This Week 2 - 9 August 2020

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's (closed for now)
Sunday 2 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Public Masses have now resumed at St Benedict's

10.00 am Mass
12.00 noon Mass
You can continue to watch Mass online or pray in your own way. Links and resources below.

Intention: Special Intention
Intention: The Parishioners
MondayChurch closed todayFuneral Service for Geoffrey William Fallon
St John Vianney
Church closed today
St Oswald, King & Martyr
Church closed today
Feast of the Transfiguration
Church closed today
FridayChurch closed todayFuneral Service for Anne-Marie McAteer
St Dominic
Church closed today
Sunday 9 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

10.00 am Mass
12.00 noon Mass
Intention: Pat Curley
Intention: The Parishioners





The Deacons and I would like to visit with communion (and wearing PPE) all those who are homebound, have been shielding or continue to self-isolate during the month of August.  However, so as not to put anyone under pressure, please phone the Parish Office (630127) if you would like us to visit you.  We will only arrange to visit you if you ask us to.  Fr Dave



Tuesday to Friday
Mass at 11.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am & 12.00 noon

St Benedict’s Church is open for private prayer  
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 am – 1.00 pm



Because of social distancing, we have to limit the numbers in church to 50, so you are encouraged to attend weekday Mass, if possible, as an alternative to Sunday Mass.  Please remember – the Sunday obligation remains suspended.  To give you an idea of numbers attending Mass, I am recording the numbers for each Mass in the Newsletter.

If you are coming to Mass and haven’t been since before the lockdown, please read the leaflet below so that you know what to expect:


If you are unwell, you should stay at home.  If you are shielding, vulnerable or feel unsure about coming to church at the moment, please trust your instincts.  All the resources we’ve been using during the lockdown – online Masses, prayer sheets, etc – will continue for the time being.  We are still in an emergency situation and this is not a return to normal. 



1)  Funerals

Although the Government has given permission for funerals to take place in church again – with a maximum of 30 people and other restrictions – we are not ready to celebrate these sacraments in church at present.  For now, funerals will continue to be celebrated at the graveside or crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.  A Memorial Mass or Service can be celebrated in church at a later date.

2)  Sacrament of Reconciliation

Individual confession can be celebrated on request (as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed).

3)  First Reconciliation & First Communion

Preparations are being made for the children to celebrate these sacraments in September.

4)  Care of the Sick

Please contact Fr Dave if you are concerned about a loved one at home, in hospital, or in a care home.

5)  Baptisms

We are in the process of contacting all those whose Baptisms have been delayed.  We hope to celebrate some of the Baptisms this month.

Many thanks,
Fr Dave



The present pandemic means that restrictions have been placed around funerals.  This means that many people won’t be able to attend the funeral of a relative or friend.  The links below offer some suggestions for a little time of prayer for use at home – perhaps at the time of the funeral.






Remember Me

The ‘Remember Me’ project is an online memorial book for victims of Covid-19.  It is accompanied by a beautiful video of a special anthem sung by the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, recorded Zoom-style in their individual gardens and homes.



There are four ways you can continue to support the parish financially at this time:

1) You could put your weekly offering aside and then bring it to church when you next visit.

2) You could set up a standing order.  You can download a form here:  standing-order-mandate-249

3) You can now make one-off and regular donations to the Parish online at this address:

4) Text giving is also available for both one-off and regular donations.  Details can be found here:    text-giving




#YouAreNotAlone is the Government’s campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is help for them during the current crisis:

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.  If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 and this will connect you to the police.

National Domestic Violence Helpline:
0808 2000 247 or



The COVID19 outbreak has had an impact on everyone.  It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body and get further support if you need it.  Public Health England and The Mental Health Foundation have produced some useful information:



Contacts for support:

New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line
People of all ages, including children and young people, living in Warrington who are experiencing a mental health crisis can access support through a new, 24/7, mental health crisis line:  0800 051 1508  (This is a FREE number)


Those living with Dementia and their Carers


The Archdiocese has provided links to resources which may be helpful for those living with dementia and their carers:






Parenting during the lockdown:


For those who are divorced and separated:

Messy Church for Children:

Books for Parents and Children to read together:






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:

new-parish-1   _new-parish-2

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.


Fr Dave's Blog

18th Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Pray for Lebanon


Let us pray for the city of Beirut after the massive explosion there yesterday.  Let us pray for those who were killed, for the many who were injured, the healthcare staff stretched to breaking point, the emergency services, as well as all the people of Lebanon who are going through such a tough time at present.  May God be close to them all.


CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a nationwide Coronavirus appeal on Tuesday 14 July.  CAFOD is an active member of the Committee and are currently giving support to communities in 26 countries with the £1.6 million they have raised so far, to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and limit the impact of hunger that lockdowns have caused.

The need is immense, particularly in countries where there is conflict and displacement of whole communities.  If you would like to know more about the response to Coronavirus that CAFOD are making globally on behalf of the Catholic community, please visit

God’s healing hand

To our brothers and sisters who have contracted
and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease,
we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you.

To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff
who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19,
may the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you
to render your life-saving services
with due care, love and compassion.

To all those who have lost their loved ones,
we convey our deepest sympathies.
We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy,
may rest in eternal peace.
We pray that God may grant all bereaved families
his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope
in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord.


Adapted from the 2020 Easter Message of the Catholic Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Tuesday 4 August 2020


One Liner Prayers for Busy People

God, have mercy on me a sinner.
(Prayer of the Tax Collector cf. Luke 18: 13)

You must increase, I must decrease.
(Prayer of St John the Baptist cf. John 3: 30)

Lord, guide me.

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray,
but keep me, guide me, love me, Lord, just for today.

O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day.
If I forget you, do not forget me.
(Sir Jacob Astley before the Battle of Edgehill)

Lord, when I am wrong, make me willing to change;
when I am right, make me easy to live with.
(Pauline H. Peters)

May God who understands each need,
who listens to every prayer,
bless you and keep you in his tender loving care.

I’m not what I ought to be.
I’m not what I want to be.
But thank God, I’m not what I used to be!
(John Newton)

Keep me in your presence today, O Lord,
no matter what befalls me.
(Patricia Wilson)

Good morning Jesus, this day is for you.
Bless all I think and do and say.
Monday 3 August 2020


A couple of thoughts from Pope Francis:

“The true pilgrim is capable of going at the pace of the slowest person. And Jesus is capable of this. Jesus is our pilgrim companion. He respects our situation, and does not accelerate the pace. He is the Lord of patience” (25 July).

“Friendship is one of life’s gifts and a grace from God. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are a reflection of the Lord’s love, His gentle and consoling presence in our lives” (30 July).


18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 2 August 2020


Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:


Please remember – you do not have to come to church today.  The Sunday obligation remains suspended.

If you are unwell in any way, vulnerable or shielding, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, please trust your instincts.  The ways we’ve been trying to pray together during the lockdown will continue to be available.  So:


1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:


Mass will be livestreamed from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at 11.00 am on YouTube:


Fr John McLaughlin continues to upload Mass from St Stephen’s:


Fr Peter continues to livestream Mass from St John Henry Newman:


There are plenty of Masses livestreamed throughout the day at the following websites: and


2)  You can join in by praying at home – on your own or with other members of your household.  The following resources may be helpful:


Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-18a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-18a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)





3)  For Children:


You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    (click on image to enlarge)




CAFOD continue to host a virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 10.00 am:


4)  Isolated but not alone! 

‘The Tablet’ Catholic magazine has lots of links to online resources to help us during the pandemic.  The page is updated regularly:


5)  And finally, a little humour…



God bless you,
Fr Dave

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