There are a number of groups at 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
APF and Mill Hill
Parishioners have red collecting boxes in their own homes, emptied at regular intervals. The money collected is divided between the APF and Mill Hill. The APF share is distributed to all mission dioceses of the world according to their needs. The Mill Hill Missionary Society, enabling it to send out priests and brothers to the missions. For more information please contact Ian Butler.
Bereavement Support Group
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 Pat Miserotti.
Catholic Children's Society
Parishioners who wish to provide regular and much needed support for the work of the society, may have a collecting box at home, (brought to church to be emptied twice a year) or set up formal arrangements with their bank.
For more information please contact Jill McKenzie or Beth Bowman.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07767 243943
Planned Giving / Gift Aid
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.
It has become a tradition to commence each year with recitation of five decades of the Rosary, following Mass on January 1st and five decades are prayed by approximately 20 people after the Mass each Thursday, led by various members of the parish.
Every weekday during the month of May, the Rosary is prayed in church after Mass. During October, the month of the Holy Rosary, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which is normally housed in the sacristy, is made welcome in many homes throughout the parish. The Rosary is prayed daily before this image in these homes. It is also prayed during the October Holy Hour, which usually falls on the last Sunday in October.
For more information please contact Joan Gibson.
Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)
Our foundation meets in the Lower Sacristy on the first and third Thursday of the month at 8.00 p.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome – do not be put off by the name. You do not have to be a mother to join us, just in tune with our aims. Our varied programme includes talks, walks, crafts, charity work and social activities. The UCM come together in prayer and praise, support and solidarity, care and concern, campaigns and causes and very importantly, friendship and fun.
At national level the UCM is committed to Justice and Peace, Public Service, Welfare, the Media, Ecumenism and International Affairs. It is linked with many other National and International Women’s Organisations.
For more information about our parish foundation level UCM please contact Joan Larkin or Tricia Binns. For more information about the national organisation please see www.theucm.co.uk
Catering for girls aged 7 to 10 years, there are two Brownie packs, both meetings on Tuesday evening during term-time at the Methodist Church Hall, Seven Acres Lane, Thingwall, from 6.30 pm to 8pm, for a wide range of activities. Both packs meet together at the moment because there are only 3 guiders. Anyone who would like to know more about Brownie packs, or becoming a Brownie/ Rainbow/ Guide guider, please come along one Tuesday and to see a leader during the meeting.
For more information please contact Eileen Gough.
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.
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.
Holy Hour and Prayer Group
Contact Margaret Robson or Steve Burke.
Justice and Peace Group
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.
Contact Pauline Eaton.
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.
3rd Heswall Scout Group
A small group are working to improve the gardens abd bordesr 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.
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