What goes on?

There’s lots going on in our parish – at both Our Lady & St. John and Holy Family. For further information about any of our Parish groups a booklet is available at our church which includes further contact information. Click on a heading to view information. and click again to close.

 

OUR LADY & ST JOHN
Altar Servers

Boys and girls who have made their first Holy Communion, are welcome to serve on the altar at all masses. For more information please contact the Parish Priest.

Catechists

Children are prepared from the age of 7 for their First Confession and First Holy Communion, young people from the age of 12+ for Confirmation and adults received into the Church.

In discussing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, topics are covered such as basic prayers, why we need to pray, why we need to be forgiven, what is grace, the difference between the Eucharist and other breads, our closeness to Jesus in receiving Communion. In the Sacrament of Confirmation subjects are discussed such as attaining maturity as a Christian, the gift of the Holy Spirit, how to face up to the demands of living a Christian life, involvement-to-serve. For adults an explanation is given into what is involved in being part of the Catholic Church, what are the Sacraments, what is the Mass, the Rosary, and how our parish works.

For more information please contact the Parish Priest.

Children's Liturgy
There are two liturgy groups during term time for children attending 11.15am Mass. The groups are divided by age. Children are welcome to attend the liturgy during mass. For more information please contact Kathleen Healey or Rachel Belderbos.
Church Cleaners
Volunteers for church cleaners meet each week to clean the church after morning Mass on Fridays. They vacuum, dust, sweep etc according to needs. Volunteers usually agree on jobs to do and stay for about 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a helpful way to meet people and it’s great to see the church looking good.  If you would like to join us please send us an email with an enquiry.
Churches Together in Heswall

Churches together in Heswall is a exists to bringing local Christians together spiritually and socially, and to witness our faith in the area. There are representative of each organisation on a committee which meets every two months. A number of events are organised each year, to which all are welcome.

For more information Contact Fr Stephen, Vivien Sharp or Suzy Smallwood

 

Churches Together in Heswall Monthly Prayer Breakfast

Second Saturday of every month in the Meeting Room at OLSJ. The morning starts at 8.30 am. Please come along to enjoy a time of prayer, fellowship and a lovely breakfast. Everyone welcome.

Collection counters

The weekly collection is counted by a number of teams on a rota basis. Volunteers are always welcome to join to spread the load. Contact Bernard Larkin for more information.

 

 

Flowers

The group meets from time to time to plan flower arrangements for the major celebrations – Easter, Christmas, First Communions and Remembrance Sunday etc. If you are interested in helping – no experience necessary – or you want to discuss flowers for a wedding, funeral or other occasion – please contact Veronica Clarke.

Planned Giving / Gift Aid

For more information please contact Bernard Larkin on 0151 342 5517.

If you completed a Gift Aid form in the past and you no longer pay any tax please contact Bernard Larkin. This also applies if the amount of tax you pay may be less than the amount we will seek to reclaim on your Offertory gift.

Missio

Missio is the Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission. It funds the Church of the future in mission dioceses overseas. They build Church infrastructure and support those in need, regardless of background or belief, in 157 countries.

Parishioners have red collecting boxes in their own homes, emptied at regular intervals.  For more information please contact Ian Butler.

Monday Coffee Mornings

Monday morning teas and coffees, after morning mass, 9:30-10:30am in the Meeting Room at OLSJ. Everyone welcome.

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Music: Choir & Organ

Music plays an important part in worship within the parish. We have a small team of organists who play at 6pm Mass on Saturdays and 11.15am Mass on Sundays. The choir currently has around 20 members and sings from the beginning of September until the end of July at the 11.15 Sunday Mass. The main role of the choir is to lead the singing of congregational hymns, both in unison and in parts, to lead the singing of a number of settings of the proper of the mass and to perform a variety of motets, anthems, etc. typically at the communion.

New members are always welcome. There are no auditions – a singing voice and enthusiasm are all that is required!

Organist and Choirmaster: Peter Fishwick. peter@peterfishwick.free-online.co.uk tel: 07767 243943

 

Organ

The organ’s present specification . . . .  coming soon

 

Music History

Click here to read an extract about music at the church from the History of the our Lady & St John.

 

Piety Stall

Our piety stall can be found in the church porch. There is a wide selection of cards for all occasions, eg. Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Weddings and Sympathy. Also available are gifts such as rosary beads, candles, bibles, mass books, baptism gifts etc.

All items are priced and payments should be placed in the wall box labelled ‘Piety Stall/Cards’.

Rainbows

We are 7th Heswall Rainbows, meeting at OLSJ Meeting Room every Monday during term time between 5.00 – 6.00pm. We have lots of fun doing craft sctivities, games, trips out and learning new things! Anyone interested in joining please go to Girlguiding.co.uk and follow the links to register an interest.

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded in France in 1833, and spread throughout Europe, coming to England in 1844. The first meeting of the SVP at Holy Cross took place on 4 May 1930. The group has continued to the present day, its main activities being to offer help and support to the poor and needy members of our local community.  For more information please contact Peter Ryan.

Stitch Craft

Our weekly group takes place in the Meeting Room on Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12.30pm. If you are interested please come along and join us.

Welcome Ministry
The Welcome Ministry are enthusiastic members of the parish who are encouraging Parish activities such as refreshments after mass and social evenings.
HOLY FAMILY
Altar Servers

Boys and girls who have made their first Holy Communion, are welcome to serve on the altar at all masses. For more information please contact Rev Jeff

Beavers/Cubs/Scouts

3rd Heswall Scout Group has Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sections. Older Scouts go to the District Explorer unit. The Group Neckerchief is White and Gold, reflecting their catholic heritage.

