recommends that a manager skulk around and try and catch people in the act of doing something right and compliment them on their work. Not only has this managerial style proven to be more effective; it has also made the manager’s job more peaceful and enjoyable.

When we live like a manager constantly on the lookout for the faults and failings of others, we rob ourselves of peace because we deprive ourselves of the joy of seeing the goodness of God present in those around us. St. Therese offers us an alternative. “When I wish to increase love within me, especially when the devil tries to place before the eyes of my soul the faults of a particular sister, I hasten to search out her virtues, her good intentions.” Because the faults of others can be so glaring, it takes effort to search out the presence of God in others, that is, their virtues and good intentions. But the search is worth the effort. There is an increase of love within our hearts. Can anything else bring us more peace?’

Heavenly Father, so often we are powerless to stop the violence and wars that rage across our earth creating such pain, devastation, and loss of life. Hear our prayers for peace but let this begin with me and grant me the grace I need to become a daily peacemaker to all those around me, in your name…...Amen.

From Monday afternoon I will be taking the rest of the week off for a little post-Christmas break. 

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