This Week 1 - 8 December 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 8 December
2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
10.30 am Mass(Sat) 6.00 pm Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
7.30 pm Prayer Group
12.10 pm Mass
No Confessions or Exposition
12.15 pm Funeral Mass
(Timothy Carey)
No 9.30 am Mass
9.30 am Infant Christmas Production
2.00 pm Junior Christmas Production
12.10 pm Mass

9.30 am Mass2.00 pm Infant Christmas Production
6.00 pm Junior Christmas Production
12.10 pm Mass
7.00 pm Mass
St John Almond
9.30 am Mass
7.00 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
St Lucy
12.00 noon Pastoral Area Mass (at St Alban's)12.10 pm Mass

St John of the Cross
10.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm First Communion Preparation Mass (2)
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 15 December
3rd Sunday of Advent (A)
Gaudete Sunday
10.30 am First Communion Preparation Mass (2)8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass




St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School this Friday, 13 December, 3.00 – 5.00 pm.



Each year, on the third Sunday of Advent, children and adults bring the Baby Jesus figure from their Crib at home to St Peter’s Square where the Pope blesses the figurines during the Angelus.  Next weekend, we will celebrate this tradition known as ‘Bambinelli Sunday’.  So please bring the Baby Jesus figure from your Crib at home to Mass next weekend and Fr Dave will bless them.



Children in Year 4, who are preparing to celebrate First Communion next year, are invited to come to the 2nd Preparation Mass with their parents/carers next weekend:

St Oswald’s – Saturday 14 December at 6.00 pm
St Benedict’s – Sunday 15 December at 10.30 am

Parents:  If you cannot attend one of the Masses next weekend, you must contact Fr Dave directly this week.  Thank you.



Deacon Mike will be hosting a Christmas Quiz for parishioners on Tuesday 17 December, 7.30 for 7.45 pm start, in St Benedict’s Parish Centre.  Entrance £5.  Pop the date in your diary, come along and have some fun in the run up to Christmas.



The Annual Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service will take place in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Thursday 19 December at 2.00 pm with Archbishop Malcolm.  The service will feature the students from Great Crosby and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary Schools along with the ‘Songs we Remember’ choir.  Refreshments will be served afterwards, and everyone is most welcome.



There will be a Service of Reconciliation for the whole parish on Thursday 19 December at 7.30 pm in St Oswald’s Church.



Sunday 22 December at 4.00 pm in St Benedict’s Church, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.



If there are any young people in Year 8 who attend a non-Catholic school and who would like to be Confirmed in 2020, please contact Fr Dave on 01925 630127 or


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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1st Sunday of Advent (A)


Gospel  (Matthew 24: 37-44)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.

‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’


Today we begin a new year in the Church’s calendar with the season of Advent – a time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas.  However, our culture is impatient and wants to celebrate Christmas now.

Whenever we have a special celebration (e.g. a birthday meal, a party, etc), we take the time to get ready for it.  So it is with Christmas.  We need to make the time to get ready for the feast.  This is the purpose of Advent – to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.

The Advent Scriptures help us to do this.  Today’s First Reading calls us once more to learn the ways of the Lord and walk in his paths.  The Second Reading tells us to ‘wake up’ because Christ is near, so ‘let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy’.

Advent is a gift to us at this time of year.  It’s an antidote to all the things that can cause us stress in the run up to Christmas.  So, today, receive the gift of Advent.  Perhaps make a little Advent Wreath to have at home, light the first candle and pray the blessing below.

Fr Dave

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ;
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples;
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us;
he is the Saviour of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

(From the Book of Blessings)


The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales have issued a statement on the forthcoming General Election.  The statement concentrates on the key issues – not parties or manifestos – offering a series of points that can be put to candidates prior to voting.  You can read the statement here:



Complex Catholicism:
Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England & Wales
Monday 9 December – Stephen Davies

Exploring who the younger members of our Church are today, using research from England and Wales:

  • Understanding why we might feel different from them, and them from us.
  • Reflecting together on how we can reach out to young Catholics.
  • As part of the presentation, young people will speak from their own experience.

Liverpool Hope University Chapel – entrance by Chapel or Gateway Building.  Tea and Coffee from 7.00 pm. Talk begins at 7.30 pm. Concludes at 8.45 pm. Optional Night prayer follows at 9.00 pm.  Disabled parking available on the Liverpool Hope campus.

Stephen’s career has stretched across differently aged communities within the Church. He is the fundraising and communication director for the iconic Red Box of Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. He started his career in university chaplaincy before helping to establish Animate Youth Ministries in the diocese. For seven years, he led CAFOD’s programme working with young people. He is a co-founding trustee of Million Minutes, and Vice-Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

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