Please visit their webiste for more information and contact details. www.3rdheswall.org.uk.

Catechists
This group helps for the preparation of people to receive the sacraments of First Confession and Holy Communion (if they don’t attend Ladymount School or for Adults) and preparation programme for the reception of Confirmation. Contact Rev Jeff Telford or Jean Jenkins.
Church Cleaners

Volunteers for church cleaning meet each week to clean the church, at a time to suit the group. They vacuum, dust, sweep etc according to needs. Volunteers usually agree on jobs to do and stay for about 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a helpful way to meet people and it’s great to see the church looking good.  If you would like to join us please send us an email with an enquiry.

 

 

Churches Together in Heswall

 Churches together in Heswall is a exists to bringing local Christians together spiritually and socially, and to witness our faith in the area. There are representative of each organisation on a committee which meets every two months. A number of events are organised each year, to which all are welcome.

For more information Contact Vivien Sharp or Suzy Smallwood

 

Churches Together in Heswall Monthly Prayer Breakfast

Second Saturday of every month in the Meeting Room at OLSJ. The morning starts at 8.30 am. Please come along to enjoy a time of prayer, fellowship and a lovely breakfast. Everyone welcome.

 

Collection counters

The weekly collection is counted by a number of teams on a rota basis. Volunteers are always welcome to spread the load.  Contact Brian Sharp for moe information.

Create
We are a small but friendly group of “arty” types. All forms of Arts & Crafts are welcome. So whether your medium is watercolour,oils,acrylic, pencil or crayon, or if it’s needlecraft,knitting, creative writing or sculpture you would be made most welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

We have had exhibitions in Church, and we support the Parish Christmas Fayre each year by providing a Craft Stall.
We meet each Monday morning from 10am-12noon at the Scout Hut in Marksway, Pensby.

For information contact, Dave Johnston.

Justice and Peace Group
We are a part of the wider Justice & Peace family and are members of the Shrewsbury Diocese Justice & Peace Commission.

We promote J&P issues throughout the world and also locally through our links with CAFOD, Traidcraft and Wirral Foodbank. We support a Bishops School Project in the Assam region of Northern India where we sponsor children of the Adivasi Tribe through the education system in an attempt to break the cycle of poverty and to give them a better life.

All are very welcome to come and join us. We meet as advertised in the newsletter.

Contact Fred Taylor.

Gardening Gang

A small group are working to improve the gardens and borders around the church. This involves trimming and removing overgrown shrubs and trees, planting new shrubs and bulbs and general tidying up. If you wish to help please contact Sean Purcell or Deacon Jeff.

Holy Hour and Prayer Group
We pray for all intentions in front of The Blessed Sacrament on Saturday afternoon after Mass from approx 12.30-1.30pm. Come and spend some quiet time in the peace and tranquiity of Holy Family in the presence of Our Lord. The Divine Mercy Devotion is said on the first Saturday of each month.

Contact Margaret Robson or Steve Burke.

Missio

Missio is the Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission. It funds the Church of the future in mission dioceses overseas. They build Church infrastructure and support those in need, regardless of background or belief, in 157 countries.

Parishioners have red collecting boxes in their own homes, emptied at regular intervals.  For more information please Mary or John Wrigley

 

Music Group
We are a group of enthusiastic musicians and singers who support the Celebration of Mass, primarily on Sunday morning and major feast days.

Contact Pauline Eaton.

Piety Stall

Our piety stall can be found in the church porch. There is a wide selection of cards for all occasions, eg. Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Weddings and Sympathy. Also available are gifts such as rosary beads, candles, bibles, mass books, baptism gifts etc.

Planned Giving / Gift Aid

All parishioners are invited to contribute their weekly offering via envelopes under the planned giving scheme. You are also welcome to contribute your weekly offering via Standing Order so that you can automatically donate even when you are away.

If you pay Income Tax and sign a Gift Aid Form, the Parish is able to recover the tax that you have paid on your weekly offertory contributions at no cost to you. Further information about Gift Aid can be obtained from Fred Taylor.

Safeguarding

The The Diocese and the Parish takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. The parish representative Anne O’Keefe who will ensure that the appropriate checks are undertaken on those who are involved with such groups, and can also be contacted if there are any concerns or queries.

Social Committee

The social committee aim to run a number of events each year with the main aim of building the community through h shared experiences, They are always open to new ideas and help.

Contact Jean Jenkins or Vivien Sharp

 

 

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded in France in 1833, and spread throughout Europe, coming to England in 1844. The first meeting of the SVP at Holy Cross took place on 4 May 1930. The group has continued to the present day, its main activities being to offer help and support to the poor and needy members of our local community.

 

For more information please contact Peter Ryan.

 

Reach Us

 

Our Lady & St. John

1 Boundary Lane
Heswall, Wirral
CH60 5RP

 

 

Holy Family

Pensby Road
Pensby, Wirral
CH61 9PQ

 

 

Contact

0151 342 6581
Parish Priest: father.stephen@ourladyandstjohn.org.uk
Deacon: jefftelford1@icloud.com
General Enquiries: contact@ourladyandstjohn.org.uk
Items for the Weekly Newsletter: contact@ourladyandstjohn.org.uk

 

 

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