This Week 17 - 24 November 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 17 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
World Day of the Poor
10.30 am First Communion
Preparation Mass (1)
(Sat) 6.00 pm First Communion
Preparation Mass (1)
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group
12.10 pm Mass
11.30 am Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Funeral Mass
(Maureen Holt)
12.10 pm Mass

9.30 am Mass with Y3 & Y4
12.10 pm Mass
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9.30 am Mass with Y3 & Y4
7.00 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
St Cecilia
12.15 pm Mass12.10 pm Mass

10.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 24 November
Solemnity of Christ the King (C)
Youth Sunday
10.30 am Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass




In his message for today’s third World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis reminds us that “the poor are not numbers, but people”, to be assisted, accompanied, protected, defended and saved.  He recalls that this is not possible without the humility of listening, the charism of the whole, the courage of renunciation.  He reminds us that to “follow the way of charity, of humility and of listening means lending an ear to the little ones”, because God reveals himself through them.  And he asks us not to look down on anyone from above.  “You can only look down at a person from above,” he insists, “in order to help them get up”.  You can read the Pope’s Message here:



Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will host an evening for men who may be wondering if they are called to serve as deacons and what the formation involves.  Wives, priests and deacons are also welcome.  Tuesday 19 November, 7.30 – 9.00 pm, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Community Room, Stonebridge Lane, Croxteth, Liverpool L11 9AZ.  Refreshments available from 7.00 pm.



The Church of Blessed John Henry Newman, Latchford, will be renamed the Church of St John Henry Newman this Tuesday, 19 November, during a Solemn Mass at 7.00 pm led by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies.  All are welcome.


The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) will take place this Wednesday, 20 November, at 7.00 pm in the sacristy at St Benedict’s.  This will be an open meeting and any parishioner is welcome to attend.


We wish to invite you and your parishioners to our “Space to Be” Service which will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 23 November (International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day) in St Matthew’s RC Church, 19 Townsend Avenue, Liverpool L13 9DL. The service is open to people of all religions and none; and whilst it is open to everyone, we particularly welcome those bereaved by suicide as well as those who are or have been suicidal. The hour-long service will include testimonies from Fr Conor Stainton-Pollard and four guest speakers. There will be quiet periods of reflection, music, and a dance performance.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.



The Annual Mass to Remember Children who died before birth, at birth, or anytime afterwards will take place on Tuesday 26 November at 7.00 pm in St Benedict’s.  The Mass will be a gentle celebration for all the children we miss so much.  During the Mass, there will be an opportunity to light a candle for the baby, child or teenager you may be remembering and for their names to be read out during the eucharist.  If you know someone who might appreciate an invitation, please let them know about the Mass.  Thank you.


The Parish SVP are hosting a Christmas Party for Senior Citizens on Sunday 8 December, 1.00 – 4.00 pm, in St Oswald’s Parish Centre.  The afternoon will include good food, a game of bingo, a Banjo Band and lots more.  If you would like a ticket (free), PLEASE sign the sheet at the back of church (or ask someone to sign it for you).  Many thanks.


St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School – Sunday 1 December, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.
St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School – Wednesday 4 December, 3.00 – 5.00 pm.


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 Mary’s Shrine & St Oswald’s), 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).

Mass of Inauguration of the New Parish of Blessed James Bell


Clergy from the Pastoral Area enter with Archbishop Malcolm


The Archbishop welcomes everyone and leads us in prayer:



Presentation of Canonical Decree merging the three parishes into one new parish:

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Renewing our Baptism as we set out as a new community:


Presentation of new Parish Registers and Seal:


Some of our altar servers with the Archbishop:


With many thanks to Kevin Holt for the superb photographs.


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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Gospel  (Luke 21: 5-19)

When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’ And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?’


‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.


‘But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’


As we come to end of the Church’s year, the Scripture readings focus on the end times and the Second Coming of Jesus.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prophecies that the great Temple in Jerusalem will be destroyed.  This would have been incomprehensible to his listeners.  The Temple was one of the most impressive buildings in the world.  It was huge and built to last.  Yet, just forty years after the resurrection, the Temple lay in ruins.  Today, all that exists is the ‘Wailing Wall’ – the place we sometimes see on TV – where our Jewish sisters and brothers stand and pray.

Jesus says that there will wars and revolutions, earthquakes and famines.  Every generation knows this prophecy to be true.  He says that when these things happen, some will say, ‘The end of the world is nigh’, but Jesus tells that the end will not be so soon.  No one knows when Jesus will come again or when the end of the world will come.

Finally, Jesus warns us that Christians will suffer persecution.  Pope Francis never tires of telling us that “the persecution of Christians today is even greater than in the first centuries of the Church” (Conference on International Religious Liberty and the Global Clash of Values, 2014).  Earlier this year, our own Foreign Office released some shocking statistics:  around 215 million Christians faced persecution in 2018 and an average of 250 Christians were killed every month.

Jesus reassures those who try to follow him.  He says, “not a hair of your head will be lost… Your endurance will win you your lives.”  In other words, Jesus watches over us, gives us what we need, and will one day gather us all together in his heavenly home.

Fr Dave


O God,
you call us constantly to renewed faithfulness and trust.
Help us to open our hearts to your presence in our lives;
help us to respond to your gracious love from deep within ourselves.
Spread your wings of blessing over us
and let us know your healing in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord.



Thank you to those parishioners who were able to come to one of the Pastoral Area Synod Meetings last Tuesday to explore the first Synod Theme, and to the Synod Members who led the meetings.  The Synod Members will now discern which five proposals should go forward from our parish to be voted on at the Synod Meeting next October.  We will let you know which proposals have been put forward once a decision has been made.

If you weren’t able to attend one of the meetings and would like to make a proposal based on the first Synod Theme, “All called and gifted by God”, you can still do so by visiting the Prayer Station in church or by going to the Synod website:

The Second Pastoral Area Meeting will take place on Tuesday 3 December at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  Again, there will be a choice of times – either a lunchtime meeting at 1.00 pm or an evening meeting at 7.00 pm.  At this meeting, we will explore the second Synod Theme: “Sharing the Mission of Jesus” and generate proposals for action based on the theme.

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