This Week 19 - 26 August 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Mass

(Sat) 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass
MondayNo Prayer Group
(Resumes on 3rd September)
12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
No Novena during August
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass
SaturdayNo Slovak Mass
(Resumes on 1st September)
10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday10.30 am Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass



Welcome phrase in different languages. Word clouds concept.

A warm welcome to visitors, those who have come home for the summer, and guests of parishioners. This week, a greeting in Slovak: Veľmi srdečné privítanie všetkých našich návštevníkov. Dúfame, že máte dobrú dovolenku tu v meste Warrington.




Today (Sunday) in St Benedict’s Parish Centre (because of the weather).  Entrance is £2.50 (includes strawberries and cream, maybe gateau or scone, and tea/coffee). There will be a raffle, a fresh fruit & veg stall with produce from local farms, stalls for the kids and more.



An Afternoon Tea will be held in aid of ‘The Children of Kenya’ at St Benedict’s Parish Centre on Tuesday 21 August, 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Tickets cost £3.00 (£1 children) available from Brenda Grindley or Mary Monks. Parents & Grandparents: there will be a children’s bring & buy stall and tombola, as well as cakes and other refreshments, so do bring the children along.



Do you have any gardening equipment you no longer need?  Some of the refugees in Warrington are finding it difficult to look after their gardens without equipment. If you have anything you can donate, please contact Celia in the Parish Office on 01925 630127. Many thanks.



Next weekend, Pope Francis will be in Ireland. Many of us will remember Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979 and longed for him to visit the UK, which he did in 1982. The occasion for Pope Francis’ visit is the World Meeting of Families. Begun by Pope John Paul II in 1994, this international event takes place every three years in a different country in the world. It brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect on the importance of marriage and the family. The World Meeting of Families takes place from 21 to 26 August, and you can follow all the events on the internet at:



The Safeguarding Department are hosting a Conference on Saturday 1 September at LACE, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm. There will be several workshops which will focus on various aspects of safeguarding. They are:

  1. Grief to Grace – an outline of a specialised five-day programme of healing for anyone who has suffered abuse.
  2. Catch 22 – this service supports young people involved in child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE), gangs and trafficking.
  3. Papyrus – equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
  4. I Will Be Heard – Part of the work of The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
  5. Safe Recruitment – the robust selection and appointment processes which apply to anybody working in the Church in a role which gives them direct access to children or adults.

To book a place on this event, please contact the Safeguarding Department: 0151 522 1043 or 1103 or indicating in order of preference three workshops you would like to attend. Refreshments and Lunch will be provided.


The Parish website has a new address: For the time being, you can still reach the website using the old address as well.

St Mary’s Shrine also has a new website address:


The Adoremus Parallel Programme supports the Adoremus National Pilgrimage & Congress with talks, workshops, prayer and cultural events in the city of Liverpool, 7-9 September.

Events hosted by Nugent

1) In our Liverpool Home

An evening of music and local talent to show how we as an Archdiocese work together to support our most vulnerable members. Free concert including an Irish band, a refugee choir, bagpipes and much more. St Anne & St Bernard, Overbury St, Edge Hill, Liverpool L7 3HJ. Friday 7 September, 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

2) Living Fully

All day fun for all the family including those with disabilities. Craft, drama, gospel story, messy church, sign language and more. St Anne & St Bernard, Overbury Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool L7 3HJ. Saturday 8 September, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm followed by refreshments.

3) Food for the Hungry

A practical response to physical hunger including making bread from scratch. Nugent’s Epsom Street Community Centre L5 2QT. Contact 0151 522 1080 to book a place.

4) Welcome the Stranger

Immigration, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, including the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme. St Anthony’s, Scotland Road, L5 5BD, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.


Liverpool Echo Arena Auditorium
Saturday 8 September, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm, £10

Tickets are now available through Eventbrite for those 18-25 who would like to take part in the Youth Congress Join a thousand young adults from around the country in a lively day to celebrate faith and to deepen an understanding of Jesus, the bread of life. Those aged 13-17 can still take part in the day and need to be part of an organised group. More information on



On Tuesday 1 May 2018, the three parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s merged into the new Parish of Blessed James Bell. The new parish incorporates three Churches (St Benedict’s, St Oswald’s & St Mary’s Shrine), two Catholic Primary Schools (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s), two Parish Centres (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s) and one Parish Office (based at St Benedict’s).


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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (John 6: 51-58)

Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’

Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:

‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’


To Ponder

In this Sunday’s Gospel,
Jesus invites those around him to believe in him;
to be in communion with him;
to live in him and draw life from him
just as he himself draws life from the living Father.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I live in them.


O God,
who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,
so that, loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire.
Through Christ our Lord.



The Eucharist is a challenge to become what we receive

St Augustine said, “you become what you receive.” By this he meant that when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion we become the very Body of Christ ourselves. We become, in the words of St Teresa of Ávila, the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today.

The ‘Amen’ we respond with at the moment of Holy Communion is an act of faith in the great mystery of the Eucharist – this is no longer bread or wine, this is now the Body and the Blood of Jesus himself. But it is also our ‘Amen’ to being the Body of Christ in the world. We say, “Yes I will be the love and the care of Christ to all whom I meet.”

Pope Francis

“Celebrating the Eucharist should make a difference in the way a parish community lives. At Mass, Christ gathers people around him “to nourish us with his word and his life. This means that the mission and identity of the Church begin and take form there.” “A celebration could be perfect from an aesthetic point of view – it can be beautiful – but if it does not lead us to an encounter with Jesus Christ, it risks not giving any nourishment to our hearts and lives.” There must be “coherence between our Eucharist and our lives” (12 February 2014).

Prayer Moment

Pray this prayer and then pray it again replacing the word ‘yours’ with the word ‘mine’. How different does it feel?

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which he looks with compassion on this world,
yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
yours are the eyes,
you are his body.

Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582)


Illustration above by Elizabeth Wang, T-00042A-OL, ‘When we pray at Mass we are united with Christ in glory and with the gathering of his saints and the souls of Purgatory’, copyright © Radiant Light. Excerpt from the English translation of ‘The Roman Missal’ © 2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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