Dear Parishioners and Friends

Last week Ann Barton, chair of St Anne's Pastoral Council, and Mary Ormsby, administrator of St Elizabeth's, presented me with two cheques, one from each parish, in recognition of my Golden Jubilee of ordination which took place in April. I am bowled over by your generosity and kindness and I can but say to you all, 'Thank you'. Some months ago we were talking about using my jubilee as an excuse to have some parish celebrations but of course the day passed with just Boniface and myself having a meal and a glass of wine! Please God we shall have an opportunity to celebrate with you all at some future date.

It wasn't just that one day that mattered. For me it was an occasion to thank God for having enabled me to have such a blessed life as a monk and priest. I had no idea how my life would develop when I arrived to join the monastery at Douai at the ripe old age of 18. If I had been a few years older I would have been regarded in those days as a 'late vocation'! A month later the Second Vatican Council began and I recall how the 60s were years of excitement and renewed energy in the Church although there were some who were fearful of where all this new life would lead. I was recently reading a biography of Pope St John XXXIII and how his decision to call a council met with much opposition from many in the Vatican curia. I still love his vision of wanting 'to open the windows of the Church and let the fresh air of the Holy Spirit blow through'. We are in much the same situation in the Church today. Reading about the attempts to thwart John XXXIII's plans and those opposed to his way of thinking, it was as if I were reading about the Church under the leadership of Pope Francis! I whole heartedly thank God for both these popes who have inspired me to the present day.

I like to think that we too live in exciting, though challenging times. I am deeply grateful for all of you in our two parishes who share my enthusiasm for wanting to open up to those around us, the richness and depths of our Catholic Christian faith . There is much to be done. Thank you again for sharing this adventure - and for all the support and friendship you give me as a fellow traveller.

Godric OSB

Times of Mass in St Anne's Church from Monday 13th July:

Mondays and Fridays: Mass at 1200
Sunday: Mass at 1100

NB: The church will open only 10 minutes before Mass begins.

Wednesday: Mass streamed from church at 1200 without a Congregation.

Very many thanks for your understanding and patience. We are all feeling our way forward without knowing how all this is going to end. It may be necessary to make some changes but please God we shall go ahead in faith, hope and charity. I really look forward to welcoming you to St Anne's.

Corona Virus and Care for Our Common Home

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrates how, as Pope Francis says, everything is connected. A virus that began in China is affecting the whole world and is a frightening reminder of how our carelessness with God's creation can allow such a disaster to happen. On the other hand, the lockdown shows us how much cleaner our air can be when we reduce traffic and air pollution. Climate change is another result of our failure to care for our Common Home. If you would like to learn more, why not watch two very good lectures by Deacon Paul Rooney on The Reality and Urgency of Climate Change and Bishop John Arnold on the Theological Imperative to Act, from the 2018 Justice and Peace Assembly in Liverpool? Deacon Paul is at John is at

Have you noticed something not so apparent during the 'lockdown'? Please email with anything interesting for our bulletin. I've had a robin in the garden nearly every day perched right next to me whilst I'm having a cup of tea.never happened before! Birds usually fly off the minute I step into the garden.

Dear Parents and Children

We want to let you know that on the homepage of our school website there is a section entitled 'Gospel Reflection' which is updated every week with the gospel reference and a summary of the Sunday gospel. In this section of the website you will also find a link to a weekly Sunday Liturgy for Families with hymns, prayers and readings to celebrate the Sunday gospel while at home. We hope you are all keeping safe and well. The staff of St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Live Streaming of Mass at St Anne's and St Elizabeth's

St Anne's Church, every Sunday at 10.30am & every Wednesday at noon:

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St Elizabeth's Church, every day at 9.30am:

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For Mass from our Cathedral, the Archbishop's video messages, prayer and other resources search for: "Liverpool Catholic"

Other live-streamed Masses can be found on the internet

Let us pray for all those already affected by the virus, and that ways of combatting the virus will soon be found.

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St Anne's Church
St Anne's Priory
23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
Telephone: 01695 572168
(for general enquiries)

St Elizabeth's Church
St Elizabeth’s Presbytery,
10 Hall Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9QE
Tel: 01704 880226