This Week 15 - 22 September 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 15 September
24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
Home Mission Sunday
10.30 am Children's Mass(Sat) 6.00 pm Children's Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
4.30 pm Polish Prayer Group
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
Saints Cornelius & Cyprian
7.30 pm Prayer Group
12.10 pm Mass

11.30 pm Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
7.00 pm Mass
11.00 am Mass at Ryfields Retirement Village9.30 am Mass
7.00 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
St Andrew Kim Taegon & Companions
12.15 pm Mass
No Meditation
12.10 pm Mass

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle
10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 15 September
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
Day of Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Harvest
10.30 am Mass
2.00 pm Blessing of Animals
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
4.30 pm Polish Prayer Group
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass



Today is ‘Home Mission Sunday’ when we pray especially for the spread of the Gospel in our own country.  There will be a Second Collection to help fund the Home Mission Office and the work of evangelisation in England and Wales.  For more information about the Home Mission Office or to donate online, please visit



The first meeting of the new Family Groups takes place at St Benedict’s today (Sunday) at 12.00 noon.


There will be a service to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection and St Bridget in the form of a ‘Songs of Praise’ today (Sunday) at 3.00 pm, followed by afternoon tea at 4.00 pm.  All are welcome.

‘In Memory of Sarah’


Next Saturday, 21 September, St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School will be holding an Open Garden Afternoon from 1.00 – 3.30 pm.  Come along and enjoy a walk through our lovely gardens and take a look at the work of our young environmentalists and gardeners, many of whom will be available to act as your guides and tell you about their fantastic work. Refreshments will be served from the garden tea shed.

This event will be an opportunity for our school and parish community to come together to remember our late Chair of Governors, Mrs Sarah Boardman, who sadly died in June.  Sarah loved the gardens, and the school will be dedicating them to Sarah’s memory during this special afternoon.



You are invited to bring your pet (or a photo of your pet) to a Service of Blessing and Prayer for Animals at St Benedict’s next Sunday, 22 September, at 2.00 pm.  If your pet has died, you might like to bring a photo of them so that we can display them and remember them.  The service will be followed by refreshments.  PLEASE ensure your pet is safe (i.e. in a carrier or on a lead).  All are welcome.



Pope Francis often talks about society’s throwaway culture.  Here, in the West, one of the signs of a throwaway culture is the waste of food.  Pope Francis says, “food that is thrown away might as well have been stolen from the table of the poor, the hungry” (5 June 2013).  This week perhaps notice what you throw away, particularly food.  If I’m throwing food away, is there a way I can prevent this?

Thank you for what you are trying to do to care for creation.


There will be a Mass of Anointing of the Sick for parishioners on Sunday 29 September at 1.30 pm in St Oswald’s Church, followed by refreshments in St Oswald’s Parish Centre.  Please note:  this Mass will fulfil the Sunday obligation.


‘Come & See’ is a conference which explores aspects of our faith and its importance in today’s society.  Taking place at Christ the King High School, Southport, 12 & 13 October, 9.00 am – 8.30 pm, the keynote speaker is Peter McVerry SJ and the event will include workshops, music and prayer.  For more information, see noticeboards or contact Irenaeus on 0151 949 1199.



Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trust is a registered charity and its charitable affairs are governed by a group of Trustees appointed by the Archbishop from the senior clergy and suitably qualified and experienced lay faithful of the Archdiocese.  The Trustees have recently decided to change the governance structure of the Archdiocese by extending the number of lay trustees and creating some new policy structures.  Applications to become a trustee or a member of the policy structures are invited from suitably experienced/qualified lay Catholics.


The Most Reverend Malcom McMahon OP, the Archbishop of Liverpool, wishes to appoint 4 additional lay trustees. We are especially seeking people who have experience in the following fields: Finance, Legal, Property, HR, Communications, Education.

Policy Committees

The Archdiocese is establishing 4 committees to carry out detailed policy work on behalf of the Trustees and Archbishop’s Council: Mission Planning, Pastoral Formation, Education and Finance.  There are a number of lay positions on these bodies and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in serving on one of these.

For an informal discussion about either of the above roles, please contact Martin Miller (Chief Operating Officer) or Candice McDonald (Head of HR & OD) on 0151 522 1000 or email:

An information pack which outlines how to apply is available on request or can be downloaded from the Archdiocesan website.

– Applications for trustee positions should be sent to the Chief Operating Officer by Friday 20 September 2019.

– Expressions of interest in the policy roles should be sent to the Chief Operating Officer by Monday 30 September 2019.


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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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Gospel  (Luke 15: 1-10)

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:

‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.

‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’



Cardinal Basil Hume, who died in 1999, once spoke about prayer using today’s parable of the lost sheep.  He said:  “Quite often we simply do not know how to pray, and feel that deep sense of being lost.  I think it is good at such times to see oneself rather like the lost sheep in the parable, caught in the briars, surrounded by fog, and the more you try to escape from the brambles the more you get entangled.  The more you try to rush through the fog the more likely you are to get lost.  When you are in that mood, wait and in your prayer imagine that sheep entangled in the briars with the fog all around. Just wait for him, Christ the shepherd, to come through the fog and disentangle you” (cf. ‘Light in the Lord’,  p 121).


Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.
My sacrifice is a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

(Psalm 50)



As we move to the next phase of our Synod Journey, there will be a series of talks to help us to better understand some of the pressing concerns of the Church and society.  The talks will take place in Liverpool Hope University Chapel.  Tea and coffee from 7.00 pm, talk at 7.30 pm concluding at 8.45 pm.  Optional Night Prayer at 9.00 pm.

The first talk will take place on Monday 7 October.  Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ will speak on The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church.  The talk will address:

Our context: the signs of the times in Church and Society.
Synod as renewal of faith, reform of Church, missionary focus.
Biblical, historical and ecumenical roots of Synodality.
Pope Francis and Synodality – from an ‘era of change’ to a ‘change of era’.
How this might translate on the ground in parishes/dioceses.

All welcome!

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